2012 ATWL Championship

Posted by Bruce Johnston on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 @ 04:15 PM

Exciting Finish to ATWL Season

The 2012 woodsball season in Eastern Canada came to an exciting conclusion with the crowning of the Tippmann X7 Phenom - Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Champion.

The final battle for woodsball supremacy was played on October 13, 2012 at the official field of the ATWL, Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia.
The four top woodsball teams in Atlantic Canada gathered to battle for the ATWL Cup, and bragging rights as the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Champion.

Teams advanced from the first playoff round to event four and a battle for the championship represented fields from across the region; Mersey Road Predators from Mersey Road Paintball, Nova Scotia Mercenaries from Splatter Island Paintball, Team Anthraxx from Hypersportz Paintball, and the Strict Union Militia from Mission Paintball.

The day started with Anthraxx going up against the SU Militia. All season both teams played an aggressive style of paintball so the first match up was expected to be a high scoring affair.

An ATWL match consists of the teams playing two 20 minute games. The teams play, switch start points for the second game to eliminate any advantage in the field layout. Teams fight for three capture points. Five points are awarded for every minute a capture point is held with a 25 point bonus for holding the center capture point at the end of the game.

The Anthraxx and SU Militia match lived up to expectations. The teams gave their all and each won a game. Anthraxx came out on top of a 310 to 245 capture point score and advanced to play for the championship with the SU Militia battling for third.

The next match of the day was the regular season winners Predators against the Mercenaries. The outcome of this match would to decide who would play Anthraxx for the Championship. The match was a closely fought affair with the Mercenaries winning both games by a slim margin.

The afternoon matches were set, Predators against the SU Militia for third place and Anthraxx would play the Mercenaries for the Championship.

The Predators returned to their regular season form in the afternoon match winning both games to capture third place.

Anthraxx continued their aggressive play, won both games against the Mercenaries to be crowned the Tippmann X7 Phenom - Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Champions.

“We had a tough season this year but the boys pulled it together when it counted.” said Eric Vail, Captain of Anthraxx. “They fought hard and pulled out the second ATWL Championship in three years. I am really proud of my team.”

“As the season draws to an exciting close the league would like to thank Tippmann Sports and PBL Action Sports for making 2012 the best in the history of the league.” said League Commissioner Bruce Johnston. “We are looking forward to even bigger and better things for the woodsballers of Atlantic Canada in 2013.”

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Across the Pond - BPF in Yorkshire, England chooses Tippmann FT-12

Posted by Karl Broadbent on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 @ 06:04 PM

Across the Pond - BPF in Yorkshire, England chooses Tippmann

One of the UK's most successful paintball parks, set in 385 acres of mixed, mature woodland right in the heart of Yorkshire, England; Bawtry Paintball Fields attracts close to one hundred thousand visitors each year.

Established in 1999, BPF is recognized as an industry leading venue and continues to thrive, defying the global economic downturn.

We believe our success is due to 3 main factors; the best game zones, great customer service, and most importantly the best kit.  To create amazing games zones, two key ingredients are needed; a great imagination and deep pockets. If you can dream it up, it can be built. We have an Ewok Village with 1500 feet of elevated runways linking 13 towers, some standing an incredible 53' tall.  Castle Assault with two huge multi-story castles set in 8 acres. Convoy Attack with 42 ex-MOD armored vehicles, and Black Hawk Down with a real Wessex helicopter that saw active service in the Falklands Conflict, to name but a few.

But awesome games zones and excellent customer service counts for nothing without the best kit and equipment. We started with the Tippmann 98s back in the 90s and continue to enjoy the service and support offered by Tippmann in 2012. Our rolling replacement scheme allows us to trial other makes of marker regularly, but time and time again Tippmann come out top. Rigorously tested on our field during the wettest summer we've seen in 40 years, the FT-12 FLIP-TOP has performed fantastically well and offers the robust reliability, and serviceability we've come to expect from Tippmann.

The introduction of the FT-12 FLIP-TOP will see Bawtry Paintball Fields love affair with Tippmann continue into 2013.

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Tippmann Crossover Named Marker of the Year by APG Magazine

Posted by Erich Garbers on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 @ 02:39 PM

New demo program also launched at participating paintball dealers and fields

Tippmann Sports is pleased to announce that its Crossover paintball marker has been named “Marker of the Year” by APG Magazine. This designation was established to help recognize the most innovative new paintball products launched in 2012. The Crossover is one of just three products to be recognized this year and the only electro-pneumatic paintball marker in the group. In related news, Tippmann is introducing a new demo program for the Crossover, which allows interested players to sample the marker in a real-world setting prior to purchase.

From APG Magazine:  “One feature that is probably the most interesting is the ability to switch from electronic to mechanical.  You ask yourself how often you will do that…and  you realize the answer is a lot.”  With many scenario games lasting anywhere from 8 - 24 hours, this feature truly separates this marker from all others.  With the Crossover, players now have two great choices. For players who want the ability to modify their marker to their own unique look, there is Tippmann's X7 Phenom, but for those players looking for a lightweight marker they know can handle the rigors of woodsball and be used in a variety of game styles, the Crossover is a great new option to consider.

Based on the growing buzz and excitement about the Crossover, Tippmann wants to give interested players an opportunity to "test drive" it before purchasing. To do this, Tippmann has partnered with dealers around the globe on a new demo program, which lets players use the Crossover and get a true feel for its unmatched durability and lightweight design. Tippmann is confident that anyone who demos the marker will be impressed because it’s a technological advancement that gives all players the ability to go harder than before, while traveling lighter than ever.

Launched in early 2012, the Crossover is a high performance electro-pneumatic paintball marker designed to perform for players regardless of conditions or style of play. At the heart of the Crossover beats the latest iteration of Tippmann’s FlexValve – the exclusive industry technology that allows players to switch from electronic to mechanical mode on the fly, with just the flip of a switch. For additional details about the Crossover or the new demo program, please call 1-800 -533 -4831 or visit today. Demo locations to be added soon.

Watch for this new sign at a local paintball dealer near you!

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Tippinators Shooting Crossover on Cover of APG

Posted by Bruce Johnston on Mon, Oct 08, 2012 @ 02:40 PM

originally published October 2012 issue of Action Pursuit Games

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Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Fund Gains Industry Support

Posted by Erich Garbers on Fri, Oct 05, 2012 @ 02:41 PM

Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Fund

Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA


The Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship is pleased to announce ongoing efforts to build the fund continue to meet with resounding successes. Recent big games to include the Tippmann World Challenge at Hell's Survivors in Pinckney, Michigan and Fall Castle Conquest at EMR Paintball in New Milford, Pennsylvania have seen fundraising activities at both. Fully $350 and $381 respectively were raised at the games which go a long way towards an ongoing continuation of building the fund.

"Once again the EMR Family shows that even in these hard times, they have the heart to give to help others, especially within our sport. They never cease to make me proud." mentioned Blue Hanse of EMR regarding the fund raising there. Very special thanks to both Dave Massey of Hell's Survivors and Blue Hanse of EMR and the paintball communities attending the games for their support.

Once again the scholarship not only supports youth and education all in the name of paintball, it will serve as a lasting legacy for the father of paintball Mr. Bob Gurnsey. Both paintball manufacturers and the paintball community itself continue to amaze with generous contributions from across North America. Every little bit helps and as more time passes, it will be the responsibility of the committee and the paintball community at large to insure the fund is both maintained and built to sustain many generations wanting a post secondary education to come.
The Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Fund executive committee is particularly thankful for such companies as Tippmann Sports, Valken Sports,, NPPL, CIA and Planet Eclipse for their ongoing support of this initiative.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can mail a check or money order to;

The Bob Gurnsey Scholarship Fund
713 General Kershaw Dr.
Old Hickory, TN 37138

All donations are welcome and tax deductible, income tax receipts can be issued upon request, please be sure to make all cheques payable to “The Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Fund”

For more information on the Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Fund, be sure to visit
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FT-12 Review by Colin Abernethy

Posted by Erich Garbers on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 05:53 PM

I want to let you know a little about me so you can see where the FT-12 review comes from as far as my experience.  I spent my college years working as a paintball tech for The Dragon's Den in Poughkeepsie, NY.

While in college I bought my first Tippmann, a used Pro-Lite, and then went on to not only master the care and repair of it, but also the Carbine series, the Model 98 and its successors and most of the older Tippmanns including the Factory F/A and even a few SMGs.  I also dealt with the full lines of Kingman, AGD, WGP, and WDP markers as well as some of the lesser known companies like Mokal, ICD, and the like.  In short, if it shot paint and was powered by CO2 or HPA/N2, I sold it, used it, and fixed it.  I played tournament ball in college as the captain of The Culinary Institute of America's NCPA paintball team and played NPPL sanctioned tournaments in the North East with my store's team.  These days I just play recreational paintball, both woodsball and speedball, whenever I get the chance (which is about once a month.)

That said, here are my thoughts on the FT-12.

From the field/rental perspective:

The short of it is this;  I wish I had this thing in my rental fleet back when I worked in the paintball industry.  Until the advent of the FT-12, the easiest marker to deal with from a rental aspect was the Pro-Lite.  While it probably isn't a Tippmann sanctioned method of cleaning a marker, most fields simply slid the fore-grip forward and hosed out the breech and barrel and then shot a little marker oil into the ASA and dry-fired it dry. With the receiver being a solid piece and inline, there really wasn't much to go wrong if water got worked rearward from the breach. This obviously isn't an option for the '98 which had far looser tolerances and tons of gaps inside the marker.

Now, I know that there isn't much that water can do to a CVX valve, but we had issues with springs rusting out, especially the front sight spring, with the 98. So when we had to open the clamshell up to thoroughly clean things, or replace worn out parts, it was a hassle.

The FT-12 definitely removes the chance of shooting springs across the workshop when opening the marker up. The cleanup is everything it is advertised to be, and quite honestly, after my day of play (with a motorized hopper) there wasn't much to clean up anyway. I don't know what the plans are with the trigger group as I haven't “putzed” around with it yet (but will try to this weekend) so I'm not sure how easy it would be to rebuild, but knowing that it's a drop-in system, it means as a theoretical field owner, I'd be able to keep a few spares ready to go to just drop right in should something go bad. That would mean less down time for my markers, and less down time = more markers on the field = more money in my pocket. I also like the durability you've kept with this marker. It feels rugged and stable. What's more, the looks of it really appealed to a lot of the rental players on the field when I had it out. There was quite a bit of "marker envy" going on, even with the walk-on Mil-Sim crowd. Finally, it's an easy one to break down in the field. As a theoretical ref, I'd be able to pull it apart right there in the dead-zone and make o-ring changes or other fairly simple repairs that I would have had to send the marker back to the armory to deal with if it was a model '98 or Pro-Lite. This is huge as the more time I can keep players on the field and in the game, the more paint they shoot, and again, the more money I have in my pocket at the end of the day. I also like that the velocity screw is now horizontal. This means less chance of it falling out in the field.

I had multiple velocity adjustment screws go missing from my pro-lite after a long day of playing, and the same would go for the rental fleet of 98's I maintained. It just feels more solidly in place and less prone to falling out from vibration.

As a player:

First and foremost, you get points for style. It's got a great look to it without being over-the-top mil-sim.  I like the compactness of the marker. It allows for better "tucking in" when hiding behind cover compared to a lot of the contemporary markers out there. I really like how sturdy the top-cocking lever is.  ACI had attempted this years ago with the F4-Illustrator, but it was flimsy and never really worked well. The finish on the barrel is definitely better than the old '98 stock barrel, but I'd like to see a slightly smaller bore size for the retail version of the marker. While the stock accuracy is definitely better than previously, it still doesn't stand up to a lot of other stock barrel offerings out there (albeit in slightly higher-end marker classes). I also really like the new quick-release system for the feed neck.  No more springs to worry about, and it is definitely secure with even the most vigorous activity.  The blade trigger with its 1-1/2 finger length is fantastic as well. It prevented me from getting fatigued in my hand even in the heaviest of firefights. Overall, it's a very good, rugged marker that will definitely appeal to first-time buyers and the mil-sim crowd. It'll definitely remain in my lineup for my trips to the field!

Thoughts for the future:

I'd love to see this thing get an e-trigger. as compact and SMG-stylized as it is, it'd make a wonderful CQB marker for close encounters in house assaults, "castle" games, etc. I'd also like to see Tippmann offer some higher-end barrels for it, but keep the length short like it is for the stock barrel. A little smaller bore size with a mirror-like finish would definitely help in the overall accuracy while keeping it compact. Something an aftermarket barrel will lose with a 12",14", or greater length. I'd also like to see a folding stock developed for it. Keep that Uzi/MAC-10 feel with the wire-folder that tucks underneath or over-top. Perhaps you could incorporate it into the cut-out for the "barrel sock" cord at the back of the flip-top. Finally, I think that you could probably do well making other style uppers for this thing. It'd be a huge "pro" for milsim players to be able to swap out the flip-top on the fly to change up their marker for different scenarios. You could have the sub-machinegun style for CQB, you could have AR or Bullpup style flip-tops for in-the-field action, and even heavy machinegun flip-tops for those heavy-support players.

All in all, I think Tippmann has done a pretty good job on the FT-12.  It's a great one for the field owners, and as a retail offering.


Colin Abernethy
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2012 ATWL Event 3

Posted by Bruce Johnston on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 02:45 PM

ATWL Event Three and First Round of Playoffs

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Backwoods paintball doesn't have to be outlaw!

Posted by Steve Cox on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 @ 02:47 PM

If you are a paintball player in an area with no commercial paintball fields, you probably play ‘outlaw’ paintball.  This is very common here in Canada as the commercial fields only get developed in densely populated areas. Here in Canada there are huge numbers of ‘Outlaw’ paintball groups due to us having so many sparsely populated areas. As all outlaw paintball players know, playing outlaw paintball is just that, “outlaw” or against the law.  Due to safety and liability issues the police in this country do crack down on these groups, occasionally, and therefore forums that represent outlaw paintball groups carefully conceal the locations of their fields so as not to get a visit from the local police.  This does not have to be the case, there are ways to create ‘Legal’ paintball fields even if your community can not support a commercial field. Have you ever thought of creating a public, non-profit paintball field? It is not as hard as it sounds.

First, a little background on myself. I grew up in Newfoundland, on the east coast of Canada. I began playing paintball with a group of friends at stag parties in the late 80’s. Every time one of our friends got married we would have a stag party out of town at cabins my friends owned. One of the events we always included was paintball. This was complete outlaw and very basic paintball, we would find a piece of crown land and run basic capture the flag games with old splatmasters and early pumps. I loved the game and became hooked early on this adrenaline filled sport. In those days paintball was very new in Newfoundland and we all wanted to make this into a larger, more organized and legal activity. One of the members of our group decided to open a commercial paintball field in St. John’s and I went to work for him running the field, shop and refereeing games. St. John’s was a city of about 200,000 at that time but even with this client base it was impossible for the paintball field to make enough money to stay afloat.  We did our best with stag parties, tournaments and weekly games but there was just not enough business to make any real money at it. Eventually the commercial field closed. In 1994 I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia,  where I was one of the organizers of a large outlaw paintball group  (300 members) that tried very hard to become legit. We got permission to use a field behind the local ice rink and played there for several years without any problems. However, eventually the field was sold and developed.  Developing a commercial field in Vancouver needed huge amounts of money as land prices were very high and indeed are even higher now. In 2009 I moved to Burns Lake in northern British Columbia, a village with population around 5000 or less.  You would think, wow, how do you get paintball going with so few people around? Well, I was very surprised to find that there were several outlaw groups here and also groups in every small community along the highway. Hmm, how to turn this into something interesting!? This is where it all starts!

Our group of players decided we wanted to make the sport into something in this area so we formed a recreational association called the Burns Lake Paintball Association, became a registered non-profit sports association with the aim of creating a legal paintball field for all. The cost to register as a non-profit recreational association was about $100. Our next move was to make presentations representing the sport to the local rotary club, village council and other similar groups. We gained letters of support from these groups and our local members of govt.  We used this support to request a grant of land from the local Village forest management committee. They have granted us 100 acres of wonderful land and are very supportive of our cause.  We then proceeded to raise money thru donations, grants and other fundraising avenues such as raffles at trade shows and fairs. This allowed us to raise enough money for insurance for our field which ranges from about $1500 to $2500 per year, depending on the coverage needed.  We are now in the final stages of preparing this 100 acre field into a public, non-profit, paintball park. We keep our prices barely above cost on paint, air and rental equipment, this keeps people coming and encourages people to join the sport. In a small community like this, money and activities are scarce so this formula works extremely well for us and we are providing a healthy and invigorating sport for our community to get involved in. Other groups in Northern B.C. are doing similar things. Quesnel, a community 4 hours away, has formed the Northern Strike Paintball Association and been granted acreage from the city of Quesnel, forming a public field in that community also. Other groups are beginning to follow suit. Our eventual aim is to create a league of paintball groups in the communities in the area so we can travel and compete against other groups, hold scenario events and tournaments and have a lot of fun.

SO, if you live in a rural area and play paintball, do not be deceived, you have the ability to do the same. Bring outlaw paintball on to insured fields while keeping the sport inexpensive and accessible to as many players as possible.  If you present yourselves well and show that your aim is to make paintball safe and provide a fun sport for the community, you will find that a lot of support and aid can be achieved.  Not just the land grant, but monetary grants are available, ask for access to the community grant writer in your presentations, they know which grants are available to you and will help you write the grant applications. Other donations can be raised thru fairs and trade shows and volunteer work can be arranged in trade for donations of wood, roadwork to upgrade accessibility to your field. We have even arranged a donation of a helicopter chassis to use as a prop on our field.

We feel that this is the way to go for rural areas that want fields to play at but cannot support a commercial field.  We have also developed a dedicated, competitive paintball team that has achieved sponsorship and can give any of the teams from the big cities a run for their money.  We wish all outlaw and rural paintball groups the best and encourage them to proceed in a similar fashion.

Steve Cox – A.K.A. Blackdog – Team Captain – The Dogs of War paintball team

Director of the Burns Lake Paintball Association. (B.L.P.A.)
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Topics: Tippmann, Paintball, Paintball News, Outlaw, Field information, community, Insurance

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

New From Tippmann

Posted by Erich Garbers on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 04:43 PM

Welcome, I am Denny Tippmann and I am pleased to present to you three hot new products from Tippmann that will enhance your game. Watch for news on these products and new products coming soon.

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Topics: Crossover, Tippmann, Paintball, Paintball News, Markers, new, Valor goggle, 2012, products, FT-12

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