Well, whoever reviewed this before me probably hasnt played paintball ever before in their life. This arena sucked so bad. Out of the first 3 rounds i played one full and two quarter rounds because the rental guns were horrible, and the balls were the cheapest peices of crap I've ever played with.
I've never chopped as many balls in my life as I did in one round at this course. And in the first 4 rounds I went through 3 rental guns before I was given one that worked and didnt chop balls every three shots. (and I'm not joking, i got a new gun, and three shots later my gun turned into a flame thrower). (also, some paintballs fell out of my hopper and fell about 4 feet to the ground and actually burst... these balls are terrible).
Now, as far as safety goes. This place really needs help. All their guns speeds can be adjusted just by turning a knob on the end of the guns. On top of that, guns speed are "tested" based on the sound the gun makes... That's right, you don't even get the guns speed actually tested. You get a "well, it sounds good". Also, the owner during one round (during the briefing) told us to take our masks off "so they don't fog" and no one had gun plugs in and people were actually just shooting off into the forest... not good.
The fields are pretty much all the same: Forest with wooden bunkers. only difference is one of the fields had alot of boggy area and a huge hill. So no matter what field you play, its still the same.
The organization of the field was terrible too. In between rounds there would be a down time of 20-30 minutes. And on a cold day, this is really crappy. So you'd play for 10-15 minutes. then the round would end or you'd die, either or, and you'd go back to the base camp for half an hour and sit around. Then when you got onto the field, it was another 10 or so minutes while people got set up. (Adding to this was the problem of haveing to have your gun cleaned every round because you would chop so many balls.
Oh and hope you have a freeking 4X4 vehicle if you want to get into this place... Because the drive way isnt really a drive way as its more of a dirt foot path.
Only good thing about this place is that the staff is really friendly and outgoing, if a little lax on the safety.
So, had this arena been my first paintballing experience, I can honestly say I would never have played paintball again. And this arena becomes worse if you have any experience at all mostly because I was afraid because the guns werent tested and anyone could just twist the back of their gun and put it up to like 400 fps. (one of my friends.. like an idiot turned his gun way up probably around 350... and no one knew because the refs dont really care or look for it.)
Needless to say, I'll never go here ever again.
Last edited on Sunday, October 31st, 2004 at 5:35 pm PST
Shoot to Splatter is under new management and these problems have been looked after. We now have new rental equipment and an HPA system. The driveway has had a load of gravel put on, and safety is of a top concern. All walk-on markers are chronographed before play. We hope you will give the new "Shoot to Splatter" a shot!
ok i went their at least 10 times before the new management and it wasn't nearly as bad as you make it out to be we had a blast and they made my friends and I chrony your guns and the rentals wernt that bad you just had a bad day i guss
I dont know how it is now under new managment, but under the old managment I had the exact same experience. I have never seen such an unsafe feild. Even though they say they have new managment and that its safer now, i still would never return there.