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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Tulsa Indoor Airsoft Team Deathmatch RAMPAGE!!!

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When I entered this Team Deathmatch (TD) round, I had a goal of reaching the enemy spawn and spawn locking (prevent them from leaving spawn) them there.  I ended up making multiple kill streaks, spending 75% of the game behind enemy lines, and attempting a rare, complete stealth kill on an enemy player coming out of spawn.  To see all of this, and more, check out the video below!

 

Tactics:

Stealth
Since a majority of my time was spent inside enemy territory (mostly right next to their spawn point), I had to stay as stealthy as possible.  Early on in the video, I refrain from firing on an enemy player on the right flank.  Although I may have been able to take him out, giving away my position and risking elimination so early on wasn’t worth it.  I end up taking out multiple enemies (including that same player) later on because I use some battlefield common sense.

Being Sensitive
If you watched some of my kills and the enemies I fired on, you may have thought “Wow! This guy has super human perception!”.  Although my status as a super airsofter may be debatable, I am definitely not super human.  🙂

I use more than just my eyes to recon the battlefield when playing airsoft.  By listening, I can hear enemy players talking, running, or bumping into the walls and bunkers.  By watching the walls and floors, I can see shadows that players make.  From observation and past experience, I’m  able to figure out the most likely paths enemy players take and what bunkers they use often.

One of the biggest tip offs is a gun barrel sticking around a corner.  Don’t be a target to every observant enemy on the field.  Keep your gun barrel behind cover!

Hiding Out
Towards the end of the video, I end up sneaking behind a stack of pallets with a line of sight to the enemy spawn.  One of my favorite kills to make in airsoft is on an unsuspecting enemy player.  Although some players may think there aren’t any opportunities for a true “stealth kill” in CQB games, you can get one if you are patient.  I spent over 2 minutes sitting there, waiting for the right moment.  Although it didn’t pan out this time, I would gladly try it again if the opportunity presents itself (so watch your back!).

(Note: I do not recommend you try to make a stealth kill during a scenario based game (i.e. capture the flag, a bomb round, etc).  These games rely on a high level of teamwork and tactics if you expect to win.  Hiding behind enemy lines and waiting for a stealth kill, or going “lone wolf”, is not a good way to help your team in these types of games.)

 

Gear List

I used my KWA SR7 to take out enemy players with accuracy and rapid full auto fire.  I powered it up with a Tenergy 9.6V 1600 mAh nunchuck battery for long battery life and additional Rate Of Fire (ROF) over standard 8.4v batteries.

I carried all of my extra gear in my 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 reliable KWA K120 Mid Cap Magazines I used.

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Battlefield Awareness: The Mental Discipline

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In airsoft, you will often find yourself in situations that require you to perform actions in rapid order.  A CQB engagement, a rush into an enemy building, or a fast command decision while under enemy fire.  We block out the rest of the battle when the situations present themselves so we can focus.  This focus is not an issue.  It gives you the ability to think quickly and look at a situation so you can come to a good, fast decision.   The problem arises when you let this focus fuel your actions after that part of the mission is over.  You get what is known as “tunnel vision”.  Your focus is solely on doing the “next thing” and not taking in information about your surroundings.  This can result in a lot of issues on the field.  How do we regain our battlefield awareness?  That is what I hope to show you in this post.

Step 1: Think

The first step to regaining awareness is to think about it.  Remember that you need to be aware.  You’ll notice in my battle videos that I often look around after I get to a position or after making a kill.  This allows me to make sure that my surroundings are clear of enemy players and that I am not being out flanked.  Often my process works like this:

1.  Look for friendly and enemy players (in front of me, on my flanks, even behind me).
2.  Shoot enemy players if they are with in range.  If there are none, go to step 4.
3. Confirm kill (to insure that the enemy will not be firing back at me with out my knowledge).
4. Move into cover to prevent dying (move to a different position if needed).
5. Go back to step 1

You’ll notice that in step 1 I am taking in information about my surroundings.  This is when I am most aware.  I recon the field and use that information to make my next move.

In step 2 and 3, I am very focused.  I have a much more limited awareness of what is going on.  This is when I am most vulnerable to attack or being out flanked.

Step 4 is my opportunity to regain my awareness.  I am able to find new cover and come back to my surroundings.

Step 5 is where my mental discipline needs to kick in.  After the adrenaline surge of fighting the enemy, I want to react with “instinct” to make my next move.  This can result in an untimely elimination.  If you think about awareness at this step, you will have taken a big leap towards having better tactical gameplay.  When you do it automatically, you will have reached the battlefield awareness goal!

 

Step 2: Be an Observer

One of the ways I hone my battlefield awareness is by being an observer.  I often call out the position of enemy players or the direction they are heading.  This allows me to practice my awareness and communication skills while helping my team.  By being an observer you can help your teammates be prepared for enemy players and also have better battlefield awareness.

 

Step 3:  Play in 3D

Airsoft is not a linear, 2D game.  It has a multitude of options, positions, and players.  Tunnel vision causes players to have a 2D approach.  They believe there are only 2 options: either the enemy dies or I do.  This black-and-white approach is not reality in an airsoft game.  Airsofters who have battlefield awareness will look at the field in 3 dimensions.  They will see that they can move away from an attack, switch to different cover, have more teammates come to their aid, etc.  They will use their resources to fight back in creative and effective ways.  They will remember that not every enemy player attacks from the front (and smart enemies almost never do).

Having this 3 dimensional mindset will also help you to recognize that threats can come from any direction and allow you to combat them effectively.

 

Battlefield awareness is a skill that takes a great deal of practice to become proficient at.  Use the guidelines in this post to help you implement new steps to keep yourself mentally and physically aware and involved while at a game.

 

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Knowing When To Move

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In an airsoft game, you have to constantly make decisions that will ultimately affect the outcome of the game and whether you complete your objective (even if your objective is the simple goal of taking down as many enemies as you can!).  One of the biggest decisions during a game is moving to a new position.

Often you’ll be confronted with the choice to move or stay where you are.  If you move too soon, you could get eliminated, lose an objective, or create a hole in your team’s lines that the enemy team can then use.   If you stay in a spot too long, the enemy can pinpoint you and take you out, or you’ll become a useless part of the team because you’re unavailable for other missions (i.e. pushing up a flank or protecting an objective on the field).

Obviously, making the right decision to move (and at the right time) is very important.  Here are some ways of knowing when you should move or stay in a position during a game:

 

You Should Move If:

The Position is Unprotected
If you can’t get behind cover and keep out of the enemy’s BBs then you need to find a new spot.

The Position Has No Good Shooting Angles
A good position should offer you protection and allow you to fire on the enemy with ease.  If the position doesn’t offer both of these, get to a new location.

(Note: Just because there aren’t any enemies around, it doesn’t mean that a position has no good shooting angles and is useless.  Good shooting angles will allow you to fire on multiple locations around the field with minimal movement and maximum protection.  The more shooting angles a position has, the greater chance you have of locating the enemy and getting a chance to take them out.  Find a position that has these great angles and stay away from ones that don’t.)

The Team Needs You Elsewhere
An example of this would be if the enemy forces are pushing up the center and you’re on the flank and can’t see them.  You need to find a new spot that will offer you better shooting angles.  Another example would be if five out of the ten guys on your team are on the left flank and the enemy is nowhere to be found.  Moving to the center or right flank would give your team more support where it’s needed.

(Remember, the enemy may try to use a diversion and then rush through another spot.  If the position you’re at has the best angles on a part of the field that the enemy may try to use in a diversion, and your team already has all the support it needs where the enemy is pushing, then stay put.)

 

You Should Stay Put If:

You Are Protecting An Objective
If your position is right next to, or near, a key objective (like a flag or “bomb”) and offers good cover and concealment, then stay where you are.  You need to keep the main objective safe from the enemy.

The Position Is Stealthy
Finding a good hiding spot and staying put may be the best plan to deal out some damage on the enemy team.  I’ve often pushed up the field made some stealth kills in enemy territory .  This requires you to stay put when the enemy hasn’t discovered you and then move as soon as they do.

Your Position Has Great Angles On Key Enemy Bunkers
If your position offers great shooting angles and allows you to tie up a bunch of enemy operators, stay put and make yourself a thorn in their side.  Keep protected and snap shoot your way to victory!

 

Knowing when to move on the field can make the difference in a game.  Use these tips to keep yourself in the game and useful to the team.  If you have any thoughts on moving during a game, be sure to comment them below!

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How Numbers (Or Lack Of Numbers) Can Win An Airsoft Game

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One of the factors that airsofters often don’t fully understand the importance of is troop numbers.  Larger teams may think they will win the battle because the team has more troops to throw around and can take casualties with ease.  Outnumbered teams believe they will inevitably lose because they can’t match the force of the other team.  Numbers can help win a battle, but they don’t guarantee a win.  Being outnumbered doesn’t guarantee you will lose.  It all matters on how you use your resources on the field.

In this post we will examine how troop numbers (or lack of numbers) can affect your airsoft game and how you can use them to your advantage, no matter how big or small your team is.

 

Larger Teams: A Super-Sized Killing Force

Having more players can be one of your biggest resources at an airsoft game, and you should pay attention to how the extra players are used.

Advantages that teams with larger numbers have include being able to:

  • Send out recon missions to locate enemy players,
  • Initiate large scale outflanking maneuvers,
  • Have dedicated defensive squads to protect key points.
  • Control the battlefield better through force. 

Even in small scale backyard battles, numbers can have a big effect.  A two-player-on-one-player battle is an excellent example of this.  The two-player team is able to use many different tactics and options that the lone player can’t.  They can choose to outflank the enemy player while one player provides a base of fire and suppresses the single enemy. They are also able to effectively search for the enemy player if he decides the hideout.  Flexibility and firepower are the biggest strengths of a bigger team.

Numbers can also have a good effect on team moral. If you have five, ten, or even just one more player than the other team, you know you have an advantage starting out.  This allows you to feel more flexible and secure on the field.

 

Keys To Running A Large Team

Good organization, communications, planning and leadership are key to running a large team.  Without these, the war machine can quickly fall apart and become fodder for a smaller, elite enemy team.  Organize the team into buddy pairs and squads so you can keep track of team resources.  Try using radios to stay in touch with other squads on your team.  Have goals and a battle plan (even if it’s simple), and make sure everyone understands it.  If possible, have dedicated leaders for each squad. This way the team leader can communicate directly with them and be assured that his message reaches the whole team.

 

You may be wondering how an outnumbered team can survive against even an moderately larger team.  After all, you’ve probably seen how a large team can crush a smaller team first-hand.  But, small teams do have a few advantages on their side that, if used effectively, can win the day.  Let’s take a look at how you can win with an outnumbered team…

 

Outnumbered Teams: “Don’t Mistake Our Numbers As A Weakness”

As an outnumbered team, you have some disadvantages to the enemies’ large numbers. You can’t simply throw troops at the enemy team and expect to survive, but you can still win through a cunning use of tactics and mobility.

Smaller teams have the advantage of being able to communicate with one another more easily and form plans faster.  This can allow you to stay one step ahead of a larger enemy team.  Outnumbered teams can also move with more stealth on the field.

As a outnumbered team, defensive operations are usually the way to go.  Use a “rolling” defense to wear down the enemy.  Start with everyone near the front line and then slowly fall back to another defensive position.   Remember, although the enemy team may think they are making gains, you will be controlling the field and reducing the opposing team to a manageable size.  Once they’re worn down, you can make a counter strike!

Make sure your team has one or more small goals (like holding a point on the field, or taking down a certain number of enemies before falling back).   Often times, I have focused on taking out enough enemy players to make the numbers even (or to my advantage if possible).

As a smaller team you can make an effective offensive by setting up ambushes and also attacking smaller enemy squads that separate from the main force.  Always try to get the numbers in your favor and fight battles on your terms.  Keep the enemy team members guessing at every turn so they don’t have a chance to regroup and plan.  The key is to control the field.  Fight on your terms!

 

To recap:

  • Large teams need to have leadership and a solid plan.
  • Large teams have an advantage of flexibility over outnumbered teams.
  • Outnumbered teams have an advantage in mobility and speed of planning.
  • Outnumbered teams should always keep each battle on their terms and control the field.

No matter how many players you have, focus on using the unique advantages of being a larger or outnumbered team.  Never give up and always use every advantage you can.

 

 

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What To Do When Your Gun Is Down

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I’ve had my gun go down in the middle of a game.  Sometimes, the mags aren’t loading or the battery is dead.  On occasion, a bigger issue, like the gearbox breaking, has stopped my primary weapon in the heat of the game.

Even though I can switch to a secondary weapon, I still lose a lot of my fighting capability.  Nearly any good airsofter with a running primary weapon will be able to outgun me.

I’ve seen many airsofters deal with a gun malfunctions in different ways.  Some deal with it better than others.  On rare occasions, you can do repairs on the field, but that can still take a good amount of work and you might lose important pieces on the ground.  Most walk off the field and attempt to repair their weaponry in hopes of getting back into the action the next round.

Although walking back to staging is an option, I don’t believe that walking off the field is the best option every time your primary weapon is down.  Your team can still benefit from your abilities even if you aren’t as effective without your main weapon.  In this post, I’ll give you some reasons to stay in the game and how to continue being effective without the big guns.

 

Be Observant

If your gun is out of action, you can still provide intel on enemy locations and other useful information to your team.  Shout out information to your team as you receive it.  Pass on commander’s orders to other players.  Do a recon mission into enemy territory.

If you trust the other airsofters and will be able to locate your gear easily later, you can leave your malfunctioning weapon and other unnecessary gear behind to allow you more freedom to explore behind enemy lines.  Remember, if you don’t look like a threat, most players will let you pass, allowing you to glean more intel!

 

Be a Pack Mule

If your primary gun is down, you obviously don’t need the mags for it.  You can pass these on to other players to keep them in the game.  You can also transport more equipment to the front lines to support your team.

Try becoming the team runner.  Run to get new gear or direct players to where they are most needed.  By becoming the team pack mule, you can make everyone on the field more effective.

 

Go for the Objective

Even though you know your gun is down, the enemy doesn’t.  This allows you to bluff the enemy into thinking you are still a threat.  By pushing up to an objective, or otherwise becoming a problem for the other team, you can force the enemy to react to you.  This will slow them down and allow the rest of your team to make gains elsewhere.

Another thing you can try is going for knife kills.  Work up the field with stealth (Remember the “I’m not a threat” tip).  As long as you’re still playing honorably and safely, you can do almost anything that seems like it might work.  You have nothing to lose!

 

 

The main point to remember is that you don’t want be a liability on the field.  You want to become an asset!  Stay in the game and stay effective.  That gun will still need to be fixed later, but the game is happening now.  Make it a win!

 

 

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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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Basic Field Combat Tactics: Part 2 (Guest Post by “Venator”)

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This is Part 2 of the Basic Field Combat Tactics Guest Post by “Venator”.  Click HERE to read Part 1.

“Venator” (Latin for “hunter”) is an avid airsofter who enjoys airsofting with his family on their 10 acres.  He prefers the support role when he goes into battle, but isn’t afraid to take command if the situation warrants it.
His primary weapon is a KWA SR7 and his current dream gun is a KWA SR10. I hope you enjoy the second part of his post and the insight he gives into troop placement and airsoft tactics in open field operations.

Placement

Placing both attackers and defenders is critical in any airsoft battle.  However, field battles are especially tricky because there is little cover to hide defenders and to temporarily shield attackers charging a position.

 

Defenders:

As with any airsoft combat situation, placement of forces is critical to surviving an assault or attacking a position.

Snipers, as mentioned in Part 1, are useful in maintaining a defensive posture.  A smattering of assault riflemen with snipers should be sufficient to hold a position.  A good rule of thumb in defensive placement is to have at least one assault rifleman per sniper.  Team up these infantry types into pairs (or groups) to maintain that balance.

Place the snipers at both ends of the position and space them unevenly throughout the rest of the area. Why unevenly? Because it prevents attackers from guessing where a well-hid sniper is located.  If the snipers are evenly spaced, a calculating commander who finds a few snipers can guess the other snipers’ positions.  Snipers also should not be placed in areas of cover if the regions of cover are pronounced.  Again, a good battle leader will assume that snipers are placed in those areas of cover.  However, use discernment.  If the snipers will be sitting ducks (obvious targets) if they do not use the obvious cover, then place them behind cover.  Use common sense and modify these tips as necessary.

Assault men are present to provide sweeping fire when the attackers grow closer.  This fire provides two advantages.  First, it typically causes the attackers to hit the dirt, thereby providing easy targets to the snipers.  Secondly, it protects the snipers from a charge.

Charges are very dangerous to snipers.  Since snipers typically have fewer shots than an assault rifle and reload slower, charging assault riflemen can quickly overrun a position if the snipers do not have men with assault rifles to back them up.

Diagram 1 shows the basic positions for snipers (represented by an S) and assault riflemen (represented by an A) in a situation with only sparse bushes for cover. The blue swaths represent the sniper’s areas of engagement.

(Diagram 1)
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Attackers:

Attackers will have a much harder time, and offensive tactics are not so easy.  As with the “over the top” trench charges of World War I, expect numerous casualties.

One strategy is to use a catch-up style of engagement.  This will again utilize both snipers and assault riflemen, but they will not be split into groups.  When charging a position, the assault rifles should go first (oh goody!), securing the path as they go.  This is the normal method of assault, but there is one big difference. After the assault riflemen have advanced a few yards (more or less yards may be necessary depending on the size of the field), the snipers should rush up to the assault riflemen’s spots and lie down, prepared to shoot from a prone position.  Again, the assault riflemen will dash forward a few more yards, and the snipers will repeat the process.

If they are suddenly swept by fire at any point, the assault riflemen should immediately crouch and return sweeping fire, taking care to present as little of a profile as possible. Meanwhile, the snipers behind the assault riflemen can provide cover fire for the assault men, picking off defenders that are too hidden for the assault rifles to reach.  Then, when the returning fire dies off, the march should continue.

Every time the assault group is challenged by fire, they should report the approximate location of the shots to command (see next section).  This method of assault allows the snipers to provide cover fire for the main assault group without ever being too far behind to help effectively.  Note in the following diagram how the movements of the parties are apparently random.  In any operation, it is best to maintain an apparently random, yet highly coordinated system of movement to confuse the defenders.

(Diagram 2)
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Command:

In the style of warfare discussed in this article, an established command base with communication lines to its soldiers is of paramount importance.  This command post should consist of the overall leader and an assault rifleman.  Move command forward with the troops if communications become strained, but always keep command behind the lines of fire.  Radios are recommended for this setup if available.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the insight that “Venator” presented in Part 1 and Part 2 of Basic Field Combat Tactics.  Be sure to comment your thoughts and questions below!

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Basic Field Combat Tactics: Part 1 (Guest Post by “Venator”)

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The author of this post, “Venator” (Latin for “hunter”), is an avid airsofter that enjoys airsofting with his family on their 10 acres.  He prefers the support role when he goes into battle, but isn’t afraid to take command if the situation warrants it.  His primary weapon is a KWA SR7 and his current dream gun is a KWA SR10. I hope you enjoy his post and the insight he gives into open field operations.

 

Basic Field Combat Tactics (Part 1) by zfJames

When an airsoft warrior, veteran of many close-quarter-combat (CQC) battles, engages in a field battle, he or she is often at a loss.  Minimal cover and little stealth opportunities can hamper even the most experienced player’s abilities.  However, several basic skills can greatly improve your chances of survival in field combat.  This article provides combat techniques for individuals and large groups.  Modify them as necessary for your style of combat, the size of the group, and the situation.

Movement

Movement is, in its most elemental sense, a method to arrive at point B from point A.  The trick in field combat, however, is that someone is shooting at you as you move from point A to point B and you have little cover.  Simple zigzagging is fine, but it can become predictable.

Crawling is useful, but a defender on a taller plane of ground (such as a hill or fort) can easily pick off the large blob below him.  It is also nearly impossible to shoot accurately in the prone crawling position.  Therefore, standing forms of movement are the most useful.

In CQC situations, the best form of movement is crouching and walking carefully forward.  In field warfare, this leaves one open for shots.  If you must walk forward on a field of fire, turn your body almost completely sideways and walk as straight up and down as you can.  This decreases the target by forcing the defender’s aim to be perfectly aligned side-to-side as opposed to up-and-down.  This tip should obviously be used only for approaches by walking.

It is near impossible to run sideways, and you are likely to trip and fall. When running, try using a variant of the zigzag.  If they catch on, switch it up.  Vary your timing as you run, by darting one way, jogging another, and perhaps walking for the third movement.  This will further bewilder your opponents.  The combinations are endless, just don’t become predictable.

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Weaponry

Moving up and down a field is great, but you need to be able to act when you reach your target.  While, for most applications, a sniper rifle is virtually useless, a field scenario can be greatly augmented by snipers.

Snipers, if placed correctly, can halt a charge in its tracks.  They can also pick off any heads that show above the bushes, grasses, or other cover.

CQC assault rifles and other CQC weapons have little use, especially on a large field.  Their accuracy and power diminishes quickly, preventing them from reaching more ranged opponents.

Assault rifles with a Feet-Per-Second (FPS) rating too high for a CQC airsoft arena are invaluable assets in this form of warfare.  The higher the FPS, the better, simply because you have more range.  Pistols do not apply to this general rule, however.  They are used when a person is reloading their gun for self defense and they do not need a high level of firepower to do the job.

Shotguns are utterly useless in this environment.  Their low range nullifies their wide spread of shot.

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Basic Field Combat Tactics by zfJames!

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3 Tips To “De-Winterize” Your Gear and Yourself!

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Sometimes during the airsoft “off season” (although I think every time of year is a great time to airsoft!), or when winter starts convincing us that staying indoors is a better idea than enjoying the outdoors, we can start to get…. well… soft.

Maybe not “soft”, but some of us like to “hibernate” during the winter months, which can lead to your gun feeling a bit heavier than you remember, or your plate carrier not fitting you as well as it did last year.

And maybe your gear needs a bit of “de-winterizing” to get it back in shape for some upcoming airsoft wars.

With spring fast approaching, it’s time to break out of our winter’s sleep and get our gear, and ourselves, back in shape.  Here’s some tips to get you started!

1.  Get Fit!

Keeping fit is a big key to increasing your enjoyment on the field, and making you a better airsoft warrior.

Start by checking your current weight with a BMI calculator (HERE is a BMI calculator if you are under 20).  After you determine your optimum weight, form a fitness plan to get you there and keep you there.  I used MyPlate (a calorie tracking system) from Livestrong.com to lose 60 POUNDS a while back.  Losing those 60 pounds definitely made me faster, more flexible, and a better warrior on the field!

Also, be sure to start a workout program to help you increase your endurance on the field.  I personally try to get in a 30-60 minute workout on an elliptical, and do a combination of push ups, sit ups, and weight lifting to increase my overall body strength.  I try to work out 4-5 days a week (although this varies based on how busy I am).  Remember, whatever fitness plan you come up with, make sure you can stick to it and consistently follow it.  It doesn’t do any good to have great intentions if you can’t follow through.

As always, consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns when it comes to your fitness.

 

2. Do A Full Gear Check

After a few months of storage, some of your gear may not be in fully operational condition.  Here is a short list of gear you should check when de-winterizing.

1. Guns (Are all internal and external parts functional? Does anything need to be replaced or repaired?)
2. Batteries (Do they still hold a charge well?  Are you getting the same performance and battery life?)
3. BBs and Gas (Do you have enough of both?  Do you need to buy some different weights of BBs?)
4. BDUs and Vests (Does everything still fit?  Are any repairs or modifications needed?)
5. Tools and Extras (Do you have all the gear you need to repair your guns or replace parts, i.e. AA batteries, gun body pins, flashlight bulbs, etc?)

 

3. Plan A Training Game

One of the best ways to brush off your gear and airsoft tactics is to plan a game with a few friends and make sure everything is operational and effective.  You can include a few scenarios to increase the difficulty of your training game.

While battling, test your reflexes and accuracy, use your tactics and team communication skills to make sure you’re still proficient at them, and make sure that all your gear is performing as you want it to.

During and after the game, make modifications to your gear as needed, ask your battle buddies to critique your skills, and make a list of things you need to improve on.

 

Take these tips and use them to get you and your gear in top shape for upcoming, spring airsoft battles.  If you have any other thoughts and ideas on “de-winterizing” for airsoft, please comment them below!

 

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