I don’t know about you, but after several years of skirmishes and MilSim games, I feel kinda “meh” about it all. Having run sites you get to see the underbelly and sometimes it’s not as nice as you would like. I have met some amazing people and forged some lasting friendships that I’m truly grateful for; I just need something more from Airsoft…
I was always aware of IPSC and Action Air and I’d loosely kept an eye on the situation but I’d never really moved forward with it in any productive way. That was until late 2019 when I purchased myself a budget set up with the view to giving it a go. Then Covid happened. In the real world, I work in Health and Social Care so, as I’m sure you can imagine, I was a touch busy and my focus has been elsewhere. Now though, as we were due to be released from the clutches of restrictions in the UK, I decided to start looking at it again.
I’m not the first to express an interest in practical or competitive shooting here at Airsoft Action. Bill likes a bit of “Airsoft 3 Gun” and keeps going on and on about it. Nige is, of course, intimately involved (and very good friends) with the master Airsoft Surgeon, Clarence Lai, and the Airsoft Surgeon Championships, plus we have our AA Legionnaire, “Chewbacca”, who writes regularly about his escapades in the practical shooting world. As a result, I have access to a wealth of knowledge, individuals, and experience from those who are in the know.
That, though, is not a resource that I am going to tap into! I want to try and explore the interesting world of IPSC and Action Air under my own steam. I want to do my own research. I want to discover and experience all the wonderful and woeful elements for myself, without being pre-warned or being given a leg up. I want to buy the wrong kit, fail and fumble miserably and learn what’s needed. I want to put in the training and learn from my mistakes. I want to enter a competition only to come last. That’s where the fun is.
And so, I invite you to join me on a journey. A journey that demonstrates just how terrible a shooter I am. A journey that demonstrates the pros and cons of the IPSC and Action Air World. A journey that you can walk – and, if you wish, shoot - with me. A journey from the start.
I guess that the first question I should answer is, what is Practical Shooting?
The UK Practical Shooting Association states: “The dynamic marksmanship discipline of Practical Shooting requires a blend of accuracy, power, and speed so that you acquire a winning combination. The discipline includes multiple targets, moving targets, targets that react when hit, penalty targets, or even partially covered targets, obstacles, and movement. These all play a part in the challenging sport of practical shooting”
…and “The idea is simple. The shooter tackles competitive ‘stages’ requiring varying numbers of rounds and using different shooting positions, against the clock. The appeal of the sport lies in the diversity of the courses of fire available to the shooter – they are different for every match. Targets vary in size, shape, position and material – metal, paper or frangible – from a variety of distances (from 3 to 300 meters)”.
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