Monday, May 28, 2012

Pie Plate Target

So over the long weekend, I spend sometime down @ a lake cabin and as a true paintball addict, I took a “few” of my markers to play with. While there, I used to standard targets, such as trees and rocks, not to exciting. After a trip into town and a little brainstorming, I came up with a new target range. At a bargain store, I found 9” aluminum pie plates, these plates are almost the same size as a pair of goggles or a mask.
So for this recipe I took two pie plates, a simple garden stake, and a single 8x1” screw. With the plates doubled up on the top of the stakes and the stakes cut at different heights, I had a great shooting range setup. With these targets setup I was able to work on all kinds of different drills. Standing, kneeling and prone firing positions as well as moving right to left and then left to right. All of this practice came from a simple setup that took all of ten minutes to create.
So here is an example of what I was trying to make, sadly after a full weekend of bulls eyes the pie plates were hardly recognizable, so we will have to visualize what I had from this image. So I hope this gets your creative juices flowing and you get a chance to give something like this a try.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We Want to Say Thank You


We would really like to say THANK YOU to everyone who reads our blog. To do this, we are going to be giving away one of our new travel mugs. These aren't even available for sale yet but we are going to be sending this out to one or more lucky readers. So how do you win one of these mugs?
Sign up as a "follower" of this blog thru Blogger and that is it. We will draw names and announce the winner or winners on June 4th, 2012.
Now you might be wondering what we mean by "winner or winners"? Simply the more followers we have the more prizes we will draw for...if we can get over 25 followers we will draw a second name, if we can get over 50 followers we will draw a third name, and so on. Good luck to everyone!!!





Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Goodbye

On Monday I said goodbye to a great man, my uncle, Bruce Mitchell. Like so many others, Uncle Bruce was taken from us early. It was this fact that I contributed to the feeling of lose and sadness that seemed to be taking over me.  I came to a revelation as I talked to friends & family about the numerous stories that we all had of Uncle Bruce. The sadness wasn't so much for the loss of the man I knew but it was for the loss of the those who didn't get the chance to know the man we all knew and loved. So I say goodbye to my uncle and my friend, you will be missed but never forgotten.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This Weeks Post

I am sorry, but this is all I can muster this week. Due to a sudden death in my family, I really can't think of anything worth writing about...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Web Site Review: GhillieSuits.com

I would like to show you a website that has little to do with paintball directly, but that is a fantastic resource. The site is for Ghillie Suits.com. It is a very impressive site dedicated to the art of camouflage. Most of the products they offer can be used for hunting or paintball. They also offer tips on constructing your own ghillie suit, as well as a color guide for picking the right color for your environment.
Having these tips on a website is refreshing to see, more often then not companies are reluctant to give free advice that might take money out of their pockets. With their selfless act, we as paintballers have a great asset. So if you are looking for your next piece of gear for crawling thru the bush or hiding in plan sight I invite you to have a look @ Ghillie Suit .com.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rain - Playing in it

Now with Spring here, we hardcore players have to deal with the rain. Here are just a few things to help overcome the weather. The simplest option is often then most practical, keep your barrel dry. To do this, either switch to a non-ported barrel or tape up your porting on your barrel with some black electrical tape. You might also want a barrel swab of some kind out on the field with you, just in case. For those of us with electronic markers and hoppers, you want to look into protecting the boards. If you are thinking ahead, the use of conformal coating will protect your boards from moisture. However this could void your warranty so double check with the manufacture. If this isn`t an option for you then try to cover or seal any seams with more of the black tape. By simply wrapping the battery cover or grip handle with tape you should be pretty good. Hoppers with speed grills or feeds are a terrible thing in the rain. If possible, change to a lid, if that can`t be done, place a heavy plastic bag over your hopper. It might look stupid but you will save your hopper & paint.
Now we are going to move to yourself, when it rains, your mask will fog up. Your only hope is to use an anti-fog agent. If you can't treat the lens before you head out to the field, find a dry place like the inside of your vehicle. Once it is on, try to keep the inside of your mask as dry as possible. If you don't have waterproof footwear, get two plastic bags and put them on your feet before you put on your shoes. This will help to keep your feet dry, also have an extra pair if socks. An extra change of clothes couldn't hurt, even if they are just for the ride home. If it is a long game, take an extra pair of socks with you in a zip-lock bag. If you don't have a bag on you, you can roll your extra socks from toe to calf this will help to keep your feet dry.
Carrying a ground sheet or tarp in your gear bag can really help as well, by placing it on the ground before you put your bag down and then covering your gear will make some of your fellow players a little jealous. I am sure that you might be thinking that with a non-ported barrel and bags on your feet you have lost all stealth. Thankfully all of that rain is going to help cover your noise.
Here is a list for rain gear we talked about bringing to the field:
  • Black Electrical Tape
  • Heavy plastic bags
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Anti-fog solution
  • Ground sheet
  • Extra socks
  • Extra clothes

Monday, March 26, 2012

My latest post???

So I have a post that I have been working on for a while off & on. I finish and posted it earlier however, it was back dated on the blog. So if you are interested in seeing it, this is where you can find it: http://hardballerrecon.blogspot.ca/2011/12/some-big-changes.html