At this point in my BB war career, I have done 10 Milsim West (MSW) events. The terrain has ranged from woods to mountains to small cities, all possessing different challenges and obstacles. Lets talk about what you'll need for these events to stay alive for 40 hours.
Milsim West events are some of the most challenging and immersive military simulations out there. They require players to bring all of their own gear and supplies, and to be fully self-sufficient during the event. This can make packing for a Milsim West event a daunting task, but with a little planning and preparation, you can ensure that you have everything you need to succeed on the field.
Weapons and ammunition
The first thing you'll need to pack for a Milsim West event is your weapon and ammunition (not really). This may include an airsoft gun or replica firearm, as well as any necessary accessories like scopes or red dots. Be sure to bring plenty of extra magazines and speed loaders, as you'll be engaged in extended engagements throughout the event. For ammunition, MSW keeps things ultra realistic and supplies each team with ammunition. You will be given a a fighting combat load to start (300rds) and has the days go on you will be re-supplied. But don't count on it! I have done some events where we did not get re-supplied until Saturday evening after fighting for 16 hours. There is a small exception to this rule and that is tracers. Elite Force is the ammo supplier for MSW events. Unlike BlueMag Airsoft, they lack a diverse catalogue of ammunition. You can bring your BlueMag Airsoft 0.32g bio tracers to the event and give it to the Cadre (staff) to issue it out to you. You can pick up BlueMag tracers here: https://www.bluemagairsoft.com/shop/BMA-6mm-Bio-BBs-Tracers-p438440659
In addition to your primary weapon, it's also a good idea to bring a backup weapon, such as a pistol or shotgun. This can be useful in case your primary weapon malfunctions or runs out of ammunition. Finally, be sure to bring a cleaning kit and any necessary tools for routine maintenance and repairs.
Next, you'll need to pack all of your tactical gear, including your uniform, boots, helmet, vest, and any other equipment that you'll need to carry with you on the field. Make sure that your gear is comfortable and properly fitted, as you'll be wearing it for extended periods of time. This can include clothing designed for hot or cold weather, depending on the location and time of year.
You'll also need to consider the type of mission you'll be undertaking. If you'll be engaging in close-quarters combat, you may want to bring extra protection like knee pads or elbow pads. If you'll be navigating through rough terrain, you'll need boots with good traction and support.
Navigation and communication equipment
Communication and navigation are critical during a Milsim West event, so be sure to bring a reliable radio (two if you can!) and spare batteries, as well as a map and compass. It's also a good idea to have a GPS device, such as a handheld GPS or smartphone app, to help you navigate the field. Additionally, consider bringing a signaling device, such as a whistle or signal mirror, in case of emergency.
Food and water
You'll need to bring all of your own food and water for the duration of the event. This can include pre-packaged meals, energy bars, and snacks to keep your energy levels up during extended engagements. Make sure to pack enough food and water for each day (3), as well as any necessary cooking supplies like stoves or fuel.
It's also important to bring electrolyte supplements to help prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion. These can include sports drinks or electrolyte tablets that can be added to your water bottle.
Personal hygiene items
Personal hygiene items are often overlooked, but they're essential for staying comfortable and healthy during a Milsim West event. Pack items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and toilet paper. You may also want to bring a small towel or washcloth to clean up after a long day on the field. You can leave the toothbrush, deodorant, and cologne at home.
Finally, there are a few miscellaneous items that you'll want to pack for a Milsim West event. These include a flashlight or headlamp for navigating in low light conditions, a multi-tool or knife for any unexpected situations, and a first aid kit for minor injuries. You may also want to bring a notepad and pen to keep track of objectives and other important information.
Above Everything - Stay Light and Fast
MSW events are brutal on your body and even your mental health. The lack of sleep and constant flares of adrenaline dumps will leave you exhausted and questioning your sanity. "I paid to torture myself", you'll hear that saying quite often at these events! By packing light and reducing your foot print, your body will be able to handle the stress much better. Don't waste time packing useless things like six extra layers of cold weather gear, 4 ponchos, and a George foreman grill (see this twice!). This is not an American Milsim event; there are no coolers, no portable showers, and no tents. You will most likely never pull your sleeping gear out, you'll find a spot on the ground next to your buddy and pass out.
In conclusion, packing for a Milsim West event requires careful planning and preparation. By bringing all of the necessary gear, equipment, and supplies, you can ensure that you have everything you need to be successful on the field. Remember to pack wisely, staying light and fast is the most important point I have made in this blog post!