Alright boys and girls it’s time for another addition of Spec Ops in Hollywood.
Choosing an airsoft rifle may seem to be a simple task, right? That may not always be the case. First thing to consider when buying a gun is what type of game play will you be involved in and what type of unit/nationality you and your friends are creating. Next you will want to look at quality and price for this is important when on a budget.
The M-4 carbine is perhaps one of the most popular guns sold by retailers. The M-4 can be taken apart quite easily which make cleaning and maintenance fairly simple. It also comes in many varieties and retailers seem to have endless supplies of after market products. So these guns can be tricked out to the players liking. An added perk with owning a M-4 is that finding quality after market magazines is not a chore. Be warned, some magazines may not fit as well as other so it is something to keep in mind when shopping around. The M-4 is a great weapon if you are looking to portray any US or NATO units.
The second gun that I have seen in the field quite a bit is the MP5. This AEG is modeled after a 9mm submachine gun. Depending on which brand you go with the MP5s can be a very affordable airsoft gun. The breakdown of the MP5 is a little more complicated when it comes to basic maintenance, but not so much that it should be avoided all together. This is a CQB gun. You will look silly when you show up to a game as a rifleman as far as impressions go. This is a great gun if you are looking to model your unit as Special Forces unit or even a SWAT unit.
If OPFOR is your baby then commie weapons are what you’ll be looking for. The AK-47 is the most recognizable assault rifle in the world. Now in the airsoft world you don’t see many of these in the field. Why you ask? They are not a dime a dozen like there M-4 counterparts and the cost of the AK-47 is slightly higher. Keep in mind that this airsoft gun is a little bit tricky to take apart for maintenance too. So I recommend AK-47s for more seasoned players. With that being said it would be wonderful to see more of theses assault rifles in the hands of OPFOR players. The AK is great for OPFOR/terrorist unit and any old or new commie force.
Now for all you Animal Mother types out there, you know who you are. You’re looking to lay down some cover fire. Then you fit the profile of a SAW/Squad Automatic Weapon. Currently A&K and Echo 1 are selling the most affordable M249 on the market today. On the SAW, breakdown is fairly simple and rate of fire is insane. The down side to humping a SAW is the weight along with box mag malfunctions. But if you can get around that M249s are welcome additions to any fire team. The M249 is a US and NATO weapon.
If your like me, you grow tired of showing up to the field of battle looking like every one else. You know the feeling, every one in woodland camo with boonie hats on, M4s in hand. Both teams look the same, friendly fire is a constant reminder of that. So with a little effort and some creative thoughts you can change all that. That’s right I’m talking about Impressions. An Impression is when an airsofter comes up with uniform or costume that is trying to replicate. It could be one from real life or perhaps a movie. Here’s an example, you’re watching a movie or surfing the web and you see Russian Border Guard with is long coat and fury hat. You think that’s different. I want to play airsoft looking like that. Chances are that you will not look the same as everyone else now. Impressions are great but there is always a ying to a yang. How much will you spend on making your Impression better and will others in your group try to match you to make your Opposition Force look complete. Here is another thing to keep in mind the further you get into your hobby. Do I have the proper weapon to match my Impression? Fear not, Impressions don’t always haft to be spendy. It could be the combination of different pants, t-shirt, and a shamagh. So with these words next time you go out to play, think like a teenage girl. Will I be wearing what the other teams wearing.
Here are some cheap and easy examples below.
In the name of fun I put together a little group of photo I collected. As a multi branch Spec Ops unit we all have been inspired by Hollywood at some point. So here is my little segment I call Spec Ops and Hollywood.
In the quest to improve airsoft in the Port Angeles area I have begun to research ideas for field props. Things that turn a boring old wooded area into an enemy compound with objectives that need to be met. Finding ideas however is not always that easy. So I have made a small photo compilation of other fields to see what they are doing to make airsoft better for all you MILSIM enthusiast. If you have any ideas that would help better our sport let us know.
We have a new field located in the Joyce area. This is a private field, which means that in the future we will start hosting events there. Signing of waivers will be required prior to play. The field itself is about 20 acres that consists of roads, woodland, and some open fields. We are going to start work on this field in the next month, which involves clean up and construction of bunkers, trenches, fox holes, ect. Will be posting pictures and updates soon.