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donalson Saturday, January 28th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: January 28th, 2006
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
-Panhandle paintball (this isn't even in the same league... make the drive elsewhere, anywhere)
-Tyndall AFB paintball field (requires military base access, primarily a family/rec oriented field... this is my home field but it's an all volunteer based field we don't pretend to be competition for something like DSG)

I went there today as a chaperone (SP?) w/ my church youth group...

You pull up and it's clean and well kept... lots of parking available... but you don't see much in the way of paintball.

Unload the car and head to the proshop, very nice size, couch to sit and watch paintball vids which are rocking on the TV, they had everything from PL imps, to the newest dm6, prices are reasonable for a field. You can walk in w/ nothing but the shirt on your back (er and hopefully your shorts on your bottom ;-) and a credit-card and walk away fully decked out ready to hit a tourney (unless you are fat like me in which case they don't have (or didn't) have pants large enough for me in stock DOH.

$15 for play... another $10 for all day air... 4500psi fills are a nice thing (er ok so it was down to about 4100 when I got there, was still over 3500 when I left at the end of the day) from what the ref told me they will be getting compressors soon for consistent 4500psi fills SWEET :twisted:

paint prices aren't to bad for a field and have good high quality stuff (draxxus woot), but this is a BYOP field for most events (unless you are using rentals) I'm a cheap guy so I'd prob use the BYOP option, but if you are going w/ out paint don't worry about them only selling Taiwanese crap paint that you've never heard of (and hopefully won't ever again after you shoot it) like some other local field to the panama city area.

as a party of about 20 the registration and rental gear and such was handled very well, very organized and they keep good track of who got what (not that it mattered to me personally)

after registration you walked around behind the "store" to a nice pavilion plenty of seating but it could use a few more tables to help you get ready for the day ahead IMHO... back here there are all the standard rules on huge boards and the typical "use your barrel plug you idiot" signs

after a little bit of time out here they have the meeting or whatever you want to call it, the head manager (owner?) went over all the rules in detail, he emphasized the head gear rules and the barrel plug rules more then a few times, he made some nice jokes about how bad his vision was and didn't want it to get any worse, or have anyone leave w/ even worse vision thanks to an opportunistic paintball flying while you managed to not bother having on your head gear at the proper time.

In short they are VERY strict about the head gear rule... the ref says put it on you put it on, he notices ANY violation before he says to take off the headgear you get your little name over the radio for the main office to write down... then sit out a few games, another infraction and you get to sit and enjoy that couch and TV I mentioned earlier until the rest of your party is done... YES we had a girl in our group that ended up doing this... they aren't kidding... and you know why I LIKE IT.

As a group you are given your refs at the beginning of the day, every ref I chatted with was friendly, curious, and helpful, they obviously all enjoy paintball and where eager to check out my "odd" guns (alien interceptor, Y framed mag, and the sterling pump).

first thing the refs did was go BACK over the rules really quickly... then it was out to the trail... head gear on and over the chrono station... once THEY chronoed your gun up you walked along the trail to your beginning rotation of fields... they have 7 or 8 fields, you play once, flip it, then move onto the next field, except today when they had 2x as many people as they had expected (according to the SDG forum today was a new record for them) so they (with the permission of the players) would play a few more times until the next field was available)... considering how many people there where things went very smoothly this way.

my critiques of the field... expect to do some walking, ideally setup your NESSASARY gear to be fairly moble... you hike a little bit (not really that far but good distance just to grab a drink or some paint) to get to the fields... thatís about it for the bad and thatís not an issue unless you aren't expecting it (like I wasn't doh)

After the games the refs are ready w/ rags in hand... and a spray bottle for those pesky goggle hits.

like I said before... this is how a field SHOULD be run IMHO... at least for the rec type field for the hardcore speedballers it might need some work in how things operate but they prob have something worked out around that also :)

If you've got a group of friends you want to take out for paintball the 1st time... this is DEF the place to go...

Iíll be back and Iím taking friends :)

Thanks DSG field we had a great time and you did an outstanding job.

I'm rating a 9 only because things can always improve somehow, Iíd love to see the airball up more frequently (and I hear thatís currently in the works :) maybe I should rate it a 10Ö

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