Airsoft is a great game in itself. It allows you to hang out with your friends and just have a good time together. But airsoft is also a great outlet to practice real world skills that you can apply to defend yourself, your family, your friends, and your country.
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine and he thought that if you were going to airsoft you should take it to the next level and incorporate some real world application that you could use outside the battlefield.
Here are some ways that you can take your airsofting beyond the battlefield.
Practice Home Defense
Whether you’re clearing a building full of enemies or ducking behind cover for a few seconds on your way to storm the enemy, use that time to think of how the situation could apply to your home. How would you or do you react? Where would you hide? How could you stay alive? Read up on how to clear rooms, operate pistols, and increase your shooting and close quarters skills. If you are old enough, take a home defense or concealed carry course.
Practice Homeland Defense
You may have thought about joining the military or airsoft may have piqued your interest in the armed forces. Take the time to read up on historical battles or current military events. Honor your veterans and thank them for their service. In battle, remember who you represent and be respectful even if it is “just a game”. In battle try to work on skills that are important to military operations. Being more fit, having better teamwork in operations, and increasing your skills in shooting and tactics are great places to start.
Practice People Skills
Even if you don’t join the military or a police force you can still take away something from airsoft, namely, how you work with other people. Try to be friendly and a team player. Get to know other players and their interests outside of airsoft. Work on your communication skills. Invite others to play at an airsoft facility, train in your house or backyard, or just get together and hang out.
I encourage you to take your game to the next level by applying your skills, learned or practiced in airsoft, to the real world. On a final note, don’t ever let your game become so “real” or “next level” that you and the others around you are not having any fun. Airsoft is still just a game and you have to treat it as such and have fun with it.
In an upcoming post I will share with you how I used airsoft tactics to bag my first turkey! Stay tuned!