The weather was great. People seemed shocked as typically the rain makes an appearance during this event, but not this time, perfect paintball weather graced the field. The day literally flew by, starting with some full out play on this very maneuverable field. There were many tanks, props and interesting players looking for a good time. I could go on and on about the field and the play during the day but this event also had some excellent off-field activities as well, including lunch cooked on-site, vendor tents and games of skill.
Groups and squads running different missions kept things moving and stretched the game play out over the large field. Multiple converted SUVs served as tanks and also kept things moving by rolling through and breaking up any pockets of stalled out players. Mobile medic stations, interesting props and some good old-fashioned firefights made this one day event zip by.
The much anticipated Tiberius Sniper Shoot finally was at hand and a long line formed to have a chance to hit three varying depth targets with one clip of First Strike rounds. The fastest time literally took home the marker! As if that wasn’t enough, a dunk tank was on-site with half of the proceeds going to charity and the other half to a lucky contestant. This really added to the carnival feel and gave everyone a central place to joke and tease.
After a relaxing halftime break, everyone was very excited to play Fox Paintball’s new field, â€œThe Gauntlet. This was the first time this field was open for play and it has all the elements you could want, including a field by the river, a bombed-out central building, trenches, structures, vehicles and pillboxes. Located conveniently right by the parking lot, “The Gauntlet” field will be perfect for walk-on play.
After burning all available daylight with a full day of paintball, the Seal Team took the win and their leader, “Camo Joe” Bradley said, “It was a heck of a day! As you know, I never won as a General before. Paintball is the greatest sport on earth! Special thanks to Fox Paintball!, The Ranger Team fought hard under General Adolph “Skully” Ferrer. He said, “This was a great event with an excellent turnout! He was very gracious to step up as the emergency Ranger’s Commander. He commented, With two days notice, I was just able to figure out who’s who!
A big thanks to “PyroMan” for his great work at the event and to all the sponsors such as Flurry Industries, Ninja Paintball, G.I. Sports, Tippmann, Empire, Tiberius, V-Force, DYE, Valken Sports, HK Army, Planet Eclipse, DXS, and Team Pestilence for their prize donations. The staff provided excellent teamwork with enthusiasm that was very effective.
Amongst many things that this well-established field is known for is their “Young Guns” program. It really stands out. I’m always impressed when fields work hard to support new players in our sport. At Fox Paintball, the program is for ten to sixteen year olds and is considered a learning tournament. This series is also run by Ray and Lorene of Splatterzone Production, who produce Scenario Games at Fox Paintball. This event has been running for a decade and averages twelve teams per event. Complete with trophies and prizes, it runs from April to September with six events a year on the last Sunday of each month. The cost for the program is the same as open play but provides a more relaxed atmosphere for upcoming paintballers. Some Pro Players from Houston Heat and Chicago Aftershock started at the Young Guns program at Fox Paintball!
Be sure to check out Fox Paintball. The owner, Tim Glavin, does a great job running this very well put together field and is committed to the growth of the sport.
You can see my video coverage of this event on my YouTube Channel!