Spring powered airsoft guns (or “springers” for short) are one of the most overlooked gun types in airsoft. The reason they are overlooked may be that some believe they are cheap (which most are, the exception being bolt action sniper rifles) or that the low rate of fire will cause them to be less effective on the battlefield.
I contend that basic springers can still be an effective weapon type if used properly in the right setting. They force you to up your game. You can no longer “spray and pray” that your bbs will hit the target, you must use tactics and accuracy to win the battle.
The best way to break out those spring guns and still be effective and tactical is to have a dedicated springer battle. As you can imagine, in a springer battle everyone can only use spring guns that are relatively equal in ammo capacity and power.
I like to use spring weapons for training purposes. I just recently had a springer battle at one of my battle buddy’s HQ. I used my trusty Crosman Stinger P311 pistol. I was able to refine my communication and teamwork skills without the stress of a full-on battle. (I will be putting some videos that the Chief took of the battle on AirsoftWarrior.net soon)
Now that you know why you should have a springer battle, here are some ideas to help you refine your skills and gain new ones for your more full-on battles-
1. Try new things
Test new tactics and strategies in a springer battle. You have nothing to lose, and you may end up with a new tactic that will apply to you bigger battles.
2. Focus on your weakness
Have you noticed that you aren’t properly using cover? Are you too impatient in battle? If you notice an untactical habit you have picked up, try to fix it during a springer battle. Focus on that issue and train yourself out of it.
Springer battles are meant to be fun. Get out there and relax. Enjoy just airsofting and hanging out with your teammates. If you don’t feel like being tactical, this is the time (just don’t train yourself into a bad habit). If coming up with objectives and scenarios is your thing, go for it; but don’t let that get in the way of a relaxed game.
Let me know how your springer battle goes; and if there are any ideas you have to improve the training/relaxed atmosphere of them. Watch for the videos of my recent springer battle, coming soon to AirsoftWarrior.net.