Our LMW2 group project will tell people all about the underground sport of Airsoft. It is a relatively unknown world that many have not had the opportunity to enjoy with their friends. Airsoft is a military simulation game that requires endurance, cunning, and teamwork. Many people might think Airsoft is a violent game played only by gun nuts – we want to show viewers that Airsoft is about more than just shooting guns at people! We will show that it is a safe and fun environment, with a friendly and welcoming community.

Our film will have three main acts. The first act is an action – packed intro that starts out by portraying an Airsoft game as if it was a real war. We want our viewers to get excited about the realistic setting and equipment, because this is what Airsoft players love about the game! Our narrator will at first explain how “soldiers” try to outmaneuver and eliminate the enemy in battle, and he will then reveal that this is really just a simulation game played for fun.

The second act has two segments. The first segment is the Four Rules of Gun Safety. This is an important set of rules that apply to any firearm, whether real or replica! Safety is very important to keeping Airsoft legitimate, so this will be a big focus in our film. We will have a person ‘act out’ each of the Four Rules, to give a visual demonstration.

The second segment of Act II has the SFBay Airsoft crew go to play an Airsoft game. Two of our group members have never played before, so this will give the film a good ‘outsider’ perspective on the game. We will mix GoPro game footage in with interviews, which we filmed after the game. The conclusion of Act II will be an animated infographic, which summarizes the safety rules and game rules of a typical Airsoft game.

The third and final act will briefly discuss some of the legal troubles that have arisen from people being irresponsible with Airsoft guns. We want to ensure that if we get viewers excited to go out and play, that they’ll do it properly! We will encourage people to play at official Airsoft fields (instead of public areas), and to always use the proper safety gear. The movie will end on a high note with a final montage of exciting video clips!

Filming at Fort Ord

My classmates Trevor Thorsen and Jordan Stephens came out to Fort Ord with me on the 24th to film video of the game. We’re working on a documentary about Airsoft, which will be shown here on SFBayAirsoft in just a couple months!

Thanks to Sean St. Cin and the players of Roundhouse Productions for letting us get in the way! 🙂

New Airgun and Replica Legislation From Kevin De Leon: SB 1315

Pyramyd Air has the heads-up about upcoming new legislation from every Airsofter’s favorite Senator, Kevin De Leon. This bill appears a bit less aggressive than SB798, since it only grants LA County, and the cities within it, the ability to regulate replicas and airguns – SB 1315 does not directly regulate anything on its own.

“…the County of Los Angeles, and any city within the County of Los Angeles, may enact and enforce an ordinance or resolution regulating the manufacture, sale, possession, or use of a spot marker gun that expels a projectile larger than 16mm.”

The flip side, of course, is that this is the first step in making it easier for cities within LA County, or LA County as a whole, to place greater restrictions on replicas and airguns. This bears some resemblance to one of the late revisions to SB798, which would have given cities and counties in California the option of whether or not they would enforce the new law. This would have resulted in a confusing patchwork of ‘enforced’ and ‘non-enforced’ areas across the state.

Pyramyd Air also points out a strange inconsistency in the bill’s text: the bill specifies “…a projectile larger than 16mm,” which does seem like an arbitrary size. Contrary to the rest of the bill’s text, this would seem to only affect paintball guns. I agree with Pyramyd’s assessment that this is a typo for “6mm,” which will be revised later.

Full text of the bill is at Pyramyd Air.

Robot Builders Need an Arena to Host Their Battles

Here’s a different take on what can be done with Airsoft: These guys are raising money to build an armored arena, to contain their armies of scale remote-control robotic Mechs. The machines do battle in a miniature city, using an array of physical projectiles, including Airsoft BBs. The Robogames Tournament is held in San Fransisco!