Top Gun - much bigger, much better
FBM (Old Bridge) - sad to say, but FBM was better
FBM (North Hanover) - better than here and FBM OB
On Target - Top notch, this doesn't even compare
Well, on vacation down the shore (or ďat the beach,Ē whichever you prefer), so I figured, why not give this place a try? Itís real easy to find, right on Route 9, just off the Parkway. Points for location, itís much closer to the Pt. Pleasant/Lavalette/Seaside area than Cousins or Top Gun.
So, like always, safety is the first thing I talk about in a review. This place was . . . not good. No briefing, no instruction on masks/barrel covers, the refs chilled on the field with their masks up while people shot, and they didnít enforce the use of barrel plugs/covers off the field. To top it off, you donít even have to sign a waiver, which is just asking for trouble. They did chrono all players and enforce the limit, which was good.
The field (not fields, thereís only one) would be considered speedball I guess, but all of the bunkers are either these concrete things, walls and hollow blocks and such, or corrugated pipe, so the configuration is pretty static. Itís not huge, but it isnít tiny; fine for small games, but Iíd imagine that with ten people it might get a little crowded. It was pretty wide open, especially in the middle, but there was plenty of cover around the edges. There is a little building just off the field, on the snake side, with large windows and netting in front, which affords a great place to watch ongoing games.
The price was pretty cheap as far as paintball goes. I think it was about $20 a person, which included about 200 paintballs (FPO, not sure of the price) and CO2 fills. Iím not sure about air fills. That may not sound like a lot of paintballs, but playing small games, especially with ten round tubes, it lasted and we had a couple hundred left over, and we were playing semi. If you play pump, you wonít have to pay a dime for paint. That price covers an hour on the field for your group. It seems like they donít mix groups of walk-ons unless the players request it.
The staff and refs were nice, despite not being on top of things. When (if) you go, make sure you go straight back to the paintball field to get set up to play, donít go to the main desk to pay or anything. Itís almost like the paintball field is a separate operation that the main managers pretty much leave to its own devices. So, the big picture is that itís fun, itís cheap, but you need to be safe and regulate yourself instead of relying on the refs to keep things safe. If you have a group that you can trust, itís great. If not, go somewhere else. 3/10 for the complete lack of safety measures.
Last edited on Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 at 8:45 pm PST
umm them cement things are from a septic tanks i wonder why have cemant anythings on any pb field? lol the place is not for pb players its for the kids runing around playiing mini golf / go carts and such it nice they offer pb to noobs
Last edited on Monday, March 19th, 2007 at 2:23 pm PST