So, over the weekend I headed on over to the British Airsoft Show along with the guys from Just Cause Airsoft. I had the opportunity to set up my own stand there, and did so in the hope of promoting airsoft as a hobby/sport or whatever you want to call it, and I think it went pretty well. I had a stand with some guns on for people to play with, a dummy (not me!!) with my gear on for people to look at, and a projector running some of my YouTube content. The initial plan was to leave the stand for small periods so I could go around the show, which was part of The Great British Shooting Show, and let you guys know through social media what the show was all about. That didn’t happen unfortunately, which isn’t really a bad thing.
You see, the reason I was unable to do that as much as I had wanted was because of the sheer amount of people coming through that wanted to have a chat about airsoft. The turnout for the show was amazing, and everyone from airsofters themselves, to those who had no idea about the sport, stopped by for a brief chat at some point. The reception I received couldn’t have been better to be honest, and the whole thing was a great experience, although extremely tiring.
The Airsoft Show
Cost wise, entry to the show was £20.
Prior to the show there had been some criticism about the airsoft side being a little lacking and some of the big names in airsoft decided to pull due to cold sleeping conditions at night and some disagreements over how the show was run. But even with those names not there, there was still a great turnout and plenty to do and look at for airsofters. Facilities at the show were as you would expect for a large show like this and there were plenty of places to grab a drink or bite to eat.
In terms of things to do, or stalls to visit, that would interest airsofters, there were plenty. You had Just Cause Airsoft there with their full range of airsoft guns and tactical gear; Gunfire Airsoft, who had their new quick change spring system; Op Tactical UK; The Grange Airsoft; West Midlands Airsoft; Epic Militaria; Dave’s Custom Airsoft; Hellfire Surplus; Sterling Airsoft had a CQB range, which you could go on for free; Regency Rifles had a .22 live fire range where you could fire .22 converted bolt actions rifles, or the M4, AK47, MP5SD, and many more; Air-Arms.co.uk had a timed air rifle shooting range using semi auto air rifles (there were also about another 10 air rifle ranges you could have a go on, ranging from bolt action, to converted M4’s firing .22 air pellets); there was a timed air pistol range there for you to have a go one; there was a hunting simulator from SimWay Hunt, which was very fun; A clay pigeon simulator using Nerf bow and arrows (looked fun!); TacTree were there with their huge range of 5.11 tactical products; Genesys Night Vision Systems had their range of night vision optics there, including helmet mounted monoculars; Shield Sights had had their range of optics, including their red dot series; There were also many companies there that supplied custom foam fitted hard gun cases or gun bags; and the awesome guys from the charity Pilgrims Bandits were there too. On the real steel side of things you had Accuracy International there with their latest range of Sniper and Sharpshooter rifles; Viking Arms had their latest gear there; and many, many more things and gun suppliers to peak your interest.
While it’s hard to deny that the airsoft specific area of the show was small, it’s equally hard to deny that there wasn’t a wealth of things to take a look at as an airsofter. For me, the show was great. I got to meet some of you guys, and hopefully represented the sport in a good way, I also had a shoot of some of the .22 guns there and airguns which is always fun and met some great people. Could the show have been better?! Absolutely! But that’s the same with any show. If they don’t get better each year then what’s the point in going!! Personally I’m hoping to be involved in the show again next year in some way as I really do think our hobby needs to be pushed more. This is definitely a show I would recommend going to, especially for £20 per person. Not much for a great day out!