Being behind the scenes all the time, we tend to shy away from the limelight on this blog. Sure you’ve seen our kit and read our expressed opinions, now it’s time to get to know us a little better. Committee member, blog runner and all round veteran airsofter, Mr Smiffy:
Name: Adam Smith
Callsign: Smiffy (highly inventive)
Team/Site/Club/Business: Committee Member At Manx Airsoft Club/Manx Pew Pew Founder
Pew Pew – How long have you been playing Airsoft?
Somewhere around 12/13 years.
Pew Pew – Where did you find out about Airsoft?
Started with a friend’s birthday when I was living in Guernsey, at the BattleTec bunker site. Nothing serious at this point but just a few more birthdays and occasional ‘private days’ with mates, hiring kit on the days. Moving to the Isle of Man was the first time I sunk some cash into airsoft (TM M16 VN). It was actually one way of expending my circle of friends having just moved – spoke to a couple of guys, who then mentioned it to their mates who then came and talked to me about it. Then I managed to get them involved and we started looking for a local club and found the Manx Airsoft Club, at that point operating in the South off the island.
Had a few bumps along the way when we lost ‘Site A’ then ‘Site B’ until we found our current Jurby site a number of years ago. I’ve had a few small breaks whilst at Uni during term time, but other than that it’s been mostly full on.
Pew Pew -What is the reason you have continued with the sport for the time that you have?
I still enjoy it, when that fades it’ll be time to sell up and move on.
Why I still enjoy it has changed over the years. It seemed to be a natural fit with my interests in the military, history (in particular the world wars), and also it was ‘COD in real life’.
The first two still hold sway as to why I’m still interested, but its no longer just COD in real life. Having met people that I doubt I’d have ever met in other ways, it’s become a lot more about taking things on as a team. Working has also allowed me to indulge in guns and ‘real steel’ gear which keeps things fresh.
I’ve also found developing our site to have interested me more. Seeing an idea come to life and people getting stuck in around new buildings or areass is a good buzz.
Pew Pew – What benefits/traits/perks have you gained from the sport? Has it directly affected your life in any way?
As mentioned above, meeting people I’d never have probably done so and counting them as friends, but it has also given me a motivation to keep fitter – to keep up the play style I enjoy, whilst using the gear and guns I like/want, I need a certain level of strength and fitness that I might otherwise let slide a bit.
Pew Pew – Things that put you off about the sport?
Elitism, but also its reverse towards those with high speed gear.
There’s nothing worse than someone lording it up over people because they have the latest bit of Gucci kit and thinking it makes them a better player and labelling anyone with less them as scrubs. But I also strongly dislike those who take the opposite angle and assume things about those who do spend money on gear – assuming they’ve paid the bills, why shouldn’t they be free to spend their money on Crye or Systema. Conversely if you do have the cash to do so, don’t be that guy who belittles those who can’t or don’t want to spend that kind of money.
Pew Pew – Your top 3 Airsoft RIF brands and why?
TM, PTS (formally Magpul PTS) and G&P.
TM – I started off with a TM which never let me down, flirted with Classic Army, G&P and Magpul PTS and ended up coming back to TM for their Next Gen line up. Yes their pistols are all plastic, and the Next Gens expensive but I have never pulled the trigger and expected the round to go anywhere else than where I pointed it. Bolt stop on empty has enhanced my game play as I do like to dabble in watching Costa and Haley videos. TM have just got it covered, if only they’d stop coming up with silly battery solutions and embraced deans/lipos, they’d have it all covered.
PTS: Owned both the Masada and PDR and never had a fault with either, rain flawlessly. PTS also make an excellent array of acesssories like their P-mags (unfortunately discontinued) that I have been using for 3/4 years and I’ve not had a jam that wasn’t thanks to me having drop the mag in the dirt.
G&P: Spew out more M4 variants than I’ve seen from anyone else and generally hard wearing, a few things like swapping out the hop rubber right away is annoying but I’ve owned a few over the years and a good number of club members have to and they generally don’t let anyone down.
Pew Pew – Your top 3 Tactical Gear brands and why?
Crye Precision, Patrol Incident Gear (PIG) and Oakley SI. (Although I would also want to list Arc’Teryx LEAF and soon Ferro Concepts).
Crye – Yes expensive and embodies geardo, but they are genuinely the most comfortable trousers I’ve worn for airsoft, across various repro and genuine gear makers. The design features with the various stretch panels make them great for an scribe play style. I recently picked up a second Crye shirt and whilst these are less ‘revolutionary’ it is still very comfortable. Their plate carriers also seem to be second to none. It hurt to spend 235 on the trousers and knee pads, but I’ve not once regretted it.
PIG – they made the plate carrier I’ve been using for a long time and it’s been bang on the whole time. Their Alpha FDT gloves are also excellent with great dexterity.
Oakley SI – Apart from Smiths Optics, I wouldn’t trust anyone else to protect my eyes and I’ve never been let down by them. They also make very good (and popular) gloves and boots.
Pew Pew – Where do you want the sport to take you in the next 5 years? Do you have any Airsoft related ambitions?
It would be nice to find and develop a CQB site on the Island, which is something we lack and would help during the winter. Attending some other events in the UK like Tier 1 would also be nice.
Most of my ambition is focussed on developing a top class site for the MAC, with the loftiest of ambitions to be to hold some kind of event there for UK players.
Pew Pew – What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a new player?
Play with respect and don’t focus on a ‘kill/death ratio’.
Respect goes further than honesty in calling hits. Play with respect from the first time you hear game on and you’ll see the community open up to you, and let you check out their gear and guns before you sink cash into something you don’t like.
And if you you avoid the trap of playing it like COD and get stuck into the objectives rather than stats, you’ll have a much better day.
Pew Pew – Favourite airsoft related object you own or wish to own….no matter how stupid?
Daytona gun M249 – the club has one and it’s beastly.