Thursday, July 28, 2011

1 vs 1 Airsoft Combat

Typically when you think about Airsoft skirmishes, you think about an intense airsoft milsim combat where many fighters maneuver around a huge plot of land, with constant rapid fire coming from all directions. A true airsoft player, on the contrary, knows that some of the most intense, engaging and enjoyable airsoft games can be brought about by 1 v 1 combat.

This article will give you some great ideas of how how to have an intense and fun 2 player airsoft game!

2 Player Benefits

There are many benefits to engaging in 1 on 1 airsoft battles. For one, it is easier to match skill levels. Many times with large groups, the forces are strongly divided by weak and strong players. Playing against someone at your skill level keeps the game challenging, but allows you to have some wins and improve your play.

Additionally there is little preparation time with 2 players as opposed to group play. Explaining the ground rules and developing intricate group strategy can take time and fun away from airsoft battles. Two player combat can begin much quicker. And it's just a lot easier organizing an event with two people as opposed to dozens.

Lastly, since there are only two players, less space is needed to accommodate airsoft play. This means you have many more options for skirmish areas.

2 Player Airsoft Games

Duel/Fast Draw

This game is very similar to the draws seen in old Western movies. It’s a simple game that is best played with airsoft spring pistols. First, the airsoft players stand back-to-back, with their guns in hand or holster. Then the players both take ten paces forward. These paces must be counted out loud and once ten is reached, they quickly turn and begin firing. Players are free to duck and dodge bullets. You can decide whether moving around is allowed. The first one to be shot loses.

Attack & Defend

Attack & Defend (also known as Capture the Flag) is a common game played with groups but can easily be modified to accommodate 2 players. This game involves one player defending a particular parameter that they are not allowed to exit. In this parameter, the defender is guarding a physical object, such as a flag. The offender, on the other hand, is attacking and trying to capture the object. The defender only wins by shooting the offender and the offender wins by capturing the object. This game is very fun when played at night with the right tactical lighting units or gun-mounted flashlights.

Hunter & Hunted

The Hunter & Hunted is an intense airsoft battle of hide and seek with a twist. First the hunter allows 10 minutes for the hunted to set up traps, bunkers, hiding places, strategy etc. After the ten minutes, the hunter begins to seek out the hunted while avoiding any trap the hunted may have set up. One popular strategy is to find a hiding spot and use a high-powered airsoft sniper gun and wait to catch a good shot of the hunter. All areas are in bound to both players. The first player to be shot loses.

The best part of 2 player airsoft is getting creative and developing games that suit you and your opponent. So don’t waste time thinking a game with just your buddy can’t be fun. True airsoft enthusiasts have a good in any type of airsoft combat and look for every opportunity to increase their skill level.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, an online airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns, as well as airsoft parts, upgrades and accessories. Visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for all types of airsoft guns including snipers, pistols, rifles & more! Airsoft Megastore also showcases a wide variety of airsoft parts, upgrades & accessories.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Airsoft: An Honor Sport

Airsoft is a great sport designed around using military type equipment (tactical gear, communications equipment, replica firearms etc.) to complete military style scenarios. Unlike paintball, airsoft BB’s do not mark the target they hit. This is great because it means a lot less mess than paintball; however it also requires airsoft players to be especially attentive to whether or not they get "hit". Airsoft games can be a great time; however nothing ruins it faster than players not abiding by the honor system set in place. In most airsoft games players must call “hit” the moment that they are struck by a BB and cease fire. Depending on the game type the player may have to walk to a re-spawn point, walk to the starting point, or wait to be “healed” by a teammate. This not only helps gameplay move smoothly and fairly, but also gives the shooter the satisfaction of knowing that they succeeded in their attempt. When players don’t call their “hits” it can cause major disruptions to gameplay, and cause frustration amongst all the players. There are a few general rules to use to make sure that you don’t disrupt gameplay and dampen the spirit of the game.

  1. Abide by the “Golden Rule” of airsoft: Always call your hits, because you want the other players to call their “hits” when you shoot them as well.

  2. Wear Gear and clothing that allows you to feel your hits. Wearing too much gear, and /or loose and baggy clothing will prevent you from feeling a “hit”, and you may not even notice. Make sure that if you are wearing plate carriers or body armor you know what a BB striking your gear sounds and feels like.

  3. Carry a “Red Rag/ Dead Rag” with you at all times. A “Red Rag/ Dead Rag” is a red piece of cloth about one foot by one foot that players use to signify that they have been hit. This lets opposing players know to stop shooting at that particular player, because they are out of action.

  4. When you are hit, move quickly out of lines of fire so that you don’t get hit again and you don’t disrupt gameplay.

  5. Never hide behind a player who is hit. This causes the opposing team to either shoot the player who is already hit, or to cease fire and disrupt the pace of the game.

  6. Never call another player’s hits. This always causes unnecessary tension during gameplay, and distracts from the spirit of the game. Nine times out of ten, the targeted player truly didn’t get hit. The best way to solve the issue of a player you believe didn’t call their hit is to move closer and get a clear line of sight on the person before shooting.

  7. If a player truly isn’t calling their hits always bring it to the organizer/ game staff first before confronting the player. This eliminates any form of argumentation, and also brings the issue up to the staff’s attention.

By following these simple rules, Airsoft can continue to be an amazingly fun sport. It will also help you build friendships with other players, because they see that you play honorably. So have fun out there, and call your “Hits”!

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About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, an online airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns, as well as airsoft parts, upgrades and accessories. Visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs, full metal airsoft rifles or the right airsoft gas gun for players of any experience level.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Proper Transportation of Airsoft Guns

As many of you may know, California recently went through an in-depth debate regarding the public safety of airsoft guns. This was brought about because a boy exposed his airsoft gun in public while playing on a street with his friends, and when the police arrived to assess the situation they saw the boy with, what looked like to them, a real firearm. The police shot the boy out of fear for their safety and that of the community, when the boy failed to cooperate with their instructions.

This is a completely avoidable situation that can be solved with a few simple safety instructions.

1. When transporting an airsoft gun, shotgun or rifle, always make sure to keep the airsoft gun in a sealed gun bag. This keeps the airsoft gun out of sight from the general public, and prevents it from being mistaken for a real firearm. Hard Plastic Gun cases work well to keep the airsoft gun protected from anything that may bend or break it. Tactical Nylon bags are great for storing multiple airsoft rifles and extra gear, because they are adjustable and expandable in most cases. Never put your airsoft guns or gear in a backpack that you use for school. Bringing an airsoft gun to school is a serious offense in most states, and if you forget your gun or gear in your school backpack you may get in trouble with not only your school but also the law. Always make sure that whichever proper gun case you are using, it contains the entire airsoft gun. It may also be a good idea to put your tactical gear such as holsters, vests, plate carriers, and magazine pouches in a separate sealed bag. This is a good idea because even though you may not have an airsoft gun in open view, tactical gear worn or displayed in public is sure to cause alarm. Check out our full selection of airsoft gun bags/ cases, and tactical bags for stowing gear.

2. Always make sure that airsoft guns are stowed in a proper gun bag in the trunk of the vehicle when driving with your airsoft equipment. Make sure that there are no magazines or holsters lying around in the back seat, because that is a sure way to arouse suspicion and you may soon find yourself answering questions to the police.

Remember, unless you are in your own home or at a sanctioned airsoft area, always keep your airsoft gun and gear packed up in a proper bag/ case. And as always, be responsible with your airsoft equipment.

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About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, an online airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns, as well as airsoft parts, upgrades and accessories. Visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs, full metal airsoft rifles or the right airsoft gas gun for players of any experience level.

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