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Old April 11th, 2013, 14:31   #1
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Want To Eventually Try A Skirmish

Hey dudes and dudettes. I've mentioned in various previous threads in the past how I like to play. But I do also want to try and join a skirmish in the near future. I served in the mid nineties and have only stayed exposed to anything green (mil not noob lol) through the odd game between old friends and my kids occasional bout of the stomach flu.

Here's my question; I there any teams or groups out there that are in the market for a young looking old guy that can hold is own, follows orders and is generally interested in playing with a mature crowd (not necessarily ex mil either). Even if it's merely in the training phase I'm down. I just need to learn the proper Airsoft ropes/etiquette.

I know you guys probably get requests like this all the time but I'm here to play and play seriously. I'm down for weekend excursions or whatever the team has planned. Hell, even if you're considering starting a team I'd dig that too, help recruit/train other members. I may have forgotten a shit load of procedure since my hayday but I much like riding a bike you don't tend to forget it all. Thanks for reading all, hope to meet you all soon.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 14:43   #2
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Id suggest getting out to some local games. (the upcoming game at fainches field at the end of the month comes to mind)
Meet some folks chit chat see who you get along with and where you may "fit in" and join a team like that after getting to know some folks. Most teams wont just take you on without playing with you a bit first (i pesonnaly am on team but we rarely have any training or meet n greets lately and so i often just go to games alone but once i get there i always run into at least s few folks who i play with regularly) team organization is more important for milsims and your average skirmish game will just he a mish mash of players from all sortz of teams and solo guys so you wont have an issue "fitting in" and its a good place to meet the "veteran players" and find a team you can mesh well with.
Hopefully we will see you soon!
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Old April 11th, 2013, 14:50   #3
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Id suggest getting out to some local games. (the upcoming game at fainches field at the end of the month comes to mind)
Meet some folks chit chat see who you get along with and where you may "fit in" and join a team like that after getting to know some folks. Most teams wont just take you on without playing with you a bit first (i pesonnaly am on team but we rarely have any training or meet n greets lately and so i often just go to games alone but once i get there i always run into at least s few folks who i play with regularly) team organization is more important for milsims and your average skirmish game will just he a mish mash of players from all sortz of teams and solo guys so you wont have an issue "fitting in" and its a good place to meet the "veteran players" and find a team you can mesh well with.
Hopefully we will see you soon!
Hey Hectic thanks for the reply. Yeah I am considering just showing up. But I remember all to well what being the FNG was like back then. lol My kit is all brand new and shinny, I can be seen from space. lol I need to learn from all you veteran Airsofters what a proper load out would be. I picked up MARPAT BDU's, a condor modular vest things like that without really knowing if it was correct. I mean I'm clearly a noob to Airsoft but I'd like to avoid looking like one as much as possible. lol
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Old April 11th, 2013, 14:58   #4
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There's no proper load out per say, just what you're comfortable carrying and wearing.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 15:01   #5
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There's no proper load out per say, just what you're comfortable carrying and wearing.
Well I figured that to a certain extent. But being new you never know what is considered a no-no, not so much to save face because I don't really care, but I want to be able to be as efficient as humanly possible.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 15:08   #6
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TTAC3 usually has training courses and is a great place to learn the fundamentals of airsofting, the folks are really friendly and helpful to newcomers too!

Gear can be acquired as you develop your own playing style and you see how much/little you like to shoot and move around.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 15:13   #7
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TTAC3 usually has training courses and is a great place to learn the fundamentals of airsofting, the folks are really friendly and helpful to newcomers too!

Gear can be acquired as you develop your own playing style and you see how much/little you like to shoot and move around.
You see that's the reason I went with the modular vest so I can add ONLY what I want or need and I was told; "No! Don't buy that, buy proper webbing!" I'm sorry but webbing scares me. lol Ours were so bad back then that I still have nightmares. lol
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Old April 11th, 2013, 15:19   #8
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You'll find you'll want to set up differently depending where you plan on playing. Indoor you'll usually carry very little as games are short and fast pace. Outdoor you'll be carrying maximum ammo to last through those long skirmishes. Milsim you'll need to carry or leave at fob what'll sustain you through the entirety of the game.

What'll you need for your first skirmish is eye/face protection, boots, somewhere to store your mags.

As etiquette goes, keep your rifle unloaded in safe zone, try not to shoot people in the face, call your hits, don't do things that'll hurt yourself or others and make sure to have fun.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 15:20   #9
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Hey I've got a couple you can try out to find what style you like. Lemme know or just join me at game one day.

Molle webbing is pretty standard these days. Pain in the ass to weave but once it on, it stays on.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 15:32   #10
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Back when? I love my 82pattern its so nice n light but sturdy. And agreed with a previous post use what you like. (not too many airsofters are jerks who will judge you based on kit and such) some guys just run a gun and a hicap others run some mags in their pockets. Some folks wear jeans and a tshirt others wear plate cariers with modular gear ontop as if they are going to real war (lil overkill if you ask me but we all have what we like and what we want to get out of the game)
Some days i wear a modular chest rig sometimes 82 pattern sometimes a wear this battlebelt i have under my ghillie suit when i run a bolt action and mp5k. (some would say thats overkill)
Most important peice of kit to bring to an airsoft game is a good atitude. We are all prety friendly and wont judge we get folks from all walks of life not everyone can afford fancy gear and others live to have the coolest most modern kit they can. I prefer to use what works for me and the bsst way to figure that out is to get out and play. (everyones gear was new at some point itll get worked in. If it bugs you that much that its "shiny" today is a perfect day to go roll around in the yard to "season" it a bit or just get out to a game and follow me around ill get ya dirty real quick lol. I pulled out my gortex last weekend my teammates could smell it from 10 feet away (damn swap) other dudes pull out their gear and it smells like downey lol
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Old April 11th, 2013, 15:33   #11
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Best way to go is to keep an eye on the Ontario Games/Events thread.

You'll find a bunch in there and the season should really pick up soon.

Eventually you'll see three types of games...
1. Really unstructured skirmish games. Typically just show up, split into groups, blast at each other until everyone's dead...reload and repeat. No specific camo patterns/gear requirements, no ammo restrictions, etc... Just show up with eyepro + gun and you're good to go. Typically sound like, "hey guys, anyone wanna shoot this Friday" sort of thing.

2. Skirmish games. Usually you sign up for a team...usually separated by camo pattern. There's often ammo limits or at least a limit of highcap mags (the bottomless wind up mags). The games are usually set with a bit more of a structure in that there's an objective (one team defends, one attacks....or move this guy/thing from here to there...or get from here to there, etc...). There's often a number of sets throughout the day/evening. Some are light fun...others get a bit more serious.

3. "MilSims". Definitely a team and command structure. Defined objectives. Usually load ammo limits. Almost always there's uniform/camo requirements...sometimes load out requirements. They can be short-day....or multi day. Prep-planning can be from just a hour or so in advance to 6+ months in advance with workup training, etc...

I tend to avoid Type 1...just not interesting for me, but they can be a lot of fun. No muss/fuss.

Type 2 are fun and a great way to see if what you've got works. You won't always get the chance to spend 2 hours creeping into position to get that perfect shot...the games/sets usually don't last that long (but some do).

Type 3 offer a lot of organizational/strategy/tactics stimulation. Usually lots of action but often lots of quieter times too (which some guys don't like).
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Old April 11th, 2013, 16:02   #12
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try Finch's on the 28th
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Old April 12th, 2013, 01:27   #13
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Try Colin's Milsim training day on Apr 20. His game days are usually fast pace and full of fun, and newbie friendly.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 01:31   #14
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+1. Derek's games are well organized and high quality. Finch field is a good field for you to experience. Lunch there is a good treat.
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