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I started playing airsoft in 8th grade so... 13/14 years old? Not sure. Had a break during second year of high school but got back into it freshman year of college. Like most kids, I started off with a spring pistol, a UHC CZ-75. My first backyard game got me hooked. After a few backyard games at my friends house we, decided to play in a bigger space with more cover, so we went to our local forest preserve and shot each other up there. From there we learned about our pistols\' inadequacies, and moved on to either the UTG spring shotguns or UHC Super 9 sniper rifles, so we were a mishmash of shotguns, bolt actions, and spring pistols. It was here in the forests that I developed my skills and gathered experience that I would find useful later on - aiming, sneaking, ambushing, and good old banzai/bayonet charging while yelling at the top of my lungs at the inexperienced knowing that it throws them into panic and retreat. After taking a BB to the eye and almost going blind, (I was young and foolish and thought I was never going to get shot in the eye. I\'ve learned and grown since then) I was too scared to play airsoft, even with eye protection. So I gave up for most of my high school years.

After getting into college, getting my first job, playing a lot of Battlefield and COD: MW, I started to reminisce about the old days of airsoft. Having sold my old guns to friends of friends who wanted to get into the sport, I started with a clean slate equipment-wise. My first purchases were a DE single-shot spring shotgun and a UHC spring revolver. I got some of my new friends to get into it, but they never really committed to it. After I learned that a few of my old friends were still playing and formed a squad, I decided to join them, learning at our first practice, that I was inadequately equipped. They all had CYMA and DBoys AEGs and a TSD sniper rifle. From here I made my first electric gun purchase, a CYMA LPEG (womp-womp). Boy did that thing dissapoint. Low ROF, low accuracy, low FPS, short range; the only thing that it had going for it was its 200 round hi-cap and that it was light weight. I read up more on AEGs and finally bought my first true AEG, an Aim Top M4 sportline. Unfortunately it was the first release so it was plagued with so many problems it wasn\'t field-able for very long. My replacement for it was G&G Combat Machine M4. At this time I also purchased my first BDU, my full khaki BDU along with a NC Star chest rig and paintball full face mask. From there, I went into my first match at an actual airsoft field and gained the name Khaki Commando (I prefer Kommando because it has a K like in khaki. Yes I know, it\'s also German for Commando.) preference for long range, small group patrols into enemy areas and setting up ambushes and outflanking.

Since then I\'ve been playing airsoft and trying and buying new guns and equipment that suit my play style of lightweight, mobile, accurate, and aggressive. I run minimal gear now so as not to be weighed down when running and also because summers can get brutal here with high humidity, and I only wear my khaki BDU sometimes in winter since the jacket is warmer than my FROG shirt. Since my first day on the field, I\'ve been leading my team, now officially known as The Roughnecks (after the group from Starship Troopers), a small squad of riflemen who perform \"aggressive reconnaissance\" for whichever team we are on for the day. We leave the main fighting to the other squads so we can recon the enemy and hit them when and where they\'re vulnerable, but if the moment calls to mount bayonets, you can bet were not going to pass up the chance to lead the charge.

I generally like to take the kids and inexperienced players with us on recon to give them a chance to learn some other basic tactics besides running at the OPFOR, guns blazing and instill some discipline, tactics, and strategy in them and give them a better appreciation for the other roles in the game besides trying to get as many kills as possible.

That\'s my airsoft career in a nutshell. Hope to see you on the field some day


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