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Thursday, November 19, 2009

All Tippmann Paintball Team

Originally posted to pain4glory.com

The Tippinators Paintball Team started with just a simple conversation shared between Scott Knowles and Bruce Johnston in the early days of July 2005.

The two were playing woodsball in Mersey Road Paintball in East River, Nova Scotia. They overheard a talk from a few speedballers about a rookie tournament that is about to come up by the end of that same month. The players were laughing at the idea of any speedballer winning such a tournament or even just having the guts to enter such. But this became a serious matter for the two men. Hence, they decided to enter the tournament and face the great challenge.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tippinators are Recruiting

Friday, 13 November 2009 11:19 With the upcoming 2010 season coming, the Tippinators have decided for the very first time, to open our doors to the community to find new players for the formation of the Tippinators sister team The "HFX Cyclones" xball team.

This is an exciting opportunity for any new players who want to try their hand at xball while being involved with the best known and most professionally run paintball team in Eastern Canada. Only professional teams are as organized as, and have as many sponsors as the Tippinators. NOW is your chance to be part of this 'one of a kind' organization.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tippinators Interview in Shooting Hot Magazine

The View from the Turret:
Is 40 Old? Not if You're a Paintball Player
By: Dawn Allcot

Full Article Posted to Shooting Hot Magazine November 2009 Issue
Excerpt below

Working Out in Your 40's .. and Beyond
Bruce Johnston, captain of the Nova Scotia, Canada based Tippinators, is another so-called older player who works hard to play up front. "During dry land training I'm usually leading the team," he says. "As the leader, I have to be in front."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tippmann Launches Electro-Pneumatic Marker, the X7 Phenom

New Flex Valve Technology provides greater air efficiency, more accuracy and ability to go from electronic to manual operation with the simple flick of a switch


(October 21, 2009)

– Tippmann is very proud to be introducing the X7 Phenom, a next-generation .68 caliber paintball marker that’s truly in a class of its own. The unmatched benefits of this new electro-pneumatic marker include improved air efficiency, superior accuracy, manual or electronic firing and the flexibility to use either CO2 or compressed air. The heart of the Phenom is Tippmann’s patented Flex Valve Technology, a brand new technology that is not available on any other paintball marker. The Flex Valve operates below 300 PSI for improved air efficiency, giving players more than 1,400 shots from a single 68 cubic-inch, 4500 PSI tank. Also, with its Spool Valve Design, recoil is virtually eliminated for significantly-enhanced accuracy. The searless design of the Phenom also incorporates fewer wear parts, making maintenance easier than ever. And, even though the Phenom is three inches shorter than the standard X7, it will still accept more than 20 current X7 mods and upgrades, including the popular Flatline barrel.

"We’re extremely excited about the groundbreaking technology behind the new X7," said Denny Tippmann, Jr., senior VP of research and product development for Tippmann Sports. "Flex Valve Technology truly represents a significant leap forward in marker design that delivers an all-new level of performance for those players who demand nothing but the best."

Other features of the X7 Phenom, include:
New compact and lightweight aluminum body
Streamlined design with internal gasline and no cocking handle
Pushpin construction for easy field stripping
All-metal trigger for enhanced stability
Magnetically activated hall effect electronics

X7 Phenom with Flex Valve Technology
Redesigned Cyclone Feed System paddles that feed up to 20 balls-per-second without batteries
Piccatinny top rail to easily add new sights and handles
Air-thru stock compatibility
Internal regulator with new external-velocity adjustment
9.5" high performance stone-honed barrel
Removable rear and front sights

"In developing this new marker, we initially considered designing a totally new platform, but the opportunity to make the ‘ultimate woodsball marker’ even better was too great to pass up," said Patrick Ehren, vice president of sales and marketing for Tippmann Sports. "Combining the Flex Valve Technology with the existing X7 platform makes it easier for our loyal players to make the transition. Plus, we don’t have to ask our dealers to stock another complete set of mods. Of course, the existing X7 will continue to be available. But, the Phenom now becomes the pinnacle of woodsball markers."

The new X7 Phenom will begin arriving in stores at the end of November or early December. The marker was designed in part based on the feedback and suggestions provided by players. In fact, several respected teams such as Team Tippmann Scotland, the Hellions, the Great Lakes Rangers, the Tippinators, Madball Legionaires and T.S.S.O.C. (Tri-State Special Ops Command) all provided helpful input and will now be playing with the X7 Phenom.

For more details about the X7 Phenom, players are encouraged to visit tipppmann.com. While online, those interested can watch an informational video, find a nearby dealer, review marker specifications or sign up for the Tippmann Forum. Of course, anyone looking to connect with other paintball players should also consider becoming a fan of Tippmann on Facebook or MySpace.

For more than 20 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

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Editor’s Note: For high-resolution product photography, please contact Bill Bussler at 262-789-7630, ext: 131

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tippmann X7 Phenom is Phenomenal

Dissaembly of the Tippmann X7 Phenom Marker

Tippmann X7 Phenom in Action

The All New Tippmann Phenom

Tippinators Paintball Team are please and excited to have been part of the test group for the new Tippmann X7 Phenom - electro pneumatic marker.

From Tippmann Sports
Denny Tippmann, Jr. and the team from Tippmann Sports want to invite all Tippmann owners and anyone in paintball to see Tippmann’s first electro pneumatic marker using the .68 caliber paintball platform. This is a new technology that will take woodsball and scenario play to a whole new level, and provide our loyal Tippmann players with the marker they have been asking for.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Halifax City Open

Planning started for 2009 Halifax City Open (HCO), the day after the 2008 finished. Kevin ‘Big Can’ Curry and the entire Tippinators Paintball team put in many long hours to ensure 2009 was going to top the “experience” that was HCO 2008.

The Atlantic Canadian paintball scene has gone through the Xball transition stage. Teams are used to 15 player rosters, 25 minute halves and 5 minute majors. We combined the 5 man format with quasi-xball rules, threw in some coaching and away we went, HCO was born.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tippinators Produce Risk II: Back for More

RISK scenario game in the spring was so popular the players said they wanted to come back for more. The players demanded it so the Tippinators supplied it. September 20, 2009 at Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia, RISKII: Back For More ran to rave reviews for all in attendance.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tippinators Run ATWL Event 2

Shaun Langille, owner of the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL), asked Two time Atlantic Woodsball League Champion, Tippinators to officiate event two of the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL) season "In the past we had the teams not playing act as refs." Langille said, "to prevent any conflict of interest and to maintain a professional standard I asked the Tippinators to ref for the remainder of the season."

The Tippinators decided not to defend their woodsball championship title this year, opting instead to concentrate on scenario paintball and big games rather than competitive woodsball.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Spike's Paintball Fall Big Game

The fall paintball season kicked off in Atlantic Canada with the 2009 edition of the Spikes Paintball Big Game. Traditionally held on the Labour Day weekend, the Spikes Game draws players from throughout Atlantic Canada. Spikes Field owner Roddy MacDonald once again invited the Tippinators, to the Prince Edward Island game as ‘Special Guests’ for PEI’s premier scenario event.

Monday, August 24, 2009

3 Drills to Improve Speedball Skills

Nova Scotia Team Uses Drills To Transition From Woodsball to Tournament Play
By: Chris "Paint Monkey" Wingate

originally published in the November 2009 issue of Action Pursuit Games

You may have heard of the Tippinators. They are a team based in Nova Scotia, and they made the transition from woodsball to tournament-play formats. Famous for being diplomats of sportsmanship and their loyalty to Tippmann markers, this crew is a perfect example that hard work and training are more important to success than rate of fire. Since any one can spary the field, we spoke with the team’s captain, Bruce "Charon" Johnston, to find out how the "Tipps" train to improve their speedball skill and asked him to share a few drills. Here are some questions we asked:"
Action Pursuit Games - November 2009
Well, right from the start, the biggest challenge we had was getting accustomed to the amount of paint in the air. Going from semi auto woodsball to having 75 balls coming your way, every second of play took a little getting used to!

We worked on keeping the guns rolling, communicating, moving quickly, and shooting with the off hand. There’s been a huge response to the team’s motto, "Shake hands, play hard, have fun, make new friends, and remember that it is just a game." But, even with our light-hearted attitude we train to win. A typical training session incorporates two hours of in gym, dry land training and three hours of on field live fire practice.

Field live-fire practice starts with laps, warm ups, stretching and one man run and gun to primary shooting boxed using both hands. We then move to five man break out shooting boxes, jousting, 5 on 5 scrims, 5 on 4 scrims, 5 on 3 scrims and area specific drills (getting in the snake, pushing dorito side, filling for eliminated players etc.) We also discuss what skills need more work and do drills on those specific areas, finishing with another round of 5 on 5.

Competitive paintball is no longer the territory of weekend warriors. To maintain peak physical condition you have to hit the gym. The Tipps gym sessions start with laps, warm ups, and stretching.

"Warm up and stretching are vital to our team. It gives us a chance to get together as a group and pump each other up. But more importantly the warm up/stretch prevents injury, gets the blood flowing, and the mind and the body ready to play. Once the stretch is done we huddle, I give a few words of motivation to the guys, and we do our cheer and then hit the field. Playing without a warm up is a great way to hinder your performance and increase the risk of injury," says Johnston.

"Then we do what I call a 'point'. This includes a gym lap, fun runs (wind sprints the length of the gym - fun runs sound so much better), two man break outs moving up the gym using the fun run pylons as markers (everyone goes twice, once on each side), and another lap to finish.

"After 10 points we play ultimate Frisbee, or basketball for half an hour, and then do a circuit of 8 stations each of plyometric exercises with a lap between each."

Work the following: the basics, shooting and moving. Here are three drills to get you started:
1. Place a box at the 50, from the start shoot one ball at the box, if you miss touch up and try again. Repeat with the left hand.
2. Box at 50 and box in the head of the snake at the far end. Repeat drill one. Once you hit the box you can break to the corner gunning at the snake box. Repeat with left hand.
3. Box at 50, box in the head of the snake at the far end, box on the 50-tape line, box at the other team start point. Repeat drill 2. When you get to the corner, shoot down the line until you hit the box, wrap inside and shoot the box at the other team’s start point. Repeat with left hand.
Note: Once you release from the start never stop shooting.

"These basic drills cover accuracy, shooting a lane, running and gunning, and wrapping. Specific 'do this here' drills are tough without knowing the field layout," says Johnston.

The Tippinators pride themselves on being able to play any style of paintball. Charon said, "The biggest edge we have brought from the woodsball field is vision. In woodsball you can have a target pop up anywhere around you; playing woodsball has kept us from developing tunnel vision on the speedball field. The advantage we have brought back to the woods is aggression. With so much less paint coming at us playing woodsball, we are free to successfully make aggressive moves up the field."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tippmann Predator Laser Tag at Tippmann Challange

Tippmann TPX 2v2 at Tippmann Challenge

Tippmann Laser Tag and TPX 2v2 at Tippmann Challenge Mirabel

The Tippinators Paintball Team made a much anticipated journey to Mirabel Quebec to attend Tippmann Challenge 2009 on August 15th.

Hosted by Paintball Mirabel in Mirabel Quebec and sponsored by Tippmann Sports and PBL Action Sports, the 2009 event drew over 1000 players to the registration tables for Tippmann Challenge.

Monday, July 27, 2009

SNL Paintball Anniversary Game

The AXBL season is over so it time for the Tippinators to head back to the woods, and their roots. SNL Paintball, in Truro Nova Scotia, held their 17th anniversary game on July 26th, 2009 turned out to be the perfect opportunity for the Tipps to once again roll around in the mud.

Players from across Atlantic Canada joined together to help field owner Vic MacFarlane, along with support from Eric Fisher from Banshee Paintball, celebrate the longest running annual paintball game series in Eastern Canada.

Monday, July 20, 2009

2009 AXBL Season Finale

After the tight fought matches at event #2 the Tippinators were ready for more success at event #3 against Newfoundland and South Shore.

Event #3 of the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League season was played July 18-19, 2009 at Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia. Due to a scheduling conflict the Tippinators are unable to attend AXBL event #4. The league was kind enough to adjust the schedule so the Tipps be able to finish up the season after event #3.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Three Tippinators to AXBL All Star Game

Three of the Tippinators key players have been named to the first ever AXBL All Star Game. Dan Lapham, Chris Mullins and Alex Jacklyn will be representing Team PBL at the All Star Game being held on July 19th, 2009 at AXBL Event #3.

"It is an honor to be selected to the first ever AXBL All Star Game" said Chris Mullins "I'm humbled to be chosen to represent the Tippinators. I plan to play as hard as I can to make my brothers proud."

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Success for Tippinators at AXBL Event 2??

The Tippinators, armed with fresh batteries in their markers and loaders, plus a hunger for more success, marched into event #2 of the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League season, ready to battle the two strongest teams in the league.

Saturday June 27th saw the Tippinators matched up against, arguably the strongest team in the league, Halifax City United (HCU). The Tipps knew that to have any chance, every player would need their best performance of the season. The team once again came out flat, giving up five points after trading points to start the game. Calling a time out to get the players together for a pep talk paid dividends. The Tipps started a small rally to end the first half 6-3 in favour of Halifax.

Slow Mo Speedball Action at AXBL

Comment from ashjonesnwpb: "Awesome video, I'm always blown away when I see Tippmanns being used for xball such an unusual thing to see (where I'm from anyway) but they look as if they work as well as any other tournament gat"

Tippmann Sports Canadian Factory Team: Tippinators at AXBL Event #2 June, 2009. Clips shot by Richard Robinson at 210 frames per second.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Warriors in the Woods IX

Oppressive heat, hordes of ravenous insects and 100% humidity greeted the American soldiers as they stepped of the skids of their Hueys onto the banks of the Mekong River. The under strength company, of 100 men, peered through the tall grass to the far side of the river. Every man knowing they must use one small bridge to cross the river and straight into, what intelligence estimates, 100 battle hardened NVA soldiers.

The mission for the USA is simple, recover artifacts of religious and culturally significance to the people of South Vietnam and destroy all NVA in the area. The North Vietnamese Army will hold their ground, repel the American invaders and unify their country under one flag.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Second Season of Xball for the Tippinators

The Tippinators kicked off their sophomore season of Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League (AXBL) competition Saturday May 23 at Mersey Road Paintball, in East River Nova Scotia. With dry land training throughout the winter and intense weekly practices running up to event day, the Tippinators were confident they can compete head to head against any team in the league.

XBall Practice in Slow Motion

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Risk - The Paintball Scenario

In a departure from the usual reenacting historic battles or emulating television or movies the Tippinators Paintball Team, to create something not before seen by the players of Eastern Canada, on May 3rd, 2009 produced a scenario event based on a board game – RISK.

Like the Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro) game of strategic global domination, Mersey Road Paintball in East River, Nova Scotia, was divided into six territories for which two teams had to compete. Each territory had a point value based on size and accessibility. To further simulate the board game the playing field had large sections taped off as oceans, creating choke points and forced zones of conflict.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Black Friday Sets New Paintball Attendance Record

Black Friday Scenario Event Sets New Nova Scotia Record

Daily reports of the global economic downturn, lay offs, closures, and predictions of doom and gloom running rampant in the media have left many expecting 2009 to be a lean year for paintball field owners. In reality nothing could be further from the truth. Black Friday, which many consider the unofficial start of the eastern Canadian paintball season, shattered all records with 478 players attending from across the region.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Custom Products Sign Tippinators to Sponsorship Agreement

The Tippinators Paintball Team are pleased and excited to announce they have entered into a sponsorship agreement for 2009 with Custom Products based in Gilbert Arizona.

Team Captain, Bruce 'Charon' Johnston is looking forward to working with Custom Products. "We all use one CP product or another, we have for years." Johnston said, "It only makes sense for us to team up with CP. We use and believe in the quality of their products."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Operation Iceberg - Warriors in the Woods VII

Operation Iceberg - Warriors in the Woods VII
Last Minute Heroics Will Decide Who Wins Game!
By Bruce 'Charon' Johnston

originally published in the April 2009 issue of Action Pursuit Games
Strategically placed artillery strike. A surge by Allied players captures the Axis flag station. Will this decide the outcome of Operation Iceberg?

Monday, February 9, 2009

East Coast Champs: Tippinators

East Coast Champs: Tippinators
Milsim Maniacs Battle the Tippinators for the Atlantic Woodsball League Series Title!

originally published in the February 2009 issue of Action Pursuit Games

In the beginning, there was only woodsball. World title matches played out in the woods. There was no "speedball" no arena-ball games. Today, in return to paintball's strong suit, fields around the country see the resurgence in woodsball. Paintball is moving back into the woods, not only with big games and scenarios, but also with woodsball tournaments and competitive woodsball leagues...."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tippinators Named Tippmann Sports Canadian Factory Team

Tippmann Sports, based in Fort Wayne, IN, the world's leader in high-performance paintball products, have named the Tippinators, a paintball team based out of Mersey Road Paintball, Hubbards, Nova Scotia, as the official Tippmann Sports Canadian Factory Team.

Brent Cunningham, Tippmann Sports Director, International Sales said, "We are very pleased to have the Tippinators representing Tippmann Sports as our official factory team in Canada." Cunningham continued, "Tippinators has become such a strong brand, making rec ballers everywhere believe that anything is possible."