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5 man March 13&14- 10 man March 12-14
Avalanche takes Professional!
Paraplegic Turtles takes Amateur A!
Krusade takes Amateur B!
Ton Ton Flinguers take 5 Man!
This year's Las Vegas NPPL, featured a new location, closer to the city,
yet with similar desert terrain. The tournament's producer, DYE Precision
provided tents for both team staging and vendors. The new location
had better wind-breaks than in years past. While Vegas remains a
harsh desert environment for paintball, the dust and wind was not nearly
the problem it used to be.
JT's new 5th wheel trailer was on-hand with a support area for JT sponsored teams and for sales of supplies and the new J-Ball Paintballs. While JT is not yet disclosing the name of their encapsulator, they have stated that it is a company with a pharmaceutical background that has not been involved in paintball before. The new paint was well received by players, in it's two presently available colors of neon yellow and pink. JT also introduced their new "no carryon" travel bag. This bag is big - with plenty of room for a traveling player's gear and clothes. It includes backpack straps which hide-away when checked as airline luggage, and an internal support frame making it a comfortable pack. On smooth ground, the frame extends out and features rollers at the bottom to act as rolling luggage.
Diablo Direct's semi trailer provided climate controlled protection for their paint, while Scott USA had their own "compound" consisting of a couple of small tents, an RV and a couple of trailers where Scott sponsored teams were staging - andbarbecuing. It really generated a feeling of camaraderie that competing teams could hang out and support each other under the 'banner' of sponsorship.
Several Air America sponsored teams were taking to the fields with the new Armageddon compressed air systems. These 4500 psi compressed air systems feature a two peice regulator that allows the bottle to be quickly detached from the paintgun and main regulator body for seperate filling. According to Air America's Dan Colby, the new system features incredible high flow rates to eliminate gas starvation problems regardles of low or high pressure use.
Bob Long's Ironmen signed a new air system sponsor at the tournament. Max Attack, the high volume 4500 psi from Australia. Gramps & Grizzly, the Southern California paintball store that invented constant air CO2 tank use in paintball has signed on as the US distributor for Max Attack. According to Bob Long, the efficiency of the Max Attack is providing him with 20% more shots per fill on his Delta Defiant.
Speaking of Barbecue, the Carter Machine crew was back as usual with their fare of hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks to keep the players fueled. Through the weekend, the weather was completely beautiful - clear skies with very light winds. The desert does take its toll though, as the majority of problems factory techs have been facing are dust in seals.
Out on the fields, Outta Control, Bad Company and the Southern California Ironmen were the refs, enforcing the new NPPL "zero tolerance" policy. Arguing with a referee, or disputing a call on the field is not longer acceptable. The reffing faced mixed reviews - some teams felt it was top notch, while others were dissapointed.
Stay tuned for PigTV video.