25 February 2013

Hitmen in Hawaii: Airsoft fun at Hawaii All Star Paintball and Airsoft Games

Yes we play Airsoft too. Why? There are more than a couple reasons but what stands out is: 1. Muscle memory for magazine fed fun. 2. Cause it feels like the real thing when engaging. 3. It is like dress up for guys. 4. And well it doesn't leave a mess. So when our friends say "Oh paintball hurts to much or makes to much of a mess", we then offer to play airsoft instead, they always think we are just playing around. No we play for keeps and play hard. Airsoft is just another way to shoot your buddies up.

Background on the squad: Derrick Obatake has been leading the Hitmen charge into the Airsoft games since last season. The squad is slowly growing and this year Derrick wanted to visit longtime friend Brandon Cayetano and play some Airsoft and Paintball at Brandon's famous field in Hawaii: Hawaii All Star Paintball and Airsoft Games. Some longtime OG Hitmen and one newer Hitmen signed up for the Hawaiian adventure! From the OG old guard Tony Tran, Chris Tregarthen joined Derrick. Both Tony and Chris are lifetime paintballers and have been with the Hitmen since day one. They also enjoy airsoft with Derrick when he talks them into it.

On to the lady killers: Linh Truong also signed up, she has been a Hitmen since 2008 helping bring home multiple 1st place wins with the pump squad. Linh made headlines in 2012 when she joined up with Bea Young's Destiny family in midseason for semi auto based tournaments. (The Hitmen and Destiny are close teams and borrow players and help each other often) And a newer face to the Hitmen family is Kat Secor who is actively earning her wings this year playing airsoft, pump paintball and big games with the Hitmen. Those of you who follow the tournament paintball scene know Kat Secor as the captain of Bea Youngs' Destiny Paintball and a former Femme Fatale team member. The final member of the this weekends crew is Kat Gong who came out with Tony and the rest of the team to join in on the Hawaiian adventure, Kat Gong made paintball history back when she was barely able to play by starting the Fallen Angels out of New Jersey. It was the youngest all female paintball team in history. This was such an important step for females in paintball they were featured in the very first Facefull issue ever (Issue #1). Kat Gong who has played on both Destiny and LA Hitmen squads in the past has since retired from the field but is active with helping run the UWL with Tom Cole. Ok enough of the history lesson lets see what happened.

"A Gathering of Angels" event flyer for Hawaii All Star Paintball & Airsoft Games with Derrick Obatake and Shin Tanaka. Everyone knows Derrick Obatake! He is the 1 on 1 Ninja! When you beat him in a 1 on 1 you literally get a prize! So challenge him if your up for it and when you visit Hawaii (Oahu) you have to play a day of paintball or airsoft at Brandon's field! 

Looks like a smoke grenade! Chris Tregarthen and Tony Tran playing Airsoft at Hawaii All Star Paintball and Airsoft Games. Look at Tony Tran shoot that M4(?) left handed. Being able to shoot with either hand gives you an advantage in any exchange. 

Derrick Obatake cutting the pie on someone about to die as Tony Tran rips up the center. Working together is key to winning games. You have to trust your partner, communicate and make moves to get the job done. The event was sponsored by Steel Flame so be sure to check out the works of art available. You will be surprised. 

Derrick Obatake putting in extra work on the Airsoft fields. Derrick is rocking V-Tac Valken combat pants and probably just shot someone as this picture was taken. 

Kat Secor, Tony Tran and Linh Truong enjoying their time at Brandon's field. Looks like an explosion of patches all over Kat and Linh. 

Linh Truong, Kat Secor, and Derrick Obatake all played in V-Tac Valken pants this weekend. Linh and Kat are sponsored by them now via Destiny. Derrick told us he just straight up likes the V-Tac pants! Can't wait to hear the follow up report on how well the V-Tacs performed. 

The entire event was sponsored by Steel Flame so be sure to "Like" them on Facebook. We all know your addicted to that Blue/White screen combo. 

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