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TokyWoky – Coach of the Month – AirsoftAstronaut

Today we're going to be looking at our coach of the month for February - March 2018: AirsoftAstronaut. Since he became a coach just three months ago he has answered over 800 questions and helped people with a huge range of questions ranging from what magazines go with which gun, what pouches to use, and what brands of guns to go with. Piers, aka AirsoftAstronaut is, plays in and around Essex and has been playing and following the sport for two years, regularly playing at Skirmish Airsoft Billericay, Dragons Lair and Plantation Airsoft. We caught up with him to ask him a few questions, along with getting a few photos of his loadout, and to find out where he plays.

PatrolBase Jonny
How long have you been playing?

AirsoftAstronaut
I’ve been playing and following the sport for around 2 years now after a friend introduced me to it.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your local / go-to site?

AirsoftAstronaut
I started playing at a Skirmish site but since Fall am a regular at Dragons Lair and Plantation Airsoft.


Image Courtesy of Skirmish Airsoft Billericay.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favourite Gun?

AirsoftAstronaut
My favourite Airsoft gun so far is the CSI XR-5 AEG, I jumped at the chance to get this sci fi gun at (In my opinion) such a great price. Having been given a full serviced over Christmas it now fires at 345fps and occasionally I’ll use a tracer and Red tracer bb’s. (I can confirm that NUPROL STANAG Mid caps feed into this gun, but G&G M16 High caps do not, I also use the CSI brand magazines for this gun too, and know how those specifically work on the inside.)

PatrolBase Jonny
What loadout do you run?

AirsoftAstronaut
My current loadout consists of my much loved Helikon CPU Jacket and trousers in OD green (The fluffy neck collar was the selling point), I wear a pair of Woodland oak high top boots and some very unprotective 5.11 Tactec A2 gloves (This is for the ability to load pistol and gas gun magazines without accidentally letting go and breaking the bb follower.). I wear an OD helmet and custom fitted a tandard mesh mask to it, and wear some bolle ranger glasses as eye pro.
My loadout “Rig” is a Condor Lazer cut black chest rig with 2x double 5.11 grey pistol magazine pouches on, plus 2 of the 5.11 tactec 9mm pouches, and a red EMT pouch, and Helikon Mini Med pouch Red. (These pouches are of great use on the Blue team)
As for the guns, I tend to run my KJW KP-08 Hicapa, or WE G17 which I’ve got some internal upgrades on order for. from there I usually use my CSI XR-5 (it’s white) or my KJW KC-02 DMR, but I’m still waiting for the summer to come and for more magazines to effectively use it.
I transitioned from a belt rig to a chest rig because with my DMR, and that I sometimes use my AEG’s at the same tile, it’s easier to store all of the magazines, though I do still miss the lightweight feel of a belt.

 


PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favourite Camo?

AirsoftAstronaut
My favourite camouflage is probably MTP Tropic, if there was a digital version that’d be brilliant, it is nice and dark and still blends with woodland areas.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favorite Airsoft Moment?

AirsoftAstronaut
My favourite Airsoft moment was at Dragons Lair in Summer 2017 where I charged a small fort by one of the bridges with a battle cry,one of the four defending from that place ran off, didn’t want to get shot by me 🙂 and I finished off the rest with my G17.

PatrolBase Jonny
Do you prefer Gas, AEG, or HPA?

AirsoftAstronaut
With the current weather I favour AEG’s, it’s less expensive to keep them in good shape and working, but with my DMR and pistols in the future I may consider HPA given the typical British wet/sub 20 Celsius weather and the improved consistency (plus I HATE mag freeze issues on gas guns.)


Image Courtesy of Skirmish Airsoft Billericay.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favorite Brand?

AirsoftAstronaut
Having limited experience with airsoft guns of different brands, such that it’s mostly talking to others in safe zones about their guns and experiences with them, as well as through browsing forums and Tokywoky as well. I’d say that my favourite brand for airsoft guns would be ASG (I believe KJW is asg going by both brand symbols on the box of my DMR and Hicapa.) they have a large range of airsoft guns, and other things like their Storm Grenade. For clothing I’d go with Helikon & tactical gear 5.11 because I love their gloves and the TacTec magazine pouches have an easy to remove molle webbing design.

PatrolBase Jonny
Do you have any advice for a new player

AirsoftAstronaut
My advice for a new airsoft player is this: if you’ve never played before I urge for them to see what the sport is about by playing a rental game at their most local site. From there it would be extreamely helpful to have a browse through the UKAPU website for guidelines on legal issues and guidelines such as two tone etc.
After this it is a case of being prepared to spend a sum of money (I myself found this to be larger than expected until I read up about Airsoft thoroughly online) on the “basics” which is likely consisting of a gun, appropriate power source, usually a LiPo as most beginners go for AEG’s, from there simply ensure they’ve got some suitable footwear and eye and face protection, and perhaps learn about their new gun at home before playing at a site with it so that they understand the gun, it’s functionality and anything important about it such as fps, magazine compatibility etc (On the topic of magazines I’d suggest avoiding dry firing as it’ll damage the gun.)

Once again, thanks to Piers for helping the community out on TokyWoky, and thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Also thanks to Skirmish Airsoft Billericay, who provided us with the images, who are based in Billericay, Essex. Situated in the heart of beautiful Essex Countryside yet only 10 minutes from junction 29 of the M25 Skirmish Airsoft, Billericay is only 20 minutes from East London. They are only 5 minutes from Basildon and 15 minutes from Chelmsford. If you want to check them out you can check out their Facebook Page at:  https://www.facebook.com/Skirmish-Airsoft-Billericay-65355044979/, or visit their Website at: www.airsoft-billericay.co.uk.

For those who haven’t yet used TokyWoky, it is the Chat System we have running on our website which is featured at the bottom right, and has as similar style to Facebook Chat. The chat box allows you to get in contact with other Airsoft Players browsing the site, allowing you to ask any and all questions should you need the help! The system allows people to rate each other, and allows people to become Coaches, showing that they have helped people with their questions! Each month we will be selecting a user to be our Coach of the Month, and will be someone who we pick who has helped the other users the most!

- Patrol Base Jonny


Written by PatrolBase Jonny, who has written a total of 80 posts.

Jonny has worked for Patrol Base for 5+ years, working in the media department and on the main website. Responsible for managing the software which runs the website, bringing new features wherever possible. You can get in contact via Facebook and Instagram.


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