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Which Airsoft Role Should You Choose?

graphic of airsoft roles.

Picking which role you want to take up in an airsoft team can be a tricky one. Are you qualified for that role? Do you have the correct kit? What is actually involved were you to take on that position? With this in mind, we’ve put together a series of in-depth guides, regardless of whether you are new to airsoft or a seasoned player who is interested in taking up a new role within your team. Below, we have outlined the roles, their main requirements, typical loadout and some details about each. To see the full, in-depth guide, simply click the position name.

We hope this helps your decision making easier, but should you have any further questions, please feel free to drop us a comment at the bottom of the page or send us a message on one of our social channels!

 

Airsoft Sniper

An airsoft sniper blending into their environment

Main Requirements: 

Stealth, patience, navigation, attention to detail, accurate marksmanship.

Loadout:

Primary Weapon – bolt action or semi-auto sniper rifle.

Secondary Weapon – pistol or submachine gun.

Clothing:

Ghillie suit or suitable-for-environment camouflage.

Accessories & Extras:

map of the game area, pen and pad.

About the Role

The mysterious airsoft sniper is a highly-coveted position, but one that takes a lot of practice to master. Alongside picking off enemies from a distance, they have other roles and are useful for recon, gathering intelligence, providing warnings of approaching enemies and removing high-value targets.

In the right scenario and environment, a well-established sniper can help to steer the direction of the battle towards your team.

 

Airsoft Rifleman

Main Requirements:

Marksmanship, support fire, communication skills.

Loadout:

Primary Weapon – airsoft rifle and lots of ammo!

Secondary Weapon – pistol, submachine gun, secondary rifle.

Clothing:

Relevant camouflage clothing, belt or chest rig, helmet.

Accessories & Extras:

Spare batteries, spotting scope, grenades, flashlight.

About the Role

Traditionally, the rifleman is at the tip of attacking force, with everyone starting out in airsoft tending to be a rifleman first and foremost. Although it is typically seen as one of the least sought-after positions in a fire team, it should actually be one of the most coveted, as the rifleman has the most flexibility out of all of the roles and can be involved in every aspect of a mission. And it gives a great grounding in what the game is about!

 

Airsoft Support Gunner

Support Gunner

Main Requirements:

Cover fire, support rest of team, situational awareness.

Loadout:

Primary Weapon – light machine gun (LMG), squad automatic weapon (SAW).

Secondary Weapon – pistol.

Clothing:

Relevant camouflage clothing, helmet, backpack for kit.

Accessories & Extras:

Field repair kit, spare batteries, lots of ammo.

About the Role

As a support gunner, you need to do exactly what it says on the tin: support. You’re not part of the assault or manoeuvre element, but you are there to offer the necessary support so that the rest of the team can fulfil their roles. You won’t be a run and gun, shoot from the hip player, but rather you’ll take up a position, allow your team to advance, move to a new position and repeat. You may also be required to take up positions from which you can lay down cover fire to allow your team to retreat.

 

Airsoft Recon

Recon team kneeling in a circle with their backs to each other

Main Requirements:

Stealth, spotting enemies, reporting findings to the rest of the team.

Loadout:

Primary Weapon – rifle or submachine gun for improved manoeuvrability.

Secondary Weapon – pistol.

Clothing:

Relevant camouflage clothing, ghillie suit or ghillie cape and hood.

Accessories & Extras:

Binoculars, pen and paper, compass, clippers, spotting/night vision scope.

About the Role

You are most likely to find recon operators in large-scale MilSim events, rather than your traditional skirmish. Recon teams tend to operate in small teams of two to six in order to collect the necessary data for the mission at hand. Reconnaissance units, or recon for short, are then tasked with relaying this information back to the squad leader. Their objectives will often focus on the specific requirements of their mission in situations where they need members of the team closer to the action to discover what is happening with the enemy. 

 

Airsoft Grenadier

A man preparing to throw a grenade

Main Requirements:

Support fire, ambush enemy patrols, wreak general havoc.

Loadout:

Primary Weapon – grenade launcher (Thumper, MGL), rifle with launcher under barrel.

Secondary Weapon – pistol.

Clothing:

Relevant camouflage clothing, helmet, chest rig or belt.

Accessories & Extras:

Grenades, grenades, plenty of BBS, did we mention grenades?

About the Role

Unlike their real-life counterparts, airsoft grenadiers are not front-line assault, but are instead used to support the main body of airsofters. If planning an ambush, a grenadier can be an excellent option to draw upon due to their ability to dispatch multiple enemies with one fell swoop. By having the grenadiers placed in the centre of the squad conducting the ambush and waiting until the enemy squad has moved into the ‘kill zone’, they will be able to fire, causing their BBs to rain shot down onto their position. If performed effectively, this can take out half the squad in one shot. If they have multiple shells left, they can keep firing into the kill zone until all the OpFor are walking away with their hand’s up!

 

Airsoft Squad Leader

A squad leader commanding his troops

Main Requirements:

Command the squad, spot gaps to break enemy defences, set rules for the day.

Loadout:

Primary Weapon – airsoft rifle.

Secondary Weapon – pistol.

Clothing:

Relevant camouflage clothing with distinction to help stand out from the other riflemen, helmet.

Accessories & Extras:

Binoculars, map of the location, radio equipment if necessary.

About the Role

The aim of the squad leader is to guide their operators through the day, keeping them on target and ensuring that the rules of the day are enforced. When it comes to engagement, the leader must direct their team through tactical decisions and ultimately aim to lead them to victory. The survival of the operators will be in the hands of the squad leader, based on their judgements and how well they perform under pressure. They need to be balanced and fair in their decisions, but ultimately ensure everyone on their team enjoys the day as much as possible.

Want to find out more about airsoft or our range of airsoft guns? Get in touch with us today, or pop into our store!

Image credit:

Cpl. Immanuel Johnson

Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders

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