Team of One: The Paintball Sniper DVD Review
Posted 28 August 2005 - 10:03 PM
You're back? Good. See what I mean?
It's not a bad DVD. Skip the introductory "skit." The action is poorly staged and the sniper voice-over borders on laughable. The video attempts to mystify the simple idea of being sneaky in the woods. There are solemn intonations by "Moon" and other, pretentious new age-y sounding sorts. Go into the kitchen, grab a soda and come back while these folks are prattling on; you won't miss anything.
When the star of the video, "Sensi" (he is labeled as such on the DVD box and in the credits) Jim talks, though, put down the soda can and listen. He's got good advice, tips and suggestions.
He also gives pep talks throughout the DVD. Many of them center on not being intimidated by high dollar electric guns. His talks are sincere and heart-felt. It's not all ghillie suits and one-shot eliminations. In fact, he advises you to keep shooting until you see the paintball break on your target.
There is also a blooper chapter at the end of the DVD. I really enjoyed it, especially when you see all the oopsies that happened while they were filming the earlier, pretentious parts of the DVD.
I would have liked for the DVD to have more solid content: suggestions for breaking up marker outlines, chamoflage techniques and the like. I was disappointed in the lack of this information. They could have used the DVD time to give this information instead of the overly long introductory skit.
All that being said, there are enough suggestions here that, so long as you include the blooper reel, I just about got my money's worth. Mine was part of a larger order so I didn't have to pay shipping. My satisfaction/cost ratio might have been worse if I had had to pay shipping.
Final analysis: This is not a bad DVD. Not a great one, but not a bad one, either. It does have some good suggestions and advice I haven't found elsewhere. Borrow it from somebody else if you can. If you can't borrow it from someone then go ahead and pick it up.
And know everyone catches their comeuppance in the blooper chapter.
Member # 18
Posted 21 July 2006 - 09:24 PM
"To be a paintball sniper, you've got to be . . . . . . a player. And to be a player, you've got to have . . . (the 'Sensei' clearly looks like he is struggling for the proper word) . . .a clue."
My friend above me also noted the lack of solid information of things you can actually do besides having patience. Jim doesen't even touch on camoflage, much less the different types, texture, outline and such, choosing/improving your marker, crawling, accuracy or anything. The only thing I learned that was different was the "secret sniper G-grip" (apparently secret sniper language for putting the hand on your foregrip upside down, I tried it with my bro's A-5 (the marker they are obviously using, by the way) and it did give me a little more mobility and kept my elbows out of the way when kneeling).
While I certainly grant the Gibsounds an A+ for effort, overall, I would NOT recommend spending 25 dollars on it unless you enjoy poorly made homemade instructional videos. If you are really that desprerate, buy it directly from him like I did on Ebay for only $6. I know I got my 6 dollars worth laughing my head off with my brothers (and later, my friends) at watching the "Sensei" improvise the whole movie (especially the "clue" line, which we rewound and replayed several times). If anything, I would show this to sniper initiates just to see if they had the patience to sit through watching that guy practice some kind of yoga/martial arts with his A-5 and ghillie suit (after about 5 minutes, the novelty wears off considerably).
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