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May 31, 2009

Sunday Paintball Funnies...

You might be a paintball geek if:

you have named your gun.

you have ever slept with your gun or other gear.

you commonly wear paintball clothing in public.

your gun/marker is worth more than your car/bike.

all the trees in your backyard have paint splats on them.

And finally, you might be a paintball geek if:

you ever took someone paintballing on a first date.


May 30, 2009

Saturday Paintball Reruns...

from September 08: "Another Tin Hat Award"

"Player. Why did you shoot my ref?"

"I was trying to get his attention."

"Why didn't you just yell at him?"

"I didn't want to give away my position."

Here's your hat.


May 29, 2009

They obviously did not ask what I think about the "military" look...

Press release from Tippmann:

Last week Tippmann launched the TPX; next week U.S. Army Paintball has something new. Just to peak your interest, this new marker is:

Customizable, upgradable and affordable

Durable, reliable and of course, made by Tippmann

What the scenario player wanted and what you and other dealers wanted even more

Here are just a few of the comments from some of our testers of the exciting new marker…

This marker is going to turn some heads.

I believe this marker is taking customization to the next level.

With the huge popularity of Military First Person Shooters like Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare and Ghost Recon, this is the look players have been waiting for.

That looks AMAZING! A lower-priced marker that can be modded almost limitlessly? I can’t imagine why Tippmann won’t sell a million of them!

Wow! Another head-turner so quickly. Visually very impressive. A great way to draw new players in, or encourage people to expand their marker collection.

I look forward to sharing this release with you on Monday.


From left field...

Someone found this site by googling "if you don't like paintball you're gay - death paintball league"



May 28, 2009

Rumor control...

I commented on the new Impulse rumor here. Just got a pic today.
Pressure balanced poppet valve allowing 1700 to 1800 shots from a 4500 psi 68ci system
Dual regulation allowing extremely low bolt force and eliminating kick
Air buffered firing piston shoots smoother with less vibration
Ultra-compact in-grip regulators reduce forward weight for improved balance
Hose-free design eliminating common leak points
Rechargeable lithium polymer battery powering the Impulse through approximately 100,000 shots per charge
Hinged Vision eye covers open without tools for cleaning and aren't easily lost because they stay attached to the marker
Volume chamber fore-grip eliminates shoot-down
Modular body design allowing for fast repairs and mix-and-match color styling
Freak compatible barrel system accepts bore inserts for changing paint sizes
Trigger based programming with modes for all major leagues and scenario use
Q-Lock feedneck quickly clamps and adjusts to all high performance hoppers

Suggested retail - $999.00


A promise made is a debt unpaid...

Recently got another one of those over the shoulder, “Well you just missed out on a bunch of money!” comments.

Guy called to book a group during the week. Normally the field in not open on week days because my refs are in school. I told him if he could guarantee 12 or more players that I would make an exception. To emphasis the point I told him I do not go on the field with less than 12.

Well, you guessed it. He showed up late with four others. I could have taken them out – despite what you might hear I still get out on the field to ref now and then. The problem I have is that I haven’t worked for minimum wage in over FORTY YEARS and I don't plan to any time soon!

This guys idea of “a bunch of money” would have just covered expenses leaving me with enough to go buy a Happy Meal. Sure, maybe the five of them planned to buy a case each and buy a couple of guns and tip me a hundred dollars.

Yeah, right! The man already broke a promise. In my experience it's all down hill from there.


May 27, 2009


So, what are they up to now?


May 26, 2009

Heads up?

The Mythbusters, in their own unique fashion, verify once again just how inconsistent and inaccurate paintballs really are.


May 25, 2009

Moments of silence...

Because there are just not enough words.


May 24, 2009

Sunday Paintball Funnies...

Riddle me this...

Question: Only 100 rounds fit in my 200 round hopper. Where did I buy my paint?

Answer: Walmart

Question: 300 rounds fit in my 200 round hopper. Where did I buy my paint!

Answer: At a PSP event.

(Sorry guys and gals. I'm running out of material here - help me out!)


May 23, 2009

Saturday Paintball Reruns...

From a Land Down Under...

A beautiful marker:

A bitter sweet story:

and the latest news:


May 22, 2009

More TPX...

The "unauthorized" video of the Tippmann TPX pistol...

I've already come up with a half dozen quick draw competitions you could run with it! I have no idea why I'm spending so much blog time on this thing. Guess it's just a slow paintball news week (and I'm still to wore out for any serious ranting).


Love paintballing...

OMG...The guy jumping on the grenade has to be the best.



May 21, 2009

Hey, pistol packers...

I'll have the new Tippmann pistol in sometime around the middle of next week if anyone wants to take a look.


Duh + ummm = funny...

My vote for one of the dumbest paintball word combinations:

Spyder + Pump = SPUMP

Leave it to the tinkerers!


May 20, 2009

Somali Cruise, anyone?

I wonder how many would actually book a cruise if this were a real offer? Talk about a red-neck holiday!


May 19, 2009

What's in a name?

You don't have to be an old timer to know the Edsel is the epitome of failuredom. If you are old enough the auto model "Gremlin" probably brings a knowing smile to your face. Crocs and Viagra is popular but just hearing about either is annoying. Ditto anything Burger King.

When Smart Parts (SP) turned out its first Shocker (the "Shoe Box") the paintball world new something big had happened but no one was sure what exactly. The gun turned out to be clunky and awkward and a maintenance nightmare. Years later, when SP revived the Shocker name, I was pretty sure they had doomed the gun from the start. I guess adding SFT and NXT was the key to bringing life back to the tired Shocker brand name.

When the Impulse was announced we were all sure that it was going to be the real deal. And when the Impulse hit the streets? It was clunky and awkward and a maintenance nightmare. Now it is rumored the Impulse brand is coming back.

Seems SP loves taking chances. The Max Flo Reg was a maintenance nightmare but they hung on to that name and now that it's a real reg the name Max Flo is not as scary as it once was.

SP seems to always land on their feet. Poor PR, products rushed to market, product promises that failed to materialize. It should be fun to see how the new Impulse fairs.


May 18, 2009

Never say never...

I've got nothing. I'm exhausted physically and emotionally. Every year, twice a year here at T-Square we hold a 6 hour big game. It's nothing to rival D-Day or an EMR castle battle but I dare anyone to tell me it's not as stressful and nerve wracking to host. When it's over I swear I'll never hold another and every one says, "Yeah, sure" and just shake their heads.

A Dad and his son drove 7 hours to get here. Our youngest player just turned 10. The oldest player was a young 55 and the oldest gun brought to the event was a 1988 Sniper converted to an auto-cocker. Of 131 players one used a pump while just over half used rentals. The paint shot good and Aaron over at KEE threw a few goodies on the top of the skid to give away.

There are a few more numbers, 140 hot dogs comes to mind, but I'm to numb to remember them clearly. Business wise I made enough money to pay some bills and take the crew out to dinner. I don't think I'm going to host another...

Yeah, right!


May 17, 2009

Sunday Paintball Funnies...

QUESTION: What follows two days of rain?

ANSWER: Monday.

Have you heard a good paintball related joke? Drop me a line.


May 16, 2009

Kill the gun!

Here's a pretty cool anti-gun commercial:


Saturday Paintball Reruns...

From December 08:

Although I'm not a fan of high rate of fire I did find these fun to watch.


And in slow motion. Kinda cool.


May 15, 2009

Less ouch? More profit?

Are 50 caliber paintballs in our future? Check out Baca's comments.


Potatos. Patatos...

It's nitrogen. Not nitrous.

And actually, what I have is compressed air. If you insist on nitrous I can't help you.

And if you insist on nitrogen because you think or you have been told that compressed air will not work then I can't help you.

Have a nice day.


May 14, 2009

It ain't Greg Hastings...

Kinda cool. I guess.


May 13, 2009

Don't try this at home...

Prague sure has allot of empty billboards!

Story here.


May 12, 2009


Germany moves to ban paintball.


Left? Or right?

The paintball gun on the left does not work. I'll fix it for $15 plus parts. The paintball gun on the right works fine and comes with 10 free field fees. If it ever has a problem I'll fix it for free.

The CO2 tank on the left leaks. I'll fix it for $10. The tank on the right does not leak. But if it ever does I will fix it for free.

Shop right. Shop your local Pro-Shop.


May 11, 2009

Scary stuff...

Randy Bocelli of the Adrenaline Force Tournament Series and Bring It On Paintball was involved in a serious accident on Wednesday 5/6/09. Back in the day, before things became standardized, high pressure tanks had a number of different diameter thread sizes to hold the regulator to the tank. Air Concepts, Inc., had a tank with a large diameter hole but with an aftermarket adapter a "regular" size reg could be put on the tank.

Randy received a tank with an adapter at his shop, removed the reg, had the tank hydro tested, put the reg back on and while filling the tank the reg and adapter separated from the tank. At about 20 seconds into the video the tank comes flying from the top right side of the video and smashes into a store display. The reg and adapter, still attached to the fill hose swings around and cracks Randy in the ribs. He can be seen staggering to the floor soon after.

The tank hydroed safe. The problem was a hydro test checks the tank - not after market stuff that has been added later. If there is a moral to the story or a lesson to be learned it might be "beware of modifications." I can't tell you how many guns I've refused to air up because of some of the hinkey stuff I've seen hanging off of them or how many tanks I've refused to fill because of odd tool markings on the burst disk or fill nipple.

Thank heavens Randy is alright. This is just another reminder to watch yourself and those around you. (And just an odd side note - when the police arrived shortly after the para-medics their first impression was Randy go hurt while playing paintball inside the store. Go figure!)
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Paintball tools revisited...

"13 Feet Tall", one of the folks who frequently leaves me a comment (thank you, by the way) reminded me that no one guessed and I haven't revealed what this is.

Back in the day I used Brass Eagle Stingrays as rentals. Sounds silly today, I know, But they were bullet proof - made from some alien Area 51 poly carbonitronium polymer that was indestructible.

The valve was a bit cantankerous. In order to get to the valve seal a brass plug needed to be unscrewed. A quarter fit in the slot nice enough but the valve stem had to be pressed in and usually I'd end up slipping off and dinging the brass. I needed someway to get them off fast and clean. So, like they say, necessity is the mother of invention.

I might still be using the Stingray as a rental except each one took nearly 15 minutes to strip, clean and service. When I only had 15 or 20 it was no big deal but suddenly I found myself with 100 rental Stingrays X 15 minutes = 25 hours of turn around time. Today its 120 Piranhas X 2 minutes = 4 hours.

Much better.


May 10, 2009

Sunday Paintball Funnies...

QUESTION: How can you spot the woods player at a stock game?
ANSWER: He's got his twelve gram on a remote.

Who would you rather play against? Take the poll


May 9, 2009

Because I said so...

After reffing and running a field for so long there are things that come out of my mouth as if scripted. When ever someone remarks, "Paintball is fun!" the first thing out is almost always, "As long as you don't take it to seriously."

I make a big deal about the rubber band we have on our hoppers. It's there to double insure the lid doesn't come open. Sometimes the rubber band will break and I'm asked for another one. "It'll cost you a dollar." That one tends to backfire since I often get a serious scowl and then have to explain that I was kidding.

When ever someone comes off the field with a goggle shot I like to say, "Hey, that was rude. Who did that to you?" That one mostly gets a smile and a,"My friend!, or my favorite; "My son!"

One I've just recently come up with is, "GET YOUR MASK ON. There are people out here with guns. That's enough to remind me!" The thing I'm constantly reminding my refs is you have to be able to reprimand people with a smile on your face.

Some days are easier than others.

Check out Paintball’s Bad Boys (and Girls)


May 8, 2009

Imagine if B.E. got the contract...

Here's a non-paintball blogger who goes by the name "The Sniper" talking about the deployment of non-lethal weapons by the Department of Defense:

"The report found that the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) has spent $386 million since it was formed in 1996, and created exactly zero useful non-lethal weapons.

The FN303 Less-Lethal Launching System, a souped-up paintball gun, was heavy and fell apart easily. Nevertheless, it was deployed for a while even though the DoD never figured out how to properly supply the compressed-air canisters the guns needed."

Even with a proper HPA station the fill lines would probably have been miserable anyway!

Do you repair/maintain your own gun? Take the poll


May 7, 2009

Somebody's making money from paintball...

Paintball manufacturer CEO lists 4BD for $1.429M in Kildeer

Block Shopper News, Lake County, Indiana
by Carrie Reed, published May 05, 2009

Howard A. Kosick and Mary Jane Kosick have listed for sale their four-bedroom, four-bath home at 20905 W. High Ridge Dr. in Kildeer for $1.429 million.

Mr. Kosick is the president and chief executive officer of Tippmann Sports, the world's leader in high-performance paintball products headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Business.

The Complete Guide to Paintball, Fourth Edition


May 6, 2009

Worth repeating...

Some electronic markers come with a rechargeable battery. Some of the markers require you to take the rechargeable battery out and charge it using a charger that plugs into the wall. Some markers have a small port somewhere, usually on the grip frame, where you can plug in a charger to recharge the rechargeable battery. In either case it is kind of important that you are charging a rechargeable battery and not a non-rechargeable, throw away battery. Otherwise you might end up having to throw away your marker when the battery shorts out and blows up inside the gun.

I'm just saying...!

Ultimate Guide To Paintball


May 5, 2009

What it is. And isn't...

It's almost that time. Big Game time. Six hours of controlled chaos and crossed fingers. Another opportunity to test out the "one in ninety-nine" rule (ninety-nine happy customers and one pissed, grumpy, I'm never coming back" complainer). In the last two Big Games someone managed to break a bone in the LAST TWO MINUTES of the six hour game. This year I think I will end the game three minutes early.

And just a reminder - this is a Big Game. A game. Not a tournament. Scenario/Big Game teams need not apply.


When was the last time you brought a friend to the field? Survey here


May 4, 2009

Paintball weirdness...

You can't make this stuff up...

The Complete Guide to Paintball, Fourth Edition


At what cost?

There may be some who might question why I would post this story here, after all, it's tough finding good paintball publicity most days. Maybe it's important that we remind ourselves where the bad publicity comes from. Maybe it's important that we are reminded of just what kind of "toys" we are playing with. The story and video should be considered PG material.

Northeast Teen Victim Of Vicious Paintball Attack

Put paintball at the top of the sports list. Vote here


May 3, 2009

New paintball link...

Stop by and say hello to "General Joe"

Turtle soup, anyone?


Sunday Paintball Funnies...

An amateur tourney team was looking for sponsors and came up with, that they thought, was a novel idea for the letter format.

"Dear Pro$pective $ponsoring Company;

We are a $mall but $ucce$$ful team. We have been looking for $pon$or$. There'$ really not a whole lot of thing$ we can think of that we need de$perately. We are winning lot$ of tournament$ and are really bu$y.
When you have the time, plea$e $end u$ a note $aying what you can $end u$ in the way of $pon$or$hip.


$uper $nake$"

A week later....a letter from 'THE COMPANY'

Dear Stupid Snakes;

We kNOw that amateur tournaments are NOt eNOugh to keep even an hoNOurable and successful team busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task and you can never play eNOugh.

Good Luck for NOw

The Company


May 2, 2009

For the Birds...

Florida House agrees to let airport workers shoot eagles with paintball guns.

Shop at the new T2/Amazon Paintball Pro-Shop


May 1, 2009

Be kind to our future paintball friends...

Great post over at Dave's Paintball Blog - Introduce a New Player to Paintball

I can't tell you how many chuckle heads I know that have introduced their buddies, as well as their young kids, to paintball by shooting them with a hot gun in the backyard. Betcha that got them wanting to play regularly!

Thanks Dave.



I was going through my t-shirts, getting ready for warmer weather, and I came across this one. I picked it up at the now defunct International Amateur Open. They were still playing 5 man tournaments in the woods back in those days. Seeing the shirt got me nostalgic for the "good old" days. But more than the shirt the word at the top made me sigh. It's not a word you hear very much in the same conversation about tourney play. When was the last time you saw a "Sportsmanship" trophy handed out at a tournament?


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