Stock-Class Paintball Network – SCP RAXX!!.
en·dur·ance [en-door-uhns, -dyoor-]–noun
1. the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
2. the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: He has amazing physical endurance.
There are few words with the real strength to describe a quality very accurately. “Endurance” is one of them. We all have our personal battles, wins, losses, and ties. Its a base part of being human. Whats important, is how we deal those struggles, not so much on the outcome. Challenges in my life have been pretty extreme lately. Job hunting, stopping smoking, rebuilding SCP and more. While I still don’t have a job, the rest Im making good progress on because I have a great support system and quit frankly, I hate to fail, but sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially when those rejection letters come in.
So We all want to win, but just like our favorite sport, we wont always have our way. If we endure, If we speak out when we feel our voice needs to be heard, If we make a stand for whats important, we, and our sport will endure through times of challenge and be stronger for it.
Some times we stick out a bit, get ridiculed maybe for speaking up for the things that are important to us. Recently, I have been speaking with a person who is very concerned about safety at one particular paintball field. When he spoke up, Instead of being thanked, he was made fun of for it. This is just plain wrong. So we are helping, and enduring with him to make sure all paintball fields are safe, every time, all the time. I hope you join with us, and speak up when you see a problem. But don’t forget to thank your field staff when there aren’t any problems. Most field owners and their crews work very hard to make sure you have a great, safe time at their field, they deserve thanks for that as well!
The rumor is, and I stress rumor, that a field apparently decided that chronographs aren’t necessary. For those who may not know, a Chronograph (chrony for short) measures the speed of a paintball to ensure it doesn’t impact with force exceeding the safety standards of the equipment. 280 Feet Per Second (FPS) or less is pretty much the standard now.
A paintball shooting 340fps has the potential to rip goggles off a players face, crack weak lens’s, and create one heck of a welt. All in all, potentially very dangerous. Paintballs are bit heavier than they used to be as well, which adds momentum and kinetic impact energy. The Rumor is that the field in question had a chrono, it broke and replacing it wasn’t really a priority. I’m still trying to get verification on this. Ive sent the field staff a note asking for information and they did respond. They claimed they actually have six chronographs posted and available at all times. But is this true? Six seems allot for a small field when the average is two, so their answer only opened up more questions for me. Did they put additional chronos out after people started asking questions or did they just maybe miss a day and put them out late? Was the person who told me exaggerating? I have no way of really knowing, and hate to make any false accusations. However, If the allegations are true, this is a potentially very dangerous situation which no player should ignore. I thought It worth writing over, just in case. so here’s the way I see it:
- There has to be more than one chrono at a “pay for play field” and the gates shouldn’t even open without at least one working unit and one spare. Larger fields need to have more than one out and available, especially on busy days. At least one unit for every fifty players, at the bare minimum, plus one in reserve for every three that are in use. A few hand chronos for the refs are a great idea as well for spot checks.
- Not using a chronograph can result in serious injury or death, do not play if there are no chronographs!
- If a field doesn’t have enough chronographs, Its bad for the sport as a whole . I assure you, People WILL be shooting hot even if they don’t mean too, they have no way to tell! And players WILL get hurt, there’s no “IF” here. If anyone goes home with an egg on their head, its bad for the sport, its bad for business, they wont come back if their new, and that’s the least that can happen.
- If any field I’m made aware of does indeed have a chrono problem and I can verify it hasn’t been fixed, I will publish their information as a public safety measure, its that important people are able to play paintball safely!
Most fields do a great job measuring, enforcing and ensuring paintball is safe for everyone, and to those field owners and staff who make this a priority all the time, every time, I thank you. To those who dont, you wont be in business long if you dont fix that problem fast, like yesterday fast! Enough about that, all I ask is if you see those types of problems, do something about it. Even if it means being criticized locally, were here to back you up. Endure a little discomfort for the greater good and I assure you, it will be appreciated.
If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a bit of a fan of big games and scenarios. This type of play offers much more than your average game. Mostly its the people, besides playing to your hearts content, you get to hang out, camp, or just chill with dozens, sometimes hundreds of people who share a similar interest. You don’t even have to know anyone, you cant help but make friends. But as in all things, in my research I’ve seen a few things that irked me. I’ve noticed allot are using the terms “Milsim” and “Scenario” and “Woods ball” interchangeably. STOP IT! STOP IT NOW! 😉
Now don’t get me wrong, Ive nothing against military simulation play styles or gear. In fact, Ive got some “milsim” gear myself. Even the BT New Trracer is on my want list, and thats a very “milsim” looking pump. Don’t tell anyone, but I even own a project salvo (Very milsim’ish semi, sshhh… ) and Ive certainly played big games based on battles. But a scenario game doesn’t have to be about military battles (cue Grail IX theme, what an awesome game that was!) and I don’t need a mil-sim marker to play woods ball, so please stop confusing things. Here is some help:
- Scenario–Any paintball game with a storyline and a theme.
- Milsim– Military simulation, either to describe gear, or the use of military tactics in a game, or even the story line if its based on a military theme.
- Woodsball–playing paintball in the woods or field with trees or vegetation rather than on a court (speedball, xball, etc.)
Wasn’t that easy? I’m not going to beat this horse to death, just be aware that some people will be easily confused and may even get the wrong idea about paintball if you mix these terms up. And before I forget to mention it, I’m working on a scenario prep guide, it’ll be out soon. Ill let you know when its ready. :O)
By the way, I did use several pumps recently at the scenario: Surprisingly, my best shot of the game was with a Brass Eagle Tiger Shark from 75 feet when I took out a dude shooting full auto. The shark is $15 marker, and a reminder to me that it doesn’t cost much to have fun playing pump! Also, I dont think Ive met a pump player yet who wouldnt loan out their pump for a game or two to someone wanting to try it. Just talk to someone at your field who does, and theres a pretty good chance, youll get to try it out.
This weekend is the Spring pump event in Illinois. SPE is one of the great events that has grown over the years into something special. I hope you’ll be able to attend, because it cant be anything but fun! I wont make it this year, but maybe things will be better next year. In the mean time, Gyspy and I will be at Central Florida Paintball on April 23rd, 2011 for a Florida pump chumps meet. If your in driving distance, come on by, no reservations required and the more the merrier!
And now for the BIG announcement!
The SCP RAXX Marker utility system is here!
The SCP Battle Rattle RAXX ™system is a portable display rack that holds up too three paintball markers in almost any configuration (bottom line, vertical bottle, backbottle, etc.)
It incorporates a wall mounted system (the Sky Base) and a free standing support (the Base camp). The system also holds two paintball masks, can be true vertical by table mounting it, and folds almost flat for transport. Sky base units can be combined to create a large wall display! The Prototypes are shown here, the actual units may differ slightly.
At home, you can use the Sky Base to display two of your favorite markers and masks. At the field you attach the sky base to the base camp, and it holds up to three markers, two masks up and out of the way and at or above table level. No more clutter!
Pre-ordering will start very shortly, the patent paperwork is well under way and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the pricing as well! For more information email Maverick at stockclasspaintball.com.
Until the next time, Happy hunting and keep on pumping!
We are working a few things and will have a new rambling very soon. We’ve got a picture contest, A new article by Gypsy, and I’m working on The ultimate Scenario prep guide, A new product called SCP RAX, and a few other things! Stay tuned and thanks for reading! Be Back Soon!
Until the next time, Happy hunting and keep on pumping!
Attention SE Pump and Stock Class Players!
The SCP Florida Pump Chumps Will be in Ocala this weekend, for the NOCER Productions Presents: Grail IX: Get Spammed Scenario At:
Old River Paintball!
9911 SE 170th Ave Rd,
Ocklawaha, FL 32179
This will be our first Official warm up event outside of Pump Pandemonium since 2005! For more details please visit www.stockclasspaintball.com, or http://oldriverpaintball.net for registration, prices, and info! Important, SCP will be playing on the “English” side…
All are welcome, look for the SCP Pump Chumps Banner, or the Team Trigger Happy Camp!
Everyday we are challenged, sometimes its at work, sometimes its at home, and sometimes we challenge ourselves to accomplish something. How well we respond to these challenges often defines a big part of who we are. But sometimes, you just have to shake your head and laugh…
As Ive mentioned in the past, Ive been buying and selling some paintball gear on occasion. It has helped me to get re acquainted with paintball and update me on what gear is available , and what has value, and more importantly, whats doesn’t have value, but should. And some of the results are surprising, at least to me.
As always Sheridans are mostly still hot, particularly pistol based Sheridans. Forgive the pun but a nice PGP will bring you at least one Benjamin now! I remember trading PGP’s back and forth for ten or twenty bucks, mostly throwing them in as a bonus to entice the purchase of a VM68 or an F2 Illustrator (Free sidearm dude!) And speaking of the virtual machine, the tanks value has tanked. I watched a very nicely optioned VM68 sell for under $40 the other day, a few years ago a bad price for that VM would’ve been under $200. But Ive figured out why, and its a very simple issue.
yes, fingers, magic fingers to be precise.
The VM 68 requires a reinforced rubberized detente known as ball feed fingers (and a bunch of other names) and people think you cant get them anymore. These fingers are a perishable item, the nature of design is effective, but they wear under use, and dry up and disintegrate in storage. If you cant use a VM-68, its no fun. Lets face it, they aren’t exactly graceful looking and don’t make pretty wall art. But guess what? Pro Team products is expecting a huge shipment any day now! Yes, Forest is trying to come through for the Dragon Brigade! And Palmers Pursuit already sells them! My prediction is that once word gets out, VM 68 value will creep back up again. Ive got four stored away, I wouldn’t quite call them investments, but there are few old semi that are as much fun , and you’ll get a kick out of them (literally!). gets yours while their cheap!
But Mav, that’s a Semi!
Well, I play semi too sometimes, as do most of you I’d bet. But the supply issue on the VM’s is relevant to us pump players as well. What would happen if power tubes or cup seals were suddenly unavailable? Same thing right? Don’t believe me? Its already happened! Back in Y2K if you wanted a number four nelson power tube, you could pay better than $50 for one! Ah yes, the great power tube shortage of Y2K, some of you will remember it, we were in a panic for a little while there. Afraid to use our pumps for fear of snapping a power tube, buying up cheap pumps just for the tubes…it was a mess for a little bit.Thankfully, Colin Thompson of Lapco either cranked out a fresh batch, or just told people he had them, but whatever the case power tubes became available again and ended
the shortage scare, if there ever even was one. A lack of parts, or even a perceived lack of parts can kill the value of our equipment, and quick like! If you can’t use it, It doesn’t do you much good, unless you want to hang it on the wall and admire it rather use it on the field. I’ve been trying to get a handle on market value. If you’ve seen the Brass Eagle Blade listed for $99 on eBay you know what I mean. A VM 68 that’s going for less than scrap value in one instant, and a marker that’s been seen on clearance at wally world for $5 at car payment money in the next, does no one check going prices first? Crazy…
Here’s a tip, eBay and Craigslist are two totally different worlds! A Spyder sells on eBay for under $40, but its suddenly worth $100 on craigslist! (at least according to sellers there, want to bet very few sell at that price?) Apparently our newest Internet generation isn’t as swift as we’d hoped. I picked up a few “broken” markers for low bucks on craigslist, re-assembled them (mostly its people taking their kit apart and not knowing how to put them back together!) and straight to eBay for a tidy profit. Inversely, Ive snagged a few “tournament” guns on eBay for cheap, and made a tidy profit from them on craigslist! You wont make a fortune, but maybe enough to upgrade your own stuff a bit, maybe pay field fees every few weeks if you work at it. And if you do this, Roberta at Paintballorings.com is your friend to supply you with cheap o ring repair kits!
One of the eBay scores Ive had included a set of Brass Eagle markers, A stingray II and a Tiger Shark for one price.
You can guess which one I was really interested in. In fact, We’ve got a full article on the Shark almost ready to go! One of the new goals is to get some new reviews and tech info up on even old school equipment. A modern update to classic equipment, using methods and upgrades that anyone can do with parts that are available right now. These are living documents, and can be added too, just post up on the message board, I want these to be collaborative efforts.Here’s a first look ! We need more of this stuff, so if you want to write a fresh take on your new, or old pump gun, send it in to me, and well see what we can do to get it posted up on SCP!
Something else Ive noticed, what people think their pumps are worth, and what those pumps are actually bringing, are two very different things. Old pmi trracers average about $40, maybe a bit more if they’re very nice, but you will often see them offered in the $70 to $80 dollar range, they don’t sell at that price. For a little bit more you can get a brand new BT Trraccer, so its no big mystery. Phantoms still bring a premium, and rightly so, but I often see them selling used with no upgrades for more than you can buy one new directly from Mike at Component Concepts! Shop carefully, there are plenty of bargains out there, and that $20 you save could mean an extra day of field time!
And there is one more topic Id like to address this week, Its about Stock Class Player Elitism. Recently, SCP member’s were accused of being closed minded elitists. It was a very general, and ugly comment. Of all the Stock and pump players Ive met, and Ive met hundreds, if not thousands, I don’t recall a single one acting as if they owned the field, or saying negative things about other players, no matter what the equipment was. Lest we forget pump players generally are out gunned and out numbered, that’s part of the challenge. And when they are triumphant, they deserve to be proud of it! That doesn’t make us elitists or close minded, it makes us human ! sure there is smack talk on occasion, that’s part of the fun of it, but I’ve yet to meet a pump player that wouldn’t stop in the middle of a game to help someone out, even if they’re on the other team, and even if that person who needs help is shooting a semi! Ive seen it dozens of times, the semi shoots gun jams, and the pump player stops shooting, and goes over and helps them to get back in the game! Its called sportsmanship, and its something that makes me proud to be a part of. If some want to call that elitism, Ill take that badge and wear it with honor!
You’ll notice Ive included a few links this time around, these are folks that support paintball, and some have directly supported SCP in the past. Don’t forget about them when you need something, they’ve helped our sport more than most realize.
One more thing, Thanks to all of you who have expressed your support. Im still not employed, so if you know anyone who needs a very experienced Security Executive (not the web stuff, but the protect your assets type!) On the East coast, I’m available!
And, Ive quite smoking! almost two weeks now and smoke free! I appreciate all the well wishes and encouragement, you all are awesome! Face your challenges as they come, look to loved ones and friends to help you, and even if you don’t achieve complete success, every little step is accomplished with honor! Its not the end result that matters sometimes, its the road you take to get there.
Until the next time, Happy hunting and keep on pumping!
Today is February 24th, 2011 and as of today I have been unemployed for exactly 85 days, and I have to say, its not all bad! It’s frustrating and depressing sometimes, and I occasionally have panic attacks that I try to hide from everyone whenever a bill comes in, but I think I’ve got that under control now that the initial shock has worn off.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a few calls come in, but nothing has panned out yet. In fact, this morning I went on an interview. I was apprehensive about this interview because it was completely out of my field, way out, but what the heck, why not see whats what, and it gave me a chance to brush up on my interview-ee skills a bit.
You see I’m basically an administrator; all my training and skills have been centered on running things, usually very complex things. It’s not easy for me to be the one answering the questions instead of asking them. I also have a heavy background in law enforcement and private security, which translated means I can tell pretty quick when some ones trying to hide something. This happens automatically, my BS detector activates and I go into interrogation mode. Now that really isn’t good when you’re trying to get a job, it makes people nervous. And that’s exactly what happened today, In a nutshell, it went like this:
Wow, that sounds like a great opportunity! Let me see if I have this straight?
You want me to use my own vehicle, go to customer’s houses to have them sign off on documents, then try and sell them upgrades right?
There is no base salary, its commission only, and I only get paid if I can convince them to upgrade?
Soooo, I do all your work for free, for nine hours a day, including using my vehicle and my gas, and you pay nothing for that? Oh and you get the commission for the deal that’s already been worked out right?
So when’s the last time you were arrested? Really! I mean I don’t care, but you seemed awfully nervous when you were reading my resume…silence ensued…
Needless to say, I dont think I got the job but I did get a “special” code put on my application “that means well call you back first “ uh huh… I think that guy has already booked his flight out…
What does this have to do with paintball?
Well, when I went jobless, I started to dig out stuff to sell, get rid of the excess and try and pad the bank account a little bit. When I got to the paintball stuff, It took me half a day to dig everything out, sort it, and check prices to see what it might be worth. A funny thing happened during all this, I started to miss paintball.
Conveniently a good friend (that allot of you probably know) invited us to the local paintball field (and he didn’t show up by the way, uh huh) But Gypsy and I went and we had a blast. We were in rental gear, it was night play, the goggles were fogging like crazy, we looked like newbs, and we were just giggling the whole time. To make matters even better, it was her first time (okay, she was a newb ) and she played like a pro, literally!
Since then, I’ve buying and selling some paintball items and with some wheeling and dealing, have upgraded allot of my old equipment. It hasn’t cost me a penny, I sell this and use the money to buy that, then take the part I needed off that and sell the rest, usually making my money back. I’ve found some really good deals, and I’ve given some pretty good deals too. I used a bit of the extra to get Gypsy set up with a great set of goggles, and a mini cocker, hpa tank and some other essentials. When she’s ready for a pump she’ll let me know, for now, she’s my cover fire. (insert Evil Laugh here!)
Now were planning a Florida pump chump reunion next month, the website is being updated, and allot more. I’m still getting the bills paid, though I did have to sell my beloved Truck, But we find ways to cope. But the important thing is it doesn’t have to be all supreme sacrifice and suffering. Fact is, Im having a bit of fun with this! I still have my moments, and I still spend a good part of each day job hunting, but in between, Im rebuilding paintball guns, buying and selling gear, updating the website and even recruiting help for that.
So its not all bad, If I hadn’t become unemployed, I might not have been reminded of how much I enjoy this sport, and how great the people that play it are. We get so caught up in trying to make a living that we sometime forget these things. And sometimes it takes a big knock in the ego to remember.
I think Ill be around for awhile, still have to find a real job and soon, but I don’t think I can go right back into complete career mode. We all need a break from that, and times with loved ones and friends, and a little adventure once in awhile, and that’s what paintball does for me. As the great man sang, “We don’t always get what we want, we get what we need!”
What does paintball do for you? Don’t be afraid to comment , I am really interested!
progress ( ) n. Movement, as toward a goal; advance. Development or growth.
So yes, progress. In the past week Ive gotten quite a bit done. The Main site updates are coming along, a few snags here and there, but there is movement all the same. This blog has been established, I haven’t figured out yet how to add a counter, so I have no idea if anyone is actually reading it, but sometimes I like a good mystery. The eventual goal is to get all the various www.stockclaspaintball.com components updated and in line, itll take a bit. Im also trying some social networking tools out. Social networking is here to stay, and we have to be a part of it if we want to thrive, it’s a no brainer. Now I’m not a web designer, or an IT guy. At heart, I’m just a tinker-er. So each step requires a bit of study and research, =some self education and sometimes it works, sometimes, not so much. Ill just have to ask for your patience while I work this stuff out.
I’ve also been trying to get a bead on whats happening out there in the world of paintball. Ive asked a few questions, read a whole lot, checking out stores and manufactures sites in the industry to see what their offering, and if that seems to be jiving with what players are asking for.
One of my big concerns is the mega companies that through acquisitions and mergers, have taken over the sales end of paintball. One is Kee Action Sports who have collected about 15 different brands over the past few years. Some of those brands are old favorites, like WGP, JT , and Brass Eagle. There’s Procaps(imperial capitol) who run another 15 or so sub-brands like Tippmann, draxus and CP. Then you have Kingman group, Dye Precision, Pacific Paintball (Azodin, Angel, more.) Ofcourse there’s also the private investment groups, which wind there way through the above. Nearly Impossible to keep track and trust me, itll give you a head ache if you try. K2 is in, K2 is out, Jardan is in, then bam, where’d they go? Paintball is big business and this is typical corporate behavior. None of this bothers me to much, just business. But without fields to play on, business will go away. Do any of these mega corps provide real field owner assistance to help the little guy stay afloat without exclusive strings attached? I have no idea, but if you do, let me know about it.
BUT, the side effects can be devastating. Im going to use one of my favorite defunct manufactures as the perfect example, Action Markers.
AM made some great stuff, they had the facilities, engineering experience in milspec product, and the staff to become a major player in the industry. They brought in consultants that were/are the best bar none. They had a dream team and all the proper resources to make it work and quickly became very popular. So what happened? They tried to play it safe. To go up against the big boys, you have to take big risks. All it took was a bit of legal posturing by one of the majors (threatened by AM’s Success?) to convince them to host the white flag. Lawyers win, players loose… bad side effects.
There’s an old saying, if your in, you go all in! Everyone gets a bit nervous now and then. I wish they would’ve went for the flag, but its all coulda, woulda, shoulda now. No malice intended of course, just the way I see it and I wasn’t in their position, I’m sure there are things ive missed and allot of respect for those guys.
Conglomerate paintball wants to stay that way, and it can be brutal but that’s business. Sometimes they over flex, and shoot their thumbs off. Smart parts was a perfect example of that one, their product page is parked now, I got a digital picture frame ad when I went to their website!
But still there’s progress. Even though most of the markers and accessories are made in CHINA now, there are still some bright spots. Many of the folks that started these companies still have influence over them through upper management titles, board chairs and shareholdings. Also many of them are still American companies, though try and trace the money and you’ll find strings leading all over the globe. But some of those still remember their roots. Look at the new BT Trracer, Azodin chaos and the slightly revamped SL-68II.
We got laughed at a few years back, literally when we suggested bringing some of these old markers back to some corporate execs. “you want us to bring back what???”
uh-hum… Thanks to the few that didn’t laugh and had some foresight, looky what they’re selling now…. there is hope, there is progress, even
with the majors… And yo! tippmann brothers! can we have the sl-68 III? Rumor has you’ve got it designed and ready, please get Procaps to tool up!?
The bottom line is, progress is a good thing, sometimes we dont like the way it comes about, but we cant forget that we the consumers can influence how things are done. Its up to you to decide whats okay, and whats not, use that power every time you open your wallet. Support those who support the sport, and starve the vampires out, be they huge or small.
We all have the power to steer the industry in the right direction. That’s progress if you make it so!
Check out all this new fancy stuff we’ve got going on!
Ill be using this area to spread news, tell you about updates, throw in some tid bits here and there, and yes even vent a bit.
So if you haven noticed, Ive been a little busy lately updating the www.stockclasspaintball.com website. Now to some of you that’s probably no big deal, but hey, I learned BASIC in school! Do you even know what BASIC was? yeah, “if line 33 equals line 2985 than goto line 88 if line 33 equals line 465 than goto line 10337” thats friggen BASIC. We did that stuff on DOS computers, and it took forever to code a program that did almost nothing. Ive got more memory in my cell phone than my entire school had on all its computers combined. But now I’m revamping
websites, and to be honest as much as a pain as basic was it was easy in comparison, I’m in a little over my head!
But I’m getting there, I’m relearning some things I’ve forgotten and learning a bunch of other stuff for the first time, go give me a bit to work out some bugs.
One of the things I’m excited about is the new store. Now nobody gets rich in paintball, that’s a fact. If anyone thinks a field owner is rolling dough, think again. And if they are, they have have a rich spouse. Same goes with stores aka pro shops. Very few make it past six months. And a very, very few actually make enough to earn a living and actually see their families on occasion. Rent, overhead, permits, taxes, all this stuff sucks the fundage dry before you can fill it up again. So next time you go into your local store, if your lucky enough to have, try and buy something, even a little something, because its a rough business, and they wouldn’t be there if they didn’t love the sport. So no, I don’t expect to actually make any money on the new store but I am still excited. Why? because its a new project, with a little luck it pay the hoisting fees ive been shelling out for all these years for SCP (you didnt think if funded itself did you?) but mainly, because Im going to try and get some really cool stuff on there, and i get to check it out first!
I do need some things from you ! I need articles, reviews, action shots of your field, and anything else you think might be good to share on the scp site.
Speaking of fields, I need recommendations for the new SCP Friendly Fields pages. a paragraph or so about the field, their contact information and website if they have one, and why theyre a good place to play. short, sweet, to the point, and pictures or videos are always great too. you can never have enough action shots!
Did I mention SCP is providing hydro-testing services? its really cool, amazing how they do this stuff! Check out the store for details, and I promise to clean up that page and make it easier to read , but not today… Feel free to leave comments, but be nice or I wont let you play anymore..next time, I might actually talk about paintball!