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Old 12-31-2017, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Played .50 cal for the first time today

The wife and I went to Air Assault in St. Paul to play indoor paintball today because it's freakin' freezin' out there.

It's basically an airball field geared towards newbies and birthday/bachelor parties.



All .50 cal guns; Tippmann FT-50's and Planet Eclipse ETEK's. Field paint only.

We did a pre-paid package deal. $20 each for admission, rental, and 100 paintballs.

Ended up buying another bag of 500 for $35.

The FT-50 had 13ci tanks and handled nice. I wouldn't trade my Cronus for one, but it handled way better than the 98's with 48ci tanks we used previously.

Not very many people there on Sundays, so it was 4 on 4 for a few games. And then we went 2 on 2 for a few with our former team mates.




Overall it was a lot of fun, and the wife said she kind of preferred it over the woodsball she played once this fall. (her first time)

She was defiantly getting more confident and playing very aggressive.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Glad you had fun man.

I'm curious about .50 play, but I'm skeptical that the projectiles would hold up well outside of an indoor field scenario.
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I played at an outdoor woods/urban field here in Florida. I had a blast and accuracy was surprisingly good even by rental standards.

Paint held up nicely in our humid heat.
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We played a "scenario" at a friend's farm. The scenario was a kid friendly test of some objects to be used for a scenario game later that year. The ground was an old pasture, and a little bit swampy. It was cool, but not cold.

The paint worked very well. I was surprised at how far one could shoot and still get a break. The impact was very low. While refereeing, I was shot a couple times in the head. There was enough impact to make you notice, but not the solid thump of getting hit by a 68 cal ball.

I think that 50 cal is an excellent way to introduce players, especially young and/or timid people, to paintball. My step daughter played 50 cal twice, and decided to make the jump to 68 cal.

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I think it's perfect for an indoor field.

They allowed you to go past midfield and there was no surrender distance.

So it was all out flanking and bunkering each other.


And it didn't hurt.
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They allowed you to go past midfield
Slightly off topic here. Is this actually a rule at some fields?
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Slightly off topic here. Is this actually a rule at some fields?
I've been to some fields that have a 50 yard line for almost all of their game formats. It makes it new player friendly, but encourages tunnel vision and deadlocked/timed out games.
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I've been to some fields that have a 50 yard line for almost all of their game formats. It makes it new player friendly, but encourages tunnel vision and deadlocked/timed out games.
Yikes. Where's the fun in that? Although, I'm sure it's great for paint sales.
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I wanted to make a quip about smaller balls and tie that to masculinity, But I realized that some people just have small balls, I think even certain people on this forum have tiny little balls. I realize that it would be insensitive of me to marry small balls and masculinity together in an attempt to disparage. It's 2018 and we can't body shame people anymore and frankly it's about time.

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They specifically asked us if we wanted to play full or half field.

Everyone opted for full field.


The 50 cals had a hard time going from spawn to spawn at the breakout. But accuracy was decent at about 20 yards.

Lots of flyaways past that.

I'd say it was about 50 yards end to end.

They had different inflatables than this pic.

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