I am a U.S. Navy veteran. I served for 6 years as an electronics technician and was stationed aboard the Spruance-Class destroyer USS Paul F Foster, where I maintained several communications, radar, display and computer systems.
After I was honorably discharged from the navy in 2003, I entered college and went on to earn my Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree in 2009 and my Master of Architecture degree in 2012.
My interest in airsoft stemmed from paintball. Having played mostly woodland-related games like capture the flag and domination, I found speedball very unsatisfying. I eventually lost interest in paintball due to the guns and gear, and their lack of realism. I had heard of airsoft in the past, but nothing beyond the guns offered at big box retailers like Walmart. I wrote airsoft off as a kids\' hobby; that is until I saw a display at a mall near my home from a local airsoft CQB arena. The guns on display looked real, and that drew me over. After some research, I quickly discovered milsim, and was immediately hooked.
I have been playing since early 2013 and still love it.
My team, Springfield Tactical Airsoft Regiment (STAR) was started in early 2013 (actually evolved from the first game I attended) with only three members. Today, we have over 10 full members and a handful of candidates and prospects.
I have also taken up teching, repairing and upgrading of AEGs. I started a small teching service called Blacklisted Airsoft Teching Services (check my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BlacklistedAirsoft). This small service evolved from working on a couple of teammates\' guns. It was suggested that I would do well working on other airsofters\' guns, so I started small by taking on a few more in-depth projects and documenting them in order to gain experience and share them with potential future clients. My goal with this service is to provide quality teching services at affordable prices, so that even the most budget-minded airsoft player can compete with people who sink hundreds, if not thousands, into their guns.