I want to preface this with; I was never in the military, law enforcement, or any kind of real application involving military gear. That being said, I’ve had the privilege to work with multiple military and law enforcement, as well as friends of ours.
There are people who have done way cooler stuff than I have, most who have covered the same topics.
Maybe, you should probably read one of their articles or watch one of their videos, however, if you haven’t found theirs as of yet. I’m glad you stumbled across mine here.
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You don’t need to have the most Gucci kit to be combat effective.
Here’s another good point. You CAN have the most Gucci load-out on the field and still not be combat effective.
As it pertains to Airsoft, you don’t have to have the best or newest LBT plate carrier. A $20 reproduction of the same plate carrier can serve you just as well.
In Airsoft there is zero issues with reproductions or cheaper gear. At the end of the day, it’s a game and if you’re a gear fails; it can be replaced and it’s not going to cost you your life or somebody else’s.
It may interfere with your Saturday of fun but it will not make or break you. This article is not about which gear to buy or how much to spend on it It is about the philosophy behind it.
What's that for? Does that make sense?
If someone comes up to you and ask; why do you have XYZ pouch or a piece of gear, you should have an answer for them.
If you can’t explain what it’s for, why it’s placed where it is, and how to effectively use it; Then get rid of it, chances are you probably never needed it.
The “Oh, this is my random snack pouch.” needs to go.
Create a designated spot for it.
Your dump pouch is not a catch-all for anything that you don’t have an actual pouch for. If it needs a pouch get the pouch; i.e. Your rifle magazine, needs a pouch. If it doesn’t need a pouch, don’t attach or purchase one.
Familiarize yourself with your gear, it’s purpose, and it’s function.
Keys to Success on the Field
Understand what you personally need to be combat effective.
High speed operators may tell you that you only need 120 rounds. Which in airsoft can come out to about 4 mags.
Also in airsoft, we engage in prolonged firefights more often and for longer times than most active duty people or special forces. They don’t train for 8-hour prolonged firefights like we face at larger MilSim events.
If you’re reading this and you like to go to the range. Four mags of ammo is usually a good starting point.
If you need a snack find a spot for it, Not a pouch.
In other words, If you don’t need the extra gear, simply don’t get it. Being combat efficient requires you to stay as lightweight and nimble as possible. Adding unnecessary gear only adds to weight, which counters your efficiency.
It’s tempting to carry extra stuff for your buddies, especially in Airsoft. Now aside from carrying extra BB’s for yourself (maybe extra for your friends) and an extra speed loader, you shouldn’t carry extra gear.
Don’t lower your combat effectiveness to support others if it isn’t necessary or part of your role. By doing so you’re lowering the combat effectiveness of the team as a whole.
Familiarize yourself with your Gear.
Familiarize yourself with your gear. There’s no other way around this fact.
This may be a controversial opinion; however, I only have one kit. I have a chest rig in case the scenario calls for it, but my main kit is my ONLY load-out.
If you see me at a public game or an event, I am wearing the exact same gear, with the same number of mags, and same weapons as I would at any other event, big or small.
This is to familiarize myself with my gear. Sure, I may build another load-out in the future once I gotten incredibly comfortable with my primary kit, however that all boils down to what I need, not what looks cool as an attachment.
Spring Cleaning with a Twist
Personally, I clean my house with my load-out on, all the time. Especially, after adding or changing something on it.
Think about it for a second.
When you’re cleaning or doing things around the house, you’re moving around and preforming motions that you won’t normally do while out on the field. However, the fundamentals are still there.
You bend over to pick a dish out of your dishwasher and your dangling pouch slaps you in the chest, then your plate carrier is probably not secured right. You turn around quickly to put a hot pot down and your plate carrier slides backwards it’s probably too loose.
Get comfortable in your gear, in the most engaging and creative ways while you’re at home. Doing so will only improve your movements when you’re out playing.
Think about how effective dry firing is? Players, military personal, law enforcement OBVIOUSLY ALL practice dry firing for one specific reason. Repeating and getting used to your movements and placement is imperative to building muscle memory.
Don’t be afraid to change your gear. Just because you invested in a poor decision doesn’t mean you need to stick with it. You can always sell it or trade it.
If something doesn’t work for you, ask somebody else. Check out other people’s kits ask questions. Everybody loves talking about their own gear so if you ask them trust me they will give you an answer.
Remember the fundamentals that your gear is there to keep you in the fight. To sum it up nicely, your gear should do three things:
- Make holes
- Stop holes
- Plug holes
Anything after that is unnecessary. Think of your gear as an extension of your body. If it interferes with your movement or any regular functions then it should be rethought and changed.
Now that you’ve read my opinion, please spread the word and help others. Pay it forward!