I was playing in a scenario game this weekend and was asked to hold a kids marker (this kid was probably 10 and had a hopped up speedball marker). We were in this octagon shaped fort, which will become important in a minute. When he passed it to me, I was holding my marker, a mission brief, and a bunch of other crap. I raised my knee up with my foot on a railing, and laid the end of his marker on my leg pointing at the wall. The marker went off and just missed a team mate by inches.
I looked and couldn't find the safety on the marker. When I asked the kid where the safety was, he said it didn't have one. What kind of company makes a "firearm (as classified by the firearm act of 2000)" as doesn't put a safety on it? To me that is really strange. In fact, it kind of freaks me out!
In addition, we had one other team member shot at no more than two feet in the thigh. A guy was picking his marker up and grabbed the grip and the trigger.
After that, I started looking around. It was routine for the kids in the group to constantly keep their finger on the trigger. They didn't use safeties if they had them, and they didn't pay attention to where their barrel of their markers were pointed.
Maybe it's because I grew up in a time when hunting and guns were pretty much an everyday (or at least frequent) experience. Kids routinely got cap guns, disk guns, and BB guns for birthdays, went hunting with their fathers when they were old enough to keep up, starting shooting when they were able to steady the butt end of the gun while the barrel was in a shooting stick or fence post, and gun safety was something you learned at a very early age.
You can't buy a marker unless you're 18 (at least in my state). You can't go hunting unless you take a hunting safety course if you are under a certain age (maybe because kids aren't being taught gun safety at home anymore?). Why would you buy a little kid a marker and not teach him the basic principle of safety associated with the "gun".
Wouldn't this sort of thing be a good business practice (plus a potential revenue source) for paintball fields to offer a course in basic gun safety?
Is it just simpler to put a canvas bag with elastic on the end of a barrel than it is to teach safety to begin with? (I'm assuming that is the reason we use these barrel condom!)
I hate to put a damper on anyone's fun, and hey, we are out there shooting each other anyway, so why be safe while you're doing it?
I guess it's like the saying goes: "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye, then it's hilarious!"
This post has been edited by foodawg: 29 April 2007 - 08:43 PM