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Atlantic Paintball Florida 5 man & Top Gun Challenge
Space Coast Paintball - November 2000

X-Factor - Novice 1st Place
Strange - Amateur 1st Place

A first annual event, the Atlantic Paintball Florida 5 man and Top Gun Challenge was held at Spacecoast Paintball in Titusville, Florida. 

Spacecoast Paintball is a relatively new field.  It's facilities are centered around a pro-shop which, in a former life was a convenience store and gas station.  The storefront offers air conditioning, and indoor rest rooms to the 92 acre fields accessible through the back.  Three inflatable fields on site (two Sup'Air and one Ultimate Airball) provided grounds for the tournament, though only two were used for the event. 

The tournament was spread over two days, the first day seeing the novice competition, and the one on one top gun challenge, with the amateur teams playing on Sunday.

The event was also the first tournament to be held in Titusville, and it drew teams from around Florida, and as far as Ohio.  With 14 novice teams games went quickly and on schedule.  The ground under the fields, while expected to be grass covered in the near future was recently cleared sand.  While this proved a soft and forgiving surface to play, it also carried its share of fine dust, leaving players at the end of the day who looked like they'd been playing for a week.

The event only Diablo paint featured a brilliant blue fill, which some players praised for its clean marking ability, and others disliked for its difficulty in cleaning after the game.

On site, Airgun Designs master tech Rob Hoover provided field support for players shooting Automags, as well as demonstrations of the E-Mag and Warp Feed system.

The 14 novice teams were trimmed down to two division of 4 teams each for the semifinals.   From there, Diamond Cavaliers Purple, X Factor, and Red Tyde #1 moved into the finals.  After three finals games each, X Factor finished in first winning Pro Team Micromag 2000s, Diamond Cavaliers in second took home Tippmann Model 98s, while third place Red Tyde received Sheridan XTS Nemesis paintguns.  The top three places also received packs, goggles, and other prizes.  Prizes went further down the rankings and included JT team sponsorships, entry to other tournaments, Jacko Packs, Extreme Rage packs, Red'z Comfort Gear, Skull goggles, V-Force goggles, and soft goods from Warped Sportz.

The amateur games were scheduled for Sunday, and were run as a round robin event with no finals or semifinals.  While the play was more intense, the amateur teams didn't bring out as many spectators as the novice.  During the novice games, in addition to friends and family with their own goggles, 30 V Force armor goggles were loaned out by Space Coast paintball to people who wanted to watch the games.  

Playing round robin format with all 11 teams in one division meant 10 games per team, with fast turn around times.  Several teams kept paint ready by the edge of the fields to prep fast for back to back games.  At the end of the day, Strange had finished first, Nemesis second, Rebellion 1 in third, X Factor in fourth.  Prize packages were similar to novice, and the guns that went to the top ranked teams included AGD Minimags, Pro Team Micro-FX 2000s, Sheridan GTX Nemesis semis, Tippmann Model 98s, and USA Performance Viper M1s.

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