The 3 Secrets To Conserving BBs


The 3 Secrets of Conserving BBs |

I want to start out this post with a story…

Operator (insert your name of choice) is advancing through the field of battle.  He has eliminated several enemy operators and has made his way behind enemy lines.  His battle buddy was eliminated in a previous engagement, and has not rejoined him.  The Operator favors using automatic fire.  It makes him feel more secure on the battlefield.

The Operator takes a short break to observe his surroundings.

Spotting an enemy coming out of the bushes 30 feet away, the Operator prepares to eliminate him.  The enemy has no idea that the Operator is almost right next to him.

The Operator takes aim, pulls the trigger, and releases, what he thinks, is a hail of automatic fire.

Completely expecting the enemy to call “hit”, the Operator is surprised when the enemy returns a burst of auto then quickly maneuvers behind cover, unscathed.

The Operator ducks back behind his cover.  He hears the thud of semi coming for the enemy’s AEG.

The enemy releases a perfect burst of automatic fire right into the Operator’s barely exposed shoulder.  The strong cross wind allowed the bbs to partially curve around the Operator’s cover making the enemy’s fire even more effective.

On his way back to re-spawn, the Operator checks his mag.  It’s completely empty!  His careless use of automatic through out the round resulted in a lack of ammo at the critical moment.

Lets examine the above story to learn from the accidents/successes of the operators, so we can conserve our bbs better.

Tactical Use of Semi
Some airsofters rarely use the semi function on their AEG.  They prefer to spray auto the whole battle.  Although this may be effective, there is a place for semi.  Here are some tips to using semi to conserve your ammo.

  • Conserve bbs at close range: You can often still be as effective using semi instead of auto at close distances.  Practice using semi on your weapon so you can be accurate and effective.
  • Adjust for cross wind: The enemy operator used semi to get an idea of how his shots where effected by the wind.  This allowed him to use his burst of automatic to it fullest.

Tactical Use of Automatic
Firing auto is a very effective and intimidating tactic.  It also burns up a lot of ammo.  A short three second burst will burn up anywhere from 30-60+ rounds! That is a lot of round out of your mag, even if you are using a 300 round hi-cap.  But there is a place for automatic fire. Below are some good ways to use your auto effectively.

  • Temporary suppression: The enemy in the story used this tactic to force the Operator behind cover so he could maneuver to cover himself.  Using this tactic enabled him to get a few, precious seconds of safety.
  • Quick elimination:  Use auto to eliminate the enemy quickly if you are in a compromising position.  The enemy in the story didn’t have the best cover so he used auto to suppress/eliminate the Operator rapidly.

Target Selection
Selecting a specific target is critical to conserving you bbs.  Narrowing down the scope of your focus will keep you from randomly switching targets, and wasting bbs.  Here are some tips on how to effectively select your target.

  • Focus on what you can do:  The enemy didn’t get caught up in the stress of the moment; and haphazardly sprayed the Operators cover.  He located the Operator’s weak spot (shoulder) and focused on that.
  • Don’t forget the big picture: If you are surprised by a hidden enemy, by all means focus on him and get to cover.  Once the threat of getting eliminate is no longer paramount, try to get a look at your surroundings.  A smart enemy will rarely travel alone (the exception would be a sniper or recon operator), and you may need to turn your focus to another, more deadly enemy.

Comment below and let me know about the most amazing shot you made in battle using semi!


The 3 Rules of Tactical Movement


The 3 Rules of Tactical Movement |

In airsoft you are constantly on the move.  Movement is important to being effective in an airsoft game; but it is also the most likely time you will get eliminated.  I have gotten hit while moving from cover to cover, and it’s very frustrating.  That’s the reason I decided to write this post that will walk (pun intended) you through the basics of moving as a warrior and as a team so you can be effective and tactical.

Here are the 3 rules of tactical movement:

1. Watch your teammates 
I have seen many instances where an airsofter has moved up on the enemy without observing his teammates.  In one instance an airsofter advanced up to engage the opposing force and walked right in front of his battle buddy’s line of fire!  He got away with it that time; but there was a good chance that he could been taken out by friendly fire.

Getting hit by friendly fire, or being in the way of your team, due to not observing you teammates is a great way to help the opposing force win.  Be sure to know where your teammates are and how you can avoid getting in the way while still being effective.

2. Communicate
Communication is vital to successful airsofting.  Talk to your teammates to coordinate when and where you need to move.

If you need to move into a fellow warrior’s line of fire, communicate what you are doing to them and be sure to get their OK before you start moving to avoid friendly fire.

If you aren’t sure where you need to be during an airsoft battle or think that one of your teammates needs your support, ask your teammates for direction.  More experienced teammates, or teammates closer to the action, will be able to give you the information you need to successfully move to a position that will make you more effective.

For a more in-depth look at how to communicate with your teammates check out my 3 Es of Communication Post.

3. Practice Moving
Practice is a vital part of improving any skill.  Set up a course using some bunkers and obstacles in your backyard and practice moving tactically on it.

The military uses a movement system known as 3-5 second rushes.  The idea is that you get up, run for 3-5 seconds (the time it would take an enemy to line up his sights on you), then get down to avoid being hit.  After you are safely behind cover, you shift to a new location behind that cover to avoid being predictable.  Try to incorporate this method into your airsoft practice to prevent getting hit while moving.

Also practice moving side to side (laterally) when getting from cover to cover instead of directly forward.  This way the enemy can’t line up his sights and will have to rely on luck and leading his gun to hit you.

For more information on cover check out my Using Cover post.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on moving while airsofting.  If you have any questions on movement be sure to post them below.  Thanks for reading.



Summer Airsoft Battle Tips


Summer Airsoft Battle Tips |

Summer means a lot of things for airsofters.  Gas guns work better because the air temperature heats up the CO2, creating more gas, allowing for more power.  More players are around because school is out; and many airsoft companies are offering great deals on gear and guns, like the 21% off sale.

Below are some tips for keeping your team mates and yourself safe and effective this summer.

Drink Water
Although this may seem obvious, your body constantly needs water while engaged in battle.  During an airsoft game be sure to drink water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.   Tell your battle buddy to remind you to drink; and do the same for him.

I highly recommend carrying a hydration pack into battle for convenience and portability.

Watch for Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is the beginning stages of heat stroke which can cause major issues.  The signs of heat exhaustion include a head ache, clammy skin, muscle cramps, and extreme thirst.  To avoid heat exhaustion drink plenty of water, take breaks (preferably in an air conditioned room), and try to stay cool while playing.

If you or one of your team mates develops heat exhaustion get them to a cool place, like the shade or an air conditioned room.  Have them sit down and drink plenty of fluids (not sugary or caffeinated drinks).  Wet down some towels, bandanna, or a shirt and use it to cool them down.  It may be best to call off the battle for the rest of the day.

Use the Heat
Learning to use the heat to your advantage is critical to have a fun and successful mission.

While in battle try to position your forces so that your team is in the shade.  Everyone will be more alert, happy, and effective if they aren’t having to deal with the sun beating down on them.

If you can, try to force the enemy to take up position in the sun or have a to crawl through the battlefield with the sun lighting them up.  The more uncomfortable and distracted the enemy is, the less effective he will be.

Try to take a more defensive posture while it is hot to conserve energy and to limit fatigue.  Set up comfortable bunkers; and try to position yourselves where there is a breeze to keep the bugs, sweat, and fogged masks away.

I hope that these tips will help you have a more enjoyable and tactical summer.  Have fun in the sun!



Turkey Hunt


Turkey Hunt |

I really enjoy the sport of hunting.  It combines some of my favorite things, the outdoors, shooting, and hanging out with friends and family.  I recently got my first turkey and I thought that I would share the experience with all of my readers.

While I was out on my turkey hunt, I thought about how airsoft had helped me to fine tune the skills I was using to successfully stalk and shoot my turkey.  Airsoft really did apply to a life experience!  My turkey hunt and other situations have shown me the benefits of airsoft and how I can better apply it.  I want to show you how you can apply it too.

I started out the hunt by locating the turkeys.  They were at a feeder about 75 yards away.  I analyzed the situation (battle plan) and started to make an loop (outflanking maneuver) that would keep me out of their line of sight (stealth).

Turkey Hunt-Start |

The turkeys started to move to the north and I quickly changed (adapted to the enemy) the plan to meet the changing situation.  While keeping out of sight I moved forward to a clump of pines directly north of my position.

Turkey Hunt-Change of Plans |

I got a visual on the turkeys and spotted four of them (intelligence in the field).  I knelt and got a sight picture although I was slightly out of range.

The turkeys continued north and I lost a visual on them.  I decided to loop back around and come in at a different angle to avoid detection.  I then quickly crossed an open area and advanced along the tree line while crouched (low profile).

Turkey Hunt-Backtrack |

I then crawled a short distance through the grass (stealth) while trying to determine what the turkeys would do next (staying one step ahead).  I then popped back up and advanced.

Turkey Hunt-Crawling |

I sighted the turkeys as I came around the corner of the trees.  All four of them were in a line.  I didn’t have time to get in a better shooting position (like prone or kneeling) so I sighted in on them while standing.  I put the bead on the first turkey, but it ducked its head, so I quickly switched to the second.  I pulled the trigger.  One shot later I had my turkey!

Turkey Hunt-Taking the Shot |

Airsofting skills apply to life, so practice hard, battle harder, and translate those skills into situations that come up in your life.

Turkey Hunt Completed |


Airsoft CQB: Room Clearing


Airsoft CQB: Room Clearing |

In the previous post in this series we examined how to enter buildings with a team.  Now we will look at how to clear rooms inside of those buildings.

Start with a two man or more room clearing team.  Enter the room from the same side of the door.

Room Clearing- Starting Position |

The first decision you will have to make is whether you will recon the room or go straight to entering it.  Often times the combat situation will dictate whether you will have time to recon a room or not.  Be aware that if you recon a room in advance you may jeopardize the element of surprise.  Surprise is vital to staying alive in a CQB operation.

One of the best methods of entering a room is the opposite corners method.  The first man into the room, also known as the “point” man (red), preforms the “button hook” upon entering.  The second man (blue) enters and heads for the far corner of the room opposite of the direction the point man has button hooked to.  This will allow both of you to quickly locate enemies and engage them.

Room Clearing- Entering the Room |

After both team members have reached a corner the point man will walk around the perimeter searching for enemies as he goes.

Room Clearing- Walk the Perimeter |

After the point man reaches his teammate they both walk back to the entrance of the room and the second man becomes the new point man.

Room Clearing- Exit |

This method can be adapted to suit the room shape/size or the combat situation.  Several things to keep in mind is that surprise, speed, and teamwork are your allies in CQB room clearing.  Always stay one step ahead of your enemy, use cover, stay at the ready, and work as a team.

In the next post in this series we will take a look at some gear and equipment that will make your CQB missions more enjoyable and make you more effective.

CQB Series:
Basic Tactics for Buildings
Clearing Rooms
CQB Gear


Airsoft CQB: Basic Tactics for Buildings


Airsoft CQB Basic: Tactics for Buildings |

Airsoft Close Quarters Battle(s) (CQB) are some of the most intense and fun battles you can participate in.  In this 3 part series we will examine how to enter buildings, clear rooms, and find out what type of gear and equipment you will need to be effective in a CQB environment.

Note: The use of cover is vital to your success as an effective CQB solider.  You have to know how to move to cover and how to stay nice and tight behind it.  Keeping your gear, elbows, head, etc. close to your body and behind cover is vital.  At such close distances your enemy’s accuracy will be dead on and you have to give him less chances of eliminating you.  Check out this video and this post for more on how to use cover.

Entering Buildings

CQB often involves buildings.  Buildings have rooms.  Rooms make it difficult to eliminate tactical enemies.  There is usually one main entrance (a door) and that is where the enemy will be concentrating his fire power.

There are two methods to entering and “clearing” out buildings.  One method is the noisy method.  Your team enters the building with a lot of shooting and yelling.  The goal is to confuse the enemy and keep him from reacting.  The noisy method also allows you to communicate quickly and get the job done faster.

The other method is the quiet method.  Your team silently enters the building through an unguarded back door or window.  Your team tries to sneak into the heart of the enemy building and eliminate a key enemy, or rescue hostages without being detected.  This method is difficult and risky because the whole plan can fall apart if the enemy finds you before you complete your mission.

Now that you understand the basic methods of clearing a building, let’s look at how to enter a building and start clearing it.

Entering a Building Example

When entering buildings it is best to have at least a 6 man team.  Separate the team into 2 man buddy teams.  Two of these buddy teams will clear rooms and the third buddy team will provide support and prevent the enemy from reoccupying the rooms that have already been cleared.

Buddy Teams for Building Entering |

The team enters the building from the same side of the door or window.  You may want to recon the room you will be entering before hand by cracking open the door and waiting to see if anyone starts shooting.  You can also examine a window from a distance to see if the enemy is using that room.  If you are unsure if the people in the building are enemies or friendly soldiers be sure to yell out your team name upon entering the building.

Entering Buildings Team Formation |

After you have entered the building have the room clearing teams start searching the rooms and eliminating the enemy.  The support team will stay outside of the rooms to eliminate any enemies that try to advance toward the room clearing teams from other rooms.

Room Entering with Team |

The room clearing teams leap frog each other as they clear the building.  The support team moves up just behind the room clearing teams as they “push” the building.

Room Clearing- Leapfrog Method |

If there is only one room clearing team they will snake back and forth between rooms.

Room Clearing- Snake Method |

In the next post in this series we will look at how to clear rooms effectively and without getting eliminated in the process.

CQB Series:
Basic Tactics for Buildings
Clearing Rooms
CQB Gear


Tips From An Airsoft Video



In this video I noticed key points that will enhance your tactics and I wanted to share them.

– at 00:25 you see the Chief eliminate his enemy due to the type of cover that the enemy had selected (a pallet).   I have hidden behind barrels and found out that the small crack in between them makes a nice funnel for enemy fire.  Make sure that the cover you use will effectively protect you from enemy fire.

– at 00:35 the Chief demonstrates tactical reloading.  Notice how he keeps his eyes forward and weapon ready.  It only takes a second for the enemy to move up on you in battle so be at the ready.

– at 00:45 the Chief eliminates an enemy who has foolishly stuck his barrel out of a building window.  Never stick your barrel out a window.  It lets the enemy know exactly where you are and is one of the fast tracks to your own elimination.

– at 00:48 the Chief ‘softens up’ a building by throwing a grenade in before entering.  He uses the door for cover to lower his chances of getting eliminated.  He then performs a “button-hook” maneuver (see below) while entering the room.  The “button hook” allows you to see any enemies that may be hiding in the corner of the room and is very helpful for close quarters operations. Hopefully the Chief has a back up team ready to provide support.

button hook |

Let me know if any of you have an airsoft video you would like me to share and a critique.


Using Corners in Airsoft


Using Corners in Airsoft |

In airsoft you will often encounter operations that require you to go around corners.  Corners can be challenging because you can’t observe what is beyond them.  Don’t walk into a death trap.

Lets look at how to use corners properly and how to avoid getting eliminated.

Tight Method |

Tight Method
The first method you can use when going around corners is to cut the corner tightly.  This method allows you to get maximum use of the cover the corner provides and it is the quickest method.  Its main disadvantage is that it gives you less room to maneuver with your team or with a rifle.  You need to have confidence that your team will back you up and in your abilities within tight spaces.  Be prepared for quick action if there is an enemy around that corner.


Slice the Pie |

“Slice The Pie” Method
Another method you can use is to “slice the pie”.  You “slice the pie” by moving back 5-10 feet from the corner in the 4 o’ clock position.  Then side step around to the 8 o’ clock position keeping your focus, and gun, on the corner.  This method will allow you to have more room to maneuver and more time to react to the enemy.  It requires more room, time, and skill then the tight method which may not make it a good option for some situations.

A Tool for Corners |

A Tool for Corners
A helpful tool you can use on corners is the mirror on a stick.  I created mine using a telescoping rod, a small mirror, and a strip of camo duct tape.  You can also use a small fixed rod instead of a telescoping one.  I keep mine in a utility pouch on my uniform to keep the metal from giving my position away; but you could paint yours with green or tan spray paint.  To use it simply pull it out and stick it around the corner.  Cant it up and down and side to side to see what’s around the corner.  Be careful not to stick you hand or a piece of equipment around the corner or you may get eliminated.

Try using the methods on your next mission.  Good airsofting!