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From air rifles to Airsoft! Newbie here!

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Hi all,

im from Middlesbrough (North East UK) 

looking to get into air soft, have a few air rifles but wanting to start air soft! 
any advice on how to start getting into it ? 
 

TIA 

LordR

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Ahoy and welcome, M'lurd.

 

As above, just find a local site and get in touch.  You may have to hunt them down on Facebook, some sites can be poor at promoting themselves.

 

Pretty much every site will do a rental package to get you started, then you can decide whether you want to sink money into it.  No problem with turning up alone, you'll be given a safety briefing, and airsofters are easy to talk to - ask someone about their toy gun and you've got a friend for life.  You'll be rented some god-awful mesh mask, but if you have your own decent 2mm+ polycarb shooting glasses, and they don't fog up when you're running, they're probably going to be OK - plenty of folk wear wrap-around EN166-B rated glasses.


What you might find surprising is that you can buy 16J metal pellet air rifles that Joe Muggle couldn't tell apart from a bang-bang firearm using just some ID, but airsoft replicas require you to provide the seller with some evidence that you're a regular player.  The UKARA system is one (but not the only) way - again, ask your site for details, but it basically means playing at least three times over a period of at least 8 weeks, they you're good to blow your pension fund.

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1 minute ago, LordRodders said:

Didn’t realise how many sites they is! 😳

 

With various degrees of activity.  It's worth trying a few sites to see the difference in how they're run, and indoor CQB can be a very different experience to woodland.  It's all good though, just find something you enjoy.

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Thanks for the info Rogerborg, they is a few sites near me I’ll be giving a try, and yeah I’ve noticed that the real looking guns need UKARA member ship. 

LordR

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Or another defence, or buy one second hand from someone who isn't bothered, or see if your site runs bring-and-buys, or buy them two-toned, or... ;)

 

The usual advice is to do your three games and two months, then buy something reliable in the £100 - £200 like a G&G, Jing Gong, or Specna Arms M4 or AK.

 

Although, I did one day then bought cheap painted CYMAs, so what do I know? :D

 

 

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Welcome :).

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