I'm 28, and I decided to take my little nephew to a local pb field on Dec 26th. I had so much fun that the next day I decided to buy a used TM7 second gen for $300 Canadian.
TM7 & Box
a beat junk JT mask,
48/3000 Metal tank,
Remote line, Sling (beat up),
14" apex barrel,
Rip Clip & low pro X7 hopper
Tippman Electro Loader
Double trigger upgrade.
So After I pawed over my new swag, I decided to head out to the local PB field and test her out for the first time
I was new, wearing a hoodie and work pants and I really had a good time. I was sure I wanted to get more into this hobby. I loved the rush/fear of being shot and the real "fight or flight" emotions you feel on the field. What I forgot to mention, was that on my second day playing paintball I went to a Speedball only game, and it was all pros. I got fully lit up that day, but the positive part (besides all the new nipples on my chest) was that I was less afraid of getting shot. Pic of me from that day:
Because I am a hobbyist (I am a semi professional race car driver and instructor) and I also grew up building RC cars, it was time to get busy modding! I mainly like to mod for the sheer fun of it - I just like making something better despite the law of diminishing returns. So it began with the trigger mod (thanks to this site btw)
I really was happy with the mod, but I still wanted to not go crazy. At this point my complete setup looked like this:
I wore a hoody and work pants, and a 4+1 hip pack for my remote and pods. Decent, but still minimal. Was going to games here and there and really enjoying the hobby. When I play I think of it as a real shooting scenario - until I get shot. Thats the only time I "wake up" from the whole thing... its just a great feeling to be on edge and grow in your skill.
So then I had a few beers and "justified" buying more mods  . Best thing ever - if your on the edge of buying cool paintball stuff but cant do it - make the decision drunk it helps a lot. Plus in the morning your kinda happy that its done and the parts are on their way!
As you can see, I went with the APE board and some Magpul goodies. The APE board is really awesome, and once setup its just fantastic - gotta love not having those stupid 3 pull safety shots. The Magpul AFG is also a really great Mod - at least for me, I much prefer that holding style compared to the stock foregrip. I played with the above mods for another few games, but I felt like I needed more firepower so sold the Ripclip that I never really used with my gun and got the following two mods:
The 400rd Pinocchio Loader with a 90ci/4500 ninja carbon tank! Now I figured that I can shoot close to a case of paint. This was the point of no return, I was 100% dedicated to the sport at this point. At this point I had also bought a full Multicam BDU, Custom VForce Profiler mask with dual pane lens, Original Swat boots, M88 Helmet with GoPro mount. I was off to my first big game! Red Dawn 8, 307 person winter game.
Defending the Church
Showing the rear setup^ w/ camelbak
After I got back, I found some really cool pics that a photographer grabbed of me on the front line during the battle:
Un edited heddy cam footage of that day:
Its was a really amazing experience, and I am going to be attending every big game here in Canada and even a few in the USA! So be on the lookout for me!
I was really tired after my first 8hr game, the deep crispy top snow made it pretty tiring to run around. Here is what I looked like at the end of the day, tired and grumpy, ready for bed! (if your into cars - thats my ITR powered EK hatch beater I am standing behind)
That game was just a week or so ago, so this is where I am now from Dec 26th, still not a pro or anything, but I can definitely feel a progression in my skill and I am meeting so amazing people in this hobby / sport!
I know I should stop with the modding but...I... a few nights ago...well... I decided to do one last thing:
I used the Krylon Fusion Paint. I know that there is a good chance it will scrape off and chip but that doesnt bother me. The Tan goes better with my multicam, and its nice and simple unlike a full camo. I just like the fact that my TM7 is much more MINE now. I know everyone wont agree, but I am happy with it, I'll keep everyone posted with how the finish fairs.
So thats where I am as of today in this hobby, and I'd love to hear any comments about your thoughts my my mods / story or why you love paintball and your story of how you got into it!
Thanks for checking out my load out & story!
This post has been edited by Boostgod: 16 March 2013 - 01:38 AM