Q. What the heck is “DAS” anyway?
A. DAS or Dynamic Action Sport is a team based shooting sport that tests each team’s ability to shoot, move and communicate in a series of stages.
Q. That’s kinda vague.
A. Ok, well one way to describe it is as a fun CQB (Close Quarters Battle) tournament, but rather than “force on force” type play, it is CQB against reactive targets and scoring is based on overall time. Jeff (Takeda) and I (Alex Ko) created the DAS competition concept and we built it around the mindset of: what sounds like fun and be something we would want to participate in. Jeff had ulterior motives, too. Being a USMC veteran and currently a detective and SWAT Team member in his police department, Jeff wanted to devise an event that would have strong training benefits for Law Enforcement and Military personnel.
Q. What kind of stages?
A. There are three core stages in a DAS event and scoring comes down to time. “Every Second Counts”:
Target Down Par Time Stage (TDPT): This stage is the key stage that started the concept of DAS. Each 4-person team enters a room and must clear all targets present within a predefined time limit. If the team succeeds at neutralizing all the targets in the room, they will then move onto the next room until all rooms have been cleared. Failure to clear all targets in the time limit results in the team losing a teammate (which is randomly assigned by DAS staff prior to the stage and is unknown to the team). The remaining team members must then enter the next room down one teammate. They continue until they clear all the rooms or run out of team members to enter rooms.
Target Down Speed Stage (TDS): This stage is conducted on the same room setup as what is used in the TDPT stage, however with different parameters. The 4 person team starts a timer and enters the stage, going through all the rooms as quickly as they can, clearing out all targets and get out of the stage to stop the timer. There is no time limit, but the faster you perform the stage the better the team’s score will be. Any targets still up adds time to the team’s score.
Marksmanship Skill Test Stage (MST): The MST stage is a clear nod of acknowledgement to the many shooting sports out there as well as the bad ass drills we’ve learned from tactical instructors over the years. Each team member participates individually in the MST stage which is scored for overall time. The stage could be anything from a timed El Prez drill, to more elaborate shooting stages with simple but fun problem solving skills. The total time for all 4 teammates to participate in their respective individual MST stage is tallied for an overall score of that stage.
TDPT / TDS / MST are all done “blind”. No, we’re not blindfolding you. This simply means that participants have limited intel for each stage, and more importantly, do not have the advantage of walking the stage prior to entering it. They will not know the floor plan, will not know where the hostage that must be saved is, and do not know where the targets are nor how many there are. You need to think fast, react, and adapt. Basically: Shoot, Move, and Communicate.
Q. So is this live fire, SIMS, UTM?
A. It’s definitely NOT something we do with live fire. Anyone who has ever trained in live fire CQB will tell you CQB is perhaps the most dangerous type of live fire firearms training you can do. DAS entails 4-people to enter a series of rooms and coordinate their actions to neutralize the targets in each room. We’re using Airsoft guns instead of SIMS (Simunitions) and UTMs (Ultimate Training Markers) as SIMS and UTMs are more expensive and are not available to the general public. Airsoft is available to everyone, extremely inexpensive, has many of the same manual of arms as a real gun, and with the ranges the DAS stages are set up in, the point of aim / point of impact relationships of airsoft guns stay true to real guns.
Q. Airsoft … that’s a toy right?
A. We like to consider airsoft guns as tools. They mean different things to different people. Blue guns are considered training tools but if you give it to an 8 year old child it’s a toy. It’s all about mindset. Airsoft guns when used with the right mindset can be great tools for training and having some safe fun while you’re at it.
Q. Who is this for? Who are you expecting to come to this event?
A. DAS participants often range from experienced Law Enforcement and Military people to mil-simmers and also your average weekend airsoft skirmishers. It’s basically for anyone that enjoys shooting, shooting sports and/or just enjoys airsoft as a hobby, and wants to test their skills in a timed scenario against other like-minded teams.
Q. What kind of clothing and gear do people wear?
A. There’s really no regulations in this regard beyond suitable clothing and appropriate eye protection. Some participants show up in full tac gear (often a popular option for Law Enforcement and mil-simmers), to competition shooting sports clothing and gear, and there are even some individuals/teams that like to go in completely slick in civilian clothing, a holster for the sidearm, and a couple spare mags in pockets. It’s really open to the participant so long as it isn’t something considered offensive or inappropriate.
Q. What guns can we use?
A. You will need a “long gun” and a handgun.
The “long gun” can be any airsoft rifle or SMG with a stock (the stock can be folded when in use but must be present). It can be an AEG, ERG, GBBR, NBBR, PTW, Polar Star, spring rifle. So long as it can shoot in semi-auto (since full-auto is not allowed) it is ok. Standard caps and Midcaps only. No hicap magazines. GBBR rifles are encouraged but not required.
The handgun can be any airsoft handgun (you will need a holster for the handgun).
Q. Projectile Velocity?
A. Since this event is not force on force, the regulations for velocity can be more loose. Typically this is location specific. We will need to get final confirmation from the location host regarding what they are comfortable with since their fps is based on force on force scenarios and ours is against reactive targets. The location host has the final say regarding maximum projectile velocity allowed.
Q. Age Restrictions?
A. We’ve decided to make the minimum age 12 years old. It’s not common to see participants this young, but the few who have participated in past events have always conducted themselves in a professional and mature manner (often more-so than adults 3 times their age). Regardless of age, all participants are expected to behave appropriately at all times while at the venue.
Participants 12-14 years of age:
Individuals under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, and while the parent/guardian do not have to participate in the sport (though we do encourage it) they do need to stay on premises at all times.
Participants 15-17 years of age:
Individuals aged 15 to 17 years old, are not required to have a parent or guardian on premises but must have a signed consent form upon arrival.