Solo (Dallas)'s Airsoft Corner

To me Airsoft is more of a cinematographical thing than anything else. Among other reasons, I like it because I can be someone else for a few hours every two weeks.  

 

 This one above is me in original ACU (oh yeah, fucking poser :P ).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The models  from left to right are, an M16A3, M16A2 (burst) and an M4A1. All of the three are Mil/LE grade, meaning these were produced for professional use. It seems in fact that Systema is succeeding in promoting these to the professional market. Security Agencies and maybe US Military will be using these for "Force on Force" training. 

 

Here's a link to  a training agency which is using PTWs for Force on Force training:

Khyber

 



Me again, in DCU uniform. All of what I am wearing is original issue US Military.

 

 

 

Woodland outfit, taken at a game. I'm only after one single specific look, and that is the typical US contemporary 82nd Airborne grunt.

 

"Mil Walk" (click on it)

 

TEAM SHOT  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Some see Airsoft as a sport. Others as a hobby. Some others as real life training. And some see us doing Airsoft as war junkies. Now, you can see it as you want, live it as you would. Just do not point your finger at me please, point it to yourself. Me, I am not necessarily a "pro war" type of guy. I fight a lot in roman traffic though. Does that count?

I just want to be someone else for a few hours every once in a while. Oh, and I like guns 'n' gear (smiles)"

 


 Welcome to this page of mine. This thing is only experimental for now. Testing this google personal page thing... in between a blog and a display window of my thoughts and personal items pertaining to the airsoft world. Feel free to look around, it's free...

(latest update, march 2006)

I have a few Airsoft rifle replicas, original/replica gear and other goodies at the moment. Here's a few details about them.

 

These below are the ones I use the most and they are all from one particular brand, Systema. And these models have been named "Professional Training Weapon" rifles. That is,  these are 1:1 replicas true to the originals for most aspects (some say you won't know the difference until you pull the trigger) and they have been specifically developed to replace (or just sit next to) other training systems currently used in the military and other paramilitary / LE activities. 

I think I have been one of the first worldwide fans since these came out, back in 2004.

 You can click on the image to see it fully displayed

 

I just LOVE these rifles. They really feel as real as it can get for a non real firearm. Weight, balance, sturdiness, ... Plus you can load them up with accessories, the real ones, just like I did in the image above (and more, below). The ones soldiers around the world use, too. Sure it's expensive, but if you want to get close to the real world in terms of how this items look and feel, this one seems to be the best option.  


Another make believe image taken for fun last year. I'm the second from right



This green-ish, night-shot video camera image is a frame from a video that was taken while doing some CQB training with my team

 

 

Below, a composite shot of me in action during another training session day (CQC tactics).


CQC is really tough (actually, the whole Airsoft thing is hard for me. You need to be phisically fit and mentally concentrated at all times if you want to get results. And the famous teamwork is harder than you might think. It's actually more difficult than playing for yourself but it's also the only way to go to really have fun with your friends and generally with the people you have around). There is a lot of knowledge involved. It isn't simply shooting around. The threedimensional aspect of CQC forces you to very specific tactics or you won't last for long. That applies to real life specifically, but Airsoft should be no stranger to this.

Here's what a couple of active soldiers told us once:


" Hi Solo. A few tactical tips on your roomclearing. Of course I am soldier and not airsoftplayer, so I tell you your big mistakes, because roomclearing is a very difficult topic and the rules change from time to time.

- Don't stay so close to walls. Bullets which hit the wall bounce of with an angle from 5-15degrees. So they follow nearly the line of the wall until they hit again something. So don't stay directly at the wall.

- The first thing that goes around the corner is your gun and your head, nothing else. So look that you lean into doors and windows only with your head and weapon (lean right and left). With some practice that works great. Keep your ellbows to your body and don't stretch them around.

- Don't clean a room alone. A team of two men is better. Each one goes a few meters left/right in the room and clear the room from his side to the middle.

- Stay close. the teams working together should stay very close (not like in open range) and keep alwys contact together. Either with tabs on the shoulder, holding your back etc. You should "feel" what your teammate is doing. You stay to widespread in your team.

- You have no backup, your first men get caught, nobody helps them. Work in teams of two for one room. During the time your first two guys enter the corrido, other two guys should cover them.

- Keep your fingers long (off the trigger) until you want to fire. Yo when you get shocked you don't fire accidentaly.

- Don't point guns at other teammembers while they passing. In the vid you point guns at teammembers when they pass. Lower your gun and don't aim at them.

Roomclearing needs months of intense training to master it. But what I see looks not bad for airsofters."
 

 

Some random images of my team posing after a game (Yeah, NOT ingame shots, sorry.

There is something more I'd like to add. Some may wonder why I keep showing fake action images of these moments. Been wondering about that myself, analyzing it. I know why. I like action movies. That's it. I like the idealization of action, in its purest sense. No I don't like war. I just idealize the best - if any - motives there are in combined/organized human action. I see it as a utopic, kind of Knight's thing. That is it, as simple as that. Naive? Yes, in more than one sense, it definitely is. That's me :)   ). 

 

 

And the second one added: 

"Just a few points from another soldier to build on what has been already said:

 
1) I know Icarus mentioned it but crossing eachothers arcs is a big no-no. It's the one thing that will get you killed other than the enemy. There is no point in having your weapon up all the time if there is someone in front of you. It should be upon you to find yourself a better position that covers another arc. For one thing it is safer, for another you can maximise your potential firepower by covering another area.

2) WATCH THE OPENINGS!!!! Even if the area outside is thought to be secure, it is not always 100% so. Be careful near windows, don't stand near them or infront of them. In fact, don't stand at all! Also, the first guy that got up near the camera checked the room to his left, but was blatently in view of anyone in the room to his right. 360 degree, 3D awareness is necessary. Left, right, up, down, forwards and backwards. The enemy can be anywhere in CQB. I assume he planned to clear the left side and trusted his mate would clear the right. That is the reason we don't clear buildings like that!

3)Aggression: You need to be brutal and swift. Two men into a room at a time, with the remainder in a safe postion nearby in all round defence. The commander should be up near the first room but not actually assaulting it. In an 8 man team the order should be: 2 man group, link man and i/c group, then two 2-men groups. The first pair go in and one searches right and the other left. When the room is clear, they shout back "room clear" followed by the particulars of the room, such as "Door left, door front, two enemy dead". This allows the i/c to decide what to do next. In the video, I assume the rooms had no other doors in. In which case, the commander would have communicated for the next pair to move into the next room. the first pair would then rejoin the group.

You can vary the way it works to suit your own needs, but the principles of aggression combined with a logical approach and constant awareness should be applied.

4) Some comments on personal skills: I noticed a few guys off-balance when looking around corners. Try to maintain a 'boxer's stance' in a neutral position and try to move without crossing your legs. So if you have to side-step left, step left first then catch up with the right and so on. also, if you turn to aim/shoot/look with your weapon up, turn your whole body, don't twist because you are stressing your muscles. instead, pivot on one foot and always step through forwards. so if you are right handed and your left foot is forward in the 'boxer's stance' and you want to turn left 90 degrees, don't lift your left foot and step backwards (which can seem natural to do) instead, lift your right foot and bring it forwards and round.

Practice these 'static turns' with rifles and pistols as a group. Set up some targets about 10 metres away and get the lads to stand left side on, right side on and facing away then give the command to engage. You should turn, double tap the target and hit him fairly accurately even with AEGs. This is useful for your general reaction to enemy, not just in FIBUA/MOUT.

5) And finally: You don't need to run with your weapon up all the time. Keep it safe and only bring it up when you are entering a room. You'll soon get knackered doing it all the time. Also, if you are moving up stairs go up sideways. It will help keep you from catching your toes on the steps. and if you can do it running, sideways and without crossing your legs you are doing well!

Hope that helps.

EDIT:

What's the score with the lads swapping their weapons over in their hands? There is no real need to do this, keep it in your dominant hand and train with it like that. Also, don't run with your weapon up. You're more likely to trip over something by doing that. It only takes a second to bring your weapon up and engage a target with practice"

 

More randoms shots. My buddy Rebel and me.

  

 

 

 

 

 



You can find US Systema's site here 

 

Also, a Systema PTW coOwner, Zilch, from Sweden, has set up a temporary (work in progress) Forum for all us owners or soon to be. Or just for folks interested in giving a closer look to these fantastic Airsoft Replicas, here:

 Systema Forums 

 

Come visit my airsoft team's site if you have more time to waste:

82nd Airsoft 

 

This is what there is on my receiver's left side in place of the usual Systema logo. Since my PTWs are Mil/LE editions, they carry different markings. Systema's CEO - Kumi Yoshida - also homaged me with a pleasant surprise on my rifles. My name.

 

I sure do like real steel accessories i.e., the same accessories that  US soldiers use out there (I'm exclusively into US gear at the moment, except for WWII stuff). For most of these accessories, there is no real use in Airsoft. This is one of them: an authentic, used An/Peq2A (a military IR device). Left side view:

and top view. 

 

 

 


 Real Trijicon Acogs are somehow very attractive to me. Partly for it's gear we see a lot these days, partly for they really have an incredible look. Here a couple of them in my collection (I am maybe more of a collector than a pure Airsofter actually...):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RAS is also the real steel's version. It's a KAC (Knight's Armaments) M4 RAS, original. Same as the ones mounted on many civilian M4s and most militay M4A1s. I also liked a specific flashlight, often seen on some 82nd soldiers, a surefire M951XM07.

Grip is a Tangodown, now well known and seen around.

 

 

 

 

 

I removed my foam pads from the the Systema Crane. Looks much better IMHO. 

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