For the last few months, I have been able to document the development and building of Lincolnshire Airsoft Clubs first ever CQB site. This is a first for me, it's been a journey to watch this site grow from a fully working farm to an actual working airsoft site. How many people can say that they were there at an airsoft sites creation? Some of us have had the pleasure of being at the first ever event of a brand new site but I have been able to sit back and watch the creation from the ground up.
LAC doing CQB, you must be mad
I have been a member of LAC for over 5 years. I was there when LAC had a huge woodland site and what seemed like an even bigger quarry site, I have attended lots and lots of events at the smaller Combat Zone site as well. LAC has run some huge and very realistic events in there past of which I have had the pleasure to be a part of. Likewise, they have also run some smaller and fun based events too over the years, Zombie events bring back lots of fun memories.
At none of these events have LAC ever tried to run a small CQB based site. They have had an event at the Gaol where LAC took over the site and staffed the special event. Now they are trying to make a name for themselves in the CQB sector.
So how far have they come?
Glad you asked that question. I have visited the site many times over the past few months. I have been able to have free roam over the site and actually see what is happening and what they want to do to the site. At no time have they tried to usher me away from certain parts of the site and only show me the bits that they want to show off.
I have had the chance to speak to a few of the staff and the club boss himself on just what they have in mind for the site. I have always come away with the thoughts that these guys and girls have an end game, an actual plan on how they will achieve this. Even though this is something that they have never actually tried they seem to be doing what needs to be done to create this site.
It has no doubt cost them a lot in money, time and effort but I can tell that real effort is going into the creation of this site. There are people in the LAC staff group that have special abilities, there are builders, electricians and other people who have knowledge of a trade. All these people are singing by the same song, their mission is simple, to get this site open to all you airsofters.
What stage are they at now?
They have a few buildings/sheds converted to airsoft battle areas, they are working out killing zones, they are working out where dead players go to. They have also put a lot of thought into the safe zone and the car park.
There has been a test day which I was allowed to video the matches. After watching the players duke it out on a site they have never actually airsofted at before they all came back laughing and smiling. They also noticed where issues were, these issues would only show themselves whilst an actual airsoft match was going on.
After every match, there was a mini-debrief over what worked and what did not work.
With all these ideas coming from the main players at the site I have no doubt that this site will be successful.
Another great driving reason why this site will work is the actual owner. I have met him a few times and he does not seem like the kind of guy who is only after the money. Where ever he can help he has, he has opened up other parts of his property to LAC and has always been nothing but helpful. He listens to all the ideas and has come up with a few ideas of his own, even though a few months ago he probably never heard of airsoft.
I have very little doubt after witnessing the drive and passion from Lincolnshire Airsoft Club staff and personal that this site will become one amazing CQB site.