MilSim Rules & Guidelines

Tactical Training Rules for San Antonio, TX

Tactical Training San Antonio, TX

II. Section 2 : Uniform Expectations & Packing List
• Uniform Expectations
• General Uniform Requirements
• Resistance (Green Forces) Uniform Requirements
• Federation (Tan Forces) Uniform Requirements
• Civilian Forces
• Uniform Exceptions

IV. Section 4: Casualties, Medical, and Armor Rules
• Casualties, Medical, and Armor Rules
• Dead Rags & Dead Lights
• Event Casualties
• Carrying ‘Wounded’ Participants
• Medical Aid & Armor
• Casualty Collection Points (CCP)
• Forward Operating Basses (FOB)
• Searching Other Participants

VI. Section 6: Force Organization & Responsibilities
• Force Organization & Responsibilities
• Force Organization
• Roles & Responsibilities

Table of Contents
I. Section 1: Safety & General Rules
• Safety Rules
• Eye Protection
• Replica Safety & Inspection
• Real World Emergencies
• Bindings
• General Rules
• Age Requirements
• Surrender & Bang Rules
• No Conflict Rule

III. Section 3: Weapon Rules
• Replica & Ammunition Restrictions
• Replica Rules
• Joule Limits
• Minimum Engagement Distances
• Ammunition Restrictions
• Melee Weapons

V. Section 5: Vehicle Rules
• Vehicle Rules
• Staff Vehicles
• Simulated Air Craft
• Participant Vehicles

VII. Section 7: Radio Communications
• Radio Communications
• Call signs
• Enemy Radio Frequencies

Military Simulation Safety Rules

a. Eye protection (eyepro) must be worn at all times without exception; awake
or asleep you must have eyepro on. AR-15 Milsim will not be responsible
for injuries caused by participants who take their eyepro off during the
event. Eye protection must meet ANSI Z87.1 standards and must
make a reasonable seal around the wearer’s eyes. AR-15 Milsim staff
reserves the right to refuse any eye protection at any time that they deem

a. All replicas used at AR-15 Milsim events must follow the below
•     Be a 6mm airsoft replica.
•     Not be a BB gun or modified BB gun.
•    Be an airsoft approved replica explosive (Thunder B, Tag,
Tornado, etc.)
•    Capable of being put on ‘safe’.
b. All replicas used in AR-15 Milsim events must chronograph and be
tagged by an AR-15 Milsim staff before use in the event.
c. While in a ‘staging area’ replicas must be placed on safe or holstered.
d. All replicas should be cleared before entering a ‘safe area’ or at the
conclusion of an event. Clearing procedures are outlined in section 3.

a. Should a real world emergency arise participants are required to advise
everyone in their vicinity by exclaiming “BLIND MAN!”
b. If a player hears “BLIND MAN” they should immediately stop where they
are and put their replica on safe.
c. “BLIND MAN” should be called when a player has been injured, they have
an eye protection malfunction, or a participant sees an immediate hazard in
the event that could place others in danger of injury.

a. No participants shall be bound by any device, rope, or zip tie.
b. Roleplaying staff may be ‘bound’ as long as the below stipulations are
•    The roleplaying staff member must allow it.
•     The roleplaying staff member’s hands must be bound in the front. It
is unauthorized to bind anyone’s hands behind their back.
•     The bindings must be loose and easily escapable for the
roleplaying staff member. Roleplaying staff will not attempt to
escape despite the loose bindings. This is solely for safety
•     If devices are used, such as hand cuffs, the device must have a
‘safety’ mechanism that allows for the roleplaying staff member to
remove or loosen the device as needed.

General Tactical Training Rules

a. The minimum age to attend is 14. Players between the ages of 14 and
17 must be accompanied by an adult of 18 years or older during the
event. The accompanying adult will be held responsible for under-age
player’s actions.

a. Surrender, or “Bang” rules are not used at AR-15 Milsim events.

a. The No Conflict Rule is intended to drive comradery through the
community, prevent escalation of situations, and allow other
participants to continue enjoying the event.
b. AR-15 Milsim staff and leadership are the only authoritarian figures in
the event. As a participant you do not have any authority over another
c. No participant shall attempt to resolve an issue with another participant
themselves and will instead seek out an admin to resolve the issue.
This helps prevent ruining the experience for other participants as well
as prevents the situation from possibly escalating.
d. No participant shall yell or scream at another player unless in jest.
e. No participant shall call another participant’s ‘hits’. If a participant is not
following the rules they should be brought a staff member’s attention.
f. No participant shall threaten other participants whether verbally or
physically, such as posturing. Threatening another participant is an
immediate ejection from the event.
g. No participant shall conduct violence on another participant. Violence
towards another participant during and AR-15 Milsim event is an
immediate ejection from the event.
h. Public shaming of other participants via online media sources may
result in a ban from future AR-15 Milsim events. If there is a problem
during the event, bring it to the staff’s attention so that we may resolve

Section 2: Uniform Expectations
a. Red clothing is reserved for administration and staff only.
b. Blue clothing is reserved for media personnel such as photographers.
c. Factions are identified by their uniform; their shirt, jacket, and pants.
d. Gear, such as plate carriers, chest rigs, helmets, backpacks, and so on are
allowed to be any color or pattern. However, participants are encouraged to
wear gear that aligns with their faction’s uniform patterns and colors.
e. All eye and face protection must match the military style and atmosphere
AR-15 Milsim aims towards. Stylish or character masks are prohibited.

a. Resistance forces are only authorized to wear
uniforms in the following patterns and colors:
•    Green (OD/Smoke/Ranger/etc.)
•    M81 Woodland
•    Woodland MARPAT
b. All wet/cold weather uniforms must meet the requirements set place by
c. Uniform must consist of matching top and bottom with the exception of
solid colors and wet/cold weather clothing.

2.3 Civilian FORCES
a. Should an event call for civilian forces they will be dressed as
described below:
•    No military style/cut clothing.
•     American civilian clothing
•     European civilian clothing
•     Middle Eastern clothing
•     Black Clothing
b. Civilian uniforms may be mix matched.

Tactical Training San Antonio, TX
a. Federation forces are only authorized to
wear uniforms in the following patterns and colors:
•    Tan (Coyote Tan/Coyote Brown/etc.)
•     Multicam (Original only)
•     Desert MARPAT
•     3/6 Color Desert
b. All wet/cold weather uniforms must meet the requirements set place by
section 2.3a.
c. Uniform must consist of matching top and bottom with the exception of
solid colors and wet/cold weather clothing.

Tactical Training San Antonio, TX
a. Participants may apply for an exception to uniform requirements,
requesting a unique camouflage pattern as long as they meet the following
•    The camouflage pattern must be approved by AR-15 Milsim
administration prior to the event.
•     The camouflage much match their faction’s base color; green for
Resistance, tan for Federation.
•     A squad leader must request the exception through email.
•     The entire squad must wear the camouflage uniform, top and bottom.

Section 3: Weapon Rules
NOTE: Point weapon into clearing barrels or safe directions for all steps.

    a. Point the replica into the clearing barrel.
    b. Place the safety lever in the SAFE position.
    c. Remove the magazine from the replica.
    d. With the replica pointing into the clearing barrel, pull the bolt to the rear,
remove any chambered BB.
    e. Ride the bolt forward.
    f. Place the replica on FIRE.
    g. Pull the trigger.
    h. Pull the bolt to the rear and lock it into place.
    i. Look into the chamber to ensure that it is empty.
    j. Ride the bolt forward.
    k. Re-cock the replica and place it on SAFE.

    a. Point the replica into the clearing barrel.
    b. Place the replica on SAFE.
    c. Remove the magazine from the replica.
    d. Place the safety lever in the FIRE position.
    e. With the replica pointing into the clearing barrel pull the trigger five times to
clear any remaining BBs in the chamber.
    f. Place the replica on SAFE.
    g. Disconnect the battery.

    a. RED: Round chambered and magazine loaded.
    b. YELLOW: Magazines loaded and chamber clear.
    c. GREEN: Magazine out and chamber clear.

NOTE: Do not carry your weapon on anything but safe – you will transition
only when prepared to fire.

Replica & Ammunition Restrictions
a. All replicas must fire on semi-auto. Machine guns are the only exception to
this rule and may fire full auto.
b. Machine gun replicas must have a real world counterpart.
c. Designated marksman rifles must have an inner barrel of at least 500mm
and a magnified optic installed.
d. Sniper rifles must be bolt action, have an inner barrel of at least 500mm,
and a magnified optic installed.
e. Squads may only have 2 grenadiers.
f. Squads may only have 2 automatic riflemen/machine guns.
g. Participants using a machine gun, designated marksman rifle, or sniper rifle
are required to carry a sidearm that meets the criteria in section 3.5a.
h. Replica melee weapons, such as knives or tomahawks, must be a rubber
or plastic training replica without sharp edges.

a. Riflemen/Pistol: 366fps and below with .25g or 1.55 joule = o med  (400 and below with .20).
b. Machine guns /Special weapon classes (SAW): 402 fps and below with .25g bb or 1.87j= 50 ft med.
c. Designated marksman rifles (DMR): 402 fps and below with .25g bb or 1.87j= 50 ft med..
d. Bolt action sniper rifles are limited between 1.88 and 2.81.
Sniper Class PRE-APPROVED CLASS ONLY! MUST APPLY: Bolt action only 2.31j chrono with own bb
e. HPA special weapon class: 380 fps .28g or 1.87j= 50 ft med..
FPS limits for this event are hard limit and non negotiable, ZERO EXEMPTIONS
Special weapon/Sniper class must carry a Rifleman/Pistol class weapon engage inside specified MED


3.6 What is a support weapon at AR-15 Milsim?
a.An airsoft replica can only be classified as a Support Weapon if it accurately resembles a True Support Weapon such as the SAW, PKM, M240, Vulcan, MG36, etc (Grandfathered replicas of BARs, RPK are included). If you have specific questions or additions to this list please contact event Admins at Support Weapons are the only replicas that are allowed to use a “Box” Magazine at this event. Winding, electric or spring loaded magazines are all acceptable. Normal Midcaps are not restricted for Support Weapons
b.Designated Marksman Rifle is a special purpose weapon and must be a faithful replica of one (optic and barrel length); some examples of a DMR are - M16A4, SR-25, PSG-1, M14/M21, Dragunov (SVD), Bolt action rifles may also function as a DMR as long as they adhere to DMR rules (ie FPS is under 1.87j). Replicas must be locked in Semi-only no full auto allowed.
c.Sniper Rifle requirements: Note: this is a special class designed to be selective and not open to anybody
Must apply by email to ahead of time for the role and must have the following requirements:
    Bolt action sniper rifle to not exceed 2.31 j
    Battle buddy/ spotter with a rifleman class weapon

a. high capacity or winding magazines are NOT allowed at AR-15 Milsim events
b. Participants are not authorized to carry any loose BBs on their person in
any way. This includes BBs held in speed loaders. Participants found with
loose BBs on their person will be ejected from the event.
c. All BBs will be turned in to their faction’s command to be stored in a platoon
or squad box depending on the size of the event. Participants may only
reload their replicas at their faction’s designated FOB, typically before or
after a mission. Participants, especially leadership, are encouraged to keep
close eye on their unit’s ammunition reserves.
d. BBs turned into supply must be labeled with tape and sharpie with the
participants Name, Faction, Platoon, and Squad. Example: John Doe,
Resistance, 1-1.

a. Melee weapons may be used to ‘kill’ another participant but must follow
the below guidelines:
•    The replica melee weapon should only be used to tap on other
participants. Do not stab at other participants.
•     Melee weapons must be used from behind an unsuspecting enemy
participant. Melee weapon strikes to the front or sides of an enemy
do not count or on an aware opponent do not count.

Section 4: Casualties, Medical & Armor Rules
a. During daylight hours all participants are required to have a red piece of
cloth (dead rag) on their person at any given time.
b. During nighttime hours all participants are required to have a red light
glow-stick (dead light), either chemical or electric, on their person at
any given time.

a. Participants struck by a BB from a replica, in the kill radius of a replica
explosive, tapped by a melee weapon from behind, or otherwise
instructed by AR-15 Milsim staff, must immediately exclaim “HIT!” and
then considered ‘wounded’. ‘Wounded’ participants are required to
have a dead rag or dead light clearly visible.
b. Roleplaying, acting out, moaning or calling for medical aid is permitted
while ‘wounded’.
c. ‘Wounded’ participants are not allowed to communicate ongoing event
information such as enemy locations, enemy numbers, or any other
information that may aid still ‘living’ players in the event.
d. ‘Wounded’ participants must serve a minimum of five minutes as
‘wounded’ as a ‘bleed-out’ time before declaring themselves ‘dead’.
However, there is no maximum time limit for a participant to ‘bleed out’.
e. ‘Dead’ participants are considered no longer an active participant in the
event and may only be ‘revived’ by a medic at a casualty collection
point (CPP).
f. ‘Wounded’ participants are highly encouraged to perform some form of
roleplaying when ‘hit’.

a. ‘Wounded’ participants may be dragged to safety for ‘first aid’ but must
follow the below guidelines:
•    Inform the ‘wounded’ participant you wish to ‘carry’ them and
acquire the ‘wounded’ participant’s approval.
•     Two other ‘alive’ participants must be used to ‘carry’ a ‘wounded’
b. The only authorized ‘carry’ for ‘wounded’ participants is the with the
‘wounded’ participant’s feet on the ground, capable of holding their own
weight, and with both arms slung over the two ‘carrying’ participant’s
c. If one of the ‘carrying’ participants is ‘wounded’ then the other ‘carrying’
participant must immediate stop moving with the ‘carried’ ‘wounded’
participant and ‘drop’ him.
d. If contact between the ‘wounded’ participant and either of the ‘carrying’
participants is broken then the ‘wounded’ participant must remain in
position until that connection is re-established.

a. Participants who are ‘wounded’ may be ‘revived’ by other plays by the use
of bandages or tourniquets. Bandages or tourniquets may be used from
either the ‘dead’ participant or the ‘alive’ participant. It is suggested that
players keep their own bandages or tourniquets. The bandages or
tourniquets must be placed around the ‘wounded’ player’s arms and be
clearly visible.
b. Participants are forbidden from ‘reviving’ themselves. Another participant
must do this.
c. All participants may be ‘revived’ once by default.
d. Participants wearing only one piece of body armor, such as only a plate
carrier or only a helmet may be ‘revived’ a second time.
e. Participants who ‘die’ are encouraged not to provide information to others
that they learned before ‘dying’. For example, if you see an enemy sniper
but fail to disclose this information to others before ‘dying’ then you should
refrain from telling others after ‘respawning’.
f. ‘Wounded’ participants may be carried to a casualty collection point to be
‘revived’ prior to the five minute ‘bleed out’ time

a. Dead participants may ‘respawn’ at casualty collection points where a
medic is stationed.
b. Casualty collection points (CCP) are a location designated by command
that function as a ‘respawn’ for ‘dead’ participants. A CCP must include the
following items/elements.
•     One canopy tent.
•     One cot located under the canopy tent.
•     One five gallon water cooler with potable water.
•     A stake planted in the front of the tent with a medical cross displayed on
c. When a CCP is setup a platoon or company medic must approve the CCP.
Once approved the medic will then place the stake with flag or paper
displaying a medical cross. CCPs with this stake showing are considered
active and other participants are able to ‘respawn’ there. CCPs without
stakes are no longer viable ‘respawn’ locations.
d. If the medic leaves the CCP they must take their stake displaying the
medical cross with them.
e. If the medic is ‘wounded’ then they will immediately remove the stake
displaying the medical cross.
f. If the CCP is being actively engaged by enemy forces, such as enemy fire
hitting the CCP, then the medic will immediately remove the stake
displaying the medical cross.
g. A medic must wait five minutes with no enemy contact on the CCP to
replace the stake displaying the medical cross.

a. Forward operating bases (FOB) are considered off limits and provide a
headquarters for command, a location to setup camp for participants, and
where units will deploy from.
b. No shooting or engagements are allowed while in the FOB.
Weapons must be cleared and placed on safe while in the FOB.
c. Participants are suggested to setup tents within their FOB.
d. While FOBs are considered off limits participants are still required to wear
eye protection at all times while in the FOB unless inside of a tent.

a. Participants are allowed to search other ‘wounded’ participants while the
other participant is in their five minute ‘bleed out’ period.
b. Participants are allowed to search other ‘dead’ participants that are moving
towards their CCP as long as the ‘dead’ participant is within the immediate
controlled area. ‘Dead’ participants told to stop by enemy forces are
required to do so within a reasonable amount of distance and time. For
example, should enemy forces cross your path while you are returning to
your CCP, they are authorized to demand you stop and search you.
However, if you are moving to your CCP through friendly forces and an
enemy participants yells at you to stop from behind enemy lines, you may
continue to your CCP.
c. To conduct a search the participant must acquire the ‘wounded’ or ‘dead’
participant’s consent first.
d. If a ‘wounded’ or ‘dead’ participant consents to being search the searching
participant may then go through the ‘wounded’ or ‘dead’ participant’s
belongings to include their gear, clothing, and backpacks. Searching
participants are expected to be respectful with other participant’s
belongings while searching. Do not simply turn a back pack upside down
and empty the belongings onto the ground.
e. If denied consent or consent is retracted at any time during a search (even
after consent has been given) then the searching participant must
immediately stop searching through the ‘wounded’ or ‘dead’ participant’s
belongings. The ‘wounded’ or ‘dead’ participant must then provide any
items to the searching participant as requested, such as radios, maps,
notebooks, playbooks, etc.
f. Searching participants are allowed a reasonable amount of time to copy
down details from items found on the ‘wounded’ or ‘dead’ player.

Section 5: Vehicle Rules
a. Staff vehicles such as cars or trucks will be marked by a red piece of paper
or light displayed on the front, back, left, and right of the vehicle. Staff
vehicles such as four wheelers or motorcycles will be marked by the
operator wearing a red shirt, dead rag, or dead light.
b. Staff vehicles are considered out of the event and are not to be fire upon or
used as cover.

a. Some vehicles may be used in the event to simulate various forms of air
craft. These vehicles will be marked with a paper on the front, back, left,
and right of the vehicle showing a circle split into vertically and horizontally
with the upper right and lower left most sections filled in black as shown
below. This symbol is designed to look like a moving rotor as seen from
above and to be easily identifiable.
b. Simulated air craft are considered immune to all forms of damage.
c. Simulated air craft are not allowed to ‘land’ in any areas containing ‘antiair’.
d. Simulated air craft must ‘land’ to pick-up or drop-off participants. ‘Landing’
consists of coming to a complete stop.
e. Participants are forbidden from firing out of or into any vehicles marked as
a simulated air craft.
f. Participants exiting the simulated air craft vehicle are not considered ‘in
play’ until they have their feet touch the ground.

Section 6: Force Organization & Responsibilities
•     The company commander is responsible for everything and everyone in the
•     Commands subordinate leadership.
•     Establishes standard operating procedures (SOP)
•    Issues operation orders (OPORD) for tactical operations.

•    Second in command.
•     Manages quick response force (QRF).
•     Performs duties as directed by the CO.

•     Controls the squad’s fire and movement.
•    Conducts close range combat with enemy forces.
•     Conducts PPCs and PCIs
•     Ensures every member of the squad knows the mission and their part in it.

•     Ensures his team fulfils their sectors of the mission.
•     Enforces discipline.
•    Determines the team’s combat load and reports needs up the chain of
•     Understands the mission from their part, the squad leader’s part, and the
platoon leader’s part.

•     Constructs and occupies hast firing positions.
•     Engages enemy forces in close quarters battle (CQB).
•     Breaches buildings.

•     Carries the fire team’s 40mm grenade launcher.
•     Accomplish all tasks given to riflemen.
•     Engages enemy vehicles with appropriate ammunitions.
•     Engages enemy fortifications with appropriate ammunitions.
•     Able to judge and readjust aim of 40mm grenade to destroy targets.

•     Carries the fire team’s machine gun.
•     Engage groups of enemy personnel, bunkers, and vehicles.
•     Provides suppressive fire upon enemy forces.
•     Provide the fire team and squad with fire superiority.

•     Carries the fire team and squad’s designated marksman rifle.
•     Provides the fire team and squad with accurate fire.
•     Eliminates unique enemy targets.

Section 7: Radio Communications
a. The company RTO will issue the SOPs for radio communication.

a. Call signs to be used on the net will be specified before the event by

a. Command for each faction are authorized to listen to enemy radio
b. Participants are not authorized to transmit or interfere in any way with the
radio communications or frequencies of enemy forces.

AR-15 Milsim reserves the right to change any of these rules and communicate them to our participants during the event to ensure the high quality and safety of our event is maintained*.
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