Safety first

Safety first

I would like to share something that I have been pondering for a while.

Airsoft safety in South Africa

As in all sports, there exists a constant possibility of injury. The sport of Airsoft is no different. As Airsoft hosts and game organisers we have a responsibility for the safety of the players and spectators at our fields and events. To this end we use certain safety rules and measures to make sure that all players adhere to a safety standard and all Airsoft equipment are within those limits and standards. Some of these rules and standards may vary according to the situation or the field at the time. Like the feet per second limit might be dropped for an extreme CQB venue, the BB weight limit might be reduced to limit the energy transmitted when it hits a player, or the minimum engagement distances might vary according to the FPS limit as well.

Then there are a few non-negotiable rules or safety measures which should never be circumvented at any Airsoft event.
These include:
•All Airsoft replicas must be chronographed to ensure they are within the FPS limits set out.
•Every event must always have a safety briefing, clearly stating all the safety rules to all the players.
•No real firearms or knives are to be allowed on the field.
•Appropriate eye protection must always be enforced.
•No blind firing to be allowed at all.
•At OPEN EVENTS some form of freeze or safety rule must always be enforced.

I urge all players and fellow hosts to ensure that these rules are always applied at any Airsoft event. As players and organizers we should not support any event that does not follow these safety measurements. If we do support events that don’t follow these safety measurements we are in fact endorsing wrongful acts. This is important to keep the sport safe and growing in South Africa.

3 Comments
  • Tiaan Smuts "Silver"
    Posted at 18:34h, 17 October Reply

    Hear hear

  • Ross Cochrane
    Posted at 18:53h, 17 October Reply

    Thank you Willie. A standard to be agreed upon across the country would avoid many arguments like what happened on pewboneyard the other day.

  • Thinus Smuts
    Posted at 19:36h, 17 October Reply

    Its sad that this ever needed to be said but it needed to be said. The community is growing again and it is up to every one of us, players, organizers, field owners and marshals to make sure everyone keeps to the rules. Nothing will kill the sport quicker than misconduct and politics.

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