Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Safe Gun Handlers are Safe Gun Winners

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So I thought for today's installment of my Health and Safety Series exclusively for Airsoft Champions, I figured I'd better cover a topic that should have been covered a long time ago here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.

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Today's post on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog is centered around the "Bang Bang" rule. This has different names at different fields. Other known associates include, but are not limited to,"Safety Kill" or just saying "Surrender."

I like saying, or rather, yelling "Bang Bang" instead of "surrender" because I don't like giving my enemies a choice. They are dead and all I'm doing is giving them the courtesy of NOT installing a new and painful welt (or worse) on their skin.

Now, one might ask, why the hell would you perform a safety kill like that on someone when you could just shoot them?

Well, when it comes to the MilSim-quality guns out there which operate over and above 350 FPS with a .20g BB...

THERE IS SUCH A THING AS BEING TOO CLOSE TO ENGAGE A HUMAN TARGET.


The safety kill concept is especially useful at Airsoft CQB & MOUT fields where there are structures and areas which lend themselves to close quarter engagements. It's not as necessary with large, outdoor fields like my old hometown field, Hill559, which is one square-mile of raw private land. However, it can still be used in that environment, just not as often.

Anyway, back to being too close. Enter what is known as the "Minimum Engagement Distance" by many. The rules vary from field to field, but generally speaking, there is a minimum distance at which you can shoot at another player. If you get within that distance, lets say 10-25 feet which is fairly typical, you must either transition from your rifle to a field legal pistol or simply yell, "Bang Bang" to get the safety kill.


I know there are a lot of "tough guys" out there who like to play "prison rules," but the reality is that most of us are just out to have a good time. Some fields don't enforce this at all, while others try hard to crack down on dangerous situations like that.

The other thing you can do, if you're really concerned about this is to simply wear full face protection, unlike this guy:


This photo was taken at Lion Claws X: Evolution Real World or whatever it was called. My good friend and Airsoft action photographer, Dave Bakholdin happened to be in the right spot at the right time to snap a shot of this gentleman, who was engaged by someone else with a hot rifle from within the minimum engagement distance. I'm not knocking him for not wearing full face protection. I certainly don't like wearing the lower mask with my goggles, but technically, this could have been prevented by either wearing the full mask and/or the other idiot properly exercising a proper safety kill.

One final note I would add on this is that "it takes two tangos" to make this work. <---- See what I did there? Dumb, I know.

What I mean, is that it takes two players, each a tango to the other, for the "Bang Bang" concept to work. Again, it all comes down to honor & integrity (do you have it in you?). One person has to decide to say, "bang bang" or "surrender" instead of shooting the other in that split second he rolls up on him, while the unsuspecting victim has to accept the safety kill. I've seen plenty of idiots not take the kill and then get pissed when the other guy shoots them so close. Seriously? Don't be that guy. Just head back to respawn, take a deep breath and get back in the fight. If you have no respawns left, perhaps consider brushing up on your tactical skillz.


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- SB 798
- SB 1315
- NJ S810
- Gun-fearing Democrats, hippies and/or anyone else who doesn't understand the importance of gun rights and is motivated to try and take them away

- Getting arrested for having an Airsoft gun in public (with no case).

- Getting shot with real bullets for having an Airsoft gun in public (no case).
Do a Google search for pictures of gun shot wounds and tell me that looks like fun while keeping a straight face. 

- Getting killed by real bullets for having an Airsoft gun in public (no case).

Would you like to risk getting killed because you were playing with your Airsoft gun in a public place, or maybe not even playing with it, you were just transporting it from your car in the parking lot to your local Airsoft shop to have their tech do some upgrades on it.  Meanwhile, an off-duty LEO sees you with your Airsoft gun, draws down on you and perhaps fires upon you, thinking your gun is real.  That example might seem a little extreme or absurd, but if you were to do a "news" search for Airsoft on Google, I can promise you that some of the top results will include stories about police officers responding to someone with an Airsoft gun in public.  Sometimes the person with the Airsoft gun in public gets shot, sometimes they don't. 

While technically, most, if not all of the legislation I listed above stems from kids doing more than just hanging out with their guns in public, they were actually running around and playing with them, but you get the idea here.

I may not have include ALL of the safety reasons here, but I would think those items would be PLENTY serious enough to get your attention.

Those are just the safety and legal compliance reasons for having an Airsoft gun case.

On top of the safety aspects, you need to consider the protection factor that an Airsoft gun case provides for your beloved collection of Airsoft guns.  Not only will transporting your Airsoft guns in a case help greatly reduce
many of the safety issues I listed above, but a gun was also help to protect your Airsoft gun(s) from getting damaged during transit.  If you're like me and feel the need to take a lot of stuff with you when you go to play Airsoft, then having to stuff all that into your car can cause things to get scrunched, crunched, smashed and/or otherwise damaged.  There aren't many things worse than finding out your prized, $700 Airsoft gun was damaged on the way to the Airsoft field because you were negligent in taking the proper precautionary measures to ensure its safe arrival.

If you already have a case, good.  USE IT.  If you don't have one, here are some cases that I highly recommend, based on personal experience.

My favorite: The Plano All-Weather (AW) 50" Double Gun Case
https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Plano_Double_Scoped_Rifle_Case_w_Wheels_54/2676
This case is very beast-like, in all kinds of positive ways.

42" version of that same style case:
https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Plano_AW_Rifle_Case_Lockable_Black_39/4196

If you know deep down in your heart that you don't need a hard case for your rifle, or maybe the hard case is just way out of your budget, getting a rifle bag like this: https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/UTG_DC_Series_Tactical_Gun_Case_42_Long_Black/3849 would be the next best option.  It's even got a bunch of mag pouches to help keep things neat & tidy when in transport.  Keep in mind though, that even though then may be some padding in this bag, or other rifle bags, that alone will not protect your long guns from getting bent all to hell during transit if you throw them into the car along with a bunch of other heavy stuff that might slide around during transit and damage your gun.  I can say from personal experience, unfortunately, that this is a definitely reality.  I've have to replace a bent outer barrel on one of my M4s because I didn't think about the environment inside my car's trunk, where I was placing my rifle bag when I went on an Airsoft road trip. 

Caveat Emptor: I do recommend this one, but be aware that the metal finishes on the outside of the case do not stay shiny for very long and with the case being as heavy as it is, even before you stuff it full of guns & accessories, it can make it even more difficult to handle the thing with care, in an effort to keep the finishes looking nice.  So the allure of having a blinged out case for your guns would not be something you should hope for when purchasing this case.  It DOES, however, do a pretty darn good job at keeping my guns & optics safe. 
https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Plano_53_Aluminum_Rifle_Case/1786

PISTOLS:
When it comes to pistols, I feel that the risk of damage during transit is less likely and therefore I'm not entirely convinced that you need to go with a hard case in every situation.  But if you are a big fan of hard cases like me, then I highly recommend the Plano Gun Guard series once again, especially if you like to take a couple different Airsoft pistols with you.  This is a great option:
https://www.pyramydair.com/a/Accessories/Cases/Rifle/Soft/231

If you like to travel light and just want something cheap and effective, here's a hard case for about 8 bucks:
https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Plano_Protector_Pistol_Case_Single/233
Hard to beat that.

Whether you go with a hard case or a soft-shell case or bag, you still need to keep your Airsoft guns in something while transporting them in public, even while in your vehicle.  If you get pulled over by a cop with an Airsoft gun sitting out in the open, on your seat, things could get ugly real quick.

For the full selection of gun cases that Pyramyd Air has to offer, check out the following link:
https://www.pyramydair.com/a/Accessories/Cases/Rifle/Soft/231


THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS DON'T TAKE YOUR AIRSOFT GUNS IN PUBLIC, AND IF YOU HAVE TO TRANSPORT THEM SOMEWHERE, KEEP THEM IN THE CASE.

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For today's installment of my Health and Safety Series for Airsoft Champions, I thought I'd cover something so basic, but so important.  Getting into the habit of switching your Airsoft gun's safety on and off at the appropriate times.

While there may be differing schools of thought on this, I received professional instruction that the gun safety should be "on" when holstered, which certainly makes sense to me. 


Then, draw your pistol

Switch safety off. 


From here, there are more steps to drawing your pistol, but I'm not going to get into those right now. 


From the other side, just so you can see what's really going on...

Thumb should be resting on safety here, but I was having a hard time making it clear in the photo what I was trying to convey.  Safety is on.
Safety is off.  Hammer is cocked. 


When you go to holster the weapon again with the hammer cocked, switch the safety back on with your thumb before you insert the gun.

These are good practices to get into not just for Airsoft, but especially for use with firearms.

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There is A&K M60VN Gun PRON at the end of this Health and Safety Series for Airsoft Champions blog as a reward for sticking it out through the boring, yet very important info I'm about to share with you.

PROTEIN sources.

Just like the pigs in the book, Animal Farm, some protein sources are more equal than other protein sources.

Why am I even talking about protein on an Airsoft blog?

Great question.  Because true Airsoft Champions are the ones who get out to the field and PLAY Airsoft.  You won't see too many people who are truly good at Airsoft trolling retail & manufacturer social media channels in their free time.

Protein repairs and builds additional muscle.  Having the strength to shoulder-fire the 20-pound Echo1 M240 Bravo Airsoft Machine Gun, for example, comes in REAL handy if you want to look badass out on the field.   Incorporating good quality protein will help you build the muscles you need to do that.

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I will raffle off the Echo1 ER-16 if I win the contest.  I know it sounds silly, but I just want the bragging rights.  What can I say?  I have vanity issues.  As an Airsoft Blogger, I am not usually in shortage of guns, so it would be kind of selfish of me to keep the gun anyway. 

Anyway, back to the protein stuff & M60VN Gun Pron after the jump...  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Airsoft Face Masks - Airsoft Health & Safety

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So remember when you were first learning to ride a bike or rollerblade and your parents made you wear that really annoying and super extra geeky protective gear like the white hardened stryofoam helmet or wrist guards & such?  Or was that only me? Well, anyway, just go with me on this.

When it comes to Airsoft, there are certain must-have pieces of equipment.  Obviously, you need an Airsoft gun or two, a battery or green gas to power the gun, BBs to shoot and last but certainly not least, Eye protection.  Just like wearing a helmet on a bike, you gotta wear eye protection, at a minimum.  So rather than wearing some nerdy looking face mask that just gets you made fun of by all your Airsoft buddies at the field, the people at Save Phace decided to do you a favor and combine the benefits of full face protection with some badass designs so that you don't have to feel embarrassed about how you look in your Airsoft protective gear out on the field.

Check out a ton of Save Phace Airsoft Mask Designs after the jump...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Girls with Guns


Today is Wednesday.  On Wednesdays, I discuss topics that will help you become an Airsoft Champion, or simply further the degree to which you are already a Champion, as part of my Airsoft Health & Safety Series for Airsoft Champions.


Therefore, some unfortunate words must be said in regards to Halloween.  

Please do not use your Airsoft guns as Halloween props. 

Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean that responsible gun ownership gets to be thrown out the window.  Airsoft guns should never be taken out in public. 

Doing a quick Google search for toy guns & Halloween costumes, you can see that there's already been a 25-year old dude up in San Jose, California who had a fake gun on his hip as part of his Halloween costume.  He was subsequently shot by Police because, in addition to taking a fake gun out in public, he made a few other poor decisions as well, which netted him some fresh bullet wounds and trip to the E.R.  Even if taking a gun out in public is the only poor decision you make, you can still end up like our friend described above.
Exhibit A, my friends.  Don't be Exhibit B, C, D, E or any other exhibit letter.  Keep your guns in a secure location at home on Halloween.  That's what Airsoft Champions do. 

Now, since you've made it this far, I feel I should reward you for your attentiveness.  They say positive reinforcement is a wonderful thing.

Check out some chicks with guns after the jump...
Don't worry, they're SFW (Safe for Work).

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Remember when Spiderman's Uncle Ben taught him that "with great power, comes great responsibility?"

Well I do.

And I think that concept most certainly applies to the weapon-mounted lasers many of us use on our Airsoft guns for aiming assistance during Airsoft games.

Actually, that phrase applies to Airsoft guns in general because of the potential dangers they pose when not used properly or responsibly.

Remember SB 798?

Oh yea, that could have really sucked, huh?

So anyway, back to these weapon-mounted lasers.

I like 'em.  However, depending on their power, they can actually be quite dangerous, so I thought I'd enlighten you about those dangers so that you are then aware of the reason(s) why it's important to use them responsibly.

First, I'll start us off with a question:

True or False?

You can put pilots and their passengers at risk by shining a laser at an aircraft passing by in the sky, possibly resulting in your arrest.

Answer after the jump...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hydrated vs. Dehydrated - Winning vs. Losing


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So I know we've all probably been told many times before by others that we need to drink lots of water during Airsoft games, but it kind of seems like it's just one of those things that we all sort of ignore and/or brushes off this advice because we hear it so often.

So I thought I'd spend today's installment of my new Health and Safety Series for Airsoft Champions to shed a little bit more light on why hydration is so important. 

This is just a reminder that my "Health and Safety Series for Airsoft Champions" is exclusive and ONLY for those Airsoft players who are not satisfied with just looking cool in the parking lot or staging area at games.

This series is for Airsoft players who like winning and are willing to take the necessary steps to ensure that happens each and every time they suit up and put fools on blast.  If you like losing to players that could be otherwise defeated because you don't put in a little time and effort in the off-season to tune-up and train the most valuable weapon in your arsenal (your mind and body), then please check out one of my latest gun reviews or Airsoft news updates here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  This series about winning is not for you.


Copyright: Chris Dellosa; Post-Production: Tom Harris

As I sit here pondering why in the world I let Chris take this photo of me during a moment of extreme vulnerability, I think to myself, "I'm now concerned for my health and safety in public."  People might get upset that I would taint the purity of the CheyTac M200 Intervention Rifle from SOCOM Gear and those Multicam 5.11 TDUs with such a horrific display of blasphemy and then want to mob me with Airsoft pitchforks.  Speaking of "health and safety," today will be the start of a new series here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog wherein I focus on something called, "Health and Safety."  Did I catch you off-gaurd with that one?



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This isn't just any old Health and Safety series...