Back in July, over 40 FK members gathered in the small town of Dorking, United Kingdom, for a two day airsoft meetup. In between games, the PR team grabbed a couple of FK members aside to immortalize their presence with a picture of two. This article will showcase a few of those members and we couldn't resist ourselves to ask them a couple of questions as well. Meet Silentgunner13, ThatWalder and NotConnor.
Hi @SilentGunner13, when did you get into airsoft and what makes it so fun to do?
I got into airsoft around March this year. I'd watched videos around it and always thought it looked like fun but never had the time or money. It was only at the start of this year that I started seriously researching the airsoft scene in Ireland and trying to get an idea of how much it'd cost to get myself set up. I played a few rental games early in the year. @Mittens then invited me down to play airsoft in Wicklow with him, @Whiskers and @SABER. This was the first big game I'd played in an outdoor venue with a gun that wasn't a crap M4/G36 rental (SABRE lent me his LVOA). I also rescued the cat brothers' boots from their mother's house on my way down which is a story in itself. After that I got my own RIFs and started playing a bit more seriously. Airsoft is fun to play for me because its therapeutic. Running around, looking like a badass/idiot/badass idiot and playing a game with a good team is a great way to shake off stress from the previous week at work. Especially when people come to the event with the right attitude and equipment such as radios... and brains. Plus its one of the only times in life where it is socially acceptable to magdump a minor without going to jail.
As an experienced airsoft player, did you enjoy the FK airsoft weekend?
I wouldn't say I'm 'experienced'. I'm somewhere around the amateur mark at this point. I don't even have UKARA yet.. however having done a number of games the FK event was fucking fantastic. You saw people from all across the spectrum (in more than one sense of the word) from the guys showing up in tracksuits and hoodies to the guys who've poured hundreds into their gear. But despite this disparity, everybody had fun. People called their hits, nobody got salty, and really it was just like an FK mission in real life with people doing stupid shit I.e. @Whiskers transitioning into a barrel and @Tobe picking a fight with a tree (and losing). Even the total newbies to airsoft got really into it. People really got into the spirit of the weekend and I don't think a single person left that weekend disappointed. I sure as shit didn't. I'd do it again next week if you asked me to... and paid for my airfare....and promised not to send @EHOPPPS to collect me.
In a big way, I enjoyed the meetup because it was something different. I was getting tired of how monotonous my 9-5 life was getting, so when the opportunity to get shot at by a bunch of people who I've never met (but many I consider good mates) came about ? Fuck yeah, I'm doing that. For me though, the best part was seeing people help each other out. Like @Vesper Akiri helping people with weapon malfunctions or @mulletshock lending me a few spare mags on the Saturday and of course, the legend of @andyt90 lending me his absolute unit of an M16A2. Seeing everybody in person helping each other out, and most importantly, having a good time (especially at the pub) made me realise that despite the running joke about FK being a bit of a toxic community, it isn't in reality. It's filled with a bunch of fucking legends I'm proud to call friends, from all around the world. In fact, the meetup actually dispelled a few misconceptions and judgements that I had made about some people. The meetup just felt like a massive lads (and ladies!) holiday with a bunch of lovable nerds all there to have a good time, and I cannot wait for the next one
The cap is Viper Tactical
Weapon is a G&G TR16 (lent from @andyt90, magazines also lent from him) but have my own G&G Raider CM16 SRL and a WE P226
Gloves are Highlander Raptor fingerless
Plate Carrier is a an Olive Assault vest from GFC Tactical with mag pouches, IFAK, Radio pouch etc
Shirt is an Olive UBACS from Magcomsen
Radio is a Baofeng UV-5R
Battle belt from bulldog tactical with util pouch, phone pouch, dump pouch and pistol holster
Multicam trousers from Tacvasen with integrated kneepads
Multicam Boots from Savage Island
@ThatWalder, how did you get in to airsoft?
I got into airsoft due to there being an airsoft society at the university which I attended (then dropped out of after 2 years). I got all my uni housemates into airsoft and the society was full a great group of light minded adults with a secret bloodlust and most of us where gamers at heart. We would go airsoft in a old world war 2 bunker on Tuesday nights and on the Sunday we would head to one of the local outdoor large sites.
While others went full milsim, you went full slav. What's the story behind the outfit?
I think I went full slav because a lot of us recently been playing a lot of Escape from Tarkov as a groups and we always seem to have a laugh. I didn't have many milsim gear or equipment but I have bits and bobs which I just scavenged together. So Scav Slav was born from that.
Adidas striped tracksuit bottoms
Adidas striped tracksuit hoodie
steel toe cap boots
@Vesper Akiri's AK
Other gear: South African Assault Vest, Olive Viper Long sleeve shirt, Nuprol olive half mask and Nuprol mesh eye pro (always wear protection kids)
@Not Connor, we've got to ask the story behind your outfit. Were you inspired by something, or just felt like not going full camo?
I was kind of inspired by a lot of what ive seen from PJs and PRs in the US special forces, just kind of looking serious and geared up and wearing a silly shirt (hawaiian) or otherwise, so its always been a thing to keep it serious but also have a bit of fun with it.
What's your most memorable experience from the FK airsoft meetup, or the FK meetup in general?
It was probably when @Tobe demolished the barrel in like the second game, or even the last game with him playing it in a cheerleader outfit.
The carrier was a JPC style plate carrier with some mag pouches on the side as well as a dangler for some storage
The most notable other things about the loadout would just be the holster (modified drop holster)
Two toned CZ-P09 pistol by ASG
The clothing was mostly cheap stuff i actually got for the meetup, stuff i didnt mind getting dirty and again going for a special forces kind of look where things like uniform and camo dont matter as much as style
The rifle I borrowed from @mulletshock as well as the sling, but all other equipment used was mine.
Which of the three outfits do you enjoy the most? Comment below ?