|Posted by Mike - Retired From Airsoft on April 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM|
I once listened to a fellow parent tell me that they would never let their kids have any kind of toy gun or weapon. Shortly thereafter I proceeded to watch her four year old turn his slice of bread into a gun and make unmistakable gun sounds. I did everything I could to keep the grin off my face but failed miserably. That kid, was a victim of genetics.
On almost a weekly basis groups of men from pubescents to grandpas, congregate to shoot each other in simulated death matches in forests, deserts, and carefully constructed arenas across the globe. Are these individuals crazy? I am sure many mothers and spouses would think so. However, research suggests that as men we are born with a hunter/protector gene that gently prods us towards weapons play, practice, and proficiency.
Guns are the most prevalent weapon in our society, kids naturally turn to them first. It is nearly impossible to avoid guns in the news, media, entertainment and in some cases, the dinner table. The most successful entertainment launches of all time have been video games involving guns and simulated combat. You'd be hard pressed to find a young adult or teenager with access to a gaming system who hasn't burnt the midnight oil playing Call of Duty or something similar.
Fortunately, for all of us there is airsoft. It is the greatest combination of weapons play, realism, and excersize we can all get without having to potentially take a 7.62x39 round to the bread basket. With airsoft, we get to play with big-boy toys and think we are pretty darn cool looking as we do so.
So the next time someone asks you why you play airsoft, just tell them that sliced bread is just no longer cutting it.