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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gearing Up! Airsoft edition? Part 1

Sorry Animal, kinda stealing your thunder for this one. Airsoft gearing isn't any different than any other action sport. Yeah, that vest may look sexy, but can you really run that fully loaded all day without giving yourself a mild stroke? That rifle may be nice, but are you going to use it more than once? If your building up an arsenal so you can have a community cache, than ignore the rest of these ramblings.


Still here? Okay! First thing you'll need to look at is the dreaded "B" word in this day and age, budget. Do you spend the $400 for a really nice, epic gun that might just end up as a wall ornament or a paper weight since your afraid of dropping it? That same money could be used to gear yourself up with a decent rifle, a sidearm and even ammunition with spare magazines.

Secondly, you need comfort. I hear it now, "Yaz, what in the heck are you talking about?" Simple. If your barely pushing 5", don't try running around with a replica of a full sized anti tank rifle (as entertaining OR scary as that would be if you pulled it off).Look for a weapon system that fits how you move in any combat situation. Some people like using DMRs, some prefer carbines.
Myself, I'm more of a, "As long as I can sling or holster" type guy.

Thirdly, Use or role. Depending on how you play and where you play will factor into what style gun you get. If you live in a "frozen wasteland", you'll more than likely not want a CO2 powered weapon that is fully automatic. In that same token, if your playing out in the middle of a desert, you might want to reconsider using an electric powered gun for too long. In terms of role, being a support gunner using an MP5 style weapon system isn't going to work all that well UNLESS it is a back up weapon.

Got that all down? Sweet! Now for the fun part, clothing. Some teams or communities like uniforms, and thats fine (and even adds to the fun sometimes). My personal recommendation is keep it light and tight. You need it to breathe so you won't die of heat exhaustion, but you don't need it so loose that you can run the risk of your pants falling off or you becoming a kite if the wind blows. My personal loadout can change depending on what I'm planning, but for the most part I use a MOLLE belt rig system with drop leg holsters and shoulder holsters to keep everything in place.

In conclusion(for this installment anyway), have a plan and keep it simple. Budget it to fit what your wallet can handle or save up to get it to be multi-purpose. Without weapons, my rig set up costs about $80 after all of the modifications installed so I can use it for both NERF and airsoft.

Yaz out

4 comments :

  1. I can relate to the heat being a problem on the field as I had heat exhaustion a couple of years ago in an Airsoft game in Corpus. I run an assault vest and tactical uniform but in my interior map pockets and other useful pockets I utilize cold compress ice packs. They keep the heat bearable and your rig comfortable.

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  2. I do think i shall crib this and use this in my FLC's map pouches

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  3. Wrap em in a handkerchief so u don't freeze your skin. Trust.

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