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New field offers place for people to use airsoft guns in a safe environment
LAWSON, MO (KCTV) –
The owners of a new airsoft field want to make sure guns like the ones used there aren’t mistaken for the real thing, in the real world.
“They do look real, that’s what we’re going for. It’s where you have them and what you’re doing with them,” said Gregory “Patches” Smith, an airsofter out of Topeka.
Video from Smith’s helmet cam during an airsoft battle shows people in gear sneaking around and shooting at opposing teams. Smith goes by the name Patches on the field.
“If you want to break it down to its simplest form, it’s tag with BBs. Two teams split up, you get hit, you’re out. You can medic and come back in, but think Call of Duty, but real life,” one participant said.
Smith said part of the draw of airsoft is the real look, feel and weight of the weapons.
“(Part of the draw is it looks like the real thing) You run around with your magazine, battery in the butte stock, that’s it, no hopper, no tank,” he said.
Smith and about 200 other airsofters are waging war at the Macko Advanced Combat Center, just outside Lawson, MO. The MACC, as they call it, is the first specific airsoft combat area in the metro.
“A safe place to airsoft out of the view of the public, legally, safely,” said Bobby “Kilroy” Risinger with the combat center.
“You hear all the stories that kids are playing in the woods back behind the house, the neighbors don’t know what’s going on. This is 45 minutes outside Kansas City. It’s a legitimate place to play safely,” Tim “Titan” Archuletta with the combat center said. “(It’s) out of the public’s eye. Everyone knows what’s going on.”
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