I think we can all say that we are in the sport of airsoft to have fun, that has always been the first rule of the sport. However, incidents can and will happen where arguments happen. Players will have issues with other players, kill shots can offend some people in some circumstances. I have been quite lucky in my time in airsoft. I can count on one hand and have fingers spare where I have offended someone with something that I have done in the sport.
In a sport where adrenaline is flowing, caffeine drinks are abundant there is always the chance that something small or large could flare up and cause an argument between players.
I run a sniper based loadout, I have created a system that works for me, it allows me to use a sniper rifle and a secondary that fits the role of a sniper. My main rifle is the Silverback SRS and my secondary is the Tokyo Marui MK23. Both of these weapons have been upgraded over time and they are now able to lift heavy weight ammo. In the SRS I use .48 gram ammo and in the MK23 I use .43 gram ammo. Now obviously there is a good reason for using heavy weight ammo in the sniper but why have I chosen to use such a heavyweight in a pistol?
For anyone that doesn't know the MK23 is quite simply put the best secondary for a sniper. It is a very accurate and very quiet non-blowback pistol. It has been around for years and in my eyes has never been beaten. There are companies that have released many upgrades for the pistol and they have only made it a better choice for some people.
My MK23 has had a few of these upgrades applied and they have allowed it to send a .43 gram bb out to around 60m. Where most pistols can only manage 30m and are very loud the MK23 is near silent and has twice the range and a lot more accuracy.
In my role as an airsoft sniper, the MK23 is the only choice for the sniper. You can reach out and touch someone out at a range where they thought they were safe, you can also take a shot and not give away your position to any other potential threats.
Like I said earlier I use heavyweight ammo in my MK23, they give me the best results, but this is all fine and well when your next victim is out at 40m plus, what happens when they come up close?
You could carry another normal pistol, maybe a Glock 17. But this would be loud and is another weapon system to carry into the battlefield. I had an experience where I was hidden away in a bush, I had just heard a weapon being fired from behind my position. I had to crouch down and either let the threat pass or take him out. The person made that choice for me by pressing my position, trouble is he never knew I was there. He was also fully focussed in on attacking my other teammates. I set my trap and lay in wait.
I had a worry that this person would stumble into the same bush as me so I had a large amount of terrain to watch with just a pistol. I knew after he had just fired his primary that I would be going up against a gas blowback rifle. The person didn't walk into the same bush as me he instead moved very quickly in front of me, I quickly readjusted my pistol and took aim. There was a slim chance that he would have seen me and opened fire, he didn't and as he moved from my left to my right I put a spread of shots out at him, I assumed that because I was swinging my pistol towards him that my first and second shots would miss, I only had a split second to take him down. I fired a further two shots, target down.
Then came the fun and games as the player realised what had happened and was not best pleased that I had shot him from around 10m to 15m with a group of .43's. He then suggested that my pistol should have a MED (minimum engagement distance) just like my sniper rifle.
Now I can not recall any airsoft site making MK23 users that run heavyweight ammo use a MED. Oh and because I was crouched down all of the shots that hit him hit in his stomach area, no face shots here.
So here I am after having a couple of arguments with this player, I did leave the event early but this was my choice. I hold nothing against the club I was playing at. With time to replay the incident in my mind, I probably think that the player was shocked to realise a sniper was laid waiting for an ambush.
I am not in this sport to cause issues with anyone or any club, so I shall march on waiting for the next event.
Do I stop using the MK23?
Nah not gonna happen.