I know what you are thinking: Everyone who writes on the internet is some kind of expert or at the very least thinks they are. However, the purpose of this article is for me to share some personal experiences and thoughts that helped me play a little better and be a better team mate.
With that said, lets get into today’s topic, training.
Very so often when we think about training we harken back to the good old Magpul Dynamics days where Chris Costa and Travis Haley are out doing their thing and strutting their stuff. But at its truest sense, it really only means to practice every now and then to ensure your skills are honed and you are familiar with what you are doing.
If you look at any other sport such as basketball or football, the players train a lot of fundamentals such as shooting, dribbling, throwing, etc. Its nothing flashy and its rather generic, borderline boring, but when you look at the overall results they become better shooting guards, forwards, or quarterbacks. The same can be said about airsoft.
A lot of training we can actually do at home. Things like simple magazine changes with your pistol when you are watching a YouTube video is a way to familiarize yourself with how to quickly perform certain function because you are building muscle memory. Some times we don’t need to do fancy things like mag flipping or going prone to make the most out of our training every now and then.
Personally to me, the part I most enjoy about training is increasing my own skill so I am an asset to my guys and not as much a hindrance. Yes in airsoft its all about having fun and enjoying your time with your friends, but taking it back to the same example as playing basketball, you tend to have a much better time when you are all playing well and not having to worry about being a burden on the team. So if you know you are not the fastest reloader, give it some practice and the same can be said about other aspects as well.
At the end of the day playing airsoft is just like any other sport. Depending on how much you want from it is how much you are going to put in. If you want to be a casual player that just enjoys the fun of shooting your bros and having a beer afterwards, there can be no fault to you (I would most likely be the first one to join) but at the same time remember: A little bit of training can go a long way.