Like many people my first experience of airsoft was with a work day out, at an indoor airsoft arena. On paper is sounded like a great idea. 20 or so complete newbies, who's sole aim was to take out their vengeance on the office, running around with fake guns, shooting the crap out of the managers. What could go wrong?
The reality was somewhat different. Everyone got annoyed with the welts over their body and the pain from being hit. The issue was 2 fold. Firstly we were in an indoor setting, laid out for CQB or Close Quarter Battle, an environment in which range was limited to an absolute maximum distance of 12 meters, with most of the hits being within 2 to 5 meters. The 2nd issue was the ammo - the weight of which has a significant impact on, well it's impact on you!
So while we all loved the idea initially, like lambs to the slaughter, only around 2 or 3 of us actually enjoyed the experience. As a result, at the half way point, we'd lost half the team on both sides and everyone wanted to switch to the gel gun alternative. The problem there being, that because gel guns don't hurt, it became a free for all and tactics and skill went out of the window,