Publisher BC Tactical Editor Spencer Coyne Layout Design Spencer Coyne Photography Lucas Zimmerman Spencer Coyne Contributors Lucas Zimmerman Scott Dearin Web Support Spencer Coyne
Editorial ………………. 4
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Regional games …… 7
Scenario ……………… 6 BCBL ……………………… 8 Region Update ……… 10 SKILLS ……………………. 12 Profile …………………. 15 Next Issue ……………. 22
Welcome to the first addition of the BC Tactical magazine. We here at BC Tactical HQ are excited about the release of the magazine as well as everything else that is in store for the 2OO8 season. This season will see the largest turnout at Boundary Paintballâ€™s Operation Overlord their version of D-Day. BC Tactical will again be there enforce with the Allied and Axis commanders both being BC Tactical members. BC Tactical has made a great new friendship with our neighbours to the east. Alberta Bushball who is featured on our forum has returned the gesture and have given BC Tactical our own section on their forum. BC Tactical administration has been in discussions with key members of Alberta Bushball to try and organize an annual BC vs Alberta big game. Stay tuned for that. BC Tactical has also announced the creation of the first Bushball League
In the province, BCBL. The BCBL which is featured later on in this addition is the first and only Bushball league but the great part is that it is free for teams to join the league and if there is no division in your area you and your friends can get one started. The BCBL really is a revolutionary concept in paintball. There is so much more to talk about but if I did it here then there would be no reason for the magazine so please enjoy, post your comments on the forum and if you think you would like to help out then let us know. We will be looking for submissions on events, games, product reviews and of course we will always be looking for photos. The great thing about making this magazine as an online version we can do almost anything and at almost no cost to do it. Again enjoy and see you on the field. Spencer
Your standing behind a thin metal door, your friends and teammates are beside you and behind you, the sound of hundreds of rounds are raining down on your location. Then the order comes, GO, GO, GO! Your door opens and you run for everything you have. Your friends and comrades are falling like flies as German rounds cut the invaders down like grass in a field. You thank God that itâ€™s only a game and your going to walk away at the end of the day. This is Boundary Paintballâ€™s Operation Overlord. 2OO8 will mark the 3rd anniversary of Operation Overlord. It will also be the largest event yet. This yesr Overlord will be 3 days of action packed events. Starting Friday
(june 27) the gate will open at llam and the first scenario game starting at 4pm followed by airborne qualification and then another scenario game. Saturday will be packed with a number of mini scenario games, competitions and more. Sunday will be the big show with the actual D-Day landings taking place lOam and running for 6 hours straight. D-Day is a mission based scenario where teams need to achieve specific missions for points and to move on to the next phase. For more on Operation Overlord visit www.boundarypaintball.ca
Region 2 Squamish: game dates very check forum for latest time and date.
Region 3 Kelowna: Every Sunday Penticton/Summerland: Check Forum for time and dates Regional Game Summerland April 12 check forum for specifics.
Region 4 Fernie: Starting every Saturday
Provincial Operation Overlord June 27 to 29th Greenwood BC
Have you ever wanted to play competitive paintball but didn’t really have the time or the money to really commit to it? That’s the idea behind BC Tactical’s newest creation the BC Bushball League, BCBL. The idea behind the BCBL was to allow average rec players the ability to play competitive paintball in a rec setting. “Its like beer league paintball without the beer. I wanted to create a league for my friends and myself where we would play and unwind after a week of work, but make it competitive enough that it was more than just playing walk-on paintball at the local field” explains Spencer Coyne cocreator of the BCBL. The BCBL will begin this spring and has interest from all over the province. There are division currently being set up in Penticton (South Okanagan), Kelowna, Golden, Squamish, Nelson, and some interest on Vancouver Island. Unlike
other leagues the BCBL is a player driven league, so if there is no division in your area and there are enough players you can create a division. This allows everyone to participate in the league. The BCBL is completely volunteer at this stage but this does not mean that there is no infrastructure in place. The BCBL has its own website at www.bcbl.net and is in the process of creating a league stats page which will allow division managers to update game stats, and will allow players to see their team’s rankings. The BCBL also has a clear set of rules and field regulations that must be adhered to or the division will be shut down for the remainder of the season. “Safety of the players is our number one concern” says Coyne. So with no league fees and no game fees on non commercial fields the league is really about the players and getting teams into the game. www.bcbl.net.
This has been a great season for paintball. Region 3 has had regular games all throughout the winter with the exception of December where the crew took a three week hiatus. Region 3 has been bustling with activity since the end of the regular season; we had the Kelowna vs. Penticton game as well as the Winter Contest. October was a great month in Kelowna the weather was good and the play was even better. The Kelowna vs. Penticton game in Summerland was a great success and I would like to thank Scott Dearin and Keith Bird for helping to get that going as well as Chet for the help with the field setup. There were roughly twenty players on each team and most games we played were elimination with a few objective styled games. Capture the enemy tower, and storm tower hill. We had representatives from many of the Kelowna teams. Brent from Kelowna Assassins was there Kyle and the rest of Kelowna Hustle, as well as Mark and his team D.N.E.. Pentiction also had a strong team showing from the Angry Pacifists with Keith leading the charge. Kyle Morosse was the winner of the
50/50 draw and I believe Henry was the winner of the secondary draw for a pod of paint. A member of DNE won another draw for a Dye sticker. All in all the day was wonderful, no serious injuries (with the exception of a cactus buried in a hand) and everybody had a great time. October saw regular weekend games at both the Postil and June Springs field. The competition was fierce as usual and spirits were high with everyone having a great time. October also saw the end of the large crowds as players began their long winter hibernation with a few exceptions. November saw the snow and cold but that didnâ€™t stop the die hards and the regular Sunday play. Numbers were a little smaller but the smaller groups just meant more strategic games with all the intensity of the larger ones. December was slow as everyone was gearing up for the holidays but despite the cold and the snow players still turned out in force for the last game of 2007. January started out slow with things picking up as time went on, but the slower days only encouraged players to play more tactically. But what can you
expect when temperatures drop below minus 10. By the end of January and beginning of February things began to pick up and by the 17th players from Savage Reaction, D.N.E., Kelowna Hustle and many others showed up. Meghan from the Westside showed and though the gear we leant her kept crapping out she was in god spirits and we hope to see her next weekend as well. We even had a nice get together afterwards were we all talked about the day and had a great time as players and teammates. February 24th was the deadline for the winter contest. Each member of BC Tac who played with us throughout the winter got there name into a draw for a new JT Flex 8. As well as a secondary draw for 1000 paintballs and ten, 100 round pods. The winner of the Flex 8 was Nick a.k.a. Dough on the BC Tac forum. The second place winner of the paint was John from D.N.E.. We also had a Winter Picture contest with the person in the best picture chosen as the winner. In this first contest the winner was Alicia. She won a 68/3000fibre wrapped tank, a 32 degrees pod pack, and two pods of paint. I would like to thank Hardcore Paintball (www.hardcorepaintball.ca) for their sponsorship, helping with the contest by supplying the paint and helping with the costs of the mask. The draws throughout the year help to cover the costs of the other prizes and I hope we can continue
this into next year. I would also like to thank everybody for their votes in the picture contest. Itâ€™s nice to know the cameraman can still walk around with out getting too many shots. More thanks goes to the members of Kelowna Hustle for being out there just about every weekend no matter what the weather was like, you made this winter season all the more enjoyable. Also I would like to thank all those other new players who showed up and to Scott with his 10 shot mag for showing people you donâ€™t have to have to carry 400 rounds to be deadly. It was an amazing wither season and with snow as deep as one or two feet and weather dropping to 15 its essential you know how to prepare yourself and your marker for such playing conditions. Please feel free to contact myself if you would like any pointers play. Lucas Zimmerman Region 3 Coordinator BC Tactical
By Scott Dearin
Snap shooting is when a player briefly comes out from a bunker, shoots one or two quick shots, and goes back into the bunker. It is one of the most common and important skills in paintball. A good snap shot is quick and accurate while exposing as little of the shooter as possible. Players should practice using the same motion every time they snap shoot to promote muscle memory and repeatability. That way, during a game, you will be able to snapshoot more accurately and consistently. Before taking your first snap shot, be sure to make a quick head check to locate your target. To snap shoot, the best motion is a roll out motion using the abs and lower back muscles. It is the fastest method because it relies on muscle to return to the original position instead of gravity. Position your outer foot as close to the edge of the bunker as possible without exposing yourself by pretending there is an imaginary line from your opponent to
the edge of the bunker. This line is called the â€œmagic lineâ€?. The outer foot
should be a couple inches inside the magic line. From the basic stance, shift your body weight so that approximately 70% of your weight in on your outside foot. From here, you start to roll out about an imaginary axis through the center of your tank or stock. The roll uses your torso muscles. The head rolls out keeping your nose lines up with the gun feedneck. Your hips and legs should be stationary. Once the barrel clears the edge of the bunker, only your marker, hopper, and aiming eye will be exposed. Take one or two quick shots and roll back in to your original position before the opponent can return fire. This technique can be used from a standing position as well as a kneeling position. When snap shooting over the top of a bunker, you want to take your shot as soon as the barrel clears the bunker and quickly get down. It takes longer to return to the bunker in this situation because you are relying on gravity to do the work instead of muscles. Tilt the gun so that it has the lowest profile
possible and doesnâ€™t take as long for the hopper to return back inside the bunker.
By Scott Dearin
1) How and when did you get into paintball? A group of us (Keith Bird, Darren Filipenko, Jody Turner, Aaron Hall, Sean Lewko, Mike Kline, Kyle Hocking, Travis Stevenson, Derek and Brent Whitehead) from McNicoll Park started playing capture the flag and flashlight wars in grade 8 (1989). These games took place in Darrenâ€™s orchard, half way to Naramata. Paintball guns were unknown to us at the time. We eliminated each other by tagging attackers once they crossed into our territory or flashed our light on them at night. One of our friends heard something about paintball and found a paintball magazine. This is when the dream began. We used to fantasize about paintball during wood work class and became quite skilled at hiding our magazine when the teacher was watching.
Our first obstacle was to persuade our parents that paintball was safe and not just another passing fad. After many months of negotiations and phone calls between our parents we finally made some progress. We now had the green light to order some gear. We started off with a small purchase of paintballs. Before spending money on equipment we wanted to see how much a paintball would actually hurt. One of us volunteered to be shot with a paintball and evaluate the pain. We covered the person with towels and got them to turn their back towards us. We then loaded up a slingshot and fired away. The paintball hit the target's shoulder and broke nicely. We discussed the test extensively and decided that it didn't hurt too badly and we were ready to place our next order. We then equipped ourselves with masks and slingshots and ordered more paintballs. We were all poor students with only the odd lawn mowing job so we couldn't afford guns yet. And so began paintball games with slingshots in the orchard. Some of our best memories come from those early days. Shortly after, the arms race began and we purchased some pumps guns.
2) How did Angry Pacifists start? We finally decided that we needed to get a little more organized as we wanted to start playing more competitively. We started brainstorming for a team name and agreed on the Angry Pacifists. Rob Airey thought of the name. At the time we often referred to ourselves as T.A.P. (The Angry Pacifists).
Once the team name was officially born the team consisted of: Keith Bird, Darren Filipenko, Jody Turner, Aaron Hall, Sean Lewko, Mike Kline, Kyle Hocking, Tavis Stevenson, Derek and Brent Whitehead, Rob Airey, Chad Quail â€“ sorry if I forgot anyone. As far as I know, myself and Darren Filipenko are the only original players that still play. Darren still has his original PMI 1 DF. He loves the old school style of
paintball and is hesitant to upgrade to a semi. Chad Quail eventually switch to Airsoft.
3) What was it like being a team playing a sport that was hardly even recognized when the team started? It was fun explaining the game to people and trying to get them to try it. It was very rewarding when a new player loved the game so much that they bought their own gear and became a regular. However, this could also be very frustrating. It was tough to keep the game alive as new people were concerned about the pain from a paintball and hesitant to make an investment in equipment. Iâ€™m happy to see what paintball has become in Penticton and like to think that we played a small part in its success.
4) How has the team done in competition? Any particular highlights? The team has had lots of fun playing in tournaments over the years. Our first competitive tournament was in Kelowna in 1996. It was one of the first big tournaments that we played in. We played a team called Nemesis from the
coast. Our entire team was shot in 30 seconds. We never forgot that game. We didn’t even think it was possible to run across the field in 30 seconds (back then most tournaments were played on bushball fields). Our most amazing moment was taking 2nd place in B division at the B.C.P.A. 4th Annual Second Summer Showdown. We entered the 5 man tourney with three players and picked up a fourth a few days before the tourney. We played well and managed to make it into B division. The finals were on Sunday and we found another pickup to complete our 5 man team. We played well on Sunday and finished in 2nd place in B division. We were pretty exited. We received some recognition from the tournament organizers for our efforts and were awarded a case of paint for being the most “amazing team” of the weekend with the greatest comeback. One of the most fun tournaments we played in was in Salmon Arm. It was called Warlords. There were several teams on the field at once,
each with their own base and treasure. Each teams treasure was worth points and there was bonus treasure on the field for teams to fight over. The objective was to hold on to your treasure and collect as many others from other teams and get them back to your base by the end of the round. The tourney was just for fun, but there were some great battles. We also played in the Aliens Scenario game which was a blast. I can’t remember all the details, but teams had to complete objectives while avoiding other teams and Aliens. Aliens were dressed in silver fire suits and had thousands of rounds of paint and could not be killed. They shot at anything that moved. Lucky for us the suits were cumbersome and hot so they didn’t do any running.
5) How is the team doing today? Our team has more or less turned into a club. We look for players that we enjoying playing with and invite them
to join the team/club. The members of the club have various paintball interests; some prefer speedball, bushball, pumps or a combination of the three. We have two bushball fields in Penticton and one in Summerland. The primary Penticton bushball field is up Carmi approximately 1 km past the Lost Moose Lodge. The second field is on Carmi at the city limits across from the power station. This field is much smaller and is only used for pump games. Our Summerland field is slated to be a golf course so we will soon have to find a new one. We also enjoy playing at Action & Adventure Paintball. Everyone in the club gets out and plays when they can. Some monthly, some weekly; it all depends on their availability and if there is a game planned that suits their style. We have an email list of over 70 players between Oliver and Kelowna that are invited to games. Players contact us through our website and signup to be on either the pump, speedball or bushball mailing list. If other groups in town plan a game they often send me the details and I send it out to all our paintball contacts.
6) Most teams specialize in either speedball, bushball, or pump games yet AP seems to do it all. Why is that? We appreciate the uniqueness of all three styles of paintball and try to enjoy each of them. Some of our members enjoy the competitiveness of speedball while others prefer the more military fashion of recreational bushball. Others prefer to play â€œold schoolâ€? with pumps where every shot and gram of air counts. We welcome all types of players. 7) Most players today want to shoot streams of paint from their electros but AP still stays true to its roots with stock class and pump games. Why is that?
I myself and some of our members still enjoy the rush from exchanging loads of paint. The original AP members started with pump guns, not exactly stock class but very close. Stock class brings us back to our roots and gives a unique element to the game of paintball. Players rely on marksmanship and movement instead of "accuracy by volume". Weapon technology is very equal. Even though guns may vary in price, barrel length and paintball capacity (15 balls or less), each gun has to "rock and cock" in order to load each paintball. It is very challenging when you need to make every shot count. It is easier for everyone to move around the field without being shot, this makes for some hot pursuits, quick getaways and heated battles. I’ve been playing paintball for 18 years and just got back into stock class in the last 3 years. I find it a refreshing change and am thankful that a few of our members feel the same. It’s a classic game that is worth a try.
or just players from other groups that want to join us for a game. We’ve struggled in the past finding players to play competitive paintball. I’m at the point now where I’m more into the rec play, but am happy to see that a few of our members have formed their own competitive teams. Promoting the sport and connecting players has always been our goal and I feel that things have really taken off in the last couple of years. There were some rough years when games were constantly cancelled due to lack of interest and poor attendance.
9) Finally, is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize? We’d like to thank all the past and present members of AP that have supported us and helped promote paintball. I’d also like to thank Action & Adventure paintball for helping to keep paintball alive in Penticton. A & A has always been very supportive of our team and is a great place to network.
8) Where is the future going for the Angry Pacifists? The future of AP is to continue to find new recruits, either new members
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