New Sniper Paintball may require special ASTM standard

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New Sniper Paintball may require special ASTM standard

Combat Military Systems that make it REAL!

SNIPER MAGFED PAINTBALL … Simulating real combat events, with paintball guns which replicate the rate of fire and magazine restrictions that would be experienced by military personnel in actual combat. These games can be realistic as well as competitive, with team mentality and mission awareness. Some special equipment and shaped projectiles are sometimes used to inject a genuine sniper performance with significantly improved range and accuracy. This new form of paintball games can inject a growth spurt into our stagnant industry, but may require some special safety management and changes in ASTM standards. Bob McGuire has proposed a new ASTM standard operating practice for these exciting games.

Bob McGuire’s REQUEST FOR A NEW WORK GROUP TO DEVELOP A NEW ASTM F08.24

STANDARD PRACTICE FOR PAINTBALL FIELD OPERATION ALLOWING SHAPED PROJECTILES

 Submitted by Bob McGuire on February 3, 2017, to ASTM Officials:

This new standard would include the specific requirements for safe management of games which allow the use of shaped projectiles. It has been proved that the leading brand of shaped projectiles in use today have twice the range of traditional paintballs, and can easily enter safe zones where spectators and players are not required to wear eye protection. Throughout the history of paintball, thousands of safe paintball game sites have been established under the guidelines set forth by ASTM F1777 “Standard Practice for Paintball Field Operation”.

Today, if the proposed revision to the F1979 paintball standard is published, the F1777 Standard Practice for Paintball Field Operation will no longer afford a reasonable standard of care for spectators or game participants. General liability insurance protection for traditional field operators may also disappear, if the original F1979 definition of a traditional paintball is changed to include a more powerful “shaped projectile” with improved ballistic performance and far greater range. Onerous requirements specific to shaped projectile safety should not be imposed on field operators who have no desire (or cannot afford) to add this class of business to their existing game offerings.

I personally crafted the existing paintball practices for two distinct classes of paintball business:

  • ASTM F3100… STANDARD PRACTICE FOR LOW IMPACT PAINTBALL FIELD OPERATION
  • ASTM F1777… STANDARD PRACTICE FOR PAINTBALL FIELD OPERATION (traditional paintball games)

This new logical standard would painlessly add a third class of business for paintball field operators:

  • STANDARD PRACTICE FOR PAINTBALL FIELD OPERATION ALLOWING SHAPED PROJECTILES

I originally proposed this new standard two years ago, before the recent proposed revision to the F1979 paintball standard was first introduced to the F08.24 subcommittee. Since that time, I have repeatedly requested permission to present a draft of my proposed standard for games which allow the use of shaped projectiles. However, my requests were summarily dismissed with the statement: “We need to finish the revision to the paintball standard before we consider anything else.”  I can quickly furnish a draft of this new proposed standard, using my previous template for F1777 and F3100. If this new work group is approved, I welcome the opportunity to post my draft in a new collaboration group, in advance of the May F08.24 subcommittee meeting.

I propose blocking passage of the current WK48494 revision to the F1979 paintball standard. This proposed new standard would then obviate the need for cleaning up the collateral damage that would be caused by passage of the revised paintball F1979 standard, and would also establish guidelines for existing paintball fields that want to add a new safe and exciting activity at their play sites. Shaped projectile games can be safe, if they are properly managed.

Bob McGuire

ASTM # 000122217

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