Vendetta Paintball- About the same distance away from me. They dont really compare since one is speedball and one is woodsball...
Safety- Very big on this stuff, and although some rules seem kinda stupid and needless it prevents even the most obscure accidents. its hard to believe anything has ever happened here...
Fields- didn't play on many different fields, so cant really comment here
Hours of operation- whenever you want really, as long as you have a reservation.
Prices- Kinda expensive for rentals, and the paint was just outright crazy. paint was standard quality but spent more on that than on my gun... 100$ a case? insane.
Proshop- lol... doesn't even exist.
Refs- the ref we had was nice, seemed to understand that some of the regulations were a little extreme but didnt stop us from doing them... pretty laid back, and made our time great.
overall, i think it was a good time. a few downsides, but mostly fun. I was the only player in our group who owned a paintball gun, and 80% had never played. now we're talking about making it a regular occurence, and three more people have bought a marker.
First time playing , interesting when u first pull up to the place renegade like feel! great place for first time playing , very safety orientated , it has to be , paintball is no joke ! they show you pics of eyes blown out from paint balls . staff was great , great place for bachelor party had 8 groomsmen attack me up a hill! would recommend
We were going with a group of 15 people, I contacted them well in advance asking about some of their rules / regulations listed on their site. The email chain that followed horrified me as to their terrible customer service.
* DO NOT GO HERE UNLESS YOU ARE A BEGINNER / DO NOT OWN A MARKER
1st email from us to njpaintball:
Our group of friends is very interested in making your field(s) our new destination for our outtings. We do however have a few concerns based on information on your site.
*From the form that we must fill out when bringing our own markers.
1. Do we have to complete this form every time we go?
2. Question 12 states that you will take our markers until it is time to cronograph them? Can you provide additional information on this policy? Seems needless to assume responsibility of all our markers. When do we get them back?
3. Question 13 states that we must detach tanks from our markers before you will fill them. Does this apply to CO2 only or Nitro as well? Many members in our group have max-flow micro air systems where the tank in permanatly attached to the marker and can not be filled while detached.
You organization seems like a very good one but the above items concern me greatly as they discourage those of us that own equipment.
Thanks for your interest in our private club, however, obviously, WE ARE DEFINITELY NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO PLAY!!!!
We suggest you find an alternate playing site where you can do whatever you want, use whatever guns you want, and dictate whatever regulations you want.
After 22 years doing this, that's just not how we roll.
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Period of Field Use:
June 20th, 2005
About 4 years back I took my then 13 year old son to NJ Paintball Club with a group of other dads and their sons. It was pretty much the first time any of us had ever played. That day I remember the staff was fairly strict on all procedures and safety rules but overly strict with their ďgoggles onĒ policy. At the time I didnít quite understand why but the staff came across as serious and we made sure the boys abided by everything they told us. All we wanted to do was to have some fun and following the rules seemed a small price to pay. I also remember the end of the day when none of us wanted to leave and the boys kept begging for ďone more game in their village fieldĒ.
Being in the insurance business (my department collects and distributes national insurance results) I took the opportunity to research paintball injuries, how they happen, and who is most likely to get hurt. Although I wonít list all the information there are a few facts that ďeveryone should know if you plan to play this sportĒ. Please note these are national figures.
Fact number one: The occurrence of paintball eye injuries treated in emergency departments had risen from an estimated 550 in 1998 to over 1200 in 2000. This figure increased approximately 45% from 2000 to 2003.
Fact number two: The above injuries were seen predominately in boys who were playing on unsupervised fields.
Fact number three: Many of the above patients sustained visual impairment, with 43% having best vision at follow-up of 20/200 or worse.
Just recently most of the above dads, myself included, just booked our fourth outing with NJ Paintball Club. At the end of each outing we typically share war stories, compare bruises but most importantly we all walk away with both eyes. I donít know one father in our group that doesnít like this club. For us they canít be strict enough when it comes to wearing eye protection. If anyone reading this wants to risk their own eyes or worst yet their kidís eyes to some club that is not strict then be my guest and go ahead. One thingís for sure you wonít see me there.
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Period of Field Use:
May 20th, 2006
More than 5 years
Other Fields in the Area:
Paintball Depot- not as organized as NJ Paintball
Ruckus- too small compared to NJ Paintball
ABC-too small compared to NJ Paintball
Cousins NY- very similar to NJ Paintball
Skirmish- too big and chaotic compared to NJ Paintball
Top Gun- too unsafe, as well as too flat and too chaotic compared to NJ Paintball
ET- fields not as developed as NJ Paintball
First time I visited this place, but I've heard about it forever. Been wanting to play here forever. Since they don't accept walk-ons, I had to wait until I could tag along with some buddies from a Fire House. I have to say I was real impressed by the way this place is run. They sent us a checklist and a gun advisory (cause I was bringing my own paintball gun) and I have to say, everything they said in that paperwork was done to the letter.
I hit the gate just before 8am and the security guard waited till 8 on the dot to let me in. The refs watched like a hawk to make sure I had a barrel plug in my gun before I took it out of the car. They had me rack my gun in a secure area until it was time to chrono (I was actually happy about this regulation... after almost having had my eye shot out at Top Gun once by players shooting up the parking lot!). The chrono ref make sure each gun shot at 285 or below. Without exception. Not like some other places where you chrono on the honor system (yeah, right). Check in began promptly at 8:30, just like they said it would (although I did see some other group hanging around waiting cause they had lost players showing up late).
After a detailed (and I mean, they covered everything) orientation, and a quick lesson in the target range for newbies in our group, we hit the first playing field and kicked off our first game at 9:35. Not bad, compared to what I'm used to at other fields.
We played 6 games in the morning on two different fields... I actually ran out of paint and air in the last game. Again... not what I'm used to, playing so many games and burning through the paint.
By the way... paintballs here are around the same price as at Cousins, Depot, and Skirmish. The paint was Sterling, from England, which got good reviews in APG and shot good in my Mag. If you want to save money on paint, pay for it before you visit and save 10%. If you're used to playing BYOP fields... don't bother coming here... it's field paint only (like most places) and you'll just get sticker shock at the prices. But lets face it, some people can't afford to play a field like Skirmish, Cousins, or NJ Paintball. That's cool. As long as you're playing and having fun, go where you can afford to go. When you hit it big time, try out a more expensive field for the experience. The difference between a place like this and say ABC or Ruckus (both BYOP) is night and day.
House guns are Tippmann 98's. None of the newbies on my team had a problem with them. Helmet systems are JT... with some weird chemical they spray inside that cuts fogging big time (I bought a wiper- it works).
Speaking of goggles- this place is serious about safety. They drum it in your head relentlessly. They even make you wear goggles in the dead zones, which is a good thing, since the way they are situated, an occasional stray ball did fly in, not to mention splatter even penetrating the netting. Who wants paint in the eye?
What else? Airpass is $10 for all day, same as everywhere else. CO2 or Nitrous.
Staff seemed to be all older guys, like 40 maybe even 50. Even the women, though there was one hot chick reffing too. Again, not what I'm used to at some places where they have 15 year old kids trying to ref. These older dudes seemed to look like they could have done this in their sleep. Very confident. Very experienced. Maybe a retired tournament team or something. Like they were so used to it all they were almost falling asleep. I guess it is kind of boring watching newbies play. But I was having fun and getting lots of kills.
I'd like to play here again, definitely. The fields are killer. But I'll have to wait till somebody puts another group together. If you're planning something and looking for another player, contact me on the Forum. I'll be a ringer for your team! lol
Paintball Depot - just as safe, more fun
Ruckus - smaller, I like it better
ABC - not bad, not great
On Target - much better in every aspect
Top Gun - nicer, just as big
Fireball Mountain (Old Bridge) - much much worse
Fireball Mountain (North Hanover) - pretty good
Letís see, where to start? Iíve only played here once, and I guess itís worth mentioning that I donít intend to play here again. That being said, it isnít all bad.
Safety first. Two words: top notch. This field is on top of safety. They give a detailed safety orientation before you play, there are at least two refs with every group (mine had three, the number is based on group size), and they have zero tolerance for unsafe behavior. The refs are extremely careful, constantly reminding people about masks, barrel plugs/condoms, and safeties. And this is without anyone having violated any of the rules. They take a very proactive approach to preventing accidents, and this is very good.
There is a downside to all of this attention to safety. It is that the quality of play is actually hindered by some of the more extraneous regulations. For example, each field has a dead zone, or maybe 2 dead zones (one for each team) nearby. However, these are not sealed against paintballs, its orange construction fence rather than the usual safety netting. This means masks must remain on at all times. Ok, thatís perfectly reasonable. Also, markers, even when plugged, are not allowed in the dead zones. Now this doesnít make much sense, as masks are on and the zones arenít sealed anyway. When the game ends, everyone has to rack their markers outside the dead zone, and only when all markers are racked, plugged, and safetied can masks be removed. Ok, but this creates about 20 minute of waiting between games. Not cool. My group only played 9 games all day long. It would be much easier if they just sealed the dead zones like every other field and let players take their masks off while inside. Sure, make players leave their markers outside if they think people will accidentally shoot.
On to the fields themselves. My group only played on three over the course of the day, but they were nice fields. Varied and interesting terrain, seemed to be well maintained, a bit muddy after a few days or rain, but thatís understandable, happens everywhere. Dead zones at each end of most fields is good, but the fact that they arenít exactly ďdeadĒ kind of defeats the purpose.
Price can be described as pretty expensive. Entry all day with your own equipment is $20, an all-day air pass for one tank, CO2 or HPA, is $10. Paint is $103 per case, $90 if ordered in advance. Ouch. And itís not good paint either, itís cheap stuff.
I feel like I have to comment on the overall running of the field. For the most part their staff in friendly, but it just isnít an inviting place to play. Walk-ons arenít allowed. They open at 8 am. Not 7:50. Get there early and they turn you away. And they take a long, long time to get reading in the morning. We didnít get on the fields until almost 10:45. By the time everyone in my group arrived, about 30 people, it was about 8:30. Thatís 2 hours of just waiting around and finally checking in around 10. They donít like for people to bring their own markers, either. They take in from you when you get out of your car and you canít touch it until you chrono. So even though the safety is good and the fields are nice, I didnít have as much fun as I could have, mostly because this field just isnít as customer-friendly as it ought to be. 6/10.
NJ Paintball Club is designed for PRIVATE GROUPS.... they don't even accept walk ons! I discovered this field when they did accept walk-ons, back in 2001, and never forgot the awesome terrain and strict adult no-nonsence refs (who all look like they've been there since paintball was invented 20 plus years ago).
When I had to organize a Bachelor Party for my buddy a few years ago I decided that NJ Paintball would be the safest, most conveniently located, and most service oriented place to play. I wasn't mistaken! Those people up there are SERIOUS about safety and SERIOUS about making sure you get the most games in for your money. They run that place like a clock. On schedule. None of the late starts, mass confusion, and chaos I used to experience at other bigger fields. I've been back at least once a year for a bachlor party or a work related outing.
But, like I said, the big star at NJ Paintball is the terrain. This has got to be the best woodsball site in the NYC area. There isn't any sup air and there isn't any speedball... they do have an awesome village... but it's mostly awesome woods. Their website really shows it all.
One possible downside for players bringing their own paintball guns: they have no proshop and no gun tech. So you better be able to repair and chrono your own gun (however, there is a paintball shop only 2 miles away that you can drive to for repairs).
Only other thing to note: they have like ZERO TOLERANCE for goggle violations. They give you PLENTY of warnings before play begins. Like a full 30% of their waiver is just the goggle rules in big letters! And as a goof I counted how many times they told us to keep our goggles on during the morning orientation... 27 times. Naturally we had a jerk in the bachelor party who lifted his mask as soon as he was hit... but because the rest of us started yelling at him to put his goggles on, the ref was cool about it and gave him a second chance. It seems like if you and your friends are willing to cooperate and help the ref enforce the goggle rules, the ref will work with you in the event of a minor infraction. But I've seen other players ejected in a heartbeat if they pop an attitude or continue to lift their goggles. That's cool. I don't want to see any of my friends carted off in an ambulance with an eye missing. I'd rather have a ref who was on top of it than a ref who didn't give a crap.
I don't want to say any more than the ref/owner kicked 2 of our players out for the entire day after the very first game for removing their masks. Both players were first timers and yeah the refs went over the mask rule a million times but how can you justify basically charging someone 80 bucks to sit in the parking lot all day while the rest of the group plays on. First timers are not used to the mask rule, and even if you tell them many times, they will forget during that first game when the excitement, and nerves will probably make them forget the rules. The 2 players told me they didn't even remove the masks, 1 was adjusting their mask and 1 fell off because of her pony tail but the one ref was not forgiving at all. Anyway, its a shame because despite the kicking out of our players we had a good time but because of their policy on customer service I know of 24 people that will make the extra hour drive to Skirmish the next time we want a private field.
You can go to this place if you want to: ruin your bachelor parties, birthday parties, corporate outgoing, or waste 80$.
Seriously, would you like to be expelling from the field in the beginning of the first game to the rest of the day? How would you like if you best body get kicked out for the rest of the day? You may experience this felling if you try to adjust your mask on the field. I am not talking about taking it of completely. Just try to arrange it a little bit in front of the ref. I guarantee you will be out to the rest of the day. As one of the refs says, ď We are here not to insure you guys have a fun but to insure your mask is onĒ.
The actual fields are OK but nothing special. You can find similar almost anywhere. Paint is cheap and expensive. There is no food. You have to bring it with you. If you will use your gun make sure it is working 100%. You wonít be able to adjusted or tune it at this place. This is the worst place I was ever played.
Ruckus- NJPC has much better woods fields. Ruckus however allows BYOP if you have your own gear, and even without BYOP they stock very good paint. But NJPC fields are much larger and more interesting in general.
ABC- Not much of a comparison here. Only good thing WAS ABC used to be BYOP, but not anymore from what someone told me the other day...
NJPC has great woods fields, much better than Cousins,Top Gun, FireballMt., PBDepot, or Liberty. That is saying a lot.
Staff is strict but generally very good and they will ref the game as you hope refs would, that is they rove around and watch for hits or questionable situations.
No walk-on games is a real real drag.
Paint isn't cheap, and should be better grade for the price.
The field are what maek this field a great place to play ball, that and the very good safety standards.