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Operation: Route 66 - Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark
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Check out the whole photo gallery and the DIRTY details of the Operation: Route 66 after the jump...



Rock-A-Hoola Waterpak
Operation: Route 66, October 14-16,2011
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Chad-The All-American Airsoft Dream, Jon-Well Manicured
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Jordan-GoPro M240 Bravo Cam Wizard, Smug cuz he knows he's about to get some great footage of me
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Our squadmates, Dennis, Warren & Rich.  Outstanding additions to our fire team.
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A little glimpse of my tactical workstation.  YUP, that IS an oscillating fan on the table to the left.  That's how I roll.  Can you spot all the 5.11 Tactical Series gear in the picture?  That's not even a third of it.  Just sayin' that I love 5.11 gear.
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Friday night/Saturday Morning around 3:00 A.M.
Inserting our ballistics plates*** into our new Condor Plate Carriers...
Oops, I meant cardboard & a bit of plastic packing wrap.  Only the best for our unevenly stiched, Condor Plate Carriers.
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What ELSE are you supposed to do when you can't procure SAPI plates in time for the event? 
Haterz gonna hate.  
***DO NOT USE CARDBOARD AS ACTUAL BODY ARMOR, THINKING IT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM REAL BULLETS.  IF YOU TRY THIS, YOU ARE MEANT TO DIE.  
This was just done for the purposes of looking good while playing Airsoft.  Sorry to be so harsh, but in this day and age, you really need to take every effort to cover your six to prevent idiots trying to take you down with a cheap shot. 
Our resident Gear Whore, tricking out our Condor Plate Carrier vests, making do with what God gave us (cardboard)
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Finishing touches on the cardboard plates for our Condor rigs.
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The Pyramyd Air Base Camp
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Gathering for the Saturday morning motivational speech about world-famous astronaut, John Glenn. 
I couldn't make that up if I tried. 
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Militia Forces, unaware of the impending astronautical greatness that they're about to have bestowed upon them.
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Jon, Jordan, Dennis & ChadOperation: Route 66 - Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark
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Still waiting to find out why we were all called from our campsites, which cost us precious time needed to get guns & gear ready for the day.
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Here's our guy.  Codename: Glenn. Here he is doing some serious yelling in an attempt to round up all the remaining militia forces yet to join the rest of the suckers.
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Nobody's really listening to him, but he doesn't give up hope that easily.
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He walks closer to the rest of the camp and yells some more. 
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Since it takes me forever to get ready to play before a game, I got impatient and left before the speech got started.  I also hadn't had a chance to try the horrible breakfast burritos that they were charging $2 for.  Just another example of getting what one pays for.  Guess I shouldn't have expected much for that price, but still.  I was told that I was getting an eggs, bacon and potatoes breakfast burrito.  But what I got was a potato burrito, with a smidge of scrambled egg crums.  No bacon.  Bummer, as I love bacon.  And eggs.  But I really don't care for potatoes. 
Jon requested this photo be taken because he knows his butt looked good in his Woodland BDUs.
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Jordan has always been a rebel.  Today, he decided to rebel against focusing the camera on the people in the frame.
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Chad Skelton, The All-American Airsoft Dream, with his super tricked out, custom G&P gas blowback rifle, Elcan Spectre DR 1-4x Optic, Mini Holosight mounted at 45 degree angle, Crane stock w/cheat sheet for common English words translated into multiple languages for conversing with the locals in their native tongue, PEQ box laser, Magpul gas magazines, Mad Bull Daniel Defense Mk18 RIS II in Flat Dark Earth (FDE) , Magpul vertical fore-grip, Condor Plate Carrier w/Condor Double Stack M4 Mag Pouches & Condor Triple Pistol Mag Pouch, Hat & Gloves by Voodoo Tactical. 

Game on.
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Rich & some dude with a sweet Real Sword Dragunov SVD AEG
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Jon & Chad attacking the hill with their custom G&P GBBRs
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Jon & Chad attacking the hill with their custom G&P GBBRs
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Jon's Kit: Custom G&P Gas Blowback Rifle, Crane stock, Elcan Spectre DR 1-4x Optic, Mad Bull MK18 RIS II in FDE, Magpul Gas Magazine, Insight Weapon-Mounted Tac Light, PEQ Box Laser, Mini Holosight mounted at 45 degree agree for quick CQB target acquistion, Vertical fore-grip, Comms headgear, KWA Sig M226, Safariland Holster & Thigh Rig, Knife mounted to thigh rig, Condor Plate Carrier, Condor Double Stack M4 Mag Pouches, Condor Triple Pistol Mag Pouch, IR Strobe, Voodoo Tactical OD Green Battle Shirt.
Jon & Chad arguing in the middle of the fire fight over whose gun has more accessories attached to it (I think Jon wins that award).  
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Jon advances on the opfor...
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Just because they have red rags on their heads doesn't mean that Allan and the guys from KWA Performance Industries aren't winners.  In fact, anyone who calls their hits is a winner in my book.  Let's just say there weren't too many of those kind of winners attending the event this weekend. 
KWA Allen & Crew
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These guys in tan, below, are 'bout to get shot up. (Yes, they called it)
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This guy, too...
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The lovely Veronica, from KWA, snappin' necks & cashin' checks.
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Typical dudes, just standing by, letting the chicks do all the work.
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KWA Veronica doin' more work.
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So the guy in blue is one of the Michaels from KWA and he pretty much made my day everytime I looked over at him (N.H.).  On Saturday, he was wearing jeans with a white button-down dress shirt & tie, with tan body armor and a chest rig over that.  He looked like an absolute boss.  On Sunday, he wore what you see below, a much more simple outfit, but nonetheless awesome.  Note the Oakley hard-knuckle gloves, tactical belt, holster sidearm on the hip, and just out of view on his other hip, a set of extra mags.
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Peter & Michael of KWA
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KWA Michael letting the IFA forces know who runs this town.
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Like a boss.
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Still owning the hill on Sunday's game.  We never lost control once we captured it. 
Full story on how it happened in the next installment of the blog here.  
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Here's my sniper friend, getting surgical. 
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Yea.  Some of them got to meet the Echo1 M240 Bravo.  One guy had my Thunder B drop into his lap (literally).

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Airsoft Rocket Launcher
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Airsoft Rocket Launcher
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Airsoft Rocket Launcher
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The Echo1 M240 Bravo & I locking it down
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Since the food our crew was planning on eating from the people "catering" the event (I use that term loosely) was terrible and hadn't acquired any back-up supplies for meals other than little snacks to eat in between meal times, we had to find other means of nourishment. Luckily, there was some kind of burrito stand or something that was a relatively easy drive from our AO.
Chipotle for Airsoft Champions - Trip #1 (Friday)
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Chipotle Trip #2 (Saturday)
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Chipotle Trip #3 (Sunday)
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Since Jordan and I drove an F150 Quad Cab up to the event, you can imagine that our gas mileage wasn't real great.  So by the time we got to the AO, our fuel light was on and the needle was on Empty.  When it came time to head home on Sunday, the only place nearby was this little oasis...
I only bought one gallon, so that I could make it to Barstow and tank up at a substantially more reasonable rate. 
Grape without the G.
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Overall, it was a cool AO, no doubt, but I've seen more organization from game admins at the illegal pirate field games I used to play at when I first started playing Airsoft years ago. The food that I had planned on was terrible (and they ran out during Saturday;s lunch break despite knowing how many people would be attending the event ahead of time). Cheating was horrendous. I watched and spoke with multiple large groups of Militia fighters walk off the field during Saturday afternoons trainwreck of a scenario. If that report doesn't wet your whistle, then stick around. I'll have more photos and video, plus a few heart-warming stories about specific events from the weekend coming up.

DESPITE ALL OF THAT, I STILL HAD A TON OF FUN. I love Airsoft, remember. Plus, the event wasn't all bad. I'll get to the good stuff in a bit.

Hey, did you know that you can find ALL the photos, even the ones not currently listed here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog, on our new Airsoft-only Facebook page.

You should go over there, subscribe to our new page and then enjoy all the photos from the event.  The page is brand new and therefore no one really knows about it (yet), so we could use some company. Come on over and say "hi."  By "hi," I mean you should subscribed/like/whatever Facebook's Term-Du-Jour is. 

*whisper voice* Airsoft.

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