Hi all, so in this next instalment of the FFA Slaydies Series Spotlights is a lady from Florida, USA - Leanne!

Hi Leanne! Thanks for taking part in the Femme Fatale Airsoft player spotlights! Can you give me readers a little info about yourself?

Leanne Wilder, 21, Plant City FL, I am a waitress at O’Briens Irish Pub in Plant City. I play Airsoft almost every Sunday as work restricts me to that day unless I take off for a specific event.

How long have you been Airsofting? 

From sometime in either 2009 or 2010, not super sure but I have continued to always improve on both my kit and my skills!

What got you into Airsoft?

Honestly, my brother. He started playing Airsoft at Black Tiger Airsoft (BTA) when it was run out at the Orbital Paintball field, up until they got kicked out. My brother mentioned that we lived on a large amount of land (about 100 acres) to the then-owner Mike, and Mike and my dad Barry were able to work out the details and get Mike and Black Tiger running out on our property, which is when I started helping out and really getting into it. After a while, Mike sold the business outright to my parents and I worked as a referee/sales rep/photographer/internet marketer/food stand manager up until the day they sold it.

What do you love about Airsoft? 

I love and extremely appreciate the physical exercise that comes with it and the awesome camaraderie that I have built with the people that I had the joy of working with. Almost everyone was there to have a great time, and that’s exactly what we strove to do, and we’re successful in most accounts.

Where is your home site? 

Either TAC in Lakeland or DV8 in Lithia, but BTA will always have a piece of my heart.

What are the most memorable sites you’ve played? 

I went and played at my first major MilSim event last year at ALTAIR Training Solutions in South Florida and wow! I could have never imagined how it would be in a million years. I’ve played at indoor facilities before, but to be in an old detention facility like OP Overwatch was in, it was simply amazing. DV8 also hosts a game at their #2 field about every year, and the hills and dense woodland areas are an awesome change to the regular flat Florida outdoor field.

Can you describe your playing style?

 Hard and fast with lots of communication. I know that it’s the basic principles of this game, but if you don’t apply it and really get into the mindset of making buddies everywhere you go and working as a team, then you aren’t going to play the game to it’s fullest. Also, I enjoy being the designated medic on the team because it’s fun to really rush out and try to help someone while your teammates cover you, knowing that they will do everything to protect you and the guy (or lady) you’re trying to help. It’s an ideal situation for myself to go to a field with a big group of dudes that I know, but it doesn’t always happen so I like to sort of put myself out there when the mission is green-lighted. “Okay, which way are you guys gonna go?” “Alright, let’s do this” “Yes, I’ll cover you” are all great ways to let the dudes you don’t know that you’re a team player and you will have their back no matter what.

Let's talk about weapons and loadouts: What’s your weapon of choice? And what loadout do you normally run? 

My weapon of choice is my Frankenstein M4. It has a classic army lower, and an ICS (maybe?) upper, with all kinds of different internals, a Daniel Defense free-float RIS, and Magpul MOE pistol grip and stock. Any BDU pants will work fine, but a women’s cut is preferred. With my vest, I just recently purchased a JPC (which I am oh-so-excited to try out and review), but my go-to has always been my condor chest rig. I have two similar loadouts, one for my JG M14, and one for my M4. Both use the condor chest rig, but the black one with 5.56 mag pouches I modded (half hazzardly) a 3-day pack to hook into the back of it, to give me a place to put my hydration pouch and miscellaneous medical supplies and Intel found on the field. I never, EVER go to a game without my 5.11 boots (though one time I did and had to make an emergency trip to Walmart, terrible mistake) and some nice long black socks. ESS goggles, my skull lower mesh mask, and either my FAST helmet or a ball cap complete my look.

Being a women in Airsoft: What are your thoughts?

It’s just like being a man in Airsoft, only people expect less of you. My goal is to overachieve what I think I am capable of, and it almost always stuns my opponents and team mates alike.

Where can my readers find you on social media?

Facebook: www.
Instagram: @WildAirsoft

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

Call your hits. Even if there is no one watching, call it. The game is just that, a game and everyone gets hit. Remember that you’re there to have fun and work your ass off to do so, so do it.

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