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Old 04-22-2019, 10:51 AM   #1
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Time to hang up my spurs...

Well, after much contemplation, I believe this will probably be my last year of playing airsoft...and even then, not with any great zest or fervour. The body has given more than anyone has a right to ask from it for the last 35 years of working hard, so our days of charging through the bush are pretty much done.

Let's face it kiddies, ol' Zero is starting to get long in the tooth and it's time to work on some fly fishing, or maybe just making beef jerky whilst I have a nap on the back porch. As we get older the need to compete and conquer just doesn't seem to be a big deal anymore and to be honest, when some young buck comes up to me in a game and attempts to command me to take that hill, well, (insert expletive of choice here).

Airsoft has been a real gas, and building the guns is just wonderful! It's mad science on a microscopic level, but it's starting to wear thin. The scene in this part of the world is pretty much a cornucopia of douchebaggery and my patience for lack of sportsmanship (CALL YOUR *&^%^*&$ HITS!!!) is at an all time low. So, best to walk away.

So, now comes the lengthy process of selling off the irons. No rush...after all, I have alot of proprietary engineering in them so I'm even wondering if relocating them is an option. Maybe scrap? I don't know...before I do that I'll give them to my kid I guess...I also have a couple of guns to finish up as projects, but we'll take our sweet time with those now. Absolutely no rush! (we'll wait for fishing season to wrap up)

Anyhew, we'll maintain presence here if that's cool...this is an awesome place to hang out and bounce ideas. Just because the spine is tired and worn out, doesn't mean the cranial cavity is done. hehehe.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:34 AM   #2
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Same boat, honestly. It's been a good four year run for me since i graduated college, but pretty much all the folks I used to play with have dropped off the radar. It's been a few months since I last hit a field. Figured it's a good time for a break anyways, I'm sure I'll head back out when the bug inevitably bites me again, or whenever I finish up some wacky project that I want to take to a game :)
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:04 PM   #3
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I hear ya, brother. To think, I probably have another 25 years or so on ya! hahahaha. One thing I do agree with is that crowds come in phases. You'll have a posse that you run with, then life dissipates and you wander off your separate ways...then what? I'm kind of in the same boat here...but from an old dude point of view. If I'm going to spend a day running around in the woods these days, there'd better be a bbq or a deer attached to it by the end of the day. :) There's a game I'm still attending in May like that. A reunion of sorts whereby the end of the day involves a fire, smokies, a pint or two...friends and kids of friends. No field fees, no tolerance for stupidity. Nobody can complain that they paid to be there so they have a right to blah, blah,etc.. the game is free. hehehehe. You're an ass? You'll get booted.

For us old guard, that's a best day ever. Very relaxed and it's all about who can't out hunt the other in a very sportsmanlike atmosophere.

I sure hope you don't lose the love, overall, Whalesmash. My kid is in his mid 20's and he's kind of sour on it as well these days. I told him the same thing. Keep your gear, keep your gear ready...in case it hits again. For me? Nah...the old body is too broken to go hard like an idiot. But at least we can still build a great rifle!
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Old 04-22-2019, 04:16 PM   #4
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Yip. It does get annoying when the body cant handle the sport as well as it used to.
Three quarters of the way through last year I tore my calf muscle and also very badly rolled my ankle (really bad) during airsoft and they are both still playing up quite a lot. I have only just been able to start a really slow jog again (can also now carefully run a little but only for 30 seconds or so) and it has now been about 6-7 months. (I am normally the type of person who can just go out and do a 10km run every night). I hope to get back to what I was able to do. By the way, I am 43 years old.
NOTE: I knew a person who was 93 years old and he had abbs. Very fit. Obviously he did not play our sport but I was impressed with him. He just kept going and going. What a legend.
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:41 PM   #5
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It all depends on the road you run, y'know?

I jacknifed an 18 wheeler when I was 23. Broke my neck vertebrae, bruised some internal organs and got frostbite on both legs (it was in the Arctic and it was about 50-60 below). I was told then that my walking days were numbered. Since then I've worked in logging, oil, and been a mechanic for many years. I only started my desk gig 6 years ago, so I have decades of abuse. I was told by a surgeon a few years ago that getting out of the oil patch was not an option. hahahaha. It's either manage what we have left or the spine gives out completely...and we end up in a wheelchair.

Oh I can still run and pack in the bush, but the 12 hour days of logging are over. Even a full day of wearing tactical gear and hauling a rifle is getting to be a bit much...I'm 53 now, it's been a helluva run. But hey, mama and I still go for long walks after supper (5 miles or so), and we're doing what we can to keep mobile, y'know? I've been on borrowed time for 30 years...can't complain about that one bit!

So, I hear ya...loud and clear. Watch yourself though...you still have alot of years left.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:16 PM   #6
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Zero, you might want to hang onto a gun or two for some chairsoft plinking.
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:51 AM   #7
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lucky for these guys at your field, they lose one of the hard guys xD.
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:31 AM   #8
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Fear not, Mr. Snipe. the gun building won't stop. I still have a kid in airsoft...I'll become his caddy. hahahaha. The development of the guns will never stop. I have a few more tricks to try...just not in game.

kazuchan, yeah, nobody seems sad I'm off the field. hahahaha
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:57 AM   #9
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Glad to hear we haven't lost you completely. Alas, time waits for no man. I've got 8 years on you but my mind still thinks I'm 35, then my body screams 'Who the @#$% are you trying to kid?'. So I shall just stick to tinkering and plinking.
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:57 AM   #10
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Glad to hear we haven't lost you completely. Alas, time waits for no man. I've got 8 years on you but my mind still thinks I'm 35, then my body screams 'Who the @#$% are you trying to kid?'. So I shall just stick to tinkering and plinking.
I understand wholeheartedly, good sir. In a fit of folly I got my gear together last night in case the mood struck to hit the field today. It's beautiful sunshine and 9C...perfect! Alas, my spine seems to have a 'bone' of contention with my well laid plans. Guns are perfect, gear is spot on, spine? Not so much!

So, luckily I have a couple of guns left giving me grief (ok, not for most people, but for me...), so we'll strip them down and see if we can't go after a little more jam in there...along with a coffee, a little leftover piece of chocolate Easter bunny, and videos on YouTube. That's it man, middle age...it's here.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:40 PM   #11
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"As we get older the need to compete and conquer just doesn't seem to be a big deal anymore"

I'm sort of in this boat myself. Most of my airsoft friends have wandered off and they were a big part of why I played. Half the time I'm at the field I'm thinking, "Why am I doing this? Why is everyone taking this game so seriously?"

Maybe I just need a break . . .
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:19 AM   #12
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As a gray haired airsofter myself, I understand this sentiment and have taken my share of breaks over the years. I always wander my way back to the field and forums to see new faces and new names with the same debates still raging on.

Your G&G Raider doesn’t shoot 350ft . . . please move up and get your head out of the way.
Barrel length doesn’t improve accuracy.
There is no magical fairy dust that changes the laws of physics.

I show up and nod to the guys running chrono who know there’s no point to me standing in line. The rules covering all the cheeky things I’ve done over the years get added to the pre-game briefing. I properly adjust a few hop ups, point some players in strategic directions and say ‘boop’ every time I bean someone from across the field.

I go home early, soak in the hot tub and wonder if I’ll remember to empty the car before I drive to the office the next day. It’s not happening now, maybe I’ll get to it by Tuesday. So what if I left a mag loaded, I’ve got extra springs.

Eventually I meet up with the younger guys I like for dinner and a beer. The same old ‘remember that time when . . .’ stories get told yet another time. Good times and sometimes a new story gets added to the the lot.

There will always be shruggers and that kid who insists shot someone . . . though a tree . . . from 500ft . . . with an empty mag.

In the end, hanging up your spurs really isn’t an option. If you still have a rifle, it will eventually call to you. There is always a next game.
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There is no magical fairy dust that changes the laws of physics.
Don't knock it unless you have tried it. With fairy dust I can shoot someone though a tree from 500ft with an empty mag.
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This thread is depressing, I know what you all mean and I’m 25. That’s what’s hits the most. I got old so fast, both mentally and physically. See I’m farmer boy, when other kids at school spent summers drinking shit beer and having a giggle just wasting days, I was working that land. I’ve got more scars, traumas and gray hairs than... probably everyone I know. Eh....

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"As we get older the need to compete and conquer just doesn't seem to be a big deal anymore"
Spot on.
“Let’s get a hand or two. Nonsense, I’ll do it myself” - phrase got used too much. There’s so much to comment on this, so I won’t
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:47 PM   #15
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Leetworld, 25!?!? Your paint is even dry yet. Hahahaha. But yeah, I get it. I crashed an 18 wheeler on the ice road at 23. That instantly made me way older than just about anyone I knew...except for maybe my cousin Jerry who was in the Airborne. All of a sudden you realize your not even on the same track as your peer group.

I do agree with Corriander. As long as a rifle is in the closet, it does call. It means we havenít completely ditched or it would be gone. Thereís the potential for a meet and greet next Sunday but I may pass...not sure yet. Itíll depend on the weather, and whether or not the mood strikes on that day. Maybe Iíll shoot some pop bottles instead.

My fabled 1911 died last weekend, maybe itís a sign. Time to hang up the spurs and auction the saddle. Who knows? I was hoping once our nine months of winter ended (yeah thatís right, we had nine consecutive months of snow this year), my spine would relax a little and Iíd gain a little motion back, but no...not really. Not this year.

I think of our old German Shepherd at times like this. Heís gone now, but in his last couple of years he was getting a little grey in the chin and although he could still put up a good fight when he had to, the desire to taunt dogs on the other side of the fence just wasnít there anymore. Even more so, his patience for a visiting dog was even less. Heíd just wheel around and take a whiz on its head. Hahahahahaha....man I loved that cranky old beast!!!


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