Airsoft is a game. That's it. Just a game. To be
more specific, its an advanced game of "tag"
or "cowboy's and Indians". To be even more
specific, its much like a game of paintball, except
its not as messy and doesn't hurt as much. The primary
object is to have fun, followed by having fun in shooting
at your buddies in a safe manner.
There's a few differences you'll find in airsoft
compared to paintball. For starters, airsoft is more
focused on realism. The "guns" look like
the real thing compared to the average paintball marker.
Second, rather than wearing jerseys, or brighter colors,
airsofters prefer to use camoflage or tactical suits
to better recreate a military or swat feel to the
game. Third, games are usually more focused on military
simulation (mil-sim) with set objectives as opposed
to a faster "arena" type game. We've played
games where the winning team fired less than 10 shots,
and we've played larger games where one player could
fire more than 10000 shots over 5 hours of play. Lastly,
airsoft does not leave any discernable markings, so
every player uses the honor system. If a player feels
or hears themselves get hit, they call themselves
A nameless team, looking for a way to pass the winter
months stumbled across airsoft as a paintball alternative.
Soon, a group of 8 guys and gals were engaging in
SWAT style games at a local community center (after
drawing blinds and locking doors to ensure no interruptions
of course). A year later, members of the team made
contact with other airsoft enthusiasts in Regina and
plans to expand were underway. In March of 2002, the
Prairie Dogs of War Squad (PDW) was officially formed.
PDW initially made up of 7 players, and upon finding
a paintball field willing to let airsoft players rent
time, we started a trek into the outdoor games and
never really looked back. With some help from players
in Winnipeg, who were looking for a road trip, we
started the outdoor season in May 2002, and ended
up holding events every long weekend until September.
We named these events "Operation: Stubblejumper"
and enjoyed having our Winnipeg counterparts join
us every month for a solid day of mil-sim. Our numbers
grew from having 8 people at an event to over 20+.
We had players from Regina, Moose Jaw, Estevan, Weyburn,
and Saskatoon eventually congregating to engage in
many skirmishes and mil-sim events.
Right now, our second home is at Paintball Paradise
and we are also slowly working on developing a private
Currently, our roster is made up of over 28 people
(3 inactive, 5 in reserve or on exchange). For the
most part, we are a recreational team in that there
is no set expectation for gear or attendance just
the willingness to come out, shoot some plastic at
each other and have fun doing so. However, during
the 2004 season, more players have developed a taste
for military simulation or "mil-sim" games,
where the focus is on re-creating battlefield situations
and conditions. We try to accomodate all preferences
now, with both fun skirmishes and more serious scenarios
taking place every weekend.
For more information about Airsoft in
Regina or the PDW Squad, please contact Arnisador at