They set the duel for 4:30 PM, behind the
Marshal’s office.Two gunfighters stood
thirty feet apart, hands behind their backs - on a stool in front of each of
them, a pistol holding a single shot.At
the end of the count they would grab iron, turn, and blast.Only one gunslinger was walking away – the
other earned a quick trip to the bone orchard. (Click
here or here for
a guide to 1860s American western slang.) In three seconds it was time to
shoot, Luke, or give up the gun.What
brought these men to this spot?Had one
scooped the other in poker?Maybe one got
roostered up on the oh-be-joyful and nailed the other to the counter.No, nothing as serious as that – this was the
quick drawn competition at Line-of-Fire
Paintball’s Wild West Theme Day!
Line-of-Fire is a creative paintball field
near Asheville, North Carolina.Every
couple of months they host a Theme Day, like a paintball scenario only
condensed to 6 hours.They go all out
with their props, missions, and prizes, making every theme day a memorable
event for everyone who attends.
The Wild West Theme Day, scripted by Arden
Gilreath, pitted gunfighters from rival ranches against each other in a
gold-stealing, claim-jumping, paint-slinging, train-robbing, day-long crazy
shoot out.The sides started the day by
staking their claims.As they battled in
Line-of-Fire’s awesome city field and the neighboring woods, they collected
small flags that they used to mark the boundaries of their land claims on the
speedball field.Later the teams picked
up livestock (stuffed animals and sawhorse cows) to build a herd and vegetables
to plant in their fields.And what would
a wild west game be without some high stakes poker?The reffing staff peppered the fields with
giant playing cards, which the teams had to collect to make the best possible
poker hands to earn serious points in the down time between missions.Of course, the highest cards could only be
found in the most contested areas, ensuring some intense gun battles.
One mission in particular stood out to me –
the Great Train Robbery.When the teams
returned to the city field after the lunch break, they saw a wooden train with
an engine and one car laden with gold bricks, silver ore, and coal.The field had also been divided by
spray-painted railroad tracks on the ground, and players weren’t able to cross
the tracks, which meant all eyes would be focused on the gold in the
train.But nothing is that simple at a
Line-of-Fire theme day.What do bandits
need to rob a train?Six shooters.Hoglegs.Wheelers.You know, pistols.Each side had four pistols hidden around the
field.As long as they had at least
three of them, they could rob the train.But any self-respecting train robber kept his identity hidden – with a
wild rag (a bandana).After collecting
pistols, tying on bandanas, and grabbing buckets, players made mad dashes
through a hailstorm of paintballs to pick up the loot from the train.Later, between missions, the sides weighed
their hauls on the scales in the staging area, and racked up their points.Of course, not all trades were fair in the
old west, so the field’s staff used a spinner to determine the exchange rate of
The day ended with a shootout on the
speedball field.The game’s outcome
actually came down to this final mission, and both teams had to stick to the
ground they had claimed at the game’s beginning.The red team, Ramrod Ranch, had maintained a
lead all day, but some lucky spins for gold exchange rate pulled the blue team, Ethan’s Acres Ranch, within striking distance, and after a
couple of intense rounds on the speedball field, the blue team pulled out a
come-from-behind victory to win 3870 to 3710.Charlie Pratt took home a magfed pistol for winning the quick draw
competition, and Robert “Milkshake” McEntyre got a case of paint for being the
best-dressed cowpoke on the field.Line-of-Fire’s next theme day will be Star Wars on May 24th.
is on a mission – a mission to play a lot of paintball!If you see him at a game, be sure to say
hello, and he’ll probably give you a free sticker.You can follow his exploits on this blog, on
Twitter (@foolybear) and at the same name on Instagram.Check his game calendar to see where he’s
It is with great
pride and privilege that we announce our newest sponsor, Planet Eclipse!
This top of the line company's products have been a long standing favorite of
the members on this team do to their reliability, ease of use and maintenance
to overall comfort and performance. When it comes to paintball gear and
markers, it simply doesn't get any better. We've really started 2014 off right
with P.E. by our side and couldn't be more excited to sport our new HDE Camo
and upgraded versions of the Ego, Geo, Etek and the humble and effective Etha
along with their other great products. You won't see BoP in ACU's anymore, just
look for us in our HDE's (if you can spot them Haha!!!) on the field. Thank you
for this great opportunity and new relation with an OUTSTANDING company!!! And
a BIG thank you to our Sponsorship store Stingray
Ops for all they've done for us to get things like this underway. We
couldn't be happier with our local paintball store and the professionalism and
knowledge they have displayed each and every encounter
Just over a week to go before round 2 of the UWL
UK which will be held at the outstanding Adrenaline Jungle venue near
Postcode to the site is: NG22 8SY No matter if you've never tried UWL before - just
book yourself and slot and jump in.If you are a new or novice team, you'll be playing
against teams of similar ability.Likewise, all the Pro and experienced teams also
get grouped together for some full-on hardcore gunfighting.
UWL is a 5 man woodland competition where teams
play against each other in 10 minute games. The pace is fast and high tempo and
each team and player earns ranking points......so you can compare how you
perform against other UWL players right across the world including some of the
games top pro's like Oliver Lang.
The top three teams in both divisions win prizes on
the day from Planet Eclipse, Shoreline, Maxs, Enola Gaye, Valken and Bluewater.
So no matter if you are a Pro team, old school
shooter from back in the day or brand new novice - you'll LOVE taking part in
UWL. Give it a go!
As we approach the End of Days, the world
is split into two factions: Alphas and Omegas, each vying for items to
survive.When given release, we run into
the Wasteland looking for items for our leader while trying to keep the other
faction at bay.In this post-apocalyptic
world, as it is now, there is one thing that universally helps one acquire
items: gold.Instead of looking for
gold, we set about doing our duty: causing destruction and wreaking havoc.
This game, produced by MPP Games’ own BenTorricelli at Bearclaw Paintball in Fayetteville, TN, was a different direction
then any of his previous games.Instead
of missions, the generals were to hunt out items on the field and either turn
them in for points, barter them with the other team, or trade them in at the
Bartertown for specials (such as tanks, medics, demolitions).The gods of paintball blessed us with
beautiful weather for both playing and merriment afterwards.We had an awesome time between playing
speedball missions and playing the woodsball we love.In the end, it didn’t matter what the points totals
were because our maniacal general blew up the doomsday device with 5 seconds
left in the game.
Our new Geo 3.1’s and LV1’s worked great
all weekend.Anytime we are at an event,
stop by and say hi and feel free to try out some of our equipment or have us
look at your kit if you are having any problems.Test drive our Black Karma Etha to see how
awesome Planet Eclipse products are.
A special thanks to Alysha Baxter for the
great shots she took of us during this game.
Be mindful the upcoming UWL event that
comes to Bearclaw Paintball on March 29th-30th.Teams from across the region will be battling
old school tournament style in the woods.I know we will be fielding a team in the 10-man and 5-man Tactical
Divisions and we can’t wait.Remember
any marker / hopper combo can be used as long as it can be capped at 10 balls
per second.Do you have a few guys that
want to play, but not enough to field a 10 man crew? This year you also have an opportunity to
field a 5 man crew.
Lets face it, we all have a look through the pages of Paintball magazines, forums and photo sets to see if we made it in... Well, as magazines seem to have nearly vanished it getting harder and harder to show granny that we play a proper sport...
So, here is your chance to get involved in a NEW UK based Paintball magazine via Kickstarter. There is only a week to go and if people don't step up then this isn't going to happen. If you want this in your life then click the link below and pledge your money..
Don't moan if it doesn't happen because you did nothing !!!