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Old 02-02-2016, 08:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I think many of us have been there, some on more than one occasion. Welcome back.
Thanks. If I had only known that there were so many like-minded people, I am not sure that I would have ever left, in the first place.

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I started playing at about 35, and I am turning 40 this year. When I was young, paintball was just too expensive. Now I have three young kids and almost zero time, but I bargain for about half a day a month. I miss some months, and MCB tides me over between playing.
I hear you, there. Do not think that I actually owned my own marker until after I had played for a couple of years. We used to make two trips a year to the only field that would waive someone my age to play, and I would use the rentals. At the time, the rentals were mostly good brass or earlier Nelson-based pumps. My first actual marker was a used 007 we got from the local sporting goods store's "previously owned" section. Think it set me back $30, at the time. Not long after, I took the proceeds from my summer job and my birthday and went to the local army-navy store to order the new PMI Trracer that I saw in APG. The original Trracer, back in '94/'95, is still one of my absolute favorite markers of all time.

The funds part was definitely hard. When we couldn't go out and play, which was most of the time, we would go out and run drills with our Entertech water guns. No way they could make water guns like that, anymore. Now I find myself in a similar situation to you, commitments that keep me from playing as often as I would like, but good company here to remind me about what I love about the sport when I am not able to play.

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I was asked if I wanted to go to a team building event at a local park here in the Lou a couple weeks ago. We went out to the park and we got these lovely little BT-4's and some really ugly paint. It made me crave the game and an actual marker that has had some love put into it. I used to be a cocker hobbyist before making the stock class switch. Everything feels so foreign now.
My first experience back with a rental was a Tippman A-5. I thought that it was going to be a cool little marker - but that was because I was thinking that Tippman was still the same Tippman that they were 15 years ago. One of the "old-timers" there, a.k.a. the only other guy my age, loaned me his T2 for the rest of the day, while he played electro. Sure, I was getting lit up by little kids without any trigger control - but I took a lot of the little with me.

Now that I have a 007 and a PGP that I both plan on keeping stock, I just need to figure out what field I am going to call home. I have two fields within twenty minutes of the house, but both are speedball-centric. Last two times out, I've driven an extra half an hour to get to a pure "woodsball" field, if you can call a field in the desert "woodsball".

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First, Welcome back you two you will enjoy the ride. There are plenty on here in the St Louis area for Sredman to hook up with so that won't be a problem.

Secondly and more importantly...HANG ON TO YOUR WALLET! We like to pass things around here and I have been told that wives would almost prefer you searching porn to going to "That Site" again.
Thank you. I've already gotten some strange looks when I have told the wife that I am on this site or on eBay/Craigslist. I assure her that is okay, because I am just looking at "fixer-uppers". Don't think she has fully caught on to my ruse, yet.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:06 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My biggest fear is that I end up not having partners to play with and the sport dies out again. lets hope this doesn't happen.
I just noticed that you live in St. Louis. There are a few really active members on MCB from St. Louis. Have you heard of the Spring Pump Event? It seems to be one of the biggest pump events in the nation, and it is in your back yard. Your local pump scene is probably one of the best.
I live in KC, and I got to play with some St. Louis pump players at a private game. Wow. It was a humbling experience.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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How can you even suggest that with ICD returning to the light from a long wait in the shadows?
I've seen a lot of talk about this but it has been vague, is this true?
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:44 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I've seen a lot of talk about this but it has been vague, is this true?
Very true... The main vagaries are coming from ICD, themselves. They've enjoyed playing with us, for a while now.

https://www.facebook.com/indiancreekdesign/

There is an active thread about it on here, too. Looking more and more like a pump, with each teaser.

https://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/p...easer-icd.html
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:13 AM   #15 (permalink)
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If you like Phantoms pick up a cheap open class one and throw a 50 round hopper on it and go to town. When I get tired of 12g, air is free, or its real cold. I just take the 12g cracker off and screw a 13ci tank in its place. No need to spend money on an ASA bottom line kit. Makes the phantom very versatile. Don't forget how awesome 12g are for outlaw ball. It's always nice to have the option.

Best part about it is the phantom gives you so many options to customize to your play style. If you get the opportunity to check out that new vendetta dual rod UC kit for them do it. (Game changer)
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:51 AM   #16 (permalink)
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First, Welcome back you two you will enjoy the ride. There are plenty on here in the St Louis area for Sredman to hook up with so that won't be a problem.

Secondly and more importantly...HANG ON TO YOUR WALLET! We like to pass things around here and I have been told that wives would almost prefer you searching porn to going to "That Site" again.
I have already promised that I will liquidate some of my other hobbies to buy paintball stuff. It kills me because I need everything all over again. Either I gave it away, sold it, or I'm too fat for it.

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Thanks. If I had only known that there were so many like-minded people, I am not sure that I would have ever left, in the first place.

My first experience back with a rental was a Tippman A-5. I thought that it was going to be a cool little marker - but that was because I was thinking that Tippman was still the same Tippman that they were 15 years ago. One of the "old-timers" there, a.k.a. the only other guy my age, loaned me his T2 for the rest of the day, while he played electro. Sure, I was getting lit up by little kids without any trigger control - but I took a lot of the little with me.

Now that I have a 007 and a PGP that I both plan on keeping stock, I just need to figure out what field I am going to call home. I have two fields within twenty minutes of the house, but both are speedball-centric. Last two times out, I've driven an extra half an hour to get to a pure "woodsball" field, if you can call a field in the desert "woodsball".

Thank you. I've already gotten some strange looks when I have told the wife that I am on this site or on eBay/Craigslist. I assure her that is okay, because I am just looking at "fixer-uppers". Don't think she has fully caught on to my ruse, yet.
I keep talking about what guns I want, I have spreadsheets made of pros and cons and my fiancÚ is just looking at me watching the bank account drain away. I think even with me before mentioned promise that she understands it is going to be a long hobby.

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I just noticed that you live in St. Louis. There are a few really active members on MCB from St. Louis. Have you heard of the Spring Pump Event? It seems to be one of the biggest pump events in the nation, and it is in your back yard. Your local pump scene is probably one of the best.
I live in KC, and I got to play with some St. Louis pump players at a private game. Wow. It was a humbling experience.
I'm happy to hear that there is such a large following in this area. Hopefully it will keep me in the game a bit longer this time. A buddy and I are already starting to build a course in his field and we don't even have guns yet.

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Very true... The main vagaries are coming from ICD, themselves. They've enjoyed playing with us, for a while now.

https://www.facebook.com/indiancreekdesign/

There is an active thread about it on here, too. Looking more and more like a pump, with each teaser.

https://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/p...easer-icd.html
If the ICD markers weren't so dang expensive id be all over them.
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I have already promised that I will liquidate some of my other hobbies to buy paintball stuff. It kills me because I need everything all over again. Either I gave it away, sold it, or I'm too fat for it.







I keep talking about what guns I want, I have spreadsheets made of pros and cons and my fiancÚ is just looking at me watching the bank account drain away. I think even with me before mentioned promise that she understands it is going to be a long hobby.







I'm happy to hear that there is such a large following in this area. Hopefully it will keep me in the game a bit longer this time. A buddy and I are already starting to build a course in his field and we don't even have guns yet.







If the ICD markers weren't so dang expensive id be all over them.

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Old 02-02-2016, 11:03 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Here is all the gun list you need for used equipment,
Automag ~$100
Halo Loaded ~$40
3000 psi tank $70
Used Profilers ~$60

Under $250 and you can play with that for years, or until the bug bites you and you NEED a new gun. I am down to about 35 right now.
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Here is all the gun list you need for used equipment,
Automag ~$100
Halo Loaded ~$40
3000 psi tank $70
Used Profilers ~$60

Under $250 and you can play with that for years, or until the bug bites you and you NEED a new gun. I am down to about 35 right now.
OK so a couple questions for you.
#1 - Why electronic hoppers? Call me old school but grav feed just seems so much more dependable.

#2 - Is everyone moving over to HSI from CO2? What are the benefits?

#3 - What kind of upkeep do mags have excluding regular oil seals etc?

#4 - I know mags have valve levels, what are the benefits and what is the best budget valve to have?

Thanks man.
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