Hello and welcome to part 2 of my review of the CraftySniper. Now it goes without saying that I would suggest that you please read part 1 first. Okay done that? Well let’s get on with me and airsoft.
A few years down the line
We join our intrepid hero a few years on from his first match. My collection of airsoft replicas had started to grow. I now had another G&G product in my collection, the UMP-45. This was a smaller weapon which was supposed to suit my needs regarding building clearance, I also had a pistol in the form of the WE Glock 17. Things were going well, I had even managed to make some friends in the club. These friends are still with me today and are one of the main reasons I am still attending airsoft matches. One friend I met in my very early days, his name is Richard and even though it’s been a few years we are still very good friends in and out of airsoft.
One of the main reasons is our love of hunting enemy players and I think this is a good reason for why I created the CraftySniper. There was many times during our matches at the old Kirton site that we was able to stalk, hunt and kill off enemy players that would out number us. We very quickly leaned the site and was very good at taking objectives and engaging the larger enemy teams. We made for a very good ambush team.
I have to give an mention to the LAC weekenders. Those that have been to these matches know what I am talking about. These events were amazing, instead of having just a Sunday for our airsoft needs we would have the Saturday too and a night match in between the two days. The deal was that we paid for the two days and the night match was thrown in for free. Now to be honest at first I would play any and all airsoft matches, a night match is greatly different from a day match. Now I was hunting players with the cover of darkness in a wood. I many times was able to stalk a player remaining no more then ten meters from them, when they moved I moved, when they stopped I stopped. I picked the time when I would be guaranteed a kill and also the best chance to get away into the darkness.
As the weekenders went on and the normal matches went on I made more friends, to the point that there was a largish group of us. We all had vast knowledge of the site and would use this to fight and win against other teams. We even soon started to pick weapons that best suited our skills and me and Richard started to tinker with sniper rifles. We was the long range sneaky SOB’s that gave our team some extra fire support.
So this is when the CraftySniper was created?
Yes pretty much, now armed with long range weapons and near silent side arms I would go out and hunt the enemy. Most of the time I was with my group of friends but there was many times that I would end up out on my own completely out numbered, and this was when I was at my most evil. I was able to have some great times hunting enemy players on the vast Kirton site with my sniper rifle. I remember stalking an enemy patrol of maybe four players, they had no idea that I was nearing there position. They was tasked with holding a position out in the open that was surrounded by thick woods. I was able to do some recon of there position, noting there weapons through my scope. When I was happy to take the first shot I chose the furthest away player. His back was to me and I knew that if I got him then the whole patrol would think that they was being fired upon from a position that wasn’t my position. I fired and my .4 round smacked my target in the upper body from around 50m. Immediately he yells out he has been hit and the patrol raises there weapons, pointing them in the wrong position. A medic ran over to the dead player and tried to get him back into the fight, I say tried to medic him but it was too late I had fired my second round and took out the medic. Two shots two dead players, tow to go.
The two live players realised that there was a sniper near by and tried to locate me but whist they was looking at the bushes and trees they was standing still. I fired my third shot and took out my third player. The last player tried to run back to a friend and medic him back in. I was faced with a terrible shot at this forth player as he was using his friend to shield his position from any further rounds from my rifle. I steadied my aim and through my scope I could see a leg from the medic, I knew I had ten seconds maximum before he would revive his friend. I took my shot and watched it fly right into the leg of the forth enemy player. The whole patrol was dead, the position was all mine. I decided not take it as I had know idea where any other enemy players were and I didn’t want to go out into the open and make the same mistakes as this patrol. I called up my team who was about ten minutes from me, they soon got to my position and took the objective.
It was back in the safe zone that I heard enemy players talking among them selves about a sniper taking out an entire patrol. I walked over to them and confirmed that it was me, we all had a good laugh about it and one of the original patrol mentioned I was a CraftySniper to get all those accurate kills.
And there it was the CraftySniper had been borne.
One person I’d like to thank
Now obviously I have made lots of friends through airsoft but there is a few very good friends who mean a lot to me. But there is one man who I have to mention, his name is Ian Lawrence. Not only is he the club boss at LAC but I would like to think he is a very close friend of mine. He has over the years taught me a lot about how to move quietly, how to shoot accurately and how to make various bits of kit work. We have worked together in matches before as a team. We have been inside one of the buildings at Combat Zone fighting against both enemy teams during a few pistol and shotgun matches. But there is one time we worked together as a two man team against lots of other two man teams. It was this match that he taught me how to move and communicate without making a sound. We engaged enemy teams and took out a lot of them. We was able to move quietly across a ridge top at the old Kirton site and engage enemy teams, in short we caused chaos amongst the other teams.
I will take this time to thank Ian and his family for all the help they have been in the creation of the CraftySniper. If it was not for you guys I don’t think I would be here now all these years later still enjoying airsoft.
Bang up to date
As you all know I now have a page on Facebook, I have a YouTube channel and now I have website. All these were created in my name to allow me to show to other people just what I have learned through airsoft, this is a sport that is a major part of my life and this will not change. Even though I have the name CraftySniper I like to not only use sniper rifles but also assault rifles, machine guns and all the other types. I take a lot from the sniper role and bring it across into other roles. I will always have a soft spot for sniper rifles, but you will more then likely see me with my Tokyo Marui Scar Heavy, a weapon that I adore.
What is the future?
It’s hard to think that five years have gone so fast and to be honest I really don’t know where I will be in the next five years. I like most other airsofters look on YouTube at other airsoft celebrities and even though I will never think of myself as a celeb, I know a few other players have started to call me one. Would I ever want to be one that was being backed by a retail shop? I honestly don’t know, I have thought about being sponsored but I don’t know if that would be a good thing for me. At the moment I am happy being supported by LAC, and I am happy to bring a down to earth an honest review of any airsoft product that I have to review.
I hope you all have liked this small series of blogs based on me and I hope it shows you new players out there just what can happen with a club supporting you in the same way that LAC has supported me.
Oh and don’t worry, normal blogs will be resumed after this one.