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Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« on: January 19, 2009, 11:49:20 PM »
I don't know about you but I love taking a person who has never even touched a gun and converting them into a safe and enthusiastic shooter.  There are a few issues you come up against though. 

1.  I am always worried that the new shooter will act in an unsafe matter from lack of listening or just that sort of that blank confused look some of them get the fist time they shoot.

2.  New shooters are often intimidated by the firearm and getting them to shoot with good fundamentals is often about getting beyond their fear of the gun rather then getting them to understand what to do.

3.  New shooters often don't believe the coach who says you are jerking the trigger, pulling to down and left, etc.

4.  Unless you are lucky with a huge back yard out in the sticks, shooting requires a trip to the range.

Airsoft solves a lot of these things.  Safety wise there is still enough danger of injury to make your safety warnings matter but no one is going to die (WEAR EYE PROTECTION).  The weapons have all the functions, features and dimensions of their real counter parts for training and since you can shoot them at targets at reasonable defensive distances they give instant feed back to the shooter as to how well they are doing.   When a shooter jerks instead fo squeezes it is evident and when they pull you can actually see the bb respond in flight.   Most shooters will not be intimidated by them (no recoil, no muzzle blast, no fear of death) so they focus on taking in your instructions.  You get to view them with a weapon, reenforce safety and know your student before you go to a rim or center fire weapon.  Last you can shoot in a garage or back yard with a sheet hung from a ceiling or pvc frame as a back stop (if a backstop is even needed). 

Even law enforcement groups, professional shooters and many hunters are adopting airsoft as a tools for training and off season shooting.  Yet to me they are a great tool for new shooters and coaches of the same, what do ya'll think?
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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2009, 12:43:58 AM »
Late last year, Sighting In With Shooting USA did a story on Taran Butler - 3-Gun Champion, numerous IPSC, USPSA, IDPA wins, etc.  Butler was highlighted teaching actors and actresses proper firearms safety, use and marksmanship.  For initial training with some students, if I recall correctly, he used airsoft firearms for all the exact same reasons as you mention.  So, I know at least one accomplished firearms marksman would agree with you.

BTW, I think it is a good idea too!   ;D
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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2009, 04:37:37 PM »
thats what i'm really starting my nephews (thier ages are 13 and 11) out on is airsoft and b.b. gunsi do have them a couple weapons. i dont totally trust them with the r4eal things as of yet. still trying to get them to think while they have them in thier hands.

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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2009, 05:09:09 PM »
I agree with the use of airsoft as a training tool. Some people have expressed concern over the existence of airsoft and I think some of their concerns are legitimate but those are the same legitimate concerns people have had with BB guns for years. These concerns usually stem from the unsupervised use of these tools by children. These are not toys and should not be treated with any less respect than a "real" firearm.

As already mentioned airsoft can be used to train in environments where you couldn't use a firearm which opens up all kinds of training opportunities. With airsoft every home can be a shoot house where you can practice scenarios without damage to your home. You can also practice shooting from unconventional positions that would get you kicked off most square ranges. All that and it's cheap too!
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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009, 06:27:22 AM »
New shooters scare the crap out of me.  Actually, anyone with a gun who I haven't been around before scares the crap out of me.  It's the whole "unknown factor" thing that gets me.  How are they going to handle their firearm...that kind of thing.

Great episode BTW.  I saw the title & was like "crap, Airsoft?".  Salient points though & well done.
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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2009, 09:10:44 AM »
I would like to learn more about Airsoft. I have talked with DH about finding a shooting range so I can practice and he wants to buy a gun for me, but we live far enough out that it is a pain and expensive to drive to the Big City. We used to shoot on our property, but too many neighbors now. Airsoft sounds like it would be a great way for me to practice often.

I'm not finding any good websites about Airsoft. Any recommendations? DH hasn't heard of Airsoft and I don't know enough about the subject to find "beginner" info.

(Jack, I never thought I would post a message on the weapons portion of your site. Thanks for drawing me in.)

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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2009, 09:20:54 AM »
So, I'm a dope. I finally figured out that Airsoft apparently isn't a brand name. (Told you I'm a beginner. Be kind.  ;)) That would be why I wasn't getting anywhere. So, don't think DH is a dope as well; he hasn't listened to the show. Of course he knows about them, I was just presenting it as a brand name. DUH!

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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2009, 09:34:10 AM »
Check out

http://www.airsoftextreme.com

They are good friends of John over at SOE and John has been very good to us here and continues to do so.  The stuff on that site is the higher quality gear, nothing wrong with starting out with a 20 dollar springer but if you move up in quality or just want top quality right from the get go, give these folks a crack at your business.  When John tells me a supplier is good to go, I absolutely know they are.
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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2009, 09:47:21 AM »
Thanks, Jack. I did check Airsoft Extreme before, but it's a bit overwhelming for my lack of knowledge at this point. I'm going to look through it again though.  :)

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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2009, 09:49:46 AM »
I am going to post today about a very basic affordable spring gun I use.  I will add more models over time and hopefully other members can do the same with what they own and shoot.  There are lots of Airsoft Forums but most cater to the war game types.  I have nothing at all against that but many new folks just want to shoot targets, train when they can't go to the range, etc.  I hope we can form a knowledge base here for that type of crowd.
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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2009, 10:11:39 AM »
That's me, Jack. I want to target shoot. I'll watch for your post and posts from others as well. Thanks! DH needs to pick up some ammo this week, so I'm going to ask the guys at that store for some info as well.

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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2009, 11:08:05 AM »
The review is posted, I will try to do some vids this weekend and get them on Youtube of some of the targets we shoot at etc.
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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2009, 04:30:56 PM »
Jack,

If you'd like, I can try and get some videos made also. I'm not sure as to the quality of video that my camera can make however. Just let me know if you'd like some help on this particular part of the forum.

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Re: Using Airsoft for New Shooters
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2010, 03:04:36 PM »
Looks like I need an Airsoft gun.  ;D
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