The airsoft don’t inflict serious damage but they do hurt. An explainer on the Combat City website explains, “There is a degree of pain associated with airsoft just like paintball. It is significantly less than paintball and without the swelling.”
A trip to Combat City costs about $150, which includes the cost of the gun modification.
And for added safety, participants are outfitted in a set of protective gear including helmets and padding over sensitive areas.
“There is supposed to be a degree of pain so that you do learn from it,” Kaplan said. “Someone’s trying to hurt you. You learn how to be as tactical as a civilian can be.”
All of the action takes place inside a former grocery store that has been modified into an indoor combat setting.
From there, customers are broken up into teams and take part in various games ranging from capture the flag to hostage simulations.
And in a move that may shock some, children are allowed to participate as well.
“We get ‘em at all ages,” Kaplan said in a separate interview with Fox35, noting that one of the participants on the video was 8-years-old.
A disclaimer on the Combat City site says “all ages are welcome,” adding, ” We can not tell you what you or your child can handle. There are young kids playing at Combat City on a daily basis, only you can decide.”