Well it’s been a while since I’ve been to a new site, the last one being CQB Tactical in Swindon. That has since closed down, a fate I hope this cracking site doesn’t share.
Such is my dedication to informing you guys about quality airsoft venues, that I came off a hard 12 hour night shift straight to this place, just south of the M60 in Stockport. I was the first to arrive, and was immediately impressed by the the venue, and more so by the parking facilities.
I went into the front door to be greeted by a well laid out shop with a great variety of products on sale. AEG’s, Pistols, chest rigs, pouches, mags and even the new VTG Blank firing grenades were on offer. Without actively comparing items, prices seemed to be on par with most online reatilers.
I was directed then to the SZ which was in the basement.
This was a large space for the 20 - 30 people who’d be playing, so there was no competition for table space. A firing range at the back was used for chronoing guns and there was a kitchen in one corner where hot food and drinks were served.
THE PLAYING AREAS
This site is split over 9 floors, though I think I only went on 7 or 8. The floors are staggered next to each other and can all be accessed by a staircase. The floors on the west of the building are mostly in pitch dark, with lots of small rooms, kill holes and even crawl spaces.
The floors to the east are of a more open nature, with some well thought out barricades so that the action rarely gets bogged down.
The east floors also have their own dedicated staircase from which you can’t access the west floors.
Pallet and tire barricades are used a lot, as well as cardboard (actually works ok), and of course hessian sheet walls. Given that this site is only 7 months old, it is well developed. Thought has been given as to where to have barricades, where to open up areas and where to board up windows so that it’s pitch dark.
I’ll just cover a couple of the site specific rules. Pistols and rubber knives only were allowed on staircases, no shotguns, rifles or BB shower launchers. Given how tight the stairs were, to use anything other than a pistol or knife would be a disadvantage anyway.
The entire site is semi-auto only which suited me just fine. There didn’t appear to be any kind of ammo limits so I found myself running out of ammo on more than one occasion, though this is down to my choice of loadout. On two occasions I felt that the well developed colour challenge system I’ve experienced at The Mall would be useful here.
The only grenades allowed are BFG’s (timed and impact), so I was in my element. There was none of the excessively strict rules on the deployment of these as I’ve experienced elsewhere. I was free to pop them around walls/doorways, over barricades, post them through kill holes and roll them across floors.
Respawns were used in every game, with either the staircase or start point being used as a respawn point.
The day kicked off with a game of virus, which myself and another chap volunteered for. This was followed by attack and defend games with the roles alternating between teams. A game of British Bulldogs was particularly brutal and indeed incredibly fun. There was also an objective game where my team managed to get hold of all 3 drug packets, so it descended into us defending the drugs against an increasingly bold enemy team trying to take them off us.
There was also some kind of Terminator themed game, but at this point I had to call it a day so I missed out on that one.
I had a hell of a lot of fun at this site and will definitely be going again. By the sounds of it, the owner will be making further improvements so it can only get better. The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly, with hardly any cheating that I was aware of. For your £30, (non member walk on fee) you get an awesome value days CQB action. A special mention to Martin and Chris whom I shared a table with and totally got the whole tactical hawaiian thing.