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Airsoft Guide: How to Survive a Winter Skirmish

Winter airsofters dressed up warm for skirmish in the snow

For many of us, winter seems like the best time to wrap up warm inside, stuff ourselves full of comfort food and wait for March to come around when it starts to warm up a bit.

But for other, more dedicated individuals, winter is a perfect time for airsoft skirmishes. The conditions offer a new challenge and atmosphere that isn’t experienced at any other time of the year.

With this in mind, we have looked at some tips on how to operate at peak condition despite the chill in the air:

Stronger Guns

As the weather gets colder, your airsoft guns will be put under greater strain. The cheaper plastic guns can become more brittle as the temperature drops, increasing the risk of cracking and other damage.

Rather than not playing throughout winter, it is advised that you invest in more of a premium gun made from more durable plastics and metal parts. These weapons will be less affected by the weather changes, making them more resistant to damage. Of course, as these are RIFs, you will need your UKARA Number to make the purchase.

We would also advise that if you are using an AEG, you pack yourself a spare battery. They always seem to run down faster on the properly cold days!

High-Powered Gas 

If you are using a gas-powered airsoft gun, the colder climate can be more detrimental to the performance. As the temperature drops, the gas pressure reduces which causes a decline in the potential velocity of the projectile.

To counteract this, it is advised to use a higher-powered gas - such as Nuprol 4.0 - which is less likely to fail in the colder weathers. It is unavoidable that some power will be lost (because science!) but these gases are affected less than their lower pressure counterparts. Just remember to empty your mags before you next fire them.

Shooting on a 30°C day with a forgotten tank full of black gas is not a healthy decision for your gas gun! But, there is only so far even the strongest gasses can go; when it gets too cold for them, try and make sure your AEGs are good to go as a backup primary!

Layers

It may sound like obvious advice, but keeping warm is a vital part of both your airsoft performance and your overall health! Wearing multiple layers throughout the course of the game is essential to staying warm; it is better for you to wear too many layers than too few.

Make sure you keep your extremities warm with thick socks, gloves and a hat. If you are looking for inspiration for layering up in a winter airsoft skirmish, check out our blog post for Viper Clothing here.

Food and Drink

Keeping hydrated and fuelling your body is important during any airsoft skirmish, but it is particularly important during the cold, as the colder temperatures put your body under greater strain. It also keeps your energy levels up, meaning you will stay more focused and alert.

Fuel up with a good meal about an hour before you’re set to leave, and make sure you take plenty of water with you to your skirmish. It is also advisable to take some snacks with you to keep you fuelled up through the day. Things like bananas and nuts are great forms of energy, while flapjack, Mars bars and raw jelly can give a great sugar boost when you need it most. Packing a Thermos is never a bad idea either, as it can help to warm up those numb fingers!

Although winter is one of the more challenging months, a few tweaks to your equipment and a hearty pre-game meal, you can stay warm, fire more accurately and have a great time whatever the weather. There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!

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