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Old 05-22-2004, 01:24 PM   #21
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i have a # carved out under the grip frame where the drop and frame connect
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Old 05-23-2004, 12:39 AM   #22
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pick up an action packer put your maker and paint into it and then close it with a few tye wraps or lock it shut with a bike chain.
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Old 05-31-2004, 01:32 PM   #23
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But with the keyfinder, if its clapper key finder, would it beep every time a marker was shot?
well you could stick it in a grip frame (if youre marker is mechanical,) or you could stick it in your hopper between games, or perhaps a barrel sock (if you are careful not to shoot it)

Take down any and all serial numbers, Bring multiple people. Make sure the refs (if they are nice trustable ones anyway) see your marker and you with it. Make it so everyone knows it is yours and keep it in a easily observable area. etc.
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Old 06-01-2004, 01:57 AM   #24
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i'd laugh if i saw a pb gun locked to a pole with a bike lock..heh
And i'd laugh when i saw some kid running off with a bunch of buddies holding your gun.
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Old 06-01-2004, 11:36 AM   #25
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Tips from Rich...

Ok campers, here are some good tips from Rich!! Some of the readers on my website like my tips, so here they are!

1. Be smart, don't leave a crook opportunity
2. Call the cops and alert people to the theft
3. See #1
4. Cash

Ok, to elaborate....
SAFETY OF EQUIPMENT
To make sure your stuff is safe, keep it locked whenever possible. Record your marker numbers or make a serial number on it if you have to, but those CAN be ground off, and a pro thief will recognize that and do that to cover his butt. Try and hide a serial number someplace they wont think to look (maybe on the feedneck screw in part or something). No ALL crooks are dumb. The ones that get away with theft are smart. More often than not, victims can be just as dumb as the crooks!

Write down the serial numbers, and keep it someplace safe you can get at and prove it is yours. Not only is this good for theft, but for fire, tornado, etc. If your marker is stolen, the police will want to know a serial number if possible.

As for insurance, I am an agent (WI), so I can maybe help there. A Paintball gun would fall under your "personal property" coverage, after your deductible. Because of high premiums, many people are going with a $500-$1000 deductible, but that doesnt mean you automatically have that. Some people have as low of deductibles as $100 in our agency. You don't WANT to file a claim. So, only do it if it is a serious finicial problem to you. You could see premium increases, or even get your home cancelled from insurance for too many claims! (another reason for high deductibles).

There are sometimes options to specifically list the marker (probably $20-$40 premium) to help get around the deductible and offer better coverages (like possibly breakage if you're lucky), but I don't know that is an option for everyone.

Personally, I purchased a "Head" brand tennis bag, that holds 2 rackets, and I put some padding in the case to protect the markers, and it holds both my main and backup with a 88cu tank very safely and easy to carry. However, this also makes it easy to walk off with, so I always keep it locked in my auto, unless there is a VERY small crowd at the field for the day, and I'm close to it all day.

Also, if you're ripped off, CALL THE POLICE!!! Their job is to handle crime, and if they do a poor job, at least let them be bad at it, don't just do nothing, and let a crook get away. They might recover your stuff with other stolen goods sometime later, and then they can return it to you and convict the criminals.

BUYING & SELLING EQUIPMENT
Most theft occurs when you don't expect it, but you can get scammed much more easily if you are not smart. This is a PARTICULAR place to be careful!

I received a mailing letter from another website that said this kid has his marker stolen, because he sold it on Ebay, and shipped it after receiving a personal check, not waiting 2 weeks for it to clear. The account was closed. So, he complained to a website. WRONG WAY TO DO IT!!! (it was a stolen checkbook, closed months ago)

First, you contact the sheriff department in the city you shipped it to RIGHT away. This is fraudulent behavior, and is ILLEGAL!!! Report it to the cops, let them check into it. I'm not sure, but if the equipment is more expensive, you can start to get even more serious penalties. Then, remember switchboard.com and reverse phone lookups (and even address if you play with it some). Anyway, it will help you find the police where you shipped it to, to try and catch the crooks.

When every you buy/sell equipment, remember that Cash is your friend as a seller, and your enemy as a buyer. Money Orders and Cashiers Checks work great, and they are not easy to scam with (as easy anyway). Make the guy come to the bank with you to deposit the check otherwise. They'll validate the account has the money right there for you. DON'T go down some dark alley with $1000 in cash or equipment, that is DUMB (refer to point #1 above!)

Also, Ebay is an easy place to scam people. Work with Ebay's suggested escrow service (only) if you have doubts.

BE SAFE
Last but not least, Hydrotest your tanks!! Who cares about a $1000 marker when someone gets their head bashed in by an exploding tank?!!! Whether you have CO2 or HPA, 3 years on carbon fiber tanks, and 5 years on steel tanks, it costs $20 bucks and you can keep using your tank. I can't stress the importance. Also, due to issues with CO2 tanks, it is good to mark the tank and brass valve with paint or nail polish so that if you accidently start to unscrew the tank assembly instead of the tank from the marker, you realize it and don't hurt anyone!!! Just think of a ballon airing out, and then think of doing that with steel at 3000 psi!! It is no joke!
If nothing else, click below!!!!
http://www.sounddive.com/Hydrotest.htm
http://www.wispage.com/paintball/viewtopic.php?t=309
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Old 06-01-2004, 11:50 AM   #26
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One other thing, is consider Employee Theft. Employees are much more likely to see you as a mark than other customers frequenting a business, and probably more likely to know the value of equipment.

As a story, my bro went golfing at a very nice resort in Florida. They got to hole #1, and realized that they ALL were missing their cheap Sand Wedges (the expensive one for a player was left). They had to "check" the bags to the course employees when they arrived.

When it was brought to the attention of the club house, they were basically told "tough $#***" and the club house became VERY defensive. At the time they were mad, and not prepared.

The BEST thing to do right then is get the good 'ole Red and Blues flashing at the course. You better believe that would get some attention. The crooks purposely stole the cheap clubs, knowing that the victims (my bro and friends) would not do anything about it over $20 clubs, but by stealing more expensive clubs, or more important clubs (like drivers) they would have gotten a more serious complaint.

Get the Cops whenever anything isn't right. Having a guy in a uniform with a badge and a gun changes everything, and it shows you won't take crap. If you get kicked off the field, call the cops from accross the road. They'll escort you back onto the property to resove an issue if there is a reason to.

That same stuff applies to Paintball 100%!!!!
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Old 06-01-2004, 05:51 PM   #27
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Just park your car/gear closest to the field as you can be, making sure EVERYONE can see your stuff is my biggest suggestion.

If someone walks into your subaru parked next to the field, takes out your 1300 dollar gun and walks away with it... I'd hope someone would notice.

I have a light gun, I simply plan on carrying it with me at all times =)

EDIT : HOLY CRAP My sig is old! I have a Revenge V2 now... o.O

I was also gonna say, don't carry a lot of stuff with you to the field, if its something you know you wont need, don't bring it!, bring tools to tune your gun, bring the gear for your gun, and than the paint.
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Old 06-16-2004, 12:29 AM   #28
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I simply lay my gun over a mine that only I know how to disable it

They steal it=lose body parts and suffer hefty consquence
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:02 PM   #29
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I simply lay my gun over a mine that only I know how to disable it

They steal it=lose body parts and suffer hefty consquence
and your gun would be totally ruined... There's way to much spam in this forum

Usually I just put all of my stuff in a gear bag; the only thing I have to worry about is people stealing paint, and I store mine in a locked bag my friend has.
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:18 PM   #30
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I am sorry for spamming. i was speaking out of my *** before I read the fourm rule. I am not going to do that again. But seriously I dont take my eye off my stuff the whole game. I keep the stuff that I cant keep my eye on in my car or have my girlfriend watch my stuff.

Last saturday I went to bethel park in VA and saw several people leaving their stuff around while they were playing or buying stuff from the supply depot. . And people cry when their stuff get stolen...
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Old 07-17-2004, 08:10 AM   #31
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Smile lock on a gear bag?

i dont really think it would help @ all to put a lock on your gear bag..... that would be stupid, sombody could just take the whole bag if hey wanted and open it at home....
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Old 07-17-2004, 09:05 AM   #32
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the mian thing to do is to just keep an eye on your stuff. it also helps if you are friends with some of the people who work at the field as long as you can trust them not to mess around with your gun. I like that idea about the film canister, thats very original.
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Old 07-17-2004, 08:02 PM   #33
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yea that film canister thing is the UBER cool.......haha
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Old 08-01-2004, 10:23 PM   #34
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If any1 needs some 1 to watch there stuff while there in a game im your man just call me up , and youll know yout baby will be safe with me...
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Old 08-02-2004, 10:34 AM   #35
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Add a device to the trigger frame.... Do you guys rember the movie BLADE?

Dude will never play paint ball EVER again.
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Old 08-06-2004, 06:39 AM   #36
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pistol case

Use a large hard pistol case they can fit 2 guns with barrels off and you can fit other stuff in there to get the pistol cases that lock
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Old 08-10-2004, 09:01 AM   #37
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Here is what I do.
Buy a crappy gun... lol
Seriously who would want to steal a black dragun?

Other then that I always keep my gun with me.

Why would you go to a paintball park and not have your gun with you at all times? So you could be target practice?

Hey phlanax13 you going to bethel this sat?
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Old 08-10-2004, 11:24 AM   #38
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No I played last saturday. I cant really play more than once a month... I have a kid to take care of. Beside we dont make that much to pay 50 dollar for 2 thousand balls and field fee more than once a month.

Most of all my girlfriend.... calls me bad and cruel names when I play at paint ball all day. Only once a month and thts still too much to her.

By the way people are that pathetic to steal crappy guns. Hell they even steal pods...
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Old 08-24-2004, 07:32 AM   #39
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Wooden Spools help out a lot when it comes to putting your guns and other things away. Look at the sides, there are usually holes you can put your stuff in. Also, leave your stuff by people that work at the field and aren't refs. Introduce yourself and ask if they'll watch your stuff, or atleast make sure your the only people that go near it.
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Old 10-10-2004, 07:20 PM   #40
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i got an idea why not just buy a DYE backpacker so you can keep your gun on your back at all times only bad thing is that dye isnt making them right now that seems to make a load of sense
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