In Game At Tulsa Indoor Airsoft: Bomb Round

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In this round at Tulsa Indoor Airsoft in Tulsa, OK, my team’s goal was to transport a crate (loaded with the “bomb”) to its detonation position on the field before time runs out.  Once the “bomb” was in position, we had to guard it till the detonation time (a couple of minutes).  We had to have two people (one person holding each handle on the crate) to transport the “bomb”.  Our team selected the code word “Squirrel” to signal that we were going to push up the field with the “bomb”.

 

 


Tactics

 

Don’t Think That Anywhere Is Safe

As you’ll notice at 6:25, I move into a location near a car.  My goal was to push up the field while the enemy was off balance from our team’s placement of the “bomb”.  Unfortunately, an enemy had hidden himself in a dark corner behind the car and proceeded to safety kill me.

Later in the video, I work with some teammates to lay down supressive fire on the room the enemy is hiding in. The enemy was in a well protected position (although it was not really great for firing out of).  He quickly got pinned to that position after my team and I located him.  In hind sight, I should have moved up the right side of the field and rushed his position because he was so vulnerable.

The key point is to not think that just because your team had the advantage you can rush up the field. Use caution and approach every situation with a tactical mind.  Take advantage of the team’s momentum when you can, but do so with a tactical mindset.

 

Concentrated Firepower

At one point during the game, our team concentrated forces to push the left flank and enter into the enemy’s territory.  This plan worked well and allowed us to start the momentum for our team.

If you have the opportunity on the field to concentrate your forces into a powerful squad while still keeping a defensive presence on your flanks, do it.  Make sure you use violence of action (i.e. lots of shooting and yelling) and communicate as well.  If you can keep the momentum going, you may be able to push the enemy team back to their respawn and rule the field.

 

Use The Natural “Terrain”

When we make the above mentioned push on the left flank, we used the natural terrain of the field to our advantage.  The wall on our left eliminated the potential of enemies from striking us from that direction.  Once we got into the main “street,” we were able to lock down any enemy attacks into our territory.

On large fields, the unique angles of a large field allow you to position yourself so you can cover multiple bunkers and work with other teammates to lock down parts of the field.  Find these key positions so you can use them to your advantage.

Of course, these positions can work both ways.  The more firing angles you have, the more vigilant you have to be to watch out for enemy operators that try to use these positions.

 

Gear List

I used my trusty KWA SR7 to lay down the fire on the enemies at Airsoft Tulsa Indoor.  I powered it with a Tenergy 9.6V 1600 mAh nunchuck battery for additional Rate Of Fire (ROF) over standard 8.4v batteries.

I carried all my gear in a Lancer Tactical Modular Chest Rig (Model CA-307A).  This chest rig features lots of MOLLE for customization and the double stack mag pouches held all 6 of the KWA K120 Mid Cap Magazines I used.

The K120 mags have superior feeding on full auto over high caps, and they also have the awesome tendency to load on the first shot (which can be a bit unusual with other mags)!

 

Tulsa Indoor is a great place to airsoft.  If you’re near Tulsa, Oklahoma, then definitely add it to your list of places to visit.   Don’t forget to check out their great store as well [Quick Airsoft Warrior Tip:  The items at the field’s shop are marked down over the prices at the store (due to the fact that they figure you’ll play while you’re there, which you should).  Although you don’t get the selection you do at the store, it can be a great way to pick up patches and such with a small discount!].

Let me know what you think of Airsoft Tulsa Indoor in the comments below!

 

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In Game At Tulsa Indoor Airsoft: Capture The Flag!

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Recently, I was able to visit Tulsa Indoor Airsoft in Tulsa, OK.  This 30,000 sq. ft. Indoor Field features an expansive battle field with multiple rooms, a maze of 50 gallon drums, and a friendly team of staff.  Airsoft Tulsa also owns a dedicated airsoft store, as well as an 80 acre outdoor field named “Kashistan”.  For more information about Airsoft Tulsa, visit their website HERE.

The group I battled with on that Wednesday consisted of a smaller number of elite players with an excellent knowledge of the field (Saturday is the field’s big day with up to 70+ players).  Although this made for a more difficult group of warriors to battle against on my first visit to the field, I had a great time and got to learn the field with some great airsofters.

In this round at Tulsa Indoor Airsoft, the scenario was “Capture The Flag”.  Due to the smaller number of players (15-20), there was only one flag with one team defending and the other attempting to capture.  I teamed up with  “Chief” and “Joker” to push up the field towards the flag.  Working to capture the flag with a great group of players made this one of the best rounds of the night.   Watch the video below to find out how we fared!

 


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Tactics:

Muzzle Control:
You will notice that while in battle, I try to maintain my muzzle control.  I avoid swinging my gun around without knowing where my barrel will end up.  I also avoid shooting when a teammate is in front of me. By using proper muzzle control, you can avoid accidentally hitting at a teammate.

Consolidate The Warriors:
You’ll notice in the video that “Chief” and I wait for “Joker” to move up before making an attempt to grab the flag. By waiting, we were able to get twice the covering fire to give “Chief” more protection while he attempted to grab the flag.  By massing warriors together and pushing toward an objective, you can be much more effective then just using a few warriors here and there.

One of the features I appreciate about this field that allows you to consolidate your manpower is their respawn rules.  When you reach respawn, you have to wait till a certain number of players are in the respawn.  This number increases the more players there are.

By having this respawn system, you’re able to consolidate the troops, make a gameplan, and move on an objective together, in force.  I would love to see this system implemented on other CQB fields since it makes the game much more strategic then if you get right back after you reach respawn.

 

Gear List:

My primary weapon in this round was my KWA SR7.  This short, CQB gun performs excellently in close quarters while still giving me the range to hit enemies at 100+ feet (which can happen in a 30,000 square foot indoor field).  I powered it with a Tenergy 9.6V battery to ramp up the Rate Of Fire (ROF) so I could put more rounds down range while shooting full auto.

I used a Lancer Tactical Chest Harness to carry my magazines and extra gear.  I removed the hydration pack to reduce unneeded weight.

I use a Cyclone Mike to prevent mask fogging which is common at indoor fields (you can see my full review of the Cyclone Mike HERE).

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In-Game At Intrigue Airsoft: HVT Round

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In my latest trip (2-21-15) to Intrigue Airsoft, I battled in a High Value Target (HVT) round.

(Field Notes:  Intrigue Airsoft is a 10,000 sq. ft.  indoor CQB field located inside an industrial factory in Kansas City, MO.  This field features fast-paced game play with lots of trigger time.  Tightly packed bunkers, an ever changing field, and great staff put this field a step above the rest!)

The goal of my team (defending) during this HVT round is to prevent the enemy team from transporting their HVT (a player wearing an orange vest) to the extraction point (located at the back corner of the field).  The HVT is limited to 1 respawn and the rest of the players have unlimited respawns.

The difficult part of the HVT round for both teams is knowing when to push up the field to break through, and when to hold back to prevent taking casualties.  The defensive team wants to establish a strong front to prevent the enemy team from getting into a good position on the field without getting slaughtered and losing control of a flank.  The offensive team’s goal is to create a weak point on the field and then rush the HVT through it while protecting the HVT throughout the rush.

The below video features my gameplay footage from the HVT round.  I had a ton of fun on the field and a great time hanging out with the other players out there!  When you go to Intrigue, be sure to give the owner, Nigel, a big HELLO from the Airsoft Warrior!

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How To Not Lose Your Gear!

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I’m going to start out this post with a story….

Last summer, I was in the middle of a great day of airsofting at an outdoor field.  After an intense round (In which I had the pleasure of eliminating a single enemy that was holding up the advance of half our team), I realized that my sidearm was missing.

Unfortunately, even with the help of a fellow team member and 45 minutes of searching, I was unable to find it.  I hadn’t checked over my gear since I had started playing several hours before, so it could have came out of the holster long before I realized it was missing.

After missing out on almost a full round of airsofting, and having to eat my lunch while scouring the field, I was not in the best of moods.  I was thankfully able to get in a bit more airsofting that day, but the time spent searching had taken a big chunk out of the day and put a damper on the fun.

Don’t let this happen to you.

After that day, I did some research and started practicing a couple of good habits to make sure that I was doing everything I could to keep my gear functional and on me.  Here’s what I did:

 

1. Doing LACE Reports while I’m airsofting

LACE stands for Liquid, Ammo, Casualties, and Equipment.  The military use a LACE report as an after-action review on how all their soldiers are doing after an engagement.  I use the LACE report during a game to determine if anything is missing or out of place (while doing one of the checks, I’ve found that my helmet camera was pointing up at the sky).  LACE reports can also be used to determine what you need (drink of water, more BBs, or an extra magazine) and how many of your team members are still in the game.

 

2. Get Gear to Secure My Gear

To keep my pistol in my holster, I’ve looked into a bungee pistol lanyard and a molded holster (like the BLACKHAWK! Serpa Holster) with a push button release.  With both these systems in place, my pistol should be plenty secure whether it’s in the holster or I’m using it to draw down on an enemy player.  I can also secure loose items to myself using para cord.

 

3.  Know What I Have

I always make sure I know what gear I’m running during a round so I can be sure I have it with me at the end of the day.  This can also come in handy if I have to report a missing item to the field’s admin.  I’ve also found that adding a strip of duck tape or electrical tape to several places on my gear can be a big help in making sure that I have the right gear and can identify it if it goes missing.

 

I hope these tips save you the frustration I went through when I lost my side arm.  Although even the most secure systems can fail, at least you’ll know you did everything you could.  At the end of the day, don’t let a missing piece of gear ruin the fun.  Recheck everything, search for it, and then report it to the staff.  Most players are honest, good people and will return a missing item if they found it.

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Stay In The Game: Avoiding The Staging Mentality

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I’m sure you’ve seen it many a time.  After a great round of airsoft at your local field, you head back to the staging area to reload, get some water, and then get back into the next round.  Although this is supposed to be a simple grab-and-go thing, it turns into a time to gab about the latest gear and a time for players to outdo each other with tales of their airsofting awesomeness.  Your short reload and refuel time, quickly turns into a 15+ minute ordeal (at a CQB field, the staging time can take longer than the round itself!).

This is not to say that there isn’t a time and place to talk with other airsofters about their gear and stories, but in the staging area, with a limited amount of time to enjoy doing what you planned on, namely airsoft, may not be the best use of your (or others’) game time.

In this post, I will outline some ways to avoid getting into the “staging mentality”, and how to get back into the game faster, and still have time to talk with your fellow airsofters about the finer points of this great sport!

 

Keep Focused

This sounds easier than it is.  Keeping your focus on the task at hand (reloading and refueling) while others are chatting and hanging out can be difficult.

Having your ammo bottles at the ready, a couple of extra mags pre-loaded, and having  a couple of water bottles and a snack bar (I’m a fan of Clif Barseasily accessible can go a long way toward getting you back in the game, faster.

You can help other players keep their focus by helping them refocus.  If a player wants to talk, ask them if you can help them reload and refuel (be sure to have some extra water bottles on hand to offer to other players).  Get them refocused on the game by asking if they know what the next round’s scenario is, or how many extra magazines they think you’ll need to carry for the next scenario.

Be friendly, but be focused.

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“Be Prepared”

This Boy Scout motto still rings true.  It’s common sense that having all your gear in a row and ready to go will shorten the amount of time you spend in the staging area.

Before every game, organize your gear so you can easily find it.  Make sure you have some basic repair equipment (screw driver, electrical/duct tape, extra batteries, etc.) so you can fix minor gear malfunctions without having to ask around for some tools.

If you have room, carry a spare mask or goggles in case something goes wrong with the eye protection setup you have. (HERE is a very inexpensive option for a back-up mask)

 

Chat With The Staff

Try asking the staff a simple question like “What’s the next scenario” or “When do we get the next round started” to jump start the next round.  Ask if there is anything you can do to help out, and don’t be a problem creator.

Show that you’re eager to get some more airsofting in and want to make the game time fun for everyone, no matter who’s winning.

 

Be sure your eagerness to get on to some more airsoft action doesn’t get in the way of having good time.

Remember, the most important aspect of airsoft is the people that play it.  Be friendly and helpful, ask other players about their experiences when it’s an appropriate time, and do your best to be the first one ready to get back in the game, and you’ll get plenty of fun-filled airsofting!

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Intrigue Gear and FULL AUTO Round!!!

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Airsoft Close Quarters Battles (CQB) or Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) are intense, fast paced, and often involve close up airsoft action.  The gear you use and the tactics you implement can make a difference when things get interesting during a game.

In this video, I’ll show you guys the gear I chose while playing at Intrigue Airsoft in Kansas City, MO, to make me more effective on the field.

I’ll also show you a RARE FULL AUTO Round that I played while there!  Most fields only allow semi for tactical and safety reasons.  But, for the last game of the night, everyone decided that a final five minute full auto round would be a great way to finish off the evening.

Although this was not my best round of the night, it was one of the most fun and unique games I’ve been in.  I hope you guys enjoy!

 

 

 

My Goofs in this Round


Although this round was fun, I got hit a lot (as you probably noticed).  One of the best and worst things about running a camera is that everything, good and bad, is caught on camera.  A benefit of this is that you can analyze your game play and make yourself a better airsoft warrior.

After going back through the footage of that round, I noticed what my main issues were.  I want to share those with you so you don’t make the same mistakes.

Distractions

During the round, I noticed I was very distracted.  From getting my teammate’s lost item to trying to figure out who was friend or foe, I lost my concentration multiple times.  Correcting this really boils down to controlling your focus and letting your teammates do their job, instead of trying to be everywhere at once.

Stay Low and Move

Most of the times I got hit, I was standing and making myself a nice target in a window frame or hallway.  When you have the chance in a battle, get down in a safe place, think through your next move and work with your teammates to accomplish the mission.

Focus On Key Enemy Positions

You will realize the enemy team was focusing on holding the center of the field.  They almost always had someone defending there, and those enemy players got the most hits on me.

For most of the game, I failed to focus on coming up with a solution to defeat that key point.  As you will notice at the end of the video, I was able to move into the center field, and start neutralizing that key enemy point, although a bit too late in the game.

 

I hope that my experience will help you to avoid the same mistakes.  I want to congratulate the enemy team for an excellent defense and a great full auto round.

I want to extend a special thanks to Intrigue Airsoft and all the staff there for the great night of airsoft battling.  I can’t wait to get back up there for some more great airsoft CQB game play.  Be sure to check out IntrigueAirsoft.com to plan your trip!

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Airsoft Tips From Videos: The Chief Airsoft: Intrigue Airsoft Gameplay

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Airsoft Tips From Videos: The Chief Airsoft: Intrigue Airsoft Gameplay

 

In the below video (from The Chief Airsoft YouTube Channel), the Chief engages in some great airsoft combat at Intrigue Airsoft in Kansas City, MO.


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Here are some ways to improve your airsofting by using the shooting and CQB tactics from the Chief’s video:

 

Use The Angles

At 1:55, the Chief moves up to an excellent position that commands an great field of fire on the center field.  By using the great shooting angles, he is able to make kill after kill on enemy players trying to move up.

From the Chief’s perspective, this is a great spot.  He is able to sit tight in relative safety, and eliminate players who have to expose themselves to get to the cover provided by that centrally located crate.

From the enemy players’ perspective, they had several options that they could have used to limit the Chief’s effectiveness from this position.

By moving up the flank he is located on (which you can see that attempt at 4:25), they could push him out of the position.  Another option would be to use the opposite flank to pin him down in that position (you can see the effect this method has in my Intrigue Bomb Round video at 3:00 ).

 

Do Some Snap Shooting

A shooting method that the Chief uses throughout his video is snap shooting (a great example of this can be seen at 1:35).

Snap shooting is done by identifying where the enemy is, or may be, around a corner, and then coming out for a split second with your gun and sights at the ready to take him out.  By changing up the height and angle you come out of the corner at, you can make it almost impossible for the enemy to get a good shot.

(Note: An important thing to remember is to not get so target focused (also know as tunnel vision) on the enemy player you’re aiming for because when you come out to snap shoot, you may miss seeing another enemy who’s ready to take you out!)

The enemy team members could have combated the Chief’s snap shooting, by fighting it with some snap shooting of their own, combined with a bit of good ol’ suppressive fire.  By getting into a few key positions on the field, and focusing on keeping the Chief and his team behind cover (this is easy to do in a CQB game because most players won’t come out with BBs pelting the cover they’re hiding behind, whether there is a chance of BBs hitting them or not!), and practicing good use of their own cover, they would have had a better chance of taking down the Chief’s team.

 

Fire A String Of Rounds

You will notice that the Chief almost never fires just one BB at an enemy player.  He essentially uses a well aimed “burst,” or 3 or more rounds.  This is an excellent airsoft shooting method no matter what environment you are airsofting in.

By putting a “burst” of several rounds down range at the enemy, you do three things:
1. Up your chances of getting a kill (more BBs=better chances of a hit)
2. You can lead your BBs to the target throughout the enemy’s run from cover to cover (again, giving you a better chance of hitting him)
3. Intimidate the enemy player and team (this is a nice side effect)

I hope you enjoyed this video from The Chief Airsoft.  Be sure to check out his other great videos from Intrigue Airsoft!

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In Game At Intrigue Airsoft: Bomb Round

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This round at Intrigue Airsoft was one of my favorites.  Our goal was to defend the drop location for the enemy’s bomb (a box on a table).  This required our team to be strategic and work together to be successful.  The Intrigue Airsoft staff added another level of strategy and tactics by limiting each player to only two respawns.

My teammate, the General, and I worked together for most of this round.  We start by moving up on the left flank, falling back when the enemy starts to overtake that side, and then establish a very effective defensive line.

The below video features all of this action and more.


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Tactics from this video:

Keep track of your gun barrel:
One of the biggest mistakes you can make while in a CQB environment is not controlling your gun barrel.  Without proper control you’ll have a greater chance of being located, committing friendly fire, and potentially making the scenario more difficult for your team.  In the video, I do my best to be sure that my gun barrel was not sticking out around the corner of my hiding place and giving away my position.

Change what shooting position your in:
You will notice in the video that I switch between standing and kneeling.  This allowed me to take full advantage of the cover given me by my position, get the best angle on the enemy, and create a more stable shooting platform for better accuracy.  By changing your shooting position you can also confuse the enemy and keep him from anticipating where you’ll come out at.  Not many players will expect you to peek out at 5 feet and then come out with gun blazing 2 feet off the ground!

Think before you move:
In the middle of the round, I get eliminated in that excellent corner I had been using.  In my haste to get back there before the enemy could move up, I neglected to watch my right flank and those enemies hiding there.  That cost me one of my precious respawns.  I decided to adjust my plan, stay back in the lab, and use that position to stop the enemy in their tracks!

A couple notes on Intrigue Airsoft:

One thing to note is the excellent ref work.  Due to the balcony, they have a perfect view of the field (as you can see at the end of the video) and are able to assist players and call hits.  Many times they were able to help to shout out if a player was walking back to respawn, out of the game, etc.  Of course you can’t catch everything; but that is to be expected.  Thanks again to all of the refs for a great night of battle.

The last thing I would like to mention is assist shots, both by me and my teammates.  It’s very difficult in a CQB environment to be sure whether you were the one that connected first and made that enemy call his hit.  I would like to thank everyone there that night for the great battling and for the assistance in make all of these kills possible!

To watch more CQB action from Intrigue Airsoft check out my Team Deathmatch round.

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In Game At Intrigue Airsoft: Team Deathmatch

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I recently had the chance to battle at Intrigue Airsoft in Kansas City, Missouri with my team, Front and Center Airsoft.  Intrigue Airsoft is a 10,000 square foot, indoor CQB arena that features a large number of bunkers; and tons of trigger time.

The below video is of my first round at Intrigue.  This first round was Team Deathmatch with unlimited respawns.  Respawn was instant as soon as you reached to respawn zone and touched the wall.


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A few things I noticed in my first round were:

Friendly fire is Easy To Do
Due to the stress, fast pace, and high contrast lighting, team identification is difficult in CQB environments.  I was involved in multiple instances where I received (or dished out) friendly fire.  Teams swapped players throughout the evening (to keep teams evened up for the different scenarios) creating more confusion.

One way for teams to prevent friendly fire is to mentally memorize who is on your team before the round; and not safety killing or taking a shot until you are sure the target is an enemy operator.  Taking the time to identify your target is important; and I am continuing to learn this aspect of airsoft.

Securing the flanks is vital
In any airsoft battle the flanks are important; but when you get into a CQB battle they are even more vital.  The tight quarters make wide, stealthy out flanking maneuvers that you can preform in outdoor fields impossible.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t move up and secure them.

My team and I moved up on the left flank for most of the first round in an attempt to secure it and pin down the enemy working up the right flank.  I quickly noticed that the angles of fire, and large number of bunkers that created those angles, prevented me from being effective or holding down the enemy without my team supporting me from other points on the field.

Learn how to use “ineffective” points on the field
During the first round I moved 3/4 of the way up the field to a bunker located in front of the “Bomb Shelter”.  I noticed, as the night went on, that this position could become a death trap if you didn’t have the “Lab” cleared before getting in it.  If you did get the Lab cleared, the position commanded the enemy’s only other exit from the respawn area.

Watch for these so called “ineffective” positions and figure out what makes them work.  If you can make them effective they can work well, if you don’t, the positions, and you, will become completely ineffective.

Stay tuned for more battle videos from Intrigue Airsoft, coming soon to AirsoftWarrior.net!

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