Vietnam Loadout Guide

After getting some good feedback about Delta7 hosting a Vietnam Event, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a guide of things one might need or want. Sometimes vintage gear can be spendy but I’m here to tell you that it’s out there if you look and you do have to break the bank for a quality impression.
Here are a few examples.
A Viet Cong or VC load out can be as simple as some old black ER scrubs or a black set of BDUs. Head wear can be as simple as a bandana. Don’t have an airsoft gun from the AK family? Then perhaps you can use a Thompson or an MP40.The VC used many types of weapons early in the war. Have a modern bolt action rifle just wrap it in burlap and call your self a VC sniper.
A General infantry or GI load out can be a little more challenging but not impossible. Every one has a crazy uncle somewhere that might have some OD green fatigues or an old steel pot helmet. Old Alice gear with M16 pouches should do the trick and can be found for around $15-$20(Chances are you might like them better than you $60 chest rig for those modern games). If you don’t have a VNM16 use your M4 without all the bells and whistles. It doesn’t have to be perfect just close.
For a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol or LRRP see above just replace the OD green with Tiger Stripes and loose the helmet. EDRL would work to. What’s EDRL you ask? EDRL is Woodlands Camo’s daddy. Prior to 81 it was what the US army was using. Chances are you may have EDRL and you don’t know it.
The North Vietnamese Army or NVA is much like the VC load out. Using tan or khaki colored dickies or BDUs should work. Typical weapon is AK47 with a Chicom chest rig. Head wear can be a pith hat (like a safari helmet) or a boonie hat with ferns, brush or leaves shoved in it.
I hope this helps you choose a team for this years Nam event. Questions comments or concerns?Please visit the forum.

Afghan OPFOR Impression Guide

This is for those of you that will be registering as OPFOR for April’s event. The event has not been posted yet but will soon be released to the public. I say in many of my posts I’m tired of seeing woodland camo. So those of you that plan on signing up as the OPFOR in April here is a guide on how to put together your impression. The first thing I noticed with the Afghan rebel look is that there is more white then I care to wear in combat, but I also notice lots of earth colors too. It seems that all have some type of head wrap. If you have a shamag that would probably due. If you can cover your face that would be awesome, but crazy facial hair is a plus. Please do not use spirit gum and pubes.
Looks like AKs and commie weapons are a bonus but not required. Bolt-action sniper rifles wrapped would be good substitute. I just want throw it out there so you have great impression. Event will be posted soon.

World War 2 Airsofting

ww2

If you are like me you might want to dabble in the mysterious world of World War 2 airsoft. But where do we begin? Do we start by looking at two or three companies that make overpriced guns? Or do we start to shop for a uniform that cost just as much if not more than our modern assault rifles. Well this all depends on how far you want to go. I myself am not involved in World War 2 airsoft but I constantly find myself looking at the expensive gear wonder why not. So in this post I’m going try to help eliminate some of your online foot work.

For starters with a little bit of online research you can find some Washington State WW2 airsofters if you are in fact look for a group to play with. Getting involved with a team or group helps you nail what impression you want to go with whether it be Allied or Axis. (Disclaimer: Delta Seven is a Modern Team)
Second, what type of gun should you buy and what is a good price? The first thing I can tell you about this is that we live in the North West and the North West hates gas powered guns. Also as far as I know there are no M1 Garands or Carbine on the market that are electric. The 98ks are not sound for combat as well. So once again it’s all about how determined you are. M14s can be converted to look like and M1 but it will take some technical know how. Or you could find someone online who builds these guns and throw some money their way.
Let’s not forget the most important part of your impression the uniform. If you Google search WW2 uniforms or gear you be sorely discouraged in a short amount of time. I did however find a solution to the uniform blues. Settle for less. If you limit yourself to let’s say German m43 field tunic you are looking at shelling out quite a few clams. Now I did happen to find some Norwegian and Swiss Tunics for a fraction the price. With a little detail work and some help from your Grandma or your Aunt Tilly you can create a very nice impression for under $100. Same goes for Allied impressions. Let’s say you are looking for a 101 airborne impression. Take some matching colored BDUs and sew some leather on the knees and elbows.

In conclusion I hope I haven’t shot down any ones dream about World War 2 airsoft. I hope that I have helped you in that quest to create that prefect impression. If you have question, comments, or suggestions please comment below or hit up http://deltasevenairsoft.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=7

Airsoft Operations: Close Quarters Battle

Part I: Equipment

Close Quarters Battle, or Close Quarters Combat as it is sometimes referred, is a very specialized combat environment, full of a special set of dangers and requirements.

Any field shooter that has suddenly found himself inside the confines of a building can tell you that the rules of the game change drastically. Reaction times have to be faster, movements more deliberate and careful, and the likelihood of being hit in an engagement multiplies tenfold.

Because this is such a different environment, commanders should develop plans and loadouts to accommodate an operation which will include even a small amount of indoor combat.

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Recommended Reading

They say that the US Army has a manual for everything. Though that is usually a derrogatory statement, for the most part it is quite true (yes, even the rumor that the Army has a manual for the proper approved method of having sex with your spouse).

However, the Army does put out some of the best manuals in the world, and inspired many others.

What follows is a short list of very excellent and important books based on US Army field manuals that outline the basic and intermediate tactics of a field soldier. Some of these books are written with the civillian reader in mind, and some are direct from the DoD, and may contain lingo and concepts that may be a little harder to grasp for the inexperienced operator.

Light Infantry

Light Infantry Tactics for Small Teams: I found this book recently at the Kitsap Regional Library, and picked it up. It is an excellently written manual of basic infantry tactics, leadership procedures, and battle drills. Written by vets for a civillian reader, it is very easy to read, and explains concepts as they are introduced, and provides plenty of graphics for ease of understanding (something that DoD publications frequently fall short on). This book starts small and progresses along a logical path to more complicated drills for teams numbering from 2-40.  Most of the tactics are straight out of US Army infantry training, and a definite US bias is detectable in the recommended makeup of squads and teams, leadership concepts, and radio lingo. Additionaly, the book also covers the basics of radio communications and land navigation/map reading.  The leadership section covers the basics of troop leading procedures, warning and operations order writing, pre combat inspections, and contingency plans, presented in concise and step by step formats that are much easier to grasp than those in the Ranger Handbook (see below).

Overall, I highly recommend this book for any civillian airsofter that wants to get a better grasp of teamwork and military tactics, as well as leaders of military simulation units that need a quick and effective way to learn the basics of planning and organization.

 

 

Leaders Field Guide Combat Leaders’ Field Guide: A nearly direct translation from DoD literature, this book condenses material from several publications into a small digest that most any unit leader can find useful. Though the format can be somewhat hard to navigate, and I feel the book is organized in an illogical manner, it does contain a wealth of information worth digging for. Most of the material covered is the same as I got in US Army Primary Leadership Development Course (the first rung of Army NCO schools), and is effectively everything a basic infantry Sergeant needs to know about field leadership (the parts about soldier development and career counseling would bore an accountant to suicide).

The language and concepts are somewhat more proprietary, and might require some translation for an unindoctrinated civillian. The book assumes you already know many basic Army acronyms, and grasp general concepts of leadership and tactics.

 

 

 

 

 

Ranger Handbook

 US Army Ranger Handbook: This here is the real deal, the exact same as the manual we all had to carry through Ranger School, and always had on our person in Ranger Battallion. This manual is referenced nearly as often as Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, or Sun Tzu’s Art of War. And for good reason too. This is one of the most densely packed sources of information in the basics of leadership and field operations ever produced. Within its pages you will find everything from how to build a field expedient booby trap with your MRE spoon, to a complete step by step guide to writing an operations order for an entire division strike force.

Additional useful nuggets include: How to handle enemy prisoners of war, how to behave and survive capture by the enemy yourself, how to treat a variety of common battlefield injuries (and how to properly move them to a medevac unit so that the medics know what is wrong with them, where they came from, and what treatments have already been administered), how to employ claymores and other battlefield demolitions including booby traps, how to conduct an ambush and raid, how to assume command when a leader is taken out of the fight, and how to read a map and orient yourself to the terrain.

Please note that this is a full military manual, and is issued to experienced soldiers attending the US Army’s premier field leadership course. It is assumed that the reader is fully indoctrinated in military lingo and concepts, and does not lead you progressively or even logically along a learing path. Think of it like a church hymnal. The pastor tells you which page to turn to, and that the lesson of the day regardless of what comes before or after it in the book. Therefore, it is recommended that unless you are a properly indoctrinated individual that you pick up the previously noted manuals and get a good solid grasp on the basics before you crack this book. Don’t bother trying to read it cover to cover, but read each and every section thoroughly and commit as much as possible to memory. And, the most important thing you can learn from this manual is the Ranger Creed, a guideline for the duties and expectations of every Ranger, which has become the basis for the Army’s current Army Values campaign.

 

SF Handbook

 US Army Special Forces Handbook (AKA the Little Black Book): Like the soldiers this manual is designed to educate, this manual is the best of the best, and the dirtiest of the dirty. In terms of unconventional warfare, special forces organization and tactical know how, this is the top of the heap. However, don’t expect any copy you can pick up off Amazon or Barnes and Noble to be complete or up to date. Even non-SF members of SOCOM can’t get their hands on the complete current version, and this manual is constantly updated and changed to match the fast pace of SF evolution. However, even an abridged and outdated copy has more useful information than most people can comprehend or commit to memory. Because so many variations are in circulation, I can’t even write an effective synopsis of what you will find inside. But, know that the information you do find will be well worth the cover price, bribe, or risk in obtaining it.

On the other hand, unless you really know your stuff, half this manual will go right over your head. This is definitely the advanced version, and will require quite a bit of studying to work your way up to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you have the motivation to go out and get yourself some good reaidng material now, just be careful to avoid the 99% hinky bullshit put out by people like Richard Marcinko, Steven Lonnsdale, and pretty much anything from Paladin Press. Most of these won’t teach you jack, and are just published to boost the egos and pocketbooks of the authors. If you have any doubts as to the validity of the material in a book you have, talk to someone in the know, and get the straight skinny.

My scope of reading material is necessarily limited to the military and more specifically US Army, I encourage others who are more experienced in the doctrines of other branches of the military, law enforcement, federal agencies, and private sector to contribute their selected reading lists as well. After all, we deserve the best of each and every member’s experience to improve our abilities to work and think like a team.

Boots on the Ground

Most people would say their airsoft rifle is the most important item they bring to the field.  Reaching back to the dawn of battle I will say this is wrong. Your ability to move, and stay in the game, depends on your feet.  Your feet depend on your boots, and so your most important item you bring to every game is your boots.   Notice I didn’t say shoes, you need boots.   Get a good sturdy set of boots that won’t let you roll your ankle the first time you jump in a hole.   The brand isn’t important; the price isn’t either, but make them something that will protect your ankles and feet.  By investing in a good pair of boots,  you can make the rifle work for you, and contribute to your team’s success.   A player who moves better than his enemy can out manouver somone with a better gun, and get in close for the kill.  You will always find someone with a better gun, that is just part of the game.  Learn to out manouver your enemy.  Do not rely on your gun to win the fight, your mind is the most powerful weapon you have.  Your boots will get you there.

See you on the field,
L. Brown

 

 

Airsoft Specialties – Close Quarters Combat

In a series of posts, I will go over the different specialties that you can practice in. The first I will go over is Close Quarters Combat(CQC or CQB). CQC occurs whenever you are in close. This can happen outdoors, but generally when inside a building or structure. The key difference from normal combat to CQC is the ranges that you are shooting at. In CQC range is not a problem. There shouldn’t be any shots farther than 50 feet away, which means that almost all airsoft guns will be shooting about the same at that distance. The biggest advantage you can add to your gun in CQC is rate of fire. This can be accomplished by using a larger voltage battery, or by using a multishot shotgun.

The shorter your weapon the better as well. Normally the biggest gun you would want to use is an MP5 or stubby M4. Pistols work great as well.

Camo is not as important in CQC either. Dark clothes help if there are shadows or the lights are low. Other than that, not much is needed as far as camo.

Protective clothing/gear is important as you will be engaging at shorter distances. There will be more chance of close range injuries. Full face protection is advised along with a helmet. Full length clothes helps greatly and a tact vest/plate carrier can help protect your upper body.

Tactics change in CQC. There will not be much chance to flank in CQC, so you will need to work on moving together as a team. If you breach a room, don’t stop mid rush. You will create a bottleneck and everyone on your team will probably die. Stacking before door entry and working on hand signals helps a lot. Also, try not to lean against walls, this creates noise and can give your location away.

If I missed an important Close Quarters Combat item, let me know. If your team has specific tactics that work for you, post them in the comments.

Choosing an Airsoft Gun

M249 Para

M249 Para

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.

So you want to be an airsoft sniper

What now?

First, don’t play with a bolt action airsoft rifle your first time out.  You’ll feel undergunned when everyone else is using an AEG.  Try airsoft out a few times before you rush out to buy that BAR.  While using an AEG try it in semi auto and get a feel for giving your shots some delay.  Does this appeal to you?

Second, go out and buy that BAR.  I would suggest a Mk96 or BAR-10 as good starting guns.  Both are fairly easily upgraded and fire pretty well stock.

Third, forget most of the stuff you think you know about real steal sniping, most of it doesn’t apply to airsoft.  You won’t be making 300 foot kills every pull of the trigger.  You are shooting a round ball through a smooth barrel.  The physics are working against it flying straight each time.

What you do get by using a bolt action gun are three things: quietness, more power generally(most fields let you use higher fps on bolt action guns), and patience to place a better shot because you’re not going to get another for a second or two.

Next, learn some field craft(sneaking, stalking, ambushing).  There is too much in that statement to go over here, so I’ll just give you a wikipedia link. Ghillie suits are a part of this.  While not needed, they really do help, especially in the close ranges that you must fire at in airsoft.

Airsoft sniping is generally a slow game that requires lots of patience to get the one good kill.  You won’t be taking out a whole team most days.  Sometimes you might not even shoot.  The primary roll of a sniper is to recon.  Your radio is your best weapon.  Calling in enemy activity instead of killing the enemy is usually a better bet.

Don’t forget, there is a difference between sniping and being a squad designated marksman(DMR).  A sniper generally works alone or with one other person call a spotter.  A DMR will work within a squad with a bolt action or semi auto gun to take precision shots at enemy positions.

In conclusion, being a sniper in airsoft is very rewarding when you do accomplish your goals, but a lot of the time you will be slowly moving not taking any shots all day.  Don’t go in expecting something that it is not.

On a side note, sniper rifles are great items to upgrade, but they get expensive quickly.  The average cost of most upgraded sniper rifles is in the $500 to $600 range.  So don’t expect that a $130 gun is the end to your money spending while being a sniper.

Your Best Impression

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.

Middle Eastern Garb

Middle Eastern Garb

Palestinian Impression

Palestinian Impression

Russian Border Guard

Russian Border Guard