What is Airsoft?
Anyone who has previously played paintball or laser tag may well be familiar with the principles of airsoft. In general, it’s easy to think of as “paintball without the paint, but better”. The ammunition are small ball bearings measuring only 6mm in diameter and weigh typically around 0.2 grams. They’re shot at high speeds though, sometimes being over 500 feet per second (around 340 miles an hour!) Enough to feel, but not enough to cause any serious injuries.
LSU Airsoft society is made up of enthusiastic airsoft players who come together both on and off the field to enjoy and enthuse the sport. We also generally get to know one another. As such the society is a very close knit one and very much a family.
So what is the sport actually about?
The sport is based on going out to a secure site and skirmishing with other players of all ages. Scenarios in any given day can range from fast paced, simple and enjoyable capture the flag games to longer, more tactical, attrition-based assault/defence games. Due to the relatively long range and the accuracy of the equipment used it is common for teams to form many small squads with individual roles and employ tactics similar to that of a military.
A variety of weapons are available, including rifles, SMGs, support weapons, snipers, shotguns, pistols and grenades. There is a weapon to meet anyone's personal preference and playing style and all are very customisable. Be it a stealthy ghost at the back of the line, or an RPG wielding maniac storming a base at full steam!
There are three traits that airsoft will give you after playing for some time. These are:
- Honesty: Without paint, you’ll need to be honest, and it is your responsibility to call yourself out when hit.
- Respect: Airsoft is a game enjoyed by many passionate people and showing respect for your enemy on the field is a top priority. They are your friends in the safe zones!
- Honour: It is always best to leave a battle knowing that you represented yourself and your team as honourably as you could. Even if you didn’t reach the target you were after!
When do you get together?
We usually aim to host a game every two weeks, although with the current circumstances this may not be possible during semester 1. On top of this, the society tends to organise a few games outside of term times and members often attend games together outside of the society. The site we visit most frequently is the MAW in Melton Mowbray, recently voted the 2nd best site in the UK. Recently we have also been visiting the Frontier, who provide more zany story based scenarios to flesh out the game day. A typical example of this is the National Airsoft Festival in summer. All official games are declared well in advance on the Facebook group. We also host a meetup in spoons post game for anyone who wishes to attend, for food or to recount their various war stories and funny moments.
What does it cost me?
Membership is only £8 this year and gives you access to a lot of extra benefits! These benefits include access to society equipment and society ran events. We keep all members/potential members updated on the LSU Airsoft Game Days Facebook group, however we can also contact members via email with information on request.
Airsoft is usually a lot cheaper than the alternatives, mostly due to the relatively low price of the ammunition and availability of competitive budget weaponry. Prices vary from site to site (with urban sites generally being slightly more expensive), but a typical day's play usually costs:
- Walk on fee: £10 - 25
- Hire gun & ammo: £10
- 3,000 - 5,000 BBs: ≈ £8
- Grenades: £1 - 3 each
So it's possible to see that an entire day of airsoft can cost less than £30. Keep in mind this is a full day of activity so it ends up being potentially a very economical hobby.
By signing up you are agreeing to that you have read (and agree to) the society's rules, as set forward in the society's Code of Conduct.
If you experience any problems trying to join, please send the Game Days page a message on Facebook or send an email to email@example.com