New Rant Regarding "AirSoft"
I will never understand why today I am bothering to write this rant. As the people it's meant to reach out to are too brainwashed by all the propaganda surrounding it's community to even consider something other than the crap they've been telling themselves since the brief history of time. This is gonna be a very long one so if this is something you don't know or care about, don't bother with it. However if your into airsoft or are interested in what I have to say, I think it's well worth the read. At the bottom there will be a brief summary which you can read instead of the entire rant. The rant is for detailed information and humorous purposes only, and is not needed to get the general point. With that aside, onto the rant.
Please not this entry is based entirely on my own opinion and people make their own choices. I am not responcible for what another person chooses to do.
Airsofter hobbyists who will stop at nothing to destroy "backyard airsofting" tick me off to no end. They believe that brandishing a "replica firearm" in the slightest shred of public view at all is an awful and terrible sin clearly stated in the Bible of AirSoft. Section 1:1 "How not to be a nOOb". This to some extent, is in fact understandable. It's not a good idea for a couple kids to be running around at the park with realistic black or silver guns. That's just asking to scare people and have the cops come. But if they have a decent sized orange tip, or even better, they are clear or transparent, and have a velocity of 315 fps or below, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG with a quick game at a field, in the woods, at a little creek, or perhaps even at a run down old park that dosn't get much pedestrians or traffic, your friend's yard or something like that. Granted your really still not supposed to do it, but personaly I find that there really isn't any harm in it. They are harmless plastic toys. Nobody is gonna see a few kids with a few clear guns at some useless place like that and start foaming at the mouth asking the senate to ban airsoft guns. News flash! Most people who don't actualy play themselves don't even know nor care about airsoft or airsoft guns! Rather than mistaking them to be a firearm, one of two things will probably happen: They will probably think it's some cap gun piece of crap from Toys R Us. Or they, like most people, have heard of pellet and BB guns and will dismiss it as nothing more, especialy after seeing the gun's discharge and only hearing something vaguely resembling a fart. No boom. For god's sake, it's T R A N S P A R E N T. Saying that using clear airsoft guns can scare people is ridiculous. I mean, there are water guns, toy guns, blank guns, cap guns, just to name a few. All of which, I might add, are either Clear, Black, Silver, Chrome or Neon colored! You gonna ask people not to play with those too? Your basicaly asking every kid to put down every toy gun they own, which is an outrageous concept. What's actualy hurting airsoft, are people with black guns who remove the orange blaze to purposfuly scare people, they get their punishment eventualy for it. It's not your problem, don't make such a big deal about it every time it happens and nobody else will. It's just another minor playing a sick joke, happens every day, always will. If they can't use airsoft guns they'll use pocket knives, spraypaint a bubble gun, or something to that effect. There is nothing you can do about it. Get over it.
What also hurts airsoft are some of the actual airsoft players themselves who make such a big deal about cheap springers. When the people and government see that a community is making a fuss about it's own fellow members and guns or items that they use, do you honestly think that helps either? You need to chill out! It's a plastic toy that is relatively harmless. What are you, some kind of hippy? Get over it.
But, alas, they are just looking out for their fellow community and looking out for the idea of being able to play airsoft. Although I don't think they are very smart or good at it. They don't understand "community". All they really want is to able to still shoot off their expensive Classic Armies at designated fields like a good little scout. If that's the case they have nothing to worry about and should stop worrying about AirSoft bans. They don't care about everyday people on low budgets who are just looking for a bit of fun with a springer or electric pistol. They should also think of the right for other people to play airsoft. Not everyone should have to afford a $250+ Automatic electric airsoft gun and have to go to a designated field just to use it. And suppose they are made with the intention of people actualy buying those expensive guns and playing them at expensive places, who in the hell made them Leader of the line? "Professional Hobbyist" does not translate to "Politician". It's not up to the big players to decide what you do. If people want to play with a few springers or cheap electric pistols, that's their choice. They payed for it. Leave them alone. They have just as much right to play as you do. Who's hurting the community more, a few quiet and responcible people who buy a few cheap airsoft guns for some innocent fun or frankly, an utterly annoying flock of supposed professionals picking on everyone else that dosn't meet their Holy standards? Funny how they complain about the Government getting ever so tighter on AirSoft laws but boss around anyone who admits to the horendous crime of playing outside a special field. Or maybe pick on anyone who uses the Cybergun brand. Hypocrite.
Mostly all paintball guns are black/silver and are considered by many to be more painful, and they stain things, leave splats and spots. And you don't see anywhere near as much senseless complaining and whining as you generaly will with airsoft. In past times, every kid had himself an air gun hanged up on his bedroom wall or something similar. They shot at much higher velocities, shot metal BB pellets, and were in rare cases possibly lethal. Yet Nobody cared, know why? Because the majority was responcible with them. That alone says enough.
What REALLY gets me, are the morons who actualy will tell someone that using a harmless airsoft gun in their own backyard is dangerous and is a harm to the airsoft community. That of course, is total BULLCRAP. This is again, propaganda from stuck up hobbyists who probably do very strange things down the barrel of their totaly pimped out Tokyo Marui. It's a T-O-Y. Toy. If the orange blaze is present, or it's a clear gun, your playing quietly in your own backyard shooting at a target or soda can, nobody is gonna bother you! If they do, it's because they are purposfuly being a prick. There are guns made for "plinking" for a reason. In the unlikely event law enforcement show up, they are trained to ask to you to freeze and are NOT supposed to shoot you in a lethal area unless they have to. The second you hear "Freeze!" like you SHOULD, you drop the gun right away, turn around, and explain that it's a toy. This is assuming they didn't already see the orange tip that COMES ATTACHED TO ALL TOY GUNS BY DEFAULT SO PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE FAKE. You should always be accompanied by an adult if your gonna use your airsoft gun in your backyard or wherever, or be an adult for that matter. If you have common sense, have read and follow the safety precautions, and like said before, have an adult present, there is nothing wrong with using something you or your family paid for in the PRIVACY of your own property. Don't let a few geeks who spend hundreds perhaps even thousands of dollars on mere airsoft guns tell you what to do under the watch of your parents or in your home! You let yourself, being an adult, or your parents, being a kid, decide!
Next, are people who sit there and criticize Cybergun and "nOOb" springers. This isn't a very smart thing for them to do. Granted cybergun is a shafty company, but you should write them yourself and tell them your not happy, and/or silently tell your friends or whatever that you don't support or recommend that company. According to these same people, we're lucky we still have airsoft. If that's the case, don't go humiliating and criticizing the few companies who are still out there to produce these supposed controversial products. Shouting all kinds of boycott nonsense and rubbish like some do. Real smart. I'm sure that's doing lots of good for the community as well.
So to sum it all up here are some things you should consider fixing if people honestly believe airsoft will get banned for some reason or another:
1. Stop bossing everyone around and telling them what to buy, where to use it, and how. You arn't the law. That's not looking good for airsoft.
2. Stop making a big fuss everytime some dork get's busted for frightening people with an airsoft gun. All your doing is further spreading word of the incident, making it look like a much bigger problem than it is, and no matter what dumb rule book you cook up, people are gonna do what they want. If it's not an airsoft gun they'll find something else in the shape or form of a gun to scare people with.
3. For god's sake stop screaming all kinds of boycott garbage about Cybergun, KWC, and Crosman products. That dosn't help either. Some people call or consider Airsoft a sport. Well, I haven't seen anyone grumble about using a Wilson basketball, see what I'm saying?
4. Be responcible with your airsoft guns, and show that your responcible. Teach your friends and fellow players to be responcible and use common sense.
5. Write your government if you don't like what see about airsoft and law. Explain to them why you think they are making a bad move. Don't join the crowd and boss around, push and shove all the newbs because you think it's the only difference you can make. And if it is, you have no place bothering in my opinion.