Hey everyone! So the next instalment of the FFA Slaydies Series Spotlights is live, here I speak to ashley_chillsim, an Airsofter straight out of Texas.

Hi Ashley! Thanks for taking the time to take part in the Femme Fatale Airsoft Player Spotlights! Can you tell my readers some info about yourself? 

My name is Ashley. I am originally from Plano, TX just outside of Dallas. However I go to college in San Marcos, TX so I bounce back and forth between the two. 

How long have you been Airsofting

Besides the casual playing around with Airsoft guns with friends as a kid, I have been Airsofting on a more serious level as an adult for just under a year now. 

What got you into Airsoft?

My boyfriend is the one who really introduced me into Airsoft. He would show me pictures and videos of him and his team playing, and being someone who is a firearms enthusiast, I was automatically interested. Shooting at real players without serious consequences? Hell yes. With all the information out there on the game, the guns, and the load outs, I was a bit overwhelmed with finding what would work for me as a female. He helped me start out by letting me use extra gear he wasn’t using and guiding me in the right direction of what could potentially work well for me. 

What do you love about Airsoft

There are so many components that go hand in hand that make me love Airsoft. Many would probably say shooting is what makes them love Airsoft. For me though, the top component as to why I love the sport is the community as a whole. Airsoft gives the ability for everyone to meet new people and make new friends. Airsoft ranges from local to worldwide. So no matter what country you’re playing Airsoft in, you can connect with other players elsewhere. The cohesiveness of the Airsoft community is what makes or breaks the sport. If there is no one to connect, learn from, or have a laugh with, there is no Airsoft. 

Where is your home site? 

At this point in time I have no main home site. I am in the process of moving, in which I look forward to travelling around, trying out, and playing at different fields. 

What are the most memorable sites you’ve played? 

The most memorable site I have played at was at D-Day Adventure Park in Wyandotte, OK, a few months back during American Milsim’s Broken Home V. It was an experience unlike any other. The terrain was challenging, the weather was humid, and the game was immersive. I was worn out by the end of the weekend, but I had a great time with people and learned even more.  

How would you describe your playing style? 

I’m not scared of getting hit, it’s part of the game. With that, I like to play aggressively while still trying to be smart about it. I think it’s important to be aware of everything around you instead of the tendency to only focus on one thing when playing aggressively. Most of the time I like running with a group, whether that means three others or ten others. I am never opposed to splitting off as a lone wolf though. I have learned quite a bit on my own while being separated from a group. 

Weapons and Loadouts:  What’s your weapon of choice? And what loadout do you normally run?  

My weapon of choice is my current primary, VFC MK18. So far this gun has been very reliable and has withstood a few hand to ground drops when others have handled it. I mainly run with my Mayflower Gen IV chest rig and switch out between Valken Zulu Goggles and my ESS Crossbows with the added gasket for full seal. I typically change between Tru-Spec and LBX for tops and 5.11 Women’s Stryke Pants.
Being a woman in Airsoft, what does this mean to you?

Being a woman that plays Airsoft is not as terrible as some may make it out to be. Are there some players who don’t call their hits when it comes to a woman shooting? Sure. Are there some players who will trash talk women that even step out onto an Airsoft field? SureShould you let what others think about you ruin the game for yourself? Of course not. These “some players” are only a handful that play Airsoft. The amount of players that respect and treat women in the sport heavily outweigh the insecure ones who don’tIn a male dominated sport, everyone and their grandma should expect a female player to draw some sort of attention, whether it’s negative or positive. In the end, everyone on the field is a player regardless of their sex, age, or looks. Whether you’re a male or female, sponsored or not sponsored, completely decked out or playing in jeans with a rental gun, we’re all people who are just out there to play. No one person on the field is any better than the next. We all get hit, we all love the sport, we all go home at the end of the day. 

Where can my readers find you on social media? 

Instagram: @ashley_chillsim 

Your thoughts: Is there anything you would like to say to other players out there?  

There is never anyone who knows everything about Airsoft, there are always things to learn. Every child and adult should play regardless of how “operator” they thing they are/are not. The main goal of any Airsoft game is to have fun, laugh, and meet new people who share your passion for Airsoft. If you didn’t have fun and are not smiling by the end of the day, you shouldn’t be playing.

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