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Old 04-27-2010, 12:09 PM #1
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A Riot Shield for Paintball?

im not a new player but i don't know where else to post this.. well, i got the bright idea to make some type of shield for paintball games. i know they have them but i never saw them used too much. i was thinking of making something like a riot shield out of plexiglass but im not sure if that will withstand paintballs(alot of them). Is there anything better to make a shield out of? I would make it a mostly full body shield. I was thinking plexiglass but what do you guys think about this?

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Old 04-27-2010, 12:16 PM #2
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If anything that is attached to you gets hit, your out...
This is true in most cases. Some fields don't allow you to use them at all, as you can then be used as a mobile bunker. The only exception that I know of is there are some woodsball tournament leagues that allow one person per team to have a shield. The only way to eliminate a player with a shield is to hit their body, or to hit the shield with a nerf rocket launcher.

If you do intend to make one for this purpose, plexiglass or something like that is a fine material to use. Paintballs don't carry that much energy, so it's not going to break it.
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Old 04-27-2010, 12:59 PM #4
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I'm pretty sure Davis Paintball would let you, but it wouldn't do you any good, because they'd still call you out for hits to the shield.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:53 PM #5
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You'd want to use a pretty thick plexiglass. We used 1/4 inch on some gunner bunkers we have and they shot through after only a few rounds impacted. I would recommend half inch. may seem like overkilll, and be heavy. But if you don't wanna go back and re-do it
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:17 PM #6
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I was actually thinking about this a while back with plexiglass, but also with a "net" (like the deadbox netting) with some slack that would stick out about an inch in front of the plexiglass to try and keep the balls from breaking on it. At least keep the ball breaks down to a minimum to increase the visibility duration, and it should prolong the life of the plexiglass since it's not getting shot directly. The netting and the plexiglass would be held together with some metal pieces that wold be screwed into all along the outer part of the plexiglass, and the netting would be clamped in between 2 pieces of the metal. I hope that makes sense, I'm kind of bad at explaining.

Anyways, that's my ideal riot shield. I think finding some spare field netting might be hard though.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:04 PM #7
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i've thought about making one NUMEROUS times. so that i could use it with a pistol marker!

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Old 04-27-2010, 03:18 PM #8
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I broke down a empty case and cut a handle at the top where's there was two layers of cardboard. We played VIP and it worked fairly well.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:25 PM #9
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This would be cool, but I don't think you would be able to use it at fields. I think it would only be good if you were playing with your friends in the woods or something.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:41 PM #10
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I have a shield, but it's the "Captain America" style. Round with wrist and arm straps.
It was made from the clear plastic lid of a 55 gallon drum of mayonnaise.

I use it for reffing, anytime I've used it in a game (and I have) any hits to the shield count as an elimination. Including hits that would have missed me if I were not carrying the shield.

And there are different types of plastic sheeting on the market, mine is clear ABS and takes all the hits you can throw at it.
Lexan is considered "unbreakable" and withstands a lot more than regular plexiglass, I've used that for covers over cameras and lights at paintball games with no problem.
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^^ yeah i know. i have my own field i made out of homeade equipment. but i wasnt sure the thickness of the plexiglass i could get. is there any more options i could do besides this though because sheets of plexiglass are expensive?
and where would i get that kind of material Pyrate?
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After you took some fire, how would you even see through it? I don't think this would be very useful.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:49 PM #13
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After you took some fire, how would you even see through it? I don't think this would be very useful.
It'll take a lot of paint to completely cover a shield. Even if you can't see through it, you can still use it for protection when running from bunker to bunker, or to protect yourself in the open.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:53 PM #14
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Cheap option:
Plastic trash can from home depot.
Discard lid, cut off the bottom and then cut the remaining cylinder in half lengthwise.
Turn one side upside down so the lid ends overlap.
Drill holes through both pieces and use small bolts with washers and nuts to keep the two halves together.
Drill four more holes and loop some rope on the inside for arm straps.
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:05 PM #15
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thanks pyrate but would i be able to see through the trashcan and what kind of demensions do they have of trashcans? And for PlumberNick9, thats the challenge when having a shield
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:07 PM #16
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Like stated earlier, anything that is attached to you is considered an extension of you and if hit, counts as an elimination. In speed ball, you couldn't bring it out with you and then drop it because you find it to cumbersome because it would still count as a piece of equipment, the only disposable equipment are pods, and I believe squeegees. In woods ball, it could be an asset, if you play the field that allows them to be hit and not count as an elimination, but then again, it's most easier to move without one. Not that it's not a good idea, but when in the field you might find it a lot of time and money wasted on something that sounded good but turned out to not be as use full as it would be in other situations.
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:22 PM #17
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yeah i get what your saying axline. but on my field, i dont count shield hits as eliminations. I might just get one sheet of lexon and make it into one and see how we like it. or i might make it the cheap way that Jim said
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:29 PM #18
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+1 on polycarbonate/Lexan. Lexan is just GE's trademark for their line of polycarbonate products. You can buy 1/8" thick sheets at Home Depot. I have a piece nearly 5 years old that I use as a test target for paintballs. It sits outside year round, has been hit with thousands of paintballs, and has no cracks/splits.
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how much did you buy a sheet for though? i need one to atleast to mostly cover a person, not completely though.
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If you go to Home Depot's site and just search for Lexan, you can find some there. Mine is just target sized, 18"x24" I think, and they list that at 16.40. I probably paid slightly less years ago.

If you go to mcmaster.com and search for part 8574K21, it is a 2ft x 4 ft piece for $31.29. Not sure how much shipping will be. I live relatively close to one of their distribution centers, so even large objects have shipped to me for relatively cheap.

Acrylic would be much cheaper, but a piece thick enough to withstand repeated abuse of paintballs, and maybe falling on it once in a while, would probably be rather heavy. 1/4" thick acrylic sheet gets heavy fast.
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Use plywood cut to the size you want. Cut out a viewer hole. Use Lexan for the viewer hole. Cover the plywood with fiberglass reinforced panels (at Home Depot it is called Stabilit). I have the stuff surrounding my pool and I have shot it a few times. It is durable and very easy to clean. Add a nice trim around the edges. Fashion an arm strap.
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