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.