09 Jun Why you should learn to shoot with Real Caps
Why you should learn to shoot with Real Caps
In today’s blog we’re going to cover why we’ve started using real caps for doing Airsoft, what our findings are by using them and why you should start using them as well.
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What we do
So as already mentioned, we use real capacity magazines for both our events and training sessions when it comes to doing Airsoft.
To be more precise, in our case that means 30 rounds for assault rifles which puts us into a very small group of players that do this.
This is somewhat the opposite of what we see these days. Because nowadays the majority of players seem to rather spray and pray with bigger and bigger capacity magazines in Airsoft. Even so that drum mags are becoming more and more popular these days.
A quick comparison
To be more specific, when we talk about drum mags in Airsoft we’re talking about 2000 to 5000 rounds compared to the 210 rounds we individually carry with our 7 magazines. These amounts of shots doesn’t only make everything very unrealistic in our eyes, but also becomes somewhat ridiculous.
This makes us think the sport has nothing to do with skills anymore these days, but more about how much you’re willing to spend on ammunition. Which is off-course something the manufactures love to see.
Is the progression in airsoft destroying what we love about it?
The Airsoft industry is developing itself towards more and more shooting at a faster and faster rate of fire which is all awesome to see on a technical level, because we’re pushing the limits of what these guns are capable off.
But what we don’t realize is that we’re destroying some aspects of the sport or hobby like simply doing a reload or putting in some effort to do teamwork.
The effects of this can already be seen on the field and even on the internet these days. Because shooting that much in a very short amount of time, in a contact sport like this, can trigger conflicts, especially with short-tempered people which will always be present. And let’s be honest, nobody likes to get shot in such a way, especially from up close.
To be fair, this may be one of the reasons that gives our already quite “controversial sport” a bad image to the outside world.
It’s even getting so ridiculous these days that some people who entered the sport for more realism which was the big difference compared to Paintball are actually quitting Airsoft and that’s not a good thing.
One man army players
Besides that, we’re also seeing an image of people wanting to be a one man army somehow. We sure think this has to do with the image shown on social media these days by some famous players out there that take down opponents after opponents and can’t seem to stop making killstreaks.
We know there are plenty of ways to make it look like you’re invincible to the viewer, because we’re doing editing ourselves.
But besides that, you can also question yourself: Would this guy survive that long or take down that many opponents if he suddenly needed to reload? Well, we can give you the answer easily and it is a big “NO”.
Our aim for gameplay videos
And that’s one of the things we aim to bring differently in our gameplay videos. We know, they are not on point yet, but if you look at our gameplay videos you will see us communicating all the time and also think before making a move or taking a shot. This with the aim to give a more realistic view to get things done in the field rather than presenting ourselves as “one man army” players.
The advantages of using real caps
We have been using our real caps for 8 months now of the total 3 years we’re doing this sport and our findings are, let’s say quite impressive. We can definitely say that we’ve learned more in the last 8 months by doing this than the 2 full years before that.
Magazine capacity awareness
To start off with, we have a much better awareness of our mag capacity and thus know when they’re empty. And it’s not like we’re counting our shots, but it’s more of a subconscious awareness you develop by using them. The thing however is, you do lose that awareness when going back to other higher cap magazines and that’s one of the reasons we stick with these.
Semi-automatic shooting & properly aiming
Besides that, we’re also more careful with our shots and force ourselves to go single shot most of the time and aim properly. This made us become more aware of what we can, what our guns can and what the effective ranges of our guns are. And guys 90 meters with a 350 fps AEG is bullshit! In fact we would be very impressed if you could get 50 meters effectively out of a basic gun, otherwise you don’t have an idea when it comes to distances.
Tactical approaches & teamwork
We’ve also forced ourselves in some way to act more in a tactical way and work as a team. The fact is, a team is always important in a force on force activity. Only thing is, most people don’t realize that, but being limited on ammo is a huge eye opener. Because this suddenly makes you think like: “Holy sh*t I can’t do this on my own, I need the guys next to me to pull this off.”
Another thing that we noticed, but that’s also quite obvious, is that reloading became very very essential, especially the difference and the millisecond decision between the speed reloads and the tactical reloads.
Also the adaptation of our gear to improve speed and such are things you start to work on. An example of that, is our mod to turn a regular bungee retained mag pouch into a fast mag pouch with enough tension to firmly hold your mags. (Link to blog in picture.)
The widely discussed “Bang Rule”
Another thing where opinions are mostly divided is the “Bang Rule”. Which just so you know, we’re personally not a fan of, because it is commonly being misused and you cannot properly do CQB with it. And the fact is, it’s a contact sport so getting hit is part of it whether it’s from far ahead or up close. However we do get why this rule has been brought to life and that primarily has to do with safety. Because once someone accidentally pulls that trigger and shoots at a ridiculous rate of fire you can expect a nasty surprise. And being limited in your mag capacity would already be part of the solution to not need a “Bang Rule”.
Possibly one of the biggest advantages we experienced is the fact that you tremendously save money on ammunition which gives you the ability to spend that money on much better gear and accessories. You might need to get new real-cap mags which cost you money, but you save a lot when not shooting that much. And that’s not only for BBs but also for the wear and tear on your gun’s internals.
To make a small comparison, we know of people that shoot a bag of BBs on a single day of Airsoft. That’s about 3000 shots on a single day. We however can both do about 3 full skirm days with 1 single bag of BBs.
Our conclusion for using real caps
Our findings make us believe that the overall force on force game experience would be much more fun with limitations in ammunition by the use of real caps.
Off course we get that’s not possible for the LMG type of players, but then they have the ammo count advantage that comes with the disadvantage of the added weight.
So, for us assault rifle users out there, don’t see it as a drawback, because it’s not like you don’t have a chance. Yes, you have to work smart and as a team and it can be a challenge against people with high-caps or drum mags these days, but you will become much much better by using real capacity magazines.
So guys, we hope you consider giving it a try now that you know what our findings are and push your own limits to the next skill level.
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