Just starting out? Here’s some of the basics you need to know!
Its important you understand these. You can read full details on our Site Rules page. Basically if you are 12 or under you can’t play. If you are between 13 and 17 there are certain restrictions, if you are 18 or over you are fine.
I don’t own anything, what should I do?
Well first things first – the important bit – guns. If you are just starting out you probably want to try the sport out and make sure its for you. Secondly, sale of airsoft guns is restricted in this country, so if you are under 18 you can’t buy them. If you are older you will probably want to obtain site membership (and a Ukara – see our membership page for more details) to make sure you stay on the right side of the law.
For all of these reasons we offer hire equipment. With this you get the hire of a capable AEG (Airsoft Electric Gun) with a high capacity magazine, we’ll sort out the batteries for it – and keep you in the game should there be any breakdowns or issues. We also give you 3000 rounds (usually plenty for a day) and full face protection to keep your eyes and of course your good looks intact!
It costs an extra £20 to hire kit – but with an airsoft rifle alone easily costing over £100 – before you’ve added batteries, magazines, chargers, and face protection – it really is great value for your money.
When booking simply select “Hire Deposit” to ensure you reserve full equipment!
How do the guns work?
Like the real thing. You load ammunition into the magazine, then put the magazine in the gun. Don’t worry – we’ll talk you through everything before we get started – but the basics are you see someone on the other team, you point the gun at them, and you get stuck in!
What about tactics?
Its not too difficult – the objectives will vary but we’ll tell you before every game what they are. Listen carefully as rules will vary so you will be faced with different challenges every time! Everyone was new once so if you are not sure what you should do ask the marshals or other players on your team!
Does it hurt?
We say that roughly 80% of time it doesn’t. Quite a cryptic answer but let us explain. If a BB hits you on a chest when you are wearing a jumper or a plate carrier you will just hear it – it will rarely hurt. If it pings off your safety specs – it will give you a fright but it won’t hurt. However, if it hits bare skin, a finger, your nether regions, back of the thigh etc – it can nip quite a bit – especially at the sort of close range you will experience in CQB.
For these reasons we recommend full face protection – as a shot to the mouth can result in you requiring some painful and expensive dentistry work! We also recommend covering up with long sleeves, gloves etc as the typical engagement distances tend to be sub 10 metres, rather than upward of the 50 metres you would normally experience in woodland games.
What do I need to wear?
Its entirely up to you, you can literally wear anything you want. We recommend you wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty – and not too warm (as you will heat up fast as you start running around!)
The only thing we strongly recommend is boots that give ankle support – this is to protect you if you take a tumble – as a broken ankle really would ruin your day! Thin gloves are also not a bad idea, and some people like to bring some sort of beanie hat or baseball cap for added protection.
Can I hire additional items?
At the moment this isn’t a service we offer – but if you have elements of your own kit – be it camouflage uniform, assault vest or chest rig, optics (sights) etc you are more than welcome to use them – just make sure you take them all home with you at the end of the day!
I still have more questions about starting out!
That’s okay – we were all new to this once too so we understand there is loads to understand! Have you checked out the guides under our What Is Airsoft section? There’s a good section that breaks down some of the terminology and acronyms that you will hear floating around. We’ve also linked to some really good stuff! Get yourself on Google and search for airsoft forums – there are loads – which can give you further insight – lastly – drop us a message via the Contact Us form. We always aim to get back to you same day wherever possible!