questionsany paintball lovers out there?

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I miss paintball like a friend :(

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@caffeine_dude: agreed, AWESOMESAUCE! In PB vernacular AGG!

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We almost had a small indoor paintball field in a large basement. It was done, bunkers were built cages over lights. Black lights and regular lights were installed. (the idea was you could load your gun with regular paintballs and "tracer rounds" that would glow under black lights. The owner could not get the insurance to open it to the public...but
he showed us around... it ... was ..... awesomesauce!

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I should clarify. I would double+ the age of everyone else. We are trespassing on government land... and some of the under age kids smoke.
Some how I think the only person there that is not a minor would get blamed.
2.5 hour drive to the only course I know...

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@bogie21: If you even think a kid is shooting hot, you need to bring it up to a ref. Every field should have a ref with a hand held chrono. When kids are shooting hot, we fix it. If they are caught doing it again, their gone.

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@xskoad: there's a guy at the field. He's over 50 and is a hair dresser by profession. He typically plays home or mid-insert. He's awesome.

BTW, he has also earned several black belts in various martial arts.

Go out, shoot people, talk about it afterwards, HAVE FUN!

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I played paintball for roughly 3 years. Last marker was an eTek 2. Sold everything about a year ago, but kept a CCI phantom (Stock Class) in case I ever feel the need to head back out there.

Unfortunately the outlaw ball locally is better than speedball. The field is full of 16-ish year old kids who shoot hot which ruins a lot of the fun.

Never fun to walk off the field with giant bloody welts.

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So, I've never been to the tournaments, except to watch a few friends... But I guess I'd consider myself a fan, and I do like pick-up matches just between friends. My marker of choice is the Tippman A-5, with a long barrel - all the better to snipe you with! I don't know a whole lot about the various levels of seriousness, but I do know that I've liked every gun I've used that runs on compressed air also, not just the common CO2.

One of my favourite bouts was with a friend of a friend, who was visiting from the Ivory Coast, and he was an airsoft team leader there... :) That kid was amazing! He'd pop up out of nowhere and light up anyone who wasn't quick enough to realize that he was being hunted.

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I never judge anyone by there age. Ive been playing with guys over 40 since I was a little kid. Everyone has a place on the field. Of course a 50 year old isnt going to want to play snake, but he could be a good back/corner player.

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@caffeine_dude: I was supposed to play on a Masters Division team in 2009 at World Cup. Masters Division is for players over 40 years of age. Not as much diving but really disciplined lane shooting & bumping. Also, these guys LOVE to bunker.

My son and I started getting really serious about paintball when he was 13, though, we were playing a bit when he was only 8.

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I love paintball... I am too old cause I would be that 'creepy old guy' that hangs with young kids.
I did take my son out... we both had Tipmann 98's.

I would go more but people my age are lame in my area.
I tried to get something going with the olders but it would not happen. The area we go is a wooded area. It is also restricted (the law will break it up).

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@killswitchdh: we have done a similar thing. We called it Pioneer-style. You went onto field with 1 paintball and no hopper. You needed to scavenge for paint on the ground. Since our field was/is outdoors, you had to be careful for swollen paint and almost all of it you had to wipe dust/dirt off if you wanted to shoot straight. Nothing like shooting Dirt-Paint, one ball at a time, in a $1000 electro set up.

I actually closed out a game, when I was out of paint, by doing this. Good Times.

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I used to play woodsball with my friends growing up (13-18) I used a Spyder Imagine. I'm also 6'5" so I sucked. It was fun though. We would play "Revolutionary War" where you get 3 paintballs, no hopper and start out in lines walking towards each other. It was amazingly awful.

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@loosecannon67: I have been playing since 1986 (woodsball in AZ). I feel it is cheaper now. You can get an electro-pneumatic marker now in the $500 range (http://www.pbwarehouse.net/plecet3ltpag.html). Good paint can be bought at Sports Chalet for $50/case of 2000. Jump back in, but your AC should get converted to a Stock-class or sniper (both are pump conversions). Kids are walking their triggers at 12-18 bps, EASILY.

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Back in the day I use to sling an Autococker 2000. I bet there have been tons of advancements in markers since. Would love to take it up again but the sport wasn't cheap then and I doubt it is now.

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By the way you were talking I figured your kid was at least in his teens. I would have done the same thing in your situation.. Or at least I hope it would stick at "almost". Ive been in games where 18+ guys will bunker 10-12yr olds in no bunkering games. Generally any game that has kids under 13, we try to stick to no bunkering. Unless of course the kid has a lot of experience and doesnt mind getting shot. Even in those cases, parents dont enjoy picking up their little kids to find nasty paintball whelps on their sons necks/heads.

My first gun was a Tippmann Carbine. When it comes time, Ill try to continue to the tradition.

Hope your son stays fit and continues to play. Ive been getting out of shape for a few years, and even in my last couple years playing snake, I can fell the toll it takes on my body.

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i started him playing at 8. his first marker was a tippmann pro-lite. he got bunkered his 2nd game. on a no bunkering field. i almost killed the guy.

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Sounds awesome. Luckily Im good friends with the guy who runs the paintball store in my town and we play on a team together so he gives me paint at a few dollars over sale price as well. Still had to pay the $10-15 field fee for wherever we went though.

I use to play back/mid when I was younger. Over the past few years Ive been playing snake. Im 6'1 and my height is definitely a disadvantage but I enjoy it and Im a good bit faster than the rest of the people I generally play with, so it helps.

Ive been trying to get my college interested in starting up a team. If it ever happens Ill be gone by then (next year), but I have still told them I would be interested in coaching.

Cant wait until I have kids and he gets old enough to hold a gun. I saw an amazing 7y-8yr old team play a few years back. Was highly impressed. I bet its even more fun to them because the bunkers were so huge, they could stand straight up behind the tiny bricks without exposing themselves.

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@xskoad: i guess i am lucky. i was my field's gun tech. i haven't paid entry for at least 2 years (so a total of 3 years, now that I haven't played for a year). also, our field paint was good and i paid cost + $5. typically $30-$35 per case. its a 10 minute drive from my house.

i played corner before i retired. when i was playing well, i played mid/insert. my kid is a snake player, but he may be getting too tall for that position.

i am thinking about coming back just to scrim. help the team get ready by playing the opposing.

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@rlapid2112: Yep. Bunkers are brand spankin new. Havnt even been blown up once. PB has gone up and down over the years since Ive been playing. Its been rough the past few years because of the economy. You are right about it being an expensive sport. I was easily spending $100+ a day when playing. If I enjoyed woodsball I could save a lot of money, but like you, tournament ball is where my love is. Which includes the massive amount of paint that is generally used on a full day of playing. Im on the East coast and the closest field to me (speedball fields) is a 1.5hr drive. Which I made every weekend. I havnt played as much over the past year due to finances, but when I do play, Im making either a 1.5/2 hour one way trip to do so.

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@xskoad: are the bunkers new? if this trend continues, PB as we know it, may whither & die. i hope not. its an expensive sport with a dwindling number of avid players (myself included). maybe this yoga thing i am doing will allow me to continue diving and taking all the physical abuse associated with tournament ball.

also, it seems the only good ballers (teams, actually) on the west side of the US is actually in SoCal.

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I had a SL74 a couple years back. Loved it. I ended up selling it to a guy so that I could buy the new Ego and make a few bucks on the side. I run the same same setup. Rotor/crossfire. Ive been wanting to get into x-ball but just havnt had the time. Ive done many 3/5man CFOA/GFOA tournaments. Never any x-ball though. I had actually planned on opening up a field last year. I went and purchased 54 bunkers (way toooo expensive) and then before I could purchase the netting/compressor, something came up. So now I have 7k worth of bunkers sitting in a shed, never used. Maybe one day.

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Up until mom took ill last year, I played tournament ball (mostly 7-man, some x-ball) for the last 5 years. My son & I have played in tournaments together. I have tried everything, from Timmies (custom-bodied 06 alias), to Matrices (Proto & DM). My current lineup: Sand & Black 07 SL74 (Avalanche) w/ rotor & Crossfire 45/4500. Backup is My 03 rip-framed Shocker SFT (everything upgraded except body) w/ a 70/4500 crossfire.

At 05 World Cup, my kid bought the 1st 06 Proto Matrix to be sold retail. All of SD Legacy signed the box. Sadly, he wanted a gloss red 07 Ego, so we sold it on ebay.