I have been using boots purchased at Army/Navy Surplus stores for the majority of my airsoft career. About 6 years ago I purchased some boots online on the advice of my friend and fraternity brother Matt, only to be disappointed by their craftsmanship and lack of ventilation, considering they were desert boots. This led me to refuse to order boots online because I didn’t want to spend any more money on boots until I could try them first hand to make sure I wasn’t throwing money down a hole.
Little did I know, that I my girlfriend was planning on buying me something special for my birthday and asked me if there was one thing I could have for airsoft what would I buy? So, I told here “I haven’t had a comfortable set of boots in almost a decade, and that’s what I spend most of my time in, so it would have to be a new set of boots.” She asked if there were any specific ones I’d thought about and quite a number of my coworkers had just purchased Under Armour Tactical Valsetz boots from AirsoftGI.com and could not stop talking about them. These same folks would also wear them into work just about every day leading me to believe that they really were as comfy, lightweight, and breathable as everyone had claimed them to be.
One aspect of airsoft that makes the hobby great is the players. Honesty, integrity, and respect are all aspects that make airsoft what it is. Players who follow the rules and call their hits are always appreciated, and it is these qualities that often make the difference between a decent player and a great player.
Although some veteran players may not realize it; many new players look up to them and are influenced by their actions. When they see a veteran player cheat, or fail to call their hit, then what is to stop the novice player from doing that as well? Everything from airsoft gun and tactical gear choice to behavior on the field affects the airsoft development of the novice generation. Our actions shape the future of airsoft.
Airsoft GI is interested in the survival and integrity of airsoft, and so we are hosting Bob “The Axeman”s Rebel Training Camp on October 19 for players with less than a year’s worth of airsoft experience and/or under 18 years old. At this camp, players will be taken under the wing of more experienced players and be shown the basics of movement, shooting, and leadership. This camp will build confidence, which will be beneficial to players in both airsoft, and outside in normal everyday activities.
This event is being hosted at the world famous SC Viper on 10/19/2013, which is a fantastic place for learning airsoft basics.
Airsoft will live and die on its player base, and part of creating a responsible and honest community is introducing positive behaviors in the new player base. One day, these new players are going to be the bulk the airsoft player base, and only by teaching them now will we ensure the future of airsoft.