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|11-25-2012, 05:36 PM||#11 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Sep 2011
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|11-25-2012, 05:36 PM||#12 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Salem OR
I got a friend who plays airsoft and it can be far more expensive than paintball. With airsoft, you are expected to look the part and have all your gear and gun fit the era the game is set for. Unless you play the same game all the time everytime, your going to have multiple sets of camo, vests, guns, and everthing else. In addition, 8.4V batteries are the toss aways, 9.6v and lipo batteries are the trend as well as having several batteries on hand plus car chargers. There are upgrades and things that get upgraded all the time, barrrels, hop-up, batteries, magazines (cause you can't use hi-cap all the time), visiting some mid sized airsoft events, the players spend less on the ammo but I see them spending far more on each setup.
For filling Co2 tanks, not sure how it is for everyone else but its only a $5 charge for all day fills here and if you get the premium tank being HPA, free refills at the fields. Plus with HPA, getting a fill is far easier than having to wait for a charge or swapping batteries. If your serious into airsoft, your probably going to burn up a few batteries.
For cleaning, if the player is using an A5, I would say maintenance is roughly 5hrs a year tops unless you are ocd. For me, I can spend less than 5hrs a year cleaning 6+ tippmanns and that's just to clean the paint off them.
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|11-25-2012, 05:41 PM||#13 (permalink)|
Limited paint FTW
I do agree that airsoft is cheaper than paintball, but the figures are a little off in my opinion. For one, I don't know a single person that spends an hour cleaning their A5 after a day of play; hell, most A5s are lucky if they get throughly cleaned even once a year. And the amount of paint shot, 88 cases is sure a lot for an A5. Even half that much is still high end estimate.
|11-25-2012, 05:44 PM||#14 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Beaver Falls PA (outside Pittsburgh)
I can shoot a case a day but I have to change what pack I am wearing from a 3 pod to a 5 and make a point to shoot a hopper and 2 pods per game. I can do it but their is very little movement by me cause I'm too busy shooting I used to do this all the time and did not get a lot of people out. Since I have went to carrying less paint (3 pods and a hopper) and playing mech or pump I have gotten quite a bit better with my KD ratio
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|11-25-2012, 06:32 PM||#16 (permalink)|
Not playing nearly enough
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Layton, UT
4000 rounds per day? My wife and I combined could barely manage that much paint in a 2 day scenario event, together! 1000 rounds per player per day played with hundreds of target players to shoot at. On a typical Rec day of play, I might use up to 500 rounds of paint... if I'm playing semi.
Still, airsoft has a lower cost of entry. You can buy a crappy springer and a container of BBs for dirt cheap. Of course, the quality stinks but if you and your buddies all have the same crappy gear, no problem right? Once the upgrade arms race begins, it's no different than paintball.
It was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing.
|11-25-2012, 06:35 PM||#17 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
My figures are more like 5-7 cases a year playing stock class. I've got it down to where the main cost is driving to the field.
Half the time I play some renters just hand over their extra paint, usually ranging from a pod to a bag.
It's ridiculous how nice people are that play this game, given you have positive attitude.
Most people probably spend less on this game than the average smoker would on cigarettes. Keep on shooting my friends.
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|11-25-2012, 06:47 PM||#18 (permalink)|
|11-25-2012, 07:02 PM||#19 (permalink)|
Sure it might be cheaper, but you're comparing two different activities. I have never played Airsoft, so I am not really qualified to make much of a comment but from what I have seen, Airsoft seems to focus much more on Military Simulation. Of course, there is a segment of the paintball market that does the same thing, but there are still a lot of paintball players who don't necessarily want to look like they are in the Army. I don't want my marker to look like an M-16 or a variant thereof... Sure, I may wear camo in the woods, but that's because it makes sense to be able to hide better. And I specifically wear tiger stripe to avoid appearing like I am in some kind of uniform. (Yes, yes, US and ARVN forces wore tiger stripe in Viet-Nam. But it was never an officially adopted pattern like MARPAT, or ACU...) Paintball is more based on old fashioned games like tag and hide-and-seek, with the shoot-your-buddy element thrown in for fun. I only surmise that Airsoft is similar, but with more of a focus on re-enactment. I don't want to re-enact anything. I just want to hunt my friends down in the woods and shoot them. Any semblance between that activity and, say, US Army small unit tactics is coincidental. Both me playing paintball, and Rangers hunting Taliban (for example,) are still hunting, and use the same (or at least similar)tactics. But I don't necessarily want to pretend that I am in some military unit. Airsofters, it seems to me, like that much more that paintballers tend to.
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|11-25-2012, 07:07 PM||#20 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: St.Catharines, Ont
I spend $20 a weekend. How many people still use CO2? This was probably written by a airsoft player/retailer. People will do anything for sales.
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