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20 May 2009 - 02:12 PMOkay, so here's the deal.
I want to get a new gun.
I love my tippmann, but it's
hard to clean
So... I'm looking for something that is
Light (at least not tippmann heavy, it doesn't matter that much)
Very quiet. (I'm going to buy an aftermarket barrel also)
At least reasonably efficient, but i'm willing to take a hit in this category.
Somewhat smaller. (Again, as long as it's not tippmann huge)
Reasonably easy to clean.
Oh yeah, and no Smart parts stuff.
Doesn't have to be electropneumatic either, although I wouldn't really mind.
Edit: preferably under 300. I'm not exactly rolling in cash.
Also, it doesn't have to shoot fast. I don't think i've ever needed to shoot over 10 bps.
29 March 2008 - 01:24 PM
03 January 2008 - 09:11 PMI thought you guys might like this.
04 December 2007 - 04:18 PMLast month Rancho Palos Verdes resident Brandon Shortís paintball team, Ironmen, won the World Cup 2007 in Orlando, Fla., against the Russian Legion. Team America took it all, as he expected.
Paintball is a full-time gig for Brandon, who teaches paintball clinics around the world, plays and practices with two teams and gets paid a salary.
"Itís given me every satisfaction I ever wanted. I made more friends doing it; bottom line is I just love doing it," Brandon said. "Itís given back to me more than Iíve even given to it. I get to travel around the world at 21 and do things and see things that I never even thought I could do. Iím just very fortunate to be doing this."
His mom, Gail, said the sport has kept her son on the straight and narrow, but mostly she said itís helped Brandon get through the loss of his father, David.
David was diagnosed with brain cancer a month after Brandon graduated from Peninsula High School in 2005. He put college on hold to help care for his terminally ill father.
"The last two years weíve done our best and we live with it," Brandon said. "It was a huge deal, but I had no problem being there."
"His dad was supportive of Brandon always from day one, because he could see the passion in Brandonís eyes," Gail said. "Through his dadís illness he always made his [father] feel like, ĎYouíre the Dad; Youíre in charge,í even though he was now taking care of his [father]."
Brandon cared for David during the day while Gail ran the family business. He helped with showers, shaving, bathroom duties and dressing him, said Gail.
"He didnít just stay home with him. He would take him to the beach.
He always said there was nothing more beautiful than his dad to be wheeled in a wheelchair with the breeze in his face [at] the beach,"
Brandon also took him to paintball practice, and "all the guys would make David feel like he was a part of the team," Gail said. "It really made me realize what [Brandon] was made of, and he never once complained."
At his fatherís eulogy Brandon wrote something that Gail recounts: "The last year of my dadís life we got the closest weíve ever been because it wasnít about work or school or sports. It was about my mom, my dad and me and down to the basics of loving each other Ö it truly became just about the three of us doing the simple things."
Gail continued, "For the last 11 months of my husbandís life Ö It was truly about what Brandon said. It was the three of us."
Brandon first played paintball at 15 at a friendís birthday party. Since then, he said, "it became like an avalanche."
Although it qualifies as an Olympic sport, paintball hasnít quite made it to those ranks, but Brandon promises the sport will be mainstream in the coming years.
He has goals for himself, including becoming the best paintball player in world and helping his team become the best.
"I want to become a true ambassador of the sport and I want to help [it] grow and become bigger than it ever has been," Brandon said.
Itís been four years since Brandon made the Ironmen team at an open tryout.
"The way the sport has evolved, you have to be a real athlete to compete at the top," he said. "You need everything from strength training, endurance to speed. From my perspective itís no different from tennis [or] soccer."
Brandon returned Monday from New Zealand and Australia after teaching two paintball clinics. He teaches everything from how to hold a gun to run while shooting.
"When you win, everybody wants you. People approach me through Myspace, e-mail and they ask me to do these clinics," Brandon said. "Right now Iím learning so much by seeing the world. My whole perspective has changed since Iíve traveled and gotten to see other parts of the world."
Gail said sheís happy Brandon has this passion in his life and that the experience has made him a responsible individual.
"Where is it going to lead him? I donít know, but right now heís making money and traveling," she said. "He took a little time off [of college] because itís been too much with traveling, but heís gonna go back and finish, he promised me that."
Brandon does remember that promise and said college is in his future, but for now his career is paintball.
"I know how life works and thereís always change Ö At this point in my life it would be hard to see myself walk away from it," Brandon said. "I [travel] like crazy. I
would never want to give that up, and then thereís the feeling I get [playing paintball] ó that I never want to give up."
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