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On Mon 22nd we brought 21 members of the team for a Nurf evening,and from the first moment I rang the office I've had 1st class service right through.And on the evening the staff looked after everyone... more »
Sunday was my first ever experience of air soft! I went to borderline with a friend with to be honest low expectations. How wrong was I! From when we first arrived the staff were fantastic friendly an... more »
There is a positive environment as soon as you enter this establishment. The staff are exceptional and give you every piece of advice you require. They also host fantastic parties, for both young and ... more »
Christmas 2015: I went here with my dad and my three friends. We came in to a room filled with experienced players but they were friendly enough. The indoor arena is nice, the fields outside are even better. 2016: Renovated staging/registration room and their armbands are nicer. Masks still a flaw - uncomfortable and not breathable.
Great staff and good setup.
Watch out for the cow pott mines, "they are a bit smelly to end up lying in one". Staff could give a little bit more direction for "newbies" who aren't sure of signing in and getting gear, but excellent afterwards for rules and game area etc once ready to start combat. Guys on night very friendly and forgiving "sorry for shooting team mates". Overall great experience and can't wait to get back.
As an airsofting site, Borderline have an excellent area. From what I know they use 3 areas with one being used less commonly due to their own business reasons. All of the areas are within a disused mill just outside of Ballyclare. The outdoor area consists of several varying in size gameplay areas with the possiblity of having all of the outdoor areas in play at once. It is very rough and quite wild terrain but they have added their own additions around the place which helps with the gameplay, including building a "village" on the other side of what they call "The Island" (a hill with fortifications). The outdoor games often progress slowly with a few exceptions due to gamemode and you will often find that you burn through ammo rather quickly. My one big complaint with the outdoor area is that they weapons that they distribute as a "rent and play" barely have enough power to do anything with any accuracy at lower mid-range engagments. They work fine for close range but don't even consider longer ranges when playing. You will have to use an extremely ridiculous firing arc and even at that, it is unlikely the player will even feel the pellet as it falls on their head gently. The other "outside" area they own - and I use the term "outside" loosely as there are multiple buildings you can use, takes place in what they call "Stalingrad". I have never played in this area but I have heard it is by far the best. A friend of mine played in it during a special event and they used various claymore mines/other mines to remove cover from play which is interesting! They have various gamemodes on this from what I know too. They have an indoor arena and it is not the biggest I have seen but they have added smokescreen producers and they often have some kind of Russian techno music playing loudly enough that you feel the bass. It really doesn't do much for your pleasent listening experience but it gets your adrenaline pumping as you rush corners and peak windows through veils of smoke whilst you shoot in time to the music. There are lots of plywood structures around the indoor arena and they are rather well placed considering the arena isn't overly big. Personally I prefer this arena as they have a few crawl-spaces and inventative buildings and mainly because all engagments are worthwhile at this range. They have a wide and varied range of gamemodes for this arena too, including the nerf nights for groups who prefer that to airsofting. Its organisation is lacking in some areas, mainly to do with you often getting handed an empty or half empty magazine to begin with, although one bottle of pellets is also distributed, or a gun with failing batteries which has happened to me and friends occasionally. The masks they provide are extremely uncomfortable as it feels like they will dig a hole into your head because some spongey cover is broken on them. You can ask for an alternative mask as they have a few. They have a kitchen which serves hot food and cold drinks at not too bad prices. In terms of a single event pricing. If you "walk-on" with your own gun and clothing it costs £15 for about 3 to 3.5 hours. If you need a gun or clothing it will cost you, sometimes depending on the promotional offer they have on, £20 to £25 for 3 to 3.5 hours. More ammo costs a fair bit so be careful. They do groups and parties and can theme events to the bookers choosing, zombies, nerf, etc... They have an active facebook page that sometimes lacks restraint in terms of what is acceptable and what is not, to post as a business and whatever member of staff that manages their page had had run-ins in the past with customers and argued with them on the page. It always posts content related to upcoming anf previous events and they are active with the community so it is very good if you want a say in an event or what they could improve on. Just search their name on facebook, all of their contact information will be there too at Borderline Combat Airsoft.
Avoid this place - Half the Nerf guns don't fire and toilets are a disgrace with no hot water and taps hanging off
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