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Old 04-24-2013, 04:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Join Date: May 2008

Tippmann Tactical

I was there for Tippmann Tacticals first event.

The Siege was a scenario run by Going Postal at the British armys Copehill Down training area. This is an active urban training area.

The Tippmann Tactical event was run as a sideline (during the main scenario, so it also meant leaving the game for your scheduled session, so took a little planning to make sure everyone was available at the right time and you didn't miss a scenario objective!)

Paul Banks is an absolute ambassador for Tippmann in the UK. My first experience of meeting him was when I handed him my secondhand X7 when it failed at an event and he upgraded the ratchet. It then worked consistently for a number of years. Paul attended a game in Sennybridge but was not providing tech support. Before they unpacked I mentioned to Paul I would want a ratchet when he was ready. Instead he took my X7 and returned it about half an hour later with just a strip down, clean up & rebuild. Working perfectly again.

The Tippmann Tactical sessions are treated as an experience. Not a new type of game (But the attractions of limited paint or mag fed play become quite clear)

Identical gear equalises everything, and contributes to the experience making sure everyone is using a 'real style' marker and can take tac lights etc.

This begins with a training session (with real world military experience), and finishes with a practical exercise.
This session dealt with building clearance - 2 & 4 man room clearances, dealing with doors, 'murder holes' etc, and stairwells.

One of our guys originaly was not going to be available for the weekend and when he became free was too late to get a ticket. He volunteered as a Tippmann Tactical terrorist, and revelled at the opportunity of taking us on, just as we revelled at the opportunity to hunt him down.
The team carry a lot of Contour cameras so we filmed our session, and Will filmed the terrorist POV throughout the day. There are hours & hours of footage which will be edited, but for the moment one of the cameras has been uploaded as linked below.

In our segment our terrorist Will was the first man waiting at the doorway, so he is seen on the ground in the video below. (In his POV you can see the moment the last man leaves the building Will is reincaranted in an instant and flies up the stairs for the opportunity to shoot our retreat from the windows)
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