by: Dan Norcross
The fourth stop of the West Coast Paintball Player’s League (WCPPL) returned to The Paintball Park at Camp Pendleton on September 20th. For the event I had the pleasure of shooting the new DYE M2 and playing with some of my friends from the Camp Pendleton Raiders and Golden State Knights, we decided on the team name Camp Pendleton Grinders when weekend after weekend we found ourselves as the same ones always on the practice field.
Winning at any level is hard to do, it requires the upmost in confidence in your team and your equipment. On a field that played a heavy pocket, otherwise known as players going short off the break and not taking much ground I found myself shooting 9-10 pods per game through my M2 without a single issue. The service notifications and pressure sensors let me know when and where to make adjustments to the gun as conditions changed and I put more and more cycles through the bolt kit. I noticed an immediate increase in efficiency over the DM15, about 1-2 extra pods off of a 90/4500. A slight weight reduction, better ergonomics in the grip, and incredible consistency from the redesigned Hyper5 reg. I was even able to charge the gun from my car charger at the field. I’ve shot every DM since their inception and can easily say this is the best one yet.
We rolled through our prelim games, shooting lots of people off the break and slowly tightening the grip on teams until we could close out easy high body situations. After winning a close game against LA Boom in the semi-finals we advanced to play for first place against NBK, a local SoCal team. With temperatures over 100 degrees and everybody on their fifth match of the day it came down to who had any gas left in the tank. NBK put up a great fight – playing a similar pocket style breakout as us but failed to get out wide. After going up 1-0 we started taking more ground off the break and trapped them in middle, closing out the tournament with a 4-0 win.
I can’t say enough about the WCPPL, they run a world-class event with fair reffing, prompt scoring, and rad prizes. There’s a gold mine of talented paintball players in the Southwest that’s evident in this league; paintball is alive and well out here and it’s great to see. THANK YOU to DYE for the awesome gear and to Vintage Paintball for the lifelong support. Catch you guys at the series finale in Las Vegas, November 6-8th.