Saturday, May 16, 2009

Range hot

I finally got around to clearing out the junk in the basement today, and now we have an indoor Airsoft range. It only gives us 20 feet between muzzle and target, but you can't beat the drive time to get there.

And this will let me work on my technique. A Toyko Marui M1911A1 model gas blow-back airsoft pistol. It's freaky how every detail looks exactly like the real thing, even though the weight is clearly (and obviously) less.

The range is rigged with an old bedsheet hanging down from the rafters. The target goes in front of the sheet, and you're good to go. And accessorized with a lovely floral motif!

I'll admit, it's not like the real thing. However, I'll be able to work on my grip and flash sight picture for sure. I'll also be able to watch Col. Jeff Cooper's tapes and then head down to the range for ten minutes to practice, and then repeat. Can't do that at the real range.

And #1 Son will use it in his local Airsoft league, so it's made of win all around.

UPDATE 17 May 2009 13:36: There seems to be consensus in the comments that this lets you get some worthwhile practice, inexpensively and in the comfort of your own home. There's also a thread at The High Road about how these are being used in Force-on-Force training exercises. Pretty cool.


Hammer said...

I've been playing with some airsofts lately, they are pretty good for drills and basic target practice.

Burt said...

I've got an old Daisy Powerline 1200 CO2 BB pistol that fires 4.5mm steel BBs.

The pistol is pretty accurate and a lot of fun.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Same same ... I be running and gunning around my basement with airsoft; I believe it helps my "real gunning".

Affordable and fun. At times it reminds me what it is like to be a kid again.

ASM826 said...

Noise level is good.

Price is acceptable (what is .45acp selling for this week?)

All gun handling practice is the same.

Ok, then, Borepatch, when you come south next time and we go to the range with my 1911, no excuses will be permitted.

Borepatch said...

ASM826, Mrs. Borepatch is already planning the next trip south. I'm told that my presence is welcome, but not mandatory.


Jay G said...


I think we need to hit the range again, STAT...