Airsoft is popular hobby among people of all ages, though more prevalent among those in their late teens or twenties. Much like in paintball, gunfire is simulated through the use of non-lethal means; however, instead of firing balls of paint with the aide of carbon dioxide, Airsoft guns fire small plastic pellets, roughly the size of BBs. With many of the pistol-sized guns having to be re-cocked every pellet, proper aiming is essential for success.
Holding Your Gun
It’s a simple concept, but one that many players overlook. Your gun should be held as if it actually were the firearm that it is modeled after. This is particularly true with pistols, where there is little kickback and it can feel perfectly comfortable to hold the gun and fire one-handed. Thus, many players will hold their gun whichever way they feel like. Take the time to identify proper firing stance for your weapon. With pistols, this will entail your dominant hand holding the gun and your non-dominant hand helping to steady it. With larger weapons, there will often be butt-plates, to be nestled against your dominant shoulder, and front grips, separate from the trigger, to be held in your non-dominant hand. Proper form will help keep your gun steady and improve your overall accuracy.
Learning Your Flight Trajectory
No two Airsoft guns will fire entirely identical. While precision is implemented in the construction, there will be minor differences in pellet trajectory from one gun to the next. Learn aim every new gun you buy. Take your gun to an open space, and bring a fresh bottle of pellets with you. Starting at a distance of around 20 feet, aim your gun, look down the sights, and fire off a shot. Through time, by taking note of where shots are going relative to where you are aiming, you can learn the path your gun shoots down, and properly aim at a target in a game. As you get more comfortable with your aim at the short distance, you can slowly progress further back, maximizing the range in which you feel comfortable hitting a target.
Field Testing and the Need to Re-Learn
Just as no two guns will ever fire exactly alike, through time, your gun will experience general wear-and-tear and will require servicing. You should always re-learn your gun’s trajectory after any parts replacement or servicing. In addition, even if you are still using the same setup as your prior off-field testing, your gun’s path may change with time as the parts in your gun become more used. If you notice your accuracy dropping during a session, take the time to re-learn your gun’s path, as it may have shifted.