April 2015 UKAC Admin Meet Up at Ironsight, Andover, UK.

On the 25th of April, me and a few of my Grey Fox 348 team mates made the 2.5 hour journey from Derby in the Midlands to Andover, down South to meet up and play a game with my fellow UKAC Admins at Ironsight (http://www.ironsightairsoft.co.uk/), their home site.

The 300 mile round trip consisted of dull British Motorways in very dull British weather, included 28 miles worth of Average Speed Checks and of course, road works! But despite all that, the drive was clear and easy. The distance meant we stayed overnight on the Saturday and had a hilarious evening full of drinks and banter before the days airsoft shenanigans! The site is located in Andover, UK and is easy to get to from the A303 and a short drive through the village of Andover, it is well signposted so is fairly easy to find. There is ample car parking available at the site but get there early so you get a decent spot in the safe zone! 

The site was previously a mushroom farm and has been transformed into one of the most impressive CQB sites I have personally been to. It is split into different areas for play, consisting of two main building complexes and a dockyard. The first building complex houses the reception area to sign in, a small shop where you can purchase all the beebs, pyro and gas needed for the day, an indoor range and a large safe zone capable of accommodating around 60 players and their gear. It's also home to 6 rooms of play which all have different themes and impressive structures such as the train room, the slaughter room and the Aztec room which are connected by a central corridor. The second building complex is of a similar lay out but has a Post Apocalyptic theme, however I didn't experience any game play in that area. The Dockyard has plenty of barricaded areas and cover to defend. I really loved all the effort the Ironsight team has put into the decoration of their site – it definitely
makes for interesting game play!

Booking can be done by phone, getting in touch via their website or their Facebook group and payment is taken on the day at sign in. We booked on via Facebook and the walk on fee was £25 which included lunch, which surprisingly was a cheeseburger and beans - which is undoubtedly the best food I've ever had at an Airsoft game and makes a pleasant change! The site staff are all really friendly and welcoming to both frequent players and those who had never played the site, they even got stuck in with the accent banter that was prevalent during the day! (You can’t put that many Northerners and Southerners together without it! Haha!) We were lucky to get a tour of the site the day before from one of the sites Airsoft managers so we were kind of familiar with the terrain before the game which was a huge help. Tours are also given before briefing on the day. The staff were also really helpful when I had to wash my eye out due to being green gassed by one of the other players when my Glock 18c decided to have a moment.

Chrono is performed in a dedicated area and the sites limit is 350FPS on 0.2g BBs for AEGs, 420FPS for DMRs with a Minimum Engagement Distance of 15 metres and 500FPS for Sniper Rifles with an MED of 20 metres, which is pretty standard across the board. All players were given a comprehensive safety brief by the one of the sites Airsoft Managers before game on so everyone is clear on the rules for the day! If you're from the Midlands or any further North bring a translator ;) Haha.

During the course of the day we played a variety of game modes including a Team Death Match to get the day started and everyone warmed up! My favourite games of the day were the 3 stage attack in which both teams took part in defending and attacking different areas around the game site and the drug packages game where each team had to collect all the ‘drugs packages’ and escort their VIP to a designated area. The games ran smoothly and progressed well. One of the elements to the day that really makes it or breaks it for me is the level of sportsmanship from the other players! I wasn’t disappointed, the other players were honest and courteous about taking their hits! There was plenty of banter throughout the day from both sides which is always great to see! Most of the other players were happy to engage in conversations with people they had never met which is one of the things that make airsofters so awesome! I had the chance to meet a load of great members from the UKAC including Steve Morris from Token Airsoft and his team The Devil Monkey's and the sites home team, The House Of Wolves.

At the end of this month I am returning to Ironsight for their 2nd Birthday Game! I'm really looking forward to it as I really enjoyed the day and the site is ran very well. The price was in line with other walk on fees up and down the country however the food was well above average. Overall, a really great day!.
Contact details: 01264 726490
IronSight Airsoft
Goodworth Clatford
SP11 7LF

 Group photos thanks to Dave Cole.

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