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Pattaya Daily News

09 March 2010 :: 11:03:10 am 15079

ASTG Eastern Thailand Championship

The Action Shooting Tactical Game EASTERN THAILAND Championship has now started preliminaries to select 8 teams to represent Eastern Thailand in the national championships.
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Pattaya, March 9, 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]: the competition to select the Eastern ASTG representative teams started yesterday (7 Mar’10) at C.A.T – B.B Gun Pattaya – Field on Pattaya 3rd Road. The objective is to select 8 teams to join the nationwide ASTG (Action Shooting Tactical Game) Thailand Championship. The reason the date appears one year behind is because the competition was postponed last year.

For those unfamiliar with term, BB guns are a type of air gun designed to shoot projectiles which are named BBs after the birdshot pellet of approximately the same size. Today, it has developed into a war-game/combat sport, similarly to paintball and is particularly popular in Thailand. Because the harder projectiles can be decidedly dangerous, most clubs use Airsoft guns, firing pellets 6 mm in diameter generally made of plastic so as not to cause so much potential target damage. The most sophisticated weaponry mimics actual guns used by SWAT teams and the like, with combat electric airsoft BB guns with laser and torch attachments and even bipods. So realistic can these war-games be that they are actually used for training purposes by SWAT teams and even combat troops.

The games are played in war-game scenarios, usually in enclosed grounds with high walls and fort-like emplacements and watchtowers scattered about behind which the ‘troops’ can hide as they hunt their prey. This being Thailand, the jungle environment is popular, with scenarios similar to those in the Vietnam War. Some clubs take the sport really seriously, dressing in combat gear and using replica rifles, like M16s. Normally, however, it’s sufficient just to wear coloured shirts and caps so as to distinguish between your own team and the opponents. With two teams, a typical turn or action phase consists of moving, shooting, spotting, and communicating, with specific guidelines as to how many hits constitute being seriously wounded or ‘dead’ and thus having to retire from the game. Usually the team with the most ‘troops’ alive represent the winners. .

Inevitably, a sense of camaraderie and competitiveness is both developed and encouraged by team leaders among their ‘troops’, with prizes and titles of ‘top gun’, as in the games under discussion. The club members tend to socialise and discuss tactics, the latest weaponry and the like. For those wishing to play the games in a less competitive environment, there are at least two less formal BB clubs in Pattaya, one off Soi Chaiyapreuk and another along Sukhumvit Road, near Bang Saray.

The Prizes in the EASTERN THAILAND Championship
The competition is amongst 30 teams, divided into 6 categories, and lasts from 0800 am to 0900 Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, until the category winners, i.e. 5 teams, are found. The other 3 teams will presumably be found later.
The 5 competition awards are:
1. 1 honorary award from Major General Sanan Kajornprasat, Vice Prime Minister, with Bt10,000 cash for the winning team.
2/3 2 honorary awards from Pattaya’s City Mayor, Mr. Itthiphol Khunpleim, with Bt 5,000 cash each for the 1st and 2nd prizes.
4. 1 honorary award from Combat Magazine worth Bt 2,000 cash
5. 1 award for the best ASTG sportsman from The Eastern Sports Development Centre ASTG

Good hunting boys!

Reporter : Sathit   Photo : DCman   Category : Sports News

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