Common Airsoft Rules For Beginners

Now, if you are getting into airsoft, you are assumed to abide by a couple of rules. That’s why you should be accustomed to these rules before starting. Generally, the basic airsoft rules remain the same. In this article, we’ll list and briefly talk about a couple of these rules.

The Protection Rules

Eye Protection

You shouldn’t play airsoft without eye protection. Airsoft shots to the eye can blind you, or it can seriously injure your eyes. Sure, you don’t like wearing glasses like the next person, but you might want to wear eye protection like goggles.

Goggles aren’t easily shattered when a BB bullet impacts them. You should also keep the eye protection on at all times unless the game has ended and you’ve returned to the staging areas. Even visitors are expected to wear goggles or some other form of adequate eye protection.

Face Protection

The face is a soft spot. When you get hit by BB bullets in the face, it can hurt pretty bad. That’s why you’ll want to wear a face mask when playing. Ideally, the face mask should also have ear protection.

The Game Moderator

All Airsoft games have a game moderator, regardless of venue or the type of game. Now there will always be conflicts in a game like this, especially when it comes to determining hits and misses. Many times players can solve the situation themselves. However, we know there are times when things can go out of hand, and that’s where having a moderator can be indispensable. The game moderator has the authority to pause the game. Also, he can make a final decision based on the situation.

As a player, the moderator’s decision is final, and you need to abide by it. If you don’t, they will eject you from the game. If you have an objection, discuss it with the moderator politely.

Safe Zone Rules

Any and all venues have a Safe Zone. The special or safe zone, as it is called, is an area where you can’t fire a gun. If someone fires a weapon in the safe zone, they will be ejected immediately for the entire day or the whole event. But you should be able to come back and join the next day.

The Bang Rule

If you can sneak close by to someone and yell “Bang” or even “Safety Kill,” they are dead. Sure, you can shoot your weapon at them too, but you can save a pellet with this rule.

Generally, you can yell from around 3 meters away, or even 10 meters from the target. However, use common sense with it. You can’t shout “Bang” at 5 people and expect them to be dead or respawn. If someone shots “Bang” at you, don’t shoot them! Respect the rules and go back to the respawn spot.

Getting Hit

When you get hit by an opponent (their bullet), you need to shout “Hit” and then raise your arms and walk back to the respawn point. Even if it is just your clothing that was hit, you are considered hit.

If you choose to ignore the rules of getting hit and continue playing, that’s a violation. Violations like these are often dealt with severely and often immediately. In many cases, you will be pulled out for the entire day.

The Blind Man Rule

Now this refers to a real injury that a player may encounter when playing. If you hear anyone shout “Blind Man,” they need to be moved over to a safe place and await instructions from the moderator. However, if you are injured, then shout “Blind Man” to get help.

Head Shot Rules

You will want to avoid headshots most of the time. Aim straight for the body parts like the whole body, hands, or legs. Hitting any other place on the body counts, so you don’t need to aim for the head necessarily. Headshots can lead to some severe injuries, and so they should be avoided.

Medic Rules

As mentioned earlier, when a player is hit, they will shout “hit” and then sit down with a rag on their head. However, another player must come to them to provide first aid support, which will help in healing the wound. It is only after there is a medic that comes to their aid can they can continue playing.

But here are the rules:

  •         An already wounded player can’t aid another wounded player
  •         If a player is hit after they got a medic, they are considered KIA
  •         A player can only get a medic once

Border Rules

All airsoft games have a specific border around the venue. You aren’t allowed to cross it while still carrying an airsoft gun. Crossing it with an airsoft weapon can lead to a serious misunderstanding and even panic amongst people.  It has happened many times before, and the police have been called in because they suspected a mass shooting.

Checking Weapons

You need to check all weapons before a game. The moderator will also check the weapons. You can’t and shouldn’t bring a real gun to an airsoft game. The moderators are checking to make sure that your airsoft gun is just that an airsoft gun!

Weapons Ought To Be Cased

You need to make sure that all the weapons are properly cased before they are brought to the venue. You can have them in a gun case or their original packaging. Not covering your airsoft gun can lead people to believe that you are carrying a real weapon.

Physical Contact

You are not allowed to physically attack other players or the game moderator. You shouldn’t attack anyone physically. Airsoft is a shooting game and not jujitsu, so make sure to abide by the rules, or you’ll be banned.

Sniper Safety Rules

A player carrying an airsoft sniper rifle with a 400fps+ power also needs to have a sidearm. The sidearm is used to shoot people at ranges closer than 50 feet or even less. You shouldn’t use a sniper rifle at close range. Plus, snipers shouldn’t take headshots regardless of their distance.

Now, if you are a sniper but don’t have a sidearm, you can either:

  •         Wait for the opponent to move at a fair long distance
  •         The sniper can also relocate themselves to a safe range

Note: Automatic sniper rifles aren’t allowed.


You are expected to follow the rules at all times. Most venues have a list of rules posted on the walls to remind all players of them. If you have a question, the game moderator should be able to help you get an answer.