Hi Manang, In the Philippines we use airsoft as the roots of reenactment over here lie more in airsoft than in "reenacting" as you know it in Europe and the US. Also its much easier to buy and keep airsoft weapons here than real steel. We also use fiberglass copies of Arisakas and enfields. We'd love to do real steel blank firing weapons but its currently not within our abilities. for public battles we use pyro for background noise. For tacticals, we stick to airsoft (though sadly, ICS's garand hasn't shown up yet.)
I think in the US, among reenactors, airsoft is somewhat looked down upon as a lesser cousin. Though there are more and more mixed blank fire and airsoft events turning up. Do check here for WW2 airsoft events in the US: ww2aa.proboards.com/index.cgi?
Great answer; but you haven't answered my question. Do the re-enactors use Airsoft WWII weapons, or do they use either "BLank firing", or replica rubber/resin weapons.
Depends on the flavor of reenacting event... if displays and living history, airsoft and non-firing replicas are perfectly fine. Of course if it's a blank-firing public battle or actual tactical you might need the real thing firing blank rounds.
If it's an airsoft skirmish game, then it would be airsoft.
I use my Marushin airsoft garand for games as well as living history events.
As an older person I'm much more inclined to march in parades, give talks in my impression than going out and re-doing the Philippine Campaign. Not saying that going out and shooting each other with WWII AEG's isn't bad and can't be fun, I think hanging out with the older Manongs, and their wives; swapping stories about life back home and in the US is a lot better - LOL.
If you're thinking of hanging out with the manongs and manangs and swapping stories, then you must be thinking of participating in a living history encampment display. If so, then you'd most likely do a medical or nurse impression. If so, then no need to buy a gun.
There really are no viable WW2 airsoft guns of those used by the PS. It's very difficult to reenact the PS battles using what WW2 airsoft guns that are readily available in the market. They're either very expensive or you have to spend much sweat equity just to custom build one.
That being said, a .45 1911 airsoft pistol would be a reasonably cheap and accurate weapon for portraying a medical impression. Corpsmen actually carried them according to Capt. Paul Ashton in the book Bataan Diary.
I can do a Nurse or a medic impression. Being female leaves me out on a lot of fun things guys do - LOL. But, in this case a nurse or medic would do, which leaves me to my other idea. I'm doing a Simulation of the 12th Med Rgt, but this time throwing in females into the roles of the medics at the time of the invasion. Now I know that women were excluded from all combat related positions; i.e. Medics in the field, but in this case, my simulation would be a "What if" women were actually working as medics during December 8, 1941 to May 1942.
Does anyone know how the medics carried their medical supplies to the field during the Invasion for instance? I know that the regular medics in the ETO had dual medic bags; but did the 12th Med Reg's medics have the same bags for instance.