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Trip wires DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT USING THEM!!!

#1 User is offline   Sneaky Sir 

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 08:41 PM

Don't ever even consider the option of using a trip wire as a defense. They are extremly dangerous.

Last week I was playing at a local field, it was a 7 on 7 woodsball game. I had a beginner playing on my team (only his third time playing) and he was tagging along with me to learn the ropes. Well about five minutes in the game I spotted two of the players on the other team about 100 yards away. They were crouching down fiddling with something. As we crept closer, within about 60 yards, they spotted us and fell back into a nearby bunker about 20 yards away, and the only way in was a path with a few tires on both sides of it for cover, and outside of that was very thick brush which you can't move through. They did not even seem concerned that we were there, so I was a little suspicious as to what they were doing at that spot.

We moved in to get a better look. As I got closer I spotted something shiny on the ground near where they were before, but then they started firing at us so I couldn't get a better look. Well the begginner that was with me told me to give him suppression fire so he could move up to about 10 feet from the bunker, because they were just blind firing at us. I agreed to let him move up so I got ready to suppress. He gave the signal and I started firing, and he took off running. At that moment I realized what that shiny object was...It was a metal wire. I started yelling to my team mate to stop so he didn't hit it, but it was to late. He hit it at a full sprint and he went down hard. Then to make things worse, the other two players unloaded on him. He must of been hit about eighteen times when he was laying there on the ground yelling pain. I immediate called out to go attend to him. I also yelled at those two players and told them to get the refs and call the game.
Turns out that dumb wire did a lot of damage. It caused slight lacerations to his shins and twisted an ankle. He also hit his head pretty hard and almost got a concussion too. The two players responsible for this were booted from the field and are not allowed back.
He is all healed up now, but is still mad about the incident. Luckily he still plays.
Please do not use trip wires. They are not cool in any way and can cause a lot of bad injuries.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:03 AM

if used correctly, they're safe. instead of pulling something, the wire breaks, and the loss of tension, rather than the gain of it, sets off the booby trap.

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wait, i just reread your post. did they install the trip wire simply to trip people, not as part of a booby trap? now that is just being a scumbag, and unsafe.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:09 AM

View Postthebostinian, on Dec 6 2007, 10:03 AM, said:

if used correctly, they're safe. instead of pulling something, the wire breaks, and the loss of tension, rather than the gain of it, sets off the booby trap.

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wait, i just reread your post. did they install the trip wire simply to trip people, not as part of a booby trap? now that is just being a scumbag, and unsafe.


yea just to trip people, not a booby trap or anything. they just wanted people to fall down so they could get easy kills
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:15 AM

In my opinion, trip wires should not be used as part of a booby trap or other wise. It's just not worth the risk.
The fact that they strung it up with the sole intent to trip someone, would make me not want to play with them anymore.


Remote controled booby traps on the other hand, way cool.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:26 AM

NOT cool...
a thin line to set off a trap is one thing, but setting up a line just to trip people isnt a good idea at all.
On those rare occasions when I do use a line to activate a booby trap, I useually use common sewing thread, since it breaks so easily. Like thebostinian said, a trap should be set so that lack of tension sets it off - this can be done safely.
Also, before anyone sets up something like this on the field there are 2 things that have to happen first...
1) test at home. run thru it/set it off yourself first to verify that it works the way you want it to & doesnt hurt anyone accidentaly.
2) ALWAYS clear any devises like this with the field opperator/refs before deployment on the field.

Traps & snares can be fun, but only if designed properly & used safely.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:32 AM

Just out of curiousity... this wouldn't happen to be the Mission Creek game of December 1st?

I suppose this story makes me reevaluate a little bit... makes me glad that the "local idiots" (every local field has them, except for perhaps if one ran a great outlaw field) at the fields I tend to head towards haven't tried this crap.

Good to see your comrade wasn't hurt worse by the stunt though.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:32 AM

That's not even funny. All forms of "trip wires" need to be able to be broken when pulled on (fishing line no more than 8 pound test, floss or breakable string. If you can't break the line by pulling on it then don't use it! Real trip wire is just that "metal wire" and should never be used on the ground. That is not cool :evil: :P :eck: . Sorry that the guy you were with got hurt.

I do set traps, but do not use anything that will cause someone to trip or stumble. Playing safe is the only way to have fun.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 09:41 AM

View PostSneaky Sir, on Dec 5 2007, 08:41 PM, said:

Don't ever even consider the option of using a trip wire as a defense. They are extremly dangerous.

Last week I was playing at a local field, it was a 7 on 7 woodsball game. I had a beginner playing on my team (only his third time playing) and he was tagging along with me to learn the ropes. Well about five minutes in the game I spotted two of the players on the other team about 100 yards away. They were crouching down fiddling with something. As we crept closer, within about 60 yards, they spotted us and fell back into a nearby bunker about 20 yards away, and the only way in was a path with a few tires on both sides of it for cover, and outside of that was very thick brush which you can't move through. They did not even seem concerned that we were there, so I was a little suspicious as to what they were doing at that spot.

We moved in to get a better look. As I got closer I spotted something shiny on the ground near where they were before, but then they started firing at us so I couldn't get a better look. Well the begginner that was with me told me to give him suppression fire so he could move up to about 10 feet from the bunker, because they were just blind firing at us. I agreed to let him move up so I got ready to suppress. He gave the signal and I started firing, and he took off running. At that moment I realized what that shiny object was...It was a metal wire. I started yelling to my team mate to stop so he didn't hit it, but it was to late. He hit it at a full sprint and he went down hard. Then to make things worse, the other two players unloaded on him. He must of been hit about eighteen times when he was laying there on the ground yelling pain. I immediate called out to go attend to him. I also yelled at those two players and told them to get the refs and call the game.
Turns out that dumb wire did a lot of damage. It caused slight lacerations to his shins and twisted an ankle. He also hit his head pretty hard and almost got a concussion too. The two players responsible for this were booted from the field and are not allowed back.
He is all healed up now, but is still mad about the incident. Luckily he still plays.
Please do not use trip wires. They are not cool in any way and can cause a lot of bad injuries.



I would have given someone a butt woopin for that.
They should be banned from the field permanently

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 10:08 AM

View PostIl Douce, on Dec 6 2007, 10:41 AM, said:

I would have given someone a butt woopin for that.
They should be banned from the field permanently



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The two players responsible for this were booted from the field and are not allowed back.


Soundslike they got thrown out for good. As this story is also in Minnesota, I just wish I knew who the two kids were so if they show up at another one of our fields we can keep them out.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:32 AM

Metal wires. That's NOT cool. I'd have strongly considered pressing charges against the person who did it.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:42 AM

Yea they're both gone for good.

No Thalion it wasn't that game (I wish I could've gone though).

My bud decided just to let it drop after he found out they were banned for good so he didn't press charges or anything.
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:48 AM

Well now, this is interesting.

From my perspective on this situation, I've dealt with alot of injuries in my service as an emergency medical responder and I continue to see new things every day. I have ZERO tolerance for morons who do stupid crap without thinking that results in people getting hurt...especially when they should know better.

If I was on the field that day those two idiots would have recieved a personal escourt off the field by yours truly, and I wouldn't have been very nice about it.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:33 PM

thats not cool using BREAKABLE tripwires to set off traps is one thing but that was just stupid and idiotic. weve unloaded on people at our field for doing dumb crap like this. they should have bean unloaded on. trust me they would never do it again, nothin gets the point across like a few hundred paintballs.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:10 PM

View Posttnert, on Dec 7 2007, 03:33 PM, said:

they should have bean unloaded on. trust me they would never do it again, nothin gets the point across like a few hundred paintballs.


Aside from being charged with assault... which will happen.

As it stands, they won't do it again. They can't return. Ever.
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 06:01 PM

Wow. What idiots. I'm glad the guy wasn't seriously injured. I use trip wire booby traps ALOT but I use thread which breaks easily and I also make sure the trap is "set-off" VERY easily and that the trip wire seperates from the trigger instantly. This ensures that nobody will actually trip and fall. Setting a wire to actually make someone fall is unthinkable.
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