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Old July 27th, 2008, 01:47   #1
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Safety "FAQ", anyone?

Hi everyone.

Pretty new to airsoft (I used to play with crappy Ebb pistols) but now I'm jumping in the "true" thing. I've bought a new KWA shooting at 400FPS, so I guess this change the game a lil' bit.

I didn't find any good thread for the safety rules (of course I don't mean the obvious one, like shooting full auto in the face at 5 feet), but rather the thing like the minimal distance to shoot, or which type of glasses are "ballistic". Right now I'm using some "Tippman" glasses and mask (yeah, I think it's for paintball, don't flame me hehe). Are gloves necessary? Etc.

Thanks and sorry for crappy english, I'm from Québec!
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Old July 27th, 2008, 02:12   #2
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Goggles/glasses are usually designated by the host of the game. Some hosts prefer the paintball goggles and will state specifically in their thread that paintball goggles are the only eye protection allowed. Nothing else. Mainly because they are "fully closed" and have no gaps that will allow a BB to pass through and cause damage. In the end, its your eyes. Protect them, you'll never get them back.

Just to throw it out there...the engaging range is 10 feet. I think that's what everyone plays with when they play the merci rule. It's just courtesy...if you want to light someone up at close range then ask yourself: "If this happened to me, would I get pissed off?" Do unto others as you would want done unto you. Chances are, if you engage someone up close and personal intentionally...that person will be back on the field in 5-10 minutes.

Gloves, face masks, any sort of 'armor' is not required or needed. But it's up to you. In door games (CQB) I would wear a face mask. I've been hit in the face at close range before, so a full face mask would be worn if I ever went into a CQB game. The BB's leave welts. They sting for like 10 seconds and then all you start thinkin' about is "Why did I leave myself open like that?" If you work in an environment where people will ask a lot of questions and they seem like they won't be completely open minded to your after hours hobby, cover yourself up as best as possible. Just to keep the bruising to a minimal and the questions to a minimal.
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