The base of fire tactic is one of the most useful tactics in airsoft. It involves using part of your team as a “base” that provides covering fire for operations and a fall back point for the rest of the team. It can be used with your other tactics to enhance their effectiveness or it can be use by itself as an effective defense.
I used the base of fire in a recent battle. My team needed to route the enemy from a very strong position. We decide to position our base of fire man behind cover while the rest of the team made a full out attack on the enemy’s flank. On the command he laid down a wall of BBs on the enemy position. He kept their heads down long enough for us to cross open field and overrun the enemy.
Here is how the base of fire tactic works-
1. Find a defensible point for your team member(s) to position in so they can provide a base of fire. It needs to have clear firing lanes that allow your team to engage the enemy or cover your team during the operation.
2. In the chosen location, position a machine gun or other effective weapon that will be able to engage the enemy and keep them pinned to their position during the operation. If the enemy’s head is down they won’t be able to effectively stop the rest of you team from engaging them or over running their position.
3. Have the base of fire team provide covering or suppressive fire for the duration of the operation. After the enemy has stopped their attack or your team has completed the mission, have the base of fire team move up and find another position to set up in.
Using the base of fire tactic will allow you to enhance your tactic and combat effectiveness. Try implementing it in your next battle! Let me know how it went.
Good tactics are key to becoming a good airsofter. Great tactics can make up for the enemy’s greater numbers or better weapons. A great example of superior tactics winning a battle can be seen in Germany’s invasion of France in 1940. Germany employed a new tactic, the Blitzkrieg, a combination of fast movement, concentrated tanks, and close air support, to defeat the strong French army in just a few months. Here are a few tactics that will allow you to up your game and understand what makes a tactic effective.
Stealth is a key factor in good tactics. Being quiet allows you to sneak into a strong position unnoticed and then hammer down on the confused and vulnerable enemy. One time I slid quietly along a ravine staying low and avoiding sticks and leaves that would alert the enemy to my position. I then determined the location of my enemy, just one unsuspecting sentry focusing on the rest of my team. I hopped up and hammered down with my automatic. He never knew what happened until it was too late. I was then in a good position that the enemy never expected me to be in. Stealth is key!
Team Coordination is very important to good tactics. Let your team know what the plan is and what you are going to do and how they can help. I ask my teammates to lay down covering fire to keep the enemy down while I move up. Work with the rest of your team and coordinate attacks whenever possible to make everyone more effective in their mission.
Communication can not be stressed enough. Talk to your team members! Silence and stealth are important, but there is a time to talk. Try hanging back in a battle and giving your stealthy teammates information on the enemy’s location and strength so they can be more effective. Don’t be afraid to call for help if you are in a sticky situation.
I hope these tactics help you advance your game to a new level. Try to incorporate them as often as you can; and adapt them to your situation or tactic. Let me know how you incorporated one of the basic tactics, stealth, team coordination, or communication into one of your airsoft battles.