For a long time Paintball has received all the attention, but thanks to grassroots coverage on platforms like YouTube, Airsoft is coming into its own as a sport. In fact, the best thing someone new to Airsoft can do is spend a few hours on YouTube learning just about all there is to know from people who put more time and money into the hobby than 99% of us ever will. Online video gives niche audiences a chance to really benefit, and plenty of people are putting quality content out there. So here are five channels I’d like to plug simply because I think they’re great. There are plenty of amazing Airsoft channels out there, but if you have no idea where to start in a sea of digital info these recommendations will set you on a solid course.
Amped Airsoft is a gear supplier from Pittsburgh, so these guys really know their stuff. They’ve been around since 2007 and there are few sources with as much expertise in just about every technical aspect of the hobby.
I especially like their “Ask Amped” show, which is a show where they answer questions from people who ask them things on social media. The “Tech How To” is probably the most useful video series. This is where the guys really show you how to perform all sorts of technical tasks. From simple to complex, it’s all there.
The visuals are usually pretty good, although I do hate how poor the sound is. They tend to use the onboard microphone for their videos and I wish they’d stick lapel mics on the presenters or use overhead boom mics. If you can get over the echoey sound, especially on earlier videos, this is a treasure trove for anyone who gives a fig about Airsoft.
Rogue Studios is run by a guy named Darren, going by the handle RogueSystem087. It’s an incredibly small channel, but I kept seeing people on Reddit’s various Airsoft boards refer to it. So I decided to check it out for myself. It turns out that Darren is a really cool guy with an approachable style of explaining things. He’s also incredibly good at breaking things down so that you can understand them easily. So, what sort of content can we expect from Rogue?
He does in-depth reviews of the gear that comes across his workbench, looking at aspects many of us would never have thought of to begin with. There are some pretty technical videos as well. These include videos where Rogue shows us how he diagnoses problems with his guns. There’s also a Q&A series in case his viewers have some particularly burning question that needs to be resolved.
Personally, I like his gameplay videos the most. Rogue is based in Hong Kong, it seems, and plays CQB (close-quarters combat) almost exclusively. Nonetheless, the action is very entertaining and this is one channel worth bookmarking.
House Gamers Airsoft
OK, adding House Gamers Airsoft to my list isn’t exactly an original or inspired choice. This isn’t some artisanal Airsoft channel – with 800K subscribers this is one of the biggest Airsoft channels out there. Based in Canada, House Gamers is a pretty big operation. Content comes pretty regularly and there’s a fair bit of variety too.
Reviews and unboxing videos will be of interest to anyone looking for some more information on gear and what to buy. In terms of gameplay videos, there’s a lot to chew through here. House Gamers shows off lots of interesting, dumb, or just plain awesome minigame ideas, which shows that there’s far more to Airsoft than Milsim. However, there’s also more than enough Milsim content to keep everyone happy. Most of all, the peeps from House Gamers have a great sense of humor and make some pretty tight videos.
Brainexploder is another medium-sized channel, with about 75K subscribers as I write this. The channel has been around since 2006 so it isn’t exactly growing, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have great content. There is a wealth of videos to work through and the topics are of great interest to anyone with a stake in Airsoft.
There’s a fair bit of video game content too, but if you stick to the playlists it’s easy enough to avoid if you want to. Reviews abound, unboxing is present, and there’s a ton of gameplay to watch. The tutorials are the most fascinating thing to watch though, if you ask me. They show viewers how to make 3D printed components, modify gear, and otherwise go full MacGyver to enhance the Airsoft experience. This is a channel that deserves to be bigger, so give them a like and subscribe if you can.
With about 110K subscribers, Bodgeups was certainly on its way, but at the time of writing it’s been two years since there have been any video uploads. It’s a pity, since these are some of the coolest gameplay videos out there. Unlike the other Airsoft channels I have highlighted here, Bodgeups is focused mainly on Airsoft sniper play. That may limit its overall appeal, but the sniper role is one that few people can really get their heads around properly. Bodgeups does it right, and anyone can learn a lot while enjoying his long-range kills right along with him. A definite fave.
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This is just the tip of the Airsoft YouTube iceberg. There are so many small, medium, and (to a lesser extent) large channels to choose from that you’d never have time to actually play any Airsoft! Start with these four suggestions, however, and YouTube’s clever recommendations system will quickly hook you up with the content most relevant to you. A perfect way to spend your time between rounds.