ARF Digital: Electronic Marking System For Airsoft

The sport of airsoft  relies on an honor system because, unlike paintballs for example, airsoft BBs do not mark the person they hit.  Since it is easy for even an honest player not to notice they were hit by a lightweight BBs, the honor system has its limitations. One solution to this problem is the new Airsoft International ARF Digital system.

The ARF Digital uses combat-style helmets and body armor that contain sensors which can detect hits, much like a game of Laser Tag. When a player is hit, an alarm is sounded and a signal is sent wireless to their gun which disables it for a certain number of seconds (preventing the player from shooting while they are dead). The gun-disable receiver can be installed on any electric airsoft rifle. There are even specially designed grenades which wirelessly “kill” players within their virtual blast radius.

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The system is demonstrated in the video below …

Steve Johnson

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  • -V-

    Neat, but how does it tell a hit versus you hitting the deck to avoid a hit?

    • gunslinger

      my thoughts exactly. difference betwen a bb, hitting the deck, or a branch in the woods?

    • teee

      No i think?.i use to play with old version of this and it couldn’t tell a difference between BB and hitting a bunker.

  • Yeah…. this is not going to catch on.

  • shouldn’t this be on “”?

    • There are good number of people who read TFB and happen to be active in Airsoft.

      • phamnuwen

        I would guess a good number of readers also drive cars and eat food.

      • I would hate to be rude – but as a cop I eat donuts 😉 Therefore, I logically must have an interest about donuts. May you blog about them too? do you see my point?

        • Leo

          Donuts aren’t really related to firearms. Airsoft is. Its fairly simple.

          • They are no more related to firearms than other toys are… Is this product usable for operational training?

  • 2wheels

    Interesting… It’d have to be relatively cheap to really catch on though.

    Most people who play airsoft here in the states are either OK with the “honor” system, or they just play paintball.

  • Nate

    I am an active airsofter and I must say this is a very stupid Idea in my opinion. Part of what separates airsoft from paintball is the integrity factor. When I come across someone who doesn’t call their hits I just keep lighting them up until they wish they called out the first time.

    • This is true, but as an avid Paintball player, why I will never really get into Airsoft is because you have two or three of those in every group. Every time. Because of that, Airsoft will never take off into a solid sport of it’s own. Will never become mainstream for anyone older than 18. This could solve that.

      • Karina

        In countries where airsoft is legal, it’s usually legally restricted to adults anyway…

  • wouldn’t it then come to pass that cheaters would carry around a neodymium magnet to trip up the system? I like the Starship Troopers method….when you’re hit, you get tazed

  • Bhupendra Chahar

    Salut à tous! Je voudrais juste donner un énorme coup de pouce pour l’info sympa, vous aurez droit ici sur ce post. Je vais probablement reviendra sur votre blog pour supplémentaire bientôt.

    Airsoft France


    Good to read about the ARF Digital system…the video demonstrate the whole system very nicely! It was helpful in understanding this system. Its creative.

  • Pepper

    paintball is something for under 18s if you ask me, Airsoft is a far more tactical game, forget about the calling hits, end of story.