Originally Posted by ShelledPants
Yeah, no gunfighter in the world can perform without the proper gear, all warriors get the best stuff money can buy. No one picks up a gun because they are being oppressed.
EDIT: Also let me interject, there is no difference between playing dress up army, dress up police, dress up rebel, or dress up freedom fighter. It's a game. If your game has strict guidelines so as to cohere to the fantasy you're presenting, then it's fine to exclude those without the kit to participate, but claiming that everyone should follow one rule set for equipment and clothing is absurd.
Funny, when I put on gear, I don't emulate or replicate any soldier in any army from any country in the world. I seek no impression at all. I wear gear that works, is durable, can carry the minimum equipment and supplies need to keep me self-sufficient.
This means that I'm not running back to my vehicle for batteries, BBs, food, water, mags, tools, radio, whatever. I'm not a burden to my team members because I'm unable to fight, or sustain myself, or cover my own PPE needs.
This means that I'm effective at my role, or even more importantly, that someone doesn't have to lose out on the game by babysitting my ass out there.
Now, will a guy in street clothes be able to carry water, BBs, batteries, mags, food, tools, proper PPE and still be concealable enough to not give himself away or his team? And by giving himself away unnecessarily, does this mean he becomes a casuality and reduces his effectiveness, or requires a teammate to tend to him (like in a medic role)?
If all you play is indoor or outdoor scrims at a speedball field, these are non-issues really. But is that airsoft? No, it is 6mm paintball.
This goes to the heart of the "airsoft tourism" that brought about this thread in the first place. It is nobody's job to "mentor" anyone. You show up to a field, ready to go and be responsible for yourself, or find a different hobby. It's really that simple.