CALL SIGN 'BANDIT'
Just in case you are one of the few people in the Asian
Action Air Shooting community who don’t yet know, Bandit
Airsoft is the brainchild of Ms. Alex Cruz, better known
to one-and-all by her radio call sign, ‘Bandit.’
The Birth of Bandit
Filipina working in Hong Kong, Bandit started game playing
Airsoft back in May 2008, (although be warned, don’t ever call it a
game in front of her – to her Action Air Shooting is a full
combat sport!) She started out by joining the Hong Kong Unit
Black Division (UBD) and by June 2008 found herself taking
part in her first Airsoft even with them, at Hong Kong’s
picturesque Paradise Island in Saikung.
Bandit quickly realized what so many people who try the
sport have learned before and since; Action Air Shooting is
a fascinating, and addictive, hobby. It not only provides
players with a personal challenge, but also brings them
companionship, camaraderie and of course, taking part in an
airsoft event is lots and lots of
So, it should come as no surprise to learn that Bandit
became hooked on Action Air Shooting during her first
back in 2008. Immediately after that, as she began to
explore all of the different levels, areas and challenges
the sport of airsofting provides, she became so fascinated that she just
wanted to learn more… and more… and more!
What’s in a Name?
To be a team participant in Action Air Shooting events, Alex
found she needed her own airsoft radio call sign. As taking part in
airsoft made her feel like a rebel with a cause, (and a
rebel who rode a Suzuki Bandit motorbike at that), she
decided that as a Bandit is an outlaw bound only by their
own rules, she just had to be the Bandit; and so Bandit was
About Bandit Herself
In the years since she began Action Air Shooting, Bandit’s
passion for airsoft has never diminished, instead growing
deeper and stronger. She is also the founding ‘Mother’ of the
G.I. Janes, the first and only all-girl Filipino
Airsoft (and soon IPSC) team based in Hong Kong.
Over the years Bandit has
taken part in Action Air Shooting event types in Hong Kong
and, with MilSim and other military training provided by her
friends in Team Redwing, also in the Philippines. Her
activities range from regular airsoft skirmish, to CQB
(Close Quarters Battle), and Airsoft IPSC (International
Practical Shooting Confederation), although she admits
taking part in MILSim (Military Simulations) with her Magpul
M4 remains her most passionate love among the many available
Action Air Shooting activities.
regular participant at airsoft competitions in Hong Kong, China and
the Philippines, Bandit is well known in the Asian Action
Air Shooting fraternity as a lady with real flair, passion
and drive. No wilting violet, Bandit it a real man’s girl;
not only sexy and beautiful, but also practical and one of
the very few women with the skills and dedication to perform
her own airsoft gun repairs and upgrades.
Finding that it was sometimes difficult for people in
different areas to obtain the Airsoft, Real Steel, Tactical,
etc, guns, parts, equipment and accessories they wanted at
an affordable price, Bandit decided to put her practical
knowledge and experience to work.
Utilizing the contacts she had built up throughout the
airsoft communities in Hong
Kong, China, the Philippines and many other parts of the
globe, she set up Bandit Airsoft; an online company that
specializes in finding and supplying all types of Action Air
equipment, parts and accessories at low-cost, and
then shipping them door-to-door to customers throughout Asia
and all over the World.
As Bandit herself says, “It’s good to know that I help
our fellow airsofters and collectors to obtain all the stuff
they want without killing their wallets!”
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