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  • August West
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    Seems to be a few of us. I started playing in about 93/94 and played consistently up until about 2010 then stopped. I was active army, I am retired now, and did a back-to-back deployment then 14 months in Korea and after that just never started playing again. That is until a couple of weeks ago.

    Cruising around the web I happened to see that one of my local fields, Black Ops Paintball, had a 2-day scenario game going the next weekend. I told my wife that I was going to go out and check it out, not to play, just to see how many players were out. I even told my wife if there was not much participation I was going to sell all my old mags and cockers. Well, the place was freakin packed! So I bought a new tank aired up my old gat and played the next weekend. I had a freakin blast!!

    I can officially say at 54 years young I am officially back! LOL

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  • Dalep_rc
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    Originally posted by Cunha View Post
    Finding a good field is the most important part. Fields that let teams of "pro" oriented players destroy renters and newbies and father son combos are pretty much trash fields in my book.

    Have you got out since the end of Jan?
    We have made it out probably 3 more times, even had the wife out playing! Picked up a 2005 superstock electronic framed cocker and she was doing very well! I agree with the 5.5 bps or all mechanical would be awesome! When we played with the team guys, we were asked and we knew what we were getting into. They were done practicing for the day but 2 or 3 still wanted to play. It was a good time, it would have been better if they were playing mechanical too, but I didn't mind. Punching above your weight is good at times for getting better. I would NOT have wanted to do it all day though!

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Cyberpyr8 View Post
    CCI is still running and was taken over by another company as Mike retired from it. They seem stable as a company and are producing parts and guns. WGP and Angel are gone.
    NXL (and a host of others smaller localized tournaments) are the main leagues now. 50 cal is considered low impact and mostly marketed to younger kids and families. It's not huge and 68 still is the main size paintballs at a lot of fields. I know a few that are almost all 50 cal but I think that is a rarity. FIeld limits are now 10.2 or 10.5 at most fields. A big switch from 2005 and unlimited fire rates.

    The funny thing is a lot of stuff from the 2005 era is popular still. People still show up with old equipment every weekend at our field. There seems to be a resurgence from that time frame and players that quit playing are looking at coming back.

    If you are looking to buy a new gun Planet Eclipse is the big company these days. All of their guns are top notch. You can still get Smart Parts but now they are split up into Gog, Freak, SP Shocker and Luxe. Tippmann is still around. Dye is still making guns as well. HK Army is the new soft goods and private label gun company these days. Exalt makes a bunch of good soft goods as well.
    Gear: PE Emek | Axe Pro | LV 1.6 | 16" Sly CF Barrel | 48/4500 Tank | CTRL | Evil 3+4 Pod Pack
    Clothing: Blood Red CRBN X Push | Exalt Bounce Cap | Carbon SC(Summer)
    | Jerseys Clinic Jersey(Winter) | CK Platinum Red Pants | Exalt Arm Pads | Salomon XA Pro 3D Shoes
    Extra Weight: GoPro Hero 3+ | HK Mask Mount | PE Rolling Bag | Guru Gun Stands
    Projects: Evil Pimp

    That will pretty much give you a crash course on Paintball in 2020. Welcome back.
    I agreed with this...LOL

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  • Hellion360
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    Making this 5.5 or mech the norm and then having the ramping be a special event is so good for newer players.

  • Sottyman
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    Originally posted by bassninja View Post

    Finding a good field is definitely a huge part of it. At my local field, I've seen quite a few kids or father-son pairs come out for the first time with their own gear after their birthdays or something, never to come back because they got obliterated by the overcompetitive jerks. I've even stopped playing as much because there are so many guys now that just sit in the back row of bunkers and shoot 3/4 cases per game without ever moving until there are two renters left on the other team, then run down and bunker them. I've tried suggesting to the staff that they implement a "gravity hoppers only" rule, or maybe even "no pods," but they don't want to lose the paint sales from the guys who need 3 cases to play one day.

    I think that the best thing for new players is to find a field that splits the experienced players from the newer/less competitive players entirely.
    I feel the sport has changed/evolved immensely since I first played back in 2000/2001. Back then the average rates of fire were lower, and I didn't feel it was as intimidating (especially as a newer player). Didn't matter if you had a stock tippmann 98 or an Angel LCD. No one had breach sensors or force feeding hoppers, so I feel everyone got to enjoy 6-8bps unless they were in actively in a tournament. Of course that all changed once the aforementioned technologies became mainstream AND relatively cheap. Thinking about what $300 would buy you in 2000 compared to today, it's absolutely incredible. Back then you were very much still in the mechanical gun budget realm, but now that same $300 will get you eyes/breech sensors, circuit board(s) with multiple firing modes, fewer moving parts, lower operating pressures/greater efficiencies, and arguably more reliable/lower maintenance platforms. Heck, weren't 12v revvies $75-80 when they came out? Spend that now on a basic halo and get at least twice the feed rate with zero hiccups until the feed tray runs dry! I really feel for the new players these days. The learning curve seems so much steeper when everyone and their grandmother can shoot machine guns for less than $500 and the new guys with rentals are using the exact same tippmann I used when I started 20+ years ago.

    I guess that why I latched onto my stock class phantoms. Those have always been a constant for me while the paintball world seemed to always put out something faster, lighter, smaller, etc. I'm personally glad to see rates of fire coming down, especially in tournament play/organized events. Playing stock class back in what I consider the wild west (mid-late 2000's), when you saw all the uncapped semi/ramping, was a hell of a time. Fun but definitely tough on the newer/less uninitiated crowds. Anyway, that's enough old man ranting for now I guess...

    -Mike​​​​

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  • Cyberpyr8
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    I heard a field in TN was going to 5.5bps and/or mechanical guns only and at first I thought it was crazy but the more I think about it, it's probably the best idea ever to grow the sport.

  • bassninja
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    Originally posted by Cunha View Post
    Finding a good field is the most important part. Fields that let teams of "pro" oriented players destroy renters and newbies and father son combos are pretty much trash fields in my book.

    Have you got out since the end of Jan?
    Finding a good field is definitely a huge part of it. At my local field, I've seen quite a few kids or father-son pairs come out for the first time with their own gear after their birthdays or something, never to come back because they got obliterated by the overcompetitive jerks. I've even stopped playing as much because there are so many guys now that just sit in the back row of bunkers and shoot 3/4 cases per game without ever moving until there are two renters left on the other team, then run down and bunker them. I've tried suggesting to the staff that they implement a "gravity hoppers only" rule, or maybe even "no pods," but they don't want to lose the paint sales from the guys who need 3 cases to play one day.

    I think that the best thing for new players is to find a field that splits the experienced players from the newer/less competitive players entirely.
    Last edited by bassninja; 03-04-2021, 01:24 PM. Reason: grammar

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  • Cyberpyr8
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    Originally posted by Cunha View Post
    Finding a good field is the most important part. Fields that let teams of "pro" oriented players destroy renters and newbies and father son combos are pretty much trash fields in my book.

    Have you got out since the end of Jan?
    This is really the key to having a good time. The other thing you can do is help out rentals and new players if you are familiar with the field. Even though everywhere I go I get labeled as the "pro", I always make sure other players get where they want to and I try to get them to spots on the field where I think they will be successful. I try to give them advice about where to go and how to avoid getting hit. I do that to win but more importantly, so they have some fun and don't get shot out off the break every game. A lot of times I do it knowing it will put me in a place I may not do as well in.

    It backfired a little bit last Saturday when I had a guy who looked the part but wasn't very experienced didn't quite make it to the bunker like he should have. I caught it on video. He was fine but honestly it was pretty scary for a second. I kept running and gunning to be sure no one shot him until he could get himself together. I cut out the conversation before that happened where he wasn't sure he could make it to his bunker (he may have been right). He tried to slide on one knee and he got caught on something. But I knew he could make it without anyone shooting at him, I just didn't expect him to slide. He told me he wasn't that fast but he out-ran me the whole way(51 year old legs vs. 20 something year old legs)! But normally it works out fine and the players have a better time getting to a spot on the field and getting to play.

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  • Cunha
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    Finding a good field is the most important part. Fields that let teams of "pro" oriented players destroy renters and newbies and father son combos are pretty much trash fields in my book.

    Have you got out since the end of Jan?

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  • Dalep_rc
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    Well...we went out yesterday, and got sucked into being fodder for what I call the team guys that practice on the air ball field regularly. Levi made it out unscathed, but I got tore up a few times. I ended up playing the snake. I haven't done that in about 15 years! I did manage to dish some pain. But for some reason, I feel like its not what I received!

    Cocker vs Electro..... I gotta work harder on being a better player! lol

    Like one of the Refs here say, Go out and shoot people and make friends!

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  • Dalep_rc
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    ChoSanJuan...that is awesome brother! Enjoy those days man! I am sure 9 will turn into 24 fast enough with my little dude.

    Hes gotten beatup a few rounds pretty good, and still wants more. Surprises me how tough he is at times, though he wont take his mask off cause he's a little wrecked and don't wanna show it.

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  • ChoSanJuan
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    Originally posted by Dalep_rc View Post
    I too am returning back to the sport after about a 17 year or so break. My 9 year old saw my old gear coming out of the attic and was like.... WHAT IS THAT!!!! I WANNA DO THAT!!!!
    So..... we started playing about a month ago, Im shooting all mech (autococker) and I got an electro for him. I forgot how much fun this all is, even the spending money part... lol.

    That's heartwarmingly funny. My daughter has always wanted to go to the field with me and life just got in the way. I was playing hardcore in the local scene and dabbled in dealing parts and stuff. 2006 came around and I put all my stuff away. Thanks to Signofzeta, I started playing again summer 2019. Last summer we finally hit the field together! She's 24 now. Her and her fiance are hooked. Even though we can't turn clocks back, I wouldn't give up the time we finally played a whole weekend of paintball, even though we live in 2 different states now.

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  • Dalep_rc
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    I too am returning back to the sport after about a 17 year or so break. My 9 year old saw my old gear coming out of the attic and was like.... WHAT IS THAT!!!! I WANNA DO THAT!!!!
    So..... we started playing about a month ago, Im shooting all mech (autococker) and I got an electro for him. I forgot how much fun this all is, even the spending money part... lol.


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  • Chuck E Ducky
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    North East has a huge Mag Fed seen. You should check out the one a Capital Combat Zone.

  • Chuck E Ducky
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    My local field has seen a huge up tick in players using 50cal they also market these markers that shoot these lil gell balls that you soak in water. Many of those kids have transitioned into regular players. 50 cal gets them off the cell phones.
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