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Customizing your TiPX Paintball Pistol

Posted by Eric Engler on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

With the popularity of the Tippmann TiPX many people (myself included) have started customizing their pistols to make them fit their play style. There is even a TiPX owners group on Facebook. 

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Topics: Tippmann, Eric Engler, Pistol, TiPX Pistol

Oklahoma D-Day My "must attend paintball game"

Posted by Eric Engler on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

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Topics: Tippmann, Paintball, Woodsball, engler paintball

What makes a Tippmann paintball marker so cool?

Posted by Eric Engler on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:42 AM

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Topics: X7 Phenom, Woodsball, A-5, Phenom, engler paintball, engler

WestPoint Paintball makes Hulu

Posted by Eric Engler on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

There has been a paintball video near and dear to my heart and I have even listed it in previous blog posts.

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Topics: Tippmann, Paintball News, engler paintball, westpoint

Paintball Gun Maintenance - Tips From Eric Engler

Posted by Eric Engler on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 @ 11:14 AM


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Topics: Crossover, X7 Phenom, Woodsball, scenario paintball, Tippmann, engler

Scenario paintball what is it?

Posted by Eric Engler on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 @ 06:07 PM

Wikipedia lists it as:

"Scenario paintball is a type of paintball game in which players participate in a scenario, or story; and may include historical re-enactments, futuristic or video game simulations. Games tend to last in the range of hours or days, and may include a large group of players."

But what is scenario paintball to you the player? What makes it fun for you? Is it missions, the theme behind the game, role playing taking orders from other players who have taken a leadership role and know what is really going on?

Sometimes the games can have meanings for players that only they and a few others know about because they have played a certain game for years with their friends. Some can even have deeper meetings like Invasion of Normandy and Oklahoma D-Day where the promoter and some players do their best to honor and respect those soldiers in real life that put their lives on the line to allow us to live the lives we do today.

I have had the honor of leading the 101 st Airborne at Oklahoma D-Day for the past 8 years. For four of these years we have had the honor of having 101 st Airborne Pathfinder Jake McNiece at the game. While in reaching 93 years old he could not make the field of play, he always finds time to speak to players about his role in WWII, his leadership skills and what it took to win that war. He also always expresses his appreciation to those players who portray his unit, and keep the memory of what they did back then alive. He recently received from France their highest award, and you can read about it here.

As Scenario paintball has grown many players have asked for equipment that matches the scenario games they play. Many players take pride in making their own gear for these games. I have seen some awesome gear at the games I have attended.

Many manufactures like Tippmann and Engler Custom Paintball Guns have striven to meet the demand of the players and come up with unique but yet great shooting paintball guns for the players to use for these games.

I would like to know, what is what is scenario paintball to you? I've played countless number of scenario games cross country from World War II to Judge and many others. Do you like movie scenario games, books scenario games (I happen to have love the Lord Of the Rings games that were done a few years ago and who could not have fun at a Holy Grail style game that has sprouted up around the country. I played my first Grail game at EMR Paintball Park in PA.

I look forward to hearing your responses list where you play, what you like and what you play with. Have you made your own gear? Come up with your own custom scenario marker? Or made your own props or equipment? It’s great to see what the players are using to make their games more exciting.


Until next time…


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Topics: Tippmann, New to the game

Paintball DVD Recommendations

Posted by Eric Engler on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 @ 02:53 PM

Paintball Videos

Taking video of people playing paintball is surely not the easiest thing in the world. Many people have tried, but not many have done it well.

There are 3 DVDs of scenario paintball play that have gotten my attention over the years, and I would love to hear your comments. If you have not seen these DVDs then I suggest you watch them.

Listed in order of release date:

Spplat Attack 2002

(Now for rent on Netflix DVD)

Paintball at Challenge Park Xtreme in Joliet, IL on August 31, 2002. (Spplat Attack II was played at EMR Paintball Park on August 31, 2003, but I am unaware of a DVD of that game). SPPLAT Attack I and II were held to raise money for charity. The net proceeds were donated to William Shatner’s charities. Not much to say here other than William Shatner, Eric “Mancow” Muller and Tom Kaye all playing paintball.


Basic Painting (an introduction to scenario paintball at West Point's Spring 2009 Combat Classic)

This is by far the best scenario paintball DVD ever produced. Yes, I’m in it, but that only clouds my judgment a little. This DVD was produced by people who have played the West Point game for years, and took the time to cover it properly like no other producers could. There is hard core play, comedy (safety briefing) and other fantastic play caught on camera. It is available from along with Amazon and many other online paintball stores.

Soldiers of Paint (NYR)

I know this video is not out yet, but for those of us that have seen previews it at Oklahoma D-Day, it is going to be a must see video for all scenario players. Recently completed is "Soldiers of Paint," the documentary feature film about Oklahoma D-Day. This is a very high-quality and well-polished film that has the potential to raise the profile of paintball substantially, but the filmmakers need the help of the paintball community to make the film available on DVD. Check out a very positive review of the film by John Amodea, publisher of PaintballX3 magazine, and flip to page 90.

To learn how you can help get this film out to the world, while seeing an advance clip and reserving your copy of the DVD at the same time, click here.

What did you think of these DVDs? Are there others out there that I have missed? Please post your comments to let me know.

Until next time…




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Topics: Tippmann, Paintball, Paintball News, Eric Engler, New to the game, william shatner, dvds, scenario paintball

Time to look at your paintball gear

Posted by Eric Engler on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 @ 03:42 PM

In my last blog post, I covered modifying your markers to fit your style of play. I know many of you love to show off your gear so let’s see if we can do better with descriptions of the gear you take on the field. I do encourage you all to post comments, and I will be sure to reply.
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Topics: Tippmann, Paintball, marker, gear, personal

How do you customize your paintball equipment?

Posted by Eric Engler on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 04:23 PM

As some of you reading this may already know, I have spent most of the last 10 years looking at paintball markers and trying to figure out ways to change them and make them “custom."  (Engler Custom Paintball Guns). I am not the first to do this and I know I will not be the last.

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Topics: Tippmann, Paintball, X7 Phenom, Markers, Eric Engler

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