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Which Airsoft Role Do You Suit?

In typical airsoft skirmishes, each player will take on a different role to tackle the battlefield in various styles and tactics. Roles are often redundant in close quarter battles, however in larger skirmishes and military simulation combat zones, adopting a specific role and duty is essential. The following is a list of standard airsoft roles you can find at your local field.

Airsoft roles

  • Support gunner
  • Sniper
  • Rifleman
  • Grenadier
  • Combat Medic
  • Designated Marksman

Support Gunner

As a support gunner, you can expect to get through around 600 rounds a game as you provide covering fire and keep enemies pinned with heavy fire. Due to the aggressive nature of the role, larger machine guns are required to keep enemies at bay with high amounts of BB pellets fired. To be a good support gunner you need to be aware of your enemies and make sure they feel under threat from your advances. Take cover and keep suppressing their movements with cover fire whilst your team makes their move.

PRO TIP: Hit metal covers where the enemy is hiding to create loud distracting bangs to keep them aware of your presence.

Airsoft sniper


Often a favourite with beginners, this role is actually intended for those with experience and higher-quality equipment and skills. Without a good rifle and scope, it is hard to achieve the distance shots needed to be an accurate and effective sniper. A good sniper will tactically place themselves in a position where they can pick off enemy targets to support the main team. Some skirmish sites may not have slopes for stealthy shooting, so a good sniper should be ready to take enemies out alongside the main squad.

PRO TIP: Don’t forget to account for the effect of wind on pellets when firing from great distances!

airsoft rifleman role


The rifleman is the front line gunner, leading the charge and often taking the hits. This means this position often sees the most action, making for a fast-paced and more intense skirmish. The rifleman is expected to keep eyes on opponents as they push the team forward, sweeping for traps, ambushes and generally making sure their team is safe. This role can also be dedicated to a scout, or in collaboration with one, either way, the rifleman will be at the forefront of the battle.

PRO TIP: The rifleman doesn’t often carry a sidearm as they rely solely on their rifle, the pistol was only introduced for Spec-Ops style players.

airsoft grenadier role


The explosives expert. The grenadier is responsible for utilising explosives for the best possible tactical advantage. They sit in a support position behind the front line players and have a few key roles. The first role is to break up large enemy groups by launching or throwing grenades to send them running. The second role is to flush out enemies from buildings if they are holding out somewhere. The third is to intimidate. A true grenadier with launcher is a force to be reckoned with and many groups will change tactics if their opponent has one in the squad.

PRO TIP: Carry a revolver or other small firearm as true grenadiers will get through explosives at a quick pace.

airsoft medic roleCombat Medic

Combat medics are only required when medics have been allowed in the milsim airsoft skirmish. Some games will use the medic scenario whereby players once hit will have to shout for medics or stay on one knee until healed. This can be useful if players are behind cover and shot in the arm for example, then a medic can navigate the field healing players. In this sense, the loadout needs to be light enough to run with but heavy enough to defend yourself with. The medic will typically carry a small rifle and will often be required to have a medic kit for immersion purposes.

PRO TIP: Stay out of fire! A dead medic means a dead squad and a quick end to the game.

Designated marksman airsoftDesignated marksman

Those playing the designated marksman (DM) fall in behind the main firefighting squad and pick off enemies at a distance, typically with a modified AEG rifle. The modifications allow the AEG to shoot further with more accurate sights like a reflex or red dot sight. DMs are required to call out targets and weaknesses in enemy’s defences whilst shooting just behind the main squad.

PRO TIP: Keep in with your squad enough to not get hit. Shorter players have a tactical advantage as a DM!




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Airsoft Vs Paintball – A Comparison

Airsoft vs paintball is a consistent discussion between players of the games, and people trying to get into the two activities. At their core they are very similar, requiring you to shoot enemies to knock them out of the game. This is an over-simplification as there are various game modes for both activities where shooting the opposition becomes a secondary objective. Read on to find out how the two games compare in every aspect, answering the big question: Is airsoft better than paintball?

What equipment do you need for airsoft and paintball?

The equipment for the two sports is slightly different in design, cost and requirements for playing.


Airsoft guns are either spring loaded, electric powered (called AEGs) or gas powered to shoot the bbs, paintball markers are exclusively gas powered. Airsoft guns typically try to replicate existing weapons being created as Replica Imitation Firearms (RIF), which are designed to be replicas of originals, and Imitation Firearms (IFs) which are two-toned in colour and intended for beginners, and compliant with specific UK law. Paintball weapons are called markers and have a clunkier design due to the larger paintball hopper required to refill the chamber.

Both paintball and airsoft have customisation options for their guns, but airsoft has a wider market and more options in attempts at true replication. Guns at a lower level are similarly priced but as both get more complicated and customized the price goes up respectively. Airsoft guns can be sniper rifles to grenade launchers, as well as fictional designs like laser rifles from video games, for example.


The ammunition for airsoft is a small plastic 6mm BB pellet and paintballs are larger balls of water based paint. The key difference between the two is that paintball is more expensive, for example an average 500 paintballs could cost £15, but for less than that you could get 5000 BB pellets. The guns in airsoft are loaded through a traditional gun style magazine system to increase the realism. Paintballs are loaded through a hopper that sits on top of the gun and the user pours the balls into the gun. Both are not easy to load on the first instance but airsoft requires less fiddling during the game where paintballs are likely to spill and fall on the ground.

Clothing and Gear

Camouflage is a player favourite among both games, but the dress code can vary widely depending upon the game modes at play. For intense military simulation (milsim) airsoft game modes, the clothing will be strict variants of the military units you are replicating. In addition, the gear will be military standard so you can only carry as much as a true soldier would be able to.

Paintball gear is typically a full face mask, overalls and the rest is up to you. Airsoft will have similar overalls and advises boots due to the muddy terrains, the only difference being the use of goggles and not a full mask. The face gear is not needed in airsoft as there is no risk of paint exploding into the mouth.

For any new players to either game, old clothes and some footwear you don’t mind getting dirty is all that is needed, the rest is typically provided for rental at your local site.

What roles do people play in airsoft and paintball?

For both games there will be marshals. These people are external to the teams of the games and are there to provide support and keep the games as fair as possible. They are often in brightly coloured clothing so that they don’t get shot during the heat of the game.

Roles will often be more of a prominent feature in airsoft as opposed to paintball due to the more regulated nature of the game. Milsim games are more commonly found in airsoft but law enforcement groups have been known to use paintball as a supplement to training situations, like hostages and instances of terrorism.

Airsoft is more common to find the role of team medic who can revive and bring back players in the game. This isn’t common in paintball as the pace is intentionally quicker and the games are intended to be shorter to get as much variety as possible. Snipers are not often found in paintball due to the gun construction, but in airsoft it is common to find someone hiding in camouflage 60 feet away from your position.

Is airsoft cheaper than paintball?

As mentioned above, the ammunition is significantly cheaper for airsoft players than their paintball counterparts. The guns and their attachments range in both, it depends on how extravagant you are creating your weapon of choice. The advantage to airsoft is that guns from anything you’ve seen are more than likely available, this includes; real life army, video games, films and tv.

Costings for a day of airsoft and paintball will vary per site. But on average, paintball will cost more to play than airsoft, however, it is more accessible with more sites of paintball in the UK than airsoft. It is also worth noting that UK airsoft sites are considered the peak of the sport globally, therefore you are getting the most premium quality for your money.

Does airsoft hurt more than paintball?

This question is asked all the time. From personal experience and every player who has played both, the answer is that airsoft bbs hurt a lot less than paintballs. Paintballs leave the swelling bruised lumps that sometimes bleed depending on the range from where you were hit. Airsoft bbs feel closer to an elastic band being pinged at your body and leave only a small stinging red mark, which goes away after a matter of seconds. The guns when hitting an opponent will hurt more close range in paintball than airsoft, although both games encourage a mercy option so you don’t have to get shot within 5 feet, for example, to reduce the pain.

What’s the difference between airsoft and paintball?

In terms of the industry, paintball receives more sponsorship and tournaments are a bigger deal for the sport. This is not reflective of airsoft in any way, as airsoft has lots of similar opportunities, it is just not as widely known as paintball. Paintball is a faster-paced game less focused on objectives and game modes. Airsoft allows for a wider variety of play with more gun and gear customisation with an immersive experience suitable for all levels and players’ abilities.

Is airsoft better than paintball?

If you are looking for an experience that allows you to indulge in film and game fantasies, with realistic guns, ammunition and combat, airsoft is for you. They can be imitated military scenarios in milsim, or more relaxed and just let you play out being soldier for a while. Paintball is more painful, more expensive but it does offer a faster pace for all players, if you’re one for a wild Sunday once every 6 months, give it a go. Either way getting in touch with your local site will reveal what type of game and battlefield combat you can get involved with.

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How to airsoft

You can enjoy airsoft in many different ways depending on your budget and what you enjoy.

  • Join an airsoft club and go skirmishing, it is like paint-ball but more realistic
  • Join a shooting club that has airsoft target shooting
  • Buy an airsoft gun for target shooting on your property
  • Enjoy private battles with friends on land where you have permission

Always wear eye or face protection and always follow airsoft gun guidelines to protect yourself and others.

Airsoft is a fast growing hobby and great fun for all ages, you can find more helpfully information from all good airsoft retailers.

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How to buy an airsoft gun

If you live in the UK there are restrictions on buying a realistic imitation firearm, one that is black or tan and not a bright colour. The following is a short and hopefully helpful guide towards UK law regarding the sale of Airsoft products.

Since October 2007 you can only buy a realistic imitation firearm (one that looks like a real gun) if you are at least 18 years old and meet one of the following conditions:

  • You are a member of UKARA or smiler airsoft society
  • You are a registered airsofter with membership of an insured skirmish site
  • 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 pursuance of your Crown duties

If you cannot meet any of these criteria, you can still buy an imitation firearm, one that the principle colour is significantly different to that of a real firearm i.e. bright orange, green or blue…

Just BB Guns is a registered UKARA retailer and offers both 2 tone and RIF airsoft guns from its website and retail store.