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Ryan228 Saturday, June 24th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: June 24th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Other Fields
in the Area:
None in this area.
SWAT Paintball - Ocean Springs, Mississippi - More pro influenced although MTP is as well. Gerwin from Team Diesel owns it and pros often play there.
Directions
to the Field:
Get on Kedron road from I-65 and go about 1.8 miles down and you'll see the white sign on the side of the road. Follow the dirt road and "drive slow". You should find the grass parking lot at the end of the road.
Review: Safety: A lot of people complain about their safety rules, but they are no different from ones you see at most other fields. Barrel condoms must be on at all times unless you are first in line to chrono or the ref gives the 10-second mark. Goggles on when you pass any netting into the fields. No taking off air tanks due to previous incidents. 10 foot rule, and don't shoot people in the back of the head if you sneak behind them. I personally didn't mind the rules at all. I'd rather get slightly annoyed than have more news about someone getting majorly injured playing paintball. It started raining at about 2 and Bill let us play one woodsball game, but no one could see because everyone was getting fogged. After that, the lightning got pretty bad so he made us stop playing. I think I saw someone complain about this previously... and.. wow.. you probably DON'T want to be holding that lightning rod in a storm. So, that didn't really bother me, but we ended up leaving shortly after since it didn't seem like it was going to stop.

Fields: What I saw was 1 Hyperball field which was nicely set up, 1 Airball field which was okay, and 3 woodsball fields that I didn't really get to play on. Overall, there wasn't anything bad about the fields or the setups in my opinion.

Hours: Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., Sunday - Noon - 5:00 P.M.
I think they are also opening on Wednesdays now and also they are starting Friday Night Fight next week from 4PM - 9PM.

Prices: Not bad at all. $20 gets you all day play and air, and a full rental setup if you need it. They have Tippy98s, cheap Scott goggles, and a 3 pod recball pack with their rental package. The paint was $45 for one case and it was Diablo Heat.

Services: My Promaster hasn't arrived yet, so I ended up having to use the rental. It had a leak and kept de-cocking every 2 shots. They switched it out for a new one, but they were all pretty beat up. Air filling didn't take too long.

Proshop: First thing I asked when I got there was if there was a Proshop. The little shack that you register/pay at is the proshop, but they had very little equipment. Bill said he ordered a bunch of stuff in December, but still hasn't received it yet.

Staff: Bill, the owner, seemed nice and helpful even though I didn't really talk to him much. Someone mentioned that he tried to "control" the games too much, but I didn't experience that at all. He did make one guy who was playing with us sit because he was using a Timmy. They try to keep the pros/rec ballers seperated sometimes.. which is a good thing in my opinion. But then I noticed the guy who took his spot was also using a Dragon Timmy.. so I was like "wtf?", but whatever. heh

Refs: Yes, they are little kids, but they seemed to do okay. They checked players on request and made sure everyone knew you were eliminated so you didn't get bonus balled. They were always ready when people were ready to play.

Players: Most of the players I met seemed nice, but of course there were the group of pro players who thought they were the s**t, but the friend that was with me took out four of them with a tippy on the airball field and it was his first game. That was a good laugh. :-)

Food: They order "Hunt Brothers Pizza" from the little gas station down the road at lunch time. I think it's like $7.50 for the pizza at the store, but Bill charged $9. Not too bad since he's delivering it anyway.


Overall, it was a pretty good field IMO. Unless you are a super-picky tourny player who expects the best out of everything, then you'll probably like it. Once a whole bunch of people were ready to play, a ref was there to start the game. I liked the flow of things. It's BYOP too unless you use the rentals. The paint they sell isn't that bad though. There is some good competition there if you're a pro. And if you're newb, don't worry about it because Bill and the refs split up the teams to make them as even as possible skill wise.

9/10
Last edited on Saturday, June 24th, 2006 at 5:00 pm PST
 

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