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5 Must Ask Questions About Airsoft

If you’ve read about airsoft, heard about it from a friend or seen it on TV, you may be itching to get started yourself. But before getting into the action, you probably have a bunch of questions to ask about the exciting sport of airsoft ranging such basics as getting hold of your first gun all the way up to joining airsoft games. Here are the answers to the most common questions people ask about this popular pastime.

The first thing most people ask about airsoft is “How dangerous is it?” After all, there are guns and shooting involved, so it has to be an extreme sport with all the attendant risks and dangers. The fact is that providing you take a few simple precautions, airsoft is perfectly safe. You just need to follow certain simple rules and guidelines such as only using your gun in designated zones, wearing protective gear and taking good care of your gun.

The next question people ask is “Am I legally allowed to play airsoft?” The answer to this one is simple. Providing you’re over 21 years old, most of the states in the US allow you to legally own and use an airsoft gun and participate in games. Laws are subject to change but at the time of writing, it is legal in all states except New York (including the five boroughs) and Michigan.

Another common question for those interested in airsoft is “How expensive is it?” Perhaps you’ve seen a major airsoft game or skirmish in which the combatants were decked up in full uniform and wielding elaborate guns with night sights and a load of other accessories and thought to yourself, ‘this must cost some really money’.

It’s true that if you want to participate in certain high end airsoft games, you may need to invest some serious cash, though a lot of the equipment can be hired. But the great thing about this sport is that it’s scalable. You can start off with simple spring guns and decide if the pastime is for you. If so, you can gradually upgrade your equipment as your skills and interests develop. Other than the guns themselves, you’ll have to pay for ammunition, and replacement gas canisters or battery charging, depending on the type of gun you have.

Talking of guns, another common question is “What are the differences between the various types of gun?” There are three main types with the most basic being spring airsoft guns which use a mechanical spring to propel the pellet. These are cheap and easy to use but can only shoot one BB at a time. Gas airsoft guns are more elaborate. As the name suggests, they use gas, usually green gas or carbon dioxide, to fire the pellet. These guns are available in semi and full automatic models. The third are electric airsoft guns which use a battery powered mechanism to shoot the pellets. These are the most popular types, especially AEG (automatic electric gun) airsoft guns, which are the firearm of choice for games. Guns are made of plastic, plastic and metal and you can also get metal airsoft guns.

Which brings us to our last question, “How do I get involved in airsoft games?” These are the perfect fantasy events that allow you to role play being in a historical battle or police hostage situation, to give just a few examples. They usually take place on airsoft fields which are rented out by the hour or day. Fields come in different types with differing set ups. For example, open area, close quarters indoor, and MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain).

If you want to participate in or organize a game, you can find these fields online or through word of mouth and call up for a quote. Some airsoft field operators offer hire of guns and equipment but you should be adept with your weapons of choice before participating in games or skirmishes.

If you wanted to get started with this exciting pastime, now’s the time. Cheap airsoft guns are available for you to try your hand, and you can more up to sophisticated models when you feel ready. To get the best deals on guns and airsoft accessories you can visit the web sites of reputable online vendors are browse their illustrated catalogues to find the weapon of your dreams. In a few days, your new equipment will be delivered and you’re good to go.

postheadericon Indoor paintball – viable alternative or disappointment

Indoor Paintball – Viable Alternative or Disappointment?

When paintball comes to mind, you typically think of bridges, woods, trees, rain, mud; typically everything that you get in an outdoor environment. Right?

The initial thing that comes to most peoples mind is not the inside area of a big building in the city or town. However, you will find that there are a lot of paintball locations that are situated right in the center of just these types of locations. – and you will also notice that they are highly popular, particularly in terms of stag and hen weekends.

Why Select An Urban Location For Paintball?

This begs the question; Why not? Once you get past the point that you are not outside in the open air, taking part in indoor paintball can actually be really fun. One of the great benefits of these types of settings is the owners and organizers have the capability to create darkened rooms and many unique rooms to explore – this is one aspect that you will not find outdoors.

By locating indoor paintball centers right within the center of cities and town also makes them a lot more attractive to businesses, which mostly are big customers – paintball is an excellent selection as a team bonding day for employees.

Some of The Benefits of Indoor Paintball

One of the distinguishable benefits of indoor paintball is if you want to avoid sliding around in the mud when it’s pouring buckets of rain. Lets not forget about the mosquitoes in the summer and the freezing cold temperatures in the winter for outdoor paintball. Aside from that there is the chance to feel the experience of a higher intensity surroundings. Many indoor fields have strobe lights strategically placed as well as smoke machines which are frequently used to create both distractions and cover for both you and your team mates – also for the enemy.

The essence of the environment also makes paintball highly unique from the more conventional outdoor types. Uniquely created corridors, bunkers, tunnels, cells, secret rooms all create a highly intense gaming environment. It is a much different experience compared to being outdoors and being able to look far into the distance in all directions. When you are cornered against some wall, in a tight room and you have to move into a corridor, you will really be able to get a strong feel for the tension boiling over.

There are numerous indoor paintball arenas that are open late as well, providing you and your colleagues the opportunity to blow off some of that stream you built up after work. This is no doubt one of the main reasons for the growth of indoor paintball destinations that are now available throughout the country.

It is a subject of contention as to whether or not indoor paintball will ever totally replace the outdoor game, and for the complete experience it would be advisable to have a try at both venues, yet if you enjoy your paintball played in a tight high paced environment, then remaining indoors may be the right option for you.

postheadericon Five reasons why you hit the wall and run out of energy in a marathon or triathlon

Five Reasons Why You Hit the Wall and Run Out Of Energy In a Marathon or Triathlon

1) A PROPER HYDRATION PLAN DOES NOT EXIST IN YOUR RACE PREPARATION

The key to proper hydration leading up to and during a marathon or Ironman is not how much you drink or even “what” you drink so much as it is “when” you drink. If your marathon or Ironman triathlon is Sunday as most of them seem to be, then drinking as much fluid as you can gag down on Saturday or 60 minutes before the race start on Sunday morning is not the road to optimum hydration for your event.

If anything, the last decade or so there has been more awareness building of the dangers of drinking “too much”. This is a departure from what many old school runners grew up with over the past 30 years or so. It seemed that it was impossible to drink to much and the mantra was “the more the better” and “eight glasses a day” and on and on about constantly drinking water whether you were thirsty or not.

Some people still follow that formula and often suffer the consequences. Serious issues can arise by drinking far too much and flushing too many essential minerals out of the system by over-doing it with the drinking.

If you are a triathlete standing knee-deep in the water with a few thousand others waiting for the starting gun of an Ironman triathlon, or perhaps toeing the start-line of that first marathon with four liters of water and sports replacement drink sloshing around in the stomach, chances are you have not hydrated properly.

It is almost certain that this is going to be one very uncomfortable 2.4 mile swim or 26.2 mile marathon that could well end up in disaster. Nausea, motion-sickness, vomiting, and a constant need to urinate during the swim or run or bonking at about mile 18 of the marathon will most likely be the reward for this scenario.

Of course the danger of not hydrating enough before and during a race is always a possibility and perhaps the biggest mistake most athletes make and will very quickly turn an endurance event into a painful experience.

2) WHEN TO EAT AND WHAT TO EAT IS A MYSTERY

As disappointing as it might be, the size of your pasta dinner the night before the big race is not the secret to a great eating plan as you ramp things up for the big race in the morning. Many people either eat too much, too little, or the wrong food simply because they have no idea what is best. Or perhaps they read in a book about that special meal that worked for someone else and decide to give it a try on race eve.

like a fined-tuned, high performance car you are ready to give it your best. Just like the car you are all tuned up and ready for action for your big day and none of it will matter if the fuel you use is low-grade. No matter how shiny, powerful, and sleek you are, if you use cheap fuel(or too much or not enough of it) your engine will sputter and maybe even just quit altogether when you try and put the pedal to the metal.

3) YOU ARE TIRED ON RACE-DAY

It’s amazing how often this happens. By the time some people get to the start line of their big race they are already feeling tired and not really physically primed to give their best performance. In almost every case, these people are over-trained and have not given their bodies proper time to recover from the training leading up to their big race. This is a recipe for disaster if ever there was one.

There is simply nothing more deflating than a person devoting weeks, months, and in some cases years to reach the start line of their first marathon or Ironman triathlon and already feel spent before they are ten minutes into the race. It happens over and over again. So many new runners and triathletes have it in their heads that if they take days off from training, they will lose all they have worked so hard to gain.

Nothing could possibly be further from the truth.

4) YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW A HEART-RATE MONITOR WORKS OR ABOUT RACE-PACE

A heart-rate monitor is quite possibly one of the best tools ever devised for allowing distance runners and triathletes to perform at optimum levels. Unfortunately, there are many people who have never used one or who might actually wear heart monitors but are not quite sure what they are supposed to do and how to get the most from them.

They watch with interest as their heart rate climbs as they go uphill and goes down when they run downhill. Often people are in a marathon and power their way up the steep hills feeling this is giving them a great advantage over those who take their time. Then these same people take a breather when the hill slopes downward. It might seem great at the time, but it’s completely backwards.

This person will most likely run out of fuel at about the 16-18 mile mark and run face first into the mystical “wall”. The wall is not a mystery at all and there is a very good reason why it appears where it does in virtually any distance race that lasts over two hours.

5) YOU LACK SELF-CONFIDENCE AND MIGHT FEEL YOU DON’T BELONG AT THE START LINE

You get to the big race and you look around and see all these people who look so fit and strong. You begin to doubt yourself and wonder if you really belong in the same place with all these amazing athletes.

Something inspired you to take on this physical, mental, and emotional challenge and against all odds here you are at the start line. Who would ever have thought it possible? But deep down you feel you might have taken on too much and you simply do not belong here.

Something will go wrong and you will fail. You will look foolish to all your friends, co-workers, and family who have wondered at all this training you have done. There is no end to the depressing thoughts that cross your mind as you wait for the starting gun.

These five reasons are often why so many people struggle through marathons and the longer distance triathlons like the half-ironman and the ironman triathlon. Often the results are the same race after race because the same mistakes are made over and over again. Until changes are made in the way one approaches endurance races it’s unlikely that things will ever change.