TIPS FOR AVOIDING FRIENDLY FIRE
Friendly-fire, that is, shooting members of your own team, is very common in Airsoft. While it's easy to say, "Identify your targets!" more often than not, it's more the fault of the player who gets shot than the one doing the shooting. Here are some tips to avoid it.
BE WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE
A common friendly fire scenario happens when a player in the defense decides to go on the offensive, and leaves friendly lines. At some point, this player runs back towards his own team, moving in the same direction as the enemy advance, and gets cut down.
Make sure you are where you are supposed to be, with you own team. Have a plan for what to do if you get separated from your team. Communicate what you're going to do with your teammates.
WEAR YOUR UNIFORM
If there are team uniforms, wear them and wear them properly. While most scenarios require specific uniforms, very few have the same rules for gear. This can lead to problems. Large gear items like plate carriers and hydration packs Should be your team's color - and more specifically, not the enemy's! It's worth it to have gear that matches your uniform - and it looks better, too.
Use your team's password, number combination, or just yell out your team's name. When in doubt, most players will light up anyone who does not identify themselves.
PLACES TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL
When assaulting a position, the element that is providing a base of fire needs to make sure they don't shoot the element of their team that is flanking, and vice versa.
As I mentioned before, when in a defensive perimeter, don't leave. If you have to leave, coordinate with your team-mates.
When setting an ambush, make sure the friendlys know where it is and avoid the area.
When moving forward, make sure you don't cross the line of fire of your buddies.
If you split your team up, make sure everyone is aware of everyone else's movements.
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