For weekend warriors in Florida, Air soft gun matches are usually just a time for relaxing and enjoying one of their favorite outdoor sports. But those who live near either Miami or Merritt Island can help the needy and the homeless in the new year with a canned food drive.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a Florida police officer shot a black teen in the leg because he was carrying an Airsoft gun, which resembled a real weapon.
The first event will be held on December 30, 2015 at Miami Airsoft, which is located at 7810 NW 98th St, Miami, Florida, 33016. The time will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the evening. The goal is to donate as much food as possible to Feeding South Florida, but Miami Airsoft is generously offering to reduce the admission price by 25 percent for anyone who brings five cans of food.
In addition, Miami Airsoft will be raffling off a CyberGun BlackWater BW15 Compact, Swiss Arms.20g bb’s, and Firepower large capacity speed loaders. One lucky Airsoft player who exhibits good sportsmanship will receive an AirsoftC3 patch.
The canned food drive in Brevard County will be hosted by Combat Zone in Merritt Island on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents will need to fill out waivers for children, and a briefing will begin at 9:30 a.m. The actual event, including the first games, will start around 10:15 a.m.
Typically, Combat Zone focuses on providing paintball combat, but the owners of Combat Zone are working with the Brevard Knights Airsoft team to host the canned food drive for the needy.
“We want to show the community that Brevard’s Airsoft community cares about helping in any way possible,” said Calos E. del Campo of the Brevard Knights. “We will be hosting future events in conjunction with The Beginners Airsoft Players group to continue to grow the sport of Airsoft and to help Combat Zone continue to grow its fields.”
The cost of the Combat Zone ticket for the day will be $10 if you bring five cans of food. Admission does not include rental gear, but you will receive two raffle tickets. It is required that attendees provide their own full-face protection and a gun muzzle cover is required in order to enter.
Although there are no gun restrictions, there are limitations on magazines and the performance of your Airsoft guns (measured in feet per second [FPS]). The rate of fire will also be limited to 30 rounds per second.
- 400 fps for field guns – 10 ft engagement
- 450 fps for support guns – 50 ft engagement
- 550 fps for aeg snipers – 100 ft engagement ( Full auto must be disabled)
- 600 fps for bolt action snipers – 100 ft engagement
“A chronograph will be carried on the field. If anyone is caught with a hot gun, it is automatic dismissal from the days event. No exceptions,” explained the Facebook page for the event.
Any parents considering their options for winter kids activities will probably want to know the difference between airsoft and paintball. The basic gameplay is similar, except that airsoft uses 6 mm plastic BBs, which do not leave any marks. As such, you do not have to worry about your kids’ clothing being covered in paint.
Airsoft guns are also more realistically built and are designed to look and feel like real life guns. Paintball guns use hoppers mounted from the top while airosft guns use magazines shaped like the real ting. Some military simulation (milsim) airsoft players will even limit their ammo count to provide a more realistic gaming experience.
Parents should be aware that airsoft guns, like paintball markers, can and will leave minor bruises. Children should wear long sleeve shirts and pants in order to provide full protection.
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