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    flying vs driving

    for those of you who have flown before how do you get your gear there, ship it ups/fed ex or let TSA play with it and pay the extra baggage fees?

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    I shipped everything in a box to Topgun UPS (set it up with them ahead of time).

    While I was at UPS I paid for a return shipping label and stuck it inside the box.

    It was more expensive then If I'd just paid the airline, and the box almost didnt hold together on the return trip.

    If I can make it this year I'm paying the airline.
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    Where are you coming from Vintage?

    I have driven to and flown to events. Its all a matter of the time more than anything(unless you don't trust your vehicle, though you can always rent a cheap vehicle). You can ship your stuff to one of us locals or even the field.

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    Wagoner Oklahoma, its a 2 day drive which by myself is a bit less than desirable and makes for a 7 day trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintage View Post
    Wagoner Oklahoma, its a 2 day drive which by myself is a bit less than desirable and makes for a 7 day trip.
    Oklahoma, send your stuff a head of you and fly out.

    You have a couple choices on where to fly into. Atlantic City, Newark, Philly, Delaware to name a few. The real key to flying in is if you want to rent a car. Ask Alan, he has done it before. Look at coming in early Friday but leave on Monday. Staying over but cleaning up before leaving will be worth the extra day. But if no car, it will be slightly harder to get you ariund, but you can see who else is coming and possibly buddy up with them, if flights coincide with each other.

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    keep in mind you will ABSOLUTELY need a vehicle in NJ.

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    Car rental was only like $60 which I thought was reasonable.

    We flew into Allentown PA and drove over to Cream Ridge.

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    if just going back and forth in the States and not driving, I ship tanks and carry markers. The tanks are the real issue that gets TSA in a tizzy. I break my markers down, pack them in their own case clearly marked "paintball markers", and put that case in another piece of luggage. I haven't had any problems doing it this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowcycle View Post
    if just going back and forth in the States and not driving, I ship tanks and carry markers. The tanks are the real issue that gets TSA in a tizzy. I break my markers down, pack them in their own case clearly marked "paintball markers", and put that case in another piece of luggage. I haven't had any problems doing it this way.
    You dismantle the markers ?
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    You do not have to disassemble guns, but you would need to have the reg off the bottle so that the agents may look in and examine the bottle. You can not have the gun nor the bottle in carry on baggage.

    To save time, hassle and questions; it's just best to ship ahead of you and insure the **** out of it. I would keep all spares and tools to a minimum. BigEvil and Tuna will have mag spares and tools will be plentiful.

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    You dismantle the markers ?
    I do. I know it's not absolutely necessary, but I fly quite a bit and have learned a bit about what gets my stuff to its destination unmolested by TSA and what always gets junk searched. I do what I deem necessary to give myself the best chance of TSA not touching my stuff.

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    what is the best airport to fly into?

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    You would want to avoid the major hubs like LaGuardia or Philly, just because. Look at the costs of flights for a couple different airports and rental cars for that and judge off that. AC is still roughly a hour drive away from the field, but relatively easy to drive to and from. I don't know about any others. going_home can comment on Allentown. If you make nice, and coordinate flights, might even get a chance to split some costs of rental vehicles.

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    Newark or Philly. I'd say Newark would be easier

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    Check Spirit or Allegiance, if they have a flight to an airport within a couple hours of Cream Ridge they will be the cheapest.

    We flew into Allentown Pa last time and rented a car, it was about a 90 minute drive.

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    ok, so who local wants to be the shipping point for my air tanks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintage View Post
    ok, so who local wants to be the shipping point for my air tanks?

    Send them to me or to TopGUn. They will hold them for you.

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    I called Carl jr he said send them on no problem.

    What I do is go with my case filled and ready to ship to UPS, but leave the case open/unlocked.

    I pay for a shipping label to Topgun and stick it on the case, and pay for a return label from Topgun to home, and put it inside the case.

    Then lock it and give it to them to ship.

    At the end of the weekend slap the return label on it and give it back to Carl jr and in his travels the following week he will drop it off at UPS.

    All my guns, tanks, etc go that way.

    Done and done.

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    I have flown all over with guns and tanks.
    LL6 & 7
    Hell for 7 i had the tanks in my carry on.
    I had the regs removed.
    I can however say do not put your tanks, packs of batteries and a 1 pound bag of peanut M&Ms together in your carry on. That will get you to a separate room while the fo over your bag.
    That said i still made the flight and people around me had a worried look on there face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie View Post
    I have flown all over with guns and tanks.
    LL6 & 7
    Hell for 7 i had the tanks in my carry on.
    I had the regs removed.
    I can however say do not put your tanks, packs of batteries and a 1 pound bag of peanut M&Ms together in your carry on. That will get you to a separate room while the fo over your bag.
    That said i still made the flight and people around me had a worried look on there face.
    That is becuase you wanted the special search from the TSA. Don't lie...

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    Just UPS'd most of my paintball stuff.

    Saved $30 from what the airline would have charged.

    And its in a padlocked Pelican case, no danger of theft.

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    any thoughts on padding a mask so it doesn't get crushed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintage View Post
    any thoughts on padding a mask so it doesn't get crushed?
    I'd say shove the tshirts socks and underwear in it ?
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    Take it apart enough to limit the cross-section of it. Ears, face, etc.

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    so, 3 markers, 2 hoppers(one for warp feed) 2 masks, small parts kit, barrels, pod pack and pods, small items weighs in at 28.4 lbs, add that to the bag and its 44 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintage View Post
    so, 3 markers, 2 hoppers(one for warp feed) 2 masks, small parts kit, barrels, pod pack and pods, small items weighs in at 28.4 lbs, add that to the bag and its 44 lbs.
    Thats why I UPS'd most of the heavy stuff.

    Cant be over 40lbs on the plane or its an extra $100
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    I wish I was driving as I have 2 micro mags that I need looked at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintage View Post
    I wish I was driving as I have 2 micro mags that I need looked at.
    Not me, its 18+ hours each way.

    Probably cost close to what the plane fair was in gas.
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    Send them ahead of you to me, or BigEvil or even the Field. Have them there, get them looked at and worked on. Use them on Sunday, then ship them back. Problem solved.

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