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Old September 15th, 2012, 20:22   #1
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Hey, and yes...Im new. I have a few, probably simply questions about Airsoft.

First a little about myself:
My name is James and I live in BC (Vancouver area) and have been a serious paintballer for about 4-5 years. However, one day my buddy bought a really nice Airsoft gun and we talked about making a team. I began to do some research on Airsoft and I've noticed a few differences from paintball (obviously) and Im having trouble understanding some aspects.

#1. Are there ANY "walk-on" Airsoft fields that don't require that "forum sign-up"? Like how paintball fields are, you walk/drive in, pay admission, possibly get rental gear (doubt that for Airsoft), and have fun.

-I've tried Goggle-ing "Places to play airsoft in BC", by it seems like everything is so secretive its so hard to just find a place to simply play.

#2. Do I need that Orange tip? (I don't think so, just need confirmation on that)

#3. Some paintball places run Airsoft games and require "Paintball approved goggles". What exactly does that mean to an Airsofter? JUST the goggles? Or an entire Paintball mask to cover the whole face?

#4. Which leads me to my last question, do I need to protect my mouth for Airsoft? I tried looking up the laws and it doesn't say anything about covering the face (aside from eyes).

-Of course I plan on keeping my mouth safe, just hopefully not with a giant paintball mask...maybe one of those mesh things I see online.


I look forward to my journey to become an Airsoft player, I just need a little help answering these questions. Thank you so much and I appreciate any help given.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 20:31   #2
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1. Why is it hard to post "IN" on a game thread? It takes all of five seconds. Just register, get AV'd, post "in" on whichever game you want to attend. Show up. Most fields would prefer you sign up so they know who and how many players to expect.

2. No you don't need the orange tip that is a US law

3. Paintball goggles are usually masks like Dye/JT's since certain fields insurance policies don't cover ballistic goggles only. Some fields are ok with ballistic z87.1+ rated goggles and a lower mesh mask to protect your teeth depends on the venue.

4. So you don't lose your teeth and end up with a huge dental bill. Usually its highly recommended but player optional unless a field requires full face protection.

Hope that helps.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 20:33   #3
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I do intend on signing up, I was just wondering if there are other options thats all. I look forward to signing up for other games!
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Old September 15th, 2012, 20:37   #4
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1. Why is it hard to post "IN" on a game thread? It takes all of five seconds. Just register, get AV'd, post "in" on whichever game you want to attend. Show up. Most fields would prefer you sign up so they know who and how many players to expect.

2. No you don't need the orange tip that is a US law

3. Paintball goggles are usually masks like Dye/JT's since certain fields insurance policies don't cover ballistic goggles only. Some fields are ok with ballistic z87.1+ rated goggles and a lower mesh mask to protect your teeth depends on the venue.

4. So you don't lose your teeth and end up with a huge dental bill. Usually its highly recommended but player optional unless a field requires full face protection.

Hope that helps.
Thank you, and Yes I will protect my mouth area with a mesh mask I forgot to mention that. Just wanted to know if it strictly had to be a paintball mask (1 piece). I've got a Proto Pro Axis but didn't want to use it for Airsoft.

Thank you for answering, I appreciate it.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 20:40   #5
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1) Not really. You can just show up if you want but problem is that since it's a niche sport/market and there's established gamedays you'd be missing out on knowing whether or not there's a rainout or cancellation or something. Also it's good to get a rough idea of numbers of people who are going to show up. As for venues; either Tsawwassen Paintball, Panther Paintball, or the dedicated "Bigfoot Games" field in Mission. Occasionally night games are held at NSPB and sometimes people try to organize games at RIP/Shock Entertainment.

2) Nope, only US law.

3) Goggles portion only, basically you know how the JT Spectras and Flex8's you can remove the upper sun visor and the lower face portion. If it says PB approved goggles you just need to run the goggles. If it says full face mask then full face mask it is (ie. all of the parts of the mask). Also note that some places allow sealed ballistics or shooting glasses (usually private fields like the places I play at here in AB). They are pretty self explanatory sealed ballistics means sealed so no BB's can get in from any angle (ie. Revision Bullet Ant or ESS Profile/Turbofan/Striker), and glasses are just glasses like the Revision Sawflys or ESS ICE shields. If it says shooting glasses you are free to get more protection (ie. sealed ballistics). Note that PB mask/goggles are usually always approved everywhere since it's still legitimate protection from BB's just like they protect against paintballs.

4) You don't *need* to but you also don't *need* to wear a full face helmet when riding a motorcycle either. You could just wear a "brain bucket" but if you go down you're kind of more screwed than if you were wearing proper protection. As for mouth protection, some people cut away at the sides of their PB mask to protect their teeth but also get a good cheekweld against the stock of their gun. Others wear a shemagh around their mouth hoping to absorb the impact of the BB, "catch" it, and slow down the energy/velocity of the BB coming at their face (just like speedballers have super loose jerseys). Personally I just run around with just a shemagh around my neck and mouth.
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Old September 16th, 2012, 08:49   #6
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Hi James,

Your best bet would be to hit up the BCAC http://s358394304.onlinehome.us/site/ and get familiar with the fellows there. As your local airsoft organization, they would be best suited to get you into the sport and nothing beats a real live person to answer questions.

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Old September 17th, 2012, 14:35   #7
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Some walk on fields are opening up, there is one in Toronto, but for BC I wouldn't know.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 15:52   #8
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You can show up at Bigfoot Games, but if you need to rent you will have to sign up they only have a limited amount of gear.

As well most clubs only play on specific weekends, so you can not just wander out to a field and hope to find a game. You need to check when games are running.

You can find Bigfoot at http://www.gallantent.com/forum/index.php
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