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SShadow Monday, August 17th, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: August 14th, 2009
Less than a month
Other Fields
in the Area:
to the Field:
The easiest way to get to it from Gladwin MI is from town center. North on M-18 toward Prudenville. Turn Left on West Emery and travel a little way, (a few miles at most) and it will be on your right, next to a go-cart track. Drive up to the registration building and Jim (owner and ref) will be glad to assist you.
Review: This was my first experience with the sport of paintball. Eleven teens/adults and myself descended upon the field for about three hours of some of the most intense fun I've had in a long time. I used some of the on-site equipment and it worked well and was easy to use.
The cost was $30 for use and equipment including complete marker equipment (a fully functional paintball gun w/gas tank and hopper), mask, and 500 rounds. Jim gave a full rundown of the rules of engagement and equipment use which I found helpful being a rank noob.
We were able to use the three fields in operation which were the "backfield" (my fav), "Palletstine" and "No-name City". Palletstine and No-name City are relatively open areas with artificial cover provided in the form of pallets and barrels and some custom constructions of wagons and numerous sheds with windows and doors. The backfield is mostly natural woods with natural bunker constructions and a brush maze. The crowning glory is a 4-8 ft high fort in a clearing with four towers at the corners for defense with a single opening on one side for access. Parts of the wall are low enough to shoot over from a standing position. We engaged in a couple rounds of "capture the flag" in Palletstine and No-name City, followed by two alternating invade the fort scenarios in the "backfield".
For my part, I took four hits which still feel a bit tender and lost my glasses somewhere in the "backfield" woods, but a good time was had by all and I would definitely return again to stalk the "deadliest game" when time and finances permit. Thanks Jim for an enjoyable evening.

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