It’s finally happened. After over three years of researching, begging, pleading, arguing, and deciding, I’m finally allowed to buy an airsoft gun, and I’ve also decided which one I’m going to get:

It’s a replica of the new Heckler & Koch MP7A1, a small submachine gun that fires special 4.6mm armor-piercing ammunition. It’s relatively cheap for an airsoft gun (~$200), but the price also includes the battery and charger, items that are normally not included with an AEG. I can get the gun, a spare battery, a spare magazine, a holster, a large bag of BBs, and a BB loader for around $300 shipped from Hong Kong. (Airsoft is really big over in Asia, especially Japan, so a lot of folks buy from overseas b/c that’s where you get the best stuff. The clear plastic “soft-air” guns you see in Dick’s Sporting Goods stores aren’t worth the $15 you pay for them.)

Now the only problem is, now that I’ve all but bought my dream prize, I’m not totally sure I want it! I’ve kind of worked it up in my mind over the last couple years (trying to prove to my parents that they’re not real guns and they’re not the same thing as those air rifles you hunt squirrels with), and now that I’ve finally gotten the OK, it’s kind of gone all anti-climactic on me. Even having recently found out my cousins skirmish in the woods behind their house and would like me to join them, the perceived thrill of finally owning a decent airsoft gun just isn’t there anymore. I’m really not sure if I should go through with the purchase. Do you think I should? I’m going to ignore nerdjedi ’cause I know he’s going to say not to get it. (You should too. Ignore nerdjedi, I mean.)

Ah, what the heck. I’m gonna do it. Not right away (need to deposit all the checks relatives gave me first), but pretty soon I’m gonna buy it.

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