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Almost Famous Paintball & the AFPL

If you haven’t heard about Almost Famous Paintball yet, here’s your formal introduction. We’re not exactly sure how to categorize them because they seem to have their hand in a lot of different things.

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“We started out doing media coverage, mostly of SoCal events, but now we’ve added hosting our own events,” says founder, John Arquilla. “We also have a few web series in the works. We’re following a little kid team called GoGo13 and we have a fictitious comedy series called BCoOL, which is about a paintball team that really sucks. But they dream big.”

 

 

2012 is a big year for Almost Famous Paintball. Continuing their steady stream of media coverage for SoCal paintball events, this year also marks the inauguration for the Almost Famous Paintball League (AFPL). The AFPL features a semi tournament series as well as a pump series, which feel more like a summer concert series than a standard paintball tournament. But to understand the AFPL is to understand the mission of Almost Famous Paintball.

 

Always recognizing that paintball, first and foremost, is about camaraderie and having a good time, Almost Famous created its signature event – Union Day. At this gathering, players of all skill levels are randomly placed on teams, giving everyone the opportunity to meet new people, learn from their teammates, and have a great time playing paintball. Music and an MC, as well as “scholarship” contests to attend the event for free help make this event a favorite in the SoCal paintball scene.

 

“Our message is this: ‘YOU, yeah, you. Come play paintball with us. Let’s hang out,’” says Arquilla. “We welcome everyone. If you’ve never picked up a marker before, come to Union Day. If you’re a pro player that got kicked off your team, come to Union Day. It’ll be the best paintball experience of your life – until the next Union Day.”

 

The AFPL is the tournament version of Union Day. While the AFPL is for rostered teams, the easy going vibe, music, and MC have already made a good impression on participating teams. The next semi tournament will be held on April 7, 2012 at Camp Pendeleton and the pump tournament is scheduled for some time in May.

 

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For more information on Almost Famous Paintball and the AFPL, check out almostfamouspaintball.com.

 

- Writeup courtesy of Tim Cerruti

Propaintball is attending PALS Paintball World Cup Asia

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ProPaintball is proudly attending, covering and competing in the PALS Paintball World Cup Asia event. The WCA is taking place this Wednesday through Sunday in Langkai, Malaysia. Players, teams and manufacturers are flying in from all over the world to participate in what will surely be one of, if not the, greatest events in the world.

If you are attending the event be sure to keep your eyes peeled for ProPaintball staff. We will be wearing our trademark shirts and should be easy to find.

ProPaintball’s very own Justin Mason will be playing alongside Markus Nielsen, Redza, Allan Phang and the rest of the Xtioneers in Pro/Am.

Coverage over the next 24 hours may be light due to long flights etc.

Stay tuned for event reports, video interviews and photographs live from the event.

Cheers!

Photomob UNITE for PSP World CUP

For the first time in paintball history, a group of the best photographers around are working together to cover teams at the PSP World Cup. World Cup will have 8-10 fields, and with 7 photographers together, they will be able to cover a greater amount of area, and not have to worry about teams playing at the same time and missing the games. Continue reading

Ninja Paintball Safety Advisory – Oil and Compressed Air

Ninja Paintball, a leader at providing quality air systems and accessories manufactured in the USA, has released an important safety advisory regarding the use of ALL compressed air cylinders.

 

Ninja Paintball would like to issue a safety advisory regarding the use of oil in compressed air systems. First and foremost, oil and compressed air DO NOT mix. Some players have taken to the practice of using oil as a quick-fix to stop leaks in their fill nipple or to repair a damaged or worn fill nipple seal. Unfortunately, this can create a very hazardous situation.

When oil is exposed to compressed air, the oil can become flammable, and in some cases can ignite. As air is compressed while filling, the amount of oxygen (as well as the other gases in the air) is increased and condensed. Fire, also known as combustion, or an exothermic oxidation reaction, requires three things to start:

1) Oxygen
2) Fuel
3) Heat

The temperature needed to start a particular fuel burning is known as that fuel’s flash point. As the amount of oxygen a fuel is exposed to increases, the flash point drops and could ignite the fumes or oil. There are many oils which are perfectly safe at room temperature and air pressure. However, when the oxygen content around them increases; as with air compressed into a paintball marker’s HPA tank, the flash point can lower to below the temperature of the fill air and cause the oil or fumes to ignite. This is the principle at work in the cylinders of a diesel engine.

Paintball safety lies in the hands of players, store operators, and field operators. DO NOT put oil of any kind in your compressed air cylinder or regulator. No lubricants should be used on the regulator unless the are explicitly recommended by the manufacturer.

If you experience a leak in your fill nipple, Ninja Paintball advises replacing the fill nipple o-ring or the entire fill nipple assembly, as fill nipples can and will wear out over time. If you have any questions, please contact the manufacturer of your regulator or you can contact Ninja Paintball direct.

The following is a copy of the advisory for anyone who would like to print it out and post it up at their local field(s) and pro shop(s). A big thanks to Rob and everyone at Ninja Paintball for taking their time to put this together and bring it to the community’s attention!

Ninja Safety Advisory - Oil and Compressed Air

Company Focus: UN1TED Clothing

We are going to throw something a little different up here. Every so often we will have a new feature that showcases a company, not just any company, but the smaller companies that market to the paintball industry. This is their time to take a bigger stage and present themselves to you, the reader.

This first feature showcases a company that hails from Northern Virginia and D.C. UN1TED Clothing is the brainchild of Chaudry Ghafoor. Established in 2010, the company’s market originated with tournament paintball and has done very well in its inaugural year, and as the mission statement says, reaching out to many extreme sports and even the local club scene.

Mission Statement:
Based out of the fast paced sport of tournament paintball, our aim is to finally join and affiliate the many adrenaline filled lifestyles we see all around us. UN1TED represents the reckless and the daring, the ones who strive for greatness, and beyond all else – share respect for their fellow brothers that rep U1.

UN1TED offers apparel such as t-shirts, tank tops and hats with stylish designs in various color combination’s. UN1TED frequently adds new designs and different products to it’s lineup. You can catch Chaudry and his UN1TED Clothing brand supporting and vending at CFOA, AXBL Mid Atlantic, GPL/MAPL, and PSP events or visit www.UN1TEDCLOTHING.com.

 

If you or somebody you know has a company that they would like to submit for future features, send an email to Robert@ProPaintball.com. The company must design and/or manufacture its own products. The company must market to the paintball industry, but may also market to other industries. Again, if the company fits that simple criteria, send an email with any and all info to Robert@ProPaintball.com.

 

NOTE: Submitting a company does not guarantee it to be subject in a future feature.

ProPaintball's SKYNET is back online, terminators rest easy

ProPaintball’s very own SKYNET is online and ready to rock! Yes, you read that right. SKYNET is now self aware thanks to the hard work of Gilbert Rossignol and the rest of the ProPaintball terminators. Now Gilbert is all jacked up on mountain dew and has issued marching orders that we are to be pumping out stories like its nobodies business. Well here goes..

Now that our ProPaintball web server is back online we can get back to doing what we do best. The number 1 paintball news and gossip website on the internet has more stories, interviews, and inside scoops than we can count and…they are all in the process of being entered into the system.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay tuned!

 

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ProPaintball Site issues

Last Friday the staff at ProPaintball began a transition to a new server with additional resources. The plan was to increase the speed that our website delivers pages to you as well as our capacity so that we have room to grow. As a few of you noted (thanks to everyone for the heads up), we ran into a few issues and the site has been experiencing intermittent service outages over the last 72 hours. Our team is working rapidly to resolve the issue(s) and we plan to have everything sorted out as soon as possible.

Sorry for the delay folks, stay tuned.

Video: ETV Artifact Episode 6 – Updated

Artifact Episode 6, “The Reason” follows Chicago Aftershock as they compete all the way to the finals of 2010 World Cup of Paintball, and attempt to define themselves against both their peers, and the legacy they have inherited from one of the winningest teams in the history of professional paintball. Continue reading