Proving Grounds, Catfish Lake (closed), Fort Knox, Fort Penix (friends woods)
Directions to the Field:
Wow, is this out in the boonies! The directions on their web site are pretty good. The road winds alot. The entrance looks like you are going to someone's farm. It is easy to miss.
I have had a second visit to the Paintball Barn and everyone is great. They have really kept the fields up, and are good at enforcing safety and fairnes. This would be a wonderful place for a first paintball experience. I even noticed that you can opt for a chest protector with your rental equipment.
1. The check in was flawless. The people were very nice.
2. The field fee was very reasonable-$15. I object to the field paint only policy, but I understand. The field paint was actually very good quality. It had the Paintball Barn name on it. It was made for them by Draax. There was no whitebox option or anything so it was $60 no matter what.
3. The rentals were all pretty beat up looking Custom 98's, but no one's marker quit working all day. A few of the rental masks were in pretty rough shape.
4. The pro shop was almost nonexistant. We didn't need assistance with markers all day so I can't say anything about their repair services.
5. There was food available. It was reasonably priced. We didn't take advantage of it though. They had G3 to drink and regular Gatorade which was nice instead of soft drinks that don't replace your electrolites.
6. The fields were pretty fun. a. The airball field was well conceived. It had three small X's at the 50. There was a good snake down the one side and enough bunkers between the start and the snake to allow you to get there. There were plenty of temples and doritos that you could easily move through the field. b. A Tile field-this was my personal favorite. It played much like the airball field, but again had a unique set up. There was a ring in the center with a stand up tile. Once you made it to the 50 you have plenty of options. The bunkers are a little sparse at the start, but they are far enough apart that you don't need to be worried about going out on the break. c. The fort field-this was my least favorite. The forts are basically 8 foot wooden fences. One is a complete square with entrances while the others are three sided. Once you are in them you basically can't shoot from them. There are no windows or ports to shoot from. You just have to shoot around the sides. During the game you go from fort to fort trying to find people. So it really plays more like woods ball with some marginally useful bunkers. d. The junk field-this field uses a truck, some cars, a small combine, a small planter, and some spools as bunkers. The "farm implements" are tricky to play since you can shoot under them. Some of the bunkers are at wierd angles. This seemed to be the favorite of most of the people.
7. All in all it was a great day of paintball. The referees really hustled over to make paint checks. They also managed the teams and the games to keep the games fair.
I would give the field a 10 if they had byop. But as it is, at least everyone uses the same paint and I guess this keeps things fair.
Last edited on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 10:29 am PST