I have been thinking recently that I should be keeping everyone up to date on how this field is going.
The field is going great.
We have been busy. The first year there were many days that no one showed up to the field. This year there was only 2 or 3. Most of the business is coming from birthday parties or college groups. Lynchburg and Roanoke are where most of the players are coming from. We have had an event with about 150 players, broken up into 4 groups.
I would like to get more regular players coming to play at the field. If you have comments on how I can make that happen shoot me an email.
This is going to be a great year with a few changes that everyone will like.
(field updates, more equipment to purchase, price adjustments)
I am looking forward to this new year and all of the exciting things that will happen.
Thanks for being part of Stonewalls life.
Something I am trying to do at Stonewall Paintball is to make sure everyone is happy with their paintball experience. I am doing that by trying to give the best customer service possible, having the best prices of any paintball field in Virginia, having the best field in the area, and having a good selection of new and used equipment to buy.
I think we are doing very well on customer service, price, and having a great field. Stonewall still needs to work on having good selection of equipment for sale. I have been trying to make sure we have the best equipment for rent, but we are still going through guns and masks that were here when the field was purchased. We have about 40 new guns, 30 new masks, 50 new tanks, and we have a bunch of new pods and packs for rent. I think we have some room to grow in the rental equipment area, but overall I think we have great stuff.
What I would like to do is have new and used equipment for sale that people can buy if they are looking at getting into the hobby of paintball. A reason to own your own gear is simple, you will take care of it and it will be the way you like it when you come out to play. A simple set up, with mask, gun, and tank will cost, at the low end, about $200. If you rent equipment from me you are paying $42. If you really like paintball and you are going to play even 5 times a year it would cost $210,the same as renting it each time.
I would like everyone know they can get the best equipment at the lowest prices at the field. For example I will have Grill masks, normally about $90, for much less at the field. Empire Axe paintball guns, normally around $500, for much less. I have a gun in stock called the Dye Rized Maxxed, it normally retails at around $350. There is another gun called the BT-4 G36 elite, that I think looks pretty cool, it is authentic looking and a woodsball marker that can shoot 15 balls per second. This one is retailing for about $350, much less at the field. I want paintball to be accessible to every budget and style of play.
I would like to help you get your first equipment for what ever style you play. One of the best purchases you can make is a good quality mask. Anyone that has played paintball knows that you cant hit what you cant see. I try to have good masks for rentals, but it is hard to keep them scratch free. If you own a good mask, prices range from $45 to over $100, you can take care of it and make sure it never gets scratched. I can get equipment from most of the paintball brands so tell your friends all over the country to contact me and I will be able to get them a great deal on anything paintball. remember do not let the prices online scare you. I can get them for much less, I just cant advertise the prices.
I bought the field back in May. This has been a great time. I have learned a great deal about the business of paintball. I have really enjoyed getting out in the woods every weekend, even if I am the only one running around.
There have been many college groups come and play. A bachelor party, many birthdays have been spent in the woods. Church groups and even an all girls group came out and had a great time.
My children have enjoyed their time at the field. We have played many games just the three of us. Both Xavier (8) and Meredith (10) have played with large groups. Xavier has bunkered about 5 people, took a shot on the leg from about 5 feet away and said it hurt a little. He still gets nervous but he still asks almost every weekend if he is coming to play paintball. Meredith is a back player and loves to shoot paint. She has a nice pink electronic gun that she shoots a lot of paint with. She loves wearing a pod pack because she will run out of paint otherwise. One of the coolest things about Meredith and paintball is she plays in a skirt.
When my wife and I where talking about buying the Big Pearl Paintball we debated if this would be something that would be good for our family. I think this is one of the better decisions for our small family. Yes, we are still in debt. Yes, I am gone almost every Saturday. I get to have fun with my kids. I am their school teacher and they see me all the time, but at school it is not the same things running around in the woods. We get to work together. They will help me clean up at the end of the day and they have helped me paint.
I did not buy a paintball field to make money. I bought a paintball field to meet people, have fun with my kids, have a place that I can look forward to on the weekends, and help others get the love of paintball like I have.
Thank you to everyone that has made this possible. Galen, Robbie, Chase, Billy, Ashley, Ron, Melvin, you are all awesome. Thank you to Elizabeth for letting me do something crazy and out of the box. Thank you to all of Stonewall's customers. With out you this would not work.
Think of something you are grateful for this holiday season. Let's be positive, happy, and especially grateful for everything we have been given.
Stonewall wants to start selling used and new paintball equipment. Nothing too fancy just the basics, so everyone can have something they want. In my last post I talked about how paintball is no more expensive than any other hobby people have. So why not buy a few things that will make paintball a little more enjoyable. For me that would be a nice pair of paintball pants. For others it might be a pack or a cool loader. It would be pretty awesome to have a CSR too. There is something in everyone's price range from dangerous power E1 at $150 all the way up to a CSR at $1,795.
What Stonewall wants to know is what do you want? If you could have some new gear what would you buy?
To go along with the what do you want to buy question, what do you want for free? Stonewall has been thinking about giving some gear away. There are two ways that give-aways will happen.
Stonewall needs to know, what do you want? What is on your wish list or even your kinda cool to have list?
I have been thinking about the cost to play paintball. It can be expensive with all of the cool equipment you can feel you have to purchase. Dye DAM, Rotor, Ego, Luxe, Geo, Shocker, Spire, Ninja, I4, Grill—these are just a few names of things you can buy. It can be a bit overwhelming and everyone has their opinion on what you should get.
“Get an Axe because it is less expensive than the high-end stuff but they shoot just as good,” one guy says.
“Start with a Tippmann and see if you like paintball before you spend too much money,” says another.
“The only loader worth getting is a Rotor, so don’t waste your money on anything else,” the local “pro” advises.
“But that costs over $200. I don’t want to spend that much on a loader,” you respond.
“Then you will never be able to compete at a high level,” he returns.
Maybe you don’t want play at a “high level.” Maybe you just want to come out and play once a month and find some friends that like the same thing. Because it’s nice to hang out with people that like similar things. When I first started playing I did not have any friends that came with me, but I met plenty of people that were cool and fun to play with at the field.
You do not need to spend tons of money on paintball. If you play once a month and rent some equipment, that would be $480 per year. In the big scheme of things you spend more money on fast food, cell phones, and dates with girls you have no real chance with. Paintball on the other hand, will never make you fat, waste your time like Candy Crush, or lead you on and then break your heart for not living up to your potential.
Some Hard, Cold Facts:
Average amount of money per year Americans spend on…
Gas $1962, Fast Food $1200, Cell Phones $597, Dates $738, Gym Memberships $696
Paintball is a way to get outside and run around in the woods. It is a way to meet people or be a complete loner and not talk to anyone (the sniper in all of us). Point is, paintball can be whatever you want it to be.
At Stonewall Paintball, I will never judge you if you come in with a spyder or even a brass eagle. I’ll treat you the same whether you play with an Ego Lv1 or a Tippmann 98. So come out and play with what you have. And if it doesn’t work let me help you fix it up. The whole idea of playing is to have fun, not compare yourself to what the others have and don't break the bank doing it.
Galen is one of the owners of Stonewall Paintball. He has been in Rockbridge County for many years and everyone that meets him loves him. Here is a little information about him so you can get to know him better.
Rev. Galen D. Lemmon
Ordained Elder/Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene
Retired Foreman, FEL Ltd., heavy steel fab plant, for 17 years
Married to Joyce for almost 47 years. 3 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild
Paintball Highlights: counter-terrorism training at Ft. Pickett with multinational forces. Have worked at our field with birthday and bachelor parties; graduation celebrations; family and college reunions; college, high school, and private school events and sports team; church and business groups; military groups, and military schools. Individual players on our field have included administration officials, business executives, special forces and major military leaders, doctors, and professors, as well as professional paintball players.
Has coached children’s Bible quiz teams to 19 championships, state level and above, and currently enjoys teaching the Bible, especially on the End Time events.
I started playing paintball in 1996 at a church picnic when a friend brought a .68 tippmann carbine and a tippmann pro-lite. Very nice guns, I have a fond memory of these 2 guns. The first thing all of the youth did was go out and buy their own guns. My gun choice was an Indian Creek Designs “Alley Cat”. We had everything from spyders, automags, and autocockers. I played every weekend either at a local dump or an indoor field that was about an hour drive.
I went to college in Buena Vista, VA and did not find a place to play. I would drive out into the woods and shoot at trees. There was a few fields around, but I was not able to get away from school to do much playing. When I got married in 2004, my awesome wife gave me some money from the wedding gifts to buy a new paintball gun. I bought an electronic spyder clone because I did not have enough money to buy the high end guns. I coveted the autocockers, Intimidators, and the Shocker. Maybe one day I would be able to get one. I started playing regularly about once a month on both speedball fields in Richmond, an indoor field in Charlottesville and about 5 other fields around Virginia.
One day my wife and I were having a discussion and she was complaining that I was spending too much money on paintball equipment. My comeback was “We are going to own a paintball field one day so I should buy up a bunch of stuff.” I bought a new autococker a shocker and a few other paintball guns. All of this was in 2006. 10 years later I started helping at a paintball field called “Big Pearl Paintball”. I enjoyed it so much Galen Lemmon asked that I go in business with him and buy it from the former owner who moved to Ohio.
We are having a great time and want to help others have fun running around in the woods too. It is a great team building game as well as a way to learn problem solving skills. My 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son love playing. I started playing paintball when I was 16 now I am 36. In that time I received a bachelors degree in music and a masters degree in Special Education. I have a day job as an elementary school teacher and even when I am in front of students I often think about Paintball and different games I can play. There are few people that I know that love paintball more than me. I have realized through the years that Paintball is more than just a game, it is the best way you could spend your spare time.