What follows is a complete guide to help you with airsoft games. Using this guide, you can purchase airsoft equipment, as well as prepare and learn how to battle. These are the steps:
First, you need to find your dominant eye that you used for aiming. Here's how. With your palms facing away from you, put one hand over the other so that you form a triangle with your palms. Holding your arms fully outstretched, focus on something in the distance through the triangle. Now, slowly bring your hands back toward your eyes. You will have moved either to the right or left; that side is your dominant eye. That is the eye you will have open when you aim.
Purchase your weapons. You will need a sidearm (a pistol) and a larger weapon (an airsoft shotgun, rifle, or submachine gun).
Check out reviews online; don't just go by the pictures and ads. Remember, FPS (feet per second) is just a basic indicator, nothing more. Some high-quality guns have low FPS ratings. FPS can be increased with upgrades.
Learn the rules of battle and some strategy (guides can be found online). Then, the role you choose in battle will determine your selection of weapon. For instance, a field person would use a longer barrel gun such as a sniper rifle or M16. For CQB (close quarters battle), you will need a short barrel such as a airsoft shotgun or carbine.
If you want a rifle, it's best to go with an AEG (airsoft electric gun) because they or fully automatic so you won't need to cock them constantly. Spring guns will do just fine for sniper rifles. There are AEG and even gas rifles but they are more expensive than not recommended.
Use green gas guns for pistols. Buy extra magazines for all guns, but especially gas guns, to save time reloading.
Pistols will run $75 and up, AEG rifles $100 and up, while good sniper rifles go for $110 and up. Buy only batteries that are recommended for your gun.
Use only high grade BB's because cheaper ones can break in the barrel and Jim. Use silicone oil for cleaning your guns.
With your guns selected, next you need to put together a team. Get your friends together and test their shooting abilities. Then give them positions and roles accordingly. For instance, those with better aim will make good snipers, and those with poor aim will be better with shotguns or in CQB. Most will need training in basic field tactics. There are some really good books you can find on warfare tactics. This will cover things like stealth, spy, open field and close quarters tactics.
Have your team members by their own equipment, if possible. That way, they'll take better care of it. And they will be happier with what they bought.
Don't be afraid to get shot when in battle (this is something everyone has to learn), because you will be shot many times regardless of how good you are. You'll get used to it, it doesn't hurt that much.
Make good use of cover and camouflage. It can make the difference in winning and losing.
Using your weapons means something will eventually break. It's not necessary to bring spare parts into the field, but it is good to have backup weapons to anticipate this. No use ruining your day because of a broken part. If you find one particular part seems to break repeatedly, consider replacing it with a better part than the original. If you go online, you will find a number of replacement parts made by third parties, just like auto parts. Spending some time online researching the companies that make these parts will give you a good feel for who provides the best value for the dollar. In other words you may regret that couple of bucks that you saved when your gun jams in the battle.
One more point about maintenance: when guns start to shoot at a lower FPS or velocity, the gun's spring has probably weakened and needs to be replaced. (Of course, make sure the battery is fully charged and all of the gun's internals are lubricated and in good working order.) The best way to check springs is to chrono them, that is, use an instrument to measure the FPS.