Have I mentioned I'm kinda old school? Back when I got hooked on paintball Automags and Autocockers ruled the paintball world. Autocockers were always a mystery to me. Everything I know about them I pretty much learned by mistake. I've always considered them cantankerous and ornery but I always had a few hanging on the pro-shop wall and in pieces on my work bench just on the off chance Bud Orr paid a visit (yeah, right!!).
Oct 31, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
Inside the proshop at T-Square Paintball this morning!
Oct 29, 2009
It's a good opportunity for a quick lesson in team work. "Get your team mates to flank him and flush him out," I yell back. But it seldom sinks in. The frustrated player spends the next few minutes pounding paint against a tree or spool or brush pile while giving me dirty looks every five or six shots.
"Stupid rule. You probably do this so we will shoot more paint," they will further complain as if I'm the one reaching out with some invisible force to pull their trigger. Some players just don't want to be protected. To heck with them. It's the other players I care about . I'm protecting them from some players.
Oct 28, 2009
Date: October 28, 2009
Baldwin Park, CA USA
SPYDER .50 CAL PRODUCTS REVEALED
Kingman Group has posted the first round of Spyder .50 Caliber paintball products to their website at www.spyder50.com. The initial products released under Spyder .50 Cal. will consist of a Mil-Sim Rifle & Pistol, Competition Electronic & Semi-Auto Markers, a lightweight Goggle, Electronic Loader and Spyder .50 Caliber paintballs. This unique Spyder .50 Cal. brand will feature a full line of paintball products that are operational on .50 Caliber size paintballs.
*Twentieth Law of Paintball
Oct 27, 2009
The latest T2 Paintblog follower is "The Girlfriend." Thanks for signing on.
Oct 26, 2009
To continue with my series on The Girls of Paintball I scored a great interview with Benedicte Rønneberg, Captain of the all girl team, "Poison Ivy." Benedicte and her crew just returned to Norway after competing in The World Cup in Florida and was gracious enough to take time out from her busy schedule.
How did you all get started in paintball and how did you get together as a team?
August 2005 my brother asked me if I had some friends who wanted to help out at a tournament in Norway. We needed some extra cash and was more then willing to help out.
At the end of the weekend some of us were asked if we could step in on a team in 3rd division (which was the lowest division on this tournament) and my brother convinced us to do it. My brother had been playing for some time and was always nagging on me to try. After we played, Kim from SniperPaintball came over to us and asked all of us if we wanted to start a girl team. And we did, and here we are!
We started out with 11 girls practicing 3-4 times a week! Some girls fell off, maybe because they didn’t fall in love with the game like we did. We are four girls left from that original group (Silje, Linn, Pia and myself), during these four years we have had some other girls on the team that have either quit or gone to other teams. The youngest on Poison Ivy, Marit is the little sister of a friend of ours and Marie started playing for us at the Malaga event in 2009. And we will have some new girl’s on the team for the next season.
What's the best part about playing for Poison Ivy?
Well there is so much! But I love the fact that we have so much fun, no matter where we are in the world!
Do you have a home field? Tell us about it.
Our home field is at SniperPaintball. Both inside and outside. During the winter there is soooo much snow in Norway so we have to practice inside with reball. And in the summer we have this great place 45 min from where we live. It’s really great to have the possibility to practice all year. And SniperPaintball really helps us out with everything!
We play the Millennium Series in Europe so we have been around, England, France, Germany, Spain. And we play in different parts of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. This year we went to World Cup in Orlando, which was great! So we are really hoping to go back there next year.
Is there anything you might want to say to young women thinking about playing paintball?
Do it!! Yes, it hurts sometimes, but that’s nothing compared to how much fun it is! And a big plus is that we only play against boy’s/men and that is a good enough reason for me! Hehe..
I asked the last person I interviewed, "What should I ask the next person I interview?" Taylor Cormier asks, "You should ask your next interview victim if, when they got their start playing, if they were socially accepted, and/or supported by their friends and families. And if that effected playing progress."
Well, for Taylor’s question;
When we started playing we didn’t get a lot of support, not from our friends or families. I don’t think they believed us. They didn’t think that this was something that would last. I believe most of our friends thought it was a joke. My parents didn’t approve of it and they still don’t like that I play paintball. But I think that made us want it even more! And we practiced almost every day of the week to begin with. We wanted to prove to everyone that we could do this and that Poison Ivy was here to stay.
We got a lot of support from different people within the paintball community. And we had some great trainers, Christopher and Lars who have played for Drammen Solid and Oslo Menace and one amazing guy that really got us started with this, Mads. We love you! Thank you for making Poison Ivy possible.
What would you like me to ask the next person I interview?
I would like to ask this person, assuming this is a girl, what they feel is the biggest challenge about being a girl team in paintball, and how they deal with it ?
Thank you, Benedicte. And hey, everyone needs to stop by Poison Ivy's Facebook page and check out the pictures of some of the great places this team has been.
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 24, 2009
From February 5, 2005
The original "Mean and Grumpy" post!
i do need a vacation. i've been a bit short tempered lately. with success comes more - more good, more bad, more stress, more fun.
let me tell you what makes me mean and grumpy.
i won't sell crap in my pro-shop. there is enough inferior, not worth the price of the plastic, paintball junk out there already. i sell equipment that i spend money and time on testing. when someone comes in my shop cussing at a marker i sold them that has been abused, misused, trashed out with cheap paint or doesn't work because "their friend lost some parts" i get mean and grumpy.
people getting ripped off on the internet (EBay!!!) makes me mean and grumpy. the dilemma... do i get mean and grumpy with the person who let themselves get ripped off or do i get mean and grumpy with the faceless seller behind the computer screen? usually i get mean and grumpy with myself (and take it out on my daughter behind the counter). i blame myself for not being able to convince everyone that "the buyer should beware"!
Oct 23, 2009
It's going to happen. There is no way we can stop it. Whether you choose to turn a blind eye or call the cops is up to you. I for one have a standing policy in my local area. I offer a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone out to give our sport a bad name.
Trick? Or treat?
Oct 22, 2009
I have a few friends over on Facebook on the "I Have a Paintball Profile Pic" group page. I've invited them over here to vote on their favorite profile picture. Jump in and join them. It will be a regular Thursday thing.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Oct 21, 2009
Sorry, I got a bit busy this morning.
So what does the most expensive production model paintball gun have to say for itself?
Oct 20, 2009
It doesn't show real clear in the picture but the slime and discoloration is old paint. It had the consistency of molasses and had everything glued together. After prying the body apart I had to pry the connecting rod out and pull the front bolt off the power tube.
Oct 19, 2009
Press release from Tippmann
Dear Tippmann Dealer:
Later today we are officially releasing some exciting news about an Electro-Pneumatic Marker from Tippmann with a new spool valve design. We are officially launching this marker on Wednesday, October 2 at 1 pm CST.
As I mentioned here Tomcat was hot on the rumor.
I'll get a sneak peak early on Wednesday!
It use to bug me when tanks came in to be filled and were covered in camo tape. Now it just annoys me. Don't cover the inspection date. It's no big deal if you cover the rest of your tank - as long as you're not hiding some major flaw. I don't care for filling bombs.
Oct 18, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
From February 27, 2008
Good afternoon. T-Square Paintball.
Yes. Hello. What time do you close?
We close at 6pm.
Oh. Okay. How late can I bring a tank in to be filled?
Okay. See ya later.
Oct 16, 2009
(And yes, I have seen all of these used)
.*Twelfth Law of Paintball
Oct 15, 2009
Ok, so I have a few friends over on Facebook on the "I Have a Paintball Profile Pic" group page. I've invited them over here to vote on their favorite profile picture. Jump in and join them. It will be a regular Thursday thing.
Oct 14, 2009
Thanks to my latest follower - "Scandalowso." Drop
down to the lower left corner and join the crowd.
Oct 13, 2009
I received a sales flyer today. Seven pages of paintball clothing. I'm curious about who buys this stuff. Seven different jersey designs. Four different pants designs. The gloves are nice - those knuckle shots hurt - prices ranging from $13.97 to $27.97. But T-shirts? Hats? Hoodies? I've never been one to wear branded clothing. I can hear my mean and grumpy Dad in my head. "They don't pay me to walk around advertising their stuff!"
Oct 12, 2009
Here's TechPB's attempt to do player interviews during an X-Ball game:
A while ago I started a series of blog interviews aimed at bringing more females into the great sport of paintball. I haven't done one in awhile but I'm sure you will agree, this one makes up for the long wait. Meet Taylor Cormier - a 21 year old sports medicine student from North Reading Massachusetts, and a paintball player.
What got you started playing?
Oct 11, 2009
I don't like to be wrong. It's hard to keep up with everything. I told a player on the phone that I didn't think the new (Tippmann) U.S. Army Salvo was available yet. I'm not sure if he reads this blog. I don't have them in stock but they are available here - U.S. Army Salvo.
Oct 10, 2009
From October 25, 2005
It's hunting season...