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Old February 27th, 2009, 18:27   #1
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Hello once again, time for another newb question

When can I get the gear needed for airsoft?

What do I need?

So far I figure I need:

Hat
Mask or goggles
Jacket
Vest
Pants
Boots
Gloves

Anything else? Also what would the cost be around? Thanks!
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Old February 27th, 2009, 18:33   #2
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Hydration, means of. Whether it's a canteen or a CamelPak, it makes a huge difference during the summer.

Depending on your playing style, kneepads. If you find yourself dropping to one knee on a regular basis, it'll protect you from kneeling on a wrong rock in the wrong place.

A cup is not unreasonable. It's an ugly scene, watching someone who just took one to the dangly bits.

And finally, fill in your profile with your location. Please and thank you.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 18:38   #3
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Hydration, means of. Whether it's a canteen or a CamelPak, it makes a huge difference during the summer.

Depending on your playing style, kneepads. If you find yourself dropping to one knee on a regular basis, it'll protect you from kneeling on a wrong rock in the wrong place.

A cup is not unreasonable. It's an ugly scene, watching someone who just took one to the dangly bits.

And finally, fill in your profile with your location. Please and thank you.
Have a camel pack, not exactly a well camo'd one though.

Filled in the location, thanks for the reminder. Knee pads make sense. Where can I get all this?
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Old February 27th, 2009, 18:40   #4
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Oneshottactical, seals gear, ArmyIssue etc, alot of it could be found right here on the boards
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Old February 27th, 2009, 18:43   #5
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You forgot another important thing....a gun but other then that knee pads would be good
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Old February 27th, 2009, 18:45   #6
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You forgot another important thing....a gun but other then that knee pads would be good
Well YOU forgot mags :P

And to cover MY ass, BBs :P
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Old February 27th, 2009, 18:47   #7
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This is discluding guns, mags, and BB's.

But those could be handy.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 18:53   #8
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touche....everything you have an that list is good and everything else that has been said is recommended
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Old February 27th, 2009, 20:40   #9
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Highly recommended for ourdoor games - Radio. A decent FRS/GMRS. Can be had from Canadian Tire or Walmart.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 22:30   #10
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If you're playing short 20-30 min skirmishes then you can probably just leave your camelbak in the staging area.

If you don't have any polypropylene clothing ("polypro", eg. Under Armour) I suggest you invest in some. Not only can you use it while playing you can also do your jogs or workouts with them and they make you look cooler.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 22:31   #11
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Highly recommended for ourdoor games - Radio. A decent FRS/GMRS. Can be had from Canadian Tire or Walmart.
Interesting, I could pick one up.

Where should I buy all these things? Like CADPAT Gear and what not.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 23:45   #12
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Head over to the local airsoft forum, Joint Operations Calgary aka JOC:

http://www.jocairsoft.ca/forums/index.php

They can help set you up. there's actually a lot of resources in Calgary. Crown Surplus, Seals Action Gear just to name two. PB masks can be had at Walmart, same with the radio.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 00:09   #13
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Head over to the local airsoft forum, Joint Operations Calgary aka JOC:

http://www.jocairsoft.ca/forums/index.php

They can help set you up. there's actually a lot of resources in Calgary. Crown Surplus, Seals Action Gear just to name two. PB masks can be had at Walmart, same with the radio.
Legit, I'll check out the JOC Community.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 01:10   #14
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Well, I'm just gonna expand a bit on the items that you have listed first...

Hat: Headwear is unimportant. Whether you're wearing a bandana, beret, cap, boonie, or helmet, it's really a matter of personal preference. Choose whatever, but usually it's best if it matched the rest of your BDU. And of course, if you're playing in winter, it stands to reason that you wear something that will keep your head warm since you lose the majority of your body heat through your head.

Mask or goggle: In some cases this is a choice, in others it isn't. If you play airsoft on a paintball facility, their insurance requires paintball rated goggles. Even ANZI-rated ballistic goggles won't be accepted. Mask is generally a matter of choice. I haven't seen too any people wearing them outdoors, but I some people like to wear them indoors for CQB because it protects their teeth and faces. If you play elsewhere in private fields or airsoft fields, then usually ballistic goggles are accepted and the best choice. Some will allow ballistic glasses, but sealed goggles are much safer.

Jacket / Pants (BDU): If you're not playing on a team, it generally best to start with a BDU that actually blends into the area where you'll be playing. CADPAT TW, MARPAT or US Woodland or Olive Drab are usually a good basic place to start and will work well in Canadian forests

Vest: You need a vest to carry your stuff. You need to carry extra mags, and often other items in the field, This is the important part of your gear. You want something that's durable, versatile and adaptable. It's preferable to get something that's modular (MOLLE) so you can switch pouches, as necessary for different loadouts. It also doesn't tie you to one specific gun. If you need to carry MP5 mags instead of M16 mags, you can swap pouches easily. Also, try to get this in either olive drab or coyote brown, as those two colors will work with almost any other camo pattern, which will give you options down the road.

Boots: Get good boots. Make sure they're comfortable ad provide good ankle support. Nothing makes for a miserable day in the field like boots that hurt your feet. Get decent ones. Your feet will thank you.

Gloves: If you get some, get some that won't compromise your finger movement. Make sure they give you enough dexterity to operate your equipment properly.

Other good things to have are as mentioned by others:

Knee pads - I see these as very important, probably because I'm older. Trust me. Be kind to your knees. You'll be happy you were in 20 years.

Radio: A radio is nice to have. You don't need to spend a fortune on it. Useable FRS/GMRS radios are fairly cheap, although keep in mind you get what you pay for. If possible, get one that comes with an earpiece and mic so you can have it accessible all the time. A tactical headset is better. There are some replica ones available for reasonable prices too.

Hydration: Whether a canteen or a camelback, if you're playing outside in summer, hydration is a necessity. I like 2-3 litre camelbacks and have them attached to the back of my vest. They carry all the water I need for a day game and I don't have to go refill.

This will give you a good, basic starter setup that both useful and versatile. Once you've played a few games, you'll know what you need to add to your kit to make it work for you.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 01:28   #15
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