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I was recently required to deliver a persuasive speech
on the topic of my choice. So naturally, I chose something both interesting and personally entertaining â€“ that topic was Airsoft
. Because this was not an informative speech, I did not have the luxury of "riding the fence" and equally representing both sides, as I would have preferred. When I first began working on this assignment, I looked towards this Airsoft community for support and ideas. In search of a solid platform from which to launch my arguments, I came across valuable posts by various members, which aided me greatly in speeding up the brainstorming process. I mean sure, I probably would have come up with the same points and examples while doing a lot more thinking and a few more minutes of brainstorming, but hey! those were a few more minutes of playing MechWarrior that I was potentially missing out on
haha jk, I'm not THAT much of a slacker...
With that said, the only
reason for my posting this persuasive essay is so that I could "give back" to the community from which I have taken in a wealth of knowledge. Every now and then, I see topics like "Airsoft English Project" or "How can I convert a Paintballer to Airsoft?". And now, this is one of those few topics started like above which has actually come back with results to show for it!
So to the mods, Snicker said it was okay for my to post this as long as it doesn't get out of hand (I will try to self regulate it & lock if necessary)
To the readers, please please please
be aware that this is a PERSUASIVE ESSAY!!
meaning, not an informative "here's the facts, you decide" objective piece to read. I'll be straight up, this is VERY one sided, VERY bias, and definitely dishes out a healthy serving of manipulative rhetoric to accomplish it's sole task: to PERSUADE an audience (target audience is not too familiar with either sport) that Airsoft is better than Paintball. It's got a little spice, a little sugar, a little salt, and a little bitter herb peeps, but it's all from the same shaker baby
This essay is COMPLETE/FINISHED so any comments/compliments are welcome, but criticisms and or suggestions will never be edited into this post. My hope is that this gets read, then tucked away for some future person(s) who actually USE the search feature and want some ideas. I am not condoning plagiarizing as it will only get you thrown out of class, but feel free to take some ideas from here if you are doing a persuasive on Airsoft versus Paintball! or are just trying to convince some friends to make the switch... You will find a recurring thesis, importance to audience, problem, solution, and call to action were my major criteria while writing this essay/speech. There is also a Power Point presentation that accompanies the essay, so you can also have a look at how I put together my slides and stuff. PM me if you really really want a copy of the .ppt file.
And if you have something to say about "you forgot to mention all the GBBs!!" or "hey RAP4 Paintball Scenario guns look real too!!" or "what about those kids who get shot by police because Airsoft looks too real!!" or anyting else along those lines... perhaps you have forgotten what a persuasive essay is. A persuasive essay is always happy to tell you the good facts, conveniently forgetful of the bad facts, and believe it or not, data and stastics are your best friend as long as you can quote the right sources...
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Why Paintball, When You Can Airsoft?
Purpose of Presentation: The purpose of this presentation is to convince people that Airsoft is better than Paintball in all of the important areas such as cost, pain, safety, skill, realism, etcâ€¦
Thesis/Central Idea: Airsoft is better than Paintball in every important aspect, from safety and cost, to realism and authenticity.
Thisâ€¦ is a replica Colt M4A1 Carbine assault rifle with 6 point adjustable stock, EOTech holographic sight, free floating RIS compatible hand guard for mounting accessories, and a vertical fore grip for tight movement.
And thisâ€¦ is a CO2 fed PIPE that lobs paint from an oversized reservoir on top of the marker.
How many of you have ever gone, or wanted to go, Paintballing with some friends? Sounds pretty fun right? You get to run around a big field, shooting blobs of paint at your buddy *pap pap* while they fire back! But how many of you have heard of a similar sport, called Airsofting? Iâ€™ll bet not quite as many, and thatâ€™s just sad because after hearing my speech, youâ€™re all going to want to know much more about a sport called Airsofting, and hear a lot less of something called Paintball.
Airsoft is better than Paintball in every important aspect, from safety and cost, to realism and authenticity. What sets these two sports apart is simply the fact that Paintball is played with balls of paint and CO2, while Airsoft is played with small plastic bbs (completely non-lethal) and either electrically or manually operated.
If and when YOU decide to participate in some kind of milsim sport or war games with some friends, YOU need to make an important decisionâ€¦ Paintball? Or Airsoft? Because you want to A) have fun, B) not break your wallet, and C) be safe about doing it!
In this speech you will SEE that there is absolutely NO advantage to Paintball over Airsoft besides dramatically increased levels of PAIN, huge unsightly welts, and the slight risk of death on the field. Airsoft is cheaper, Airsoft is safer, Airsoft is better for the environment, and Airsoft is much more realistic than paint wars on a big field with balloons for obstacles!
Everybody will have his or her own different set of requirements when it comes down to choosing the perfect activity for the perfect occasion! Whether itâ€™s playing Army or just shooting the heck out of some good friends =) we all need to weigh the choices, and determine that Airsoft is the best overall choice for this type of activity. So let me show you the facts!
You NEED a sport that is clean, environmentally friendly, and wonâ€™t break your wallet! The solution is Airsoft. Paintball obviously, is quite messy, having to deal with paint getting everywhere â€“ including into your mouth! And we all know that CO2 is BAD for the environment, so why are we releasing more and more of it just for entertainment? Thatâ€™s selfish! Airsoft, on the other hand, is clean â€“ no paint or anything getting onto your clothes or into your mouth! And Airsoft is environmentally friendly because it is manually or electrically operated!
According to the owner of â€œDavis Paintball Centerâ€ in Davis, CA â€“ after factoring in CO2 and Paint, Paintball comes out to as much as 5 cents per ONE SINGLE shot! According to the owner of â€œAirsoft Zoneâ€ in Sacramento, CA â€“ a bag of reusable bbs and a little bit of electricity will come out to as little as a penny for every THREE shots. Thatâ€™s 15X greater value per shot than with Paintball.
You NEED a sport that doesnâ€™t make you sign a death waiver before playing, and wonâ€™t put monstrous sized bloody welts all over your body the size of nickels! The solution is Airsoft.
Call any Paintball field, and they will tell you that signing a liability of death waiver before participating in any of their games is required. Why is this? Itâ€™s because of accidents such as CO2 canisters malfunctioning and causing fatalities even on AUTHORIZED Paintball fields! Usgovinfo.about.com (a general knowledge database updated by staffed reporters) reports that in June of 2003, a 15-year-old boy died after being struck in the head by a paintball CO2 canister as he was removing the canister from the gun. A year later, Paintballstar.com (an online paintball community), reported that in February of 2004, a tragic even took place at a 10 year oldâ€™s birthday party held by his mother at an authorized paintball field. Apparently, as one of the guests was unscrewing his C02 tank from his gun, it launched off and struck the woman in the back of the head. -- "When it was launched, it was like a torpedo. And it struck the woman in the back of the head as she stood about 8 feet away. She died instantly," El Dorado County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Kevin House was quoted as saying in a news report. [pause] my thoughts and prayers go out to these families of such tragic and unfortunate circumstances. But this could have all been avoided, had they been informed like you, and chosen Airsoft over paintball â€“ as Airsoft is completely non-lethal, even in accidental circumstances, and that is what it was designed around, YOUR safety first! On a lighter note, check out these nasty blood welts left by Paintball, compared to those left behind from an Airsoft match â€“ nuffâ€™ said! haha
You NEED a sport that accurately replicates the thrills of combat without the scars of battle! And this means down to the weapons, dress, and playing environments. The solution is Airsoft â€“ realistic weapons, accurate dress, and a wider variety of playing environments available than paintball because it will not deface property. What kind of gun is that I ask you? The answer, itâ€™s a pipe that blows CO2 and paint out of the end â€“ not tactical. Why is this guy dressed up like heâ€™s part of a Marti Gras parade? Cuz heâ€™s not tactical. And why are they bobbing back and forth around giant balloons like you find at the state fair? Because thatâ€™s just about all you can do! at an â€œauthorized paintball fieldâ€ â€“ not very much room for tactics at all!
These are the basic needs of any type of war game/military simulation experience â€“ safety, cost, and realism. Airsoft offers all of these â€“ Paintball does not! As an added bonus for movie directors and self defense advocates, Airsoft guns teach proper weapon retention and handling at a fraction of the price of a real firearm, while at the same time being cheap enough to be used as prop guns in a movie!
When it comes to finding a sport that is clean, environmentally friendly, and wonâ€™t break your wallet â€“ Airsoft wins! When it comes to finding a sport that doesnâ€™t make you sign a death waiver before playing, and wonâ€™t put huge bloody welts all over your body the size of nickels, Airsoft wins again! And when it comes to finding a sport that accurately replicates the thrills of combat without the scars of battle (and this means down to the weapons, dress, and playing environments), yet again, Airsoft clearly proves itself as the superior sport time after time again!
So letâ€™s re-examine the original question againâ€¦ why Paintball, when you can Airsoft? Unless youâ€™re a sadomasochist who gets off on inflicting and receiving pain from others, Airsoft is UNDOUBTEDLY better than Paintball in every important aspect, from safety and cost, to realism and authenticity. So the next time your friend says â€œhey, wanna go Paintballing this summer?â€ YOU say, â€œhey, be smart, be tactical, and letâ€™s go Airsofting instead!â€ Thank you.
â€œDavis Paintball Center.â€ 24998 County Rd. 102 â€“ Davis, CA 95616
â€œAirsoft Zone.â€ 6031 Fair Oaks Blvd (at El Camino) â€“ Carmichael, California 95608