My son recently celebrated a birthday, and received a Bass Pro Shop gift card from a family member. He had his sights set on Airsoft pistols with the realistic functions of lead-slinging counterpart.
We settled on a spring-driven, single shot Airsoft pistol modeled after the Walther PPQ.
Airsoft Pistols Training Techniques for New Shooters
As my son grows older, we will be able to move into more advanced weapons and tactics, but for now I’m trying to emphasize basic gun safety including safe range operations, proper gun handling, how to load and unload, and how to use proper protective equipment.
Reinforce the four rules of gun safety:
- Treat every gun as if it’s loaded.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target.
- Identify your target, and what is behind it.
Emphasize the use of proper protective equipment. In Airsoft training and in real weapon training the use of proper protective equipment is vital.
Always use eye and ear protection (especially when using real firearms) to prevent injury due to misfires, extracted cartridges, shrapnel, or ricochets.
Focus on stance, grip and sight alignment. One of the benefits of training with Airsoft pistols is that you do not have the same worries of recoil, big bangs and gun powder, which lowers the intimidation factor for new shooters.
When my son and I are Airsoft training I try to emphasize a proper grip on the weapon – when picking the weapon up from the table, when unholstering the weapon, when racking a round, and when acquiring the target.
We also discuss stance and sight alignment. Remember, repetition makes habit, and good repetitions with reinforcement make good habits.
Airsoft training can take place most anywhere with a proper backstop. Many new shooters are intimidated by a traditional range setting where you are often required to call for a cold range, place your own targets, and contend with the douchebag next to you practicing double taps and Mozambique drills without having a clue how to properly conduct either drill.
Check your local ordinances, but you will likely find that you can shoot Airsoft pistols, particularly weaker spring-fired weapons, on your own property.
Of course, rule #4 above still applies. You must identify your target and know what is behind it. If that includes your neighbor’s kids or dogs, you probably ought to load up and go for a drive to find some open space.
We shoot at an old metal pot propped up against a wooden fence with a piece of 3/4 plywood behind it. No worries about over penetration from the plastic bb’s, and no kids or dogs on the other side of the fence.
Even if you can’t shoot at home, Airsoft training spots are much easier to find than live fire locations, considering the range and lethality of rifle rounds.
I highly recommend Airsoft training for new shooters and gradually stepping up to more powerful weapons.