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Old January 18th, 2012, 13:39   #16
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I am a firm believer of tactical TP... you really never know.

I also usually carry the required tools to strip or sight optics and a basic screw driver kit. My guns are reasonably easy to tear apart in case something does happen.

A roll of hockey tape, duct tap or gaffer tape...shit is useful.

I have a 3L bladder in my vest and a radio pouch that can carry a medium bottle of gatorade. On the super long games or hot days I bring a cooler with more fluids.Always check the weather report for more weather specific items.

I carry snacks on me in extended games, you don't know if you'd be separated from your kit dump for a while or not. Every time I visit the dump/command post, I will top up. For longer games the 24 hour ones (of the 2 I've attended) I have a bag of food, a jacket and any other kit I don't need but might in a bag. Beyond that, it's in the car in a real emergency, but you try not to leave the field.. it's a challenge for yourself. but hey it's still a game, and shit happens, so if you really need something from the car, you could theoretically go get it.

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Old January 18th, 2012, 13:41   #17
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Very good information in here. I'm looking to do my first milsim games this year so I've found this thread invaluable.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 13:49   #18
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Equipment checks 24 and 12 hours before the op
creating a 'stupid' list of even the tiniest most insignificant items
making sure my batteries are charged and i have extras for everything
basic tool kit
ductape and tp always good
tolietries
appropriate clothing and extras such as socks
hyrdation can never be over emphasized
snacks, mre's are a good idea if you have the time for a meal, but granola bars which you can munch on throughout the day help a lot
caffine and energy drinks may sound like a good idea, but i've noticed that once you're past a certain point it does no good.
If you are sleepy and cannot function take turns 50% watch is a good thing.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 13:54   #19
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How many batteries? 1 battery per gun is what i go with. When your ammo is limited to 300-1200 rounds for the full 24 hours a single battery will last you. What is more important is to bring an extra gun that is ready to go and then maybe a 3rd gun. I am not refering to a sidearm either, I mean a back up that is combat ready.

You can never bring too many guns to a fight. You can leave the extra one at the base, or pack it with you if you can.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 15:10   #20
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This is fantastic guys. There is a lot of info and great advice that I have gotten from this thread.

I'm starting to understand how the games work and the importance of doing what the commanders tell you to do.

I won't lie but prior to asking these questions the milsim side of airsoft does seem very intimidating but it is starting to make more sense.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 15:37   #21
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This is fantastic guys. There is a lot of info and great advice that I have gotten from this thread.

I'm starting to understand how the games work and the importance of doing what the commanders tell you to do.

I won't lie but prior to asking these questions the milsim side of airsoft does seem very intimidating but it is starting to make more sense.
I'm glad you are interested in milsim, seems to me alot of new players end up gravitating towards skirms... skirmishes are fun but Milsim is what airsoft is all about. It's just like being a cherry in nam.. listen to the guys with experience, don't have an attitude, and pay attention to whats going on.. survive your first couple games and you'll be ok. Hell, you might even have fun.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 15:46   #22
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This is a great thread with very useful information and advices, I never went to a milsim myself but this thread sure makes me want to go and try it !

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Old January 18th, 2012, 15:56   #23
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An important philosophical point to consider:
I prefer to think of the hobby as being called milsim, that is to simulate military operations.
The airsoft gun is just another tool, with no more or less attention given than to say your plate carrier or boots.
Carrying on that train of thought, the emphasis of milsim isn't necessarily the firefight, it's on movement, effective comms, following orders, and yes even rest in place. Some of us have gone entire OPs without firing a shot, and enjoyed it just as thouroughly. This is in contrast to the skirmisher frame of mind that places the emphasis squarely on the gun, and accordingly on its use.
If you are willing to buy into this paradigm, then Milsim is most definitely for you.

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Old January 18th, 2012, 16:08   #24
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Old January 18th, 2012, 16:09   #25
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This is fantastic guys. There is a lot of info and great advice that I have gotten from this thread.

I'm starting to understand how the games work and the importance of doing what the commanders tell you to do.

I won't lie but prior to asking these questions the milsim side of airsoft does seem very intimidating but it is starting to make more sense.
Once you prepare your kit and your ready mentally and physically knowing what to expect you will enjoy the milsim experience that much more. Skirmish games and milsims aren't even comparable. Once your fully prepared this year sign up for one like those below. You will have a blast.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 16:43   #26
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I'm glad you are interested in milsim, seems to me alot of new players end up gravitating towards skirms... skirmishes are fun but Milsim is what airsoft is all about. It's just like being a cherry in nam.. listen to the guys with experience, don't have an attitude, and pay attention to whats going on.. survive your first couple games and you'll be ok. Hell, you might even have fun.
I did play a lot of skrims in the late 90's and had a lot of fun but thing that was missing was the games never really amounted to anything. The big thing that is drawing me to the milsim side is that when you complete or fail an objective it can have an impact on the way the event ends.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 17:19   #27
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Skirms are fun... but so are video games....
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Old January 18th, 2012, 17:42   #28
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Steps to surviving a MILSIM:
1 - Man the fuck up
2 - Learn not to die when you stay outside for a full day or two
3 - Don't be fat as fuck/lazy as shit, and be in some semblance of "in shape"
4 - ?????
5 - PROFIT!!!!!!!!!!

Also, if you are fat as fuck, out of shape and lazy as shit, have a fucking push to talk, no one wants to hear you huff and puff every time you look at a flight of stairs
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Old January 18th, 2012, 17:52   #29
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It's hard to teach 'suck it up princess' until you do it for real but having decent kit for local conditions will ease the learning curve. Read and learn from the various AAR's from past games; many do not so we hear the same bitching time and time again
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Old January 18th, 2012, 18:28   #30
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Steps to surviving a MILSIM:
1 - Man the fuck up
2 - Learn not to die when you stay outside for a full day or two
3 - Don't be fat as fuck/lazy as shit, and be in some semblance of "in shape"
4 - ?????
5 - PROFIT!!!!!!!!!!

Also, if you are fat as fuck, out of shape and lazy as shit, have a fucking push to talk, no one wants to hear you huff and puff every time you look at a flight of stairs
I say if you are a fat fuck, don't come to milsim games...stick to call of duty.
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