Guest post by John Durfee
Quietly crawling down an embankment with your daughter toward a small stream, you quickly fill your canteen with water which you’ll need later for the trek towards the camp for tonight. Carefully you scurry up the opposite embankment, conscious not to make a sound because you know he’s watching for you. He’s been tracking you all day, but your training has paid off as you have covered significant ground without being noticed– but still you are not out of harm’s way yet.
Then you hear it, just barely, the crunching of dry pine needles—could be an animal but your instincts have alerted all your senses and you cock your gun –you have a child to protect. You use the scope to visually assess the area where the sound has emerged from, and sure enough, barely visible but the faint shadow of what is clearly a man roughly 30 yards away behind a large boulder.
You load the chamber and wait ….. Crack! Hit! “Got you!”
“Uggh!”, whines your husband and son whose mission was to capture you and the message you were delivering to the final destination. “We thought we were right behind you!!”
So what’s this all about?
Airsoft is different from air rifles and pellet guns in that they use standardized 6mm plastic bb’s that weigh far less than metal pellets or sabots, and are perfectly safe in a controlled play environment. Even safe enough to take your kids and play with them! There is no set age for kids to play airsoft. It’s the parent’s ultimate choice, based on each child’s maturity level and how well they can adhere to the safety rules)
Airsoft is preferable to paintball for training because the equipment requirements and initial cost are much lower. For airsoft electric guns (AEGs), only bb’s, a battery, and charger are needed. With gas powered airsoft (GBB’s), you’ll need bb’s and green gas (the pressurized gas that runs these guns) Also, its cleaner than having to wash paint off all your clothes after a day of play.
To be honest, airsoft bb’s can sting a bit, but a heavy sweater or light jacket makes it more of a poke than a pinch.
With Airsoft, you’re allowed to familiarized yourself firearms and learn how to use them properly. Airsoft also teaches moms proper weapon usage, maintenance, and safety precautions. Most airsoft guns in the mid-range price look, feel, and function as close to the real steel guns as possible. Some gas airsoft pistols even disassemble the same way as the real thing! The initial cost can be as low as $30, which includes a single shot spring pistol and eye protection (The most important part!)
The most important lessons for survival moms are the mental skills acquired.You have to be constantly aware of your surroundings, you learn to instantly distinguish between friend and foe. You’ll hone your aiming and marksmanship skills on real targets who will react and move. You’ll train yourself how to respond – rather than react – to surprises and potential threats. And if you’re “killed” you can learn from your mistakes, and do better next time.
And when it comes down to actually defending yourself, you’ll be much more prepared than just going to a shooting range.
Where to play:
There are indoor and outdoor fields that have an open entry policy, you pay a fee, play for a few hours, and go home. Many paintball fields are now becoming dual use fields-for both airsoft and paintball- so you might want to call any local places to confirm. Try googling the term airsoft and your state, you’ll find forums where people get together and arrange outings. But if there is not one nearby, backyards and private property work well for some impromptu fun. So get out there with your kids!
Airsplat has a site with a comprehensive full listing of fields across the US.
(P.S. Always check with your local law enforcement about regulations, wear proper eye protection and NEVER try to modify the orange tips on your airsoft gun. Have fun out there, Survival Moms!)