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Any airsofters around?

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Yes I know, I'm still alive...

I recently fell for the sport of airsoft. For those not in-the-know, its like paintball only funner! Developed in America as a training tool for police, special forces, and army but never flew, you'd shoot 6mm BBs from replica firearms usually in tactical scenarios or the occasional free-for-all. The idea picked up in Japan where it thrived and became a sport amongst the citizens and it grew in popularity in China, States, many parts of Europe, Australia, and here in Canada. Problem is, because its a replicated weapon, there are a lot of legal issues and they're all different laws governing the sport from country to country. Its come under fire a lot from anti-gun lobbysts and the likes all over the world because a few stupid 16 year old kids somehow gets their hands on 1 and commits a few crimes.

It can get pretty expensive, I've already spent around $1.5k in the past 2 months, stuff is hard to come by here in Canada and expensive as H-E-double hockey sticks and I've yet to actually game.

Anyone else into this sport? Getting into this sport? Share experiences?
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I like it a lot more than paintball. It's a blast, but mostly my friends and I just putz around when we're bored. A few of the cooks at the place I used to work carried them and instead of towel-snapping or throwing fruit, one of us would just whip out the Airsoft and start shooting. It was a blast. Did you know they used to make an Airsoft CHAIN-GUN!? I saw one on E-Bay a year or so back for $2k. I want one...
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I saw a few new ones around from Echo1. They do look like a lot of fun but I really don't have $2k to spend on just 1 gun.

Those things would hurt like effing H E double hockey sticks just to toy around in the kitchen. Remind me not to eat there, I don't wanna find plastic BBs floating in my soup.
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Lol... We mostly did that after service when we were cleaning up. It was fun though... However, that wouldn't be the only reason you wouldn't eat there. I will say no more about that subject...
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Why do you guys like it over paintball? I have a pretty good PB set up the thought of starting over sounds expensive. I also would think it is easier to know if your hit with the paintballs leaving paint?

What is the range on the air soft guns?
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That all depends.

Rifles obviously will get better range over an SMG, assault rifle, or pistol sidearm. It also depends on the internals. There is surprisingly a lot of technical information behind it which is something that draws me in like with my old passion for computers.

Unfortunate for me though, there are no places I can find that hosts paintball in city. Same with big outdoor airsoft games but there is a place literally within walking distance from my house that does a lot of indoor CQB stuff. Paintball, from what I've seen, is basically gun slinging. Run around, shoot till you run out of ammo or co2, hope not to get hit. Large outdoor airsoft games, a little more tactics required but not by a whole lot more. But in CQB, its far more intense, far more tactics involved, and because your using replicated weapons, its very close to the real thing. The dynamics of it all, its a lot more practical because it's roots are traced to military training.

This place encouraged low/real cap mags so no 500+ rounds rifles which forces better use of ammo, no spray & pray. The Mercy rule is out the door for more in-your-face combat that would otherwise be in effect in larger outdoor games. I'm waiting to see what its like, I missed out last week Friday on what I heard was a great game. The scenario was that terrorists took over 1 of our subway cars parked still parked in station and have taken hostages. I would have loved to have gotten in that but I didn't have any working weapons or a full set of gear.

It is very expensive to get into Nicko, I kid you not. Its been just over 2 months and I've pumped out shy of $2k. Mind you because of our crap dollar, a lot of this stuff has become a lot more expensive. But a lot of people have left the sport of paintball for airsoft. But a lot of people have also left because its a time hog and expensive.
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You have to be cautious of the hobbies you choose right? A few years back a co-worker got a bunch of us hooked on RC cars. Not the 40.00 models from Target the high end 1/10 scale models. I have spent a lot of money on that little hobby along with my paintball hobby. Airsoft sounds way too expensive and addictive for me but does sound like fun.
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post #8 of 9
Something else to do in your copious spare time. :D
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Ha! I have not run my RC cars for two summers now I have a new hobby it is called ChefTalk....
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