Abstract from Final Review by Allen “Gibbs” Halls on Peachstate Airsoft Forum:
11 June 2010
Getting to SS Airsoft is very simple. It is located on Highway 20 just after the Mall of Georgia, if you are headed from I85/985. It is inside a little strip area right behind the Applebee’s. The area around the store is safe, and is frequented by police, both on and off duty because there is a tactical store in the same strip.
Parking is abundant and you should not have a problem. There is also room enough to drop your kid off and head over to the Mall if you so choose.
When you first walk through the doors, expect to be greeted by a staff member or perhaps even the owners themselves. Steve, the head honcho at SS, is almost always around and there to hear your comments and suggestions.
The store is another sight to see. Although it is not quite as large as Airsoft Atlanta, it has almost as great of a selection. You will not be hard pressed to find what you are looking for, and if you can’t find exactly what it is that you need, all you need to do is talk to Steve and he will try to get it for you.
Arena and Prep Area
Once you have exited the store and enter the prep and chrono area you will see a large desk where you will sign in, receive your rental mask and gun (if you rented equipment) and be chronographed (checking the velocity of your gun, measured in FPS). Once the ref has chrono’d all of your guns, you can proceed to the prep area. This is a pretty well laid out area with 2 columns of tables with about 5 rows. During the busy hours it does get a bit crowded, but not to the point you cannot move around.
The next place you will visit before entering the arena is the staging area. This is a neat concept that SS has done and it works pretty well. It is an old tent with 4 rows of long benches. Each team has 2 benches they will sit on, this helps the refs even teams and organize everyone before they go over the rules for each game. There is usually enough room for everyone to sit down, but sometimes you will just have to stand. One disadvantage here is with all those hot and sweaty youths and adults, the tent starts to stink very quickly and it will get very stuffy. I personally had to sit out a few games because I just couldn’t wait in the tent any longer. Since visiting last they have added a new AC unit that has taken care of this issue. Another great example of the quick and smart decision by Steve to go with customer suggestions.
The Arena is where all the action is located, and what you will want to hear most about. When waling into the arena, you will sometimes be greeted by different field conditions. The staff at SS Airsoft likes to change the game up so that no game is the same as the last. I have walked out with the lights out, light fog or such dense fog that you can see hardly 15ft. in front of you! These different conditions can change the outcome game, and is really what drives the players to come back.
The field is a well laid out rectangular course with many different types of cover ranging from small cans, to buildings. The field is almost even when starting from either side, there is a slight bit more cover on the other teams base which makes it harder to attack, but it is nothing that is going to interfere with the gameplay. I say this because the field is always changing, and every time I have visited the field, there has always been more cover or moved cover that can dramatically change the dynamic of the game. This, along with customer suggestions being taken seriously (which does not usually happen on airsoft fields) is what makes the experience of SS Airsoft different from anywhere you have played.
The types of games the run is also truly amazing. I have been in games where the objective is to set off a bomb in another teams base, with an actual bomb and timer. There are capture the flag games where you have to raise your flag up and lower the opponents. Many objective based games have prizes in the objective for the taker to win, and the prizes are often times very good as well.
I have never been bored playing at SS Airsoft, the vast array of game types they can play, along with the amount of people that play will always bring a change to the dynamic of play to every game.
There is really only one way to describe the safety and seriousness of SS Airsoft: It is the best around. Although many people, including myself, dispute the safety of 400FPS in such close quarters, the staff at SS Airsoft have really taken on the task of making sure that everyone is safe on and off the field. Full face masks must be worn. No Neoprene at all. It must cover your entire face, and trust me, you will want it. FlakJaks are fine as long as they are worn with an â€œIron Faceâ€ or similar hard type mask.
On the field there are always refs watching as many people as they can to ensure the safety and smooth running of the game. Refs can always be asked to check a player out, and ensure that the player is playing by the rules, and following all of the safety requirements. If you are an adult and reading this review to help decide if you want to take your children or not, I can tell you out of my many years playing airsoft, this field is by far the safest and most well run indoor field there has ever been in the SouthEast USA.
With the creation of social sites, there has never been an easier way to grasp the public and advertise so easily and SS Airsoft has done just that. With constant status updates and offers for â€œfree game if you bring a friendâ€ or â€œfree bbâ€™s for the first 10 peopleâ€ there has been no other field that I know of to utilize this tool so effectively.
Whether you are going to SS Airsoft to pick up a new gun, upgrade the gun you already have, or going to play a game of airsoft, you will undoubtedly have a great experience and run into some guys that will make a lifelong impression in you. The staff, all the way from the owners, to the guys sitting behind the counter, are all there to make sure that you have a fun, great and safe experience at SS Airsoft, and want to make sure that you come back and bring friends.
In conclusion, SS Airsoft is a field that everyone in Georgia should visit at least once, because once you do, I am sure that you will return many more times. Even those out of state should consider playing here. There are no other fields in the Southeast that I have played at that can match what SS Airsoft has done. Peach State Airsoft (The Official Forums for Georgia Airsofters) supports SS Airsoft with its entirety and has many members that return on a weekly basis. You expect PSA and SS Airsoft to be teaming up and bringing you great airsoft in the years to come.
=== Overview ===
Location: Sugar Hill
FPS Limit: 400fps (.20g)
Gameplay: Indoor CQB
Usual number of people: 50+
New player friendly: Very
PSA Rating: 4.5/5