June 28, 2011
Airsoft force-on-force is becoming increasingly important to serious personal defense training.Â 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.
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 (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. 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.