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Renegade Razor Thursday, June 5th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: May 17th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
DFWAP, DFWPRO, Xdrenallin, Fun on the Run, many many more
Review: I am huge fan of Scenario PaintBall; I started playing paintball about two years ago. Outlaw Ball was my bread and butter. Every other weekend shooting my friends on some ones back 40. Then I had a Paintball Altering experience. I played in an organized, well thought out Scenario Game, encouraged buy a few guys I played Online Games with. I loved this so much I joined a “Scenario Team” and headed into the wild, fun, contentious world of Organized PaintBall Chaos.

Tactical Paintball has a lot going for it. Expansive and well built sets, yes I use the term Sets to imply Movie Style Sets. The owner operator John Harris and his team lead by Matt his field manager have put together a field that isn’t cut into different parts that you find on other fields. You cannot describe this as, Field 1 and then Field 2. Tactical Paintball has taken over 100 acres and made ONE field. On this field you will find two fully realized firebases. One to mimic old school Vietnam/WWII style bases complete with mortar pits, sandbags(though concrete is used in the bags for longevity purposes) bunkers and a tower in the middle complete with a flag pole for Ol’Glory to fly. The second looks like an exact duplicate of the Firebase found in the Starship Troopers movie (the good one) complete with an enclosed two tiered circular fence/wall for defenders to fire from. The interior also has a building bunker much like the movie. These two “Sets” would be more than enough for an average field, yet this is only icing on the cake. Between these two engaging Firebases you will find a Cargo Container City like you may never have played on or imagined. This city is massive, split down the middle by a road which typically has at least one UH1 Huey parked on it(the field owns two), is separated into a north and south combat zone, each side has its advantages and disadvantages. But both would be considered large on their own for most fields. Here at Tactical it becomes one massive city, complete with one tower and an over whelming amount of buildings to cover. There used to be two towers one on the north side of the road (still standing) and one on the south, which lost a battle with a tornado.

Now if this isn’t enough, which on most field would be, this Scenario Field also has a small lake, a village, a com-sat area which ohh by the way actually has a satellite dish, and a SAM Missile site. Each of these areas are ALL on the same field, and most Scenarios on this field are what the home teams call, Full Field Games, you guessed it a full 100+ acre game.

The Pro-shop is expertly staffed and run buy its manager Shannon. She stocks any and all Scenario equipment you will need. Her charm and grace make the Pro-shop both functional and entertaining.

One of the MOST UNIQUE aspects of this field is the relationship the field owner has developed with one individual and one team. Safety is ALWAYS paramount on this field, and I cannot really explain how serious they are. Accept to explain what I mean. First John has developed a friendship and working relationship with an outstanding ER doctor who (for every game I have played) volunteers his time at each event to cover all medical emergencies. Doc Rob as he is affectingly called labors tirelessly to make sure everyone is safe plays smart and understands the dangers associated with heat, stress and potential injuries on and off the field. Now if this wasn’t golden on its own John has also developed a friendship with a team of players who are all EMT’s or in the medical profession also. This team proves to be the go to group on the field, they respond to on field, in game issues with speed and dedication, backing up Doc Rob like the true professionals they are. This field and this attitude for safety, not only by the owner and his staff, but by the volunteers are unprecedented in my short paintball career.

A MASSIVE netting superstructure runs north to south separating game play from the free camping area, pro-shop, and the porta-potties. This netting is always in good repair and well taken care of. There are three insertion points on the field one at each end, north and south and one in the center where the chrono stations can be found. The field also has an out door stage where the staff will show “Theme” based films on the night before a game. Did I mention camping before a game is free and the camp site is massive?

Also if you are lucky enough to call yourself a Home Team, the field makes the effort to proved true military GP tents to the teams, now the teams must maintain them and are responsible for anything they put inside of them, I was witness to one tent that looked like a M.A.S.H. tent inside complete with cots and a wood burning fire place. Do not go here thinking your team will get these perks immediately, however dedication, and a good attitude goes along way with John and his staff.

The Field has both HPA and Co2, and is included in you entrée fee whether you play a full organized Scenario or walk on for a day of fun and shenanigans.

Tactical Paintball is a field paint ONLY business; they are not alone in this practice as most fields in Texas are migrating to this. I am not a fan of it but I will admit the paint they provide is well designed for their field. It has a great break and the shell was developed to handle the heat and tougher terrain.

Some of the draw backs are the bathrooms AKA porta-potties, I got my start playing at fields in the Dallas area and have been spoiled by running water and flushing toilets, not to mention a few of them have public showers. Now in Tacs defense the field it young and only this year celebrated its 3rd anniversary I believe.

Also on non-scenario weekends it can be hard to find a bite to eat, however there is a Subway and few other eateries within 5 miles.

The undergrowth can be a hindrance and a hazard. Loads if cactus, but remember where you are and you cannot escape your climate.

Over all I feel this one of the best fields in Texas when it comes to dedicated Military/Scenario game play, everyone should take the time to play at least one Scenario here and enjoy the field, staff and teams that call Tactical Paintball home.
 

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Reaper-Tactical Thursday, August 21st, 2008 | 7:15 pm PST
Suck up and brown noser. lol
   

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