Tips From An Airsoft Video

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In this video I noticed key points that will enhance your tactics and I wanted to share them.

– at 00:25 you see the Chief eliminate his enemy due to the type of cover that the enemy had selected (a pallet).   I have hidden behind barrels and found out that the small crack in between them makes a nice funnel for enemy fire.  Make sure that the cover you use will effectively protect you from enemy fire.

– at 00:35 the Chief demonstrates tactical reloading.  Notice how he keeps his eyes forward and weapon ready.  It only takes a second for the enemy to move up on you in battle so be at the ready.

– at 00:45 the Chief eliminates an enemy who has foolishly stuck his barrel out of a building window.  Never stick your barrel out a window.  It lets the enemy know exactly where you are and is one of the fast tracks to your own elimination.

– at 00:48 the Chief ‘softens up’ a building by throwing a grenade in before entering.  He uses the door for cover to lower his chances of getting eliminated.  He then performs a “button-hook” maneuver (see below) while entering the room.  The “button hook” allows you to see any enemies that may be hiding in the corner of the room and is very helpful for close quarters operations. Hopefully the Chief has a back up team ready to provide support.

button hook | AirsoftWarrior.net

Let me know if any of you have an airsoft video you would like me to share and a critique.

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Using Corners in Airsoft

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Using Corners in Airsoft | AirsoftWarrior.net

In airsoft you will often encounter operations that require you to go around corners.  Corners can be challenging because you can’t observe what is beyond them.  Don’t walk into a death trap.

Lets look at how to use corners properly and how to avoid getting eliminated.

Tight Method | AirsoftWarrior.net

Tight Method
The first method you can use when going around corners is to cut the corner tightly.  This method allows you to get maximum use of the cover the corner provides and it is the quickest method.  Its main disadvantage is that it gives you less room to maneuver with your team or with a rifle.  You need to have confidence that your team will back you up and in your abilities within tight spaces.  Be prepared for quick action if there is an enemy around that corner.

 

Slice the Pie | AirsoftWarrior.net

“Slice The Pie” Method
Another method you can use is to “slice the pie”.  You “slice the pie” by moving back 5-10 feet from the corner in the 4 o’ clock position.  Then side step around to the 8 o’ clock position keeping your focus, and gun, on the corner.  This method will allow you to have more room to maneuver and more time to react to the enemy.  It requires more room, time, and skill then the tight method which may not make it a good option for some situations.

A Tool for Corners | AirsoftWarrior.net

A Tool for Corners
A helpful tool you can use on corners is the mirror on a stick.  I created mine using a telescoping rod, a small mirror, and a strip of camo duct tape.  You can also use a small fixed rod instead of a telescoping one.  I keep mine in a utility pouch on my uniform to keep the metal from giving my position away; but you could paint yours with green or tan spray paint.  To use it simply pull it out and stick it around the corner.  Cant it up and down and side to side to see what’s around the corner.  Be careful not to stick you hand or a piece of equipment around the corner or you may get eliminated.

Try using the methods on your next mission.  Good airsofting!

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Which Airsofting Animal Are You?

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Which Airsofting Animal are You? | AirsoftWarrior.netHere is a list of animals that represent some of the airsofters you will encounter on the battlefield.  Look at the descriptions below, then find which one best fits you, and which one you want to be most like.  Discuss with your battle buddies what animal you thought best represented you and then have them tell you which one they think you are most like.  This will help you to develop into a better airsofter and to increase your understanding of your abilities.  Be honest with yourself, and have fun!

Which Airsofting Animal are You?-Wolf | AirsoftWarrior.net
Wolf
The wolf airsofter likes to work in a team and coordinate his attacks with his buddies.  He relies on strength, cunning, and teamwork to bring down his enemies.  Even without his team the wolf is still a formidable foe and deserves respect.  His best buddy is the fox due to his leadership skills .  He is weak against the cheetah if he gets into a one on one battle with him .

Which Airsofting Animal are You?-Fox | AirsoftWarrior.net
Fox

The fox airsofter is the most cunning and thoughtful airsofter.  He likes to think things through and determine a plan of action before going into battle.  He prefers to work in a team and tries not to go off on his own.  It is difficult for the fox to understand airsofters that don’t like to operate in a team or develop elaborate plans before going into battle .  His best battle buddies are the vulture and wolf due to their willingness to be lead by him and support his plans.  His worst foe is the monkey because of his unpredictability and disregard for leadership.

Which Airsofting Animal are You?-Cheetah | AirsoftWarrior.net
Cheetah

The cheetah relies on his speed and airsofting skill to carry him through a battle.  He has little regard for weaponry and tends to look down on the elephant’s pride in his weaponry.  He is a very effective lone warrior and sometimes has trouble working in a team.  His best buddy is the wolf because of his skill level.  He is weak against a tough elephant or a strong team of wolves.

Which Airsofting Animal are You?-Elephant | AirsoftWarrior.net
Elephant

The elephant doesn’t have the skills or tactics to be effective, so he uses his weapons.  He likes to collect guns and have the best of everything on the battlefield.  His worst enemy is the cheetah because the elephant can’t figure out how he can fight without the most amazing guns and gear .  His best friend is a fellow elephant although they sometimes get into arguments over who has the best gear.

Which Airsofting Animal are You?-Vulture | AirsoftWarrior.net
Vulture

The vulture likes to work in a team so he can use the good ideas and leadership of others to accomplish his mission.  He doesn’t have the most kills but he is the best team player.  He loves to learn from other players.  His partner is fox due to his skill and cunning use of tactics that the vulture can copy and learn from in his missions.  His arch enemy is monkey because the vulture has nothing to gain from working with him.

Which Airsofting Animal are You?-Monkey | AirsoftWarrior.net
Monkey

The monkey may have skills and guns but he doesn’t use them.  He prefers to rush into battle and hope for the best.  He rarely listens to or obeys orders.  He occasionally comes out on top due to his aggressiveness but this is often an exception.  Not many other airsofters care for his company and purposely send him on his own “special” missions.  He has no special friends; and it is difficult to put a finger on his worst enemy because of the various “styles” of fighting he uses.

I hope this list helps you to better examine yourself and your airsofting style so you can improve.  Have fun and work towards your goal animal and help your buddies achieve theirs.

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JG M4 S-System

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Notes on the video:

-The JG M4 S-System is a version of the JG M4 CQB, which I did a review on previously.

-The firing test was done from the standing, unsupported position by the Chief at a distance of approximately 20 feet.  He fired 5 shots on semi.  The full-auto burst was approximately 1/2 second.  A moderate wind was blowing during the test.  We used 0.20 gram BBs and a 9.6v Tenergy Battery
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-As with the JG M4 CQB, the JG M4 S-System has a functional charging handle, non-functional bolt catch,  and a non-functional forward assist.

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Don’t Be A Movie Sniper

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Don't Be A Movie Sniper | AirsoftWarrior.netIn movies we are taught to believe that to be a sniper you must have a super long gun, the coolest outfit, and the biggest scope.  We are taught that to be a sniper we have to hide by ourselves on the tops of buildings taking ridiculously long shots at almost invisible enemies.  If you expect to be this type of sniper in airsoft you are in for a big surprise.

In airsoft there are two types of snipers.  Some try to be like the one above.  They may make a few kills and scare the tar out of the other team; but eventually they run up against a few levelheaded guys with automatics that put them back in their place.

The other type of sniper is the one that teams up with an observer, knows his mission, and executes it well.  That is the type of sniper we will be talking about here.  This is the best way to be an airsoft sniper.

Get an observer
An observer is the sniper’s battle buddy.  He adds an extra pair of eyes and ears.  He carries an automatic to offset the sniper’s powerful, but low rate of fire, rifle.  Having an observer along allows the sniper/observer team to use better tactics.  A good observer allows the sniper to do his mission better.  So what is the snipers mission?

The Sniper’s Mission
The mission of a sniper is to engage important targets and to observe and provide recon of the battlefield.  The sniper’s main targets are other snipers, enemy commanders, and important areas of enemy activity.  The sniper team can deny large areas to enemy forces and confuse them.  The sniper team should observe the battlefield and give important information to the team commander.

Execution of Sniper Missions
The sniper team has to execute its mission effectively all the time due to the nature of its missions and the small size of its group.  Several tactics come in handy to the sniper team.  Stealth is one of the most important tactics for a sniper team to use.  If the sniper team is discovered before it can complete its mission it may ruin the whole team operation.   Ambushes can be effective for the sniper team because the element of surprise can make up for their lack of manpower.

A good sniper team can be an important and effective part of an airsoft team if they know what to do and how to do it.  Be sure that you and anyone on a sniper team understand their purpose and can do their job.  Otherwise all you have is an ineffective and potentially team endangering movie-class sniper.

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Airsoft Tactics: Woodland

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Airsoft Tactics: Woodland | AirsoftWarrior.netThe woodland environments present its own set of challenges and advantages.  Knowing how to use the woodlands to defeat your enemy can be an important tool in your airsoft knowledge.  In this post we will examine movement, cover, and firing tactics that you can use in your woodland battles.

Movement is more difficult in a woodland environment than in a field because of trees, bushes, and other obstacles you must work around.   Stealth is also more difficult due to leaves and debris on the forest floor.  If you aren’t careful the woods can become a death trap.  When moving try to move from cover to cover and remember to watch your flanks.  If you are working as a team, spread out with about 10-15 feet in between team members so that the enemy can’t eliminate all of you if you are ambushed.  Constantly observe your surroundings to avoid ambushes.

Cover is plentiful in the woods.  Selecting the right cover is important.  Find a large enough position or positions to protect you and your team mates.  Set up positions so that they can support one another and coordinate defense.  The woods provide excellent camouflage.  Use it to maintain stealth and protect your positions.  If you are on the move,  plan out what cover you will use before you move.

Firing can be difficult in the woodlands, with lots of trees and other obstacles in the way.  In order to use the woods effectively you must locate the firing lanes.  Once you are in position,  find all the gaps and spaces in the trees that will allow you to fire through them.  A good position will protect you from being shot while allowing you to engage the enemy through these firing lanes.  Find the weak points in your position and use the large amounts of natural cover to barricade them.  As you can see in the diagram below,  by effectively using their firing lanes the team can eliminate the enemy at any point; even if two of the team members can’t.

Firing Lanes in the Woods | AirsoftWarrior.net

Learn to use the woodlands effectively to make yourself a better airsofter and a more effective team member.

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The 3E’s of Communication in Airsoft

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The 3E's of Communication in Airsoft | AirsoftWarrior.netCommunication is a vital tool in airsoft.  It allows you to convey important team information like number of enemy players in a certain area,  the next big plan your team will implement, or how you will coordinate an attack with other players.  Communications can also be used to pass along information in a small squad or buddy team so you can both be effective.  Communication is a big player in successful operations, and ultimately, victory.

Here are some basics to follow in your communications on the battlefield

Communicate often
In several battles I have been the team commander.  I noticed that it is very helpful to me if players communicate with me and each other often.  It allows me to know about their well-being, tactical situation, and position so I can command them effectively.  It allows other players to feel more secure and allows them to help you in a pinch.  When you are on the battlefield try to stay in touch with your commander and other players.  Radio them or send a battle buddy so you all know where each of you are and what everyone is doing.

In communication the 3 Es can be helpful.

Explore-  Find out as much as you can about what you are talking about.  Know the terrain if you are trying to convey your location.  If you are communicating about the enemy,  find out strength, type of weaponry, and direction of travel.  Know as much as you can so you can answer any questions you or other players may have.

Eyesight or Earshot- be sure that those you are communicating to can hear you or see you if your using hand signals so they don’t miss any of your communication.

Expedient-  Your communication should be as long as it needs to be but as short as you can make it to avoid confusion.  Include all necessary information in your first communication, then let your contact ask the questions.  This way you won’t hog the radio or retell something they already know.

Use these tips in your communications to enhance their effectiveness.  As I have said communication is vital to consistence in your battlefield successes.  Don’t be afraid to speak up.

Here’s a free printable pocket version of the 3E’s of Communication for you!

3E's of Communication in Airsofting with FREE printable | AirsoftWarrior.net

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Airsoft Weapons: The Pistol

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Airsoft Weapons: The Pistol | AirsoftWarrior.net(affiliate links included)

The humble pistol is an excellent secondary weapon.  In a previous post I reviewed the H&K USP by Umarex.  In this post I will explain the pros and cons of the pistol in airsoft and the uses and applications of it on the battlefield.

I really like my H&K USP.  It was the first airsoft gun I purchased.  It has pulled me through in many battles and has seen a lot of action.  I now use it as a back up weapon and rely on my JG M4 CQB for most of my combat actions now.  But, even though it may not have a high rate of fire or the largest mag capacity on the battlefield, I still like to whip out the H&K and use it.  You will see why in this post.

Pros of the Pistol

Compactness– smaller is better when you are in CQB environments or need to maneuver behind cover.

Lightweight– a light pistol will keep you from fatiguing as quickly as an AEG during battle.

Power–  Airsoft pistols can have speeds of 500 fps or more giving you as much or more power then an AEG in a smaller more maneuverable size.

Options–  Tons of models, from the 1911 to the Baby Eagle, are available and airsoft pistols are available in spring, electric, or gas operating systems.

Cons of the Pistol

Lack of Accuracy–  a short barrel keeps the BBs from getting maximum stability and the wind effects them more.  My H&K USP (C02 powered) still shoots a good 50 feet and can hit a man-sized target if I adjust for wind.  But don’t expect one shot, one kill from an airsoft pistol.

Smaller Magazine Capacity– Most airsoft magazines hold 10-15 rounds.  Some are available with 25+ round magazines but most pistols still don’t have the capacity of a rifle or AEG.

Applications of the Pistol

Close Quarters–  The pistol really shines in the CQB environment as it allows you to cut corners tighter and use cover more effectively because of its compactness.

Back-up–  Pistols are great back-up weapons because they are light and can be stored on your hip in a holster ready for action if the need arises.

Pistols are an important part of an airsoft arsenal as a back up weapon, and you should try to carry one in your battles.  A pistol can save you in battle if your AEG malfunctions or runs out of ammo.  Don’t neglect the humble pistol and spend some time practicing with it so you, and it, will be ready.

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