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11th-Sep-2005 09:46 am
ARVN Ranger
"You got one lucky ass", my sister once told me. She may have a point. During yesterday's airsofting at Ambush Chobham, at one point I charged into a building entrance, slipped, fell on my back and mask slipped down, just as someone opened fire. Pellet hit me in top of eye socket. Few more mm lower and things could have been very messy indeed... As it is, all I got away with was a bruised, puffy eyelid.

Also managed to pick up a couple of cuts on my right leg (and rips through my US olive drab ripstops).

Otherwise, it was a fun day. Nick and my other passengers were most entertained by the Vietnam soundtrack CDs I'd put together for the car journey and got onto very geeky discussions about the music and soundtracks i.e. helicopter versus firebase music, concluded that We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place was the ultimate helicopter extraction song etc

Injuries aside, the skirmishing was fun too. Nick and I wore our Vietnam gear. Hell, even let him use the M-16 (fond as I am of the AUG, it just doesn't go with the ARVN Ranger outfit)! The other team (another group there for some other occasion) totally outclassed us - they'd played together before and so were just much better than us at co-ordinating - but everyone still seemed to have lots of fun. A couple also seem keen to try it again. Heh.

It was also enormous fun catching up with people I hadn't seen in a long time, realising how long ago we'd first met at Finchley Games Club and so on. Realised that out of us, I am now the only one who isn't married or as good as. Wow. They were also rather amused by the notion of me trying English Civil War re-enactment and that I'd been introduced to that *and* skirmishing by Kate ("A girl?!?")!

We were all very sweaty though so we headed off around 4pm, after the obligatory team photos, to go home and grab showers before heading down to Leicester Square for drinks and then dinner at Belgo Centraal. Things ended up being remarkably restrained for a stag night but I think this had more to do with the slow service at Belgo's meaning we just couldn't consume very much of Belgo's extensive range of weird Belgian beers!

Oh, and I now have been issued a bright blue tie I am to wear as an usher at the wedding which I now realise is a mere 3 weeks away. Eek.
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11th-Sep-2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
That is a fair point. Have sometimes wondered about that myself. I guess thus far I have been pretty lucky in the sense that I've had lots of very close scrapes but avoided major consequences but not to the extent of having avoided the close scrapes themselves!
11th-Sep-2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
what is airsofting and if I play can I get a M-4?
11th-Sep-2005 04:39 pm (UTC)
Think paintball but with (mostly) electrically powered weapons firing 0.2g 6mm round nylon pellets but with much lower kinetic energy (1 Joule limit for most weapons on UK sites) and designed to look like real-world weapons (so, yeah, M-4 is possible and is in fact one of the most popular airsoft weapons). Compared with paintball, it tends to attract more re-enactment-minded/militaristic people.

See Ambush Adventures for another description and look round the rest of the site for pictures which will give you a good sense of what it's like.
See also Zero One Airsoft or Airsoft Armoury for what sorts of weapons are available.

Another FAQ is at Arnie's Airsoft which is also a good UK-based airsoft portal.
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11th-Sep-2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a bit. As I understand it, one of the provisions of the Violent Crimes Reduction bill would be to ban the importation and sale of replica firearms but not their ownership or the importation and sale of spare parts. The effect would essentially be to kill hobbies like airsofting and re-enactment off slowly over a few years rather than immediately. Whether this is intentional on the part of the government is open to discussion. Worth checking out the Save Airsoft web site.

The legislation does seem rather wide, vague, unnecessary and disproportionate. The main glimmer of hope is that the Home Office has said it would be open to applications for exceptions from the likes of re-enactors and skirmishers. There's also the hope that the government continues to have its hands full managing its rebel MPs and the VCR bill falls between the cracks.

I suspect main thing, from your perspective, is if you really want to have a P-90 for your SG-1 outfit, get one sooner rather than later, just in case... The critical bit is the base P-90 itself. Even if the VCR comes into force with no exceptions, accessories for pimping up the P-90 to SG-1 spec (laser, torch etc) will still be obtainable.
12th-Sep-2005 11:02 am (UTC)
Ouchy. Remindes me of the time I got five rounds from a paintball gun point-blank in the back. All those little pound-coin sized bruises...
Perhaps it's time I got me that Steyr AUG I always wanted before the new airsoft legistlation comes in. Have they announced when any "ban" will come into force?
15th-Sep-2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it. Have since noticed wonderful bloodshot streaks in eyeball! Not aware of any definite date yet but if you really want one, I'd get it sooner rather than later. One complication is that I understand the "military" model - green body with integral 1.5x scope and carrying handle - is out of production. Apparently Tasco couldn't be arsed with making the scopes for Marui any more. However, the "civilian"/SR model - black body with a scope rail - should still be readily available.
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