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About Burny

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    G&G CM16 Raider, CA M15 A4 TC, JG G36 E, HFC M9
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  1. Welcome. When I lived near Oxford as a teenager I played at Finmere, which I used to really enjoy. The bloke that ran it then, Mike is a really nice guy and still runs it to this day.
  2. Sensible me: Testing the waters of getting back into airsoft, buys a £140 AEG. Also me: Spends £500 on gear in three weeks.

    1. StayOnTarget


      Yeah its like that isn't it,well written gave me a chuckle this morning 🖖

  3. Welcome! I'm in a similar spot to you; 29, solo, just got back into it, down the road in Guildford, though fortunately my AEGs survived a breakup or two over the last decade! Didn't stop me getting a new one anyway... Playing my first game since being a teenager on Sunday. In terms of sites, I read all of @Asomodai's "South East Tour" reviews (excellent work on these btw) and settled on EAG Dorking as it seemed to have universal praise and was under an hour from me. I'd start off giving his reviews a read on this sub forum.
  4. I just picked up this 5 pack of G&G tan midcaps from Amazon, £11 per mag seemed okay and I fancied the colour. They're made of polymer, feed very well, no complaints so far.
  5. I liked it, solid action film, bit of cheese here and there but not too smelly. Also... spoilers!
  6. The favourite part of my watch is the sapphire back which gives you a glimpse of the automatic workings, impossible to take a good picture of it without a proper camera and a macro lens unfortunately looks beautiful in person.
  7. Not strictly airsoft related, though I'll bung them in here next time I go on holiday; but a new rifle safe with inbuilt ammo lockbox. Absolute bargain from eBay.
  8. I'm just imagining the reaction you'd get from this
  9. You're either a psychologically unwell fantasist or an absolute genius. I hope it's the latter and I look forward to seeing the video.
  10. I'm not sure how it will work out costing less when you're providing gizmos strapped to kids wrists, specialist airsoft rifles manufactured in the UK and landscaped facilities but let's ignore that part. Okay, this is my area of work so I'll bite. What you're describing, though I wouldn't say it's necessarily characterised by an Atlantic divide, is for a company to endure cash burn to achieve economies of scale i.e. operate at a loss whilst deploying to new geographies, capturing new segments of consumers or getting new products/IP to market. To facilitate cash burn you need lenders of capital; large companies use the bond market to raise whilst smaller companies predominantly use private debt, convertible debt or mezzanine financing. My question here is - who is going to lend piles of cash to an airsoft event organiser? I guess the panel are making the UK/US observation a bit lazily based more on mature markets, which is strange for an angel investing conference; the US's large-cap index can be characterised as tech heavy, where as ours is far more predominantly old world businesses like oil, miners and banks. An airsoft field is not a business model that scales anywhere near as well as what your panel was probably alluding to; tech companies - the increased expenditure required for a tech company to facilitate another 100 million users is negligible; the fixed costs are sunk, the network is there, the data centres, the back end, the front end, the variable costs are basically nill. With an airsoft field, when you reach capacity you have to start another field, i.e. the lions share of your fixed costs double on the spot. All of this is without even addressing the fact the total addressable market for airsoft is what... a couple thousand people in the UK? Maybe double that, even triple? How many of those people are likely to make the pilgrimage to East London regularly enough for you to service your now burgeoning debt from all the cash burn someone has decided to facilitate for you. I am aware this is all just a flight of fantasy, but still, it's ludicrous to even dream about creating an elite airsoft site with gizmos, squads of near-professional players, private equity/venture capital backers and a magical, infinitely scalable business model.
  11. No. Generally when you put the price of something up, less of it is purchased.
  12. Whilst in theory all the gadgetry and lavish landscaping you're describing would be great, they would undoubtedly come with a greatly increased cost for the player. I don't think the average price elasticity of a days airsofting would allow a significant raise in the price of admission to cover without an exponentially larger decrease in the number of attendees, it just comes down to the demographics of players.
  13. There's quite a lot around here. I plan to go to EAG Dorking for the first time next Sunday and that will likely be my home site.
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