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Mike in AfghanistanThis website is ran and maintained by me, Mike, but who am I?!! I am an ex British soldier currently working in the private security industry as a security contractor. I have over 14 years combined military and private security experience. I have operated in Iraq and Afghanistan in a military capacity on close protection details, reconnaissance operations, front-line fighting missions, helicopter deployed search and medical teams, and am trained in the use of most weapon systems that the British Army operate. Within my time as a civilian I have carried out close protection, and surveillance operations and am qualified in the use of pistols, rifles, and shotguns in tactical duty related situations. I’m also S.W.A.T (Special Weapons And Tactics) trained. That is me on the right in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan and if you’re wondering why my face is blurred it is very simple: I’m not a fan of plastering my image all over the internet and because I am currently very much employed in the private security industry it’s also not a wise idea. It’s nothing more than that. I’ve been playing airsoft for a couple of years now and love the sportsmanship and camaraderie that goes with it.

So why the website?! Well, as well as working full time in the private security industry, I am also a part time/hobbyist graphic designer and web designer. It’s something that I enjoy doing, so I figured, why not combine the two and create a website where I can write down my thoughts about the sport!

Airsoft

So what is it that lures me to pretending to fight people when I’ve done it for real? Well, in a nutshell, it’s bloody fun! But I have to be completely honest, I wasn’t too keen on giving the sport a go to begin with. As a former soldier I had heard of what airsoft was and what it involved and to me it just seemed like a bunch of kids playing wannabe soldiers and bordering on being Walts (Walt is a slang word used a lot in the military community to describe someone who spends their days lying to people about what they have done in the military, often with tall tales about how they are heroic ex Special Forces!). And that was my genuine opinion on airsofters, in fact, even after my first few games I still found it all a little bit “extreme” and even found one man in particular, who has now grown to become a close friend, a little bit odd at first. This was all because I didn’t really get entirely what Airsoft was about and it soon dissipated once I started to get to know the people that play. Luckily, not everyone is a raving mad lunatic that thinks they were in the SAS, although many are a little bit mad, but only on a friendly, grown men shooting each other with toy guns level! Most are just people playing it for the fun of playing. Yes you get some that do tend to BS a little but you get that in every walk of life, and is something I am very used to working in the security industry. Airsoft is fun in the same way that it was fun to play bulldog, army, cowboys and Indians, etc, etc, with your mates as a kid. It’s one of those things that just never stops appealing to people and most who turn their nose up at it, love it after just a single game!

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