i usually play woods but the only other feild i know of around here is col peppers and is sucks there are weeds everywhere and the guys a joke he doesnt know wut hes doing at all
for those of you who think operation paintball sucks because he runs it out of a bus this about this. its a little plot of land in the prairies whats he supposed to do build a house? no i guess not and also its not like he built the field himself he bought it i don't really think he can help how its set up of what it looks like! but there are some things i can agree with he does try and overcharge if you want to purchase a gun from him but so does col. peppers if you want to buy a gun i suggest the Internet. but also if you play paintball there a few times and he knows you he starts giving you better and better deals on paint and such and depending on how many balls you buy he will cut you some slack. not the best field out there but good enough but if you really want a rush go play some woods ball somewhere. if you read this and your from the area Elk water and Cypress have sum pretty killer spots in the woods just watch out for campers there bad news....trust me ha ha the only reason i give it an 8 is because it doesn't compare to woods ball
col peppers sucks balls. all it is, is little planks and nails put together to make a course. at operation paintball, it is the KING of playing fields. it's so well put together and plus the owner doesn't over charge like the little bugger at col. peppers. col. peppers looks like he is missing the salt at his playing field.
col. peppers is like playing paintball in totem. not only does it suck, the wood is rotting and isn't very challenging. he also over charges to pay for that big ugly singage that he got and the funny thing is, it only says col. peppers on one side and his stupid website doesnt even work. think twice about going here. operation paintball is the place to go if you want fun and cheaper rates. he even has a BBQ!
There aren’t any extremely close fields nearby—I don’t think. The closest would be Lethbridge or Calgary (that is if you want to call Calgary close). I think there is actually another field near Seven Persons, but I have yet to play there. It's only a rumor to me at this point.
I usually play bushball, but when we don’t have enough people to play out in the woods—I’ll go out into the field and play with some friends.
I’ve been there on several occasions; basically some guy in a robe with messy hair runs the place. You usually will have to call in advance to book an appointment, as he simply runs it out of his backyard.
You can stop by without an appointment; I know that after a wedding we stopped by there to look at the markers he has for sale, and also to buy some paint—and he was home at the time and welcomed us into the shop he has set up in his garage.
Basically, if you’re going to play out there—you’ll head out there with your party, then go into his garage, get suited up, he’ll brief you on the safety precautions of the field; unless of course he knows that you’re familiar with them.
From there you’ll head out into his backyard, he has three fields—one which is more of a urban setting, with plywood structures set up. It’s pretty large, and is probably one of the best fields.
The next field is a speedball field, exactly as you would expect—just a bunch of inflatable structures to hide behind pretty simple, nothing special.
The third is pretty much a bunch of garbage piled onto a field, he has some barriers set up which are steel to hide behind, and some tires too which have been thrown out into the field. Everything is set up fairly strategic, good for CTF games.
That being said, he really doesn’t keep up the maintance on some of the fields, the garbage-pile type of field is disgusting, as there are a bunch of giant weeds around the field, and no real fences to set up to set boundaries for the games, except in-between the different areas.
There are a lot of really tall thorny weeds which are native to this area which have began to sprout up around the field, I don’t know if perhaps he had fixed this problem as of this season, but last season I went out there it was awful—you would mostly end up getting thorns stuck on your pants and socks, it was definitely annoying.
Basically, it’s a new field, so it’s still growing—and that’s evident. As I believe he had just opened the speed-ball area a little while ago, apart from that I can’t really comment on the prices for anything, as I’ve never bought from there. I know that you’re better off to go to another store or arena in one of the larger cities, such as Lethbridge or Calgary to buy a marker.
My friend bought a Piranha from him, and he’s satisfied with it. I think he paid a fair price too, not to sharp. Basically it all depends on what you’re buying and on the price, he won’t try to rip you off (as you can tell by his prices) but there are no REAL bargains.
Of course, as suspected—you can buy CO2 and Paint from the field, as well as rent equipment. All of which you can rent from a small trailer he has set up on the field, which makes it convenient.
For the most part, his problem is with his lack of staff, and the upkeep of his fields. They’re all in fair condition, but perhaps he should set up some boundaries around the outsides of the fields, as I do believe there are only boundaries on the speed-ball field, as it is in-between the two others. Also as I said before, the thorny annoying weeds on the field can really ruin your day, but there not any where near the fields, just kind of on the out-skirts of them.
The owner is friendly too, usually his staff (who from what I understand, aren’t regular, and pretty much volunteer their time) are friendly as well, and helpful. If you’re near the Medicine Hat area, or around the outskirts, and you want to play speedball or paintball in a urban-type of setting, this is a good place to go.
But with so many nice bush areas near Medicine Hat, it’s better to just go buy some paint and go out with your friends over the weekend and play in the bush, as it’s A) cheaper and B) for the most part much more enjoyable.
Last edited on Monday, May 30th, 2005 at 5:45 pm PST
operation paintball, i havent actually played there but ive been there and seen it, it appears really slaped together and poorly ran from my very little experince there so dont neccacarily take my word for it.
Col Peppers is a great place to go if you going for a birthday, for work or if you are the player that just likes to go out and shoot people once in a blue moon. Or if you like a more fast paced game. Me personally dont go there to play very often because I prefer woods ball and like to sneek up on people, and my marker setup it is pretty long and can be harder for me to manouver in the tight places. I have also noticed that I can play a lot longer in a woods game and use way less paint, at col peppers I go through at least half a hopper every round, which only last 10 min max.
Operation Paintball and Brooks both have little or no safey staging area.First operation paintball isrun out of a bus lasttime i played there and the owner tried to gouge on paint and air refills Brooks is just a joke smelled like a cattle field at best and no saftey netting for the staging area
I have read all 6 reviews on Col Peppers and there all about the same thing the whining of 14 year old's.Playing for Two years dos't even come close to calling youself tournmet players and it's with the attitude shown to me that If any of u punks were on a paintball Team I ran u would be the first to go.None of u mentioned how u would help with the field or how nice the only one staff is considering he can't run it 24/7. Give him a break he's been open for at least two seasons and we already have people comparing to fields that have been open for longer or that have more staff. Next time I talk to the owner I'll mention how the all the rookie (if u can call them that) touney teams bashed his field complained of high prices,poor set up and called him a joke.I hope that all tourney teams with crapy attidues are banned and would have to play in lethbridge....I would not care one bit
Operation Paintball, This Guys a Good Guy, Lowers Paint Prices, Gets Our bussiness.
Horrible! Paints To Damn Expensive, Stored Poorly. Doesnt Break, Wrecks Equiptment.
Owners are a joke, 1 hippie that controls the funds. Other guy sits back and reels in the dough. When They first opened he tried to charge me 5$/ every fill I used.
Bunkers are poorly inflated, and pegged down. The grass is knee high, and yellow, cuase its never watered. OH wait, thats not grass, the weeds sorry. He charges outragous expensive prices for equiptment, and half the time it isnt even what you ordered.
One Simple Phrase... DONT PLAY HERE! Go To Lethbridge To Play at Paintball Outfitters, where they know how to run a field. or Indoor at Brooks.
When they first opened up, the owner asked my buddy, why he had batteries in his paintball feeder? :S
Does not have a proper fill station, looks like he made it himself, and only fills 2400 PSI majority of the time.
Wouldnt let me "rip" a pod of paint on the field, he snapped on me and said NO Shooting Paintballs on the field!! ... Dont you find that kind of odd? If he doesnt let you shoot paintballs on the field, where the hell can you shoot them?
Anyways, Lastly He averages out 7-8 cents a ball. Pathetic
Last edited on Sunday, February 5th, 2006 at 11:21 am PST
Operation Paintball, hey at least the owner here can admit he doesn't know anything, unlikes the Col. Peppers owner who likes to try and prove he knows nothing.
Anyone from Medicine Hat who plays ANY tourneys or ANY serious ball will tell you this place is a joooooke. high paint prices, bad fields, owned by a couple of guys who can't tech their rental pirahnas! They aren't in the buisness because they like paintball I doubt either of them have played more than a game in their lives. They just want money, and it shows. The paint is way overpriced, 120$ for a case of medium grade draxxus, which is poorly stored, doesn't break EVER and messes up gear. The first time I went there they woulden't allow me and my fellow team mates to call our barrel condoms... condoms, and I quote;
"We can't go around calling them condoms"
yo, I got 99 problems and not having a clue is one!
Sure they can cater to renters and kids who don't know shiiiit but talk to any of the tourney players from the Hat, Seatag Factory, Smoke, Virus
BAM boycott, no one who plays serious ball will play there, the field is a joke. The ower doesn't allow dry firing, any unsuperivsed play (even though his idea of refing is Ready? go! and nothing more) The "pro" shop has a nice range of blowback markers for high price tags sitting there all dressed up like ugly whores on new years, or fancy bait for fishing, waiting for a fat fish to come bite, its not an honest buisness, its not a good buisness, don't play there.
They have the only airball field in town and they have no idea how to set it up. They don't even have enough pegs to anchor all the bunkers down, so when you slide, try not to hit it too hard. I've seen the owner chasing blown away bunkers as they fly away in the wind... hopefully to a better field.
Col. Peppers is definately the only place to play in the area. Certain other fields simply do not compare.
They have 3 fields, all well maintained. The new air field in definately a treat, adding a much fast paced option to an otherwise simple area. The "Ghost Town" and "Junkyard" fields are well arranged, with only slight advantages in certain spots. All in all, it's a very fair, and well planned layout.
The staff, regardless of how new the field is, are definately experienced, and very professional. They can order in any item you may require, and obviously have the expertise to assist with, and repair most equipment.
Edit: Yes, admittedly the reffing kinda blows. At least have refs that have played paintball before, or at least know a few ground rules. Standing around watching people play on or get shot at point blank range does not constitute reffing, but it does make for a dangerous playing environment. True, you don't really need hardcore rules enforcement when it's a small group of friends playing, but when you throw others into the mix, it's best to have a trained ref that can step in and diffuse a situation before players are only playing to kill each other.
The paint prices have gone up this year, which isn't too big a deal, since field fees have dropped. Do the math though, and you're still paying more this way than before. You'd think with all the cash they're raking in, they'd be able to translate that into better equipment and fields. I hear they plan on opening an indoor facility, which I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND AGAINST. Yes, an indoor field would be great, but with refs as crappy as those, people are going to get killed in a close quarters indoor tourney environment. Nothing personal to Cory or his staff, but they have got to start putting money back into the field and gear. It's already showing it's age, and in paintball that could kill a business.
Overall, Col. Peppers has it's faults, but it is still the best field in the Medicine Hat Area. If you're not into travelling much, go play at Peppers, but once you've been to bigger fields, you'll see what I mean. Great, place, best around, but could use a lot of work.
Last edited on Sunday, May 1st, 2005 at 10:47 pm PST
Operation Paintball does not even compare to Col. Peppers. The setup is not nearly as good, and the staff is not even close to as informative and helpful. In fact, Cory (the owner) opened up the shop during rain that FLOODED Medicine Hat, just so we could come in and get some stuff worked out with our markers. We didn't end up going, but he was more than willing to give us a hand at a VERY inconvenient time.
Col. Peppers is currently running 3 great fields, which are a lot of fun to play on. The Airball field has recently been expanded, and is great fun. He's willing to get ANY items in stock, and at more than reasonable prices as well. While you are there, you are always shooting Draxxus paint, none of the cheap crap that a lot of fields will supply. His rentals always work fine (PMI Pirahnas), and I have never had a bad experience with any of that gear. The refs are good, and it is pretty much ensured that we will have a great time playing out there. Cory is always willing to give a helping hand to repair a broken marker, like he did with mine, even outside of a booked time frame. He didn't charge me or my friend for labour, and he even spent a full hour fiddling with my friend's 2k4 ProStock Autococker, just to get some parts working right, FREE OF CHARGE. It is reasons like these, and the fun we have that ensures it is the only field in the area we will ever give our business to. Mad props to Col. Peppers.
Opperation paintball- does not even come close to col. peppers. It only has one feild col peppers has 2 rec ball feilds plus a speed ball field for those tourney players out there. the people at col. peppers are nicer, more organized and have a lot more knowledge on the sport.
Col. peppers is a fairly new field but, has already surpassed any other feilds in the area. The people there are nice and also have knwoledge on the sport. There prices make col. peppers even better by matching and beating any other prices in town. The fields are set up great including the airball/ speedball field. The paint they use there is great too. It breaks on contact and not in your barrel. It flies straight aswell. The rentals for those of you who don't have your own equipment are great. Pirahna guns and Pmi masks.
This is a great field and i recomend anyone in the area to try it out.
Last edited on Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 at 7:16 pm PST