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ScottV_7
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As some of you know I help run the OxTAR shoot in Oxford, NY. A friend of mine has a contact that is looking into getting an Archery Tag franchise, and I was asked about the possibility of setting up at the OxTAR. I have mixed feelings about the game, which is basically like paintball, but with light poundage bows and padded arrows and face masks.

On one hand, if it weren't safe, there wouldn't be hundreds of franchises across the country. On the other hand it goes against what I feel is proper gun or bow safety, but I may be just getting old. So I'm posting this to ask your opinions on it before we make a decision one way or another.

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mcgroundstalker
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I played Paintball quite a bit in my younger years... After checking out some "archery tag" links I've come to the opinion, it's a fast moving game... Not something a sixty year old (like me) would fancy...

Bring it on for the young and spunky ones! Would be great in the woods, Robin Hood style combat!

... mike ... [dunno] ...

PS... See you at OXTAR this year... [thumbsup]

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jsweka
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I've seen threads on this topic before with heated arguments that it promotes irresponsibility with a bow and arrows.

However, I don't see anyone complaining about paint ball or even Nerf guns. And heck, it's just plain fun to hit your buddy with some sort of projectile whether it's a padded arrow, paint ball, Nerf bullet, snow ball, or dried cow pie.

Bottom line - I'm fine with it.

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ksbowman
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There was a teen that was killed just this week playing "dodge arrow". No need to make youngsters think shooting an arrow at another is OK.

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Killdeer
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I feel the same about paintball. Pointing a weapon at a human in "sport" is wrong.

What are we teaching?

Killdeer

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ron w
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quote:
Originally posted by Killdeer:
I feel the same about paintball. Pointing a weapon at a human in "sport" is wrong.

What are we teaching?

Killdeer

X2 [thumbsup] I also don't care for the Zombie targets some are using on the 3-D range.

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I'm with John on this one, having played tons of paintball in the past, if someone can't distinguish a game from reality they have much more serious problems to address.

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SCS
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I'm not a paintball fan. I go with the attitude that pointing a gun at someone is just wrong. With that being said, I picked up info for archery tag at the outdoor show a couple of years ago. Some kids from our youth group went to Lancaster, played it and had a great time. I was sorry I missed it.

Steve

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Not a fan of it! I spent too much time teaching safety to kids I don't want to send the wrong message!

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crotch horn
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Not in favor of it either. I'm not a fan of paintball either. Rule number 1 growing up was never touch a weapon without permission & rule number 2 was never point a weapon towards anyone for any reason. We understand the difference but not everyone does. No clear right or wrong on this topic.
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Cyclic-Rivers
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Do with it what you will Scott. I will not play but will not protest your shoot for allowing it.

Personally I dont think it fits and you do a great job at setting up stuff for kids both young and old alike.

You may also consider if your clubs insurance would cover such an exhibit.

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Hugo Guessit
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When I was little I was taught never point a weapon at another person but I was also taught that a butter knife isn't a weapon to do harm with so it is polite to pass it to someone handle first but that is to keep them from getting food on their hands not for safety. I side with the "If they can't differentiate between fake and real, they have other issues than playing this game." But I also had friends growing up that played bb gun tag until someone took a bb to the mouth and his parents spent a huge amount of money at the orthodontist. So as long as caution is taken and safety is taught, it should be ok.
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Trenton G.
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I've done and have to say that it's a lot of fun. Obviously people need to understand that they shouldn't do this with a real weapon, but I don't see any harm in shooting foam tipped arrows at each other. Anyone who comes away from playing and thinks that it's ok to play archery tag with a real bow is an idiot in my book, and would probably end up doing something stupid at some point anyways, whether archery related or not. It's just a common sense thing.

Ron W, I can't stand the zombie targets either.

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Jessebeaux
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I had a company come out to our youth group a few weeks ago and set it up for us to play. Obviously, we had a long talk about saftey and realization of real weapons before we played, but it was a lot of fun and made for a great night. The best thing about is a few teens interest meter pegged out and have recently contacted me about teaching them real archery. It's been a great opportunity to pass on our tradition.

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Yup, I am old but.....
It isn't that adult people should be able to tell reality from a game; it is the example to our youth. Being taught from an early age that you don't point any kind of a weapon at someone sticks with me, and rightfully so, in my opinion.
BTW- I don't like, and won't shoot the Zombie targets.

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