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ssgtsmith7489 Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 30th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
None in this area, but there were some worse, some better.
Directions
to the Field:
Easy enough to find if you know the area, still easy if you don't.
Review: I have very mixed feelings about this field. Some people might not think my negative comments are actually worth mentioning, but I want people to know *exactly* what to expect when going to this field. I'll start from the beginning of my day and work through the end.

A few of my buddies and I decided to meet at this field for a day of play because it is only roughly ten minutes from my driveway, making the distance, what with the price of gasoline, very attractive. A few fellow players I know had patronized this field, and they had nothing bad to say about it, so I didn't worry much. Being they are only open on Sunday, we pulled in around 9:00 sunday morning, since we were told registration starts at nine. Their staging area/workshop/everything else is what appears to be an old warehouse, relatively small, about 60' x 20' x 15'. It is obviously quite old, and the smell of mold fills the air, and can be quite stinging until you spend a few minutes breathing it (which I am not sure is a very healthy thing, but nonetheless). The head ref/owner, Joe, is a very nice guy, and obviously knows just about everything there is to know about paintball, especially the equipment used. Upon arrival I chatted with him for a while, and must say that he is perhaps the most down-to-earth, laid back owner/ref I have ever met. We b/s'd for awhile, then he went with another ref to make sure the field was ready.

For almost an hour it was just my gang and the refs, all of them younger guys, and all still in high school or lower. They all were decked out in speedball attire, something I found odd given that this field was almost exclusively woodsball oriented. Being a hardcore woodsballer, I felt rather out of place in my camo fatigues, Special Ops Broadsword Vest, and tricked out Tippmann A-5A2 while amongst players sporting Empire uniforms and toting Ions, Cockers, and DM4s, but not a one offered a condescending remark, as some would at other courses I have played at. I can only offer two complaints regarding the staff, one being that they all smoked excessively, even the ones too young to purchase cigarettes of their own (The head ref supplied them), even while around very young players, which I thought did not set a very good example. The other being that the head ref talked about routinely packing as much as 60 oz. of CO2 into a 20 oz. tank, and that he filled players' CO2 tanks by hand, literally just holding the bottle, without using a scale or any other similar apparatus, and filled it until it felt heavy enough. This was obviously *very* unprofessional and quite dangerous, but when I commented he thought little of it. If this alone would anger or alarm you, as it did I, then you should either avoid this course, or come with your bottles pre-filled. That is really my only complaint.

On the positive side I can say many things. For starters the prices are decent: $10 entry fee, $10 for rental gear, $50 per case of Origin field paint, $25 per half case, and $15 per quarter case. They offer drinks, such as bottled water ($1), Gatorade ($1), and Energy drinks ($2). Included in your entry fee is free all day air refills, for both CO2 and HPA, which is very nice. Lunch is often provided, and is normally a home cooked concoction prepared and delivered by the owner's mother. I unfortunately was not around to eat lunch, but saw it arrive and it appeared quite tasty.

Another good thing is that they all are adamant sticklers to safety rules, which I was very pleased at. Masks are worn at all times around hot markers, which are all chronoed to 285 fps. As stated, Joe is quite a technical whiz when it comes to markers, and when my stubborn A-5 wouldn't go below 300 during chrono, he took it into the building, made a quick modification to one of the springs, and got it shooting a consistent 280-290 fps, even on CO2. He obviously knows his stuff, something that is somewhat of a rarity at most courses.

There field layout is a little cramped, but altogether very enjoyable. Their website describes their fields adequately, so I won't do so here, but suffice it to say that if you like woodsball *or* speedball, you won't be disappointed. The only complaint I have about the fields is that the airball field is *very* close quarters, being only about 50-70 feet long, being a little frustrating with their "20 feet rule", which is self-explanatory. No CQ bunkering to be had here. They even have a castle game, played around a fairly cool "mini" castle, composed of two wooden outer pillboxes, and a main fortification with high walls and a center pillbox. If you enjoy desperate defenses against sieges, then you will love their castle game. The only other thing that irked me a little is that while we were there, a decent sized speedball team showed up to play, and from then on play was pretty much exclusively speedball, which might annoy other hardcore woodsballers out there.

One final good point is that they have a fairly extensive "safety procedure" that takes place at the end of every game to ensure that all markers are safe. All the players, still masked, meet in the middle of the field, BBDs already in place, where they are told to place their markers on safe, pull the trigger, and then, once each marker is *individually* checked by a ref, they are placed on the ground, after which players are allowed to demask their heads. Sticklers to rules and safety, like myself, would be very pleased with this course, so long as you don't watch your bottle being filled. (also: they are very strict on keeping your mask securely in place, even while in the dead box, and don't even allow you to pull the mask an inch from your face to vent, something else I was very happy to see.)

My day here was unfortunately cut short, but I plan to go back sometime soon, as, despite some problems and lax adherence to some safety guidelines, this course is decent, and being only ten minutes away does not allow much room for complaints. So if you are interested in a good day of woodsball, at a fairly decent price, then check out Command Post, just bring your bottle pre-filled!

If you found this review helpful, then please leave a comment saying so, and if you didn't, then let me know what else you want to know, and I'll be glad to edit in an answer!
Last edited on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 at 2:19 pm PST
 

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