So you’ve decided to take the leap and purchase some of your own gear, good choice! Below I’ll cover some of the gear I would require for Airsofters when they first start out in the sport.
When getting into airsoft I would always suggest you go to your nearest surplus store and ask for BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) and webbing, this is a great introduction kit that won’t be too expensive. If you find your too small to fit into this then the next best thing may be to look on eBay/Amazon for some kids BDU.
Getting a good pair of gloves is possibly one of the first pieces of kit I would suggest, not only will it keep your hands warm during the colder months but it also will protect your knuckles from incoming bb’s and as I would say getting hit on the knuckles is one of the more painful locations to get hit this one ranks quite highly.
To begin with, look to purchase an inexpensive pair of boots, most boots will do just ensure that they are at least water-resistant. If you were part of any youth group like the cadets then these boots will be fine. If however, you don’t already have a suitable pair of boots I would highly recommend looking for a pair of high boots that support your ankle, I personally run a pair of brown Vipers which are extremely comfortable.
Googles are the most important part of your kit, seriously don’t go cheap here. At the end of the day, this sport is only a hobby and not worth losing an eye over. So make sure you don’t skimp on these and look for some high-quality rated goggles. For players starting out I would suggest purchasing a pair of Bolle Trackers, these goggles are great, don’t fog and won’t break the bank either.
5. Face Mask
I would suggest most people wear a lower face mask as many people have had teeth shot out and all this could have been avoided if they’d just worn a lower face mask. In addition to this, some masks also have ear protection which may also be a good idea. For the most part, sites will only allow under 18s to play so long as they have full-face protection so depending on your age I would suggest two options.
Having something to drink is one of the most important things to remember. Airsoft event will frequently not have drinking away readily available and going 8 hours running around without a drink can end badly. An additional tip if doing events over weekends is to remember to pick up some electrolytes to keep your energy and mineral levels balanced.
So, you’ve decided to purchase your own RIF that great! First, you’ll need to be over the age of 18 and if you live in the UK you’ll need a UKARA or valid defence. The alternative is that you purchase a two-tone gun. This is the exact same gun however it is sprayed a bright colour typically blue orange or red.
UK residents only.
UK residents will need a UKARA (United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association) or valid defence in order to purchase a RIF (Real Imitation Firearm) from a store. This just states you have a valid reason for the purchase and is there to stop RIFs getting into the hand of people who want to use them for reasons other than their intended purpose.
Don’t worry though getting a RIF is easy and will simply take three games in no less than two months at a local site in order to prove you belong to a club. If you’re under the age of 18 that’s not a problem either you’ll simply need to have your parent register for a UKARA under their name and then gift you the gun. This will, however, mean that said parent will have to play three games of airsoft as well. Also note, don’t try to order a RIF without a UKARA or valid defence as this may end you with an additional charge and you still not receiving your gun.
You can register for a UKARA here
2. Transport Bag or Gun Case
Having some kind of transport bag is a good idea, brandishing an imitation weapon at the best of times is still not something I would feel overly comfortable doing but getting to and from a venue especially. A simple gun case will do and as they’re not particularly expensive there’s no real reason not to get one.
Hard Gun Case
Hard gun cases are generally the best when it comes to carrying your gear just check whether your gun will fit as some longer rifles will not fit in starts hard cases and you may have to invest in something a little larger.
Soft Gun Case
Soft gun cases are a great beginner case as they’re usually a fair bit cheaper and lighter than a hard case. However, they don’t offer nearly as much protection and will not be able to carry all your gear nearly as easily.
3. Hydration Gear
Running some kind of hydration gear is often a good idea if you plan on staying hydrated for longer sessions
4. Proper Clothing
Having the proper clothing is a massive step up from running day to day clothes and they’re available on the cheap especially if you look to get some BDUs from the surplus store.
5. Knee / Elbow Pads
Having some pads are a good option if you plan on playing any fast-paced Airsoft games,