Up until the 80s they were a secret unit. Op Nimrod allowed the world to see them for the first time as “the men in black”. Nowadays they are surrounded by secretiveness like many other of the most effective special forces units around the globe, and their fame has meant their depiction in various books, games and films.
Today we break through the barrier of inaccessibility which surrounds the soldiers at Hereford. Today we speak to a member of the SAS who nowadays works in private security and also helps with games and events for Stirling Airsoft. We shall refer to him as “Marcus Fenix” for obvious safety reasons.
Instructor Fenix, welcome!
We know you've exchanged BBs with a few players now, both in the UK and in Spain, whilst working with Stirling Airsoft. How do players react when they realise they're playing with a SAS operative?
The guys are really good and get on with the training. They work hard and listen and learn from my own and others’ experiences. You have different levels of players and likes, so guys with an interest in milsim tend to like my skill set for a more realistic play. Everyone is great and they respect what myself and others have achieved and been through. This then adds to their gameplay, by adding in certain aspects to training evolutions.
The differences between real combat and airsoft are clear but, do you find your past experiences can be useful to airsofters? Are we good students?
Yes I think past experiences are useful to airsofters if they want realistic game play and learning. There is a lot to learn from military training that can add to the milsim experience. And yes, you have a variety of students, some keener than others and some far more receptive to my own and other colleagues’ depth of knowledge from being at war for so many years. In general the guys are great and relaxed and we have always had good training and game weekends.
What is Stirling Airsoft?
Are you ready to take part in a truly special Airsoft event? Assaulting a ship in high seas, an airplane that's been taken by terrorists and is full of hostages or patrolling a FIBUA training facility are only some of the things you might find once you book up to a Stirling Airsoft game. This company, apart from having access to a large pool of vehicles, works with advisors who have served in different British SF units. All of this so that their players can have an experience that is “as real as it gets”. Do you dare give it a go?