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    Paintball mines

    Hey all,

    I went to pick up something locally and the person had these. Said it was something they used when playing large games out in the woods or buildings. The mines would be split between teams, lots of players on both sides were taken out.

    Can be filled with water or paintballs.

    The round stubby ones are for buried. the long skinny ones with L brackets are for doors, when door is open it rains on the people. All have safety pins while you bury them they dont go off and trip wires too.

    he was not sure if they were home brew PVC or made by a company. Some seem to have a sticker on the side, but since they were painted, you cant read anything.

    do these look familiar to anyone, company made or home brew(besides the master mine)

    And what are these go for. Do wish I had an area to give them a try.
    thanks for any information.
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    I seem to recall a magazine ad for the Master Mine, though I only remember the general shape, not the name. You might well be the first one to give us a proper review since the company folded.

    The round ones I've never seen before. No idea how they work, but yeah, they sure do look home-made or at least garage-shop made, using off-the-shelf plumbing parts.

    The thing in the white box, as I'm sure you've seen from inside the top cover, is a tripwire mechanism that uses a glowstick. When the wire is pulled, the lever breaks the stick and starts it glowing. Not sure what it was ever used for normally, but on the paintball field, of course it'd be used during 24-hour games. Somebody trips it on a path at night, the team is both warned and has light to shoot by.

    The Holy Grail of mines is one from way back in the beginning. Steel shell, pressurized with shop compressed air, and had a pop up lawn sprinkler type nozzle. Supposedly very effective, but were also something like $100 each, and being made from steel, if not carefully cleaned and maintained, would rust badly in short order. One of those in near-new or even just usable condition these days is basically a rare collectible.

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    • MrBarraclough
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      I remember the glowstick tripwire mines being sold as surplus in the US Cavalry catalog back in the 90s. I believe the military used them for intrusion detection. They make more sense when you remember that there are specialty glow sticks out there that only glow for something like 5 minutes but are many, many times brighter than normal commercial glowsticks. These things put out light more like signal flares than glowsticks and would attract a lot of attention. Much better idea than using live mines. Allows the defenders an opportunity to identify the intruder before engaging, rather than riddling some lost friendly or civilian with claymore pellets.

    #3
    I recall seeing the master mines at Gander Mountian back in the day. I wanna say they were like 150 bucks or something. I always oogled em, but knew I couldnt afford them.

    The others I dont recognize, but if they are schedule 80 pvc they should be alright if you use a regulstrd fill pressure.

    The big issue is, whos got a field where they can be put to use? Most fields wont let you use them. Especially with a trip wire potentially causing a fall.

    You need an outlaw field where someone is willing to set these up and maintain them.

    I wish a field would use them. I think it would be a blast myself. A field where the refs scatter bouncing betties on the field before start, and you just may get elimenated by the field just as much as by other folk.

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      #4
      Paintball was a lot more fun when we were, mah about "safety" compared to the near hyper vigilence now.
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        #5
        The master mine is obviously made by a company. The round ones look homemade.

        There are a couple tutorials on YouTube to make the round ones. They're pretty safe because they don't remain under pressure; stepping on them punctures a 12g. I still wouldn't want a homebrew one being used as field owner though.

        You will need to have a bunch of them to lay a 'minefield' though. Even then, they're more just to slow an enemy down to eliminate them when using a certain path/deny them a route. Tripwires will be more effective in smaller numbers than pressure pad ones.

        Also, if you're going to use this, please for the love of God put flour/talc/chalk dust in instead of paint water. I'd be so pissed off if I have gear ruined from one of these, not to mention be soaked and cold the rest of the day.

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        • BenoitOWN

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          Blended and strained paintballs from the speedball field :P

        • MrBarraclough
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          Related note: You can buy bottles of undyed paintball fill; it's called Miralax. Yes, the laxative. It's just a bottle of PEG (polyethylene glycol), which is the ingredient that accounts for like >90% of the fill.

          If you wanted a ready to use off the shelf liquid paint fill, I would suggest Crayola bathtub fingerpaint. My 3 year old loves this stuff. She can paint all over the tub with it and it washes right off. It's just liquid soap with dye and a little bit of thickener. Very rich, bright colors.
          Last edited by MrBarraclough; 06-20-2021, 08:38 PM.

        • Brokeass_baller
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          I can confirm that paintball fill is mostly PEG. I worked in a food factory that had -4*F PEG running through flex hosing to these huge mixers to keep them cool. They'd freeze over during use and the water world rot the lines when shutdown. Well, when we'd replace the lines, you'd ALWAYS get splashed in the face, as there was no way to purge the line. It tasted just like a paintball.

        #6
        How about some "Washable Powder Pre-mix" Venom to go with your Master Mine?....

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        Here's the best info I've got, on the company, that produced Master Mine.

        Major Paintball
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        Toccoa, GA 30577
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          #7
          FredMnkyDad10 those others bury-able mines might be the predecessor to these M80TR ... 🤔
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            #8
            Played outlaw ball with a group years ago and one guy used to have a few mines he played with. Seemed like a lot of work for a one-time use.

            Speaking of questionable safety, there was an airsoft group playing at the field I was at and they used a field entrance along the side of our live paintball game. They walked past the Google on sign, no sh*ts given, even after reminding them our field has live…. So maybe mines would legal at this field.
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              #9
              MCB once again you don't disappoint in providing information. I will take pictures of the home brew types.

              Great idea with the crayola paint, forgot about those. And since it is summer I might try filling one with water to set it off see how well they would work.

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              • Carp

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                You need to fill the master mine with just flour and set it up, in your house. So, you can "Antique" your unsuspecting wife...She won't mind! 😈

              #10
              I have one of those Master mines, we never got it to work successfully. The way the tripwire/piercer works make it pretty unreliable as I recall, about 75% of the time it just didn't go off, or it didn't pierce enough to really throw out the paint.

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                #11
                I've played with all of these. None of them worked well. I heard that one of the scenario guys took to mounting the Master Mines overhead with some success. I, too, remember the DIY paint recipe using Crayola.

                The ones you step on were the funniest failures, though. Guys would step on them, feel it go off entirely under-boot, pause for a second, and then keep walking like nothing happened.
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