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Basic Safety in WW2 Airsoft Games

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:31 am
by Woodstock
Hi

I like the idea of getting into Airsoft but only a WW2 setting interests me.

With that in mind, how is basic safety handled while still maintaining the look and feel of WW2 gear?

Do people wear clear safety goggles? masks? padding? etc etc

Rick

Re: Basic Safety in WW2 Airsoft Games

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:11 pm
by Lord Elpus
Safety glasses of your choice are essential, face masks are normally optional, but recommended. Again your choice of mask but something that may blend in, and not look too obvious, youngsters should wear a full mask.
Different sites maybe slightly different rules, but safety is always taken seriously.

Re: Basic Safety in WW2 Airsoft Games

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:55 pm
by dadio
Gum guards will protect your teeth without looking out of place , if you want to wear a mask then if you can avoid the darth Vader paintball style masks it is less obvious visually but in most cases it's your choice for your safety and you'll get no complaints .
Properly safety rated eye protection is not ever optional but a must , it's the one piece of kit I'd advise spending good money on , depending on your personal perspiration either shooting glasses or mesh goggles are the norm , during a game in the field you cannot take your eye protection off to demist them unless you get an organiser or marshal to stop the game so if you are prone to perspiration (like me) then often mesh goggles are better and you can get some quite subtle looking ones .
As for padding then that's entirely your choice , most WW2 uniforms were fairly thick wool and offer pretty good protection so little harm will happen through the wool , it's also very warm so having extra padding on you might get rather hot but nobody is going to stop you .

Re: Basic Safety in WW2 Airsoft Games

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:35 am
by MartinR
I'd strongly recommend going to some open days and trying out regular airsoft so you can get a feel for how it all works and how much protection you feel comfortable with. As Dadio says, decent eye protection is mandatory.

I've played games in shorts and even a kilt, but I generally try and play with sensible people who won't rinse you down with a 370fps gun on full auto from 5m away.

Re: Basic Safety in WW2 Airsoft Games

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:06 pm
by GJ nord
or a bb to the face from under 20m , from a scoped sniper rifle owning bell end, as happened to me at a certain site in northants..... never went back.

Re: Basic Safety in WW2 Airsoft Games

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:20 pm
by Langnasen
GJ nord wrote:or a bb to the face from under 20m , from a scoped sniper rifle owning bell end, as happened to me at a certain site in northants..... never went back.


One to the face from an AEG at 10m would carry the same approximate energy (I did the math some months ago). If it was deliberate it was indeed a bell-end move, but if you were shooting from cover and it was accidental it goes with the territory, a bit like a boxer's gashes. And occasional death.

After the govt nerfed the joules it was said by some the sport had become fit only for children. The same kind that used to play war in the woods with air-rifles and pistols, 12ft/lb lead pellets and all. Now we play with half-gramme plastic balls at velocities that sting. Who would have thought there would be so much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

To the OP...eye protection is mandatory and sensibly so; teeth protection is optional, though most in the WW2 scene eschew it for the sake of visual authenticity. We rely on the decency of our fellow combatants to look out for each other's welfare but accidents do happen. They go with the territory mentioned above. If and when they happen we bear up. :)

Re: Basic Safety in WW2 Airsoft Games

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:58 pm
by dadio
As suggested above , trying out Airsoft at a regular site would give you a good idea of what's involved in terms of risk and required safety equipment , you can rent a gun and goggles ,usually a combat jacket too for a day relativly cheaply and if it's not your cup of tea then you will have avoided spending money on kit for ww2 .
Accidents do happen , people do get shot accidentally at short ranges , I've seen it many times and the safety equipment must reflect what's needed for a worst case scenario ,that would be a sniper rifle point blank range , your goggles or glasses and face protection if you choose must be up to this .
Something else that's not been mentioned is that there is almost invariably a "safe zone" this is usually fenced off from the game are and the only safe place to remove eye protection , " mags out, guns clear " is a mantra that you get very used to hearing and it means that when entering the safe zone you must remove magazines from all guns and fire a few shots to ensure there are no BB's left chambered in the gun , only then can you enter the safe zone ,if you are found to have a magazine still in your gun then expect a talking to by staff ,if it happens twice you'll probably be asked to leave and not come back . The safe zone should be exactly what it's called and there's no real room for more stakes .

Re: Basic Safety in WW2 Airsoft Games

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:38 pm
by Woodstock
Thanks for the info guys :)