Airsoft Basics for Force on Force

Recently a bunch of my training partners acquired gas blowback Glock 19 Airsoft pistols for force on force training.

They are all relatively new to Airsoft. It is difficult to find concise information about using Airsoft for the first time — especially if you’re only interested in force on force training and not really “playing” Airsoft.

I interviewed one of the top Airsoft armorers in the world about Airsoft pistols about 18 months ago. The interview has a lot of good technical information about gas propellant systems, top brands, and maintenance tips.

However, I wanted to do a video for people who just purchased their first Airsoft pistol and wanted to know what else they needed to buy and do to get started.

This video assumes the user has a KSC Glock 19 Airsoft trainer, but nothing else. Here’s what you need to get started.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

10 Comments on "Airsoft Basics for Force on Force"

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  1. Rick says:

    Thanks for this Information.
    I have a question about where to find the KSC Glocks online as I don’t live near any large city’s with an airsoft store (Ideally a Glock 26 clone)?

    I tried to find one after your Airsoft armorers video but had no luck locating one in the US. Do you buy directly from an overseas supplier?

    Also this is just a curiosity Question:
    I see they make Mac 10 or 11 clones, Do you utilize one of these to train using your SBR as well, Bag deployments ect?
    Thanks. Rick

  2. Martin says:


    Why don’t you paint your airsoft gun blue?

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Effort 🙂 I haven’t found the need to do it. No real reason not to, assuming that the paint job wouldn’t negatively impact the operation of the slide, etc.

  3. travis crawford says:

    Are the Taiwan versions any good, or are they junk. They are the only ones I can find in stock, but they seem a lot cheaper in price and consequently I’m assuming quality? Specifically the g19 models.

    Thank you,


    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      What manufacturers are you evaluating?

    • Tank says:

      If you’re talking about KSC & KWA, and not other brands; the Taiwanese versions are perfectly good.
      The primary difference between the Japanese & Taiwanese versions is that the Japanese typically have full (Glock) trademarks and the trigger safety. The Taiwanese versions generally do not have trademarks, nor the trigger safety. The parts, magazines, etc. are cross compatible.
      The QC standards are slightly higher on the Japanese models as well. However, the difference is minimal. It’s pretty rare to get one that has problem, regardless of country of origin.

      Brands other than KSC, KWA, or Tokyo Marui can be real hit or miss (no pun intended), but that could be a MUCH longer conversation.

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