Hello and welcome to my second blog post, now I was sat cleaning some of my rifles and I was wondering about what I would make my second post all about and then it hit me. In the back of my wardrobe where my rifles are located I have my SR25 DMR. So here I am talking about a subject that opens up a whole load of cans of worms with some players.
So let's start with the basics
So lets go straight to the black and white facts of DMR's and where they sit in the real world.
A DMR is a semi auto rifle that usually is chambered in 7.62 rounds. He or she is the link between the sniper with the bolt action sniper rifle and the normal Army regular with his or her standard rifle. The DM will typically operate within the squad and gives the squad the ability to reach out further then a standard rifle.
Just a few DMR rifles in different countries are the following......
So where do DMR's sit in airsoft?
In most clubs up and down the UK to class a rifle as a DMR you will have to do the following....
the rifle needs to have a real world counterpart in the DMR world,
must be locked to semi only,
may have a minimum distance where the shooter can not use the rifle.
Only then can the rifle be allowed up to between 380 - 450 fps pending on the site.
With all standard AEG's being under 350 fps and the DMR's being more then 380 fps there is a good chance that the DMR shooter can hit targets further then a standard rifle. My G&G M14 can hit targets at around 60m!!
Now obviously the DMR shooter because of the increase in fps will be using more heavier rounds, I have been know to use .3's and all the way up to .4's. With the increase in fps, heavier rounds and a good hop my DMR's can live up to there real world counterparts in hitting targets that are further away from standard rifle but not as far as a fully upgraded bolt action sniper rifle.
Wow that's amazing, what's bad about that??
Now we get to the part where some airsofters have the issue. Obviously even in semi only I could shoot a lot of rounds from my rifle and with it being very accurate if one round hits then chances are so will the rest and remember these are heavier then standard weights. So some people do complain and I can see the point if the DMR user is just outside there minimum distances and using heavy rounds.
So when some people start to complain about over kill then the clubs have to stand up and tweak the rules to the DMR user. The clubs then start to bring in rules like only one round in the air at once from a DMR rifle, and this is all very good but apart fro the shooter who is going to check on this?
Now with me playing airsoft for many years and also liking the DMR way of life obviously I am not in the business of hurting people so how do I get round these issues??
Well that's very simple.................PLAY THE DMR ROLE!!!!
I am always staying back form the front lines of a firefight and I am picking my targets off from usually 40 plus meters. I stalk my targets and hunt them, taking some skills from bolt action users and bringing them into the DMR world. I am also never too far away from my forces so when they are getting stuck facing stronger forces I put accurate semi automatic fire on the enemy. As a DMR user I am there for my friendly forces, giving them accurate fire and information through radios which sometimes they have not figured out due to being on the front lines.
SO DO dmr's work in airsoft?
Short answer is yes they do work, long answer is they will always be a target for other players who do not see the point of them or shooters who can not abide by the rules set down by there clubs.
I will not be retiring my DMR rifles anytime soon as I feel I can give more to my friendly forces through defensive or offensive fire from my rifle.
See you on the battlefield very soon,