WAXAHACHIE

The largest airsoft facility in Texas opened to the public last Friday in Waxahachie with a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony between the Waxahachie and Midlothian Chambers of Commerce.

878 Airsoft opened its 170-acre airsoft fields on 4020 FM 878, just a few miles east of Waxahachie near Palmer.

Owner Chad Hults said he got into airsoft several years ago thanks to his son. He eventually came to open an airsoft field on his own property thanks to a canceled game.

“I started off playing pro paintball in the late 90s,” Hults explained. “I offered up my land to use. There was like 120 people that showed up to that game. Having no obstacles, no nothing on the property, everyone loved it and said I should open up an airsoft field. That’s how it started.”

In addition to the ribbon cutting, the venue held an airsoft match called “Killing Fields V: Death of a Giant” where 135 people went head-to-head across the terrain role-playing as warring cartels.

Hults said there were also helicopter rides, where participants got to board and take off on an MD-500 “Little Bird.”

“The players would actually ride in the helicopter, fly around and get to shoot people down on the ground,” Hults said.

The airsoft field has three “towns,” or shooting ranges, where players can run through a two-story Stein tower, hide behind office spaces and living rooms and position themselves behind a sniper’s railing for incoming targets.

Hults said the field makes an excellent location for police and law enforcement to hold tactical training and shooting practice. For the kids, airsoft is just fun.

“It’s like 'Fortnite' or one of those other [video] games that they play,” he said. “So instead of sitting in a chair, they’re out in the field running around and playing.”

Hults said 878 Airsoft makes a great addition to the Waxahachie and Midlothian area, and he noted he couldn’t wait to see how it grows alongside the communities.

“It’s real-world terrain out here, and it’s a thinking person’s game,” Hults said in a previous story. “We try to make it like a real-life video game for the younger generation.”

878 Airsoft is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, with the third Sunday of every month featuring a Nerf foam match.

To make a reservation, visit 878airsoft.net or call 972-247-7638.

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David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX

469-517-1456