We all like to buy ourselves new things, and we all like something fancy from time to time, it doesn’t always really have to have a purpose behind it and the reason we all get up and go to work in the morning is so we can afford to do so once in a while.
That’s one of the many reasons I like airsoft. There’s an infinite amount of fun things to buy, and I, like everyone else out there, enjoy the feeling of the “pay-day splurge” where I treat myself for getting up and going to work every day that month. If I’m feeling flush, I might treat myself to something bigger, maybe a new pistol, or if I’m being careful with my pennies, I might just buy myself a couple of new velcro patches for my kit.
Whatever it is, you can’t argue that after a while you end up with a good deal of stuff that could be argued as “superfluous”, “unnecessary” or even “pointless”. This doesn’t really matter though, as it all likely just gets shut away in your gear cupboard behind a bulging door, or stashed in a box that has to have something heavy on top of, to stop the lid launching off.
The problem comes when you roll out the door with all your kit on, and take to the skirmish field. You find questions like “what’s the point in that?” and “why do you bother carrying that around?” levelled at you, likely referencing one of the many items that, if it came down to it, you wouldn’t really need to carry. But that’s not the point is it, there might not be a reason to lug around that giant dummy radio pack, and the helmet probably is a little excessive protection against BBs, but if you enjoy wearing it, who’s to tell you not to? You are there to have fun.
So no, loads of kit might not make you a better player, in fact, it might make you a little less competitive, a bit slower and a bit more worn-out at the end of the day, but since when was airsoft that competitive? You don’t have to justify your purchases by quoting how much more “combat effective” it’s make you to me. Just saying “I thought it looked cool” is fine in my book!