Sunday, April 23, 2006

Just a few things:

Went out for a bit today. Teams were scrimmaging and playing X-Ball in the main field all day, and there really wasn't much rec.

First thing, the new E-Vents are great. If you like Flexes or Profilers, I highly suggest getting a pair.

I spent the day shooting the Ego for the most part. Got to try out a Cyborg, which was nice...it wasn't anything to write home about after using the Ego really, but I will say that it was a pretty sweet gun. Very light, comfortable and well balanced, and shoots very, very fast. Only gripes are that it's pretty tall and a bit bigger than what I'm used to. Nonetheless, a sweet gat.

That's all for now really. Not sure when I'll have another entry...in a week or so, I'd guess. Later.

- B

Saturday, April 22, 2006

launch and jim drew

Okay, here's the launch of this blog. My goal is to update every once in a while with whatever I have to complain about in the world of paintball. I figure it's better than spamming forums and my personal blog with this kind of stuff. And here's the disclaimer: What I say here are my opinions and my take on things, which is obviously not going to be right along with everyone elses. So if I offend you, then, well...feel free to let me know (preferably in a civil manner), but for the most part; oh well. That's the point to this, I have to push someone's buttons, and if it's yours today, it may be their's tommorow (no, I'm not Jay Smackowski. Same idea, though).

And yeah, I'm starting off already. First thing on today's plate: Jim Drew and WAS. Nobody take this personally, but he is an idiot. What in the world is he doing? I'm mainly referring to this "Wicked Solenoid" of his. It's a MAC valve that he slapped his name on. Go ahead and read up from the link up there real quick. See what I mean? For one, I know for a fact that they also work with the Lucky boards as well. I've heard rumors that they'll be working with others, too...we'll have to see.

What companies use MAC valves now, anyways? Hardly any. That's because comparatively, they're inefficient and terrible on batteries. They just aren't that practicle for use in paintball. Besides, 120 cycles per second? Supposing that we could even feed paint that fast, or even near that fast...why? There is either a physical or virtual cap on BPS almost everywhere, so...why do you need that? Is your Humphrey 'noid not doing it for you? Funny, seems to me that there isn't really a problem with solenoids in the industry. Oh, but not according to Mr. Drew. Apparently, we have caught up to ourselves with loaders, boards, and physics, so the problem with advancement in technology MUST be the solenoids. Right.

As far as I see, it's a nearly useless product; though the price honestly isn't too bad. However, I think I'd prefer to take a more conventional and well traveled route. I'll give them credit for trying something, atleast...kudos there, I suppose. But when they have claims like this on their site:

"Anything faster, cheats... which is why more and more players are coming back to WAS after trying something that has gotten them penalized or suspended from tournaments. Unlike the "competition", no player using Wicked Air Sportz products has ever received a marker penalty."

Yeeeeaaahh....about that...last I heard, the Equalizers were definitely not known for having horrible bounce and cheating issues...right...

My father got one of the new Equalizers for his A-5 (for whatever reason...he didn't even realize it, as far as he knows, he just bought an E-Grip). Took me a while to get it set up actually, mainly because I had to rip the RT out (got an RT for sale though, if anyone is interested) and then I ran into a problem. For whatever reason, the gun was still mechanically tripping the sear. But even moreso, it wasn't tripping it and releasing it, it was keeping it held down. In case you don't know that this means in a blowback, it's pretty much a full-auto effect...striker keeps hitting the valve, there's nothing to stop it, so it hits it again...essentially makes it into a blender and whatnot. People used to (and still do) sometimes gimp out blow-backs to do this, mostly for show.

Anyways, I had to toy around with the trigger to stop it from doing this. Nothing bad, just took a little bit off the back real quick. I don't see any side effects to this right now. I was going to play around with the trigger and switch some more, but by this time I was pretty tired of it. If I have time later this week I'll do that. I think I'm going to mess with the board a bit tommorow and see what kind of stuff it can do, if nothing else.

Speaking of tommorow, I'll be going out and playing. Heading down to Real McCoy's Paintball in Princeton, North Carolina. I'm thinking of mostly playing stock class tommorow, but I may whip out a semi for some games. Weather is looking to be hot and humid...it's that time of year. Oh, they're supposed to have E-Vents in stock. With luck, I'll be able to pick a pair up. I just got a spare pair of Profilers, too, but I figure I might let one of them go if I can get my hands on some of them babies.

As of right now, I'm not registered for any tournys, and the only roster I'm actually on doesn't really ever play, so...free agent here. Not really looking for anything, but let me know if you need someone for a day or two.

In terms of scenarios, I think the nearest one I'm looking at may be D-Day again up at Skirmish USA in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania this summer. There is a smaller local one at Black River Paintball that is being ran by Team Bebop, some friends of mine. They're really good guys that put on a good game, and I really suggest stopping by any playing if you're in the area. I think the date is set late May...I'll post up more info in a while.

Live in the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic and play scenario or recball in general? Some friends may be setting something up in the next while here for you...I'll post some more information when I get it.

I think that's all for tonight. I assume that I'll eventually come up with some cool closing line, but for now I'll just leave it at this I guess.

- B