The Vietnam War was a brutal war where the Americans and the South Vietnamese tried to stop nationalist forces spreading communism throughout Vietnam. Fighting against the Americans were the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong, who relied on ingenuity and creativity to make up for a lack of fire power. They made a variety of explosive and non-explosive booby traps around the battlegrounds to capture, wound and kill American soldiers. Some of these clever booby traps can be adapted today into much safer versions for use in the fun war based game of Airsoft.
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Things you need
- Trip wire
- Personal keyring alarm with ripcord activation
- Hand shovel
- Squeaky toys
This trap is perfect for longer games and can be easily placed in large battlefields or wooded areas on paths. Using the hand shovel, start digging a small hole around 10cm deep and wide enough so it can be stepped on easily.
Originally these traps were filled with impaling metal spikes, but as Airsoft isn’t real war, you’ll want to fill the trap with squeaky toys instead, ensuring they cover the whole base of the hole. Get your team mates to help if time is of the essence. It’s important that the squeaky toys are loud enough so that the sound can easily be heard from where you are hiding.
Use organic materials such as plants, grass, small sticks, dirt and leaves from the surrounding area to camouflage the trap so that it won’t be obvious to the opposing team. Cover the trap loosely so that the toys will still squeak when the trap is stepped on.
Hide somewhere nearby that gives you a clear shot on the area where the trap has been set. Now just wait patiently for a member of the opposing team to inadvertently step on your trap. Once you hear a squeak, emerge from your hiding place and open fire like there’s no tomorrow.
Spike pit / Panji trap variation
Trip wires were rife throughout the Vietnam War, often wounding victims with balls of metal spikes attached to the wire. However, you’ll be using a loud personal alarm instead to avoid killing your unsuspecting enemies.
Find an area where you can easily tie a trip wire across a well used path. Wooded areas usually work best for this as you can tie the trip wire to trees or shrubs either side of the path. You need a tying point either side of the path.
Cut out two lengths of trip wire so that both lengths when laid out next to each other reach between your tying points. Ensure there’s a little slack either side so that you can tie your trip wire.
Tie one of your lengths of wire securely to ripcord of the personal alarm. Tie the other length of wire securely to the keyring at the other end of the alarm, being careful not to set the alarm off.
Very delicately tie each free end of the trip wire to your two chosen tying points. For this trap to work effectively, you have to ensure the wire is taught enough to set the alarm off if an enemy walks over it, but not too taught to set the alarm off otherwise. Play around until you are satisfied you have achieved this.
Hide in a spot with a clear view and a good shot of the area where you’ve set the trap. Wait in hiding until you hear the alarm, then unleash your attack in whatever way you feel necessary.
Trip wire traps
Tips and warnings
- If you have access to the battlefield before you battle, then it will be much easier to set up the booby traps before your game.
- Properly camouflaging yourself for the game can help you go unnoticed in your chosen hiding places.
- When setting the traps, be mindful of hazards and potential injuries. They are designed to enhance game play and be fun, not dangerous.
- Only dig a small hole for the Spike Pit / Panji Trap variation to avoid injury.
- Clear the floor area surrounding trip wire traps to reduce the risk of injury if the enemy falls over after walking through the trap.
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