Hello and welcome to a slightly different style of blog entry, in this episode I am talking about what airsoft has done for me over the years. I will be talking also about the creation of CraftySniper and how I have progressed through the years to the airsofter I am today. Hopefully this will be very useful to for new players and will show them just what airsoft can really do and what skills it brings as well.
Where did it all begin?
Well for me it all started about 5 years ago. I was at work and it was fast approaching my birthday, my work colleagues all of which was the same age roughly as me had decided that it would be a good idea to go out and get drunk. Now being that it was my birthday I said all though I was okay with getting drunk I would prefer to do something eventful before getting drunk. Go karting was mentioned but seem as I am around 6”5 there is very little chance of me fitting in one, so the search continued. Eventually someone mentioned paintball. Now this is have never done but I did like the idea of shooting ones friends, I mean who wouldn’t ? So that was the choice made, we all booked into the nearest paintball site which was Combat Zone, a site that would become my home for another sport.
We all rocked up and had a great day at the site. However I was left with two thoughts. One, I really like shooting my friends and two, just how expensive paintball really is. When I got home I realized that I really liked the sport but I could not justify the cost of repeated matches.
So I started to to do some checking up on the internet to see what I could do too satisfy my itch for shooting people. I soon came across the word…….airsoft.
What is airsoft?
Funny that, I was asking myself the same exact question. Obviously I knew nothing about airsoft and to be honest it did sound pathetic to me, little did I know just how this sport would take over my life in so many ways.
When I was searching for what airsoft really was I quickly did a search on YouTube and boy was I in for a shock. There was these young people running around dressed up like real front line infantry and they was using what could only be described as real weapons. I quickly realised that this was something that I wanted to be involved in. Now where is the nearest airsoft club?
In search of a club
Now I was thinking here is a sport that I want to be involved in, I know that it takes place on most Sunday’s but I knew that knowing my luck the nearest club to me would be the other side of the country. A few more quick searches and I was in for a shock, there was a club about 45mins from my6 location…………..Lincolnshire Airsoft Club.#
I quickly messaged them telling them that I was very new to the sport and wondering just how I would start this new sport, I needed details. LAC quickly returned my message and suggested that I turn up on a game day to see what is really involved in airsoft, I didn’t have to play but this would give me a chance to scope out the club and really see just what an airsofter really is.
I still remember that day all those years ago, it was quite cold and I knew know one. The club boss, Ian did come up and speak to me though and to he he seemed very friendly and he really did know what he was talking about. He suggested that I tag along with a marshal for the day, this would show me what is involved in an airsoft match. He also told me to go and mingle with the players as they got ready for the matches, this would show me what kind of kit players was using.
I was lost for words, there was all these players with these very realistic looking weapons. In fact I was finding it hard to not to think that I was in a Hollwood movie set with all these replicas.
As I mingled and talked with the players one of them asked me if I had ever used an airsoft rifle. I said no I had not and that was it, we was off to the range to try out his rifle. I was handed a desert sand coloured M4 which really looked the part. He handed me a magazine and asked me if I knew how to use the M4 rifle. I said I knew where the safety was and as soon as I made the rifle live I took my first shots with an airsoft rifle.
I was shocked at just how far these plastic bb’s were going and just how accurate they was. You could easily pick off a human sized target at around 50m with this M4.
After the day I knew that airsoft was what I wanted to do and I wanted to do this through LAC. I had a chance to chat quickly with the son of the club boss, Nick and he told me just what a normal player would bring kit wise to an event. I had another chat with the Ian at the end of the day and he asked me if I wanted to come back on another normal match day and actually take part in a match. I said yes and that was that, I had to turn up a week later at Combat Zone for my first match using the clubs rental package. I have to say now that those 7 days were some of the longest in my entire life.
It’s go time
I can remember a few things from my first ever airsoft match. One I was very nervous and I didn’t know where any of the objectives were, I also knew nothing of the site. I found myself running through various structures of the village at Combat Zone. I think we was trying to defend the village and I was in the middle of it. There was a furious fire fight all around me, rounds were plinking the structure that I was in and I was on my own. I tried to fire back at the enemy with my rental M4, I am quite sure that I hit no players but it felt good to be involved in this fore fight. Eventually I was hit, I went back to the starting point for the defenders and tried again to hold the village. Needless to say we didn’t hold it for long and the match was soon over.
When the day was over I was a one very tired person but I was very happy and excited knowing that airsoft was something that I really wanted to be involved in. I also knew that LAC and the staff that run the club were very friendly and patient with new players.
I had found my future.
Thinking back to those early days I now know that I was very naive to all the parts of airsoft that was around me. Everything was new and shiny to me. I was so excited about airsoft that I purchased my very own airsoft rifle on the second match. Now obviously I did not have a ukara licence so even though I had my own rifle I could not bring it home with me, the club would have to look after it in there armoury.
I can still remember that cold winters day in November when my ukara paperwork had gone through and I had played the correct number of matches to qualify as a full blown member of ukara and LAC. I was now able to bring home my new G&G CM16 Carbine rifle.
Now obviously I could talk a lot about my early days but to save some time I will be splitting this blog up, so the next part which will cover just how the CraftySniper became will be posted up later.