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mario1286

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  1. I am not exaggerating in the least bit. In fact, I may even be under-stating my experience, because I may be forgetting other things that happened while we were there. Yes, they were definately firing off the observation balcony down into the field. As I said, I am not sure exactly what they were targeting, but I don't think that really matters.
  2. Don't bother. Their new slogan on their website, "It's like a video game in real life", should end all decision right there. I'm sad to see it go, really I am. It used to be such an awesome place. Other things that really bothered me that I thought of since I posted the first post; The ref talked to ALL of us like we were stupid. He'd constantly tell people to shut up in a harsh tone when giving instructions (don't be confused, these were not safety breifings, they were nothing more than "ok the game is starting" or "five minute break"), and in between rounds would give general statements about how the guests didn't play correctly because of our tactics and some campers. I was both confused and offended at this; I didn't pay thirty bucks to get told to shut up and that we can't play correctly. No more scenario games except for a small timeblock on saturdays for a higher price. This is really upsetting to me, since one of the best parts of tacoma tactical was the staff's willingness to make up scenarios randomly through out the day to mix up the gameplay. One of the desk workers got snooty about filling gas guns in the front room or ready room. He told us we weren't allowed because he didn't like the smell of propane, so we have to do it in the feild our outside. I don't recall this being a rule anywhere on their website or their instructional safety video, and coupled with the attitude the guy flipped at us, it seemed more like a power trip because he didn't want to bother with it. Another employee commented on how me and my teammates were foolish to use propane. He told us (again, condescendingly) that green gas was better and that "well, MY guns won't be drying up". He told us that propane was dangerous and ruins guns. Obviously he didn't know that I've researched the matter extensively, and that his facts were quite false. The refs didn't even know what the current game's condition was half the time. More than once I was shot by a ref because they didn't realize the game was over and I did, so I broke cover and put away my gun. At least one of these times was when I, myself, killed the last bad guy, which irritated me. A new rule that they didn't do before is no green lasers are allowed. Red lasers are. Both cause eye damage. Green lasers a little more possibly, but if safety was really the concern, then why not ban all lasers? The only reason I bring this up is because for one, the only worthwhile laser I have is green and I was planning on using it that day, and two, I remember in the past one of the refs talking about how those kind of lasers freaked him out and he wished no one used them. And the granddaddy of all my disappointments: all of the things I've stated in this thread, never used to be this way.
  3. Back in the old days before they moved location, Tacoma Tactical in WA used to be a friendly, guest oriented place. They used to talk ask for input from guests, change up the rules for more advanced groups, and have a variety of fun and interesting games. Me and my team used to play frequently there. They moved location, during which time my team didn't go. We finally visited for the first time at the new building, and it sadly will be our last. Most important of all, ALL of the employees there were extremely rude. The desk people were incredibly condescending, treating our veteran airsoft team like we were a bunch of ten year olds when we were unclear on their new rules. That's the next gripe; their new rules. No longer do they allow .25g ammo, which was an extreme annoyance because all of my guns are calibrated for .25g, their excuse being "you don't need them for our facilities distances". It became quite clear throughout the day that some of the employees there know little to nothing about airsoft. They also insisted on everyone wearing brightly colored sweat headbands. Not only does this make wearing a headset and full seal goggles together uncomfortable, but it was unsanitary to say the least, with everyone swapping headbands constantly. At the start of the day, there were only four of us present, and I politely asked an official "if we all four agree to not use headbands just for now, would it be ok?" I was answered with "Why don't you just follow the rules?". The ref's explinations of blind firing varied greatly. Some considered firing without seeing what you are aiming at blind firing, and at least one other considered any shooting whatsoever without using your sights blind firing. This means point shooting, firing from the hip, or placing your stock on above your shoulder instead of against it was blind firing. At some point during the end of the day, two refs began playing as civilians, who would open fire if you shot them on accident. They were invunerable. This was fine, except when they decided that the game was taking too long, so they began hunting campers. This was fine too, if they were truely hunting "campers". Instead of hanging out near the starting points like they should have (where the little kids camping were) they roamed all over the place, and ended up killing my small group that had just eliminated three people and was most definately on the move. What's more, the official that shot us was wearing a headband for our team. We hesitated to even run from him because we saw him coming well in advanced, and thought he was a teammate. I was personally shot on accident by a ref that was pretending to shoot me, and it was actually loaded. Instead of an apology, all I received was "Woah, that's weird" because he didn't think it was loaded. Their chronograph is messed up I'm pretty sure, chronoing low by 10-20fps. Not really a big deal I suppose if I'm right, but it does kind of throw their fps limit out the window. I saw a ref from the observing balcony shooting down into the field. I don't know if he was shooting players or just shooting at walls to cause confusion, but either way it seemed strange to me. Me and my team will never go there again unfortunately. It used to be good fun and a friendly environment, and now it seems like for whatever reason the place is nothing more than a rude paintball field, littered with rude staff and tons of young call of duty players that don't call their hits and don't understand surrender or die rules.
  4. Don't compromise on a gun. G&G sportline or whatever they call their version of plastic guns should be a great buy, but just in case the thought crossed your mind, don't consider "hey, I can spend a few less dollars for a plastic (insert china brand here) instead, and get more gear". You get what you pay for in airsoft most of the time. Get a good gun the first time, and you won't have to ever again. Your ideal combat role and environment will help you decide which style of gun. As for gear, if all you have is one gun with one magazine, then the only other thing you need (besides goggles, as said before) is good shoes/boots, and a set of fatigues. If you're only playing indoor, then you don't even really need either of those.
  5. Ideally the answer would be every day I'd think. Realistically, a few times a month should be plenty for an airsoft game. Consider the fact that many players do not practice anything at all between games, and you're already a step ahead of the competition. Physical fitness training is great, but it's worthless if you can't hit your target. I place weapon function and accuracy training on a much higher tier than running laps. Practice shooting targets at the furthest possible distance you can, from various positions. Play with your hopup and ammo selection. See how efficient your magazine changes and other gear functions are. This is how you really get to know your gear's limits and strengths in my opinion.
  6. You CAN use crosman .20g, but only if it's absoloutely necessary. I count on Crosman as our emergency ammo, since it's the only acceptable brand available in town; all others we have to order online. But I strongly suggest getting a bag of good brand .25g for best accuracy and speed.
  7. Thanks for the info paisley. I was basically wondering if there was anything like dedicated AEG sections, custom builds, or other stuff like that. I remember reading in the rules here that custom gun threads aren't welcome. So if I say built my own M203 from a manufactured airsoft 40mm grenade shower shell, would that be against the rules? I'm struggling to see if there is a line between "this could be dangerous" builds and not, or if all custom gun threads are off limits. And thank you for the compliment, but I doubt my knowledge could be considered "vast."
  8. I just organized my own "Operation: Training Day", and let me tell you it was a great success. But there's an important driving force that will dictate it's success or failure; you, the organizer. I'm not saying I'm the end-all expert (be sure to express this to your fellow players often), but I put forth a good effort to read up on real-world tactics, and pay attention to what works and what doesn't in skirmishes, storing the information away in my brain for later. When I introduced the idea to my team, there were grumblings of "who's really going to use the complex stuff we learn?" and "I don't want to train...I just want to play". Keep the training fun and interesting, use games to train, and for god sakes DON'T EVER DO PHYSICAL TRAINING. No one likes pushups, and airsoft is just a game; keep the training mental and emphasis on your brain to win. Offerings of awards like candy and medals are a great incentive for passing trainings. We weren't able to finish all that I had schedualed for Training Day, but the same people who were grumbling before the game day are now very enthusiastic about having another training day. I've also coordinated 5 other twenty four hour ops, and it's a great way to get your team to bond with eachother if you do it right. The idea of a summer competition is a good one, if everyone is interested. Thats what it all comes down to; you can't make someone do something they don't want to. You can try and paint things in a fun light to accomplish a goal, and then everyone's happy, but if some of your teammates are into airsoft just to be cool or pass the time, and don't really care how your team ends up...well, the end result of your efforts should be obvious.
  9. A picture would be good to help. It sounds like it could be a dboys or other chinese exterior with a TM gearbox/motor thrown in, with maybe an aftermarket lower with "ar15" printed on it.
  10. I have another question that I couldn't answer quickly: what are the "Secret forums"? I see that there is only a general section for discussion viewable to me now; is this indeed where I'm supposed to post my vast array of airsoft topics?
  11. Banned for "Improper behavior towards sponsors. Promising reviews will be published on AS-R" I have no idea what promising reviews will be published on AS-R means, but I did call out airsplat more than once on their less-than-satisfactory transactions I was involved with, along with stealing a review I wrote up for an M60 without permission (maybe thats what the last part is about? I didn't promise anything). It was usually only replies to other members threads they had started complaining about airsplat. In any case, I didnt get a warning of any kind (big suprise). The guys are rude over there anyways, and there is hardly, if ever, any new useful posts being made over there. I happen to personally know several manufacturers and "site sponsors" that actually share this sentiment, far before I was banned from posting. Does ASF censor people similarly?
  12. Hello potential new community. I'm hoping to find a new airsoft forum with a good, healthy community based in the US, so here I am! I don't know how often this section is read, but I figured it's as best as any to start off with my first post. I've been playing airsoft for years, and have what I would consider a medium level of experience in all things related. I've hosted six twenty-four hour games and countless informal "all day" skirmishes. I help coordinate a local team in my area, and run a wiki to follow our adventures (dramatized but accurate in description): blackforestairsoft.wikia.com I've been doing video reviews and guides for Evike.com for over a year now, I've done one video for KWA, and just started working with TSD. Before I got banned from Airsoft Retreat (yes, I got banned form posting there, not really upset or embarrassed about it though) I had somewhere around 1200 posts I think. I only bring this up because I'd like to try and be just as active, if not more, at wherever my new airsoft forum is (hopefully here), and for the fact that I realize there is overlap between the various airsoft forums in terms of membership. I live in the USA. I am heavily interested in video production and my own independent films. I make money doing video jobs sometimes, but the majority of my work I do for fun and the passion of the art. My website is downpourproductions.com, my YouTube is mario1286 where I have other stuff not on my website. I want to join an airsoft online community because I often find new and exciting ideas for projects, games, and just overall knowledge from other seasoned and ambitious players. I also enjoy sharing my own creations and experiences with other interested parties (who dosen't like talking about themselves, right?) Hopefully I can estalbish myself here quickly. If anyone wishes to share anything with me, I'm excited to start interacting with this community.
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