Survival Games

Written by admin on August 19, 2008 – 2:46 pm -

Survival Games as its known in South Korea A.K.A Airsoft Games is a sport / hobby that’s been around for almost 20 years. I’ve been playing on and off since the early 90′s in the Philippines. Airsoft is very similar to paintball except that the guns fire 6mm plastic BB’s and hits are based on the honesty system where you call out when you get hit and leave the game. You may be wondering, Does it hurt? well it depends on the power(muzzle velocity) of the guns but teams in Korea generally have a 300 fps (feet per second) limit which feels like a pinch when you get hit from a distance of about 10 meters. Face and eye protection is mandatory for obvious reasons. Uniforms are fairly cheap as most people buy used items from the surplus stores at Namdaemun and Dongdaemun, a full set consisting of camo’s (shirt and pants) can be had for about 8,000 won – 15,000 won. Like everything else in Korea the guns can be quite expensive especially if you compare them to HK, USA or even Philippine prices. Chinese and Hongkong made guns costs around 230,000 won – 500,000 won, while the Japanese branded ones are upwards from 450,000 won.

It was when I first arrived in South Korea where I had a really difficult time finding a team to play since the teams here are somewhat formed differently, mostly people working in the same office would set up a team and more often than not did not readily accept acquaintances to just drop in and join their team. 

This year a group of foreigners comprised of folks from Canada, U.S., Australia and the Philippines set up what can probably be considered the first foreign airsoft team in the ROK. The team is called Airsoft Korea – Ghosts and the biggest difference from the local teams is that guests are encouraged to attend and eventually join the team, in fact even if you don’t have the gear just yet and would like to try out the sport, loaner guns are available. The only rule is that if you break it, you pay for it. 

The team had its first ever inter-team match versus the Incheon based Team Zero. The games were a success and people had loads of fun and we all met new friends. 

Airsoft Korea – Ghosts currently has four Filipino team members. So if you you want to try out a new off the beaten path kinda sport, meet new friends and have a really good workout. Visit the site listed below and participate in the forums and drop in anytime during the regular Sunday games.

http://www.airsoftkorea.org

 


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Airsoft

Written by admin on July 11, 2008 – 1:39 pm -

It’s been a while since I last posted something, this has been mainly due to work related reasons. I had a little break in my work schedule yesterday so I decided to hop on the subway and make a beeline for Technomart Sindorim to purchase an airsoft rifle. I had recently joined a group of airsoft enthusiasts based in Anyang, most of them are American and Canadian, but there are a number of Filipinos too which is great. 

Airsoft or ‘Survival games’ as it’s called here on the peninsula, is a game where you shoot a gun that fires plastic BB rounds. The game is based on the honor system and calls on a players honesty to admit when they have been hit and remove themselves from the playing field. The sport is also quite popular in the Philippines.

I’ll be having my first game with the team this weekend, weather permitting.

Below is a photo rifle that I purchased. Its a Western Arms M4 rifle similar to what is issued to the U.S. Special Forces.

For all intents and purposes it feels like a real gun and works like a real gun with the exception that it fires plastic bb’s. 

The team is called Ghosts Airsoft and is probably the only foreign team in the ROK. Anyone is welcome to  attend the games held every Sunday. If you don’t have a gun don’t fret as there are loaner guns available most of the time. Interested? check out the club homepage here.

 


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