TokyWoky – Coach of the Month – Sy81

Today we’re going to be looking at our coach of the month for December – January 2018: Sy81. Since he became a coach 10 months ago he has answered over 1200 questions and helped people with a huge range of questions ranging from what Battery will fit in which gun, all the way up to recommendations for Rifles and Pistols. Sy is from Darwen in Lancashire and has been Airsofting for roughly 10 years, but unfortunately due to an injury has taken some time out from the sport, and has decided to keep a keen interest. We caught up with him to ask him a few questions, along with getting a few photos of his loadout.

PatrolBase Jonny
How long have you been playing?

Sy81
I have been air-softing roughly for ten years although between 2011 and late 2015 I gave up the sport due to a nasty injury (not air soft related) but kept a keen interest.

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

Sy81
I returned to the sport taking a few games at First & Only’s Bolton Woodland prior to it being shut, after this I have generally remained with the First & Only team as they cover the majority of my local sites opening The Mill in Wigan and then Area 58 in Heywood before opening The Mill again at a different location which is my go to site at present.


Image Courtesy of First And Only Airsoft

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Faviourite Gun?

Sy81
At present my favourite gun is the ASG Armalite SIR M15, which I have had for 12 months and as yet remains stock.

PatrolBase Jonny
What loadout do you run?

Sy81
My current load-out (I’m always changing my mind) is in MTP, A Warrior Assault Systems DCS Plate Carrier fitted with a Viper Quad Mag Sleeve which is more or less permanently attached depending on where / what games I’m playing, MFH twin 9mm pouch, ex-issue grenade pouch, WAS radio pouch, a QD single point sling. I’ve also just purchased a load bearing belt to which is fitted a CQC Holster, Twin Viper 9mm pouch, single 9mm pouch and Olive Green Dump pouch.
 
This past year I’ve been lazy with clothing and generally worn Helikon SFU trousers with knee inserts and a hooded top / T-shirt and Lowa Combat GTX boots.
For head / face I’ve been swapping about a lot, I used to wear Bolle Rush glasses wita lower face mask, Baseball cap or hat however have started to wear glasses when playing (getting on) and have been trying various goggles / setups in the hope of preventing / stopping fogging up which I have discovered to be nightmare. These range from Bolle goggles to FMA Vented and fan assisted goggles and now trying out paintball style full masks.
 
All this is ran with the ASG M15 Mentioned (running on ASG 7.4V LiPO) with ASG M15 Mid caps with magpuls, fitted with a fore-grip, touch pad torch and laser and replica 551 Red Dot Sight (occasionally for CQB I will just ditch all my gear and run the M15 with a couple of ASG M15 series Hi-Caps), Secondary being WE G-17 (gen 4) with 5 spare mags running on ASG Ultraair Green gas , Dynatec Dominator BFG and the occasional TLSFx Mk4 Tunderflash.


PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favourite Camo?

Sy81
As most of my kit is MTP I’d say that it is my favourite camo but if I was to change would look at the Digital woodland or similar.

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favorite Airsoft Moment?

Sy81
My favourite Airsoft moment and possibly most embarrassing was early last year playing CQB, The objective being to plant the bomb in the other teams regen and it had been hard going, around 6/7 of us were in a well sheltered area trying to clear an area leading to the next floor. Next to me was a guy, arm up high and stood there looking rather bored, who I presumed was on our team and being ignored as the fire fight was intense. I gladly medic’d him not noting his arm band to be swiftly knife killed along with the others in the group. I’ve never made that mistake again.

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

Sy81
I prefer AEGs which is due to not really having any experience with GBB Rifles and having taken a few AEGS apart to service, repair and upgrade it makes more financial sense at present especially when my two sons aged 13 and 15 also being Air-soft fanatics!

PatrolBase Jonny
What is your Favorite Brand?

Sy81
At present my favourite brand is ASG, I’ve never had a problem with any of the ASG gear and found it all to perform brilliantly out of the box, robust and excellent quality. This year I’m looking into a DMR setup for outdoors but as usual can’t make my mind up on which weapon style to use.

PatrolBase Jonny
Do you have any advice for a new player

Sy81
My advice for any new player is don’t be like me! I decided that even before attending a skirmish I wanted all my own guns and gear, I spent a small fortune on an MP5, Mags, vest, pouches, batteries, all based on what I had seen that looked good on you tube or the internet. After 2 games I realised that I just didn’t like the setup or style of gun and it put a massive downer on the sport for me which put me off attending.
 
Get down to your local site, hire a gun, get a feel for what weapon/s and kit you want and don’t be afraid to talk to people and ask questions, Airsofters have genuinely been the friendliest and most helpful communities I’ve been a part of, I’ve been helped out by complete strangers with kit, repairs and advice and nothing has ever been expected in return hence the reason why I always try to help others if I am able to do so. Most importantly have fun!


Image Courtesy of First And Only Airsoft

Once again, thanks to Sy81 for helping the community out on TokyWoky, and thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Also thanks to First And Only Airsoft, who provided us with the images of Sy, who run sites up and down the country.

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


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