Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Is Airsoft for you?

What is Airsoft?

Inside an AEG M4.

Airsoft is a tactical competitive sport where generally two teams fight each other in a skirmish (Fighting with no boundaries or reason) or fight over objectives given by the staff. What is an airsoft gun? It's a replica fire arm that shoots plastic 6mm bbs weighing from .12-.46g. These guns are completely safe to use and shoot at each other in a controlled environment with face protection. There are many different types of platforms an airsoft gun can be. There is AEG which uses a gearbox that has spinning gears inside and is powered by a battery (NiMH or LiPO). There's gas which does what it sounds like. It shoots using the power of green, red or c02. Gas guns are more realistic and will run for a higher price. An AEG is not as realistic but can and is the more reliable than gas and as well as more constant with shots. Spring is used mostly in sniper rifles, it uses a bolt like set up that contains a very powerful spring that launches a bb across the field. I would not recommend a sniper being your first gun. And then there's HPA/Polarstar which uses a mix of air and battery power. HPA is the best platform for performance but is the more expensive. Which then brings us to my next question for you.

What's Available?

Oregon Airsoft Arena
Before purchasing or even thinking about playing airsoft you need to know what type of player you are and what's available. Here's a link to fields around the United States. It is very possible that there might not be a few fields listed on that site, so make sure you look up local places on Google. Once you find these fields online see what type of place they are. Are they indoor? Outdoor? That is a very key-role when looking to start buying into airsoft. Indoor fields usually have a 350 FPS (Feet Per Second) rule. Meaning that if your airsoft gun shoots over 350fps you can't use it, because ultimately it would hurt someone because of the close engagements. Outdoor fields generally have a 400fps rule because they are outside, meaning engagements will be at farther distances. It's all for safety. Now that you have seen what's avalible in your area and know the basics of what's what.
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 Make sure you read the rules of these places and get an idea of what really is required during an event at that field. If you like to play indoors then try to buy equipment that meets the requirements of an indoor fields. If you want to play outdoor, do the same.

What Do you Buy?

After seeing what's available in your area and knowing what you what type of field you mainly want to play on. It's time to start looking at gear. Keep in mind, Indoor: 350fps, Outdoor: 400fps. 
So when you're looking for a rifle watch the fps and make sure it meets the requirements of the local fields you're interested in. First you'll want to get safety goggles/glasses. Don't go cheap on these. You only have two eyes and it's worth any amount of money to keep them working. I would suggest Valken ZulusThis is a product I personally use and have enjoyed for 6 months. They have yet to fog on me and their low profile is great and comfortable. They are duel pained so you don't need to worry about ventilation or if for some reason the first protector breaks, you have another one protecting your eye. You see a lot of players using them. The next thing you would need is gloves. Now any gloves really do the job, but the best are Mechanixs. They offer the best slip resident and best protection for your hand. Mechanixs are the gloves I use and I've had my single pair for 3 years now and they have yet to rip or show much wear on them. Next you'll want some sort of body protection. I use a plate carrier with dummy plates. That'll run you $100-300. And for a beginner it's not worth it. I would suggest a chest rig, something light weight and very usable and spacious.
 I would suggest the NcStar Tactical AK Chest Rig. I owned this product and used it once. It's okay, but gets the job done in a pinch. The only issue I had was adjusting the straps to my body size. But after some fiddling, you should be fine. Next would be boots. Any hiking books would be fine. I use Magnums since they are leather, water proof and are high top. Haven't had any issues with them. Good overall boot. But if you're going to play indoor, you don't really need boots. Tennis shoes are fine. Camouflage matters a lot in airsoft. It could save you from getting shot. But also expensive. And since I don't know where you live or what environment you live in, I will let you decide what's best for you. And if you're a beginner or don't have a lot of money, don't go expensive. My favorite brands are Tru-Spec and 5.11 Tactical. Those will run you a bit. Stick with Rothco/Matrix, if you're new. And from experience, for shirts order a size up. The worst thing that could happen is that you have to send it back. But if you are planning on playing indoor, anything black works, jeans and sweat shirt works perfectly. A hat/helmet isn't needed but their nice. Any hat is fine but for helmets I would suggest, DragonRed Airsoft. From what I've heard they are great quality for the money. Next would be your airsoft rifle. I would suggest CYMA if you want a good cheap AK or G&G if you want a good cheap M4. They are reliable and extremely cheap. Personally I've used CYMA Aks and I have found them to have great range and accuracy. I've had friends own G&G M4s and they have worked liked tanks. But if you're willing to spend $300-400, then go with Krytac or VFC. Those are some of the top notch brands that are reliable and have outstanding performance. I have a friend who has had a Krytac and he's had it for two years now and it's now just having small issues. I personally use VFC. My rifle (VFC VR16 13") has outstanding range and accuracy. Would highly recommend those brands. But if you would like a high end Ak, then I would suggest E&L. They make their airsoft guns in a real Ak factory in China. Meaning they have real Ak quality parts. And they also have great performance. I own an E&L and it turned out to be a factory defect. And since they are made in China, customer support is impossible. But everyone else says they are great rifles. That should be all you need for an airsoft game, not counting batteries for an AEG or bbs (Use biodegradeables, they are better for the environment) I would first suggest that you go to a field and rent an airsoft gun first before you start buying stuff. Make sure you like the sport before you invest in it. The picture on the right is me at Camp Rilea at OP: First Strike in Warrenton, Oregon apart of the JSOC. Everything together costs about $1,000+. Airsoft isn't cheap, but then most hobbies aren't. Know what you're getting into.

Safety and Common Sense

Airsoft is one of those sports/activities that parents hate. It's extremely safe and fun to play. But like metal music and violent video games, people don't see it as good. Believe it or not, some of the kindness people play airsoft. And I've played for 5 years and have made some friends. The last thing you want to do is make the sport look bad and yourself look bad by doing something stupid. It could cost you the ability at playing on a field or getting arrested. Airsoft guns look like real guns. So treat them like it. 

Magazine out in a safety zone, transported in a gun bag or the original box, away from children, unloaded, when being held, keep away from pointing at people unless you are in a game and orange tip on. You will find people taking off the orange tip because it looks stupid and gives away your position. But what those people did was make sure it was legal in their state before taking it off. If you end up not following those basics, it could cost everyone the enjoyment of the sport or your fun at local fields. Some cities and states have banned airsoft because of its replica firearm nature. Don't ruin it for everyone. But have fun, make friends and be safe!

If you're still interested but don't know where to start, check out these sites!:

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

James Comey Testimony

Another Big Scandal?

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On June the eighth in 2017 James Comey testified before the senate. This was over why he was fired which many are speculating is about the Michael Flynn investigation. The Michael Flynn investigation is the investigation of the current National Security Advisor Michael Flynn possibly releasing highly sensitive information to the Russian government. James Comey was the ex FBI director before he was fired, he has dealt with many cases in his long career and is respected by members of both political parties. Comey has claimed that Trump has said “I hope you could see your way to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Comey  thought that President Trump meant this as a direction and he kept investigating. Comey then would be fired and this is where people started to speculate about the reason for Trump firing Comey. Throughout the whole testimony many of the republicans were asking what made him think that Trump ordered him to stop the investigation. Idaho Senator James Risch even asked Comey the question “do you know of any case where a person has been charged for obstruction of justice or, for that matter, any other criminal offense, where they said or thought they hoped for an outcome?” Comey would answer with “I don't know well enough to answer. The reason I keep saying his words is I took it as a direction  I mean, this is a president of the United States with me alone saying I hope this. I took it as, this is what he wants me to do. I didn't obey that, but that's the way I took it.” We won’t know the full story of what happened unless there are tapes and they are released. The likelihood of there actually being tapes isn’t low though it’s pretty high once you see that ex employees have stated he often recorded their conversations. Trump has threatened Comey with the possibility of tapes but Comey would reply and say “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.” Comey said it in a way that makes Trump look guilty it’s as if Comey is saying bring it I have nothing to hide. Though both political parties seem to agree that he should give up tapes if he has them it is unknown if Trump has them or not. Even if he does have tapes he can edit them like how Richard Nixon took eighteen and a half minutes off of his tapes, he could have the tapes destroyed by someone else maybe Jeff Sessions and only they would know. He doesn’t even have to turn them over if he lies about it and the members of the White House believe him.
On a lighter note though Arizona Senator John McCain asked about the Clinton email case which hasn’t already been done but it was completely unrelated which the media on both ends would then point out. However he claims that he was tired because he went his home state’s teams baseball game which went through the night and he claims that’s why he asked those strange questions.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

RIP Chris Cornell 1964-2017

The Spoonman is gone

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On May 17 2017 we lost the rock legend Chris Cornell. The cause of death is officially suicide. He was 52 when he died and he was on tour with his most known band the grunge giant Soundgarden which has made classics such as SpoonmanFell on Black Days, My Wave, The Day I Tried to Live, and Black Hole Sun. Not only was he the singer of one of the biggest grunge bands of all time SoundgardenThis meant he is considered as important to the grunge genre as 
Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Scott Weiland, and Layne Stayley. He was also the singer for the super groups Temple Of The Dogand Audioslave. The latter of the two had three members from the band Rage Against the Machine it had guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk. However even though Audioslave has those names that are big in the metal genre it didn't sell as well as his grunge band the aforementioned Soundgarden. Soundgarden is considered one of the best grunge bands along: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains. He is known for his vocal range going from the typical grunge voice style and his brutal highs. He is also known for his innovative and complex guitar style. He has won five different awards and was nominated a total of eighteen times for various awards. Soundgarden has been around since the early 80's and has had a large influence on the rock and metal scene, one of those artists that has been influenced by him is Corey Taylor the front man of the popular metal band Slipknot and rock band Stone Sour. Chris Cornell has also on occasion stated that he has been influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, The Beatles, and even Jimi Hendrix just to name a few. 
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Across all of his bands a handful of his albums are certified platinum and some are even multiple time certified platinum. 
The most known album to be released by Chris Cornell was released by his band Soundgarden and that album is Superunkown which will have links at the bottom of the article with a link to his some of his top hits. Now after his death not only has Soundgarden cancelled the rest of their current tour. He left Eddie Vedder from the band Pearl Jam as the last big name in grunge that is still alive. This moment will stay in the heads of grunge fans and rockers for years to come. RIP Chris Cornell born July 20 1964 and died May 17 2017. He was a father and a husband, he will be missed. Best of Chris CornellSuperunknown.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Extermination of The Smell

On January 23rd, the Stink of Springwater plagued our school, causing the fire department to be called, and the school to be evacuated. So what's the smell this time? For weeks, a horrible stench has permeated the hall just before the classrooms, and finally something has been done.

Leadership students Cecilia Dalby (pictured right) and Foster Hayes were tasked with the horrible, daunting task of cleaning out the fridge. ¨We opened up a styrofoam box, and these curly fries were absolutely covered in mold. You couldn't even see the fries themselves,¨ says Foster, wiping the freezer down with a vinegar soaked rag. The fries in mention had been left for so long that they had grown their own ecosystem.

What's the lesson here? Please don't forget your food in the fridge.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What Just Happened at Springwater?

Many students have been left confused as today, March 14th, every student was held back for 10 minutes after the end of second period with no explanation whatsoever. No danger has been reported from any outside sources, so what the heck just happened?

Well, the real reason is a little less sinister than what you might think - privacy.

An anonymous student experienced a medical emergency near the end of second period, and the paramedics were promptly called in to deal with the situation. No more details have been released, however you can rest assured that the student in question is going to be alright, home and safe, so don't worry, Titans.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hey Students! It's time to vote for the Best Of's! Take the online survey! You've got until April 13th.