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Pros- The only legal paintball field within 30 miles from where I live. Combat Zone usually has a good turn out of people on the weekends. My friends and I usually go Sundays and Sundays usually have about 40-50 people. We went one Saturday and there was about 60-70 people. Some weekends they have events, so expect almost 100 people.
Cons- The price for field entry use to be $15 dollars, which was fine for a decent paintball field, but they raised the entry fee to $20. For $20 on a under staffed and unprofessional field, I'd say its not worth the drive.
I have my own marker, but if you rent one, just watch out. My brother rented a Tippman 98 that had all sorts of different screws attaching the gun together. In addition, his hopper was falling off because of missings screws. He didn't care because it still shot fine so he didn't return it. Crono, ha, thats a hoot. They tell you to crono your gun, but no one cares. I've seen plenty of people come to the crono machine and shoot above 285 FPS and just walk in. I admit, I do it too. Whats point of cronoing your marker at 285 FPS while everyone is above 285 FPS, right? UPDATE: They still don't check when you crono.(4/13/08) Parking can become a pain if you show up late. Bring your own tent, no shade in the parking lot.
I don't play speedball too much, but the speed ball field is small. I say 40 yards length by 15 yards width at most. Airbag bunkers, dorritos,etc. UPDATE: The air bags look even in worst shape then they did before. Some were flat. (4/13/08)
The woodsball field is pretty cool, lots of cover, a few army trucks you can hide behind and on. Lots of gallon drums and satellite disc you can hide behind also. Lots of tree cover, so plenty of shade. Problems with the woodsball field is limited tactics. The key to winning is the take and hold a small mound/hill that basically gives firing range in most directions. The field, in a ways, leads to the middle, so most of the shooting takes place there. If you have any good tactics, pull it off on the very first game because after that its back to taking the mound/hill.
The ammo crate fields is fun to play on. There is 3 small separated ammo crate fields, but if you have enough people, 14+ and the ref is cool, you'll be able to play on all 3 at once. So it becomes a 100+ by 40 yard field. Nothing special about the field, just some stacks on ammo crates, some metal or plastic boxes, and some plastic walls.
There is the Lego field which I've only played on a few times, so can't recall the details on it.
There is the another field which is a circle. I've only played on that field once, so once can't recall too much details except that it was really bushy.
Combat Zone has a few more fields, but they rarely let you play on them.
Staff: UPDATE: Combat Zone hired a few more refs. If you want to start a game, just head over to the pro shop and get a ref.(4/13/08)
Pros-Some of the staff members are cool, they come and talk to you or your group. If you find yourself on a day where they have a event going or they are sponsering another paintball place (Foothill Paintball), you meet a lot of cool staff members that gives you tips, hints, etc.
Cons- Combat Zone is under staffed and unprofessional. My friends and I played on the woodsball field, it was 14 vs 15, and we only had one ref. So therefore lots of wiping and people kept going out of bounds. We also played on one other field. This field was the 3 small fields with lots of large metal ammo crates that makes up into one big field. Anyways, it was 10 vs 10 and we only had one ref, so once again, lots of wiping. I'm not just saying wiping to be a prick about Combat Zone, but when a guy wearing a wife-beater has a big green paint splat on his shoulder, runs behind a stack of ammo crates and comes with the green paint splat gone. Its kinda obvious some wiping took place. We watched a 4 vs 4 speedball game and there was 2 refs. They dont need 2 refs to watch a 4 vs 4 game on a 40 by 15 yard speedball field.
A few of the staff members, I think are there just to kill time. We were trying to get a 12 vs 12 game going. Players on both sides were waitng and picking sides, basically ready to play and the ref was just laying on the ground, waiting on who knows what. It wasn't just one game, but he did this almost every game that we played.
I don't know the guys name, but there is this skinny guy that works at the "pro shop". I went into the pro shop to buy some sodas and there was 4-5 other guys waiting on that skinny guy to pay for something. He was filling air on some tanks, so we waited for him. He clearly knew we were purchasing items, still we waited on him. All he had to do was stuck his head out the door to yell for some help and we would of been on our ways, but I ended up waiting 10 mins on this guy to finish what he was doing. The point is they are under staffed.
Combat Zone is a fun place to play if you just started playing paintball. It's also a good place to hang out with your friends and shoot eachother. If you plan to enchance your game, I would recommend going somewhere else. Honestly, Combat Zone can do a lot better if they had more customer service and spent more time developing the place.
Last edited on Monday, May 5th, 2008 at 1:39 pm PST
Not a bad review. The price for me is $5 for the entire day, including air, because Im on a team sponsored by the place. The staff there is pretty cool if you're cool to them. I dispute the last Cons paragraph because it simply doesn't depict how it usually is there. I went there every weekend when I was up @ CSU chico. They do paint checks for you and will wipe you if you have paint on you from a shell the broke on the bunker ans sprayed you, and will wipe you in between rounds. They are helpful and do the best they can with what people they have there.
Overall good review, just a few minor things that were one time things, and never happened when I was there.