A Few Words From Sam
Before I really got into airsoft, I experimented with other types of Milsim (wargaming). One of my favorites was WW2 reenacting. Basically we ran around the woods shooting blanks at each other. I partook in both American and German Infantry units. I loved the sheer realism of it, all the gear, the correct uniforms, getting a feel for what it was really like for the people who were really there. Its actually a HUGE hobby, and the last Battle of the Bulge reenactment in Pennsylvania, got almost 3000 attendees!!!!
A Message to Re-Enactors
OK so you probably know very little about airsoft, so Ill make this as brief as possible. These Japanese guns shoot large plastic bbs about 100 to 175 feet. Even at point blank, they will NOT break the skin, they are safer than paintballs! In most cases they are near perfect replicas of real guns. They are powered in many different ways: gas, electric, pump, and compressed air, etc. Some guns are easy to get, some are Very rare. Full auto, semi auto, bolt action, its all available. And more ww2 guns are coming out all the time!
So the bbs won't ruin uniforms, unlike like paintball, which would make that WW2 kit of yours a rainbow colored mass, ready for the trash after one game! Both paintball and airsoft are games that require you to score a hit on your target. This is why the two hobbies are easy to compare to each other. But paintballs are heavy, so they don't have much range, they are also fragile capsules of paint that seen to blow up inside your gun more than they do outside the gun! Most importantly to the reenactor, the guns used in paintball could never be made to look anything like a ww2 gun. Anyway this isn't about paintball.
You don't need to wear face masks, shooting glasses do fine. Are you sick of people not taking hits? Well, now you can really pepper them into the realization that they are hit!!!! I don't think airsoft could ever replace reenacting, But I think it will really be popular with those of us into Tactical combat, not the civil war style clashes at the Gap, but the "HOLY #$%#$ GET DOWN! SOMETHING JUST WHIZZED BY MY HEAD!!" Type of military simulation that really gets blood pumping! Keep reading.
WW2 reenacting is pretty damn realistic. But what happens when you don't notice someone shooting at you, well you don't die because your not going to call yourself out for no reason. Its not that your a cheater, its just that you just don't know someone 30 feet from you has just blown a whole magazine off at you. This is the biggest flaw in reenacting, It's still a lot of fun, but the tactical bit takes a turn for the stupid. When a company sized unit can't get by a couple stragglers who just have no clue how much fire is being directed at them, its really frustrating. (I've seen this happen many many times). I've reenacted for 8 years now, the hobby is great, I'm not out to bust it, I just want everyone who has an interest in a more tactically involved version of their hobby, to know about airsoft!
WW2 era airsoft guns were an exotic corner of the airsoft hobby for some time, but now thanks to recent blockbuster films and hype, Mainstream airsoft companies are making WW2 guns at affordable prices.
If your a reenactor, you've already put together a painfully$$$ expensive kit, well now you can double your fun, go spend $350 bux on an airsoft gun, the magazines will fit in your pouches, Your sling will fit the airsoft gun, the airsoft pistol will fit your holster, buy a $5 pair of shooting glasses, ITS that easy!!!!. I've worn my WW2 kit playing airsoft many times now, its fun!! The toys are here, we just need players!!! Try it!!!!! Check out this page and get an idea of what is available. This is the first step into an awesome new branch to an already awesome hobby! SEE YOU IN THE FIELD!!!
A Message to Airsofters
OK, some of you have never heard, or know very little about historical reenacting, well go check out www.reenactor.net if you need to, its a really cool hobby that's been around for a long time. In WW2 reenacting, The combatants, use REAL guns, and shoot blanks at each other. This can sound and look pretty damn realistic. But what happens when you don't notice someone shooting at you, well you don't die because your not going to call yourself hit. This is the biggest flaw in reenacting, It's still a lot of fun, but the tactical bit takes a turn for the stupid, when a company sized unit cant get by a couple stragglers who just have no clue how much fire is being directed at them. This is why airsoft could be the perfect tactical solution!
Some of you might think, Reenacting is silly, why wear all that gear?, It's so heavy.... These people need to figure out what attracted them to airsoft in the first place, why are they spending money on ultra realistic airsoft guns, and then just playing and dressing like a paintball player? Realism is our edge on all other military combat simulations in the world!! I like realism, When I have a marui Thompson, I want to look just Like Capt. Miller from Saving Private Ryan!!!! Admittedly a reenactment kit can cost a ton of money. But there are ways to save$$$ I've become really good at putting together complete uniforms with all the correct gear for cheap, if your thinking of getting into it, email me. Or locate a local unit that is participating in WW2 airsoft gaming. If your not thinking of getting into it, well wait till you see us in the field!!! Then you will want to do it!
Keith (CIFOR) and Jim (WW2AA), The "New" and "Old" Airsoft