Rebirth of AirSoft Discipline

Over the past little while, many members of our range that have driven up to the Multi-Purpose range, will have noticed a bunch of “warriors” running around the clearing down the hill and to the right of the range … and yes, they are shooting at each other …

This is the rebirth of the Airsoft Discipline on our range …

Overview:

  • Airsoft is a role playing, tactical simulation game similar to Paintball. However, Airsoft marker BBs are much smaller, at just 6mm in size, made of plastic and do not leave paint residue.
  • Game participants generally wear military style camouflage clothing and use equipment which looks very close to their real world counterparts.
  • Game types generally involve 2 or more teams each competing for an objective to “win the battle”.
  • Common scenarios include team elimination, capture the flag, escape & evasion, king of the hill and prisoner rescue.
  • Restrictions on muzzle energy and requirements for safety equipment allow players to shoot their plastic BBs at each other during game play without causing serious harm.
  • All ages are invited to come and try out the sport.  If you are under 16 years of age you will need a parent or legal guardian to participate with you on the field.
  • Organized game days and special events will be posted in the VFGPA Calendar.

Airsoft Range Rules In Brief:

  • You must know and obey all of the VFGPA General Range Rules and the Airsoft Range Rules.
  • The range is for Airsoft BB equipment only & BB ammunition must be biodegradable.
  • Paintball equipment is not permitted on the Airsoft Range.
  • Use a range with a back stop for any other type of air powered firearm.
  • Everyone is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of others on the range.
  • Follow the directions of the Airsoft Range Safety Officer (ARSO) and the Umpires when they are on duty.
  • Eye protection must be worn at all times on the range anywhere beyond the parking lot.
  • The maximum gun elevation is 45° above the horizon.  Do not shoot towards the parking lot or roads.
  • Never shoot towards anyone who isn’t on the field and ready to play.
  • Unload your Airsoft gun and place the safety on whenever you return to the parking lot from the field.
  • Minimum Engagement Distances (M.E.D.) must be enforced during all games.
  • There are 3 Airsoft BB gun classes based on muzzle energy expressed in Joules:
    • Green @ 1.24j – 1.41j; MED @ 5’; Max BB weight @ 0.36g
    • Yellow @ 1.42j – 1.71j; MED @ 15’; Max BB weight @ 0.43g
    • Red @ 1.72j – 2.32j; MED @ 50’; Max BB weight @ 0.43g
  • “Mercy” must be offered when engaging a player at less than the M.E.D. for your gun’s class.
  • Lasers of any type, including gun sights, are prohibited.
  • Commercially made Airsoft BB grenades, BB mines, and marker dust mines are permitted.
  • Commercially made smoke grenades & sound grenades are only permitted when authorized by the ARSO.
  • “Homemade” BB grenades, BB mines, smoke bombs & similar devices are prohibited.
  • Always play with honor and call yours hits even when they are questionable.
  • Do not continue to shoot at players who have called their hits.
  • Body hits, including ricochets, count unless specified otherwise.
  • Weapon hits do not count unless specified otherwise.
  • Do not argue with, threaten or otherwise disrespect the other players; speak with an ARSO if required.
  • You may not switch armbands, or other team identifying devices, to “fool the enemy”.
  • You may not use another team’s challenge / response codes to “fool the enemy”.
  • You may not speak on another team’s radio frequency to “fool the enemy”.
  • Always clean up your garbage including cigarette butts and spent smoke grenades.

Further Information:

Anyone interested in Airsoft is welcome to join our Facebook page.  People who have questions or want to know more can post them on the Facebook page or email airsoft@vfgpa.org if they don’t want to post their questions on the Facebook page.

 

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