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Paintball – Humble Beginnings of a Revolution

Posted by ghostpipe73 on October 29, 2007

Paintball.

I was never really interested with paintball until one of my old friends, David Bareng, went on and on, rambling about it everytime he wrote something on the group’s Facebook wall. Somehow by pure coincidence one of my colleagues went for one of these paintball excursion just over 3 weeks ago, and he was pretty excited about it, ended up giving me the contact number of the person who runs the place. So I just sort of nonchalantly wrote it down somewhere and chucked it away, didn’ t really bothered to do anything about it. Until one day (which was just a few days ago) that one of our friends said, Hey, why don’t we open a paintball place? Now the thought of doing business was one which I would never let go just as simply, so immediately I replied back to say, yes I think I know of one guy who runs a place like that. And I was on the case like a cat under fire. All the query and search for the one known place in Kuching where paintball exists eventually brought us to a place called Sungai Buah (that’s Buah River) at Pasir Pandak, about 25 km north of the City. That was Sunday afternoon, 28th October 2007.

The place was pretty secluded, a privately-owned joint with an area of about an acre I believe. The actual “battle field” (that’s not paintball jargon by the way) or paintball playing area was only half of the entire acre. It looked kind of small if you stand at the visitor’s entrance and equipment area. But once you’re out in the battle zone, it ain’t as small as you perceived it earlier.

My first encounter with the main equipments used in the game, such as the ever-portable marker and the paintball capsules, led my business mind to think, now where can I get these for half the price and the same quality so I can earn more than these guys when I open my own paintball joint? After that quick thought I decided to numb my business instincts and switched on to survival mode instead, for that is what I will need most out there in the “zone.

True enough. Hard running on not-so-rough-but-can-be-knee-buckling terrain, ducking high velocity flying-coloured pellets – dodging them as much as you can – and crashing into hard bunkers (these are like your on-the-ground covers to hide from your enemies) plus trying to spray your opponents with your “gun” with as much degree of accuracy as you possibly can. Fun, real fun. Especially if you manage to shoot someone right in the face/helmet.

I had a good time. So did my other two comrades, Alvin and Dominic. Dominic was a easy target because he was tall and lanky. Here are some photos, before we were shooting at each other, with our rented gears.

For those interested to shoot and be shot at, you may contact:

Operation Santubong, Mr. Jolly Alex (mobile: 016 872 7511). They operate only on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10am – 7pm.

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