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airsoft is a game played on private property (usually a backyard or
around a house) by a small group of people. The equipment involved in
such games is usually
very limited and the engagement distances are very short. The games are
fast paced and last less than an hour. A lot of backyard players eventually
discover airsoft communities in their area and move to play on Regular
fields. The recommendations on this page are intended to save
by maximizing the resale value of the gear that you purchase for
backyard games and
creating an opportunity to advance to Regular games without looking
like a rookie :) You may also want to look at some of the terminology common
to the sport.
How much will it
consider the high level overview of costs associated with buying retail
airsoft gear. Some savings can be realized by purchasing used
equipment. Be sure to check the list of backyard
which may make you spend a hundred
dollars before you realize that good Automatic Electric Guns (AEGs)
exist and that there are communities of players who play regularly.
Detailed breakdown of the gear required is provided below in
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Play style differencesWhat do these terms above mean? Consult the terminology section for more information.
Your choice of weapon will push you towards a certain play style, pick the one that you would enjoy!
- this loadout is based on an Automatic Electric Gun being your primary
weapon. Even a cheap 100$ AEG variant is capable of shooting in a fully
automatic mode at about 10-12 rounds per second (with stock battery).
This is similar to most real guns and this leads to an agressive play
style (you have a 600 bb magazine). You can take out anyone at up to
120 feet in anything less than complete cover by just shooting at it. A
LOT of shooting ("spray and pray" approach). It is recommended to shoot
in no more than 1-3 second bursts (10-36 BBs), especially with a
- Here you have an Automatic Electric Pistol as your primary. This is
similar to a miniaturized AEG. You don't shoot as far or as hard as an
AEG and have a smaller magazine (30 rounds / 200 FPS). You are capable
of a burst fire(7-9 BB/Sec), but cannot sustain it for longer than 3-4
seconds before you have to reload.. Your range is up to 50 feet. This
leads to a more sneaky gameplay which relies on flanking, ambushes and
stealth. Your weapon is very compact and allows you to shoot through
most tiny holes from many positions.
- This play style is focused on pop shots with flanking and
repositioning. You have a pump action shotgun which shoots 3 BBs at
once, up to 70-100 feet away and you can fire 10 times before
need to reload a shell. This is a difficult play style, as shooting
from a prone position is difficult and the bulkiness of the shotgun
prevents you from shooting in tight spots. Ambush and flanking are your
tactics of choice for this game play. This may not be the most
comfortable weapon for younger players due to its large size and the
need to pump the weapon before each shot.
This is the hardest style to play with, except against other
springers.. You have a single shot pistol that you have to cock for
each shot. Your range is 30-60 feet, depending on whether or not you
have hopup feature. There are up to 20 BBs in a magazine. This style
relies on stealth or very fast movement and flanking to prevail. The
good news are that you cannot lose: if dead, you can say "Hey, all I
got is a springer!", but if you hit someone this becomes "I got you
with a springer!"
- What will I need?
Below is a description of your gear options when playing backyard
airsoft. The full description and recommendations for gear are provided on the next page.
|Price High (USD$)
FPS stock AEG (cheaper brands)
FPS stock AEP
Shot shotgun with shells (
handgun (with speed loader)
||1x cheap highcap (400-
600 BB capacity)
AEP magazine (30 rounds)
face paintball mask (new, anti fog)
||Flexible gloves with extra layer of padding
for knuckles and fingers
bb click action speed loader.
– grade BBs 0.2 grams (5000 count per 10$)
||Bottled water (at least 0.5 L/ hour)
||Usually not applicable