By Camaron Abundes
MIDLAND- It's a growing sport in Texas, but there is nothing really soft about Airsoft. It's a game of strategy, the biggest is to fire, but don't get hit. Fanatics here in the Basin say it's a surefire way to unwind after a long week.
"It's just a blast," Davis Moore, 15, who joins the ranks of men of all ages, who play with the Permian Basin Airsoft team, said. "I love coming out here."
"It's the military side. The camaraderie, when you are out here on a team you are counting on everybody to cover you and you're trying to cover them," Brad Webber, said.
Nearly every Sunday, the group wrangles up enough players to split up into teams to simulate combat.
"It's just a bunch of guys getting together to have fun," David Holler, who says he gets a three hour time out from his every day life on Sundays, said.
Unlike paint ball, the players use plastic pellets no larger than a Tic-Tac to keep score. One hit and you are out of the game.
"When I joined it wasn't real organized it was just a lot of guys going out and having fun, now were getting a web site put together, were using the TASO rules, Texas Airsoft Organization," Moore said.
The team enforces rules and requires everyone to wear protective eye wear.
"There is a set of rules, set by the state of Texas, that way we can attract other people that have teams and can practice," Holler said.
Some players are ex-military, others just like the rush of the game, all aim to forget about their life off the field.
"You don't have to worry about the problems you are going through during the week," Webber said.