Choosing the right tactical gear can be a tricky process for a beginner. What airsoft kit do you need? And where can you find it? Our airsoft experts have compiled a list of anything and everything you need to get started.
It’s no secret that airsoft is a gear-heavy sport. There’s a lot of equipment and supplies you need before you even step foot on the battlefield.
Of course, there’s the obvious airsoft gun and ammunition, but there’s much more than that, and it’s really essential that you have the right gear so you can play safely and effectively.
Our airsoft experts at Socom have put together their top 10 essential bits of airsoft kit we’d recommend buying as a beginner so you don’t just look the part, but you play it as well.
#1 Top-Quality Airsoft Guns
The first thing up on our airsoft kit checklist is getting your airsoft gun picked out and purchased. This is the absolute most important piece of gear you’ll need and should be one of your most significant investments – the better the quality of the gun, the more reliable and better at performing it will be.
But it’s not as plain sailing as just pointing to a gun you like the look of.
There are a lot of different models and types of airsoft guns, so you’ll need to do a little bit of research into what they are and what they do differently.
Airsoft Guns, Rifles, Shotguns & Sniper Rifles
Looking for airsoft guns for sale? Look no further than Socom Tactical, the premier airsoft shop in the UK.
We offer a huge collection of airsoft weapons, including assault rifles, pistols, shotguns, replica guns, and support weapons, as well as airsoft equipment like ammo, gas, and pellets.
Our selection also includes airsoft shotguns and two-tone airsoft guns for beginners without a UKARA licence. Buy airsoft guns with confidence from Socom Tactical, where we are committed to providing excellent customer service.
Different Types of Airsoft Guns
Long gun assault rifles, such as the Valken ASL TRG M4 AEG, are ideal for hunting and precise shooting. Long rifles can be equipped with additional sight for even better long-range shooting.
Airsoft pistols are an essential secondary weapon and can be used in a variety of situations, especially up close. You can draw them out quickly when you’re in tight spots, giving you an advantage over your opponents should you be ambushed.
The Evolution E017 Warrior GBB Pistol features a metal slide and polymer frame, perfectly mirroring the real version.
Airsoft shotguns are a little more tricky to use if you’re a complete beginner, but they can be incredibly devastating when used properly. Shotguns are great for room clearing or taking out multiple enemies in a single shot – if you know how to use one well.
The Cyma’s CM363 is the perfect example of a high-velocity shotgun, with cartridges that hold 30 rounds. This airsoft gun is ideal for those looking for unrestricted, high-impact performance.
Cyma CM363 Spring Shotgun
Cyma CM363 Spring Shotgun
Cyma 3-round shotgun.
each cartridge holds 30 rounds and 10 shots of 3.
Magazine model: ABS
Magazine model: m56 shotgun shells
Muzzle velocity: 290 fps
Magazine capacity: 30 BBs
Material: aluminium, nylon
Muzzle energy: 0,78 J
Fire mode: single
Number of magazines in set: 1
Submachine guns are a favourite amongst most airsoft players thanks to their incredible fire rate and accuracy. While they are slightly less powerful than your average assault rifle, the sheer number of rounds you can send downrange in a short time makes up for it.
We stock airsoft submachine guns using AEG gas or CO2 power sources, giving you a great range of weapons to choose from.
#2 Protective Airsoft Gear
Gloves are a must-have for an airsoft player – not just beginners. They protect your hands from the sting of BBs and are great for when you’re playing in the cold weather.
Knee and elbow pads will cover your most vulnerable joints when you’re jumping, crawling or climbing – all of which you’ll be doing an awful lot of. The last thing you want is to get a nasty knee or elbow scrape from playing airsoft, so for your own safety we would highly recommend grabbing yourself some.
Goggles and headgear are a must for protection. A good helmet will protect your head from the strongest of BB impacts, and act as a barrier for your head if you take a fall. Some headgear even has a built-in comms system, allowing you to talk with other players, which is great for team-based games.
#3 Comfy Airsoft Clothing
It’s important that you don’t just wear your typical everyday clothing while playing airsoft. You’ll need an airsoft kit that will protect you from the outdoors and from BB pellets, so your average jeans and t-shirt isn’t going to cut it.
Tops and trousers with camouflage colours are ideal for blending in with your surroundings, which you’ll need for tactical advantage, as well as providing the necessary protection from BBs. Kombat UK‘s range of assault shirts are great for keeping you concealed while providing essential comfort you need when sprinting about.
Airsoft players need to wear clothing that will not only protect them from BBs, but also from the environment they are playing in. There are many different types of airsoft clothing available on the market, but some of the most popular include camouflage pants and shirts, tactical vests, and knee and elbow pads.
#4 Sturdy Airsoft Boots
What you wear on your feet is probably the most important part of your clothing. You’ll be running, jumping and crawling over all sorts of terrain, so you need footwear that isn’t going to give you blisters or trip you up.
Look for boots with good ankle support and grip soles to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, like Kombat UK Tactical and Patrol Boots. They’re lightweight, comfortable and durable enough to last through any battle.
#5 Tactical Vest
Airsoft vests play a vital role in protecting your body from the blow of BBs. Without one, you’ll suffer hard knocks and bruises.
But not only will it serve as additional protection, but a vest is also the best way to carry all your essential equipment in the extra pockets and pouches.
Rigs and webbing are also great alternatives to vests, but they don’t offer the same level of protection from incoming BBs. Some players combine both pieces of kit to provide extra protection and storage.
Extra tactical pouches can be added to your vest or webbing so you can carry extra magazines, tools and medical supplies, so we’d definitely recommend investing in at least one good pouch to carry your essential items.
Assault Vests, Chest Rigs and Pouches
Airsoft Vests, Plate Carriers & Pouches
If you want to be able to carry all of your airsoft gear with you but don’t want to be weighed down – you’ll need an airsoft vest, chest rig or a dedicated pouch to store all of your equipment.
It can be a pain having to lug around all of your gear, especially when it’s hot outside, and you just want to get onto the battlefield. We have a variety of options so that you can find the perfect setup for your style and needs.
#6 Spare Airsoft Gun Magazines
You never want to be caught short when you’re on to a winning streak! Having spare magazines on hand will ensure you never run out, and you can easily switch them out when needed.
Stay stocked up, don’t hesitate and never miss a shot with our spare magazines. We have a ton of airsoft gun magazines for a range of top airsoft brands, so don’t forget to grab a few when you’re shopping for your gun.
#7 Airsoft Gun Battery Chargers
Keep your electric airsoft gun charged up with all the power you need before a game by getting yourself a battery charger.
You can put your gun’s battery on charge the night before so you’re ready to go, and charge up a couple of spares to take with you in case you run into trouble. Just make sure your charger is compatible with your airsoft gun.
#8 Airsoft Pyrotechnics
Pyrotechnics – or pyros – are devices that create a loud noise or smoke, which can be beneficial in a number of scenarios. There are multiple types of pyros that mimic the sound and effects of real-world military hardware, adding a feeling of realism to the game.
Smoke grenades can be used for providing a smoke screen for cover or to signal to players in your team, and reusable blank firing grenades (or BFGs as they’re commonly referred to in the airsoft community) create a loud noise and flash, helping to disorientate the opposition.
Airsoft Grenades & Pyros
Airsoft Smoke Grenades, Thunderflashes & Reusable Blank Firing Grenades (BFG)
Browse our large selection of airsoft grenades and pyrotechnics. We offer various types, including disposable MK5 thunderflashes, smoke grenades, and reusable blank firing grenades – all useful tools for airsoft skirmish games!
#9 Tactical Rucksack for Extra Storage
On top of your tactical vest and pouches, we always think it’s a good idea to have a rucksack to store your extra gear and supplies. Throw in your spare batteries, extra BBs, goggles and any other bits you might need (food and water if you’re at a big game!), and you’ll be prepared for any situation.
At Socom Tactical, we supply a superb range of airsoft rucksacks for carrying your extra gear into battle.
The Emerson Gear Modular Assault Pack is ideal for transporting and organising your kit essentials for easier play, aiding smooth magazine changes and fast kit retrieval for retreat and recovery.
#10 Airsoft Gun Belt or Sling
An airsoft belt or sling can be a great way to keep your gun secure and close to you at all times. Whether it’s to hold spare ammunition or just keep your hands free, having a belt or sling is a vital piece of kit to have.
Even if you haven’t got a hold of your gun, keeping it within easy and quick reach can be a lifesaver in the heat of battle.
We recommend The Tasmanian Tiger Single Point Sling for the perfect rifle sling design. With quick-release buckles, you can retrieve your rifle in a split second for a fast and effective attack.
Airsoft Belts & Slings
Shop Airsoft Battle Belts & Airsoft Gun Slings
Airsoft players need to be able to carry their airsoft guns and equipment with them easily and without too much hassle. That’s where airsoft belts and slings come in.
Here, you’ll find a great selection of airsoft belts and slings at competitive prices, along with plenty of essential airsoft tactical gear.
Get All Your Essential Airsoft Kit from Socom Tactical!
At Socom, we’re your go-to for all things airsoft. We stock airsoft kits from the very best brands in the game – from guns, optics and magazines to clothing, protection gear and more – so you can trust us to get you kitted out with all the airsoft equipment you need to get started.
Browse our full range of airsoft gear and get yourself ready for your first game!
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