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#51 FreeEnterprise

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:43 PM

Finished up my gun cam build, and it is ready for my next event this weekend.

Here is my helmet cam (Contour Roam). The duct tape holds the back down and keeps it from moving around.

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Here is my new ZoomCam total cost in the build under $25, and a bunch of my time...

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My new bumper sticker...

When I have to slow down it looks like this.

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Otherwise it looks like this.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:38 PM

where is this at?

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 10:18 PM

watch his trails of doom videos. Everything OP says is perfect for what he has tried and succeeded to accomplish.

All paintball guns do the same shit: shoot paintballs.

He's playing with friends. he doesn't need top of the line gear to compete with someone who can shoot 3 boxes worth of paint in a minute. He has the option of playing in open woods as opposed to going to a field and being charged an arm and a leg.

This is the budget baller forum, why do people still come on here and tell people to buy all the expensive name-brand high end guns?!

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:31 AM

Girls enjoy paintball too...

This footage is from my last event, we had two girls playing, one on each team. (my daughter wanted to play again IF she could play AGAINST ME!!!) Well, she did, and I was talking junk, about how I could handle the three people in front of me and ended up eating my words.





And here is a game where our entire team RUSHED the other team. (but, I usually talk my team into doing this at least once per event and the other team assumed I would do it in this game, so they ALL stayed back and it created a HUGE firefight at their flag!) Great times!






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Posted 08 February 2012 - 12:35 PM


Basically you have to use low-end guns,

did you read what he wrote? he got inexpensive, reliable markers to bring his friends into the sport. of course he's not going to pay $400 a gun. also, every rental is a "low-end gun".

Of course I read what he wrote, inexpesive = low-end, shoot my droid beside a 98 and see what's nicer.


don't shoot and play in your backyard with friends. That, for me, takes all the fun away.

i don't really know what you mean by this...how is playing paintball with your friends not fun? how is not paying a field entry fee not fun?

Ok let's see, if he plays with his friend on his backyard he has one field , two if it's a big backyard. Considering he doesnt put any money on the field it's must be pretty dull conpared to a real field with various sized/styles fields. I also play with friends... at a paintball field.

Also gathering cans the make money is the very last thing I would do.

god forbid you collect something that people throw away so you can make some extra money. do you not use coupons either?

Going around for a month gathering thrash for a case of paint ? No thank you I have a job, 8h = a case of paint

you understand this guy is playing for free right? with (apparently) tons of friends? in his own field? we should all be so lucky...


You understand he is playing in his backyard on that same one field shooting tippmans. Sure he has fun sure it's cheaper, but i'd rather pay 30 $ have good paint, a high-end and lots of fields. He sacrifices this for saving money good for him.


Also from that post about accuracy i'm just going to assume you are 11 yo/a troll.


You are comparing a $400+ High end marker to a $30 eBay find. That is like comparing a Lambo to a Toyota.

I've been playing for 4 years, mostly at commercial fields. I've also played a lot of outlawball in my time as well. Saying you can't have as much fun on your own land is stupid logic. Can you play tankball at most commercial fields? Didn't think so ;)

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:13 AM

So, we've been playing capture the flag for years now, and my guys were asking if we could try something new...

So I wrote a little scenario and hid a few items before we played. Only bummer was I couldn't go for either item, as I knew where they were... So I pretty much just laid down some supression fire, and watched the game progress.

Still had fun though.



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Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

Many new and budget players have this problem.

They shoot and their paint goes this way and that way, and they can't hit their target.

So they upgrade their barrel, or other parts on their gun thinking it will fix the problem.


Except. The problem is their paint selection.



link for mobile viewers. http://www.youtube.c...h?v=7WuTx2EP4u4

LOOK at your paint before you buy it, check each bag for breaks, or dimples/flat spots. If the seam is obvious and raised it will shoot poorly. Paint is the MOST important thing you buy. The paint that guy was using in that video was $39.99-$49.99 a case. I was using $25 a case paint (infinity), and clearly my paint was MUCH better. So the logic of "you get what you pay for" is NOT true with paint. You have to check it before you buy it. Even the best paint can be ruined through improper storage. So check to make sure it is good before you buy!


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:17 PM

Scenario play is like herding cats


I agreee^^^

But good info! Paintball can be quite expensive for someone just getting into it!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:30 AM

Here is a way to make some extra cash to help cover your paintball costs. Create a cool graphic for your stuff, and make stickers... A few years ago I bought a reaper mask off ebay for $10 and had my brother in law take my Trails of Doom logo picture with my camera. I then used photobucket (free) to do the alterations, and add the effects. The original Trails of Doom logo (red and black one) was created by a logo company. They are a great way to show off that you play paintball.
If the graphics are cool enough, people will give you money for your stickers! I sell these for $5 plus shipping. (cost of a stamp to the US). You can sell them on ebay, or through word of mouth. I use my paypal account for the money as it is fast and easy. The flame graphics I had one of my hot rod friends draw for me, and I have shipped those stickers ALL over the world, and made THOUSANDS of dollars from them...



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I had an event at my field Saturday... 24 players attended and it SNOWED while we were playing! Super fun times. Captured a really funny shot on film, and it BLEW up on youtube yesterday, almost 4,000 views already! Cha-ching!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:39 AM

So, youre pretty much MAKING money here, and allowing other people to play cheaply, and have fun.

I am amazed. Keep up the great work.
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:36 PM

So out of curiousity, did you go to the sponsors, or did they come to you? I know empire (i think it was empire) has that public sponsorship program, but otherwise I really don't know much about sponsorship.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:40 PM


So, youre pretty much MAKING money here, and allowing other people to play cheaply, and have fun.

I am amazed. Keep up the great work.



If I am involved in something I tend to really focus on it... My mind is always thinking of ways to make money, and promote what I am interested in. I do my best to help others out, (especially in these tough economic times) as many of my friends have been struggling. Giving them an outlet to go into the woods and get some aggression out is VERY healthy. And we have a great time. The memories are awesome. (and that is what life is about, making memories).

I enjoy making money, I also enjoy helping others think outside the box and watching them do things they never considered before. In my youth I rode BMX bikes, and I was so focused on that sport that I competed nationally and was a top ranked rider. I turned pro at 18 and many of my friends are still to this day top riders and bike company owners in the world of BMX. I never had much money as a kid, so I learned how to help companies sell more product and also how to sell my skills to them for marketing and advertising.

I literally purchased ONE bmx bike when I was riding. ALL the rest I got for free from sponsors, or through trading stuff. (aka "Free" enterprise) That is where I got my moniker as I have been wheeling and dealing since I was in grade school.

If you are bored and want to read some of my bmx history, I wrote some of it out a few years ago, as I was working on my ability to communicate with the written word. http://www.bmx-forum...pictorial-by-gm

My sponsorships have come from my work in promoting the sport. In my area there aren't that many places to play, a few field shops here and there, but until recently there wasn't a single pro shop left (a new one opened in Hamilton recently). So only field stores were around, and most guys didn't know much about the sport. I would test out stuff and guys would buy what I found that worked. I got an Apex years ago, and taught myself how to really use it. I was getting unbelievable kills on the field, and guys were tired of me tagging them at 300+ feet away, or while they were hiding under logs, so they got Apex's too. Today, the majority of my players use an apex or flatline, as the benefits on my field are tremendous. The guys I play with I think are very good, (course I don't really know as I don't play anywhere else).

I would tell people online about what I was seeing, and they didn't believe it. So I made a video to show what I was seeing between different paints, and the Apex system.

People wanted to know what different paints did at different distances. When spinning a paintball, you see different flight paths based on the brand of paint. I recorded those differences for people to see in a way that was easy to watch, and that video blew up. It has over 50,000 views now. It pretty much proved that an Apex 1 set at 5 clicks was optimal for the majority of your shots. (Apex 2 you set at 3 or 4 clicks)



When it hit about 12,000 views in 6 months, youtube signed me up for adsense for that one video. Over time, and making more videos on topics that people were interested in... I got more videos selected, and then they made me a content provider. I sent the video above and a few others showing my Apex use to a contact I got at Kee.. Which started my sponsorship with them. But, I went after that, they didn't seek me out...

I knew I wanted Tippmann markers when I started as I wanted to PLAY and not mess with fixing my gear! So as soon as I realized I had over 100 players that were new to the sport that I had introduced to paintball... And they were pretty much ALL using Tippmann's because of my recommendations... I contacted them showing them my video's and asking for help. I wasn't looking for high end new gear, I just wanted some extra markers, as our local rental places had all gone out of business...

I was having problems finding gear for the new players that were always wanting to try out the sport. Tippmann stepped up, and since then I have had 2-5 new players for just about EVERY event I run! And after they play, they buy their own gear (Typically Tippmanns and Apex barrels!).

So, yeah, I had to go out and get those sponsorships, but they are beneficial to the companies. As I have helped them sell TONS of gear with my recommendations, and my videos have over 200,000 views so far, and that number grows by a few thousand every week as people find my channel and videos.

A few years ago, I bet some guys online that I could shoot over 300 feet with my Tippmann and Apex... They didn't believe me... So we bet, and I went home and made this video.



Cha-Ching! (it has 30,000 views too! double cha-ching) So yeah, in time I should actually make some money off of paintball, but that isn't the point, I am just having fun. And if I can have fun without spending "real" money then all is good.

My ZoomCam I invented is something that I have been working on for years, as I wanted to be able to capture what I SEE on the field. Only now am I happy with the way I can film. It isn't easy, and if someone else used my system, they probably wouldn't be able to capture footage like mine, as you need lots of handheld camera experience tied with the shooting ability needed to actually get eliminations on the field. But, I enjoy the fun of playing AND capturing good video at the same time.


Here is our first game from Saturday, It was a scenario I put together. Too bad I didn't look at the map!... Lol.




I am working on a new video for Tippmann right now, (waiting for good weather with no wind) as I am going to do some serious testing on the new style flatline for the A-5. I love the ease of taking it on and off, and it looks really cool on your A-5, and is VERY short perfect for woodsplay. I'll upload pics tomorrow so you can see for yourself.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:20 AM

Here is the new style flatline. It is VERY short, and the grip is cool. I didn't put the flat sight on, as I use both this barrel and my apex. So I leave the original sight in place, I typically shoot without sights anyway.

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My new stickers are now on Ebay, it helps me with a tiny bit of cash and it gives you COOL stickers to put on your stuff, to represent the fact that YOU are a Paintball Player! All profits go back into my field and video work.
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:26 AM

OP- This is great!!!! We have some friends that we have slowly been getting them more into the game. Most of us own our own guns but we all have extra ones that we basically hand out to the newbies that friends invite. The cool part is I have 13 acres. My in law's have 20 acres and other friends that play have or know people with land to play on. It's fun. Just having a bunch of friends out and playing. It's seems to be better on the new people playing cause everyone playing knows there new to the game

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:44 AM

Google Adsense update VERY IMPORTANT!

Well, my adsense "account" has been blowing up (course I invented the ZoomCam which lets viewers SEE the hits, even out to 300+ feet away). So of course when I dropped my videos this year, they were blowing up. Had one reach almost 4,000 views in ONE day. I have no website, and I've never placed an ad on anything.

And adsense added the options of video commercials to my account, so I put that on all my top videos.

And that meant a huge increase in revenue. I went from "making" $5-$7 a month, to last month I had $24 in ad revenue in a SINGLE month.

I was like SWEET!... I can buy paint for my next test video series, without using "my" money...


Then this month, since I finally reached the $100 threshold and google would finally cut me a check... BOOM, sniper Headshot from google. (I didn't see that one coming)

I got this in my spam folder (had to go find it since my ads were all taken down).

Hello,

After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due to invalid activity, we've found it necessary to disable your AdSense account. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the effectiveness of Google's advertising system, particularly the advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we've taken, how you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find more information by visiting http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team



Really now... "refunded back to the affected advertisers?"... Does anyone actually believe that? I've been on adsense for THREE YEARS... As that is how long it took me to get to the $100 threshold where I would get "paid" for my work. THREE YEARS of ads, that is like me saying to the paintball world, "hey, you too can make money like I am"... Oh wait, I never got a DIME!

I put in HUNDREDS of hours making content that people would WANT to watch, and Google profited off of that content by putting ads all over it. I never placed a SINGLE ad, THEY did it all! And yet somehow people actually clicking on the ads it posted on my videos, this poses a "risk of generating invalid activity"...

Not that it HAS invalid activity, just the RISK of that. And yet, if you contact google to advertise with them using adwords (I have as I do marketing for a living) they tell you their system kicks out any "fraudulent clicks and doesn't actually charge you for those clicks"... So wait, which is it google? You don't actually charge advertisers if there are fraudulent clicks, or you do charge them, and if you decide that you might have to actually PAY a small time content provider like me, who followed the rules, you just cancel their account because it "might" have fraudulent clicks... and you return the money?...

Sounds like they have it both ways! And who ends up with the majority of the advertising money at the end of the day?... I KNOW people have purchased things off the ads on my videos (as they have told me so) And I also KNOW that some heavy hitters have advertised on my content because THEY SELECTED IT... And those people got results from my work. Google made money from that, and in my "account" it showed me exactly what I made from every one of those clicks. Except, google can cancel your account for any reason, and they did... RIGHT when I was to make my first check!


Wow, Bernie Madoff would be proud. Show a few people making thousands a month, get the word out on them, and keep them happy, and sucker in THOUSANDS of others to make content which you profit from (and say you don't, course there are no audits or proof that they go back 3 years and show the "refunded" money they got from advertisers back then... I seriously find that hard to believe). All you get is form emails from them, you can't talk to anyone, and you can't appeal their decision.

Here I told others about how they too could get "money" from Google adsense, and yet... I never got a DIME from them. I sure looks like I was part of the ponzi scheme... I watched as my "account" built up over YEARS, thinking, wow, easy money! Just keep making video and over time, you will have a good base of people watching and a few will click the ads, and you will make a buck or two. Except the "account" was never paid, which is a perfect example of the ponzi scheme! Just show a few people making thousands a month, and everyone else will put in their time and effort which will result in thousands of small youtube videos that you can put ads on, and let them view their account online, with the promise of them making money too, but when it is time to pay... Just cancel that account, and pay nothing!


Oh, and it is a lifetime ban, and no one in your family can ever use adsense again too...


And they treat youtube the same way, as I was a youtube content provider, so if I complain on youtube, they will pull THAT account too, and delete all my work... And I can never use youtube again, lifetime ban!



So do yourself a favor, when they contact you to "invite you to make money from your youtube videos".

Just say NO, it sure looks like a ponzi scam of the worst kind. Sure some people make money, as that is how a good ponzi scam works, show the few making thousands, and the little guys... Just take their money and cancel their account. Because in the fine print it says this "Lastly, Google does reserve the right to disable an account for any reason, including invalid click activity from any source. "...



Or use a search engine and read up on the adsense scam and how many people have gotten to the threshold of making money only to have their account canceled just like me on that very day...

That was my Happy 40th birthday wish from Google Adsense...


Don't get scammed like I was. If you currently are building up an adsense base trying to reach that $100 threshold by making videos with the goal of this being a profit center for years to come...

Trust me, it isn't worth it to GIVE them that advertising for all those years, as you most likely will end up with that same email I got above!


The way to beat a scam like this is to publicize it, if you see adsense ads on a youtube video, post in the comments that they will likely be scammed like Trails of Doom was!

As a marketer, I was considering using adwords to advertise, now that I see the OTHER side of the fence... I won't make that mistake.

 


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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:22 PM

I followed that link, and it looks like you can appeal to be reinstated. That really does suck.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:12 PM

Oh, I did... but that is pointless, from what I am reading online... They sent me my "appeal denied" form letter this morning at 5:02 am.

Clearly people make money from adsense, but if you are little like me, they know they can cancel your account, and there is nothing you can do about it. All that income you THOUGHT you would get for all your work, gone, and yet, they got free advertising off of me for 3 years! So google profited, and the advertisers that requested my specific videos for their ads, they got the benefit of the tons of clicks, but I get nothing.

I've seen that a bunch of people have taken google to small claims court, but really, what is the point. I was doing this for long term revenue off my work. Not a single payday, as content is king in this world. If anyone has experience with bingtv.com let me know, as I am looking at putting my future content there.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:57 PM

it is not a scam and you signed a legally binding contract when you sign up for ad sense saying you agree to their terms and that they can cancel your account at any time. if you did something they didn't like in a video that reflects on the advertisements and they have the right to cancel it, it sucks but that is business they can do whatever they want due to you essentially signing your advertising rights away on everything you produce they could just say "everyone with the name of tim gets their account closed" and if you are a tim then you get screwed and you can't do anything about it they can cancel your account at any time for any reason. i read their contract and said ya kno what? it isn't worth waiting for that small amount of money which i could get by signing up for more work to have my viewers have to watch those ads so i declined.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:21 AM

I needed a good laugh... So I made this video from our last few games.




Watch Craigslist... look for deals where people spell something wrong!

Here is my latest deal. "Tippman a5"

http://cincinnati.cr...2847813023.html

Got it for $100 including a back pod/tank carrier and some pods. It includes an E-trigger, and J&J barrel! It looks BRAND NEW!

I can easily flip it for $200. Cha Ching!

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:32 PM

Brilliant work! My friends and I know the local field owner so he'll do small favors for us like filling up tanks and getting cheaper paint for team practice, and in return we bring large groups of people to come play some recball. We then take any leftover paint we didn't use and the people that came with us to support additional practices at our outlaw field. We don't host actual games do to lack of equipment though. But we do allow anyone we know with their own gear to come and get their equipment fixed and tested, as well as some small matches.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:20 PM





Fast forward to today, I am still using that same marker. I've replaced the ratchet a few times, and put in some cyclone parts, and new silicone o-rings a few times, but it still is super reliable, and VERY accurate.

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All guns and barrels have the same accuracy.


bullshit, all guns are not the same all barrels are not the same. there are too many variables that affect accuracy and consistency besides the player and paint; this is shown in testing over and over again. also, somewhat irrelevant to the discussion at hand. the topic is how to play "for free". let's keep it on track -_-


Umm you may want to take a chill pill, and not start a flame war here. 60% of everyone here acknowledges the work that Punk Works does along with everyone else. So just a heads up. Just try not to state your opinion in such a hostile way.

I dont know why I bother really, I take all that time to make a write up, it gets sticked then people still argue with their crap. Punkworks have tested it, and its common knowledge, all barrels have the same accuracy, but what do I know...

You know what, your right Cyco-Dude, CP barrels shoot like shit, and my Bob Long Tournament barrel shoots lasers, so accurate, arent I cool?

I'm gonna take Cooky's side on this. The only time you will see better performance though is when the old one has deep scratches in it.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:38 PM

Long range eliminations with a backspin barrel (apex or flatline), they give you a HUGE advantage...

http://blip.tv/trail...intball-6044261

subscribe to my new BlipTV channel, to see my work. FIRST! Or join our facebook page "Trails Of Doom". Hopefully blipTV will actually share the revenue like adsense promised but failed to deliver...

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:30 AM

How to save money at a scenario...

Shoot less... Scenario's are great for shooting fish in a barrel, but the other thing is you can capture some AMAZING video footage if you play a sneakier method as anytime you have THAT many players, people just "see what they want to see" on the field. You can practice your assassin creed play style.

Get close enough that you can ONE shot the other team players. Or even better than that, barrel tag them. Barrel tags are awesome and if you have a decent camera they show up GREAT on video. Do things that other guys are scared to do, as that is always fun, many times you will get shot out, but, learn from your mistakes and do it again. I wore good boots to this scenario, and the ravines were ignored by the other players... Not me, I jumped right in and figured out ways through them, putting me on the other teams side without having to cross the heavily defended bridges. Pretty soon, you will be walking right into the other teams base and barrel tagging their general...

http://blip.tv/trail...zoomcam-6087889


(link for mobile viewers, as blip doesn't work on many mobile devices yet) http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Lv096MmQLl4

Having fun doesn't mean you need to buy cases of paint. Wearing camo and TRUSTING that camo to keep you hidden can be very rewarding, as many players aren't paying attention and you can do things that you could never do in a normal game. I played for 3 hours, and used 600 paintballs... So I have plenty left if I want to go back for some more at their field.

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cpx free return passes + playing once or twice a week every week + playing with pump/pistol 90% of time = 10 dollars a game minus gas, plus rotating carpool = win :) as for scenarios, try to find a team that has a field sponsorship for cheap/some free paint + entry.
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:13 AM

So it has been less than a year since I posted this, and my 55 gallon drum is almost full of crushed cans!


So it is contest time, anyone who wants to play just post your guess IN THIS THREAD.


How much WEIGHT (pounds and ounces) did I collect in cans in my 55 gallon drum? They are all crushed, (some more than others), and I will take the cans in a few weeks, so everyone has time to guess.

Whoever has the closest guess to the actual weight from the scrapyard will win a set of TRAILS OF DOOM stickers, that I sell on ebay! (I'll even send them international if someone overseas wins!)

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I just put my can crusher in my shop, so guys have been crushing their cans for close to a year. It only took a few months to fill it halfway, but I already took that stuff in. I waited on this batch as I am curious how much an entire 55 gallon drum would hold...

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:56 PM

I forgot about this thread until this afternoon as I realized. I am probably the poster child for budget paintballing...

 

 

But, just like everyone in paintball, I got the "upgrade bug" this year.... 

 

So here is what I did. You saw my factory realtree A-5 that I got for $100. well, it had an e-trigger, and I found I shot too much paint with that. Plus I didn't like having to have a tiny pin to turn it on (in the grip) and I didn't want to worry about it falling in a creek (it has happened... more than once...). 

 

I was cruising craigslist when I came across ANOTHER factory realtree A-5 and this guy said he would "trade" for a compound hunting bow... Well, I just so happened to have a few of those, so I quickly sent him pictures, and he liked one! (actually the "Bear" bow he liked I got for $10 at a yard sale years ago!) So we met, and sure enough his Realtree A-5 was BRAND NEW! He said he used it once, but it seriously looked like he just bought it! It had a flatline AND stock on it, so I pulled the e-trigger off mine, and put it on this one (with the goofy double trigger... I don't like guns with double triggers...) 

 

And I chucked it on ebay! It sold for over $300! (factory Realtree A-5's are RARE). 

 

I also had another paintball gun I found on craiglist for $20 that I listed at the same time, and it sold for $170, so I had $450 in cash for fun! So I bought a new laptop for my video work. And I started using my realtree A-5...

 

I was really wanting to try out mag fed, so I sold a couple of "deal" A-5's I had found on craigslist (I buy all the $30 or $40 ones I find, and fix them, and dial them in then sell them for $100 or more...) so I had some "paintball" cash laying around, and when I saw that Tipx for $150 WITH 4 mags, holster, and the original case, I snapped it up. 

 

I now can carry it when playing! Which is a completely different way to play, and WAY lower cost! As you only have 7 shots per magazine! 

 

Anyway, I made a video on how to play "backyard" or outlaw ball safely, so check it out if you are thinking about starting your own field. 

 

 

and if you want to FILM your games, here is a video to show you how I do it. 

 

 

My youtube channel is now the largest outlaw paintball channel on the net. Pretty shocking for a "budget baller" who is playing for next to NO cost! 

 

At my last event, BOTH my daughters played and my daughters boyfriend... How much would that cost at a typical field? We played for hours, and it only cost me two cases of paint, and 3 air tank fills. Less than $90 total! for 4 people! 

 

Course my daughters wanted to be on the OTHER team so they could shoot their old man, and of course I didn't mind as that meant I could hunt the boyfriend! haha! (he is a great kid, and really had fun playing paintball!). 

 

Here are videos from that! 

 

 

 

So when people say paintball is too expensive, just tell them to get Tippmann's and dial them in, and HAVE FUN! This is our 8th season at Trails of Doom, and it is a blast!



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 11:11 PM

Are you still feuding with with youtube adsense?

 

They put a banner up a few times for some of mine and I declined.  Glad I did after reading that shenanigans they pulled on you.



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:16 AM

Google adsense owes me about $120... But, I will never see a dime of it. While they lined their pockets for years advertising on all my content...

 

Adsense is a scam for the majority of "small" users... Sure they have a few high profile guys that are making money, but that is how any good pyramid scheme works. They get lots of new guys to sign up, and they post ads all over their content, throw in preroll commercial footage, and promote their stuff. But when it is time to share revenue with that person (the $100 threshold) they kick you out for "possible" invalid clicks. Not that you have any invalid clicks you are responsible for, just the possibility...

 

That way google can KEEP all of the revenue they made from the countless videos and ads that were run on all your content for the three years it took for you to break that $100 level! 

 

 

If you get big enough, they will invite you back in, but at any time they can kick you out again...

 

Shady business practices for sure. Plus, I hate ads on content, if I want to advertise something, I'll just put it in my video. 

 

 

Just make video for fun, don't worry about making money from it, as you will end up getting burned by adsense...



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:21 PM

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 01:07 PM

That sounds like complete bullshit.  Glad I declined, plus I only have a hundred views on a few videos.  They have only been up a few week but I made them for fun and trying to share rather than make money.  

 

Thanks for the post and I always enjoy your videos.  What is your youtube channel so I can subscribe?


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 01:30 PM

http://www.youtube.com/trailsofdoom



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 02:51 PM

Oh boy...here we go. 

 

 

 

 

But, I will never see a dime of it. While they lined their pockets for years advertising on all my content...

You think the company that made 23.6 billion dollars...in 2009 (before ad sharing was widespread, and was still limited to "youtube partners") cares about your measly $120? Seriously? Not like they made 10x that...per second or anything.  Adsense is completely legit, Google...is completely legit. If they banned you from adsense because of invalid clicks, its because you were clicking your own ads, or had sketchy click through rates. 

 

Looking at your channel, it seems sketchy to me from the get go. You've gained 1500 subscribers this month, but have produced no noteworthy content. You have one video thats getting a decent number of daily views, but those 1500 daily views don't convert into doubling your subscriber total in a month, especially when the video was made 8 months ago. 
 

 

 

Shady business practices for sure. Plus, I hate ads on content, if I want to advertise something, I'll just put it in my video.

There is nothing shady about adsense. Hundreds of thousands of people use it without any issues. Its the most trusted, best program for serving targeted ads there is. Follow their TOS, and you wont have an issue.  If you hate ads on your content...just turn them off? Google is one of the largest companies in the world, do you really think they got there by being a pyramid scheme?

 

 

 

You shouldn't even be dealing with youtube directly. You should be going through a network. They would net you a higher CPM, and be a buffer between you and google. What you are posting is identical to what the people who didn't take the time to educate themselves about the business they were entering, or at the very least read the contract they were signing have continually posted since ad sharing was opened up to the public.


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:46 PM

Actually I did follow their TOS, I never clicked on any of my ads, and I don't put ads on any other websites, it was all done by adsense on my stuff. I would assume someone was "helping" me by clicking my stuff... But, I would have no way to know that for sure, as I can't track where the clicks were coming from. 

 

google "invalid clicks on adsense" and you will see TONS of people who have had the same thing happen to them... 

 

I am thinking about joining a network, they have been bugging me for years to sign up...

 

What are some good ones? 

 

 

 

 

"no noteworthy content".... 

 

Ouch... 


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 06:56 PM

 I would assume someone was "helping" me by clicking my stuff... But, I would have no way to know that for sure, as I can't track where the clicks were coming from.

 

Either way, those clicks are invalid. You are supposed to monitor your clicks, any sketchy stuff is supposed to be reported here: Invalid Clicks Contact Form - AdSense Help

 

 

 

I am thinking about joining a network, they have been bugging me for years to sign up...

 

What are some good ones?

 

 

I dont know. My network requires gaming content. Lots of people seem to be using Maker/RPM studios, but you would have to do your own research.

 

 

 

"no noteworthy content"....

 

I'm strictly talking numbers. I didnt watch your videos, I looked at their views. 


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:00 PM

Several issues;

One, every gun has the same accuracy it's basic physics so just had to comment on that.

Two, Using a fire arm; your paintball marker; in an undesignated zone with no field license is against the law and you can be arrested for that and have to serve hard time.

Three, Instead of buying an expensive camera get some gear since there are what like four youtube channels privately run that grant actual sponsors so you're odds are quite low.

Four, Instead of making 20 dollars via collecting cans you may as well get a job since you will be making that money in three hours off of minimum wage on top of being able to afford a higher end gun, the money to play at a field and not risk a jail arrest.


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:12 PM

 

Two, Using a fire arm; your paintball marker; in an undesignated zone with no field license is against the law and you can be arrested for that and have to serve hard time.

 

This is really the only one I feel the need to address. This is in Ohio, and the general rule of thumb is that you're not allowed to discharge firearms within city limits. I can tell you for a fact that he is shooting outside of city limits, paintball markers are not considered firearms, and it is private property owned by him. Also, I doubt the local police cares about paintball guns. He is totally allowed to do what he does, and I'm certain he knows that.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:19 AM

This is exactly why no one wants to even play paintball anymore. No one wants to go out and shoot their friends...no one wants to play against someone who sinks a grand into their marker and sits back with expensive paint and lays down on the trigger. Paintball is supposed to be fun going out and shooting your friends. People who want to have an arms race need to leave the sport. If he wanted to have high end guns and pay to play I am more then positive he would go blow thousands on a gun and go play PSP.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:25 PM

All over in paintball you hear the same comments from people. 

 

 

"You MUST use compressed air to have an accurate marker, as Co2 varies too much"...

 

I get excellent consistency shot to shot with my Tippmann's, using Co2, and I always wondered how it could get better than what I was already seeing...

 

So I bought a compressed air tank (on craigslist for $10 out of hydro... I took it to a local place that hydrotests for $14, so I have my compressed air tank for $24!!). I can even fill it up with a hand pump my brother has for his pellet gun, it takes a while, but if you want to shoot some paint, you can fill it up enough that you can use your marker without going to get a tank filled! 

 

And what I found was that, my Tippmann A-5's shoot extremely well with Co2, so good, that changing over to compressed air didn't make any noticeable change in my fps from shot to shot. (I use a remote line that acts as an expansion chamber, but other than changing the o-rings to silicone or buna, and polishing the internals, my A-5's are stock!)

 

Here is the video proof. 

 

 

That is an A-5 I WON last year at a big scenario here in town. I barrel tagged the general on the other team, and was named my teams MVP. Woot! Free! 

 

Now new players at my field get to use it every time we have an event! Our next event will be our 40th! Holy Cow, that is a LOT of paintball! 

 

 

 

Playing backyard paintball on your own land is perfectly legal in most of the US... Check your location for any rules before you start. 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:20 PM

 

 

Two, Using a fire arm; your paintball marker; in an undesignated zone with no field license is against the law and you can be arrested for that and have to serve hard time.

 

This is really the only one I feel the need to address. This is in Ohio, and the general rule of thumb is that you're not allowed to discharge firearms within city limits. I can tell you for a fact that he is shooting outside of city limits, paintball markers are not considered firearms, and it is private property owned by him. Also, I doubt the local police cares about paintball guns. He is totally allowed to do what he does, and I'm certain he knows that.

 

Paintball markers have been declared fire arms by several agency's including homeland security, the TSA and a few others. There is a reason you have to legally declare bringing a paintball marker when flying. Most people do not though so whether you know it or not the TSA has to check your baggage possibly break your locks to make sure the marker is unpressurized and not an actual gun that is unregistered.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:46 AM

Several issues;

One, every gun has the same accuracy it's basic physics so just had to comment on that.

Two, Using a fire arm; your paintball marker; in an undesignated zone with no field license is against the law and you can be arrested for that and have to serve hard time.

Three, Instead of buying an expensive camera get some gear since there are what like four youtube channels privately run that grant actual sponsors so you're odds are quite low.

Four, Instead of making 20 dollars via collecting cans you may as well get a job since you will be making that money in three hours off of minimum wage on top of being able to afford a higher end gun, the money to play at a field and not risk a jail arrest.

 

1. No, I've seen paintball markers that shoot +/- 30fps... They are NO WHERE near the same as a marker that shoots +/- 3fps... Paintball barrels vary a TON, some are small bore, while others are large bore, some are stepped and some aren't. Each of these shoot differently based on the size and roundness of the paint being used. 

 

Then you have backspin, which shoot MUCH further with accuracy than a regular barrel system. So No, they aren't the same. You can use a low end marker with a good barrel and have it shoot really well, just like you can have a high end with a scored up barrel and wide fps fluctuations and it will shoot horrible...

 

2. No, you don't need a "license" to play paintball in your backyard (as long as it is legal in your area) some states have laws where you can't play, but I live in Ohio as Predator said, and around here, I can legally go into my backyard and shoot my REAL guns or my paintball guns and it is perfectly legal... Private property means something in much of the country. If I want to play paintball or shoot real steel with my friends, it is perfectly legal...

 

3. My camera gear was CHEAP, probably less than a decent high end paintball marker.. I have $200 in my current Sony HDR CX210 (got it refurbished off ebay from Sony) my ZoomCam enclosure was less than $20, and my original contour roam was $120...That is $340 for all my camera gear... Not "expensive" by any stretch, especially since I use my video cameras for other video work I do on the side, like this video I made. 

 

 

4. I have a job, in fact I have quite a few jobs... Making money doesn't mean you need to "spend" that money, as having fun can be had for very little cash if you pay attention. Honestly, if someone is working minimum wage, then paintball is probably way to expensive of a hobby for them... And a guy with a minimum wage job, should not be spending a bunch of money on high end paintball gear... He should be getting better at his career goals, so he can make some real money in his life! Get a degree, or apprentice at a large company, learn some skills as "minimum wage" jobs are typically low skill jobs...

 

Trails of Doom is my own private field for my friends, and customers from my "real" jobs. I keep it private because insurance for a private field is WAY less expensive, and because I don't want to open up my backyard to the general public...

 

To me, paintball is WAY more fun, when you are playing with your friends! Every person I shoot out, I know by name. Conversely, when playing and the other team realizes where I am, they often all gang up trying to get me out! People literally cheer when they shoot me as it is a badge of honor to get the guy who runs the events! Which forces me to play even sneakier since everyone on the other team is gunning for me! But, that is REALLY FUN, having that much pressure on you to perform. 

 

When I go to "real" fields, it is a bunch of random people that I don't know, and honestly it isn't as fun to sneak up on someone you don't even know... Also, it is really expensive to play at a real field... This is the "budget" baller subforum, where we talk about playing for CHEAP. That is the point. 

 

Using high ends and playing at regular fields is by no means "cheap" paintball, nor is it necessary to have "FUN" in the sport of paintball!

 

 

So please don't spread incorrect information in my thread. People probably know if it is legal where they live to play paintball in their backyard, if they don't a simple call to city hall, or the local police department will let them find out. The majority of our country is rural, and in rural areas, paintball is embraced by the local populations as they are a different breed of people than the city dwellers who need government to tell them what they are allowed to do with their free time and their money...


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:10 PM

Also, not everyone just has a crapton of woods around. What about just nner city people? Or in southern arizona? I used to play with my friends in washes, but tthat's nothing like the woods. Just pain and itchy dust and dirt. Also, we were in constant fear that what were doing was illegal because of the location.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:31 PM

I don't know why all you people are hating on his backyard field. I would kill for something like this. Just imagine...wide open spaces, $0 admission fee, you can tailor the field to what you want, BYOP all you want...

 

 

As long as you don't shoot anyone against their will I doubt that you will ever get arrested or otherwise. Plenty of people have shot their markers on smaller property that is closer to the city.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:59 PM

I'm not hating. I just don't agree with the "it's so easy I don't know why yall don't join me in such an easy, obvious quest. My way is so much simpler because the simple life is the only life."

 

I live in the city. Private property is in the deserts, way out there, away from the city. Not many of us can even hope to try that. But we make due. We still play on a budget. Many of my friends who do play do menial tasks like cleaning horse poop to play every other weekend. At a public field. Still only using about 30 bucks a weekend. And they love the public field. New faces are fun, and making new friends is fun. We've tried, the 7-10 of us, to go out at play in the desert, but barely any of them find it fun to go into the dusty, dirty outdoors with cactus littering the ground. Landing in "grass" out near the washes is not comfortable. The branches I assure you are 3x more spiky and snaggy than in your woods. They prefer an organized field with organized and well maintained fields and refs who are positive and fun. There a drinks nice and cold and fresh from the guys who pick up stuff from the store in town, and there are at least portopotties. Not digging up a whole with your hands and pooping in it and wiping using the toilet paper we were supposed to use for wiping paint off after games in the middle of nowhere.

I play on a budget. So do my friends. But I personally also find it nice to see new people, or meet the regulars every weekend, all with different gear, and different attitudes, to talk to with your group of friends.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:04 AM

Lt. Blood, You're full of shit for multiple reasons. Lets break it down. 

 

 

Paintball markers have been declared fire arms by several agency's including homeland security, the TSA and a few others.

 

No they havent. http://www.tsa.gov/t...tball-equipment

 

I wont even bother looking up your other agencies, since they are likely bullshit as well. If its true, you shouldn't have a problem finding a source.

 

 

There is a reason you have to legally declare bringing a paintball marker when flying.

 

No you dont. Read the link above, they aren't considered firearms, and therefore do not have to be declared.

 

 

TSA has to check your baggage possibly break your locks to make sure the marker is unpressurized and not an actual gun that is unregistered.

 

"Checked luggage" doesn't mean they check it. It means you dont have access to it during the flight because it was CHECKED IN at the baggage counter. There is also no gun registry in the U.S, and even if you fly with a firearm, they have to contact you to open the case containing the gun. They are not allowed to open it without you being present. 

 

 

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

My MonsterSpin barrel system. 

 

I use an A-5. It is inexpensive to buy, and since it has been made for so long, you can often get them used for CHEAP. I see them locally on craigslist for $50 or less often! 

 

Well, I wanted to shoot further, and when the Apex first came out, I was one of the first in line to get it. (lucky for me, some guy bought one and hated it, and listed it on ebay for $20, with shipping it was less than $25! It didn't even look used. I wore that dude out, and ended up replacing the rubber ramp about 4 times over the years. I used it in just about all my videos for years. Then BT contacted me and informed me they were coming out with a new Apex 2, and would I like some... 

 

OH YEAH! The sent me a bunch of different ones. (which is why mine look different than the newer ones, as they were from the first batch made, they don't even have the empire logo on them). 

 

So I started using them. They worked much better than the original. But, still I wanted more spin... 

 

Logically, spinning the paintball with the apex tip at full ramp (9 clicks) is hard on paint as it hammers into the flap at close to 300fps... And I can't prove this, but at full ramp it sure looks like the paint performs a type of sine wave as it leaves the barrel. It quickly smooths out, but I wanted to get a MORE consistent spin, where I could control the amount of spin better, and also add MORE spin to the paintball. 

 

Well, since I have been using the Tippmann A-5 since I started, and my ZoomCam footage was blowing up on youtube. I was offered a Tippmann flatline to test out. Of course I was all over that, and made a few videos on it. 

 

This one is likely at the top of any search on youtube for the new style flatline. 

 

 

It shoots good, but because of the larger diameter size of the barrel the paint varies more than I want. I kept wondering... Could I figure out how to put the Apex on the flatline... Finally, I decided to try it, and took off the shroud on the flatline, and then tape modded the Apex 2 tip to it. It looked freaky, but I took it outside assuming it would just break paint, and you don't know for sure, until you TRY it! 

 

Here was my first testing of it. 

 

 

 

WHOA! IT worked... and it didn't break a single ball. 

 

So then I tried it shooting OVER 300fps. I was positive it would break paint at that speed... right?... Especially if I spun the ball one way with the flatline and then spun it the OPPOSITE way with the Apex... Break city... Right?...

 

 

 

Holy cow, NO breaks, and the two spins different directions actually cancel each other out! This is crazy!!!

 

I have a pole that is 200 feet away in my driveway. I shoot at it with my apex often, and when I tilt it up I can hit the bottom of the pole pretty easily. So I tried it with my MonsterSpin and heard it hitting the pole, but didn't see the paint at the bottom of the pole... Weird. So I walked out there, and WAY up on the pole were my hits! It was only dropping about 5 feet at 200 feet away!!! That is by far the flattest shooting barrel I have ever used. So I decided to take it to a field and play some games with it. 

 

 

 

The refs just stood and stared, the local photographer took pictures, they had never seen anything like this before, as I was able to shoot all the way across the field into the woods on the other side and HIT players back there. And by taking off the barrel, I could dive bomb at 80 feet away and hit guys BEHIND bunkers by raining paint on their heads! Oh it was SO much fun! And I still hadn't broken a single paintball in the system. 

 

But I couldn't capture the flight path without my ZoomCam, so I figured out how to mount it on my MonsterSpin and took it to a huge scenario this summer. The game was intense and I played as my teams Sniper/Assassin, I was using my ZoomCam but I bought a 32gig sandisk flash card on ebay and it corrupted ALL my footage from the game... no matter, the video went viral and now averages over 1,500 views per day! 

 

 

Yes, my first VIRAL video! (evidently, if you get 200,000 views in 6 months it is considered viral, I always wondered what the number was...). 

 

And google adsense gets NO revenue from it, as they can't place ads on it since they kicked me out of adsense! Funny since "paintball sniper" is one of the top searched things on youtube, and this video is #1 and has been for 6 months! haha! 

 

 

Anyway, it was the first big game I used my MonsterSpin at, and it didn't break a single ball in the barrel all day (marbalizer), and I got a bunch of one shot kills with it during the day!

 

 

So this fall, I took the MonsterSpin out for some more fun, and captured these videos with it. 

 

 

 

 

 

Proving that this LOW cost barrel system using regular paintballs can in fact compete with first strike rounds. But, at a budget price! 

 

I have an event this weekend and plan on using it in the snow! As I have been using my J&J this winter, and keep getting breaks from the small bore size... It will be interesting to see how it performs in the cold. 

 

I did test a bunch of different paints through it this past weekend and it handled them all no problem, even using some tournament paint I had left over... And shooting with Co2 in 25 degree F temps in the snow! 






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