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#1 User is offline   Mike68 

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 08:50 PM

This thread is for knowledge about paintball you didn't have when you started out. Stuff you wish someone told you, but no one ever did.

I wish someone had told me:

-To buy a Pro/Carbine when they still sold them new instead of starting out with a 98 Custom

-To buy a good mask before a paintball marker. I'll never forget my first paintball outing; a 98 Custom with a Tapco folding stock and J&J barrel, and an Extreme Rage mask. I spent the day trying to figure out what vague blurs might be enemies.

-That a standard buttstock that connects to the reciever obstructs the hell out of your view with a mask, and that an undergrip T or L stock offers the same support with plenty of mask space.

-To not stand directly against every piece of cover you find

-To keep the marker raised and simply lean to snap shoot

And, the most important:

-That it doesn't matter what equipment you're using, just that you PLAY
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:14 PM

Paintball is hardly about how skilled you are. It's about where you are on the field.
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:53 PM

^^ sorry, but i've seen plenty of people who cant play find plenty of "good spots on the field" and get mowed all day long. paintball is a mix of skillsets you use to paint other players. if you're lacking in one, the others suffer.

well, i would definitely say getting a good mask first was the big one. i went through 4-5 crap masks before i found the profiler, and some protos. i really wish someone would've told me how crappy tippmann grenades are. that's 20 bucks i'll never spend again.
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:06 PM

that cocking bar on the side of ur gun...it moves when u fire...that would have been sooooo helpful
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 04:08 AM

I learn by doing, I probably wouldn't have listened to much even if somebody told me. Plus, some advice is complete crap. Just by playing you pick up on things. Such as what masks fog and which ones don't, which markers are reliable and faster and which ones aren't and whatnot. I kind of liked figuring it all out on my own. Had I listened to all the advice I was given, I would believe pumps sucked and I wouldn't have a gorgeous Phantom. :rolleyes:

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 04:36 AM

Main thing for me was the mask thing. Granted I started off with a Stingray II player pack from Wal-Mart, I would have gotten a better mask off the bat.
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 06:04 AM

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 07:19 AM

-I wish I had bought a HPA tank instead of a 20oz CO2 tank.
-Having a shorter barrel serves no purpose
-Collapsible stocks are a waste
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 08:24 AM

Rent your first few times out. Ask to shoot other guns and do a bit of research into the equipment prior to purchasing anything.
Finding out what makes some equipment better than the rest will lead to more enjoyment.

Taking the time to try on masks....shoot different guns and ask players why they like what they have will save new players money in the long run. Purchasing one expensive, well made comfortable item is far cheaper than buying two or three less expensive items and eventually buying what you wanted in the first place.

Be an informed purchaser. I spent thousands of dollars on gear that I quickly replaced. If I simply would have bought what I wanted tin the first place instead of compromising I would have had a happier wallet.
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 10:14 AM

View PostKrazy8, on 22 July 2010 - 10:24 AM, said:

Be an informed purchaser.


This.

Of all the things I wish I had been told when I was starting out, this one little sentence could sum them all up. Know what you're getting into, and see if it is really something worthwhile.

The only other thing is I wish I had been introduced to pump paintball sooner. It's a lot of fun, but I'm not good enough at it to be much use unless there's a large game going on.
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 10:42 AM

View PostIron__Man, on 21 July 2010 - 10:53 PM, said:

^^ sorry, but i've seen plenty of people who cant play find plenty of "good spots on the field" and get mowed all day long. paintball is a mix of skillsets you use to paint other players. if you're lacking in one, the others suffer.



And I have seen many awesome players sitting in the worst spot imaginable doing nothing to better the field positioning of their team.
I have seen many Newbies which would argubly be less "skilled" then other players hold down tapelines and cross field positions becuase they saw a open spot and took it.

Although I will agree that without one then other suffer, without a doubt it all has to come together to be a good baller, But thats just like anyspot.
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 09:13 PM

View PostIron__Man, on 21 July 2010 - 10:53 PM, said:

^^ sorry, but i've seen plenty of people who cant play find plenty of "good spots on the field" and get mowed all day long. paintball is a mix of skillsets you use to paint other players. if you're lacking in one, the others suffer.

well, i would definitely say getting a good mask first was the big one. i went through 4-5 crap masks before i found the profiler, and some protos. i really wish someone would've told me how crappy tippmann grenades are. that's 20 bucks i'll never spend again.

Amen to that. I bought like four of those first couple times I started playing. Thats forty bucks I'll never get back.
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 10:10 PM

-make sure you don't tilt your head when you shoot (I'm left eye dominate and right handed)
-eggys aren't bad hoppers
-skip the steely tank
-don't bother upgrading spyders
-buy pads
-wear good paintball pants with good knee padding

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 04:52 PM

Something I wish I learned from day 1, Paintball is not about surviving the games, but its about shooting people. I don't know how many times I spent games hiding for most of the time then being so proud of myself after for not getting shot that game. I see the renters at the field I work at do it all the time. It took me a while to realize that the game is a ton more fun when you're going out to get the people instead of focusing your game on avoiding getting shot.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 08:15 AM

-don't upgrade spyders :)
-don't waste money on CO2, save until you can afford HPA
-slider shorts are a life saver
-the proshop owner is an idiot, most of the times (our field anyways lol)
-upgrade mask first lol

just my two cents
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