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   November 05, 2002

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Bunkers & Banners Paintball Marshals and Top Gun Day
November 5th, 2002

Bunkers & Banners

Bunkers & Banners Paintball Marshals game and Topgun day

The day started out with the skies threatening to get us wet, but there were several players that braved the cool temperatures and grey skies. And for there willingness to possibly get wet, they were rewarded with an entire day of fun and sunshine. The temperature never got above seventy degrees and there was a slight breeze all day. In other words, it was a perfect day for playing paintball.

There are three primary fields at Bunkers & Banners. The most popular is the Village. The buildings are made almost entirely of slabwood and resemble old shacks more than the newer urban style of plywood. There are the typical blue barrels placed about the field as well as some pallet bunkers. The set dressing is what gives it the "Old West" flavor. There are two buckboard wagons with some barrels stacked in them, a couple of watering troughs and some hitching posts. The village itself borders some thin pine trees on one side and the main road that runs the depth of the field on the other. The field is over 300 feet long and approximately 200 feet wide. There are only thirteen buildings at this time, but there is plenty of room for expansion. This is where the Topgun games were played.


The next most popular field is the Back field. It is about 600 feet long and 300 feet wide. It is a typical woods field with a mix of good sized oaks and pines. Most of the underbrush has been cleared away so there are some really long firing lanes. The terrain if fairly flat with a lot of ferns and low weeds. There are numerous man made bunkers on this field, all of which are made of natural materials that were on the field to begin with. Most are logs that have been stacked with posts holding them up. The are solid enough to hide behind, but a good shot might get you through one of the gaps. This is a great field to play in the summer as there is almost always a slight breeze and good shade.

The third field is The Circle of Equals. It is a small speedball field built in a sand pit. Nobody is fast in the soft sand that makes up the floor of the field. One nice thing is when you slide behind a bunker, it doesn't hurt the knees. The field is only 180 feet long by 150 feet wide. The bunkers are more stacked logs mixed with some barrels. It can be a lot of fun, but it is still a little rough for a speedball field.

The games had a time limit of twenty minutes, but most didn't last more than ten minutes, so there was plenty of games for everyone. The win/loss ratio was fairly even throughout the day on the rec. games and all players had a good time. The ref. staff did a fine job of keeping things running smoothly and were right on top of things during the Top gun games.

The format for the day was Center flag as there were only eight people. Most of the games were played in the village, as was the Top gun event. There was a good mix of experienced pump players and those that were new to pump. It made for some well balanced games on all of the fields.

After the first couple of games, the newer players began to get the hang of playing with pumps and the action intensified as the day progressed. There were some daring flag pulls that they wouldn't have tried if it had been an open class game. But, more daring and foolhardy moves are tried with varying degrees of success during pump play.

The Grand Prize of the event was a beautiful Acid Yellow Phantom VSC with matching T-Stock and détente rings. This was generously donated by Mike Cassidy of CCI. I cannot say enough good things about Mike and CCI. He is a great guy to work with and always has time for his customers. He works diligently to produce the finest stock class gun on the market and keep this aspect of the sport alive and well. Thank you, Mike. Prizes were also collected and donated by Bob Lanstrum of Rocky Mountain Enterprises. To both of these gentlemen I say thank you very much. It is support like this, at the grass roots level of the sport, that the smaller fields and events needs.grandprize

The Top gun events were limited to four minutes with a draw being elimination for both players. Needless to say, none of these games went to time. Although a couple came very close with the longest game being 3:48. The intensity level of the games was high as everybody wanted the grand prize. I witnessed play at a level of sportsmanship that I have not seen in a long time at tournament style events. The players gave it their all with some falling short for no other reason than a lack of experience. Even with the emotions running a bit on the high side, there were no temper fits, no name calling and no complaining about the results. The only thing that would have made it better is if the field of players had been bigger.

The overall winner was Bill Bartenfelder of the Last Rites paintball team. He beat Tracy Sill in a game that went to 3:36. It was quite an experience for the both of them as the young lady was in her first ever pump game and he was in his first tourney, even though he has been playing for almost ten years. Some fine shooting took place as the final shot of the tourney was to the tip of a visor that she had left sticking out around a door frame. For her efforts, Tracy took home a new Action Markers barrel, two 140 round pods from Central Ohio paintball, a barrel bag from Splatterpark, a Lapco barrel adapter from Bunkers & Banners Paintball, an old school telescoping squeegee and some stickers.


On their way to the finals, both were met with some interesting and unique challenges. Bill won one game where he and his opponent were just on opposite sides of an eight foot by eight foot building, shooting through the doors. The battle at this point raged for nearly a minute with Bill emerging victorious with a well placed shot to the elbow of his opponent.through

Tracy, in her first event, went up against her boyfriend, who has been playing for over two years. It wasn't a very long lived game, only about two minutes, with words of encouragement being exchanged. Of course if he hadn't been talking as much, she might not have shot him. Oh well, life lesson learned. Her next game came down to a desperate charge from building to building by her opponent, which resulted in his elimination. But an admirable effort on his part.


To all who braved the clouds of the morning and showed up to play, I thank you and look forward to seeing you out there again.

All in all, a good time was had by those who showed up. This promises to be a yearly thing at Bunkers & Banners Paintball. A few words about Bunkers & Banners. They are a small, rec. ball oriented field. They have open games every weekend from May through September. There are plans for expansion and improvement as well as the hosting of an event in a series like the Old School Challenge. Also, they are a home field for the Northern Michigan Chapter of the Paintball Marshals Stock Class club and throw pump /stock games once a month. If you are interested in stock class play, then you might want to look at the following web sites.

This is the web site for Bunkers & Banners Paintball. They are located in Prudenville, Michigan on Emery road.

This is the address for the Paintball Marshals main website.

Jim "Swampthing" Anderson


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