Correct. Due to insurance requirements, full auto and burst fire modes are not allowed. Ramping is. The concern is over someone freezing up on the trigger and continuing to spray fire until the hopper is empty.
Originally Posted by coloradopat
I'm new as well. I just did about 2 hrs of research on it. It looks amazing!! I am definately planning on going this year. I'm thinking the germans. Anyone want to share past experiences or give tips for going your first time. Thanks! Also should you sign up this far in advance?
Contact me by PM for information on the German side. I don't want this to turn into a recruiting thread for either side.
Some units fill up faster than others. The special forces units almost always fill up first. On the German side, look for the Geisterjagers and the MEK to top out first. The 6th and the Kommandos also bump their heads on the limits for those units. On the Allied side, the Pathfinders and the Airborne usually fill up first. The Commonwealth usually has good numbers, also. Remember there is a minimum age of 15 years for special forces units.
That said, it is best to sign up as soon as you know you will be able to attend. For me, part of the fun of the event is the off-season preparation and hanging with the guys in my unit. The earlier you sign up, the sooner you can become involved in pregame preparations of your unit. Most units will be fairly tight-lipped with non-members until registration in the unit is confirmed.
For a first-timer, you should consider a "line" infantry unit (i.e, 716th Infantrie or 91st Luftlande, 1st ID or 4th ID for Allied) unless you have substantial scenario and big game experience. The field is 800+ acres, and the special forces units are kind of the wild cards for each side. It would be better to become acquainted with the field and how the game is played in a regular infantry unit before jumping into a special forces unit where you may be sent to any or all areas of the field.
In order of importance, a camel back or equivalent hydration system is next in importance only to your mask and well ahead of your marker. Arrive as early as possible; a good part of the fun of the event is hanging with the guys (and in some cases, girls) in your unit. Be prepared for rain. Bring good boots. Become involved with your unit's activities and don't be afraid to try new things.