Airsoft combat training

2015-06-10 06:00

Cindy Robyn Albon in an Airsoft game.

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AIRSOFT, a new combat sport, is becoming increasingly popular in Pietermaritzburg. The sport creates realistic scenarios for players to practice their combat and tactical skills.

Ronaldo Fourie of Scarlett Tactical, runs the Airsoft scene in Pietermaritzburg.

He said there is a variety of places and training grounds for the players to go to and practice on from vacant factory buildings to vacant plots of land allowing for a variety of environmental simulations.

Fourie said that there are many teenagers who have joined the sport.

“Many parents are happy to get their children out of the house and doing something rather than them being stuck to the TV playing play-station games. This allows them to experience something similar in real life.”

He explained that although the sport uses weapons that are similar to the real thing, the weapons fire tiny plastic pellets which do not cause any injury to players.

Airsoft has attracted members of the army, police and game rangers as it helps with their tactical training to ensure they are always ready to take on work in the field.

“Airsoft has been used to train over 200 rangers for KZN Wildlife to equip them to deal with the growing issue of rhino poaching.”

Fourie said that players range from 13 to 65 and include everyone from ballerinas to soldiers.There will be a charity game in Hammarsdale on Saturday in honour of D-Day which is commemorated on 6 June.

Players are required to bring R100, which they would usually pay for entrance fee, in the form of tinned food donations which will be given to the widows of soldiers in the city.

For more information about the sport, contact Fourie on 072 659 5085.

Airsoft has attracted members of the army, police and game rangers as it helps with their tactical training to ensure they are always ready to take on work in the field

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