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Old 07-24-2021, 01:02 AM #1
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Top Gun in Cream Ridge NJ to close

End of August 2021. This year's Alamo Game will be the last. Sad 😔

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Old 07-24-2021, 11:48 AM #2
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I am heartbroken that I have already played my last game there last year before I moved.

33 years in business.. and now POOF!

With the insanely inflated real estate prices, and inflation in general, paintball will struggle in many areas. We will probably be seeing a major contraction of the industry
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Old 07-24-2021, 02:53 PM #3
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Sucks to see but with Pinnacle opening nearby and the general robustness of NJ paintball, Im sure it was tough to make near as much money as they were a few years ago. Land sold out from under them, will probably happen to more than a few fields going forward.
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Old 07-24-2021, 10:34 PM #4
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Old 07-27-2021, 12:06 PM #5
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Great field and awesome staff. I have a ton of great memories from there, including a solid PSP event back in 2011. RIP Topgun.
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Old 08-14-2021, 10:42 PM #6
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Old 08-16-2021, 08:47 AM #7
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Cream Ridge? Did they slip off? <<< Some dark humor to ease the pain.

I have never played there, but I have seen some of my favorite fields close through watery eyes. Sorry for your Loss. RIP Top Gun.
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Old 08-16-2021, 06:40 PM #8
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Sucks to see but with Pinnacle opening nearby and the general robustness of NJ paintball, Im sure it was tough to make near as much money as they were a few years ago. Land sold out from under them, will probably happen to more than a few fields going forward.
Maybe I should be thankful most of the fields 'near' me are 45 mins away from the rest of civilization.
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Old 08-17-2021, 12:56 PM #9
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Maybe I should be thankful most of the fields 'near' me are 45 mins away from the rest of civilization.
The guy who runs the field here where I live has been forced to pick-up and move 3 times since I have been playing there over the last 15 years.
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Old 08-22-2021, 09:56 PM #10
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Old 10-02-2021, 09:59 PM #11
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This is especially sad, knowing all of the history behind Top Gun being the first paintball field in New Jersey. Top Gun has significant relevance to the history of paintball, at least in the state of New Jersey.

At least the Jackson (Cream Ridge??) location had a good run compared to the original facility in Marlboro.

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Top Gun Paintball Games official Grand Opening at its Marlboro, NJ site was held on June 14, 1991. That was over 3 years after getting the paintball guns legalized in NJ in April '88. Ray Gong originally opened his paintball facility at this site back in September '88 but was immediately shut down by the township police for zoning code violations. However, Ray's attorney, Robert Feldman, Esq., successfully argued that since the facility had no permanent structures at the time, that the paintball activity was legal. Ray agreed to go before the Marlboro Zoning Board for a use variance and site planning. The 120 acre site originally allowed recreation facilities, but the Planning Board removed that use after a warning from the Monmonth County Prosecutor that paintball was about to become a legal sport in NJ if they lost the lawsuit to legalize paintball guns. The Zoning Board held several contentious meetings before denying the use variance. Videos of the TV news stories are posted on youtube. Top Gun was finally allowed to open after a Monmouth County Superior Court Judge overturned the Marlboro Zoning Board. However, Marlboro later won on appeal and closed down Top Gun again. Ray went back to court to challenge the "illegal" zone change. After multiple lawsuits, several years and thousands of dollars, Ray found a new site in Jackson Township next to Six Flags Great Adventure where it still operates today. Ray lost count on the number of Top Gun Paintball Games Grand Openings. See www.topgunpaintball.com for more info.


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Sucks to see but with Pinnacle opening nearby and the general robustness of NJ paintball, Im sure it was tough to make near as much money as they were a few years ago. Land sold out from under them, will probably happen to more than a few fields going forward.
I'm sure it had nothing to do with not being profitable, their Facebook posts made it seem like this was completely unexpected, so I would guess that they would have had no issues continuing to operate if they were still able to rent the land.


Pinnacle Paintball is a money grab. The big castle is their main attraction, and it's not fun to play in. The rest of the fields feel like an afterthought. Walk-On admission if you don't make a reservation is $40 + $80/case of Valken paint. They're after the rental players, birthday parties, corporate events, etc. They don't care about pricing out the weekend warriors who want to play every week.
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Old 10-03-2021, 05:56 AM #12
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This is especially sad, knowing all of the history behind Top Gun being the first paintball field in New Jersey. Top Gun has significant relevance to the history of paintball, at least in the state of New Jersey.

At least the Jackson (Cream Ridge??) location had a good run compared to the original facility in Marlboro.

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I'm sure it had nothing to do with not being profitable, their Facebook posts made it seem like this was completely unexpected, so I would guess that they would have had no issues continuing to operate if they were still able to rent the land.


Pinnacle Paintball is a money grab. The big castle is their main attraction, and it's not fun to play in. The rest of the fields feel like an afterthought. Walk-On admission if you don't make a reservation is $40 + $80/case of Valken paint. They're after the rental players, birthday parties, corporate events, etc. They don't care about pricing out the weekend warriors who want to play every week.
I mean, those prices are pretty fair considering that field has probably put about 100x the normal capital into building the field as compared to the thrown together slop that a lot do for $50 a case paint. Id rather pay $80 to play at a clean facility with well built fields, vs. some of the stuff out there.
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Old 11-02-2021, 01:02 PM #13
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