So I started Playing when I was ~13 years old up at Adventure Games in Weare NH. I got super into the sport, playing every weekend for most of my teenage years. I first bought a regular spyder, and then upgraded to a Spyder SE that I upgraded a bit [stock photo below]...
Eventually became an Airsmith at a local paintball shop where I bought all the parts to make my own Autococker from scratch shown below...
At the time I had lots of options for Electro's, I wanted a completely mechanical gun. As a Rec player I have actually had times where I have been waste deep in water flanking the opponents... One of these times I actually fell and the whole autococker was submerged in water! Brought her up and she shot fine the rest of the game!
I got into the tourney thing for a year or two, but found it wasn't to my liking... Too much $$$, too much aggression, too many bouncy air thingies, and not enough strategy as the fields are so small. I'm a woods ball guy.
My last game was a big game down in PA it was WW2 scenario with thousands of people.
Then I went to college, and paintball fell by the wayside.
Now, 10 years later, I am picking up my old Autococker to get back into paintball at the urging of my longtime friend.
Just got a new lens for the Flex-7.
Checked the 'Cocker, still completely in time, even still has the "vacuum effect"! Woot. I love this gun.
I plan on picking up a Tippman TPX as a sidearm, a long way advanced from my old PGP!
Any advice for a slightly older player (upper 20's) who's gettin back into the game?
Don't bother with talk of how new guns sling faster paint. I make it a point to fire as little as possible, getting through a day on 500 rounds or less is my goal. At one point I kept track of shots/eliminations and got it down to 7 shots per elimination, so I take pride in that school of thought over the "sling as much paint as possible" mindset. so I'm not worried about upgrading to any electro's...
But your thoughts on how the industry as a whole evolved would be nice... who the new 'big guns' are in the industry, who's still around under what name now etc.
Any new major inventions I need be aware of? Interesting new common field rules? Which paint is a good product nowadays?