Airsoft: masses descend for ‘war on terror’ in PMB

2012-05-02 00:00

WHILE Pietermaritzburg enjoyed a relatively quiet long weekend, little did residents know that the “war on terror” was playing out within and around the city limits.

Masses of people descended on Pietermaritzburg from all over South Africa, including Gauteng, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Welkom, and Cape Town to take part in the “international war on terror”, a three-day Airsoft tournament hosted by Scarlet Tactical.

Ronaldo Fourie, one of the owners of Scarlet Tactical, said Airsoft is a military simulation game played with air rifles with the look and feel of real rifles that shoot plastic pellets.

The scenario for this tournament was based on the “war against terror” with venues simulating actual terrain like Afghanistan (Merrivale) and Indonesia (Hammarsdale).

However, Fourie explained, the game is not just for fun.

An anti-poaching course is also being developed in conjunction with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, to take the war against rhino poachers to the next level, utilising Airsoft as a realistic training aid to evaluate anti-poaching teams in the field.

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