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Basic Airsoft Equipment and Game Terms for Beginners

Updated on October 4, 2015
Airsoft player in ghillie suit
Airsoft player in ghillie suit | Source

In order to enjoy airsoft a lot more, you need to know the basic terms used. More than just sounding like an expert, you need to know airsoft terms so you can buy, take care and use your airsoft equipment better. The sport has many vocabulary that you need to know. But let’s start with the basic.

Airsoft – This is a type of gun that uses air or air pressure to propel projectiles – usually 6mm BB or paintball. It can also refer to the sport or activity where such guns are used. These guns usually resemble real ones.

AEG – This means Airsoft Electric Gun. These type of airsoft guns use electric motors to generate the needed air pressure to propel the projectile.

BB – This is the primary projectile used in airsoft guns and rifles. They are made of plastic and they come in varying weights: 0.12 g, 0.20 g to name a few. Heavier BB are less affected by wind but fly relatively short. As such, heavier BBs are used in more powerful airsoft rifles.

BDU – This stands for Battle Dress Uniform. It refers to the outfit used in the airsoft game. Usually, it depends on the type of terrain that the game is played on. The most common are woodland games and CQB.

Blow Back – This is a feature incorporated in the design of some airsoft guns that make it look more realistic. Just like in real firearms, the slide shoots backwards. Although this is not necessary, it adds realism when playing airsoft games.

CQB – Close Quarter battle is a term used to describe the type of scenario that one is playing. These are usually enclosed spaces where maneuverability, surprise and speed are important. The right airsoft equipment is required so that you won’t have restricted movements.

Gear Box – In an AEG, this is the gears that transfer the needed power to propel the bullet forward. The quality of the AEG’s gear box will determine the quality of the gun.

Ghillie Suit - A special concealment equipment of airsoft enthusiasts. It is used to blend with the surrounding. The ghillie suit's history can be traced back to English game wardens. Some are bought ready made. But anyone can easily make ghillie suits.

Hop-Up – This is an added feature in many airsoft guns that allows the user to adjust the backspin of the BB. Unlike real firearms, there are no barrel bores in the airsoft gun. To increase the distance and maintain a relatively straighter trajectory, hop-ups are included in the design.

FPS – This is a common acronym that airsoft enthusiasts use. It stands for Feet Per Second. This describes how fast the BB exits the airsoft gun. Simply put, the higher the FPS, the more power the gun is. Just keep in mind that airsoft games may have FPS ratings standards that you have to follow.

R.I.S. – This stands for Rail Integration System. This refers to the system of rails on the airsoft gun where you can attach other accessories like scopes, sights, lights and others. This allows the user to customize his unit based on his needs and preferences.

There are many others terms that you will encounter. But these ones will help you survive. When you’re looking for the right equipment, you will definitely hear many of these terms. Moreover, it’s not enough to get the airsoft equipment, you need to speak the lingo and truly feel the thrill of being a weekend warrior. Good luck and happy playing.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Laika,

      I know the feeling. I'm a new dad and my time is spent for my family now. Although, I miss the fun, I create new memories with my family. Who knows, when they grow up, they can enjoy our hobby.

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      Laika 4 years ago

      I used to play this but now that I'm a mom, I just can'y find the time. I mess the dirt. LOL

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Howdy M, Well, it's one thing to look the part. That's easy, just buy the gear. But it's another to actually use the lingo. :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Great post. I never knew about these things until now.