Holy Bonkers Batman! NEW HOURS for 2015!

There are so many new and exciting changes in the pipeline for January 1, 2015 here at our arena!! We are launching new proshop and arena hours starting over Winter Break and really hope you all like the change. It will allow us to offer more sessions throughout the year and especially over the school breaks!

We’ve also been revamping our field even more, so you’ll start to notice new doorways, new themes and new colors. We’ve already changed the flag poles, removed all the carpet from the stairs, added a few half-doors, hung new draping, built the zombie room, built the outdoors room, getting started on the boiler room, added new dummies and shook out all the netting! So much done, yet so much more on the “Honey Do” list!

2015 will also usher in some new team designations for game play in both the public sessions but also our overnight lockins! We trial ran it for our recent PMC Intl lock-in and it was really well received, so if you were there-you already have an idea of whats gonna happen! Give yourself a pat on the back!

You’ll start to notice lots of other changes through the facility and we feel its just about time we introduced them. New check-in system for repairs, new paint, new website goodies (including some easter eggs with hidden discounts!), new events being offered, new field look and more!

We can’t wait to see what you guys think of all the changes. We’re excited here for them for sure!

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Black Friday is upon us!

In our typical fashion- we are closed for Thanksgiving (cus we aren’t cruel slave drivers and want to keep Thanksgiving a holiday with family and friends) but we do run a tight ship for BLACK FRIDAY! Open 5am-Midnight, we’ve got game play at crazy pricing (yeah- $25 to play from 5am-midnight. Kid you not.) plus we feed our players until 10am with breakfast, cus eating is good for the body and all that.

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But the best part about Black Friday at VIPAirsoft has got to be the proshop sales complete with freebies like free t-shirt, free green gas, free CO2, free gift certificate and this year we’re introducing the lucky lotto! We’ve preloaded 50 gift cards with at least $5 on them, but one random one has $50 on it. The first 50 people to make a purchase of $50 or more with us will receive one of these lucky lotto cards to use toward a future purchase!

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And what kind of holiday season would it be without some community giving? We’re hosting our first Rifle Raffle where 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Boys & Girls Club East Valley Gilbert Branch! Each raffle ticket is $5 and ticket holders could win one or more of the 8 guns up on the raffle board! See, we don’t take out the duplicate tickets after each draw. So if you buy 8 tickets, you could potentially win ALL THE GUNS!

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Airsoft Safety during Halloween

HALLOWEEN AIRSOFT SAFETY!

Even if you have a toy gun that is painted orange, or the tip is orange, it’s very difficult to say, well, ‘Is that really a replica or a toy gun? Or did somebody paint it on purpose?” Officer Jose Garcia in regards to a Halloween shooting incident in 2011.

“Whether it’s a Halloween party, on the street or at a robbery … we can’t take for granted that [a gun] is a replica”.
Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks

Halloween is the ideal time to be something you always wanted to be or someone you aren’t, if only for a single night with the use of a great costume. For some, that means putting on your airsoft rig, grabbing your airsoft gun and heading out as “special forces guy”, “military guy”, “such and such video game character”, etc. We get it- you’ve already got the gear and its comfortable, so why buy an actual costume? We aren’t saying you aren’t original nor are we saying you can’t wear your rig; what we ARE saying is leave your airsoft guns at home!! You and your friends may know its airsoft and you may even still have the orange tip attached, but not everyone can recognize airsoft vs live fire. Plus- why would you risk the safety of your gun just so you can wear it as a costume? Going to a party? It could get food or drinks spilled on it or stolen/damaged if you leave it lying around. It just isn’t worth the risk.

Think you can get away with it for one night because “cops are lax on Halloween. They know the guns are part of a costume”. Really? Think again. They have to respond to every single call about a possible subject with a gun regardless! Or an armed citizen nearby may take action if they feel you are a threat to the safety of the public. That’ll ruin your night for sure! And the night of your friends if you’re hanging around outside at a party doing things you may not be of legal age to do and some neighbor or trick or treating parent calls the police. Now your party is busted, all your friends are either arrested or have to be picked up by mom and dad and your gun is confiscated. In AZ- if a police officer confiscates your airsoft gun- you don’t get it back….

Obviously, the cops aren’t going to respond to calls about a 5 year old running around with a pop pistol, but if you’re older, it blurs the lines of age for onlookers and can insight fear or worry.

We, as the airsoft community, are already facing drastic changes to the equipment and the rules are growing stricter each year in regards to airsoft guns. Case in point- California SB199 which requires airsoft guns sold in California to be brightly colored or transparent so they are harder to mistake as a firearm.

“I don’t care what you say VIPAirsoft! I’m gonna carry my gun cus it completes my costume, makes me look cool and gets the ladies!” Okay then, turd. All you’re doing is ruining it for the rest of us. But hey- that’s your prerogative. If you just absolutely refuse to leave your gun at home- then at the very least be smart and play by the rules. Leave it on your sling, make sure you have the orange tip visible and if an officer confronts you- LISTEN AND OBEY TO EVERYTHING THEY SAY!

Have fun! Be safe!
(If you happen to have left over candy, stop it on by cus some of us here have to work)

Still don’t believe the risk? Proof is what you need then. Check out these true stories from around the country. And yes- you can look into their validity yourself. The links are below.

2011 – San Jose, California
A man attended a Halloween party wearing a costume which included a gun replica on his waist. Having had too much to drink at the party, he passed out in the stairwell of a local hotel. A receptionist noticed the weapon and called the police. They woke the man and believing him to be reaching for the weapon, shot him. It wasn’t until after that they realized it wasn’t a live firearm. The suspect lived after sustaining non-fatal injuries.

2000 – Los Angeles, California
A man attended a Los Angeles Halloween party carrying a solid rubber .357-caliber Desert Eagle semi-auto pistol as part of his costume. He decided to brandish it around the crowd causing a nearby officer to react quickly fearing the safety of the party-goers and general public. The officer shot and killed the man as he was unable to quickly distinguish the difference between the rubber gun and the live firearm version. The officer was responding to a noise-complaint at the time.

2013 – Merriam, Missouri
Police officer Corey Heron was responding to a complaint of armed suspects in a neighborhood and nearly shot the group of teenagers who were carrying their airsoft guns. “The only thing that stopped me from pulling the trigger was seeing the orange ring.” The group was very lucky as the officer states “It’s just about impossible to distinguish between the two whether or not they’re real or fake until you put your hands on them and actually look at them”.

2014 – Hueytown, Alabama
A tipster called into police that a group of five teenagers who were wearing masks and carrying weapons were driving around the area. Police responded and found that the young men were in possession of airsoft guns but had the orange tips colored black or removed. While the teenagers were released, their airsoft equipment was taken.

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE

SAN JOSE INCIDENT

LOS ANGELES INCIDENT

HUEYTOWN INCIDENT

Unconventional & Melee Airsoft Weapons

Melee weapons are becoming increasingly popular among airsoft players as they add an additional level of game play. We’ll attempt to cover the different types of unconventional weaponry available, but please note that not every field will allow them or will have restrictions on the materials your melees can be made from. Check with your local field about the rules and regulations for unconventional weapons before spending the money or gearing everything up in your rig.

 

MELEE WEAPONS

The most common unconventional weapon are the various melees like knives, swords, battle axes and tomahawks. Occasionally, you’ll also see stuffed animals, bean bags, or anything else easily slung around. Here at VIPAirsoft, we’ve even seen a player use a bag of skittles to slay other players! This type of stealthy non-gun kill is not easily accomplished, but is a fantasy of most players. I mean- who doesn’t want to sneak around wielding a knife, come up behind a player and take them down?

Important things to keep in mind regarding melee weapons that most fields will abide by:

1. They should be able to bend slightly to keep from causing serious harm or being able to pierce skin.

2. Any contact between melee and enemy player should be light strikes, taps or slashes. There shouldn’t be any malicious attacks.

3. Attacks between melee weapons shouldn’t turn into an all out brawl.

Cold Steel make fantastically realistic training knives, tomahawks and swords built to be a similar weight and feel to their real weapon counterparts. VIPAirsoft sells a myriad of different melee weapons allowed in our field!

 

THROWN WEAPONS

While most melee weapons listed above can be used as thrown projectiles, it’s important to know that if you are going to throw something made of a harder material, make sure it has zero chance of piercing skin or causing blood draw. AVOID THE HEAD AT ALL COSTS! Giving a player a concussion is not the way to play airsoft. Keep it fun and light- the intent of a melee weapon is to enhance the game not send another player to the emergency room.

 

GRENADES

Not seen nearly as often as the general melee weapons, grenades are still a fantastic way to cause mass kills on the field without exposing yourself. Many players opt out of grenades however, because they can be costly, are difficult to locate after bursting and the internals must be gathered for reuse. There are cheaper alternatives though, like bomb bags or cheap plastic grenade replicas. But beware- the cheaper plastic toy grenades found at places like Walmart don’t tend to last long and break easily when thrown.

1. Grenades should not be made of solid metal, like cast iron. These are extremely dangerous, can damage the field, break glass and seriously injure other players.

2. The best way to throw a grenade is to toss it underhand. This allows the grenades to roll to their destination as opposed to being chucked into a room where it becomes more likely to smash into a wall, prop or other player. Tossing underhand also means your grenade has a better chance at a stealthy entrance and therefore, more kills.

3. Grenades that utilize pyrotechnics are often never allowed. Smoke grenades are typically allowed on outdoor fields but never indoor. (That whole looks like the field is on fire thing).

4. Grenades have a 10ft blast kill radius from where they came to rest. Basic rule of thumb is that if you are within 5 regular footsteps of the grenade, you are considered within the blast radius.

Typical types of grenades include the bomb bags, plastic replicas, flashbangs, thunder-b, and tornado. Again, check with your local field to find out what they allow and what their regulations are.

For VIPAirsoft’s rules on unconventional & melee weapons, check out our FAQ page HERE. Be sure to check out our video below on melee weapons and the Cold Steel line of blades!

 

Preparing for an Airsoft Game

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Airsoft prides itself on authenticity and the realism in the preparation. It’s part of the allure to the sport! Getting ready to head to the field takes strategy and a good memory to make sure you’re bringing all the gear and tools you’ll need. Especially if you’re planning an all day airsoft skirmish!

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YOUR GUN!
         Duh! This one is the most obvious thing you’ll need to pack for your day of airsoft. Many players prefer to take the night before to make sure their guns are all cleaned and working, ready for the day ahead. Early preparation keeps from disappointment when you get to the field and find somethings just not working, there’s a dead battery or no gas. Once you’ve taken a look at your guns to make sure they’re in good working order, put them into your gun back or case. It can be beneficial to invest in a larger case to hold all your gear so you only have to worry about one bag when you leave.

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AIRSOFT BBS
          Another duh. Pack up ample ammo so you can last all day at the field of your choice. Keep in mind that some fields will require the use of house bbs and you’ll need to pack enough of theirs so you don’t run low. Toss some extra bags of bbs into your bag or bring along some extra cash in case you need more to dominate your day or airsoft.

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SAFETY GEAR & FACE PRO
         In Airsoft, safety and protective gear is CRUCIAL! Sealed eye protection is best to keep any bbs from getting close to your eye. Most airsoft proshops like VIPAirsoft sell impact resistant tactical goggles at low prices to keep those peepers safe during game play. While some fields won’t require the protection of your nose and mouth, it can be beneficial to invest in face protection anyway so you don’t risk chipping a tooth and piercing your nose unwillingly. Metal mesh half masks are the most commonly worn by regular airsofters since they keep the eye pro fog down, help you breathe easier and protect you teeth!

No one wants a half blind airsofter with no depth perception on their team, so make sure you protect your eyes and don’t forget to pack your eye pro in your gear bag before heading out.

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SUPPLIES & TOOLS
         Make sure you pack some basic tools to help you fix your guns the day of battle if anything happens to break down or fail. This includes electrical tape, silicone oil, clean paper towels, screw driver and a cleaning rod. A hex key set will also help you out in case you need to take your gun apart quickly. Don’t let surprise gun issues ruin your day of play!

Another thing to remember is your charger and an extra battery so you never have to stop playing to wait for a battery recharge. The charger will let you charge your extra battery while not in use, especially if you’re planning a whole day outing.

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YOUR UNIFORM
          Most airsofters prefer to gear themselves up in their own unique load out including their uniform. Wear gear that not only matches the environment you plan to play in, or just in the style you like! This can include gear like a specific pair of pants and top or a full on ACU/BDU outfit in the pattern of your choice. Either way, make sure it’s all clean and ready to go so you aren’t scrounging out in the morning searching for all your clothes.

Other gear includes a tac vest or plate carrier, helmet, or holsters. If you have a mol lee vest and want/bought an additional mollee set, make sure you put it on your vest or reorganize it as you need.

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VIDEO GEAR
Some of you like to get video footage of your game play which means you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your GoPro or other video camera setup packed in your bag. Make sure it’s charged and you have an available SD Card with ample space for your footage packed up too. Keep your video gear safe with protective casing or a high impact resistant cover for your lens.

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EXTRA SUPPLIES
         Depending on your load out, you may need to pack a few extra supplies in your gun case. Make sure you pack some additional magazines and if you’re running a gas gun: extra canisters of gas or propane. If you run with a CO2 pistol, you’ll want to pack extra CO2 cartridges. If you use a scope or flashlight, have some extra batteries in your case so you’ll never have to worry about your gear going down and ruining your game time.

Head out early for your airsoft battle to beat traffic and avoid the late crowds. Talk with your team the night before about where you’re meeting each other and if anyone needs anything specific.

Now that you’re all packed and ready to go- it’s time to dominate that field!
We’ll see you soon at VIPAirsoft Arena! Remember, if you need anything above, you can visit the VIPAirsoft Armory!

Holster Compatibility

So you’ve got your pistol and you wanna get a holster for it. You just don’t know which holster will fit your gun and you don’t want to spend money on something you might have to exchange. This is a common problem because there are so many options!!

We’ve taken the guess work out of it for you! Find your gun below and find out the type of SERPA Blackhawk holster that will work for your gun!

Holster Compatibility

Found your holster and ready to purchase? We carry all of these holsters!

VIPAIRSOFT ARMORY ONLINE PROSHOP

KWA Downloadable Manuals!

KWA DOWNLOADABLE MANUALS!

There was an overwhelming “Hurray!” with the Echo1 manuals, so here more helpful downloads for those of you who carry a KWA! Be on the lookout for more brands and their manuals!

Click the gun you have and get your manual.

Gun Manual Pic 1911MK Gun Manual Pic ATP Gun Manual Pic KZ75Gun Manual Pic M226Gun Manual Pic M9PTP Gun Manual Pic TT33Gun Manual Pic M93RGun Manual Pic M11A1Gun Manual Pic KMP9Gun Manual Pic KrissGun Manual Pic CQR Gun Manual Pic KM16 Gun Manual Pic LM4 PTR Gun Manual Pic LM4PTS   Gun Manual Pic RIS Gun Manual Pic SR7 Gun Manual Pic SR10Gun Manual Pic Commando

ENJOY!!

If you’re looking to purchase one of these guns or you need them repaired, VIPAirsoft Arena has 4 on-site airsoft technicians who can definitely help you out! We sell a ton of upgrades, internals, externals and have a great working relationship with our distributors and manufacturers to get you what you need!

VIPAIRSOFT ARMORY ONLINE PROSHOP IS NOW AVAILABLE!!