Shatterproof – an interview with Florida’s Spartan 16

Shatterproof an interview with Florida’s Spartan 16

I’m fickle, on occasion, and when such whimsy takes hold, I’m easily distracted by the aesthetically pleasing gears, kits and blasters that pop up in my feed.
Needless to say, if I’m following you. on any number of social media platforms, it’s more than likely I’ve been impressed by a particular load out, action shot in game or blaster set up …

But, there’s often more than meets eye, and here, we get to talk the person behind the Plate Carrier and underneath the Kevlar
Well, we’re back to Florida, to speak with another team member of Red Team. We sit down with Frank A, perhaps better known to some of you as Spartan16.
S23: Spartan, welcome aboard. Thanks for taking time out to sit down with us and buzz through a few questions. Give us a little history, how long have you been playing, where did it all really start ?
SP16: Hey, sure. Well, I have been in the game for about eight to ten years now. That’s been a while now that I look back. I remember I started with a really cheap spring G36K model a friend of mine gave so we, and other friends, could do backyard fights back in Spain. But this thing about military and guns is something I loved since I was a kid, so I started researching more and found there was something really cool called Airsoft, that it looked like actual firefights on YouTube. But, it was so expensive for a young kid. Long story short, getting good grades at school allowed me to get my first ‘decent’ gun, which was a JG AK 47 Tactical, all black too !!!

S23: Now, as part of RED Team, which collectively falls under the banner of Bravo Hard Hitters, you’ve quite rightfully, fought, built and earned the admiration and respect of your community. But, I know – that your a modest and humble group. So, with regards to Red Team and Bravo Hard Hitters how important is that community ?
SP16: I still fight alongside Bravo Hard Hitters, however I am not part of RED Team anymore. Regarding the community, this is something extremely important in this pastime. The support and goodwill to help each other is something that in my opinion has to be always present.

S23: Now, rather intriguingly, you’ve diversified away from the obligatory stitch and pouch perfect load out, and gone for something far more functional and practical. Intentional or just years of tried and tested development ?
SP16:  Here, It’s a little bit of everything. Years mixed in with common sense and intentional configutations have filtered out my ultimate loadouts. For example, during official events like National Ops, I am my squads grenadier. That means my loadout is heavier than the rest of the guys, so I have to stick to only the very essential gear to make it as comfortable as possible. 
S23: You’ve an impressive array of blasters, very utilitarian and like your gears functional – what’s key here to a successful set up ?
SP16: Thank you for the compliment . In my opinion, besides the quality of the platform you are working with, it also has to do a lot with how you take care of it and how well tuned it is. Remember, the better the performance of your blaster, the better the chances to put out a good fight on the field (your playing skills must be on par with level too, of course – laughs). 

S23: The MilSim scene in your state, has visibly and exponentially grown, what’s really driven such popularity ?
SP16: As I said before, the community is really important and recently a lot of teams and individuals have been working hard to raise a good reputation of the pastime throughout the state and nationwide too. 

S23: Has such rapid growth diluted it quality, or better yet improved it and provided more opportunities ?
SP16:  I would say that people getting into the pastime today are in general well informed, since there is a lot of information out there to get started. This means that almost everyone who is getting initiated in the hobby is doing it with a decent entry level or not so entry. When it comes to the gameplay, it is all about practice and honing individual skills. Another point that may be affected by this growth is the honor part of the game. As we know this is the rule number one for every decent player on the field. Reminder to the new and veterans, CALL YOUR HITS!

S23: Recently back from a slew of events and skirmishes, and of course frequent training days, what’s in store for you and the team in 2017 ?
SP16: My guys and I are always seeking action, good action actually. This being said, we expect to go to some of the good national events over 2017 and local events  too, why not? Training is a must in the Team, as usual.

S23: … before we let you go, really appreciate you taking the time out to talk, obligatory last question I always like to ask (kind of a trademark), I’m a fan of 30 Rounds per mag, what’s your thoughts on this – could you see this perhaps bringing something new and fresh to game play if embraced by the masses ?
SP16: Hmmm, 30 rounds per mag, that sounds ideal right? Better ammo administration, better ROEs, the Realism we MilSim’ers are always looking for …                                                   
On the other hand , there are so many cons when bringing this to the table. I think one of the main problems is the weight of the ammo we use (0.2g -0.46g). The heavier the BB , the lesser the wind will affect right ? It takes an average of 2-4 bbs to calibrate a good trajectory with light wind at a 30-50m distance, that’s aiming in the same direction , at the same target group.  

As I said , if everyone followed proper rules to make it possible , it would be fun to give it a try. But being honest, I don’t see it happening any time soon, or – well … who knows (laughs)

Huge thanks to Spartan for taking time out to catch up with us, you can follow his further adventures on the field right here – S23


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