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Old 04-02-2009, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for D-day border crossing advice?

Hello MCBers,

My team mates and I are attending our first D-Day this year, and we are looking for any advice we can get for crossing the border from Canada to the US with our markers and gear, as well as getting back across the border.

Any help to make what seems a very problematical situation go smoothly would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-02-2009, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have all your paperwork, ID's/passports, on you and handy if asked for. Say please and thank you and NO JOKES lol. If you have milsim markers, make sure you explain what they are BEFORE you open the kit bags...trust me on that one

1st: Make sure everything is in kit bags/cases.
2nd: Make sure your tanks are disconnected from your markers. Batteries (if any) are removed also.
3rd: No paintballs in hoppers, only in loaders/cases.

You shouldn't have any problems, but you might catch someone on a bad day. Customs can make for a very long day if they decide to perform a "close inspection" or whatever the heck it's called now.

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Head over to D-Day Commonwealth Forums and check out the 1st Canadian Parachute Infantry section. We've got a whole ream of information on Canadians going to D-Day.
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Wookillar got it right. I'd also like to add that when you pull up, turn off the radio, take off sunglasses and hats, sit quietly and only have the driver do the talking. Have the address of the hotel and field, just in case.
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Wookillar got it right. I'd also like to add that when you pull up, turn off the radio, take off sunglasses and hats, sit quietly and only have the driver do the talking. Have the address of the hotel and field, just in case.
Oh yeah and don't call your markers "guns", right Andry?
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Why not? Every time I say "paintball marker" to a border guard, I get confused stares, requests for clarification and cargo searches. When you use silly language tricks to get around saying "paintball gun" the border guards realize that you're trying to hide something.

I mean, don't just say "guns," make it clear that they are for paintball. Being up front with the guards is in your best interest. They don't like having to clarify everything just because you want to appear a little PC.

If you really feel the need to avoid saying the word "gun" up front, just tell them you have a load of "paintball equipment." If they ask what that entails, then tell them you've got paintguns, masks, tanks etc.
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Old 04-02-2009, 04:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone,for all of the advice.

I had tried calling the custums office at the border and they directed me to regulations for real firearms which required paperwork 6 months in advance, so we got a little concerned.

Marauder Pilot: I will check out the commonwealth forums.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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There is also a customs form that you can fill out with info regarding your "paintball gun" (such as serial number) before you enter USA. Then when you return to Canada there is no question of wether you bought a new gun that you need to declare.
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