airsoft hit rules


A hit (also commonly referred to as a “kill” and sometimes a “frag”) is scored against your person when:
  1. You are struck by a BB on any body part or any equipment on your person as a result of direct or indirect fire.
  2. You are tapped for a knife kill.
  3. Someone uses the bang rule on you.
  4. You are inside a grenade’s blast radius
Being “hit” instantly takes you out of the game (You are dead) and you are no longer considered “in-play” (at least until the current  game resets) and must proceed to nearest neutral zone or respawn area and wait to be respawned.  


  1. Gun Hits – If your primary gun get’s hit. You are not dead, but you loose the use of that weapon for the duration of the game (at least till the game resets) and must resort to the use of your secondary weapon (repeat this step until you run out of guns to draw). In the absence of a secondary weapon, you can still opt to stay in-play and support your team by providing information, distraction etc. You can also opt to take yourself out if you so wish.


This is the most basic hit procedure. What you should do when hit.
  1. Raise hand(s) or weapon above the head and shout “HIt” as loud as you can. Make sure your voice is loud enough for other players to hear you over the sound of gun fire ringing in the background. Otherwise, you stand the risk of being peppered by BBs until they do.
  2. Continue walking to the designated “Neural zone” or “re-spawn” area while occasionally saying “Deadman coming out” repeatedly until you reach the Neutral zone or respawn area. This is to alert other players that you are no longer “in-play” and must not be shot.
  3. Wait to respawn. Respawn rules vary for every game. Some games allow multiple respawns within the same game. Others, you’d have to sit-out the rest of the game and can only play again when the game resets.


The section covers optional hit procedures that can add another dimension to your airsoft games.  
  1. Deadman’s Rag – In some cases you are required to pull out a “dead man’s rag” and drape it either over your head or body. To signify to other players that you have been hit and out of the game.  A deadman’s rag is piece of bright colored fabric (typically 2x2 foot red fabric)  that is placed over your person in such a way it is easy for other players to identify you as being no longer “in-play”. This is to prevent you from being shot again while waiting to respawn.
  2. Medic Rule – In some games, a Hit does not always takes you out of the game right away. There is an option to use the Medic Rule which allows you to call the assistance of a medic/corpsman to “heal” you and get back into the fight… Read more on the Medic Rule
If I am accidentally shot by a team mate, do I call myself out?
Typically YES. “Friendly fire” is generally a legal “hit”. To avoid confusion it is always best to inquire from your host before hand regarding their ruling on friendly fire. Some fields do not consider friendly fire a legal hit, so technically  you can keep on playing.


The following articles cover airsoft rules generally adopted by gamesites across the Philippines. Do bear in mind that these rules are by NO means immutable. Rules may easily change from game site to game site. As a rule of thumb, the rules  adopted by the game host (typically referred to as house rules),  trumps all other rules ( Rules discussed in these articles included). It is NOT cool to challenge your host’s house rules!. Remember, their house their rules! With this said, It is always best to learn about your host’s house rules before playing to avoid any unwanted misunderstandings. This way everyone gets to have fun! KEEP THE BB’s FLYING!


AEX Contributor

The author hails from Angeles City, Philippines. A founding member of Team SEMPER FI of the Pampanga Airsoft League, BadKarma has been airsofting since 1994.