What It’s Like to Get Hit in Airsoft

What It’s Like to Get Hit in Airsoft

By on Mar 22, 2014 in My Experiences

This is the one thing that I think keeps girls at bay from getting into airsoft. I know for me, I liked the idea of playing, but I dreaded the idea of being hit. Especially after we shot our pistols and saw how hard they hit, I dreaded it even more. So, what Nick, Jeff (our friend) and I decided to do, was shoot each other just to get an idea of what it would feel like. We all put on thin jackets so that we would have a little protection, but not too much. Then the person that was to be shot would stand with their back to the shooter, about 60 feet away. Nick went first, then Jeff, then myself. It was not bad at all! I even had Nick move in closer because I knew in CQB I’d probably get shot at a much closer range. When he shot me even closer (30 feet), that did sting a little bit. It’s not so much painful, as it is annoying! It’s like, “Ow!” but then it just itches and in a matter of seconds you hardly feel it anymore. Same thing when actually playing airsoft. Now, as I mentioned in my other article, when I was getting hit by the PolarStar (after a couple games and it being clearly turned up to shoot faster), that did fricken hurt. Most hits were similar to getting a really good towel whipping. But the PolarStar hits, again – after being turned up, were a bit more painful. A normal hit would “sting” for maybe 5-10 seconds. But the PolarStar hit’s would maybe be a good 30 seconds or more until the pain would subside. So there you go, it’s honestly not bad at all. It startles you more than it actually hurts (I assume this will go away as I play more). For more opinions than just mine on the matter, here’s a good article that tells what it’s like to get...

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CQB Loadout (outfit)

CQB Loadout (outfit)

By on Mar 21, 2014 in Loadout, My Experiences

Almost everything I wore for my first CQB experience was Matt’s. A lot of it didn’t fit quite right, but it did the job. For the bottoms, I actually had on 2 pairs of leggings, skinny-jeans and camo pants. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I wasn’t expecting to have those camo pants. Either way though, I wanted to try to be as padded as possible and for the most part, it worked. My mobility wasn’t limited and the skinny-jeans I had on were super stretchy so it didn’t feel like my legs were being squeezed to death. Like I said, I wasn’t counting on wearing the camo pants, but Matt let me wear them (and keep them!), and they were a nice extra barrier between me and the BB’s. Heat wise, it wasn’t terrible. I didn’t feel like I was going to over heat, or that I was way too hot. I was pretty comfortable. For my body, I had on a padded bra with a sports-bra over it. I also wore a black Under Armor, long-sleeve shirt, with another light, long-sleeve shirt on. I know it may sound like I was going overboard, but I had no idea what I would be able to wear from Matt. Not to mention I wanted as much padding between me and the BB’s as possible. So then on top of all that, I was able to fit into one of Matt’s vests. It’s just a black vest, with all the pouches pre-attached and set up. This vest was really nice. It was light-weight and mesh, so, super breathable. It is more of a NOOB-vest because it comes all set up, but it worked perfectly for me. For my hands, I just borrowed some super-over-sized, padded black gloves. I would highly recommend wearing a pair of gloves that fit you. It wasn’t terrible, but when it came to having to switch out my mags, it was kinda a nightmare. Again, even though I was all layered up, I didn’t get too hot or feel like I was burning up. My head gear was the only thing that gave me a hard time most of the night. Starting out, I was wearing...

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My First Airsoft (CQB) Playing Experience

My First Airsoft (CQB) Playing Experience

By on Mar 20, 2014 in My Experiences

So today was my first day of playing airsoft. Our friend Matt showed up at the house with all his goodies. Since we don’t have any equipment or guns yet, Matt brought everything he owned and walked us through it all to show us our options. It was pretty overwhelming. So many different options. He had about 5 vests to choose from, tons of guns and anything else we could have possibly needed. I had no idea what I wanted, should wear or what I would need in the game, so Matt pretty much picked out my outfit and dressed me. I stood there as he made sure the vest fit me and that the helmet and such was secured properly. Check out what I wore in detail. Once Matt finished dressing Nick and I, we figured out which guns we would use. I ended up using an H&K MP5. It is a smaller gun but still fairly heavy. There was no way to attach it to a sling so I had to carry it around the whole time. Even though it has a little bit of weight to it, it was not bad at all. We got the car all loaded up with our guns and gear we needed and headed out to Commandos Eastside Indoor in Warren. The whole ride there I was super nervous. I wasn’t nervous about getting hit (maybe a little) but more about the fact that I had no idea of what to expect or what the other people there would be like. Once we arrived though, we took all our gear inside and there were about 5 guys there already. By now, I was asking myself what the frick I was doing there. I couldn’t believe I was going through with it. Even though I wanted to turn around and head home, I got my gear on and got my gun all set up and just waited. Matt was having problems with one of his grenades (which unfortunately both were broke and he was unable to use them) and Nick was getting his stuff on. One of the guys, also named Matt, introduced himself to us and took us into the field...

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First Airsoft Game Tomorrow

First Airsoft Game Tomorrow

By on Mar 19, 2014 in My Experiences

So tomorrow will be the moment of truth – whether or not I can handle airsoft. The closest thing to airsoft I’ve played is laser tag… And that’s not even close to being the same. Tomorrow I’ll be playing in a CQB (close quarter battle) game. Nick and I are going to be going with Matt and maybe another friend to either Pheonix or Eastside indoor to play our (Nick and my) first game ever. Beforehand, Matt is going to show up with all his gear to let us check it out and decide what we are going to use or if we will need to rent. I am nervous. I am not ashamed to admit it. Nick and I have shot each other so I’m not too anxious about the pain. Although, I am not sure I’m prepared for how close I might get shot. I’d say I’m a bit more anxious because of the fact I’m new to the whole thing and really don’t know what the heck to do. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I don’t enjoy not knowing what to do.   For you other girls out there anxious or uncertain about playing, I’m willing to share my experience, step-by-step, so you can get an idea of what to expect. I know it’s hard to find stuff out there about being a girl and playing airsoft, so I want to be able to give you an unfiltered view of my whole experience and not put on some “tough-girl” act, or tell you to, “Suck it up!” So with that, wish me luck tomorrow and I will for sure fill you in on how the game...

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Discovering Airsoft

Discovering Airsoft

By on Mar 3, 2014 in My Experiences

I had never heard of airsoft before. I had heard of laser tag, paintball but not airsoft. It was just last year when, I was hanging out with friends at camp, that I found out airsoft existed. It was through a friend named Matt, who is the leader of Immortal Airsoft. He painted this awesome picture of being pretend soldiers, having sweet guns and shooting each other – but not dying. He is the commander of his army, and he was telling us about what he would have us do. I said, like every noob to airsoft says, that I wanted to be a sniper. So he told me of how my dream could come true. That I could get a sniper rifle, I’d hide out and snipe people. All of it just sounded like so much fun! But I figured it would never happen because I lived far away and chances of us ever getting together to do it would be one in a million. Fast-forward to today, I was hanging out with my boyfriend, Nick, who was there at camp talking with Matt and I about airsoft, and his parents brought over some pellet guns they just bought. It was super fun shooting them and we considered getting some ourselves. As Nick thought about it more, he realized it would be way more fun to get into airsoft (remembering all the awesome stories that Matt had told) and not only would we get to shoot guns, we would get to shoot them at each other!.. yay? I actually was super excited about the idea. I thought it would be sweet to have a gun that we didn’t have to worry about going to a range to shoot and if Nick ever messed with me I could shoot him. I was a little hesitant about the idea of playing in a game though. I know when I first heard about it, I was super pumped, but that’s because it just never seemed possible. Now that it was all the sudden seeming like it might happen, I suppose you could say I was starting to get cold feet. I was all for the idea of getting them to shoot...

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