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Tac-One Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: September 9th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Paintball Paradise (Indoor) ~ Superior to this field
Paintball Paradise (Outdoor) ~ Superior to this field
Canadian Paintball ~ Superior to this field
Alter Ego ~ Comparable to this field
Review: I visited this field once when it first opened. I was not impressed at all at that time as it seemed to be a "mickey-mouse" operation. Well. fast forward a couple of years and nothing has improved at all. You'd be better off playing outlaw then this "commercial field".

Location seems a bit odd as you are literally in the backyard of people not connected with the field. Oh well, as long as everyone is respectful it shouldn't be an issue.

The day we arrive (for a stag) the field could not fill our CO2 bottles as they HAD NO FILL STATION! The guy running it states that people with their own gear normally bring their own CO2? He then acts likes he's doing us a big favor by loaning us full tanks which he takes off his rental guns.

I get ready then ask where the chronograph is. NO CHRONOGRAPH!!! He suggests using the firing range, because I should be able to tell if my gun "sounds" hot.

There are no facilities at all, not even an outhouse. There were only a few benches to sit on, no tables or anywhere to put your gear. There was a firepit which they lit up their garbage in while we were still there ("mmmmm the smell of burning plastic").

The rental equipment looks atrocious and I literally saw multiple paintballs rolling out of people's barrels whenever they pointed them down. The orientation session includes a segment on how to manually recock the gun when it goes "unintentional auto". Paint was pretty expensive at $10 / 100 or $45 / 500. We paid the BYOP rate of $25.

The safety lecture was decent enough. No great complaints there.

They did have a ref out on the field, though I didn't have much interaction with him. Aside from blowing the whistle to start and end games, I never really saw him.

The field, while having some potential, is terrible and a safety nightmare. The field is situated over a creek and adjacent dry creek bed, with some old growth trees, and a hodge-podge of man-made bunkers, with a bit of elevation on one side. There are no bridges over the creek, so people try wading through unknown depths and unseen hazards. The dry creek bed is full of loose rock and should just be renamed "the ankle-snap zone". Throughout the field there are broken off branches, protruding nails, and other sharp items. While some bunkers are nice well constructed plywood units, others are partially wrecked pallets or pieces of material that don't even stop paintballs. The field is uneven in layout giving one starting point (the peninsula) an inherent advantage over the other. Overall it is a very small field for bushball, approximately football field size (if you are willing to cross the creek). Due to the terrain, backyard restrictions, and layout there is only one real way to exit the field and it is right smack in the middle of a hot zone of fire.

The games I participated in even seemed crappy and designed to elicit maximum profit with a maximum chance of injury. The best example is a 5 center flag, unlimited rejuvenation game. The 5 flags are hung in the middle of the dry creek bed, which means no cover and a run over broken rock. while being fired at incessantly. I eventually sat out after a "dead mans walk" smart-ass (remember the only way out is through a fire zone) shot me at close range with enough velocity to immediately draw blood.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this place at all cost! They show no interest in improving the field, their equipment, or their operating practices whatsoever.

RATED: 2
Last edited on Thursday, September 14th, 2006 at 3:16 pm PST
 

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