It’s a hot day, sweat pouring, and you have been patiently waiting………its deathly quiet………
Though your eyes are securely shielded, you can still see the tree leaves swaying and feel the grass mildly swishing about – yet all you can really hear is the wind blowing and your heart beating at your ear drums.
Then suddenly – without any warning – RAT-A-TAT-TAT-TAT!!!
A blast fires! But from where?
All at once there is commotion, the thudded sound of heavy pounding feet approaching your way.
Looking upward, the sky suddenly delivers an immediate splattering of enemy fire which pours down hard on the leaves, debris, and ground before you.
Within this heart-pounding and adrenaline filled excitement, you hear your comrade yelling, “Run! We’re under attack! We’ve been ambushed!”
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? And this excitement is exactly what playing Airsoft is all about! The thrill of the hunt and the heart pounding ‘fear’ that comes from being hunted.
Airsoft is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic 6mm BBs/Pellets launched via replica firearms called Airsoft guns. Since Airsoft BBs do not mark their target, airsoft relies on an honor system in which it is the duty of the person who has been hit to call themselves “HIT” regardless of whether anyone saw it happen. It’s played in indoor and outdoor arenas. Combat situations on the battlefield may involve the use of military tactics and role playing to achieve objectives set in each game. It is common for participants to emulate the tactical equipment and accessories used by modern military and police organizations.
Airsoft guns originated in Japan during the 1970’s – 1980’s. Guns were illegal in Japan at the time. However, it was and is perfectly legal to own a replica handgun.
This led to the development of a BB gun that fired plastic pellets. The popularity of these guns grew substantially in Japan as they were primarily used for target practice. The popularity was soon exported to the rest of the world, reaching the West in the 1990s.
What type of people play Airsoft games? The simple answer – people of all walks of life. They range from the very young to seniors. Many fathers and sons team up to enjoy the sport. There are those that have interests in military history where others are engrossed in police tactics.
More men than women play the game although there are many female enthusiasts. In general, those that like to play Airsoft games are individuals looking for an active hobby that involves strategic thinking.
The most interesting aspect of the game is that it can sometimes involve role playing. The game could either recreate classical scenarios from the past or it can even duplicate a scene in a motion picture.
The battlefield can be any urban or rural environment that you select. It can be indoors, outdoors or both. And, for those that love to be totally creative, many props can be added to the scene.
If Airsoft sounds like fun, visit GSF Airsoft in Piney Flats, TN. They offer a safe, family orientated atmosphere with games every Friday and Saturday, and they have an impressive store stocked with Airsoft guns and equipment. If you’ve never played at GSF before, mention this article and they will give you a free game pass!
Another spot in the Tri-Cities that hosts some airsoft games is The Alternative Sport. Their main business is Paintball, so they don’t have the equipment available like GSF Airsoft does, but they also host airsoft events. Give them a call to see what’s upcoming. They organize private events as well.