As many of you know I am a member of Lincolnshire Airsoft Club. For many years this club was based just outside Kirton in Lindsey in Lincolnshire, but a couple of years ago they had to move out of there old sites. They ended up at a paintball site in Lincolnshire called Combat Zone. Now before you turn away because I mentioned paintball you might want to read on because this has turned out to be great news to LAC. There has been many many matches where 100+ players have turned up and had a great action packed day.
So this is my review of Combat Zone and what they have to offer to not only airsofters but also paintballers too.
A bit of a back story
Combat Zone is located just a few short miles from the city center of Lincoln. They have easy access to the city and the Lincolnshire area via the A46, the site is located just off of the A57. They have been in the paintball business for over 16 years and what they don’t know about paintball is not worth knowing. They also have over 80 years of staff experience so if you have any questions regarding paintball then these guys are the guys you need to be speaking too.
Combat Zone is a 25 acre site with 10 maps on site, now obviously these maps are setup for paintball matches but they are always looking to improve the site and the unique maps. They have buildings in the form of a church, a two story building, a fully stocked out village with small buildings and so much more to offer.
After all the running around you will become very tired and maybe you will want a drink and some food, well Combat Zone has you covered with a shop which sells snacks and drinks. There also is a hut which sells simple cooked food.
To be very honest if you turn up for a paintball match or an airsoft match you will be well catered for at Combat Zone.
So lets here about the airsoft Crafty
Well I am a person who likes to get to the site nice and early. You do have to travel down a dirt track to get to the front gate, once you get passed the gate you will be in the main car park. There is plenty of space for a full days shooting fun. But at the height of summer it can be quite tight especially if there is a paintball event taking place at the same time as an airsoft match.
Once you have parked up and you have unloaded the car of all your airsoft kit you will have to have a small walk to the safe zone. On your way you will go past the toilets for both men and women. You will then pass the range where paintballers test there weapons before a match, airsofters can also test there replicas here but it’s also used as a place where club marshals can test your replicas fps. You will then be in the safe zone where there is multiple large booths and picnic tables for you to put your kit on.
On a normal LAC game day one section of the safe zone is a dedicated shop and a place where you can get your rentals sorted out. This is a safe place where for example you can hand in your car keys to the LAC shop girls and they will look after them if you do not want to go on site with them in your pocket. And yes this has happened before and you can very quickly guess what happened to the keys.
Maybe an hour before the matches start there will be a call for all players who have there own replicas to go to the range to have there replicas tested and zip tied.
Once all the paper work is sorted out you will go onto the church ground for a safety talk. Finally once all of this is sorted out you will be taken to a map for a match. Now most of the time we start of with a quick fire match to get every one warmed up for the day. It will be something like attack and defend the island or attack and defend the two story building. If there is no other paintballers on site then after the firs match then the fun begins because LAC will introduce larger matches. Sometimes we have site wide matches and that is where the fun is and what shows Combat Zone off because you can have out in the open firefights, you can be hiding in the deep dense woodland bushes and you can be fighting in and around buildings.
The sight is not as big as some sites in the UK or even Lincolnshire but it guarantees fast paces action where anyone with a sub 350 fps replica to a 500 fps sniper can have fun.
Combat Zone is simply put amazing in summer with all the foliage and buildings, it can be a bit more testing in winter when all those places you was able to hide in just are not there but speaking personally I like a challenge. Another very important thing to mention is the almost special relationship between Combat Zone and LAC. Combat Zone is always looking for ways to improve the site for everyone but just recently they have gone out of there way to improve the site for airsofters.
I have been going to Combat Zone for nearly as long as I have been attending airsoft matches and yes in the past especially during winter I have found the site to be a little too sparse for airsoft needs but this was three to four years ago. Now I would really recommend the site to anyone who is into airsoft or paintball. It’s well worth a visit.
Crafty rating *****/5