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Guns of PDTV–Airsoft Force-On-Force

by Scott E. Mayer   |  June 28th, 2011 10

Airsoft lets us validate tactics such as Clint Smith's lesson to not let your leg and it's femoral artery lead the way as you pie a corner.Airsoft force-on-force is becoming increasingly important to serious personal defense training.  It’s the opportunity to try tactics against a live and thinking opponent who shoots back so you can see if those tactics work in the real world before committing them to your tool box. Just as with George’s martial arts skills, a shooting skill is of no use if you can’t use it for real in training, which is why we like using quality airsoft guns on PDTV.

Airsoft lets us validate tactics such as Clint Smith’s lesson to not let your leg and it’s femoral artery lead the way as you pie a corner. If an airsoft-shooting “bad guy” sees that leg, the smart sting of a BB will let you know quickly, painfully, but not lethally, that you just made a tactical mistake. Airsoft also lets you train where you can’t fire a real gun.

Airsoft are simply replica "guns" that fire 6mm plastic BBs--usually at about 300 to 350 fps.

 

 

If you’re not familiar with airsoft, these are simply replica “guns” that fire 6mm plastic BBs–usually at about 300 to 350 fps. There is a wide range of quality out there when it comes to airsoft guns, which is why we choose guns exclusively from X-Caliber Tactical. They simply don’t stock junk.

This season, we're using WE-Tech 1911 gas blowback 1911s. These all-metal guns have the exact same heft and feel as our .45 ACP Nighthawk 1911s.

This season, we’re using WE-Tech 1911 gas blowback 1911s (r.). These all-metal guns have the exact same heft and feel as our .45 ACP Nighthawk 1911s (l.).

Controls operate exactly the same--same slide release, safeties, magazine release, and even the magazines feel the same as .45 mags.

Controls operate exactly the same–same slide release, safeties, magazine release, and even the magazines feel the same as .45 mags. Functionally, these airsoft guns have reciprocating slides, muzzle blast, go to slide lock when the magazine runs empty and are amazingly accurate.

Functionally, these airsoft guns have reciprocating slides, muzzle blast, go to slide lock when the magazine runs empty and are amazingly accurate.

From holsters to accessories, the fit, function and compatibility between these airsoft guns and the real thing leave nothing to be desired.

Just as eye and ear protection are necessary when training with a real gun, eye and face protection are necessary when shooting airsoft. These BBs will take out eyes, chip teeth, and I don’t even want to think what would happen if shot directly in the ear hole. It’s also imperative that when you go into a force-on-force training scenario, that there are absolutely no real weapons available–not even so much as a ballpoint pen that might be instinctively grabbed in the stress of training and used as a stabbing weapon.

Force-on-force has finally debunked a lot of personal defense myths. It has also helped to develop personal defense tactics that really work. With airsoft, regular people concerned with their personal defense and serious about their training have a safe and affordable means of working out the solutions to their personal defense concerns.Just as eye and ear protection are necessary when training with a real gun, eye and face protection are necessary when shooting airsoft.

  • Brian

    Very well thought out article. I see a growing (and profitable) market for these airsoft training tools. As a newly introduced (real) gun owner to this form of non-lethal training I've found it to be invaluable. For those who live in southern Californina, keep an eye on the politicians who are trying to remove this training aid based on illogical, uninformed, mis-represented self interests.

  • BPSniper

    Hey Scott, what's the price range of a GOOD one of those things? Is it practical?

    • Scott E. Mayer

      BP, a GOOD handgun is in the $200-$250 range. M4 Carbine you can get a GOOD one for $375-$400, but top of the line stuff I've seen as high as $1,500. A precision bolt gun in the $400 -$500 range.

      • Jacob

        alright i dont know where you have been looking for the airsoft guns but good pistols normally run from $110-$160 if you are including the KWA MP7 as part of their pistol line then maybe you would reach $250. M4s range from about $175 to $250 and unless you are really trying to get into airsoft as a sport there really is no need to buy Tokyo Mauri or any of the other top of the line companies, however if a person does want to get into airsoft after buying a JG M4 they can easily upgrade them to work better than the $400 guns. Im not trying to be an ass I am just trying to throw out some other inforation so people who want to get the training in can find economically friendly guns that are still good quality. I have been playing airsoft as a sport for about 5 years now and have seen that for some reason the more a person pays for an AEG or gas blow back the more the major expensive components tend to break just as a heads up. If people want to get names of reputable companies to buy from i would and have gotten into contact with major companies such as Evike.com or airsoftgi.com just as a place to start

  • Jay

    Sorry, but WE guns *are* junk. There are far better built, more reliable & more accurate options on the market.

  • David W

    I agree with Jay. As a retailer situated in ireland i have had a good deal of experience with the many various Brands out there. there is a much wider variety of better quality handguns to chose from. The Main Problem with airsoft pistols is the propellant. Green Gas Pistols (such as the WE above) are restricted in performance by cold weather ie the gas loses pressure and therefore performance. Another matter is the construction of the gun. A full metal pistol with a heavy metal slide will be much heavier on gas than a pistol with a slide made of aluminum or ABS plastic. Examples of this would be Tokyo Marui 1911s of Japan. The gun is full ABS slide and frame owning to japans gun laws. however this means that the gas will last much longer in cold weather states.

    Another option is to go for C02 powered pistols which are not affected as much in cold weather, and have a much harder kick that green gas pistols. Eg: KJ works 1911 A1. (Loud and snappy!)

    • Scott E. Mayer

      David and Jay, what are your thoughts on the Western Arms and Tokyo Marui that X-Caliber stocks?

      David, how could an ABS plastic slide and frame possibly handle or balance like a real 1911? I'm not concerned about the gas lasting. We load our airsoft 1911s with only 8 BBs anyhow, since that his how many a real 1911 holds. My main concern is getting a gun with weight, balance and controls exactly like the real gun.

  • Brian J

    I have used and own a KWA PTP Mark III. This 1911 blow back pistol simulates function pretty well. Got it for under $200 with gas 2500 pellets and a magazine. Other than no recoil, I love it.

    It fits all my 1911 holsters and is fairly accurate out to 20yds.

    For CQB training it has been invaluable for me.

  • David W

    Well Scott, both WA and Tokyo Marui are two top quality brands, with both giving options for upgrades and modifications to their range of 1911s. There are also many 3rd party manufacturers producing parts for these guns.

    Classic Army makes a 1911 A1 which is very close to real steel weight. They perform very well and are quite reasonably priced.

    I also agree with Brian J About KWA. I own a few versions of the 1911s that they produce and find the quality and weight in the models i have, while not quite as heavy as real steel, is very close. EG the "DUTY One" range.

    Also you have SOCOM gear. Their pistols are based on the WE design, but more reliable, better fitting slides, and with better markings

    As for the ABS plastic range of Toyko Marui, i would never insinuate that they would bee anywhere near the weight of a real 1911. they are highly accurate pistols, which can can be upgraded to have metal slides and frames.

    At the end of the day myself, and many of the guys who shoot over here with replica pistols, agree that if you want to simulate anything near to real weight and kickback, a Co2 pistol is the only way to go. There are many companies offering these pistols in various styles, either modern or classic. As i stated i prefer the KJ works 1911 A1 Co2, as it has a hard kick and is very loud, something to which would add to the training experience.

  • Jay

    @Scott E. Mayer

    WA and TM both produce excellent pistols. Of the two, however, I would recommend TM. WA's can be a bit more finicky and fragile than the TM's – but the issue can be confused as some models are better than others. Brian J mentions the KWA range. Their M9's (in full metal) are excellent, indeed, i'd rate them as being superior to both the TM and WA M9 and Beretta 92 range, however, if you want a 1911, then TM probably make the best of the bunch.

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