Originally Posted by hallr12
I think the biggest problem with Bozeman paintball is the lack of actual pro-shops and fields. We need a place around town that stocks high end markers. We need a shop where the employees know the difference between low and high end markers. Bozeman is a very wealthy town I dont think it would take much to get people to buy high end markers, and if they buy high end markers they would be more serious about paintballing. I work at Bob Wards I know what we have is 99% Tippmann, and that really is the only reason why all the kids around here have Tippmann guns and nothing else. I can order just about any gun out there, but if its not in the store where they can hold it and air it up and the people behind the counter have no idea what they are talking about why would someone spend 1300 on a dm13. I am by no means a cat or griz fan but I would be down to play.
I really can get just about any marker so if any one is looking let me know I will see what I can do
I'm not sure I agree with that. I wasn't saying people can't go out and play with Tippmanns and have a great time -- they certainly can. It's just that that group seldom takes paintball any more seriously than "hey, let's go up in the hills and shoot each other up..." "yeah, we haven't done that in awhile."
I think if people can experience paintball in a more organized, structured format, they'll see that it's a great deal more fun and worthy of a bigger time and money investment. I haven't been to TE paintball yet, but I think that's probably the kind of model that would help paintball grow in all of our towns. High-end equipment really doesn't factor in there. If anything, I've seen more people go out, spend $1500+ on all the latest gear, then "quit" altogether than people who occasionally take their blowback semi out into the woods. The reason being, they thought that high-end gear would purchase success, which is definitely not the case...