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ChibiPotatoes

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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to DLockett86 in FORT HOOD ENTRY FOR RDG *** PLEASE READ ***   
    Will you guys be making an announcement if Elijah Road entry is open on the day check-in begins?
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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from Redband in Lone player issues   
    Solo players will get lumped into a squad. Don't fret, honestly, I went to the first Ironhorse entirely by myself, but I made a whole bunch of friends from around the country. Since then I've squaded with many of them on and off at different events, so don't be afraid to go on your own!
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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from Redband in Lone player issues   
    I'll expound on what I wrote yesterday -- it was quite the rush at work so I didn't manage to type up all that I wanted to.

    I got into MilSim almost entirely based on watching YouTube videos. I remember seeing all kinds of footage from Faded Giant 4 and thought "Man, I love airsoft and I really want to go to one of these MilSim events." The catch for me, though, was the fact that the airsoft community where I'm from -- near Memphis -- is really spread out and rather small. I literally didn't know anyone that would be interested in jumping into MilSim with me. I registered for Ironhorse and the DAM almost entirely on a whim and had no idea what to expect.

    I drove to Perry solo and I remember how unbelievably nervous I was waiting in my car at 10:30 Friday evening before my DAM; I was a new guy that literally knew nothing or what to expect and I was almost intimidated by my DAM-mates in all their gear and equipment.
     
    But it was here that I met two gentlemen from Wisconsin who have become very close friends of mine in airsofting (we've been to three or four events together, at this point, and we'll be rolling together again at IH2). Not just them, though, everyone on the DAM was super nice and super friendly; excited to see someone new. They taught me a lot and the DAM was an amazing experience.

    The next day was the same story. I got to meet my squadmates who were super accommodating and welcoming; it was incredible to me how welcoming the airsoft community was (perhaps I was lucky in this sense) and has been as I've dragged several of my friends into the hobby. It's lit a fire in my that's fueled my passion for airsoft ever since.
     
    After all, airsoft is about making friends and having fun! Ironhorse was an amazing event and an amazing AO, I have no doubts that you'll enjoy it -- solo or not!

     
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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from Mandalore_milsim in 2017 Approved AMS Faction Uniforms.   
    The AOR2 for PSA is giving me an excuse to actually get some AOR2 camo, lol.
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to TheJP in Roster   
    I've shot them an email, keep tabs in your faction FB group as well.
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to TheJP in 2017 Approved AMS Faction Uniforms.   
    These new uniform regulation will take effect at IRONCLAD 3:
     
     
    United Federal States (UFS)

     
    Coalition of Sovereign Territories (COST)

     
     
     
     
    Civilian Defense Force (CDF)

     
     
     
     
     
    Pacific States Alliance (PSA)
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sierra Dynamics (SD)
     

     
     
     
     
     
    Eastern 10 (E-10)
     
     

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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from _Mayo in Lone player issues   
    Solo players will get lumped into a squad. Don't fret, honestly, I went to the first Ironhorse entirely by myself, but I made a whole bunch of friends from around the country. Since then I've squaded with many of them on and off at different events, so don't be afraid to go on your own!
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to DevinHal in New from Missouri   
    Hello y'all, my name's Devin "Hal".As I've seen, I'm the third in the last two days to sign up from Missouri. I'm 17, with intentions to go to Iron Horse II. I've been to a couple big events (Irene this year, from OLCMSS). Considering that I'm in Missouri, I believe American MilSim will have more ops that I can attend (as they're somewhat mid-west), so looking forward to AMS ops upcoming (ESR + Broken Home).
     
    #GBBR-Club
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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from slimjim00 in Lone player issues   
    I'll expound on what I wrote yesterday -- it was quite the rush at work so I didn't manage to type up all that I wanted to.

    I got into MilSim almost entirely based on watching YouTube videos. I remember seeing all kinds of footage from Faded Giant 4 and thought "Man, I love airsoft and I really want to go to one of these MilSim events." The catch for me, though, was the fact that the airsoft community where I'm from -- near Memphis -- is really spread out and rather small. I literally didn't know anyone that would be interested in jumping into MilSim with me. I registered for Ironhorse and the DAM almost entirely on a whim and had no idea what to expect.

    I drove to Perry solo and I remember how unbelievably nervous I was waiting in my car at 10:30 Friday evening before my DAM; I was a new guy that literally knew nothing or what to expect and I was almost intimidated by my DAM-mates in all their gear and equipment.
     
    But it was here that I met two gentlemen from Wisconsin who have become very close friends of mine in airsofting (we've been to three or four events together, at this point, and we'll be rolling together again at IH2). Not just them, though, everyone on the DAM was super nice and super friendly; excited to see someone new. They taught me a lot and the DAM was an amazing experience.

    The next day was the same story. I got to meet my squadmates who were super accommodating and welcoming; it was incredible to me how welcoming the airsoft community was (perhaps I was lucky in this sense) and has been as I've dragged several of my friends into the hobby. It's lit a fire in my that's fueled my passion for airsoft ever since.
     
    After all, airsoft is about making friends and having fun! Ironhorse was an amazing event and an amazing AO, I have no doubts that you'll enjoy it -- solo or not!

     
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted in Factions?   
    Introductions should be here for new members. 
     
    As for faction selection, it all comes down to personal preference. Many people base their choice from the faction's background/RP history, the color and camo schemes that faction permits, or the people that consistently play in that faction's leadership. 
     
    Historically for AMS, the storyline has been based on a civil war of sorts. UFS is the military of the acting government trying to restore peace. It's methodologies for this have been brought into question. CoST is a militia spawned from previous UFS members or upstart civilians that have serious issues with how the current government is enforcing law over the country. From UFS perspective, CoST has always seemed to be a group "stirring the pot", and their own actions in doing so have also been left to scrutiny. 
     
    You've also got a few smaller factions sprinkled in that come into play occasionally at certain events and also have their own leadership, clothing restrictions, and agendas such as CDF, PSA, and ATF. You might have to become familiar with these on an event by event basis. 
     
    I would argue however, that the best method is simply to spend some time playing under each faction to get an idea of their unique personalities and play styles. I know quite a few players that like to flip flop based on the event or other friends attending as well. There's really no shame in that. 
     
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    Gearwise, there are plenty of threads on the forums covering where new members should start. Read through the ruleset, and familiarize yourself with the must-haves and work your way into purchases from there. 
     
    My personal vote always goes to these items:
    - Good ankle supporting boots
    - A full metal gun with great reviews in that $200-$300 price range. A second gun as a backup is something to strive for as well.
    - Full seal goggles that meet safety requirements
    - Faction approved camo pants and headwear. If you have a helmet, paint it or get a cover. Jackets must meet requirements as well. Shirts can be solid tones that match your faction requirements, but matching camo is a safe method as well.
    - 2x 4 foot long bandages
    - A simple first aid kit that can handle cuts to moderate gashes.
    - A red rag/bandanna.
     
    What you decide to run with is up to you as you build and understand your preferences over time. There are threads here on the forums discussing that thought process as well before throwing down your hard earned cash. 
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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from TheJP in Lone player issues   
    Solo players will get lumped into a squad. Don't fret, honestly, I went to the first Ironhorse entirely by myself, but I made a whole bunch of friends from around the country. Since then I've squaded with many of them on and off at different events, so don't be afraid to go on your own!
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to Ogre in Echo1 TRX13 or ICS Transform4   
    I have some BEC's that will let you connect any battery you want, and set the voltage anywhere between 5 and 9 volts.
     
    They work great for oddball rifles that need weird packs.
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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from Wingnut in Echo1 TRX13 or ICS Transform4   
    I know you've already purchased your rifle, but I'll go ahead and post this for future reference.

    I've always heard generally good things about Echo1. I've heard very few negative things about it and -- like Specs -- I own an AK700 which I've had for a little under a year at this point and absolutely love it. I've literally not touched the internals and its performs amazing, I always carry it around to MilSims because it's an extremely reliable rifle.

    Now, ICS is about 50/50 with my team. I have a teammate who owns an ICS L85 which shoots amazing out of the box, there's very little wrong with that gun and its performance holds up to other rifles in my collection. On the flipside, my other teammate bought an ICS 416 which was absolute crap. One can chalk that up to him getting that one bad rifle in a thousand, but it is terrible. Awful wiring, shoots terrible, and there's nothing good to be said about it. As my team's guntech, I've seen the internals of that thing more than I have my own custom built guns.

    If I were to make a firsthand recommendation, Echo1 all the way.
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to TheJP in Federals Force Kill PSA Civilians   
    Federals botched a raid, color me shocked...
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to FPS in Federals Force Kill PSA Civilians   
    Federal Forces Kill PSA Civilians
    Claude Rimbeck – Free Press Society
     
    Federal Special Forces, based out of Virgina, conducted a late-night raid on a suspected Coalition "training camp" which was reported of housing the high-value Coalition personnel responsible for masterminding the latest Coalition attack on the UFS technology facility in South Carolina. However, it appears the information was false.
     
    Instead of a Coalition "training camp", the Federal Special Forces raided a local commune around 20 miles south of Manila, Utah. During the raid, twelve civilians, all male, were killed when they tried to defend themselves from the unknown threat. 
     
    Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hickey addressed press correspondents early this morning to express the military's condolences and sympathy for the victims and their families.   
     
    "War is a hard and messy business. We try to be surgeons with very precise intel and targeting, but that is not always the case." 
     
    Many believe this misstep by the Federals has already strained the fragile relationship with the Pacific State Alliance's government beyond its breaking point. 
     
    President Frank Hudson, the newly elected leader for the PSA had this to say regarding the incident.
     
    "We will take all measures and precautions to protect our citizen from any aggressors. This means the Pacific State Alliance reserves the right to preempt offensive actions in order to stop any hostile acts before they can be brought upon our borders."
     
    Both Federal and Pacific diplomats are scrambling to try and ease the tension between the two nations.
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted in Echo1 TRX13 or ICS Transform4   
    Can't speak to ICS, but E1 is generally good. As a company they generally pick up rifles from other airsoft companies (many from cyma, but there are other brands) and then do a few slight upgrades and resell. Because of this they are typically more expensive than if you bought the original gun and upgraded it yourself. 
     
    However, their customer service has been excellent in my case. So if you aren't much of a tech, or don't have one locally that you'd like to provide business to, then E1 is a great company to go with. They tend to have better quality control out the gate than some companies, so you might have less chances of a lemon. (Again though, can't compare to ICS in that regard.)
     
    I've used an E1 AK700 for close to a year now, and haven't had any issues whatsoever. Great performance, and have had some very informative calls with E1 techs on maintenance and parts information.
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to Archangel Airsoft in Kit assistance please?   
    Thanks guys. I've been here for 3 days now and you guys are already freaking awesome and helpful. I think I'll like this community and can't wait to operate with everyone.
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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from Archangel Airsoft in Kit assistance please?   
    Specs lays it out perfectly here and touches on literally all the points I told my mates when they got interested in milsim.
     
    To go over some of the stuff he mentions, I'll go ahead and tell you that I've been through a total of three plate carriers and one vest all of which I've found to be appropriate for certain situations and not others. For the most part I run a small plate carrier without too much stuff -- I like being pretty mobile as Specs outlined in 5. that Less is More and that really means a lot.

    I'll lay out my kit here, but since I'm actually writing this from work I can't provide any pictures to go along with it:

    CQB M4 platform (or SA 58), 7 M4 mags (or 5 FAL mags), handgun (in drop-leg holster), LBX 0300S plate carrier, miniMAP backpack (for hydration pack, HPA tank, misc stuff), two smoke grenades, one Thunder B (or one R2Bs hand grenade), radio in pouch, speaker mic (or throat mic and earpiece), dump pouch, small personal first aid kit with two four-foot long bandages (as required for AMS), roll of electrical tape, multi-tool, sharpie, wrist office (with AO map), digital watch, camo top and bottom, gloves, boots, mesh mask, full seal eye-pro, helmet.
     
    Edit: I use a lot of special snowflake guns, so I have pouches and gear specific to those. Don't be like me, lol. It's expensive to get gear to run specific guns (e.g. the UMP) and it can also be a pain in the ass to switch out gear even if you are using molle.
     
    Edit 2: Revised loadout. I completely forgot to put in the radio.
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to st4ngeI2 in Kit assistance please?   
    Couldn't of said it any better....Specs on the ball.
     
    To reiterate about the less is more...it's funny cause when I started airsoft and going for a MilSim loadout I thought I would load up on gear to have everything that I needed.
     
    But the more I added, the more I was taking off as my MilSim game was progressing.  Now what do I run?  I have a 3 mag kangaroo pouch, a repro fastmag on my left, a covered mag pouch on my rear left, a radio pouch for my bandages, a crotch pouch for quick access and a MAP for hydration and first aid....that's all
     
    One thing that has been helpful for me is really digging into Special Forces (MARSOC, SEALs and  SFOD-D) gear and how they configure and use their gear.  I read (alot) about advantages/disadvantages along with my own personal experiences. 
     
    At the end of the day - gear is about how operational YOU are.  Try different configurations and find how you operate most efficiently....trust me, if you take it seriously and want to continue to improve, you will never be satisfied and will always be changing gear out to be more and more efficient.
     
    Fight Light!
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted in Kit assistance please?   
    Your kit inventory and layout should vary based on your own preferences and the role that you'll be playing in. You've got your basics covered, but be open to as many brands and designs as possible.
     
    I've written up an extensive post on the thought process needed prior to investing in kit, but will summarize here. Consider anything and everything before throwing down your hard earned cash. 
     
    1. Be prepared to spend money on kit that you won't enjoy long term. Happens to everyone. Some stuff you simply have to use first hand to decide if you like it or not. Quality gear is always something to strive for, but investing in quality gear that doesn't fit you or your preferences isn't doing you any favors. Cheaper repro gear like Condor works great for nailing down what you enjoy running. Don't feel pressured to buy what other players run, and disregard gear trends. The newest thing isn't always solving an issue that needs solved.
     
    2. Plate carrier? Rig? Belt Kit? Some sort of hybrid? Research the strengths of each and the variations of each and how they might affect your play in certain team roles. Is a JPC even the carrier that benefits you most? Perhaps you'd like something more like a Mission Spec EOC for example if you are looking for simple and light.
     
    3. What size mags are you running? How many do you need to carry? Be aware of AMS ammo limitations, and consider where they are situated on your person. Lay in the prone and think to yourself: Will I be in the prone position much? If so, consider mounting little to no mags on your chest, or you'll be pretty uncomfortable. They would also be difficult to reach in that position. Which leads me to my next point...
     
    4. Simulate combat. Plan it out. It can just be in your living room. Practice reloading from different parts on your person in different combat positions: standing, kneeling, prone, on your side, etc. Try to weed out some of your preferences beforehand. What sort of mag retention will you want? Open top? Velcro or buckle flaps? Bungee? Find other players and ask to try out their gear a bit. Most will be super willing and helpful to you, and have gone through just as much gear uncertainty as you have. Also seriously look at what our active military is using on duty. While you don't have to recreate their gear, there's tons of experience in how they've placed things, what they've decided to continue running, and even some modifications they've done to things for additional functionality. 
     
    5. Less is more. The new guy curse that everyone goes through, is to fill as much of your gear with as much gear and stuff as possible. Make a list of the bare minimums you require, and leave the rest in a bag in respawn/FOB. Unless you are doing a multi-day milsim event, you will be much more effective with a lighter fighting load, and will snag on so many fewer bushes and doorways. Everything should have a place, and everything should have multiple purposes. 
     
     
    My kit list (excluding brands): AK platform, 7 midcaps (1 in the gun), 1961g chest rig, hyrdo bladder in a small pack, 2 smoke grenades, (possibly) 1 thunder B, personal first aid kit, 2 4' long bandages for medic play, full seal eye pro, mesh mask, electronic ear pro, speakermic, radio with extended antenna for more range and power, 2 batteries (1 in the gun, 1 spare), a few meal bars (I've been digging Kind Bars lately), small amounts of electrical tape and ductape, a headlamp, red dead rag, red dead light, sharpie, pen, and small moleskin, simple digital watch, a small folding knife (for utility), small dump pouch (only used in intense firefights as I typically reinsert empty mags back into pouches inverted), ballcap, gloves, softshell, camo top, camo bottoms, mid-height boots. 
     
    Kit shot for inspiration and context. 

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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to Archangel Airsoft in New Member from TN   
    Hey guys, name is Austin, callsign "Archangel." I'm part of a local airsoft team that some friends and I set up but I'm the only one actually interested in Milsim. I probably won't be able to attend an OP any time soon but this seems right up my alley and I look forward to getting into the community and operating with everyone. Have watched Jet Desert Fox, MattTheMusketeer and more. Can't wait. I've liked what I've seen.
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to TheJP in FG5 AO Map   
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to st4ngeI2 in CoST Registration List   
    Some of those names look familiar from Ironhorse - looking forward to operating with you guys
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    ChibiPotatoes got a reaction from TheJP in OP34 Map   
    I went through this AO for TCA's Operation Broken Dagger and had an absolute blast. I'm really looking forward to being back there in October.

    I've missed a few since ESR and I'm glad to get the chance to roll with AMS again! First time since the rule-set change too! I'm super excited!
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    ChibiPotatoes reacted to XA Adan in Xtreme Airsoft On-Site Vendor   
    @Chibipotatoes
     
    We will have those on-site in our trailer. 
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