My friends and I are fans of playing paintball. After spending a long day at a desk in front of a computer screen all day, it is fun to get outdoors on the weekend and run around with pals. Shooting each other is just an added bonus, hahaha. My friend Steve has a decent sized piece of land, and he was totally up for us building our own paintball course at his place. I think his exact words were, “Well, I’m not using it for anything else,” and all around him, we were whooping it up because it was about the best idea any of us has come up with in a while. Over the summer, we worked on the design, and then the build, of the paintball course. We used cinder blocks, a couple of plastic barrels (we put sand in them first) and some 2x4s to give people barriers to hide behind and the like.
Next, we turned our focus on the guns. We all decided to get HPA tanks instead of CO2 because we figured we could get the air and fill them ourselves rather than dealing with going somewhere to get CO2 tanks refilled all the time, and because it is more practical to use the air tanks when you live somewhere like Toronto where it can be…let’s say cold…often (one of the few drawbacks of living here). There comes a point where you’re pretty much just shooting dry ice or nothing comes out at all. Since we’re all computer guys, we went online to figure out the best way to approach this, and it turned out that this part was not as easy as we thought.
First, we had to buy an air compressor. Cost-wise, we had a decision to make: we could buy a high-output compressor, which was pretty pricey, or a regular air compressor and a booster. We actually ended up going with a quiet air compressor, with the logic being that we wanted the rest of the group not to know if someone was refilling their tanks and if anything happened to either piece, it would be cheaper to replace than the entire unit. I am not sure if this was the best logic, but it was put to a vote and that’s what was decided. We were able to find a decently priced portable one with a 20-gallon tank, which is great. Next, because we’d gone with a regular compressor, we needed a booster. We ended up buying a Shoebox compressor because they are basically designed for this type of thing. It’s on their website and everything, it explains exactly what you need. Everyone kicked in for the two compressors because they were fairly big ticket items, and that meant it didn’t hurt anyone’s wallet too hard. It will “pay for itself” in the not-so-distant future, which is what I just keep telling myself.
Anyway, our first big weekend out on there is in a couple weeks because some of the guys special ordered stuff that won’t be in until then. Why they waited this long is beyond me. I am super excited. It should be a fantastic time, and I’ll have to let you know how it goes!