New to Airsoft FAQs
- What is Airsoft?
Airsoft is a sport and recreation activity in which players, normally two teams, engage in competitive military style combat.
Similar and often compared to Paintball, but without the mess of being covered in paint when shot.
Airsoft guns shoot 6mm plastic balls (BBs) with an approximate range of 60+ meters and are more consistent and accurate over its Paintball counterpart.
Airsoft is a game of honesty, where players shout “Hit” and raise an arm when shot by another player. After being shot you return to your designated respawn point and then rejoin the game, there is no sitting around waiting for the game to end.
Airsoft guns, known as realistic imitation Firearms (RIFs), look and feel like the real thing. Almost all real guns have an Airsoft imitation, allowing players to live out their fantasies of various kit loadouts from CoD to Counterstrike and beyond…
Airsoft game objectives range from capture the flag, hostage rescue and various attack and defend scenarios.
- What to expect as a new player?
If you’re new to Airsoft or just new to StrikeForce Airsoft game sites – that’s totally cool. Everyone is welcome from the age of 10 years old.
Our Marshal team will be happy to show you around before games begin and introduce you to other players and the rest of the team.
If you’re hiring equipment, we’ll explain how to operate the gun and its safe use.
All events begin with a safety brief which covers the rules of the site and gaming. Once the safety brief is over, we’ll create two even teams (red team and blue team), if you’ve come with friends your welcome to stay on the same team or separate to shoot each other!
The head marshal will explain each game scenario and exactly what each team’s objective is. A marshal will lead each team to your start and respawn position and games begin with the command GAME ON!
- What is the Safe Zone?
The Safe Zone is exactly that, a Safe Zone…
Whilst in the Safe Zone, including reception and retail shop areas, players may remove their safety glasses and masks, rest, perform any needed repairs or address any other issues. Or just relax with our free tea and coffee, or purchase cold drink and snacks.
Airsoft guns are allowed in the Safe Zone, but must have magazines removed and cleared before entering the area. Whilst in the Safe Zone Airsoft guns must not be test fired.
- What do I need to play Airsoft?
No expensive kit is necessary to get you started.
Layered clothing is best, a hoodie and /or a jacket, jeans & gloves will be all you need to bring along.
For night games, please bring a flashlight.
We recommend an ankle boot for the woodland and appropriate clothing depending on the weather.
Our hire package includes everything you need to play.
- Hiring an Airsoft gun
From the 15th February 2024, at StrikeFoce CQB, we will be offering our customers the rare opportunity to hire a “Wolverine MTW Gen 3 Unleashed” all-inclusive within their hire package.
The “Wolverine MTW Gen 3 Unleashed”, is the leading edge of HPA (High Pressure Air) weapon systems.
Our Wolverines are fitted with a 13ci tank stock, which delivers approximately 1400 shots.
Included with your Hire Package at StrikeForce CQB:
• Wolverine MTW Gen 3 Unleashed.
• Your first air fill (tank refills are available at the hire desk for £3.00 per fill).
• Unlimited BBs.
• Full Face Mask.
Included with your Hire Package at The Trail Woodland:
• G&G M4 Full Stock Electric Rifle.
• Full Face Mask.
• 3300 BBs.
- What is UKARA?
UKARA, or the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association, is a database of all registered Airsoft players throughout the UK. Also known as a “defence” to purchase an RIF (Realistic Imitation Firearm).
UKARA registered game sites and retailers, such as StrikeForce Airsoft (Swindon Airsoft Supplies Ltd) use the UKARA database to check if an individual is eligible to purchase a RIF.
UKARA was formed in 2006 as a response to the ‘Violent Crime Reduction’ Act (VCRA), which states that replica firearms may only be purchased by individuals with a valid defence.
A UKARA Registration or relevant Airsoft Defence is required for purchasing any of our Replica Airsoft guns. UKARA is not required for purchase of non-replica or two-tone, non-military colour guns.
- How do I become UKARA registered?
To obtain a UKARA registration, an individual needs to live in the UK and be 18 years or older.
You need to take part in three Airsoft games at a UKARA registered game site. The games attended must be over 56 day or 8-week period, after that time the game site can stamp your UKARA form paperwork, which must be handed into a retailer for entry into the database.
- What if I don’t have a UKARA membership?
If you don’t have a UKARA membership, or are under 18 years of age, you can still purchase a RIF, but it must be sprayed 51% a bright colour, known as two-tone airsoft guns. Two-tone airsoft guns can be special ordered from us or we offer a free two-tone service, where we spray our guns in a matt light blue paint finish.
- Exemptions to UKARA rules
Although we recommend all eligible players to have a UKARA membership. The following is an acceptable defence to purchase a RIF:
- You are a member of a properly insured historical re-enactment group or society.
- You are a film, television or theatre production company.
- You are (or are acting on behalf of) a museum.
- You are a Crown Servant in pursuit of your Crown duties.