New Video Series On Airsoft Warrior TV! – Tac Shack

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I’m pleased to announce that Airsoft Warrior TV will now be hosting the new Tac Shack series!

The Tac Shack will bring you quick tips and tricks to help make you a better airsofter and expand your knowledge of the airsoft world.  Everything from How-To Videos to quick talks with TAW, you’ll find the info you need in the Tac Shack!

If you have any ideas for upcoming Tac Shack videos, be sure to leave them in the comments and share this post with a battle buddy or your team so they can provide their impute as well!

Below is the first video in the Tac Shack series!  Be sure to check out (and subscribe to) Airsoft Warrior TV for more in the future!

 

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Just Go For It: Because Big Plans Don’t Work

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One of the things I notice more and more as I airsoft is that set-in-stone plans don’t work.  This is due to a lot of factors.  The best laid plan can be brought down by a single move of the enemy team or when some of your team members are in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Sometimes you just have to go with a plan, even if it’s not completely thought out.  Otherwise you risk the enemy making a move, getting ahead of you, and winning the game.  Just doing something can make the difference.  Here are a couple of stories from one of my outdoor battles to illustrate this point:

 

Rushing Is Better Than BB Swapping

The scenario was to transport our team’s box (loaded with smoke bombs that would be triggered upon opening) to a location across the field and deploy it.  A group of 4-6 players decided to transport the box while the rest of the team attempted to assault the enemy stronghold (a large, building-like complex), a mere 200 feet from our respawn.  After a half hour of shooting and respawning, I was ready to do something besides swap BBs with the enemies shooting through all the tiny windows.

I moved to the flank of the building and got myself psyched up for charge.  I scanned over the rest of my team and saw some players who seemed to be preparing for a frontal assault on the building.  I waited a few more seconds and timed my charge with theirs.  We rushed the building, cleared it, and move forward.

I tried to continue to move up and figure out what had happened to the squad that had headed off with our box, when a column of smoke rose from the building we had just cleared!  Turns out our team had deployed the enemy’s box of smoke that had been left behind, making a technical win for the enemy!

Due to a lot of factors (including a lack of communication), the game didn’t go as planned.  Although by doing something besides sit and swap BBs, we accomplished our secondary mission of clearing the enemy stronghold.

On to the second story…

 

The Enemy Is Not As He Appears

In this scenario, an expansive field with a large number of bunkers (properly named “Bunker Hill”) gave us a chance for a fun game of “capture the water bottles”.  😉

With a few other players, I moved up the left flank and attempted to approach the enemy, undetected.  The field was bigger than we anticipated putting us in a head on head battle on the left flank.  After coming under heavy enemy fire, we engaged and dug in (notice the sit-and-wait mentality here).  After a while, I decided that someone needed to move up if we were going to get anywhere.

I cautiously moved up the left flank with my battle buddy covering me.  Then, I rushed up to a piece of cover, spotted an enemy player behind a wall before he saw me, lined up my sights, and took him out when he tried to fire! After a quick look around, I realized he was the ONLY player there, and had held down the entire flank!  I quickly called for my team to move up the flank and we started an advance.

Again, the point is that you sometime just have to do something to get ahead in an airsoft game.

 

This doesn’t mean that planning is useless and you should go to every game having done zero research and preparation.  Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces on D-Day and former President of the United States, said “When preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”  I think this quote sums up the purpose of plans in airsoft very nicely.  Plans have a place in the preparation stage of games and are very helpful in making sure everyone understands the mission at hand.  But they are useless if you don’t adapt them to the changing battlefield.

By simply moving forward, you can make things happen in an airsoft battle.  Pre-game plans allow you to form a cohesive team that works together to accomplish the overall mission.  Small in-game plans (like moving to a flank, or working with your battle buddy) are a great way to get things done during a game.  Try to make an easy plan, act on it, then make a new one.  Here is a quote by General Patton that sums up the overall point of this post nicely :

“A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

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Thanks for reading this AirsoftWarrior.net post.  If you enjoyed it, be sure to share it with your battle buddies!  As always, comment your thoughts on the post and let me know how you “Just Go For It” during a game!

 

 

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Airsoft Discoveries (September 2015)

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This is The Airsoft Warrior’s “Airsoft Discoveries”, where I write up a post about airsoft videos, news, tips, and much more I’ve discovered during the month.  So without further ado, let’s jump into the airsoft discoveries I’ve made during September!

Gear:

Super Core Piston–  This piston is said to be one of the best on the market.  It has is a metal side rail reinforcement on the half rack of metal teeth for added strength and durability!

Apex Airsoft– If you haven’t heard of this airsoft gun company based out of Hong Kong, then do yourself a favor and check them out.  They are one of the up-and-coming companies that is developing airsoft guns that meet the needs of airsofters.  Their new Gen. 2 guns have many enhancements for better reliability (they removed the mechanical blowback), accuracy (6.03mm tightbore barrel), and awesomeness (like the Keymod rails)!

Black Talon Concepts MOSFETs: These Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistors (aka MOSFETs) are some of the best on the market.  They enable your gun the become “smart” and enhance its capabilities.  Your AEG will get new functions like burst fire (for hardcore MilSim), active motor braking, pre cocking (for ultimate trigger response), a shortened trigger pull, and a big increase in gearbox reliability.  Of course this all comes at a cost (around $100 to be exact), but with enough durability to run car batteries, and all these other features, you get what you pay for.

 

Videos:

Washing Your Airsoft BBs– I saw this video by novritsch (an airsoft sniper) on the Popular Airsoft news site.  It demonstrates how to wash airsoft BBs to remove the manufacturing residue for maximum accuracy.  Not sure I would see much results with my CQB guns, but I won’t deny it works till I try it!  Remember that Bio BBs might have a few issues with the water used to clean them (he mentions that fact in the video).

40 Enola Gaye Smoke Grenades!– Ever wondered what $240 worth of Enola Gaye smoke grenades looks like?  Here you go! (skip to 0:52)-

 

Websites:

Airsoftdb.com– This website is a massive database of airsoft gear available from many airsoft stores around the country.  Its powerful search engine allows you to find the gear you want and shows you exactly what sites have it in-stock.  Now you can buy the gear you need when its out of stock at your favorite airsoft shop, without scouring the internet!

novritsch.com– This is the official website of the Austrian airsoft sniper, novritsh.  He sells sniper cams, tune up kits, and more.  He also sells a PDF guide to airsoft sniping for just $3.50!


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101st Post On AirsoftWarrior.net!!!

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I almost can’t believe that over 100 posts have been written on AirsoftWarrior.net!  With your support, I look forward to the next hundred (or next 10,000.  Who knows!)

For this 101st post on AirsoftWarrior.net, I wanted to give you guys a look into how posts are written for the blog so you have an idea of what it takes to make a good post.

The Very Beginning

Sometimes an idea for a post will come from seeing a new gear item or an upcoming event.  Other times I’ll find an old post on an airsoft forum and use that to start a new post here on the blog.  Most of the time though, I find my inspiration from a conversation with a fellow airsofter (often by a comment on the blog, Facebook, Google Plus page, or an Airsoft Warrior TV video).  But no matter how I get the idea for a post, I always research the topic I want to write about.

Research Phase

For research, I use my own experience, airsoft websites, forums, YouTube, and discussions with other airsofters, as well as military personnel, to form the basis for the post and provide you with the best info I can.

A few good resources I use include Popular Airsoft, MilSim Tactical Training Podcast, military field manuals, and YouTube channels like TheAirsoftTech and ASTKilo23.

Let’s Get Going!

After the research phase, I start the post.  Every post goes through lots of editing and drafts before it reaches its final stage.  I provide as many helpful links to gear, posts, and websites as I can to give you extra resources to find more information and learn more.

Photos for my posts are mostly taken by Megan from diversereflections.com.  She does an excellent job of giving every photo that unique look that only high quality pictures can achieve.  If I need a different look for a photo, I then edit it with an editing program like PicMonkey.com.  I currently create the slide show graphics for the homepage using PicMonkey.

Show It To The World

Once the post is completed, I prepare it for publishing and add the last minute technical stuff so you can find it on the site without a bunch of hassle.

Once the post is published, my email service (currently Mail Chimp) sends it to my loyal (and awesome!) subscribers the next day.  I then start the process all over again for the next post!

How You Can Be Involved!

The most important thing that influences my future posts is readers like you.  You inspire me and drive the blog forward.  One of the best things you can do to help AirsoftWarrior.net is to comment and let me know what you think of the post and give me ideas for new ones!  Asking questions allows other readers to glean information and learn new things at the same time you are.  Sharing the content from the blog helps others to learn about airsoft, and grows the community (and who doesn’t like more players to sling BBs with!).

Thanks again for all of your support in the past 100 posts.  Keep the questions and thoughts coming.  Be sure to let everyone know what you’re doing to grow the airsoft community in the comments below!

 

 

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10 Rules of Airsoft Safety

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I’ve seen a lot of airsoft players who don’t understand the meaning of “muzzle control” or think it’s OK to not wear lower face protection at longer games.  They can make the game less safe for themselves and others by following less-than-safe practices while on the field.  To keep you from being “one of those guys”, here are 10 rules to make your airsoft games safer (these are adapted from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s “Firearm Safety — 10 rules of Safe Gun Handling”).

 

Only Point Your Muzzle At What You Intend To Shoot:

Practicing good muzzle control will prevent others from being injured and will lower the amount of friendly fire.

 

Keep Your Airsoft Gun Unloaded When Not In-Game:

Wait until you’re on the field and everyone has eye pro on before loading your gun.  When you leave the field (even just to go grab something from the staging area), eject the magazine and fire several shots at the ground to clear the gun.

 

Don’t Rely On The “Safety”:

Airsoft guns use a series of safety systems (both mechanical and electrical) to prevent accidental firing.  But they are in no way fool proof.  Always treat your airsoft gun as if it is loaded and ready to fire.  Be sure to practice Rule 1 at all times when your gun is loaded or unloaded.

 

Be Sure Of Your Target And Beyond:

This is one of the most repeated gun safety rules you’ll hear.  Identify what is beyond your target every time you fire.  This will prevent friendly fire and allow you to have better battlefield awareness.

 

Use Good BBs:

Cheap BBs have been known to shatter on impact, resulting in plastic shrapnel flying in all directions.  Using quality BBs is safer for you, your teammates, and your gun.

 

If Your Gun Fails To Fire, Take Precautions:

If your airsoft gun fails to function as it should and you can’t correct the issue in-game, unload the mag, try to clear the gun (or unplug the battery), and use a secondary weapon.  If you don’t have a secondary, you can still support your team by being a spotter and doing recon.  After the game, take the gun back to staging, unplug the battery, and attempt repairs in a safe place.

 

Always Wear Eye Pro and Face Pro:

If you aren’t doing this, don’t play airsoft.  Eye and Face Pro are vital to keeping you safe during games.  Eyes, teeth, and BB-clogged ear canals aren’t easy to fix.  Buy a pair of inexpensive goggles for $15 and a $10 metal mesh face mask and you’re good to go.

(Note:  Metal mesh masks may need some custom modification to fit properly with your goggles.  Check out this video for tips on how to do this.)

 

Clear and Clean Your Airsoft Barrel:

After each scenario at a game, clear your airsoft gun by firing at the ground a few times with the mag out to clear any BBs still in the hop up.  This prevents a suprise BB from flying around after you’re in the staging area.  When you get home, clean the inner barrel.  This will prevent jams, and increase accuracy so you hit what you aim at.  HERE is my inner barrel cleaning guide to get you started.

 

Don’t Alter Airsoft Guns Without Tech Experience:

If you try to upgrade your airsoft gun without proper experience, you not only risk breaking the gun, you also may make it a part spewing, overpowered death machine (that was not meant to sound cool in any way).  Spend the time to learn how to upgrade airsoft guns properly and talk to professional airsoft techs to figure out what the best upgrades are.  (Check out my “To Tech Or Not To Tech Post” to determine whether tech work is for you.)

 

Learn How Airsoft Guns Work And Why:

Learning how airsoft guns work allows you to understand the reason things go wrong with your gun, and direct you to make informed decisions about upgrading.  It will also keep you safer on the field because you’ll have the knowledge to correct issues and prevent them in the future.  HERE is a great Version 2 (M4, M16, etc.) gearbox guide that will also give you the basics of Version 3 (AK, G36C, etc.) operation.

 

If you have more thoughts on airsoft safety, let me know in the comments.  Be sure to share this post if you’re a fan of airsoft safety and AirsoftWarrior.net!

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KWA SR7 1 YEAR Review

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I bought my KWA SR7 last September from AirRattle.com for $270.  After using it for a full year of airsofting, and obtaining a good amount of experience with it, I want to share my thoughts on this weapon.

The Way I Run It:

Before we hop into my thoughts, I want to explain how I run my SR7 so you can get an idea of what the performance is like.

  • I use a 9.6v NiMH battery,which gives me about 16 RPS and a fair trigger response.
  • I run KWA K120 mid cap magazines for guaranteed feeding and quality construction.
  • I’ve mounted a Sightmark Reflex Red Dot for faster target acquisition in dark CQB environments.
  • I have a few ladder rail covers installed to keep my hands off the bare metal of the RIS.  I have used a grip pod with the SR7 and found it to be a useful tool for setting down the weapon in between games, and for use as a hand rest (although I will often just use the mag well).

Now, onto my thoughts about the SR7.

 Performance:

KWA is known for having great performance right out of the box.  The manufacturer uses a 6.05mm Tight Bore Barrel (TBB) for better accuracy, 2nd Generation (2g) hop up system for better overall range and accuracy, and the 2nd Generation Extreme (2gx) gearbox with proprietary parts for enhanced reliability and power.

I’ve found that this system works like it was designed.  My SR7 gets 355 FPS (which has settled into the 335 range over time) with 0.20g BBs and has an effective range (can hit a man sized target) of 125 feet on semi auto.  Though, most of the time, I only use the KWA at CQB fields where the maximum range is 75 feet or so.

My SR7 has performed very admirably over the course of the past year.  I’ve had no problem making a multitude of mid range kills, and rocking it outdoors.

 

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Things I Like:

There is a lot to like about the SR7.  Here are some of the top things I enjoy about it:

Crane Stock: The fins that hold the stock plate on are solid and should last a long time.  The battery compartment inside is intelligently designed with space for a nunchuck NiMH or brick style LiPo battery. The fuse is exposed and fitted into a special compartment in the stock, so it is easy to check and replace (although I’ve never needed to yet).

Free Float RIS:  The rail is easy to use, has zero wobble, and fits everything I need.  It was a big upgrade over the two piece, wobbly rail on my JG M4 RIS.

Sound:  The SR7 makes an awesome sound!  Its powerful “clunk” (for lack of a better word) scares the tar out of those high pitched, whiny guns you find elsewhere! 😉

 

Things I Haven’t Liked:

There have been a few things that I haven’t liked (and may never come to like) while using the SR7.  Here they are:

Proprietary Parts: KWA is known for using proprietary parts in their guns.  This is designed to make the AEG perform better overall, but it can make finding replacement parts difficult.  I personally haven’t needed to break open my SR7 since everything is working fine, but it is an aspect that I would like to point out for those who plan to upgrade later.

Hop Up Movement:  When I close the fake bolt after adjusting the hop up, it tends to shift the setting.  This is a bit annoying, and requires some work to prevent.  A rotary hop up would solve this issue, but since the 2-piece hop up is somewhat proprietary, I haven’t tried to replace it.

Triangle Front Sight:  I like the look and function of flip up sights better than the traditional triangle sight.  They’re less intrusive when using a red dot and tend to look better.

Quirks:

My SR7 has had a few quirks and hiccups since I’ve owned it.  Nothing major, but worth noting.

  • The range of the SR7 seems to significantly decrease when the battery power is low.  This may be due to a case of double feeding and some issues with the bucking (which I may need to replace soon).  Although this is a bit annoying, at least I always know when the battery is low!   🙂

 

  • The selector switch on the side of the gun sometimes moves and cause the gun to switch fire modes.  This is a somewhat common issue with airsoft guns and is easy to fix in-game.  A stiffer selector switch on upcoming models would be appreciated.

 

  • One of the issues that all Version 2 gearboxes have is what I call semi auto lock up.  The cut off lever decides to cause issues occasionally and make the trigger “lock”, keeping the gun from firing.  I’ve only had this issue once or twice in the past year.  All you have to do is switch the gun to full auto, fire a couple of rounds, and you should be back in business.  This issue can’t be permanently fixed without removing the cut off lever and installing a MOSFET, but it isn’t a big enough issue to make me break down and get one yet.

 

  • The SR7 doesn’t like Elite Force 140 round Mid Caps (AirRattle sent some free with the gun).  I have found that I can insert the Elite Force mag and the KWA will fling the BBs about 3 feet out the barrel.   After ejecting the SAME MAGAZINE and putting it back in, the SR7 works normally!  Still scratching my head on this one….

 

Overall the SR7 is still doing its job of sending enemies to respawn after a year of use.  I look forward to using it in the year to come!

If you have any questions about the SR7, or airsoft in general, leave a comment!  If you liked this post, be sure to use the share buttons to let all your friends know that you’re an Airsoft Warrior!  To learn more about the KWA SR7, check out my internal and external reviews.

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Airsoft Discoveries (August 2015)

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This is Airsoft Warrior’s “Airsoft Discoveries”, where I write up a post about airsoft videos, news, tips, and much more I’ve discovered during the month.  So without further ado, let’s jump into the airsoft discoveries I’ve made this past month!

MilSim:

Rhodesian Revolt– I heard about this annual event (the 4th one so far) that occurred in June through THIS podcast.  It features a full 24 hours of MilSim in a immersive environment known as the Sandbox in Central Utah.  Each player is given a special role to play in the game after passing specific training requirements (which can be very difficult, as you can see by the Sniper MOS (Military Occupation Specialty).  Definitely one to mark on your calendar for next year!

MilSim West’s Assault on Derbent–  I heard about this through Popular Airsoft and Merlin’s Airsoft News.  MilSim West is know for having long (40 hour), massive (hundreds of acres) airsoft games. Since this is their first event in Missouri, and it will be at a 1800 acre facility, you can expect a lot of long range battles, outflanking, and squad maneuvering.  Tickets are currently $150.  Dates are October 16th-18th.

 

Gear:

Speed Airsoft–  These guys produce all sorts of cool airsoft products (including these nice red dot lens protectors).  They also make lots of machined keymod accessories.  You can see all of their products HERE.

A&K PTW:  This $270 version of the Systema PTW (which goes for $2000+) has a low ROF but excellent trigger response according to reviews.  It features a quick change cylinder system (like the original PTW) to allow you to change the guns FPS to meet field and mission requirements.  Other comparable guns include the WE Katana and AEGs made by ICS.

 

Websites:

AirsoftGI’s Offical BB Wars Website– Now you can check out the latest stats and info on the conflict between the Rebel and Imperial forces!  Worth checking out even if you haven’t joined the battle yet.

 

Videos:

Cooking Your MRE In Style!Evike Matt is now know the world around as a celebrity chef!  Check out his MRE cooking video HERE.

 

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Why You Should Own An Airsoft Sidearm (But Don’t Need One!)

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Airsofters love their sidearms.  All you have to do to realize this fact is look at the wide selection of pistols that can cost as much, if not more than, a primary airsoft gun.

But, if you don’t own one, you may be wondering if it’s worth the money to invest in a sidearm (not to mention spending the time required to master the different methods of using it).  I hope I can answer that question in this post.  If you already own a sidearm, consider the points I make in this post to determine whether you really need to carry it (and use green gas or CO2) every time you play.

Before we hop into this post, I want to make sure that everyone understands that pistols are NOT the only sidearm out there.  Everything from the TF11 (based on the MAC11) to the MP9 or VZ-61 Scorpion are available for purchase in an airsoft variant.  You can also get conversion kits to make a pistol into a carbine-style weapon.  They each have their benefits and disadvantages on the field, but are important options to consider when purchasing, or upgrading, a sidearm.

 

Why You Should Own A Sidearm

The first step to understanding the airsoft sidearm is to understand why these sidearms even exist.

Although sidearms have been around for hundreds of years, they serve a tactical purpose on the modern battlefield that goes deeper than being just a “backup” weapon.  Sidearms serve the purpose of defending operators from close quarters assaults when their primary weapon isn’t suitable.  They give the operator a second, potentially higher rate of fire option (especially for snipers) when it comes to sending rounds down range, as well as letting the operators stay in the fight when their primary goes awry (which always seems to happen at the worst of times).

Sidearms are also more maneuverable than most primary airsoft weapons.  For example, a DMR will never be as easy to run-and-gun with as a pistol or other lightweight sidearm.

Shooting offhand (using your non-dominant side to shoot around a corner or bunker) is also made much easier with a pistol because there’s no need to switch the weapon to a different shoulder and spend time lining up your sights.

And last, but not least, pistols are COOL!  Running through a room at your local field, dual wielding pistols with extended mags and silencers couldn’t be cooler (or more intimidating if you’re good with them!).

Entry level sidearms can be bought for as little as $35, making them a lot cheaper than buying another primary weapon.

(Note: If you choose a pistol as your sidearm, be sure that it’s gas operated (most electric and spring pistols are useless for competitive airsoft games due to low FPS and unreliability).  CO2 cartridges are easy to find at sporting goods stores, while green gas allows you to get lower FPS levels for CQB games.)

So, sidearms are great because they give you options on the field, can be more effective in CQBlook cool when used properly, and are relatively inexpensive.  Sounds like a good investment, right?  But, this post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t explain….

 

Why You Don’t Need A Sidearm

When I airsoft at a field, I don’t carry a sidearm on me most of the time.  Here’s why:

I often play with a CQB-legal, primary weapon (KWA SR7) at CQB fields.  My primary weapon has 8+ TIMES the capacity as my sidearm’s (in this case a pistol) magazine when I use my K120 (120 round) mid caps.  My primary’s range will never be matched by a standard sidearm, and the Rate Of Fire (ROF) is as good on semi auto as a gas pistol (because I use 9.6v batteries) and far exceeds my pistol’s ROF when on full auto.  The stock and red dot sight system allow me to be more accurate than I could be with a sidearm; and the cost to BB ratio is much lower than if I was using CO2 cartridges rather than rechargeable batteries.

The only time I really see airsofters whip out a sidearm during a game is if their primary is down, the scenario requires it, or if they just want to have fun and add an extra challenge.

I have rarely been in a situation where I considered switching to a sidearm during a game because it would be more effective.  Pistols just can’t match the abilities of a solid primary weapon.

Now, of course, there are exceptions.  A KWA KMP9 has a 48 round magazine, a stock, and the ability to mount optics for better aiming.  But with all of these features, it almost becomes a second primary and not a backup sidearm.  The MP9 is better suited for use at fields that require a different FPS for indoor and outdoor play and you want to have a more powerful outdoor gun.

 

So in conclusion, consider whether you need a sidearm for every battle or scenario.  If you can get tools to fix your primary weaponry easily, your primary is suitable for almost all combat situations you’re likely to encounter, and the field doesn’t require a sidearm (for FPS or scenario reasons), you may be able to leave it at the staging area as a backup and save money on gas.  Let me know in the comments why you would leave behind, or carry, a sidearm with you on the field!


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Picking The Right Pellets Of Pain (aka BBs)

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There are tons of different airsoft BB options out there.  BBs come in every weight from 0.12 gram to 0.43 gram and more.  They come in white, black, tan, neon yellow, and many other colors.  There are even BBs designed specifically for certain types of combat situations. With all of these options, you may be wondering which kind you need for your airsoft gun.  Here’s how to pick the right BB to get the job done on the field!

Don’t Go Cheap:

Cheap BBs can damage your airsoft gun by breaking apart inside the barrel or jamming the internal parts.  Although you can get away with using cheap BBs in inexpensive spring guns or AEGs, it’s smart to make the switch to more expensive, professional BBs when you begin using a skirmish-ready weapon.  Seamless precision 0.20g BBs are the minimum specs recommended by airsoft manufacturers and sellers for quality weapons.

Go For Precision:

You wouldn’t try to fit a 2 inch bolt into a 1 ¾ inch hole, right?  Then why would you try to shoot a BB that’s too big for your airsoft gun’s barrel?  Airsoft gun manufacturers make all types of inner barrel with various inner diameters.  Most quality inner barrels are tight bore (under 6.05 mm) and require precision BBs to work properly.  Buy a BB that is small enough (around 5.95mm), and has a very high precision (+/- 0.01 mm) to prevent problems with your gun down the road.

Buy The Right Weight

Buying the right BB weight for your airsoft gun will improve your ability to take down the enemy.  You’ll have an increase in accuracy because the heavier a BB is, the less likely cross wind (wind blowing the BB left or right) will affect it.  Range may also be increased because the hop up is able to better transfer backspin to the BB.  However, if the BB is too heavy, you’ll get less range because the FPS is lowered too far.  Pick the right BB weight to take maximum advantage of your gun’s accuracy and power.

(Note: Remember that for each 0.05 grams the BB weight increases, FPS will drop by 20-40.)

Here is a break down of the BB weights and the recommended FPS for each:

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Pick A Color, Any Color!

Well, maybe not any color!  White is the standard color used by most airsofters.  It is easy to see while in flight (making aim adjustments easier if you aren’t into using your sights 😉 ).

Other options include a variety of florescent colors (yellow, orange, green, etc.), tan, black, and glow-in-the-dark.  Here is a quick list of the pros/cons of each color option:

White: Standard and simple.  They’re easy to find and hard to go wrong with.

Florescent: I almost never use, or recommend, florescent BBs.  Usually they’re cheap, but very unreliable.  If you have trouble seeing the white BBs in the air you might consider this color option (but only if you can find some quality ones).

Tan and Black: These BBs are very hard to see when in flight.  This can be great if you’re going for maximum stealth and can use your sights effectively.

 

Look At The Unique Options:

BBs are not just offered in different colors, they are also manufactured to meet the needs of different missions!

Bio-degradable:  Bio-degradable (or BIO) BBs will eventually decompose into the ground. (To alleviate your fears, they won’t melt away in the bag.  It requires lots of moisture and time to get them to decompose.  This is coming from a guy who left them in a glass of water for a few days to check 🙂 ).  Many outdoor fields and MilSim game producers require you to use BIO BBs, so it’s a good idea to at least have a bag or two on hand.  I personally use Lancer Tactical 0.25g BIO BBs because they work great on the field.  Just keep them away from moisture and you’ll be rocking airsoft games, environmental style!

Marking:  These BBs are designed to leave a small, colored mark on your opponent upon impact.  This can take away the honor rule part of airsoft (although I hope everyone you battle with is honorable!).  It’s questionable how well they actually work in a game (imagine walking up to a guy during combat and telling him you’re searching for the 6mm speck your BB left on him!).

Glow in the Dark (or tracer):  These BBs are often used with a tracer unit.  They’re able to light up and be seen in the dark.  This is a good option if you play night games or indoor CQB.  Here is a cool video from AirsoftGI.com on how tracer units, and tracer BBs, work:

 

I hope this guide gives you a basic knowledge to select the best BBs for your airsoft armament.  If you have any questions, be sure to ask in the comments.  I would also love to hear about the type of BBs you use and why you prefer them!

 

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Using A CQB Gun For Field Battles

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One of the questions I get asked by other players is “Do I need to buy an outdoor gun and a CQB gun?”.  A common belief is that each of these weapon systems are necessary to enjoy various fields and combat environments.  I currently use a KWA SR7.  This weapon isn’t a big, DMR-style gun, doesn’t have 400+ FPS, and will never have the same range as an airsoft sniper rifle.

But…

I still use it for field, and woodland, battles.  It performs on the field as well as at the short ranges of a CQB battle, due to the way I use it.

In order to use a CQB weapon on the field, you need to implement some basic tactics to keep yourself effective while in battle.  Here are some tactics that I use when I take my SR7 to a field game.

 

Know The Range

Oftentimes, airsofters don’t fully appreciate the short range that airsoft weapons have.  Depending on the combination of internal parts, BB weight, and FPS, your gun may only be able to reach 150-200 feet (which is actually a great range for a standard outdoor weapon).  My SR7, combined with 0.25g BBs, can get an effective range of 125 feet.  This is a bit less than most field-style AEGs and snipers.

Through testing, sighting in, and using the weapon at games, you learn what the range of your weapon is and how to judge the distances you can engage targets at.  Use the known distance of your weapon to move up the field and engage players who are within range.  Never try to fight a smart player who has a longer range gun if you aren’t in a position that gives you an advantage.  These players will just move to a range that suits them, and take you out or force you to move.

(TAC Tip: Practice judging distances with your battle buddies. Have a friend lay out a course with targets (which can be as simple as buckets or pieces of scrap wood) at various distances.  At least a few of these targets should be man-sized. When your friend tells you to start, stand in place and identify the distances to the various targets.  To make it even more difficult, have some of the targets near objects that are larger or smaller than the target, in the shade, or partially around a corner.  This will change the way you perceive distance and make the training harder.)

Move Up

While using my SR7 at a field battle, I chose to move up the flank.  After being engaged by players with weapons that outranged my own (and eventually getting hit), I decided to head back up to that flank and see if I could push up and gain some ground.  Working with my team, I was able to rush up to a good spot, locate an enemy, and take him out at a range that was well within my weapon’s capabilities.  It turned out that he was THE ONLY enemy on that flank and was holding up around 15 players! (Great job to that guy, by the way)

The point of the story is that you need to move up to a position that suits you and your weapon, while helping your team.  Don’t stay behind and try to fight the enemy at a range that you can’t reach.  Use that CQB weapon for the purpose it was made for – fast moving, in-the-enemy’s-face combat!

Be A Team Player

When you have a CQB weapon at an outdoor game, you can’t “do it all” while on the field.  Each weapon (and airsofter) works better in different environments and situations.  Use the strengths of a team to outweigh the weakness of individuals.

Focus on directing teammates and their weapons to achieve the goal of that specific game or scenario.  Snipers can stay 15+ feet behind other teammates and provide overwatch while being protected from enemy operators with higher ROF (Rate Of Fire) weapons.  Operators with CQB guns can focus on being breach-and-assault elements for buildings or bunkers on the field.  Again, make the weapon work for you and your team.

 

Never be afraid to take a CQB gun to an outdoor field.  Just go to the field, learn the terrain, and be a tactical airsofter.  You’ll be a great operator if you adapt to the environment and avoid being concerned that your weapon will slow you down.  Let me know what you think is the best way to play at an outdoor field with a CQB gun in the comments!

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