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20 April 2013 - 02:52 PMToday we have a very nice JT Proflex mask for sale. These things were super comfortable and I loved how they look, but due to sponsorship reasons I have to use V-Force Grill.....
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Asking price: $60
Shipping options: USPS
Trades of interest: V-Force Grill ONLY
Location of item: Temple,TX
What is included: Mask, Boat Bottoms
16 January 2013 - 09:13 PMI have chosen to write this timeline of my life of paintball so far. I want everyone to know where I have been and what I have done so far. The reason I am doing this, is to help older players remember what their noob experience was like, so we can help out the newer players even better. If some of the friends I have made now had never helped me, there would be no way that I would be as active in this sport and I think it is time for everyone to have a wake-up call. We need to stop hanging out in our little groups of teammates and friends, and go hop on the Beginner group every once and a while. If we don’t make an awesome first impression on first time players, they will never be back. So let me begin my story, and keep what I have just said in mind.
My first chapter of Paintball starts on Christmas day. You would expect for me to be getting brand new equipment, but you thought wrong. For months I had been begging my parents to let me go try paintball, the response was always “No, it hurts too much.” They both knew how tough I really was, so I’m not sure what their real reason was. When I arrived at the Christmas tree, I found an oddly shaped small cylinder tube like present. I opened it up to find that I had got a pass to bring 3 friends to play paintball. I was so excited! It wasn’t a huge birthday party at the best field in Houston, rather a hole in the wall type of new field that had a groupon type of deal going on. We went out and I had a blast. It only had 3 different fields but I couldn’t believe how fun it was. Sadly the field was so new and small there were only 10 players on main group and even though I enjoyed it tremendously, I didn’t think of playing it again.
A few months after that, my friend had a big birthday at the best field in Houston, TxR Paintball. The fields were great, the staff was awesome, and we had a great time blasting all of our friends. If it wasn’t for all of my friends being there, and such great facilities and faculty, I probably still wouldn’t have been interested, but I got hooked this time. I started watching videos and talking with one of my friends that was only semi-active in the sport and I got some gears in my head turning.
I knew right away that my parents weren’t going to fund this at all. I am really fortunate that my dad has a great job, and we have a nice house and car, but there is no way that they could afford to pay for something as expensive as paintball. I understood that, even now. My only option was to find a way to afford it. The field I played at that got me hooked was out of the question, FPO was impossible; I checked around and found a way to make it work. I got a job mowing neighbor’s yards for $15 a yard. I then took a small fortune of $200 out of my bank account to pay for my new setup which consisted of a tippmann, CO2 tank, cheap NXE pack, and Proto mask. Knowing what I know now, I could have got all that for $50, but that is a different story. My plan was to mow a few yards a week, which got me about $30. It was hard to try and afford paintball off of that but I did find a field that was BYOP and reasonable admission and that was my home for a few months. I would have to work a week to get enough money to buy the cheap Wal-Mart Toxin, and then I would work the next week to get the money to pay the admission. So with all that hard work, I could play every other weekend. The field was worse than the first one I played at. No safety at all and only semi-decent fields. Despite all of that, I was living the dream; I could play paintball 2 times a month!
I never really got to know anyone there, and I always begged to play with the good players, I wanted to be as good as them. They were nice enough to let me play against them, I never could beat them, but they have helped me improve my beginner skills tremendously without them even doing anything. Here are some pics of my short time playing there:
After a few months of playing there, I found an ad on facebook about the place I played the birthday at that was so awesome (TxR Paintball) and they needed to hire extra refs for an upcoming scenario. I was very doubtful when I filled out the online application (I am only 13 throughout this story) but there was still some hope. A few days later I was contacted and told that they had hired me to work! I made $125 that weekend and it was an awesome experience as a hospital ref. As I was getting paid, the owner told me that he was pleased at the exceptional job I did, and he then asked me if I wanted to become a volunteer where I could play for free after one day of work. This was where my next chapter begins.
I had begun my Volunteering career, I couldn’t ask for anything better. I could now play at my dream field for free, with only having to pay paint fees. I spent about a month as a volunteer, working Saturdays and playing Sundays. I then started making friends with the regular players and refs while I worked hard and did my job as best I could and loved every min. of it that is when the biggest thing in my career of paintball happens….
At a staff meeting that I had to attend even though I was a volunteer, they asked if I wanted to be hired. I couldn’t believe it, I had a job at my dream field making minimum wage, at the age of 14 (hired me 6 days after my birthday). To this day I can’t believe that they hired me so young. At this point I started my next chapter, the real paintball chapter.
I now have a job there, working every Saturday and playing every Sunday. I get to play with the best players in paintball, and I get free admission, discounted paint, and lots of cheap equipment. With all the money I have got with my job, I can play often and I now have the money to form a team and compete in tournaments. If I hadn’t had a good first and second experience, I wouldn’t be here. If I never got the job at the scenario, I probably wouldn’t be here. If I couldn’t start volunteering, I probably wouldn’t be here. We have to understand what the first time is like, and we need to help players get hooked. You don’t have to be the field owner to try and get some kids some special deals on equipment and admission. We all need to try and get one newbie and put them under our wing, nurse their way ‘till they have a source of income or a way to play regularly, and let them do the same thing as we did to them!
14 January 2013 - 07:42 PMNot really sure why I'm posting these, but we just had our first tournament this weekend. We did really good in the young guns division. In the prelims we were in 1st place by a bunch. went 7-1. In the finals though, we couldn't keep up the intensity and went 0-3 in our last games. I was proud of our performance for our first time. 4th out of 10 and made a few upsets!
07 January 2013 - 11:49 AMI want to know about some good Xbox360 games. This summer, me and my friends plan on getting our clan back together and we want to find a game that we would all enjoy together. It needs to be a tactical based shooter that would be similar to Battlefield 3, but it still needs to be a balanced and fun game that we can jack around in every once in a while. I have been really busy with paintball and school so I'm not sure if there are any good games coming out anytime soon, or that have already come out. I kind of want to stay out of the Halo, and COD series though.
06 January 2013 - 07:49 PMTried using my Axe yesterday and I when out for my first game of the day, and I noticed I had a problem. The first ball or two would shoot at the correct velocity, but after that the following balls would decrease in pressure until they were not getting enough pressure to even leave the barrel. I tried re-lubing, resetting the board, changing my output pressure, I tried everything. Any ideas of what the problem is, and how I should fix it?