Frequently Asked Questions


What is Airsoft?

Where do you play your games?

Do I have to camp out?

What should I expect from these games?

What do I need to get started?

Airsoft Gear Checklist

What are the FPS limits?

What if my velocity is just a few FPS over 400?

What about Special Weapons[Claymore, Grenade, M203, etc]?

When does registration close?

How do I register?

Can my team play together?

Do you allow spectators or camera operators?

What about weather? Do you play if it rains?

When is the deadline for payment?

What about cancellations and refunds?

What is acceptable eye / face protection?

What about face protection?

Where can I get all this stuff?

What else should I bring?

How do I sponsor an event or get sponsored?

Which is better: Paintball or Airsoft?

How do you know if you've been hit?

Does it hurt to get hit?

How are teams determined? What about new players?

How do you tell the teams apart?

Is airsoft less expensive than paintball?

Do I have to wear BDU's to play?

Which camoflauge pattern should I plan to wear?

I have (this) gun but it doesn't match my uniform? Can I still use it?

Is it o.k. to use my spring, gas, or classic gun?

Can I carry more than one airsoft gun?

Where is a good place to buy airsoft?

Does Combat Enterprises sell guns or equipment?

Are there any retail stores or walk in locations?

Why do we have to buy field ammo, only?

How much is the field ammo?

How much ammo will I use?

Does anyone rent guns or have a place to try them first?

What are the age requirements? How old do you have to be?

Is there any place for minors to play?

Can minors bring signed waivers with them? Where do they get them?

How does airsoft work?

What is 'Hop Up? and what does it do'

What is velocity?

What is the reason for higher velocity?

Are there 'sniper' or other higher velocity rules?

My gun is shooting 400-and-something (over 400); can I still use it?

I have an (x) gun that shoots (x) fps, a (y) gun that shoots (Y) fps,
and a (z) gun that shoots (z) fps; which one can I use?

Can I use my Laser?

Can I chrono with the .25g BIO ammo?

What about upgrades?

Where is a good place for upgrades?

Are most people playing with modified weapons or stock?

Do people play with a variety of guns?

How far does a .25g bb reduce velocity?

Do you do repairs or upgrades?

What is the best airsoft gun?

Will it be o.k. to play with (this) type of gun?

What is the best brand or manufacturer?

What has the best range of spring, gas, or electric?

What is the best gun for sniping?

What is the accuracy?

Does airsoft shoot paintballs?

What are they made of?

How reliable are they?

Is airsoft safe?

What about batteries?

How long do batteries last?

How many batteries should I get?

Would it be better to get two 1200mah or one 2000mah battery?

What is the best charger?

What are the correct settings for my charger?

Where can I find players in my area?

How do I start my own airsoft club?

Are they legal to import?

Where can I use airsoft guns?

Is airsoft legal where I live?

Will my guns get seized by customs if I order from overseas?

What about the California toy gun law?

Is is o.k. to fly with airsoft guns?

What is proper handling for airsoft guns?

What do you use smoke for?

Can we use paint grenades?

Can we use smoke grenades or pyrotechnics?

Do the Lieutenants get to play? Will the Sergeants get more action?

How do you keep score?

What do you use for communication?

What can I do to practice for these events?

I am totally new to airsoft. I just purchased my gun and gear. What pointers do you have for beginners?

Are any Centurions selling guns or equipment?

What if I have a question about something I see on the website?

What if I have a question that's not on here?



What is Airsoft?

Airsoft is a recreational game and collector's hobby.

Airsoft guns are highly detailed replicas of authentic firearms. They are exact in every detail to their real counterparts. They use electric, spring, or gas power to shoot 6mm bb's.

They have an effective range of up to 200' and most are fully automatic. The bb's they shoot weigh only .20 gram so they do not hurt nearly as much as paintball. The bb's leave no mark and calling yourself out is on the honor system. Airsoft is a game of honor.

These realistic looking guns are combined with authentic looking uniforms and scenarios to play live wargames.

Similiar to paintball, players compete in mock combat but with much more attention to theatrics and roleplaying. Airsoft players focus on the fantasy aspect of the game as opposed to the purely competive sport of paintball. Effectively, airsoft players like to 'play army' in a safe and friendly environment.

Play Airsoft!  The Ultimate Fantasy War Game!

This exotic hobby is in no way 'militant' except for the looks of the guns and gear. Realistic looking guns and uniforms add to the gaming experience. Just as with video games or war movies, players enjoy the thrill of mock combat to challenging their teamwork and fieldcraft skills. In addition, playing airsoft is great way to excercise, enjoy the outdoors, and camaraderie with fellow players.

Where do you play your games?

We produce events throughout the West Coast.

Please consult the Area of Operations page and the Airsoft Event Calendar for a complet list of dates.

Our Picture Gallery is a great place to view the different locations we have played as well.

Do I have to camp out?

It depends on the game.

"Day games" are just that. Simply register for directions then show up to the game and play for the day.

Our weekend events run from Fri-Sun and are based on camping. However, you may also stay in town and play during the day. You must make the Friday night briefing! The locations vary and can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 1-2 hours from the nearest hotel.

What should I expect from these games?

A fun-filled weekend of exciting airsoft action!

Lots of great players and good people interested in airsoft scenario wargaming. Contests, prizes, awards, raffles, military objectives, props, vehicles -the list goes on and on!

The games differ in that some are more complex than others. Weekend scenario events, for example, are much more sophisticated than day events and CQB tournaments are something entirely different as well. Be sure to read the event information page for each event to see what it offers and what you should expect.

What do I need to get started?

There are four basic requirements to attend Combat Enterprises events:

1) Airsoft Gun
2) Safety Gear (Eyes & Face)
3) Uniform
4) Honor and Sportsmanship

Airsoft Gun

You may use any type of airsoft gun as long as it does not exceed the velocity limits.

Safety Gear - Eyes

Eye Protection:
  MILSPEC, ANSI or ASTM rated goggles with a full seal.

No glasses; they must be fully sealed goggles. No mesh goggles.

Safety Gear - Face Protection

  Ages 18+: Any type of facemask (fabric, neoprene, etc).
  Ages 13-17 must use a "hard" mask (plastic or mesh).

Safety glasses, tactical glasses, military dust goggles, etc. are unacceptable. Goggles must have a FULL SEAL around the edges and stamped with a MILSPEC, ANSI, or ASTM rating on them.

Paintball Goggles with 'thermal lenses' are recommended or your goggles might fog up during play. A sweatband or something on your forehead will help as well.

Uniform

The minimum dress requirement is a set of military pattern pants and shirt. (aka BDU's or Battle Dress Uniform.)

Most games require certain patterns. ACU, Multicam, and Woodland are the most common but most players have more than one set:

Boots are optional, but highly encouraged. Headgear and other garments should be in subdued colors. You do NOT want to stand out on the battlefield!

Your uniform is just as important as your airsoft gun for the looks of the game. We do not allow civilian wear and care should be taken to accure a proper uniform. Start with pants and a shirt then focus on your accessories such as headgear, webgear, gloves, etc. A pair of good boots is a wise investment for their longevity and comfort on the field.

Honor and Sportsmanship

Honor and sportsmanship is expected at all times.

Airsoft is a game of honor. This goes for velocity limits, ammo rules, calling yourself out on the field, etc. Cheating is grounds for immediate ejection from the game and ban from the field.

Sportsmanship is expected both on and off the field. Players are expected to behave like gentlemen and there is no tolerance for attitude or belligerence.

Your actions on the field is a reflection of your character. We have developed a fun and friendly environment and expect to keep it that way. Any other behaviour jeopordizes your ability to participate and you simply will not be invited back.

Airsoft Gear Checklist

PRIMARY EQUIPMENT:
  Airsoft Gun
  Paintball Goggles/Mask (w/Thermal Lenses)
  Battle Dress Uniform (BDU's)
  Headgear
  1-3 Hi Capacity Magazines
  1-2 Hi Capacity Batteries
  Battery Charger (w/DC capability)
  Watch or other Timepiece

SECONDARY EQUIPMENT:
  Harness (belt + suspenders) or Tac Vest
  Boots
  Gloves
  FRS Radio
  Canteen or CamelBack

ADDITIONAL:
  Money for admission and ammo.
  Sweatband or headwrap
  Small rag to wipe goggles
  Note: Never touch thermal lenses! You must use micro-fiber cloth or you will scratch them.

Be sure to invest in good quality gear. Otherwise, you'll suffer on the field when it breaks on you. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for so spend a little extra and it'll pay off in the long run.

What are the FPS (velocity) limits?

Outdoor: 400 fps (ft/sec) or less with .20g ammunition.
Indoor: 320 fps (ft/sec) or less with .20g ammunition.

All guns will be checked with a chronograph and tagged before they are allowed on the field. This is done to ensure safety.

What if my velocity is just a few FPS over 400?

The best thing to do is chronograph your gun before the game and find out exactly what it is shooting. You can purchase your own or your local airsoft/paintball store should have a chrono you can use.

Once you find out, there are measures you can take to reduce your FPS by small amounts:

Compress your Spring

Springs will soften and break in after a while. Compress your spring and leave it that way for a few days to expedite this process. That means, with your magazine out and goggles on, shoot the gun sporadically in semi-auto until you see the piston in the back position and leave it.

Velocity Reducers

Airsoft retailers sell Velocity Reducers that attach to the muzzle of your gun. They have various inserts you can adjust that will reduce your FPS.

Beyond the Basics

Beyond that you must go to the gun internals and it's best to let an airsoft tech do that unless you know what you're doing. However, there's plenty of info on the internet for the mechanically inclined who want to give it a try for themselves.

What about Special Weapons [Claymore, Grenade, M203, etc]?

Airsoft special weapons use regular bb "to hit" rules just like counterparts. They may only shoot bb's such as airsoft claymore, grenade, launcher shells, etc. Tripwires are not allowed.

We issue our own heavy weapons that have a burst or anti-vehicular effect in order to keep the game balanced. You are welcome to use any bb device you like with regular hit rules.

How do I register?

Each event has its own registration page. Read the game information for each event and follow the registration instructions.

When does Registration close?

Usually, the night before the game for day events or 7-10 days prior to the weekend events. Do not procrastinate! Register ASAP if you think you might go. There is no harm in registering so just do it.

Can my team play together?

Of course! Be sure to use the same team name when you register and you will be assigned to the same unit.

Do you allow spectators or camera operators?

Negative. When we play we are both our own actors and audience. Spectators take away from the realism and everyone must participate.

Family and significant others are the only exception should they wish to stay off field during an event.

Camera operators distract players from their game and we do not allow them to stand around. Participating players may take combat photographs, only. Please do not e-mail for exceptions.

However, sometimes we can use volunteers to play 'non-combatants' as part of the scenario such as a POWs, hostages, correspondants, etc. It's a great way to see some action and we provide the neccessary gear so please if you're interested.

What about weather? Do you play if it rains?

Of course. Soldiers do not get the luxury of selecting their weather and neither do we.

Play Airsoft!  The Ultimate Fantasy War Game!

If you're concerned about getting wet, just wear a poncho or rain suit and boonie hat. The poncho will keep you and your gun dry and the boonie hat will keep water off your goggles. Also, you can wrap your gun in cling wrap to cover up any exposed wiring.

When is the deadline for payment?

This depends on the event. Be sure to read the event information thoroughly.

What about cancellations and refunds?

This depends on the event. Be sure to read the event information thoroughly.

What is acceptable eye / face protection?

Safety Gear - Eyes

Eye Protection:
  MILSPEC, ANSI or ASTM rated goggles with a full seal.

No glasses; they must be fully sealed goggles. No mesh goggles.

Safety Gear - Face

  Ages 18+: Any type of facemask (fabric, neoprene, etc).
  Ages 13-17 must use a "hard" mask (plastic or mesh).

Safety glasses, tactical glasses, military dust goggles, etc. are unacceptable. Goggles must have a FULL SEAL around the edges and stamped with a MILSPEC, ANSI, or ASTM rating on them.

Where can I get all this stuff?

Airsoft: Visit our links page for a list of airsoft retailers.

Reminder! Guns must be 400fps or less with .20g ammo. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Ammunition: BB's are always for sale at our events.

Battery Charger: Available from airsoft retailers and hobby shops such as www.towerhobbies.com.

Eye / Face Protection: Visit our links page for a list of airsoft retailers.

Note: We recommend 'thermal' lenses to avoid fogging up. Never touch them inside -it's sticky and you'll smudge them. Get the microfiber cloth they sell, too, or just plain hot water and shake them dry if you even have to touch them at all.

Battle Dress Uniform ('BDU') Blouse and Trousers: Airsoft retailers, surplus stores, gun shows, or online.

Google 'BDU' for online retailers or check your local yellow pages under 'surplus', look for posters or ads for upcoming gun shows in your neighborhood or other suppliers as listed on our links page.

On the Peninsula, there is a surplus store called Mtn View Surplus in Mtn View.

In the South Bay, there is The Mountain View in Campbell and Steven's Creek Surplus in San Jose is another one.

In the East Bay, try Berkely Surplus in Berkeley.

J&S Surplus store is located on Hwy 1 in Moss Landing, too.

Boots, Web Gear/LBD (Pistol Belt & Suspenders), tac vests, ammo pouches, canteens, gloves, t-shirts, headwrap/bandana, facepaint, gun slings, gun cases: Surplus store or on-line (see BDU above.)

Radios: FRS radios are the most popular and we recommend the Motorola Talkabout series.

Radios are becoming crucial on the battlefield and everyone quickly realizes how important it is to have one. This is an important investment so be sure to get a good model with full channel capabilities, LCD screen, battery meter, and other advanced features. They come with many accessories and most use the ear bud w/PTT or the headset with boom mike. Talkabouts can be purchased at most department stores and the internet so search around for the best deal.

Camping Supplies: Sporting goods or other department stores and surplus stores, too. Watch for specials in your local paper for the best deals on sleeping bags, tents, stoves, etc.

The following is a fairly comprehensive to help start building your collection:

  • tent
  • ground cloth/tarp or shelter
  • sleeping bag
  • extra clothing, sweater, jacket
  • pillow
  • lantern
  • blanket
  • flashlight
  • propane cooking stove
  • cooking, eating utensils, pots/pans
  • mess kit
  • coffee mug
  • toilet gear
  • towel
  • groceries
  • dishwashing equipment
  • warm stuff- hat, gloves, warm socks,
    neck gator, long underwear
  • plastic garbage bags
  • camera
  • paper towels
  • insect/mosquito repellent
  • fresh water jug
  • charcoal/barbque tools
  • folding chair
  • sun block
  • knife
  • sun glasses
  • camera
  • backpack
  • airsoft gear
  • hatchet
  • can opener
  • grill
  • pot holder
  • compass
  • first aid kit
  • matches/lighter
  • radio

What else should I bring?

A timepiece is very important. We time the games and the 'dead men' periods so you need a watch to know what's going on.
We often play in desolate places so plan to have water, food, etc. and maybe an ice chest to keep everything cold.
A rag is good to have while playing in case you sweat and fog your goggles or some kind of sweat band or head wrap is even better.
Money for ammo, field fee, food, gas, etc.
Extra batteries (for gun and radio.)
Battery charger (12v dc capable to run off your car.)
Zip Loc bags or something to hold loose ammo.
Camera.
Folding Chair.
Tecnu (poison oak repellent.)
Change of clothes.

How do I sponsor an event or get sponsored?

If you are a retailer or club that would like to sponsor or host a game, please for a Sponsor Package.

What is better: Paintball or Airsoft?

Both airsoft and paintball are fun in their own way so there's no real answer to that question. Each game has it's own attraction and are very different. It's a personal preference, really.

How do you know if you've been hit?

Airsoft is strictly an honor system. There is no mark. If you feel or even see yourself get hit you immediately call yourself out. At long ranges, or with thick clothing, or gear, you may only hear the bb strike you but again you must honor the hit and immediately call yourself out.

Airsoft does not work without honor. To disregard a hit and play on defeats the fundamental purpose of the game: to shoot your opponent out. If you cannot respect this, you have no business being on the field; you ruin it for the others and yourself, too.

We have a no tolerance policy about this and all the rules for that matter. Cheating is grounds for ejection from the games and chances are you won't be invited back. This would be a real shame considering what you would be missing. Fortunately, we've had very few problems with this and can give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

Does it hurt to get hit?

Far less than paintball. Paintball has been described to be like snapping a thick, rubber band on your arm so airsoft would have to be a small rubber band. At close ranges, they can sting pretty good and even leave a small cut or welt, but at longer ranges they can be hard to feel as the bb's slow down and sometimes you don't feel them hit you at all. The impact depends greatly on the range and velocity of the gun. We do not allow anything over 400fps for safety reasons.

How are teams determined? What about new players?

We always balance the teams for fair play. Typically, we split the new and veteran players up before the game and mix them evenly for well balanced teams.

How do you tell the teams apart?

Scenario events have mandatory uniform requirements and we use the pattern to tell the forces apart. Day games use armbands that are issued prior to the game for simplicity.

Is airsoft less expensive than paintball?

Considerably. Airsoft guns cost no more than mid-range paintguns nowadays. Even with extra mags, batteries, and other accessories, it's not more than the initial paintball investment but much less expensive to play. Since you recharge batteries for airsoft, there's no CO2 or Nitrogen fills required and the ammo is far less: about 1/5th the cost of a case of paintballs for the same amount of bb's.

Do I have to wear BDU's to play?

Affirmative! Some type of military clothing is required. BDU's, jumpsuit, military t-shirt, etc. This varies according to the event. Read the game info for each event to find out the requirements.

Which camoflauge pattern should I plan to wear?

This depends on the event. Read the requirements ahead of time before you register.

I have (this) gun but it doesn't match my uniform? Can I still use it?

Affirmative. While we strive to have guns that match our uniforms, we also understand that not everyone has a huge arsenel to choose from. Any airsoft gun may be used, in accordance with our FPS rules, but strive to match your gun to your uniform whenever possible.

Is it o.k. to use my spring, gas, or classic gun?

You're welcome to use any type of airsoft gun as long as it does not exceed the velocity limits.

Our games tend to consist of huge, intense firefights and rifles significantly outrange any pistol or submachinegun. This means you need the range, power, and high capacity mags of an AEG (Airsoft Electric Gun) or risk being severely outgunned. Gas guns are typically seen as sidearms or at the CQB games we occasionally stage where pistols and submachineguns are more prevelant.

Can I carry more than one airsoft gun?

You can carry as many guns as you wish. Most players have a sidearm and many carry extra guns for back up so go for it!

Where is a good place to buy airsoft?

There are many places to purchase airsoft guns and equipment and we recommend you shop around for the best deal.

Reminder! Guns must be 400 fps or less with .20g ammo. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Does Combat Enterprises sell guns or equipment?

Negative. We produce airsoft events. Be sure to join the mailing list for updates!

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Are there any retail stores or walk in locations?

Affirmative. Airsoft Extreme has a retail location in Santa Clara.

How much ammo will I use?

That depends on how much you shoot. Most players use 1-2 bags per day and some use twice that. It depends on your style and the type of game.

What are the age requirements? How old do you have to be?

Our fields are open to ages 13 and over for monthly gaming. Scenario games/weekend events can have different age requirements so be sure to read the event information.

Is there any place for minors to play?

Affirmative! Sequoia Airsoft is open every 2nd and 4th Sunday for all ages 13 and over.

Can minors bring signed waivers with them? Where do they get them?

Minors may bring their signed waivers with them. You'll receive waivers via e-mail after you register for the game.

Waivers are good for one year and renewed annually every March.

How does airsoft work?

Airsoft guns use spring, gas, or electric power to propel a round 6mm pellet with compressed air. Simply put; they are airguns or 'bb' guns. Very cool looking bb guns!

The spring types or 'springers' are seldom seen on the battlefield because they only fire one shot at a time before having to cock the spring again for the next shot, like a bolt-action rifle, and that's not very effective against full auto AEG's -unless you are sniping with a sniper rifle.

Gas powered guns are fed by magazines that contain both the ammo and the gas. They are filled up by squirting the canned gas into the magazine similar to filling a butane lighter and the bb's are spring fed. They have better power than the spring guns, but run out of gas too quickly to be of much use on the battlefield. They are very fun to use, though, since they have some kick and the actions slide back and forth every shot like their real counterparts. Many airsoft pistols are gas powered and most players use gas pistols as sidearms for both the good looks and as emergency back up.

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Airsoft Electic Guns, or 'AEG's are the most common type of airsoft delivery system due to their superior range, power, and longevity on the battlefield. They use rechargeable battery packs and are fully automatic. They are fed by 'hi capacity' magazines that hold a resevour of bb's that are fed up into the gun by winding up a little crank similiar to winding a watch. The tension on this spring keeps the bb's feeding into the gun and it has to be wound up periodically. After a while, it becomes second nature.

What is 'Hop Up? and what does it do'

The 'hop up' mechanism creates a backspin on the bb that you can adjust. Increased backspin makes the bb rise and too much makes the bb arc upwards. Too little backspin and the bb arcs downward as it normally would. It's an easy adjustment as you shoot, then adjust, then shoot again until you see the bb's fly straight and true. This flattened trajectory provides more range and even better accuracy since you do not have to 'lob' the shots like a paintgun.

What is velocity?

Velocity is the speed at which the bb travels measured in FPS (feet per second.) After many years of play testing we have found that 400 fps with .20 gram ammo is safe without being too painful yet adequate for gaming purposes as far as range and having enough impact so the target can feel the hit. 320 fps with .20g ammo is the limit for indoor combat due to the close engagement ranges.

What is the reason for higher velocity?

Higher velocity provides some added range and power.

Are there 'sniper' or other higher velocity rules?

Negative. All guns must chrono at 400 fps or less with .20g ammo (or, 320 fps for indoor) only. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Combat Enterprises uses a unique set or rules that will challenge your abilities as a sniper with stealth, fire control, and target aquisition. The equipment is not nearly as important as your fieldcraft. High power guns will make no difference the way we have devised the rules. This is by design for safety reasons.

Our rules focus on target aquisition, camoflauge, marksmanship, and patience. It's the player, not the gun that matters most.

My gun is shooting 400-and-something (over 400); can I still use it?

Negative. All guns must chrono 400 or LESS. Tune them for sub-400 velocities with a .20g bb. This is an insurance requirement and will not change so please do not email for exceptions.

I have an (x) gun that shoots (x) fps, a (y) gun that shoots (Y) fps, and a (z) gun that shoots (z) fps; which one can I use?

You may use any airsoft gun or device as long as it shoots 400fps or less with .20g ammo.

AEG's are the most desireable for their high capacity ammo, batteries, and power. Gas guns are less desireable and usually only used as sidearms. Spring guns aka "Springers" will be severely outgunned by the AEG's and no one really uses them except for Sniper Rifles.

Can I use my Laser?

Red lasers are ok as long as you do not aim them at they eyes.

Green lasers are not allowed at all!

Can I chrono with the .25g BIO ammo?

Negative. All guns are measured with .20g ammo. We provide field magazines loaded with .20g and measure all guns with our ammo. 400fps at .20g is the common denominator for measuring, then you may play with the .25g once your gun has been checked.

What about upgrades?

Stock AEG's typically shoot around 280-310 fps with no upgrades and can be upgraded higher for more range and power. Upgrades usually consist of a stronger spring which snaps the piston harder to achieve higher velocity.

An upgraded spring guide, different types of pistons and cylinders, tight bore barrels, etc. and combinations of the above can affect velocity as well. Upgrades are designed for both improved performance and more durability but never required to play in our games.

Barrel: A tight bore barrel will increase velocity and accuracy. Velocity increase depends greatly on the length of the barrell (5-10 fps for 'short' barrells up to 35-45 fps for 'long' barrels.) Accuracy is significantly improved and makes for tighter groupings.

The downside is that you must use high quality ammo and clean the barrel often to prevent jamming. Clean your tight bore barrell after every game and dry swab it with your cleaning rod until the patches come out clean.

Spring: A more powerful spring will increase your fps (foot per second) velocity. The downside is increase wear and tear on your gears and piston teeth. High power springs can strip gears, crack gear boxes, nozzles, etc. Durability is the trade off for more power.

Gears: Upgraded gears are more durable and depending on the spring and gear ratio, can increase your rate of fire (ROF). Upgraded gears are recommended when using any spring higher than an M100.

Cylinder, cylinder head: Different types of cylinders have differnet sizes of ports that affect the air pressure and thus the velocity as well.

Piston, piston head: More durability.

Battery: Increased capacity last longer (Mah) and higher voltage increases ROF (rate of fire).

Motor: Higher ROF.

A faster motor usually allows for a faster rate of fire, however which battery you use with your gun also drasticly affects rate of fire.

Gearbox: Upgraded metal gearboxes aka mechboxes are more durable and less likely to crack with upgraded internals.

Other Upgrades: In addition to performance upgrades, there is also a variety of aftermarket parts and kits for the guns. Shop around through the various airsoft distributors on our links page for tons of accessories and other goodies.

Where is a good place for upgrades?

There are many places that offer upgrades service so we recommend you shop around for the best deal.

Are most people playing with modified weapons or stock?

Originally, most players play with stock guns. It's nice to have a little extra range and power, but upgrades make for more wear and tear and need significantly more maintenance. Many players have been playing with stock guns for years and upgrades are in no way required to participate. It's the player, not the gun. You find 'game' with experiance on the field -not in a box of parts.

Nowadays, retailers offer upgraded guns and gun packages and they are quite common on the battlefield.

Do people play with a variety of guns?

Absolutely. Everyone has different taste in their choice of airsoft fashion and you'll see many different types at our games. Check out the picture gallery to see what we mean.

How far does a .25g bb reduce velocity?

Since the .25g bb is heavier than a .20g bb, it reduces the velocity. This varies greatly with the length and type of barrell from 5-10 fps for 'short' barrels up to 35-45 fps for 'long' barrells.

Many players prefer using .25g bb's because the heavier bb flies straighter and makes more of an impact.

Do you do repairs or upgrades?

Negative.

What is the best airsoft gun?

Since all of the airsoft guns use similiar types of internal mechanisms, there's no answer to this except to get the one you like. All AEG's can be upgraded the same so aside from magazine capacity, barrel length, and battery size it's all cosmetic on the outside, so just get the one that turns you on!

Will it be o.k. to play with (this) type of gun?

You're welcome to use any type of airsoft gun as long as it does not exceed the velocity limits.

Our games tend to consist of huge, intense firefights and rifles significantly outrange any pistol or submachinegun. This means you need the range, power, and high capacity mags of an AEG (Airsoft Electric Gun) or risk being severely outgunned. Gas guns are typically seen as sidearms or at the CQB games we occasionally stage where pistols and submachineguns are more prevelant.

What is the best brand or manufacturer?

Tokyo Marui is the orginal manufacturer for AEG's and many pistols as well. There are some others made by different manufacturers, but the quality can be disappointing.

Nowadays, there are many airsoft manufactures and quality can varely widely. It's best to do some research and read reviews. Invest in a reputable manufacturer or you might be very dissapointed.

What has the best range of spring, gas, or electric?

Range depends on the type of spring and other components inside the AEG or spring gun so it doesn't matter between the two. Classic gas guns are easy to upgrade because you simply adjust the pressure, but these types of guns are outdated and hardly seen any more.

What is the best gun for sniping?

A longer barrel helps with accuracy, but otherwise all the guns shoot the same round the same velocity so just get the gun that you like. Some have chosen a single shot sniper rifle only to find they wished they had full auto on the field to keep up with the other AEG's so be realistic in your decision.

What is the accuracy?

Airsoft guns are inherrently more accurate than paintguns because of the smaller, solid projectile and the better ballistics it provides. They are even accurate enough to use a low power magnified scope with precision.

Below are range results for a typical airsoft gun:

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As you can see, the guns are very effective. At 90' (or 30 yds), you can still hit a very small target on the first shot at least half the time and every time on full auto.

At 150', which is 50 yds or half a football field, they are still accurate enough to take out a larger target 8 out of 10 times and even at 180' full auto still does the trick!

Upgrades, scopes, etc. will improve the performance as well.

Does airsoft shoot paintballs?

6mm paint pellets exist but they are hardly seen. They are unreliable as far as both breaking on the target and in the guns which is very difficult to clean.

What are they made of?

Airsoft guns are a combination of plastic and metal and weigh very close to their real counterparts. Most have many metal parts and aftermarket metal bodies or parts are available as well. They are very realistic looking down to the most minute detail and must be handled like real firearms for safety purposes and never in public.

Treat them with the same respect you would have for a real firearm! Keep them unloaded in gun cases, do not transport them around unless going to/from events and never, ever brandish them in public.

How reliable are they?

As with any sophisticated toy, they are subject to wear and tear but we have had guns going for years now and they should last at least that long with regular cleaning and maintenance.

Barrel cleaning is crucial as is keeping the dust and dirt out. Aside from that, a little silicon spray in the receiver every once and a while and good cleanings should last you quite a while. Upgraded guns are harder on the internals and can require additional maintenance.

Is airsoft safe?

Airsoft is very safe. It is almost identical to paintball in that the only way you can get hurt is by removing your eye protection. That is the number one golden safety rule on the field and everyone abides by it so it doesn't happen. Otherwise, the most common injury are sprained ankles from running and even so paintball still ranks safer than golf, swimming, or bowling.

What about batteries?

General

Batteries in AEGs (Automatic Electric Guns) are not your off the shelf Duracells or Energizers. They are re-chargeable batteries based on Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) or Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) technology. They come in several cell sizes, but the 2 main ones we need are the Sub-C (large cell) or the smaller cell. Both come in a variety of shapes to suit different guns.

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Size and Shape

The size of the battery used depends largely on the gun you have or want. The general rule is the larger the gun the larger the battery that can be used. For stock (un-modified) AEGs there are 3 main battery shapes ­ however they are not always universal.

  Large pack: Larger cells, longer durability, Tamiya (standard) connector, double line of cells
  Small pack: Smaller cells, shorter durability, Kyosho (mini) connector, double line of cells
  Stick: Smaller cells, single line of cells, Kyosho (mini) connector

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Note: Tamiya or "standard" connectors are larger than the Kyosho "mini" ones. Both are readily available from airsoft retailers and hobby stores.

Large PacksSmall Packs (Mini)Stick Packs (AK)
M16A1
M16VN
M16A2
MP5 SD5
G3 A3
G3 SG/1
AK-47
FAMAS F1
FAMAS SV
CAR15
XM-177 E2
M4A1
MP5 A5
MP5 SD6
G3 A4
MC-51
AUG Military
AUG Civillian
PSG-1
MP5 K
MP5 PDW
AK-47S
Uzi
SIG 550
SIG 551
SWAT
PSG-1

Tip! If Kyosho connectors are hard to come-by swap them over to Tamiya connectors, but remember to replace the ones on your AEG as well.

Voltage

The magic number 8.4 volts (V) ­ all you need if you are starting off with a stock AEG. All stock batteries provide this voltage.

Each cell outputs 1.2V, so an 8.4V battery uses 7 cells. This provides you with good Rate of fire (RoF) on a stock or lightly modified gun. If you plan to use 7.2V batteries you are going to be disappointed, they significantly decrease the RoF and in some cases just won't turn the motor, so stick to 8.4V. If you want a higher RoF or have a modified gun with a stronger spring you will need a battery that will supply a higher voltage ­ 9.6V. You can use 8.4, 9.6, 10.8, and 12V batteries with AEG's. But the latter, 10.8 and 12V, should only be used on highly-modified guns ­ least you want to vaporise your nice reliable AEG by burning out the motor or stripping your gears.

Specifically 10.8V and 12V batteries should only be used with highly modified guns. But be warned a higher voltage will increase wear and tear significantly on un-modified guns.

Tip! Increase in voltage will increase your rate of fire and wear on your AEG

Amperage/Capacity

mAh stands for milli Amp hours ­ or how long the cell will supply a specified current for (1 hour). E.g. a 1400 mAh battery will supply 1400 mA for 1 hour. The higher the number the longer the durability. The capacity ranges from 600 to 3000mAh (higher is some rare cases), but it depends on the cell size. Larger cells have a higher capacity and last longer ­ simple.

Buying a battery with a higher capacity has no adverse effects on your AEG ­ it will just power it for longer.

General rule is a large battery will last for a day's play (if it's not too intense), while a smaller pack will last half a day of non-intense action. So as a general rule take 2 large batteries into the field, or if using smaller packs take at least 3 into the field.

Tip! Go for good quality batteries. The more mAh the better!

General Tips

Best trickle charge a battery ­ it will prolong its life and ensure maximum capacity.
Start a skirmish with a fully charged battery.
Charge up your battery a day or so before your skirmish this ensures they are fully charged and extends their operational life.
Many players discharge their batteries at the end of a skirmish and keep them stored discharged.
When in transport or in a skirmish keep batteries separate from any metallic objects ­ a short circuit will destroy the pack.
Keep batteries in separate, waterproof bags (such as zip-locs) when in a skirmish to prevent water and other nasties from harming them.
Never let you batteries get hot while charging. Let you batteries cool down after a charge or discharge if you have to in a dry place at room temperature.
Have at least 2 or 3 batteries depending on your AEG.

How long does the battery last?

General rule is a large battery will last for a day's play (if it's not too intense), while a smaller pack will last half a day of non-intense action. So as a general rule take 2 large batteries into the field, or if using smaller packs take at least 3 into the field.

How many batteries should I get?

At least two. One for your primary weapon and one to carry for back up. If you use mini-batteries, probably 3 or 4 depending on how much you shoot.

Would it be better to get two 1200mah or one 2000mah battery?

This is subject to personal preference but the more juice the better so get two, 3000mah!

What is the best charger?

There are many different chargers available in all different price ranges from the simple, trickle chargers to the more advanced fast charge units such as the Astro Flight 110D DC Digital Peak Charger, Novak Millenium, or Duratrax IntelliPeak Digital Pulse charger.

Trickle chargers recharge the battery slowly over a minimum of 12 hours and give the battery a good charge. Fast chargers are the most common and can charge a regular, 1200mah 8.4v battery in only 15 minutes or a 2000mah in 20 minutes which is great for on the field. Chargers are available from airsoft distributors and hobby shops such as towerhobbies.com.

Make sure your charger can be hooked up to your car (12v dc) for use at the field, too.

What are the correct settings for my charger?

Domestic power in the US in 110v so make sure you are set correctly if you have the option. The output should be 8.4v like the batteries themselves. There are higher voltage batteries such as 9.6 and these require longer to charge. Never let you battery get hot from charging! Stop immedietaly because that means it is done.

Where can I find players in my area?

Check out links page for various Discussion Forums and post messages.

How do I start my own airsoft club?

The most important thing is the players. You need to find people like yourself that are really into having fun with the game and not just the competition. Search around and you'll find others like yourself if you look hard enough.

Then, stress conduct such as sportsmanship and honor, safety and always abide by the gun laws/rules in your area. Try to be friendly and honorable; someone easy to approach. The 'militant' image is hard enough to shake as it is so do everything you can to make good impressions.

Otherwise, have fun with it and create different scenarios and props for variety. Start a mailing list for your area. Get yourself a website and list yourself and your club with the others. Determine a team uniform and create a custom patch. Organize events to attend and practice sessions. Now you have a team! Go for it!

Are they legal to import?

In the USA, they are legal to import as long as they abide by all the proper laws. There may also be local laws to consider and each player is expected to research this for responsible use in your own area.

Where can I use airsoft guns?

This varies depending on where you live. There can be city, county, state, and/or country laws surrounding the use of airguns so you need to research this locally. Check with your local Fish & Game, Sherriff, or Police Department. You can usually get info on land usage if you research hunting in your local paper, gun shops, or sporting goods stores.

In California, it is legal to use airguns in National Forests, BLM land, or private land outside of city limits with permission. You are NEVER allowed to shoot in National Monuments, State Parks or Beaches, City or County Parks or Beaches!

The Rangers are sesitive to our presence and there are many other rules for being on public land. Be sure to research this, first, before you go up there and create an issue. Of course, you must use biodegradable ammo on public land for be fined for littering.

NOTE! IT IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED THAT YOU GO WITH AN EXPERIENCED PERSON WHEN VENTURING INTO PUBlIC LAND. THERE ARE VARIOUS FIREARMS RULES AND ETIQUETTE YOU MUST FOlLOW OR RISK BEING FINED, IMPRISONED, OR BOTH.

Is airsoft legal where I live?

This varies depending on where you live. There can be city, county, state, and/or country laws surrounding the use of airguns so you need to research this locally. Check with your local Fish & Game, Sherriff, and/or Police Department.

Will my guns get seized by customs if I order from overseas?

They should not get confiscated because the distributors try very hard to follow all import laws. Although it can happen, it is a rare occurance and very unlikely.

What about the California toy gun law?

As with any law they are subject to interpretation, but it appears identical to the law before it aside from calling out all green or all orange coloring for toy guns instead of just the muzzle. Fortunately, the law did not seem to impact airsoft bb guns before this new one was passed and appears targeted for toy guns such as the kind you would find the the toy store for children to play with.

Since airsoft guns are airguns, they must be purchased by an adult and are certainly not toys. Airsoft continues to thrive in California along with its Crossman, Daisy, and other lookalike bb gun counterparts which are still available for purchase in any sporting goods or department store.

Is is o.k. to fly with airsoft guns?

Most airlines allow for travel with firearms as long as you declare them and follow the rules. They MUST be in a locked, hard case. Also detach any magazines from the gun and empty all BBs out of the magazine and remove any batteries. Be sure to declare them at the check in as a firearm and the airlines will have you fill out a claims ticket indicating it is unarmed and safe for transport, tag the luggage as such, then check your bag as usual.

Note! In light of increased security measures as of Sep 11th, please consult your airline with respect to transporting FIREARMS. It is perfectly legal as long as you follow all of their regulations and have an orange muzzle in compliance with the D.O.T.

What is proper handling for airsoft guns?

As with any airgun, certain rules must be followed and they are the same for handling any firearm:

  Always treat the gun as if it were loaded and keep the muzzle pointed either down and the ground or straight up at the sky at all times.
  Do not load your airgun until you are ready to use it.
  Do not release the safety until you are ready to use it.
  For transportation, guns must always be unloaded and stowed in gun cases in the trunk of your vehicle.

Furthermore, never display your gun in public and always be discrete. This is a courtesy expected of every gun owner and especially airsoft due to the intimidating looks of the guns.

What do you use smoke for?

Smoke is used primarily to blind the enemy, such as a screen for advancing or retreating troops, and also as a distraction, signal, etc. We also use them to mark the completion of an objective (to signify something has 'blown up') and anything else we can think of.

Can we use paint grenades?

Negative. There are too many complaints about having to clean up guns and gear so paint grenades are not allowed.

Can we use smoke grenades or pyrotechnics?

Negative. All special effects will be provided.

Do the lieutenants get to play? Do Sergeants get more action?

All of the positions are battlefield positions so everyone will see action all day. Both the lieutenants and Sergeants are in the middle of it with their troops. They need to be cautious, though, as they are the primary targets for enemy snipers!

How do you keep score?

Each army is assigned objectives and they try to accomplish as many as possible.

These games are not about 'winning.' That is secondary to having fun. It's not who wins or loses, but how you play the game. If you're one of those 'serious' airsoft players that focus on competition, this is not the venue for you.

We strive to have fun. Our uniforms are 'costumes' and we dress up to 'play army.' We focus on the fantasy aspect of the game, not the competition. Our events are composed of fun loving people that like to enjoy the game in a safe and friendly environment.

This is not the place for attitude, belligerence, or ego any of which will get you ejected from the games and blacklisted from future events. Combat Enterprises is about having fun and we will not tolerate poor sportsmanship, attitudes, egomaniacs, cheaters, or the like. We expect you to behave in a gentlemanly manner and nothing less will be tolerated.

What do you use for communication?

We use FRS 2-way radios and recommend the Motorola Talkabouts. Players are encouraged to use hand signals for silent, close quarters communications and most squads usually devise their own.

Note! Invest in a good model. Be sure it has the full primary and secondary channel range (38 primary, 14 secondary.) This is an investment for your future so get a good radio. It will pay off of the field!

What can I do to practice for these events?

MOVEMENT
Your squad should practice moving in single file, skirmish line, and wedge formations. literally walk around and practice until everyone gets the hang of it. Firezones are important. Stress that each person has a role and responsibility.

COMMUNICATION
Determine your radio call signs and get use to them. Make up some common verbal commands for common situations (attack, retreat, flank right, flank left, etc.) Write them down in advance and practice them along with your movement.

ROLES
Determine your squad leaders, point men, and rear guard. Usually, people fall into these positions according to their style of play and leadership ability.

SKIRMISH
Practice the following formats.
- Attack/Defend: One team holds the flag, the other tries to steal it. Then, rotate.
- Convoy: Select a road. One team must travel up the road, the other must slow them down. Use a time limit.
- Multiple Objective: Similar to attack/defend, but use multiple flags. Radios and communication are important if you're going to seize all the flags. Plan your offense and defense.
- Search/Destroy: Self explanatory. Movement and communication are important.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONING
Try to work out at least 3 times per week. Even simple calistetics will help. Do the three basics: Pushups, Situps(crunches), and Kneebends(squats). Try to work yourself up to at least 3 sets of each doing as many as you can handle. Try jogging, biking, or other cardiovascular excersises for endurance. Airsoft is a physical game and the better shape you are in the better you will do in battle.

I am totally new to airsoft. I just purchased my gun and gear. What pointers do you have for beginners?

Read the website thoroughly for starters. Bring extra mags and batteries if possible.

Keep your eyes open on the field. Be alert. Move quietly. Stay fluid. Be aggressive and don't get tunnel vision -keep scanning your surroundings at all times.

Find someone that knows what they're doing and watch them. You'll be fine!

Where can I find used guns or equipment?

Check out the various Discussion Forums for buying and selling used equipment.

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