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caplucky Monday, March 22nd, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
None, except any random place we picked in the woods.
Review: I have been playing since the late 80's and this is the first actual field that was in the Erie area. The owner and his wife have a very well run field and shop. The shop is well stocked and has a pretty good selection of equipment, here's the great part about markers, if you buy a new marker from them it has a lifetime warranty at the shop. They carry used markers and equipment. Allthough some prices are a little high, some are a little low so it evens out.
On my first few visits the store was very busy but the owners seemed to know most of the players in there by name, which shows that they care about their players and customers. Another thing I noticed was the large number of younger players, which they encourage and it is probably helping create a whole new generation of paintball players. Note to all parents that are sending their children or thinking of sending them here to play: Pentagon is probably one of the safest fields I have been on, the owner and judges are very safety organized. You must always have a barrel plug on your gun when off the field or not in use, goggles are a must on the field and even in the chrono area ( which is meshed in completly ) also the chrono area is the other area where you can have your barrel plug off.
Allthough some players may not appreciate this, the only area besides the field where you can remove your barrel to clean it is the chrono area. Now some players may find it a pain, which I will say will take some gettin used to, but if I'm sending my child to play paint ball I would like him to be overly safe and not get shot in the staging area without a mask or goggles on. They could warn you all day, because I forgot a few times and so did some others but they were very good natured about it and kept up the reminders to put barrel plugs or goggles on.
Now to the fields, I stopped by one Sunday, which by the way Sundays are FREE. That's right Sundays 11:00-5:00 = no charge for field fee. Now a few weeks ago I stopped by and there were 57 players there. And it was a bad cold wet day, the next week we went to play and it was cold and very wet and very, very muddy with a turn out of 25-30 players. Sean the owner says they keep getting new players every week and more and more people are calling and stopping by deciding to get back into paintball or start for the first time. They have primarly speed ball courses in 3 sizes small, med, large, a fort field which is pretty thick wooded, and a thick wood field. I didn't play on the 3 man speedball or the woods field, but the other speed ball courses were very nice and the fort field could take some gettin used to. The small field seems great for the younger players, good cover but short length will hopefully teach them some good moving and firing techniques so all you curent players watch out in a few years. Sundays have pickup games that can run very fast and they keep the fields stocked with players, so you can get into a game very quickly or leave one after your done.
If you have any questions or just like to talk paintball Sean is glad to assist, and the store help is on hand for a few repairs I've seen them do on site for no charge. Again this shop is run like a mom&pops corner store, with everything you need and that personal touch that every customer wants.
They have a lot of plans on updating in the 2004 summer and hopfully it all happens. If you live in or around Erie get out to Pentagon and play, the rental fee is a value and again Sundays are free. Support this field so it stays around, for all you that play out in the woods or someplace else stop out here and try it out. You can't go wrong on a Sunday. I'm not affiliated with Pentagon at all even though I seem to be pushing them, myself and a lot of friends have just gotten back into paintball and want a good field to play that won't close it's doors because of lack of intrest.
Now there are some minor details to Pentagon I could find that take away from the perfect 10. Field paint isn't the best brand and the price is a tad high but add the free Sundays and it evens out. The other detail would be a couple of large open woods fields and a better fort but that is also very minor. Paint ball seems to be going through a resurgence in the summer of 2004, people are coming out of the woodwork to play or out of retirement to play again, so if you play paintball or have some interested friends get them out there to play. More players = more targets = more fun!!
 

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