Like I said in the first part of this chain of articles, we all start this hobby with the help of someone. Maybe an uncle, a brother, mother, father, or even a close friend.
Like my story, this second person is also supported a mother…the player’s name is Alexander Arbuckle and his mother’s name is Lorraine Arbuckle from Kansas City, Missouri, United States. And she not only support her son, but also drives Alex and his friends to the games and doubles as a photographer for everyone there.
It all started in January 28th, 2012 when Alex decided to try playing airsoft. He previously tried paintball but she quickly vetoed it because it was too messy (mothers will be mothers), and so they researched airsoft and then they went to see their first game at TAB (now MACC) and they both liked it. But Lorraine also admitted that on their first visit to a field, Lorraine became a little less sure about airsoft because of the people she saw there. She became apprehensive at seeing the adults of all variety there, dressed up in all assortments of military gears and equipments…and her apprehension lasted until the game began and she saw what Airsoft was really like for the first time.
After coming to their decision, they both went looking for Alex’s very first airsoft unit, which was a Jin Gong Ika Zuchi model that they found at a regular good ol’ generic Walmart. There weren’t many selection when it came to accessories as well as supplies there, so they continued their research and looked for places where they could get some supplies like BB pellets, protective gears and load outs as well as another airsoft unit, a Jin Gong M4 this time.
Having an airsoft gun was only the first step, and so Lorraine and Alex went to Dick’s Sporting goods and found a load of great stuff there. But there was one issue, everything was way overpriced for plastic toys accessories…and so they went back online and found about evike and started shopping online there as well several odds and ends on ebay to complete his very first load out and gears.
Lorraine quickly became a permanent fixture in every games her son and his friends attended, taking pictures for everyone and even became good friends with the event management of TAB (now MACC) that they played in when they asked her to post her pictures on Facebook for them.
It wasn’t long until people started calling her America’s Number One Airsoft Mom, and that’s how I found out about her…I was visiting some airsoft groups on Facebook and her comments got my attention, not to mention the Bedazzled protective mask she made especially to cover the games.
We got to talking, and her pictures on Facebook was loaded with Alex and his friends…and most of them were made during the games, which meant that she was inside the field taking pictures as the game was taking place. For a woman that took a lot of courage, especially when she didn’t wear any protective gear outside her mask.
According to the updates on her Facebook, she is now a permanent fixture at events like Broken Home as well. Broken Home is an American Milsim game with over 95 regular members and about twice that as regular guests. And she’s been invited to take pictures of the game before, during, and the after parties.
With her support and blessing, Alex now has eight Airsoft guns, but alas the last count showed only three working units. But when you attend EVERY single game there is with MACC and then some big events like Broken Home, who can blame him? Keep in mind he’s only been at this for just over two years, and the kid’s already collected 8 of them, heck she even won him an Echo 1 AK during Operation Viper, jealous yet?
For more info on this amazing person you should definitely get to know, drop by and visit her on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.arbuckle?ref=ts&fref=ts and tell her I said hi.
To read the first part of The Supporting roles
Written By Liao1779 / Leonardo Liao