How do you know if you're holding a gun the wrong way? When you lift your elbows sideways like how a chicken lifts its wings, it's incorrect. Doing it for long periods will tire your shoulder muscles faster, which may lead to bigger problems later on. It will also cause you to have an awful and weak performance. The proper way is to tuck your elbows with the tip pointing towards your stomach. Keeping your elbows aligned to your body also makes you a smaller target. If you're in a corner and your elbows are out, you'll be an easy target as it can give out your position or get shot right away.
This tip is essential if you're holding an AEG (Automatic Electric Replica). You'll want to pull the automatic rifle's trigger fast. However, you don't want to shoot your teammates by accident. Remember that you'll have plenty of time to move your finger to the trigger. You can do it while you change your stance or find cover.
Learn how to transition fast between common stances. From standing to kneeling to prone, you need to understand how and when to use them. When kneeling, the knee parallel to the shooting hand should be the one touching the ground. When in a prone position, keep the leg of the shooting side bent. It will allow you to immediately go back to kneeling with the aid of the non-shooting hand.
The prone position is the safest since it takes advantage of an airsoft gun's flat trajectory. This stance is one of the best airsoft tricks specific to this game. When your opponent shoots at you downward, you can take advantage of how an airsoft gun works. When the shooter shoots in an angled position, the backspin pushes the BB upwards. Gravity doesn't balance it out. What this means is that the bullets will tend to go flying over instead of hitting the target.
A strategy is at the heart of every airsoft game. What may seem to be a simple cover-to-cover movement leads to a strategic position for an ambush. While there are many ways to set up an ambush, you need to keep this golden rule in mind, though. Suppose it takes too much effort to get into your ambush position. In that case, extraction will only be as difficult, if not harder. In cases like this, it's better to find another ambush position.
If you're on the receiving end of an ambush attack, you need to learn how to counter it fast. However, it's essential to identify the type of ambush first immediately. This strategy is where proper team mechanics and coordination come into play. For example, a traditional "L-shape" ambush can become ineffective. The ambushed team can be quick in executing the Australian Center-Peel tactic. It requires proper coordination. You must work with one of the units providing cover fire while the rest retreat. When the teammate's magazine is empty, he'll fall back as the others provide cover. You must familiarize yourself with other types of standard ambush methods as well. Some examples are the V-Shape and Dual Linear.
Unless you're getting peppered with shots, don't try to stick too close to the cover. Stand back a couple of feet behind the covering. It will give you better awareness of your surroundings. The distance will offer a broader peripheral view, allowing you to react quicker.
As with any game, you need to learn the objectives first before playing. Keep your excitement in check and be objective when listening to the mechanics. There's nothing as frustrating as losing a game because you made that perfect shot on a decoy.
No airsoft player, except those who are ex-military, can play well in new maps. It's a fact, but it's easy to overcome if you familiarize yourself with the field map. It may take time to become one with the map like it's the back of your hand. When you get used to it, your positional awareness will become second nature.