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Airsoft Club shares goals

By Hensley Carrasco
On November 30, 2011

The University of Rhode Island Student Senate recognized a group that hopes to bring together students who share the same interest in airsoft equipment at last night's meeting.

"It's not an airsoft gun club, per se. It's an airsoft club." President of the Airsoft Club Christopher Knight said. "The main tool we use to play is an airsoft gun."

Knight said airsoft is sport played similar to that of paintball.

"It's played in the same sort of spirit [as paintball]," Knight said. "It's an entertaining activity."

Knight said instead of shooting half-inch paintballs, airsoft equipment shoots six- millimeter plastic pellets. Airsoft also relates to paintball in that pressurized air or pressurized gases are used to discharge the pellets.

A recreational activity, airsoft consists of using replica firearms to meet various objectives and scenarios that are determined by the players or the location of the game. Knight said a lot of the replica firearms used to play airsoft are also used as professional training devices for private security and police departments, though it is more recreational than tactical.

Knight said he first got the idea to start the club about two months ago when he and a roommate decided to invest in some airsoft equipment. After going through the recognition progress, Knight is now drawing his attention to the growth of the group.

The group, Knight said, currently has about 13 members, but Knight has heard of outside interest from students who aren't currently involved.

"I have heard people talking about it even when I was riding on the bus today. Apparently there's interest [in the club]," Knight said.

Knight also wants those who are interested in airsoft to know that there are areas close to the university to play.

"There's [a] location down the street [and] up the road where we can go play," Knight said. "[There are] other places in Rhode Island, other places nearby in Connecticut [and others] in Massachusetts."

In order not to "impose" anything on the club, Knight said he is going to have members of the club organize teams when they decide to begin playing.

"The organization of teams is really going to be up to the players," Knight said. "I don't want [to tell] them ‘okay, you're going to be on this team [and] you're going to be on this team.' It's really up to them. We're just trying to get people together to know that [the club] is there and it's something to do."

In other news:

• We Are Alive was recognized by the Student Senate.

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