Over the last couple of years we have increased our range of modern military kit to include increasing amounts of Airsoft gear. So this Summer we decided to have a staff day out to give it a go ourselves. Here’s how we got on.
Since Epic Militaria began 10 years ago we have mostly sold WW2 Militaria and Army Surplus. However, in the latter half of this time we have began selling more and more modern military gear. One activity however which seems to draw upon all of our items is Airsofting. Of course our modern gear such as combat vests and pouches are ideal for Airsofters, and we’ve also got a great range of masks and protective gear. But we’ve also spoken to loads of Airsofters who love surplus gear as it offers great performance and concealment for really good prices. Mikey, who you might remember from our Focus on Flecktarn blog, is a keen Airsofter. His love of Flecktarn was again in full display at our staff do, and came in full Flecktarn atire. WW2 items are also becoming increasingly popular for Airsoft. One group we have spoken to regularly in the past are Section 8 up in Scotland, who enjoy Airsofting in their Dot Peas Uniforms.
For our afternoon of Airsofting we mostly went for the DPM overalls, apart from a few members of staff who had been before. Jon had come fully kitted out in modern gear, and was itching to test out his new Airsoft rifle for the first time. Mikey was in full Flecktarn giving him great concealment. Adrian is also a keen Airsofter and although we mocked him for electing for Desert Camo in a lush Welsh woodland, he still seemed to come out from nowhere and catch us unawares. Their experience and practice meant we had to split them up, and this proved a very good call once we got out there.
We had a brilliant time Airsofting for the afternoon, with a combination of capture the flag, king of the hill and other situation games. Most of the matches were even and closely fought, and we all learnt alot about Airsoft. Its also given us some great ideas for new products, so we will be looking to keep growing our range soon.
We’d like to thank Shoreline for hosting us, who put on a great afternoon of Airsoft for us. They will be sure to see a few of us popping down again in the future! One event we are looking forward to popping along to is their upcoming Zulu Hour event. It is an overnight Airsoft event which is going to be bringing loads of people from across Wales and beyond, with more details coming soon. We’re excited to see how live-updating maps on plasma screen look, as well as some of the other ideas they have in store for the night! We plan to come along with a few Airsoft supplies as well, just in case anyone gets there and find their boots haven’t got enough grip or they don’t have enough pouches on their load out. We’ll also do another blog about the event closer to the time.