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    This letter was sent to me recently. It smells fishy. I'd like an unbiased opinion about this. If you were a Vietnam vet. would you object to paintball players doing a military simulation on Vietnam?
    I've been doing paintball for 16 years. It's ok.
    If you are the guy who thinks paintball is for kids, check this book, "Pressure Point" by USN SEAL D. Couch. He was also a viet vet. He's the oldest and hightest ranked SEAL with combat exerience. He was part of an op that got POW's free. He says USN Spec ops use paintball to train.

    Hello,

    Ran acrosss ur site by accident. Thought i give u some
    pointers since i have run a reenactment camp for
    several years here in dallas. we did civil,
    revoultionary and wwi only. the vietnam vets were up
    in arms when they herd what we were doing. they said
    no way young punks who never served in war would be
    imitating real war heroes. we had to stop vietnam
    reenactments or face legal action. we had over two
    hundred members at beginning and charged more than
    you. went to lawyer for help in writing rules and such
    things and told that we would have to have insurance
    to cover any injuries. premiums were out of sight, no
    way we could pay thousands each month just to inssure
    players. now we don;t charge for guys to play
    eachweekend. just a bunce of platoons running thru
    hills and dales. we have fun but only dress up in ww11
    uniforms u better talk to someone about this. we were
    told by charging a fee we had to insure everyone who
    played. maybe laws different where u from but don't
    think so says the lawyer. and ur last line on site
    about God, that is hokey man. wish u luck and hope u
    have better luck than us.

    I've deleted the name.

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    ps

    Does anyone in dallas know this guy?

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    • #3
      Actually there's groups in CA that do airsoft OPs that are US vs. VC/NVA in uniform and from what I understand some Vets thought it was pretty interesting (I'm not quite sure what 'interesting' meant, but they went, saw it, and weren't screaming or complaining at anyone involved).
      If voting could really change things, it would be illegal.

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      • #4
        one thing that the guy said is probably right...if you charge people to play you probably neeed them to sign a waiver of liabilty in case they are hurt that they won't sue you and having insurance in case they do sue is a good thing.
        on the other issue...i don't believe there is any way you can be stopped for doing recreations of any era.
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        • #5
          Most on AD look down on airsoft because of the extremes they go to mimic the appearance of real soldiers. I have seen pictures of some in Europe going so far as to actually dress in Class A's. While imitiation is flattering, that carried to an extreme is considered mockery.

          Paintball is considered more legit... because of the protective clothing required. A lot of us have played and enjoyed paintball. There are some that believe 'real men' play shirts and skins with only eye protection and the muzzle velocity cranked up all the way. But they also were three sheets to wind when playing anyway, so they probably didn't feel it.... :crazy:

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          • #6
            Yeah the letter stinks but the info on the insurance could be right. In Maine you need to sign a waiver if you get charged to play at the field but alot of fields don't charge to play but insist that you buy your CO2 and paint from them so that they can make some money.

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            • #7
              There are some that believe 'real men' play shirts and skins with only eye protection and the muzzle velocity cranked up all the way. But they also were three sheets to wind when playing anyway, so they probably didn't feel it.... :crazy:
              Hmm... Drunken nude paintball gun-fu. Haven't tried that one, yet. Sounds like it could give new meaning to 'paint-ball', eh? (ouch!)

              In all the years I played, I don't ever recall thinking I was 'acting like a real war hero'. I was too busy duckin' & dodgin'! And, as I remember it back in the early '80s, the only people who were playing paintball were those grizzled guys from 'Nam who wanted to teach us kids some valuable lessons. Valuable lessons I certainly learned, and am thankful for to this day.
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              • #8
                Re: What would you say to this letter?

                Originally posted by dog470soldier
                they said
                no way young punks who never served in war would be
                imitating real war heroes. we had to stop vietnam
                reenactments or face legal action.
                My answer would be faily blunt.

                Tell him to
                (1) Get a lawyer, or
                (2) Get bent.

                Best advice is to ignore him.

                BTW, someone else recommended insurance, and that's a good idea.

                Good luck!
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