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GI Tactical Texas Is Here To Help You Reach Airsoft Excellence

Why GI? Because We Put Airsofters First.

We know you have a lot of options when it comes to where you can choose to buy your airsoft goods. In the day an age of online economies, it’s never been easier to buy the stuff you need from the comfort of your own home. So why leave the couch and venture into the outdoors to walk into a brick and mortar store to purchase your airsoft equipment?

 

We firmly believe that Airsoft is a hobby best experienced with friends and like-minded people. and that’s who we are at GI Tactical Texas and Airsoft GI. As the biggest and most well-stocked location in the Lone-Star State for airsoft goods and tactical gear for over half a decade, our staff are subject matter experts, friendly faces who just want to help you out, and fellow players first and foremost!

 

We’re your friendly neighborhood local store.

We play in your community, at your local fields every weekend. We go to the same events you do. We help put on big large-scale games to give you more chances to sling plastic. We’re planted firmly in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and want nothing more than to help grow and cultivate the airsoft community in the area. If you ever need advice on which guns to buy, how to fix your broken blaster, or just to talk shop and swap battle stories, we’re a short drive away from anywhere in the city. Located right off of Highway 121 in Plano, we’re easy to find so you can always get the assistance you need.

 

We’ve got a ton of airsoft knowledge.

We aren’t kidding when we say we’re the subject matter experts. Our staff here has a combined over 20 years of airsoft experience, all of it right here in the DFW area. Whether you need to know what guns are best for your given field, or which events are the most fun, we’ve been there, done that, and want nothing more than to help improve your airsoft experience with our own lessons learned. We all enjoy different types of games, from fast paced CQB to hardcore multi-day MILSIM events. That means whatever you want to know about, whether it’s tactics, gear, guns or strategy, we’ve got you covered on the field and off.

 

We’ve got all the products you’ll ever need!

We carry a very diverse selection of airsoft guns, tactical gear, accessories and soft goods to make sure you always have what you need to hit the field.

From trusted and respected brands like Elite Force, Classic Army, Lancer Tactical, and Condor to new comers like Arcturus, Army Armament and KLI we have tons of products to meet your needs!

Our Texas store carries over 150 unique guns curated to cater to the needs of the community. In short, if we think it sucks, we don’t put it on our shelves. Stalwart sidearms and reliable rifles adorn our shelves. waiting for you to add them to your arsenal. Our wall of tactical gear takes up almost half the store making sure we have the next vest, pouch, or bag to add to your gear locker.

Did we mention our prices are the best too? We carry the best gear, at the lowest prices. That’s the way it should be done, so that’s the way we do things here at GI Tactical Texas.

 

So Why Do We Do What We Do?

In short, we exist to serve our airsoft community. We love nothing more than seeing the attendance numbers at our local fields grow and flourish. We love to see the smiles on our customers faces when they nail that long shot with their new guns. Our goal here at GI Tactical Texas is to grow our community beyond the place it was at when we first opened. Every year, our goal is to do our part to help the community keep getting better and more active, through our retail support and our events that we host.

We want this store to be a hub for the community, to be a place for all of you to gather and engage in the hobby of airsoft with the same passion we show up with every day! That’s why you should buy from GI, because like all of you, we’re airsofters too!

We’ll be here as long as our community keeps supporting us. If you keep helping grow the sport, and supporting us when we help you do the same thing, we can make this airsoft community an amazing place to play and be apart of. We couldn’t have gotten this far without our amazing fans, friends, and customers, and we can’t wait to see what the next five years brings.

 

Come check us out at 4720 Hwy 121 #160, in Plano, Texas 75024! We can’t wait to share our passion for airsoft with you!


What To Do When You Encounter A Cheater!

We’ve all been there! You’re out on the field prowling for enemies when all of a sudden you spot someone. They haven’t noticed you yet but they’re definitely in range. You aim your airsoft gun and are sure you have them in your sights. You pull the trigger and a BB or several pepper your target. You see the BB’s make contact with the target and bounce right off. However, what happens next is nothing short of frustrating. The opponent, instead of raising his hand or signaling he has been eliminated, either runs away or re-engages as if they were not hit. When these moments happen it’s important to remember getting mad will not solve the issue. Here are a few ideas to try instead.

Continue Shooting

Most times it’s best to give the player the benefit of the doubt. It’s not outside the realm of possibility the enemy player simply did not feel the contact of the BB. Distance can be a big factor in this case. As the distance lengthens the BB can loose momentum. The gear being worn can also play a huge part in this scenario. If the enemy is wearing any type of thicker clothing or plate carrier/chest rig. It is possible that the BB made contact with the thicker fabric. Making it difficult for anyone to feel the contact. If this is the case, then simply shooting BB’s until the player reacts would be the best course of action. As this will lead to fewer confrontations. This is not to say it is justified to empty entire magazines worth of rounds into another player. That is simply uncalled for and tarnishes the reputation of players and airsoft as a whole. Shooting one at a time until their hand is raised or they indicate they acknowledge contact with a BB has been made.

Tell the Referee/Admin

It’s most frustrating when you can clearly see the enemy player you just hit instantly react to the contact. Then continuing to play, knowing fully what they’re doing. When such an instance occurs, it is best to report the issue to the nearest referee or admin. It is their job to ensure that all players are adhering to the game rules. Also to take disciplinary action against those who do not participate properly. Do not take it upon yourself to call someone out or confront them by yourself. This could lead to further issues not only yourself, but the field staff and your fellow players. Report any and all instances of cheating and if enough complaints from other participants. Then that player will most likely be handled in a way that the field staff deems appropriate.

Airsoft is a game that requires its players to be honorable, truthful, and mindful of others. As frustrating as it might be when someone doesn’t call their hits. It is important to remember to be honorable and call your hits. Be truthful and respect the game/field rules, and mindful of your fellow players simply looking to have a good time just like you.

 

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How To Treat The New Players – You Need To Read This

New Players Are The Future. How Do We Keep Them?

There is a certain life cycle to the game of airsoft from when you are one of the new players, to when you have some experience and become one of the grizzled regulars at your local airsoft field. We’ve all experienced it, and chances are not all of our experiences were overwhelmingly positive. If we’re being honest with each other, new players are the life blood of our hobby, and without them it cannot grow and prosper and give us even more people to share it with, so how do we keep them around?

 

Offer advice, constructively, not critically.

We all see the new players when they screw up. If your experience is anything like mine, it’s been the root cause for several walks to respawn or unnecessary shots to unprotected parts of your body because someone had poor trigger discipline. It’s very easy to get upset when these moments happen, but you have to put yourself in the new player’s shoes. This may have been you or one of your regular squad mates in the past. We can teach the new players without screaming at them, belittling them or generally being the jerk player that makes sure the new guys never come back.

Does the new guy run around constantly flagging you with the barrel of his airsoft gun? Politely instruct him why it’s necessary to pay attention to his gun safety.

Does the new guy bunch behind cover? Help him find somewhere better to post up. Give him some covering fire to get there safely.

Does the new guy have gear that clearly doesn’t suit their play style? Offer some advice, some recommendations or show him why you like the stuff you use.

Be kind, be patient, and teach instead of ridicule.

Be The Mentor You Wish You Had When You Started

We’ve all had a negative experience from our time as a new player. We couldn’t figure out what hop up was, or how to get our guns to shoot straight. Nobody ever explained to peek around cover and not over it. You accidentally flagged someone and got chewed out because you didn’t know better. We’re all human, we’ve all made mistakes.

It’s important to be the mentor to new players that you wish you had when you first started playing airsoft. This is the golden rule, treat others the way you wish to be treated. Take a new player under your wing, show him the cool hiding spots or popular flanking routes on your field. Teach them small unit tactics so they become someone you want to play alongside, and someone who will challenge you when you have to play against them.

Use our first tip, and offer advice constructively, not critically. Don’t be afraid to lend some bb’s from your speed loader to the rental kid. Lend some gear to your new player friends so they can have a better experience. Teach them how to properly set a hop up. Everything you do to make the new guys have more fun, makes them stick around for the long haul and ultimately make airsoft better.

 

Solve Problems. Don’t Create Them.

Every new player has one key thing in common. They’re going to run into some problems. Sometimes, these problems are technical like an issue with their gun or gear. Other times, these problems can be with other players. Often, new players are afraid to seek help for fear of looking “like a noob” and that can put a burden on them that ultimately leads to their not sticking with a new hobby or seeking bad advice from the less savory parts of the internet.

Whenever you have the chance, try to help these players solve their problems, and try not to be the cause of them.

You can do this by:

  • Calling your hits
  • helping fix the simple issues when you can
  • grabbing an admin or referee to help new players deal with problems on field
  • offering to show them the ropes and squad up

There are more ways than that to help out new players, but this should get you started. Remember, the key here is to help, not hurt the new guys.

Do Your Part To Make Airsoft Awesome

The easier we make it for new players to get involved, the better our favorite hobby will be for it in the long run. If we want to increase player counts at events, increase innovation in the industry by having more players for companies to make guns for, and overall make things even better for all of us, it starts with how we treat the new players.

Stay excellent to each other.

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Arcturus AK Airsoft Rifle Review

There’s been a bit of a buzz about the new rifles from Arcturus, specifically the AK models. But what exactly are you getting for your money? Let’s break it down.

  

Internal Build

The Arcturus will house a V3 gearbox that uses a microswitch trigger. This means that drop-in mosfets are unfortunately not able to be installed. However, the gears and piston are incredibly solid. It will take A LOT of stress to strip them down. The Quick-Change Spring System is definitely a plus. Being able to change the FPS without taking apart the gearbox is a great feature. Another positive is the 6.02 tight bore inner barrel that is installed out of the box. The compression is near perfect with a o-ring air nozzle and a full metal rack piston. The gearbox is excellently shimmed out of the box! Which is something rare from most manufacturers and should be acknowledged. This will increase the longevity and performance of the gun.

How do the externals hold up?

In one word; absolutely solid. The Arcturus bodies are on par with the durability of Classic Army or LCT bodies. If for whatever reason you wanted to replace the entire gearbox with another V3 it is possible. Each model has something different to offer. The M-LOK Rail included on a few models is very slim and feels comfortable in the hands. Out of the box, these guns come with a high cap magazine, mid cap magazine, and some include a nice accessory for the gun. Varying from a hand stop to a vertical grip. The pistol grip is very ergonomic. Unlike a traditional style or a Bravo style grip. The Arcturus pistol grip is a good in between. Being larger than a standard grip, but slimmer than the Bravo grip.

Is it worth it?

With both rugged exterior and beefy internals, the Arcturus AKs are definitely a contender and solid choice for anyone looking to get into the AK game. Especially when considering the price. All the Arcturus AK variants are set at a very affordable cost with great performance! With the plethora of different models available. You can choose the one that is perfect for you!


How To Convince Your Friends To Play Airsoft

So You Want To Get The Squad Involved…

One of the biggest perils of starting airsoft we get asked about is how to get your friends involved. It is quite understandable, as humans we are all very social creatures and don’t like to be alone. If you’d rather hit the field with back up, but none of your friends play, how do you get them involved?

 

We’re going to share with you a couple of helpful tips and strategies so that you and your friends can get playing quick fast and in a hurry! Come take a journey with us and see how to get the squad moving!

 

Start The Arms Race Yourself

This is the one we see happen the most often. Typically, you and several of your friends will discover airsoft through YouTube or other social media means and start getting excited. You may venture to a retailer like Airsoft GI and check out all of the awesome Airsoft Guns, but nobody knows where to go from there.

The first friend to locate the local field information, order his first gun and guilt trip his friends into joining is usually the instigator of the airsoft arms race. Sometimes your friends will just need a little push to get the motivation to get going.

It can help if you do some research on behalf of your friends and find them some affordable options to fit their needs and desires as well. A lot of players tend to begin with our Best Airsoft starter kits and work their way into higher end gear from their. Become the facilitator for your friends future airsoft addiction and you’ll all be hitting the field in no time!

 

Become The Team Armory

 

This tactic works very similarly to starting your local arms race yourself, but works better if you have friends that are perpetually broke. Just start buying up guns and gear until you have enough to outfit the squad on your own. We have so many options for great inexpensive rifles that actually perform when it comes time to hit the field, that it has never been easier to stock up and build your own airsoft armory. The trick here is to focus on guns that give you value and performance over cool looks and excessive features. If you want to get the gang together as fast as possible, the goal is rapid acquisition of guns and gear in record time.

Start with guns like the Apex Fast Attack line, or Lancer Tactical Gen 2 rifles. These guns all give incredible value and performance for your dollar and can be a great place to start.

 

Show Them Some Footage!

What about your friends that haven’t fully committed yet? What about your friends who aren’t even interested? How do you give them the spark to get them to join you on the field?

 

Airsoft is best when experienced, but if your friends need some extra motivation to join you for the weekend, whip out your phone and pull up some of the amazing gameplay videos you can find on the web from all of the Pew-Tubers you find on all the video sharing platforms on the internet! Check out youtubers like USAirsoft, The Airsoft GITV channel or others you find and share them with your friends. Getting to get a taste of the action vicariously can be a powerful hook to get your friends involved!

 

So What Is The Best Way?

The best way is whichever way works for you. Everyone is a little different and gets motivated differently. There are far more strategies than just the ones we’ve listed here, but we have found these to be the most effective options.

The important thing is the end result: Getting your friends to the field to sling plastic with you! Whichever way you accomplish that goal is a good one!

What ways have worked for you in the past? Reach out to us on social media and let us know!

 

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