One of the most hated rules in airsoft is the “safety kill”. In my “Safety Kills: The Unfortunate Truth” post, I explain some of the reasons why there is so much controversy surrounding this topic. But, since I do my best to abide by the ruleset of every field I visit, I use it when I have to. Airsoft Tulsa requires the use of safety kills within 10 feet, and I used this rule to rack up a nice safety kill streak on some unsuspecting players! I hope you enjoy!
Numbers Change The Field
I’m used to playing at Airsoft Tulsa Indoor with 10-12 other players. On this night, there were 16+ players on the field. This definitely changed the tactics and how I moved around the field. With multiple enemy players ready to line up their sights on me at any given time, snap shooting and “camping” on a certain pieces of cover became the name of the game. Often times, I needed to spread out from other team members to provide an effective defense or to have room to make a quick offense move.
Don’t fall into the trap of using the same positions or tactics at a field just because it worked before. Take into account how various numbers of players will change a field when you’re planning tactics before a game.
Keep Your Ears Open and Listen To The Refs
You will notice at (time) that an enemy player can’t hear me attempt a safety kill on him due to his laser focus on the rest of my team. I often find that I miss information or commands my team tries to provide because of this battlefield “tunnel vision”. Try to keep your ears open and scan the field with your eyes to stay in the whole battle and not just in your own little corner of it.
One way to stay aware is to listen to the refs and use what they tell you for more than just finding out if you’re hit or if the game is over. The refs at Airsoft Tulsa do a good job of providing information on the condition of the field and the players on it. During the game they will give you information on who is trying to claim an objective or let you know if a player is out. Listen to the refs at your local field and try to use any information they give you to increase your battlefield awareness on the field.
Ditching Your Tac Vest
I wanted to try out this system to see if it would improve my speed, reduce fatigue after the game, and be a good option for some one that wanted to run a private military contractor (PMC) load out. I found its simplicity to be a good thing. I only had the gear I needed on me, reducing the time I spent through my gear in between games. Although I don’t think it significantly reduce fatigue (which is mostly due to the amount of running to cover and crouching I do during a game), I do think that I had a slight increase in overall speed and that it would work great for a player that wants an inexpensive set up for their PMC load out.
As stated above, I decided not to use my standard Lancer Tactical Chest Rig, and instead used just my Condor MOLLE Drop Leg Platform with a MOLLE 6 M4 Mag Pouch. I also used my Condor Dump Pouch to hold my empty magazines. My primary weapon was a KWA SR7 fed by K120 Mid Caps and fueled with a Tenergy 9.6V Nunchuck Battery.
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