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Time for some new toys

November is closing in fast and we all know what that means…… it’s new toy time. Not only do we all flock to NXL World Cup across from Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida November 3-6 2016 for some good old fun in the sun while watching our favorite teams fight it out for the gold, but we get to visit some our favorite vendors to see some familiar faces while checking out some new toys.

 

NXL World Cup is always the best place to get rid of a few old toys and possibly find a few new ones in the process. Some of my most prized possessions have been acquired while there in the previous years. So what am I looking forward to this year at NXL World Cup you may ask. I’ll list them out below, in no particular order.

 

Valken – I’m most looking forward to trying to catch up with Gino or Andy. I’ve missed meeting them over the past years but plan on making it my mission to catch up with them and see what Valken deals are to be had.

 

Ninja – No matter what I always stop in to see Ray and the guys. They always have a few great stories to share and I love checking out what they bring down as far as custom tanks.

 

Dye – You always have to stop by Dye to check out what Rocky is up to and also drop off a gun or two for them to go through and tech for me. So remember to drop on by and see Rocky……. he’ll give you a few good laughs.

 

Virtue – Virtue in the past years have always come with a pretty good selection of custom masks, loaders and more. If you don’t see it always ask as they may have it in the back or will build one for you.

 

Social Paintball – It’s always great to drop in on Israel and see what new items he has up his sleeve or in the works. I may have to check out some of those custom jerseys he’s always showing off as well.

 

AirUps – While I don’t have much need for bunkers I still plan on dropping in to see what all Brent and the crew from AirUps brought out of the wood works to display. For those not familiar with their work you need to go check them out.

 

Exalt — Exalt  is always a great one to check out as I can always find a few things there that I’d love to add to the gear bag.

 

Planet Eclipse – I’m slowly becoming a fan of the Planet Eclipse guns (especially the 3.5 and cs1 models). I’ve never owned one but who knows one day I might.

 

Bunker King – Another company I don’t know much about but I’m wanting to learn more about their products.

 

MacDev – While I’m no fan of the MacDev guns, I’ll tell you I do like some of the accessories they put out. I’m still wanting to get my hands on one of their barrel kits so maybe this will be the year for that… who knows.

 

TBD Crew – it’s no secret I’m a Damage fan so I’ll be out there rooting for my team and hope they do well.

 

Friends – I saved the best for last. NXL World Cup is always a great place to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. I’ve made several friends over the years thru paintball and the blog, but always find it a blast to catch up with them. Hopefully I can get some of the Wrecking Crewe guys together to go up and catch up with Team BBK as well. Although now that I think of it, that could be a dangerous combination for NXL World Cup.

 

 

The Time is Near ….. PSP World Cup

 

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The time is near for PSP World Cup at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida. This time next week I’ll be swarming the vendors to see what free giveaways they have as well as getting to put my hands all over the latest merchandise in the world of paintball. I’ll also get to sit back and watch some of what I predict to be the best matches of the year. While I’m most excited to watch the Pro games I also have a few friends playing in some of the other divisions and I’ll get to watch as well.

I’m most excited about seeing what new products all the paintball vendors are bringing to the table. From what I’ve seen so far I wish I had won the lottery because I’ve seen quite a few new products I’d like to add to my gear bag. While I’m not quite sure where my first stop will be, I plan on at least hitting Dye, Empire, Ninja Paintball, Virtue, Valken as well as GI Sports to check out a few things on my “Christmas Wish list”. What… I’ve been good this year (for the most part).

I’ll also be dropping by Social Paintball to check out some new products as well. If all goes well I may even end up walking away with a new pair of “Grit” paintball pants. From what I’ve seen online I like them so far but I’m much more of a visual person so we shall see. Their booth is all packed with a lot of merchandise and I’ve never gotten out of there without finding something that I’ve been wanting.

Next on my list is a trip to see the guys from Trade My Gun. I met the guys a few years back and I’ve got to tell you they are definitely on my must see agenda. Every year I’ve gone to PSP World Cup I’ve always managed to work out a deal on some gun that I’ve always wanted as well as sell off a few that I rarely use. They guys are always funny and if you catch them at the right time make some really killer deals that you’d never believe.

One of my usual stops is at the Valken tent. I’m usually there to see Kelly and the gang plus check out any new gear as I look for that awesome deal I just can’t pass up. Ninja Paintball is also a must stop so I can check out the 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness tank which I may have to actually purchase this year. I’ve looked them in the years past and always seem to want one.

While I’ll obviously be rooting for Tampa Bay Damage to win I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all the teams that have traveled from both near and far safe travels and the best of luck. Just the fact that you’re there to be a part of one of the biggest events in paintball should be a victory in itself. The win wouldn’t hurt that much either, but making new friends from all over the world. For those who can’t make it you can always follow my Twitter, Facebook, or even Instagram which I’ll include links to below. I’ll try to send out updates and new product pictures all day long, plus any other interesting things that I see happen at PSP World Cup.

Cleaning after paintball

I love playing paintball but the one thing I despise is cleaning the day after. Cleaning the guns, lubing them and checking all the o-rings is usually a several hour process for me as I’ll tear the gun completely down. The other thing I guess I would despise if I had to do it was the clothes, luckily the wife takes care of that for me so it’s one less thing to deal with. At the end of the day I know the object is not to get hit and you should come home with no paint on you. In a perfect world that may happen, but usually not in mine as I’ll come home with some sort of paint on me. This outing’s color that I came home with was pink, yes you heard me I said pink. While I don’t mind the pink fill it’s usually in the middle grade paint which is usually a thicker fill and sometime tends to stain, but it’s easy to see who is hit. So as you’re setting back enjoying your Sunday, think of me as I’ve got my entire dining room table covered in paintball guns torn apart and getting ready for my next day of play.

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Do you have any hobbies that require maintenance after the fact? How long does it normally take to complete and get ready for your next outing?

Little White Lie Follow-up

For those who read my last blog post “Little White Lie” I had promised a follow up so here it is. Early Saturday morning I arrived at Generals Cup 2013 at Gator Paintball in Hudson to find a sleeping campground still as it was early in the morning and if I had to guess, everyone was up late Friday night. So I pull into the parking spot that my “partner in crime” saved for me the night before and waited for the Crewe to wake up. The first to wake up was my accomplice and the one who I had intended the prank to be for. As I watched him climb out of his tent and stretch I couldn’t help but wonder what his first reaction would be. Suddenly I see a stare come in my direction and he squints, rubs his eyes and walks closer. Then straight out of left field he flips me the bird, laughs and comes over. He claims he knew something was up but there were less than a handful of people who knew (including the field owner and event promoter). The weekend was full of shenanigans and major bruising, but in the end our side lost and we had a blast doing so. Saturday’s team meal was at Hooters in Spring Hill just as I had wanted. The wife and I generally frequent the Clearwater Hooters and refer to it as “Our Hooters” as it’s our favorite out of them all. The weekend was long, but worth it in the end as the Wrecking Crewe took home two awards, one of which was from our opposing team which I consider to be the highest honor of the weekend. The team also had three individuals highlighted for individual achievements. All in all I’d say the weekend was a total success. The team had its first event, took home a few awards, but we also let the paintball world know we may be the new kids on the block, and we are a force to be reckoned with and now appear on everyone’s radar.

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What was your best prank ever? Did it turn out as you planned?

Little White Lie

This weekend I’ve played a little prank on the Wrecking Crewe which all started with a little white lie. It all started about 2 months ago when the Crewe started planning to play General’s Cup 2013, a two day scenario game our side dominated for the most part last year. Our team last year consisted of eleven players on our team plus a decent number from another team which joined the side we played on. This year as the game grew so did the North as they are anticipating 150 players per side (North vs. South). The Wrecking Crewe is our current team and consist of three smaller teams of dedicated players whose combined years of playing totals well over thirty years. So as I’m sitting here posting I’ve already packed my truck, tuned my guns and iced the cooler for a fun filled weekend. So, why did I decide to prank them you may ask and I honestly only have this to say “Because I can”. It’s been hard to keep it secret especially with having to register to lock in the better pricing on paint. As time grew closer I had to involve the promoter and field owner who helped reinforce the fact that I hadn’t registered. One of my other accomplices from the team knew from the get go as we were having our new jerseys printed and I wanted to make sure mine made it to the field for game day. I will say part of me wanted to give in and show up Friday night as we normally do a big team dinner, which can be fun and sometimes a bit embarrassing at times. My plan all along has been to leave out of Clearwater at 6:00am and head up to Hudson, which should put me there right as their waking up. The goal is to be sitting there on the back of my truck when the roll out of their tents in full gear and ready to play. Saturday night will be fun as I’ll have to make them take me out for dinner; maybe Hooters would be in order (Hint Hint). Stay tuned to check out my next post to see how the prank turned out and most importantly who won the big game.

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Have you ever had to tell a little white lie to pull off a prank? How did it turn out for you?

Setting visual goals

As part of my New Year’s Resolution I decided that I was going to lose weight. While I did have a number of pounds to lose I also chose an article of clothing for my goal. Not surprising but I chose a pair of paintball pants as my article of clothing. They were given to me as a gift by a friend who I consider family and that’s why they’re special. I could have very easily had them swapped for a size that fit, but they are my motivation pants so I kept them. The motivating part is in the fact that they are a medium/large (which is a 32 to 36 waist). See when I started playing paintball I started in XXL pants and over the past year I’ve been able to move down to an XL. While playing this past Sunday I noticed that my pants were getting loose so I decided to try on the medium/large pants that up until now I couldn’t get into. Much to my surprise I was not only able to get into them, but button them up and move around enough to possibly play in. While I may hold off on playing in them, it surely was encouraging to see that my goal is attainable. Finding motivation in any way shape or form is important to keep on the right track. In my case the scale has been moving slowly, but I can see it in my clothes and now my motivation pants.

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What goals did you set for yourself in 2013? How do you plan to measure your success as you go towards your goals?

Paintball Sunday

Well the weekend is officially here and it’s time to do what I love to do and that would be play paintball. The place will be Gator paintball in Hudson, our home field and the group should be about 10 or so. The team has hit about 20 players but some won’t be able to make it. As always fun will be had by all…… even those who aren’t part of the team love it and always have a blast. I’m super excited because I’ll get to use my new paintball gun for the first time. It’s a limited edition Dye Black/Gold NT 11 that I was able to get thru a friend. I’ve been searching for one for about a year or so and became aware of its presence around World Cup 2012. I’ve been saving ever since and luckily my friend still had it when I finally got the money so I feel like it was meant to be. For those who don’t know much about paintball guns I guess an easy way to compare it for women to understand would be comparing it to a limited edition Coach purse.

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What do you love to do with your Sundays? Who do you generally share this time with?

Weekend Fun

If you told me 3 years ago I’d be playing paintball let alone 2-day scenarios on a regular basis I would have said you’re nuts. Sadly enough Friday November 16th when I leave for work in the morning I’ll also be packing my truck with all my paintball gear to head out for a weekend scenario game. The Act of Valor game will take place at Gator Paintball in Hudson and it’ll be my second event. While our team has grown much smaller I feel it’s for the best as we have committed players (physically and financially) which seems to be the most common issues with all the other teams I’ve spoken with.

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The question that always runs through my mind as I pack is “what am I forgetting”? I’ll normally pack a primary and secondary gun. Normally I make sure they are full setups as well (including tanks and hoppers). Next on the list is the important part which would be all the components to maintain your guns and hoppers. Nothing is more irritating to go out to an event only to find you have an O-ring leaking but your kit is at home on the shelf. In my arsenal you’ll find a bag dedicated to gun maintenance which includes two O-ring kits, batteries (both 9 volt and AA), plenty of barrels swabs, micro fiber towels, allen wrenches, Teflon tape and much more. I know it sounds like a lot but when it comes to gun maintenance you can never have too much. The biggest part of my kit you may find this strange is actually my iPad. On my iPad I carry all of my gun manuals (and a few extras) in case I run into another player who is having issues but left their manual at home.

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Packing for any event is generally the worst as you’re preparing to leave your family for a few days but also double and even triple checking yourselves. I’ve found that I generally start to pack a week prior which gives me plenty of time to go through several times and make sure nothing has been forgotten. The guns, hopper and tanks are generally the last to be packed as I’ll spend time during the week going through checking O-rings and making sure they are lubed up and ready for play. The hoppers and tanks are the easy part as it’s generally swapping out an O-ring or a few batteries.

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A big part of the weekend whether it’s hot or cold is hydration. I’ve actually started to carry a large cooler with all my drinks (which 80% of its usually Powerade or Gatorade……which ever happens to be on sale). Snacks are definitely a must as you’ll work up an appetite while playing several hours straight. Breakfast will consist of breakfast bars or something simple and lunch you can usually buy at the events. Dinner is usually the fun part though. I remember last game we all went out for dinner and wore our team jerseys (some with comical names) and we were the life of the restaurant. I remember several people coming up and asking if we were part of a team. As always we’d politely respond “yes” but in the back of our heads we were like “What gave it away”? The even funnier part was random people coming up to us to have pictures taken. I’m not quite sure if they thought we were famous or just plain crazy, but either way we all had a great time.

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The saddest part is always the end of day 2 which is when we’re packing up our gear and anticipating who won. At the end of the day it’s nice to be able to say “We won” but I feel as if anyone who showed up are all winners. One thing I’ve noticed whether it’s been during a huge scenario game or even a normal day of play at the local fields is everyone seems to be willing to help others. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people yelling and screaming at each other on the field (looking like they want to hurt each other), but off the field be sitting side by side working on an issue one of them is having and carrying on a normal conversation like nothing is wrong.

What’s the one thing you normally forget to pack when leaving for a long weekend? What’s your favorite part of game weekends?

Where to begin?

As  PSP World Cup 2012 grows closer I have many questions. One of which is where do I begin? With so much to see and only a few days to do it I feel as if I should devise a plan. On the list of must-sees this year the new Dye DAM (Dye Assault Matrix). I have to say I’m pretty impressed from what I’ve read so far. If I get my hands on one of these bad boys to look at I’ll be sure to post pictures.

Empire, Valken, Virtue Paintball, and Ninja Paintball are all booths I plan to hit up as well. At Ninja Paintball I’m looking for my limited Edition Pink tank (to support breast cancer). I definitely need to keep my eyes on the schedule because at random times they’ll have team signings. I also need to remember I’m there to watch Tampa Bay Damage do their thing (and hopefully win it all).

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Have you been to a  PSP World Cup or similar event? What products do you look forward to seeing?