|M1 Garand Airsoft rifle makes older brother grateful|
|Written by Rob Peecher|
|Wednesday, 28 January 2009|
Whenever he can,
What Jean and I have learned about Airsoft is that it gets to be an expensive hobby. The guns appear to be built for a single use only. Always getting dropped or stepped on, it seems that the most vital pieces are made out of the flimsiest of plastics.
His last gun was an automatic rifle where the pellets were
poured into a piece mounted to the top of the gun made to look like the gun’s
scope. I was impressed that this rifle lasted through the first few plays and
not at all shocked when
We glued it and, to my surprise, the rifle was able to be put back into service.
“We fixed that gun,” I told
He offered some lame excuse as to why it wasn’t working, but
I realized that I was seeing a Pavlovian response to being invited to an
Airsoft party. Because he’s always gone through guns so quickly,
In the past, we tried to do Airsoft on the cheap, buying
plastic guns made in
What we came away with wasn’t cheap, but it’s made largely
of metal and is nearly as tall as
Its sturdy build convinced me that quite possibly this Airsoft rifle would survive more than one run through the woods.
Harrison took the gun to Graham’s party Saturday where it was a tremendous success: He brought the new gun home intact and, best of all, the referee at the party wouldn’t let him fire it on automatic because it fires a gazillion rounds a minute and at the Airsoft field they only let you use automatic guns that fire half a gazillion rounds a minute.
But, a purist would never set his M1 Garand Airsoft rifle to automatic anyway.
But it was before Graham’s party, before Harrison had even
fired his new rifle, that I received the highest praise a father can get,
letting me know far more than a simple “thank you” that Harrison truly
appreciated the new rifle. In the car on the way home,
“Nathan and Robert are going to be so jealous,” he said.
When we got home, his little brothers rushed to see the new gun (expecting that when it breaks and gets glued back together, it will be handed down to them as all the rest have been).
Nathan, who is a fiend for World War II Game Box games and
plays them like he’s in training to charge a bluff in
“Oooooooo!” Nate exclaimed. “That’s an M1 Garand!”
Robert, too, rushed forward to see the gun. “Uh!” he said,
stomping his foot. “No fair!
Rob Peecher is editor of The Oconee Leader. Now, thanks to limited foresight, he’s saving up to buy two more Airsoft M1 Garands.
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