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Luke's been missing
« on: October 26, 2016, 01:05:00 PM »
Well guys you may or may not have noticed I've been gone for about a week, actually the trip itself was less than a week, but the packing and unpacking and recovering took nearly a week;) Some of you on Facebook have seen some pictures and posts, and I've mentioned before that I started playing airsoft again a couple years back. This last weekend is by far the largest event I've gone to, took the motorhome and three local guys along for the trip down to Detroit to play at the Packard Automotive plant for Operation Irene put on by Lion Claws. This event has been going on for I believe 14 years now, large event around 300+ players depending on the location it's been held this was the first time at the Packard Plant. It's an interesting event since Col McKnight(from the whole Black Hawk Down movie but the real guy) leads one team, and also Msgt Max Mullens who is in the Ranger hall of fame leads the Delta portion, and on down the list. So a chance to meet and shake hands with some military hero's and sling BB's along side them/be under their command for the weekend. It was too much too pass up, and Sarah had agreed to let me go and despite the timing falling right into a busy time I knew I had to make the effort to go.

So I went, had a blast, took allot of caffeine and pain killers over the weekend. Broke down in the motorhome twice, fixed the motorhome twice, and managed to make it back to the UP without falling through the floor, putting any nails through my feet, or falling to my death from one of the many super dangerous locations within the plant itself;) And I'm not complaining at all the location was amazing, but it was also very dangerous and required allot of paying attention to not be injured, especially when your trying to shoot at someone or be shot at. I'll also say I'm used to playing in the woods, more of a flat plain without much of a vertical element, nor city element. We had a trial by fire getting used to how many fields of fire were available to us, along with the enemy guys.

But here are some pictures I took before the game just walking the site, lots of effects on these since honestly the photo's took a back seat to me just looking for places to take cover, learning the site, as well as planning for the next day.

















And here is a link to all the pics since I didn't want a huge wall of pics since there was around 96 I believe:

http://adamsholsters.com/forumimages/airsoft/IRENE/

So it was fun, I'm tired but I'm back in the shop and getting back to making holsters;) I've gotta say though it was super cool and an honor to get to meet and shake hands with the guys over the weekend. And seeing Col McKnight running around with an M4 and shooting and moving at I believe right around 70 years old was honestly really impressive;) Just overall excellent trip, great time and worth the trouble getting there and back;)

Take care!

Luke

Also if guys are interested I should have some gopro footage off my head once I get time to edit it, and there have been some other guys posting their own footage etc.
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    Re: Luke's been missing
    « Reply #1 on: October 26, 2016, 01:27:30 PM »
    That seems very cool.  I'll have to try something like that as I bet it changes you field of view when you have incoming fire.  I'm used to belly benchrest where nothing is come at you.
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    « Reply #2 on: October 26, 2016, 01:38:40 PM »
    It was intense, airsoft can be intense at times though most of the time it's in your mind that it's just a game. This time however we had this amazing location that really immersed into it. Then we also had the Somali team using really good tactics, small groups fast moving taking us our. Also had propane cannons and guns going off all weekend, along with a low flying helicopter for most of the day hearing the rotors chop right above your building and feeling downwash was really intense. Running building to building under fire really gets the adrenaline pumping. It was an experience for sure, and I got out of it more than I thought I would.

    I'd say the best part though for me was when I took control of my own squad and ran them for around 4 hours around, we really did a heck of a job once I was in charge of them. Leadership was all over the map at the squad level before that and at least I knew my guys since I brought them with me, knew their own styles and whether they hang back or are aggressive and could put them to good use as we moved and cleared buildings. Had my medic holding near me at the rear, and after seeing how effective we were our little 5 man squad picked up around another 5-6 other guys who wanted to run with us;) So for quite a little while we were really taking it to the enemy, lots of sneaking and then hammering them and getting the heck out or changing floors and positions just to setup another ambush etc.

    Overall though it was a blast, I really wish I'd have been able to keep my gopro running through the whole event since there would have been some good footage, but unfortunately had lots of battery and generator issues which lead to less than ideal conditions to charge everything and I had allot to keep charged. So next time lesson learned better charging gameplan before leaving and on site.

    Luke

    Also I will say I think that allot of guys would enjoy this sort of event, it's not really cheap but also not that crazy expensive if you've already got the equipment. But it's a heck of a good time, and just sitting around the campfire afterwards swapping stories after the day is honestly worth it. It was an awesome time, and I will say I was quite surprised since locally I'm the old guy at 35, most of the players are in that 18-25 range. At this event I saw allot of older guys oldest I recall in the normal players I talked to was 60, allot of guys in the 40-50 range, and all over. But I was happily surprised to see some older guys than me still playing and honestly other than injuries which all of us over 30 were sharing our Tylenol and Neproxin stashes after the first 4 hours we mostly did fine;) Oh and I put 22,000 steps on the first day not counting stairs which I probably did another 150 stair sets through the day and around the same the second day, so it was a signification work out especially with around 60lbs of gear including guns, mags, etc.
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    Re: Luke's been missing
    « Reply #3 on: October 26, 2016, 02:11:50 PM »
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    That looks like an incredible place to play airsoft  :cool.
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    « Reply #4 on: October 26, 2016, 02:36:26 PM »
    For guys curious I did dig up a video I don't think I'm in it anywhere but I haven't watched the whole thing. You can skip around though to hear the propane guns and bombs going off in the middle etc. I did stumble into a couple pics as well from the game others took that happened to have me in them.



    Couple of me, and then Col McKnight during the give away at the end of the game. I should mention I don't have a clue what was going on in either shot of me;) I was running around so much I don't have a clue where I was in the facility or what I was doing, I recognize the guy on my left where there are two of us as the medic from 1-2 Bravo which was my squad I ran so I would guess it was before noon on Saturday when I was squad leader. That's also based on the fact that I'm not taking fire actively so I was likely towards the rear of the squad or we were regrouping at the time.

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    Re: Luke's been missing
    « Reply #5 on: October 27, 2016, 02:33:17 PM »
    Nice.   :thumbup1
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    Re: Luke's been missing
    « Reply #6 on: October 27, 2016, 10:18:22 PM »
    Somehow, I don't think I'd want to get crossways of that old gentleman in the last picture.  Got a feeling he could hand you your ass without breaking much of a sweat.  Glad he's on our side!
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    « Reply #7 on: October 27, 2016, 10:24:49 PM »
    This guy played him in the movie Black Hawk Down;)



    I'd have to agree, what little time I spent with him in the game I was really surprised how quick he was. I'm not sure what I expected, I guess that they were somewhat of figure heads. But there was a time in day two where allot of guys were around sitting on their thumbs more less. Some were actively looking for threats but most of them weren't. Myself and he were in cover watching threats among a few others, I saw his rifle snap up and he's moving to a position to take a shot. Of course I do the same on some other cover in the same area and start putting fire into a window on the third story of the building across the alley. Took another 30 seconds at least for the other guys around to start realizing we were in a fight.

    So I was impressed, and if nothing else he was impressive without that situation but it really did reinforce that fact;) Heck of a nice guy as well, had several minutes to talk with him Friday and just hell of a nice guy.

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    « Reply #8 on: October 28, 2016, 01:01:45 PM »
    That's pretty cool!  I'll bet he knows my family doctor, who started out in the medical business in the 75th Rangers, and was in the Battle of Mogadishu. 

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    « Reply #9 on: October 28, 2016, 09:36:17 PM »
    Probably so, the guys there were excellent to run with.

    So I did a very very quick edit on the video I had from the game. Honestly it's not great since the video I had was really limited had gopro issues all weekend and it was second or third priority behind not dying and playing airsoft;) So it's rather boring without tons of action but it does show at least how part of the game went. I will say the vast majority of the action parts aren't in video, since they happened mostly on the first day after I got a feel for the location. Either way this is what I've got so I threw it together so that the guys I ran with etc could see it at least.



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