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17 April 2009 - 12:58 PMCall it a stab in the dark, but I assume no one else here is heading over to Mandeville to get soaked and bruised (Oh, and have fun too!) at Paintball Command's first Scenario game of the year (in Mandeville, LA)?
$65 for the weekend, $40/$70 for paint. Oh, and you get a patch too.
If anyone is there, I'd love to do a good Special Ops Meet-n-Greet. Just look for someone clothed from head-to-toe with Special Ops' latest Sick Deals.
08 March 2009 - 08:48 PMSo after a six month hiatus I drug out my old JT Tac-5 out of my closet, stripped it down, oiled it up, and went to the local field to get back into the swing of things. It was the first time I had been to this field (I moved to the general area back in August for the new school year) and was mildly surprised by the friendliness of the staff as well as the folks from the local team who were milling about. They were practicing and let me in on the practice because they needed someone else...not to mention no other walk-ons showed up that day.
Needless to say I was chewed up and spat out with ease by the guys running about with their high-end electronic markers , though I acquitted myself decently in the last match when I was down 4-1, and managed to get three of them with some well-placed shots, only to be bunkered nicely by the fourth guy. Compliments and commiserations were passed about, not to mention some friendly ribbing about me and my "wanna-be army marker" showing up for an airball match. I wonder what gave it away. Perhaps it was the red dot sight and stock. Nah, can't be that.
Before Saturday, I had been pondering picking up an electronic marker as it was, so the 8 welts I received didn't exactly hurt me thinking I needed some more firepower. Over the course of me peeking about I had been looking for a good reliable marker in the ~$200 range and by the end of the day I narrowed my search down to Smart Parts markers*. Now, I know some of you folks who swear on a pile of Recon Magazines that Tippmann is the greatest marker company to stride about on this planet, which is a fine opinion to have I suppose, but at the end of the day I think I'll be getting my money's worth with a Smart Parts marker, despite what some of you folks say.
My choices are essentially down to an SP-1 and an Ion. I've been going around and around as to which would be the better deal for myself, and I keep on coming to a stalemate as I've used both and really enjoy both of them. The way I see it, the SP-1 has the following for it:
- Easy Field Maintenance
- Weaver rails galore
- I can put a stock on it if I feel so inclined
- In a pinch, I can reset the board and use CO2 without any issues (since I run off of a remote setup)
- Decent maintenance issues for an electronic marker
- Great right out of the box
- 15-18 bps
- Lightweight, though a dedicated speeball marker (Though with that said, if I'm dying for a red-dot sight on my Ion, I can always put Weaver rails on it...)
*I know a Proto SLG beats an Ion right out of the box, and on the field most of the time, and can be bought now brand new for $200 but the area in which I live makes me a bit queasy about getting one. The nearest place that can work on one is in Houston, a 5 hour drive from here. <_< The local field can do Smart Parts work.
- Easy Field Maintenance
04 April 2008 - 08:53 PMYou see it all the time. Someone asks for general advice on tactics and invariably someone pops up with a post like this...
You should send people up both sides of the field so the oponents fill the middle.
This always bemuses me that everyone views the centre of the field as some sort of radioactive waste zone that should never be entered, but rather herd themselves on the boundary line and attack there. It's so ingrained in Paintball that it's even the correct answer on the Brigade Officers Exam (of course, it wasn't the only question that piqued my interest. Since when does knowing how Tippmann got started make me a better officer or momentum isn't a part of woodsball? But I digress...). It's a strategy that has has hordes of paintballers in its cold, iron grip.
What I'm talking about is the following strategy:
Key: Blue= small semi-dry stream bed. Black= trails. Tan= light woods. Medium Green: moderate woods. Dark Green= heavy woods/brush
As you can see, each side piles up their team on the flanks, with a squad having sufficient numbers to withstand any ambush on a strong side. There's a decent enough defence with the commander at the back to control movements. The mirror of the strong side is a modest attacking force with a sniper to provide support as a force multiplier.
The problem with this plan is, of course, unless you're going to face a complete group of brand new walk-ons, the commander will be thinking the same thing as you, leading to two of the following outcomes:
(1) The opposing commander will be set up like in the image above as a mirror image. Both sides' stronger squads will hit the smaller squads and come out ahead based on numbers and the broadsword laying down enough paint. They will reach the opposing bases without a mirror squad, making an attack difficult because their own base is probably under fire from the oppositions' surviving squad. Result: Stalemate.
(2) The opposing commander will place his forces to where when contact is made it will be strength against strength. Both sides will fall back after contact and do their best Battle of the Somme impression in an attempt to get a numerical advantage or try to outflank each other, only to find they only have one direction to flank--the same side as their opposition. Result: Stalemate.
Now, a wily commander will look at this situation and see that the way to break this stalemate would be to pour forces into the centre and abandon the flanks except for my personal favourite combat unit... the tripwire force!
A tripwire force is just that: a tripwire to let the rest of the team know they have made contact with the opposition. They only fire in self defence, and fall back until they either meet reinforcements or find a good place to ambush.
By putting a tripwire on a flank and sending the main force up the middle provides plenty of problems for the opposing team, as you can see below:
By putting the strongest squad in the middle, flanked by a smaller attacking squad and a tripwire force, the commander has a whole host of options that the commander with the standard strong-side attack doesn't have. If the tripwire force reports a strong force coming up the tape, the central squad can wheel around and encircle them. The smaller squad meets what seems to be the only defence on their tape line? Swing around and eliminate them and have the entire side of the field to themselves. No defence up the middle? Charge ahead and encircle the opposing flag with the other squad.
By making this slight change and not ignoring the centre of the field, it makes the standard advice given above moot. What can the opposing force do about it after all? The best they can achieve in any given engagement is 1:1 odds, because any attack on either side will invariably involve reinforcements from the flanks. Unless, of course, you have for yourself a pretty handy gunslinger that takes them all out with some well-placed paint.
Of course, your mileage may vary, but the next time you hit the field, don't treat the centre of the field like Pripyat from S.T.A.L.K.E.R... take it and use it to your advantage.
24 March 2008 - 04:15 PMI've gotten back into paintball enough to buy a marker (again) and because I'm a school teacher I don't make any money, so I picked up a JT Tac-5 Recon M (Keep your snickering to yourself ) from someone gently used. I went out a-shooting before stripping it down and I noticed that the air hose began to leak after 30 balls shot where it links up to the marker itself.
I figured there would be a leak somewhere when I bought it so I picked up a Tune-up pack and stripped it down, changing all of the O-rings and springs (Ugh, I spent $6 for a pack of O-Rings and springs I could have picked up at the hardware store for half the price?) including the O-Ring at the hose since it looked damaged. I got it back together and when I dry fired it it began to leak again.
So I toss it you folks: How can I seal this to where it doesn't leak anymore. Would a bit of Teflon tape between the airline itself and the lug that secures it to the marker? It's been a while since I've fooled with a marker's innards so some assistance would be appreciated.
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