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grainpsilo Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: February 14th, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
I play with a group of individuals that play outlaw woodsball in old abandoned buildings in and around Kuwait City
Directions
to the Field:
It is right behind the Kuwait Towers behind the go carts track.
Review: This field is pretty bad in terms of speed ball fields in comparison to ones in the US. A majority of the positive reviews for this field are from individuals that have never played at a decent field.

Lets start with safety:

1) The field does not have a chronograph so the velocity of their rentals and markers that people bring to the field are never checked to ensure they are shooting at a safe speed for a small speed ball field. (I have begun to bring my chronograph in order to check the velocity of markers)

2) The googles they have for rentals are horrible.... old and in extremely bad condition. They are badly scratched and fog up horribly and the field does not sell anti-fog (nor do their technicians in the pro shop know what anti-fog spray is). So you will catch individuals removing their masks during active play in order to wipe their lenses. I have begun treating individuals lens for both teams prior to each game to ensure everyone would see and would not take off their masks.

3) The field is never cleaned so the ground is coated in layer upon layer of paintball residue. I was wearing cleats and I still slipped numerous times.

4) The field does not have smaller sized masks for younger players. I routinely play with kids under the age of ten wearing adult masks. They have to hold their masks in place because they kept sliding down their faces. I have seen young players get struck in the googles and have their masks fall off in mid play.

Price:

Make no mistake.... this will be the most expensive crappy paintball field you will ever play at.

The standard package of 500 paintballs with a gun/mask rental will run you $60 dollars. A bag of 500 Nelson brand paintballs (retail in the US for $35 for a case of 2000) will cost you 20+ dollars so that is over 4x the price of what you would pay for them in the US. I inquired about this to the owner and he says that they have to be shipped in from the US and the rent on the field is very expensive so that is why they cost so much. But I purchase my own paintballs (marblizers) by the pallet and have them shipped over via boat (takes 45 days) and it still costs me less then half of what he charges.

A gas fill (CO2) for a 12 oz tank is $3.50 and they do not offer HPA.

I personally bought my own 60 pound HPA tank and store it in my apartment for $30 dollars a fill (80 12oz tank fills) from a local scuba shop.

Overall condition:

The technical staff are completely clueless when it comes to working on or fixing markers. They improper fill the CO2 tanks (they do not bleed the tanks prior to filling them so the tanks are not completely filled) and the refs only speak arabic so for anyone that is not a fluent speaker it can be difficult to understand instructions and safety information.

I have spoke to the owner on a few occations addressing my concerns... mainly about the safety issues but it falls on deaf ears. I also addressed him on the benefits of using HPA instead of CO2 and now it would reduce wear and tear on his rentals (trying to appear to his business rationale) but he doesn't want to put the money into HPA when he already owns alot of CO2 tanks.



So basically it is a crappy overpriced dangerous field and the owner has no interest in improving it
 

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