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Xenocide_X Sunday, April 30th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: April 28th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
FSL
Special Forces
Air assault
Paintball Sam's
SYO
Paintball inc.
Northside
Review: I have taken trips to this field in the past. It was in fact the second place I ever played the game, and It was my first "woodsball" experience. The first time I went (in '99) I had never played outdoors. I could tell right away that the proprietor had an interest in keeping play fun and above all safe. The "Rules Speech" kept people tuned in with jokes and colorfull descriptions of what to and not to do. The Refs were knowledgeable and helpfull, and the fields were numerous and had a variety of terrains. A good time was had by all.

Unfortunately things have changed at The Combat Zone.
The fields have changed little over the years, but when they have it has been a dubious improvement. The latest "feature" added was a pair of mobile homes dragged onto the field. While this may seem at first to be an interesting dynamic to add to a woodsball game there are sever safety issues presented by the mobile homes. The homes themselves had fallen into disrepair long before they arrived at The Combat Zone, and once there the neglect turned them into injuries waiting to happen. The walls of the homes have holes punched in them, along with broken lexan windows and peeling trim. The peeling metal trim is sharp, and the shattered lexan windows litter the floor inviting cuts for anyone unlucky enough to stumble. The floor itself is covered in foot wide holes broken through the plywood of the structure. If you were say paying attention to the people shooting at you rather than the holes in the floor you could easily step into one of the many holes and break your leg. With all the broken lexan littering the area outside the Mobile Homes and the holes throughout these landmarks are simply unacceptably dangerous.
The insurance and liability concerns are mind boggling.

Some of our party were using Nitrogen tanks instead of co2, and while the field had Nitrogen available they were only able to fill to 1900psi. Those of us with Matrix family markers were able to get a hopper and 2 pods, while those with 'Mags were stuck around a hopper and a pod if they were lucky. Even in woodsball Nitro is becoming the propellant of choice, and it is unfortunate to get such a low fill level.

The final nail in the coffin is the paint. The combat zone was selling white box seconds for 100$, and would not allow you to bring your own paint. The paint was breaking every other ball in every gun, and nearly all of the bags had broken paint in them already. A cursory inspection found that all of the balls were at the very least misshapen, if not cracking at the seams or broken completely.
I understand that paint is the only way a paintball field can make money. Believe it or not I have no issue paying 100$ for a case of paint. But if I am going to be paying that much for paint I at least expect it leave my barrel intact. A case of White Box seconds can be purchased for 15$ or less in many cases. Paying 15$ for what we played with is unacceptable, much less 100$. The terrible paint managed to ruin the day for many of our party.

It seems as though The Combat Zone has fallen on hard times. The rising competition from newer, better equiped fields located closer to the cities appears to be taking its toll. What it comes down to is that at its current level, it is unsafe and no fun to play there. It makes me sad to say this, but I must recommend against playing at The Combat Zone. Unless something changes drastically, I have played my last game on their fields.
 

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