Introducing Gogged Paintball's new owner - Michael Gilbert
Gogged Paintball started in San Diego in 2003 by Rick Reeves, and has been run by him and his wife in Escondido (and Oceanside for a while) ever since. Rick has retired from running a paintball shop and is now on the other side of the the country. While we all will miss Rick it's time to introduce Gogged Paintball's new owner Michael Gilbert. Here he is to tell us a bit about himself, in his own words:
As the new owner, I would like to say Hi and tell you little about myself. I started playing paintball in June of 1993 in Memphis, TN. It wasn’t the first time I had ever seen paintball. That was around 1983 at small college in Georgia. There was a large open field that students made makeshift bunkers from pallets, limbs, garbage cans, pretty much anything that wasn’t nailed down. I stood there on the sidelines (without goggles) and watched in amazement. I begged my parents to let me play and a resounding NO was the answer. Fast forward to 1993 and I hear a radio commercial for the local field and the rest, as they say, is history.
I remember my very first game. I was nervous, excited, adrenaline filled, and completely hooked. I start the game and within a very short time I get shot right between the eyes. I was Gogged on my very first game of paintball I ever played and had no idea where the shot came from. As I sit here and reflect, it seems very appropriate that I now own a paintball store name Gogged. I worked at the field as a ref, joined a tournament team, and started playing all over the mid south.
In 1999, I joined Team Farside out of Chicago playing the NPPL Amatuer A 10 man Division. In November of that year I moved to Chicago and started working for the owner of Farside, Forrest Brown. He owned Challenge Park and several stores in the Chicago area. In 2000, I started working on Challenge Park Xtreme. When we started the work, it was just untouched woods and an empty field. I am very proud of the work we did that year. I helped build, in my opinion, the greatest xtreme sports park ever.
In 2001, I went to work for The Hose Shop building and servicing regulators. Most everyone knows them now as Ninja. At that time, the regs were going to other companies in paintball to put on their tanks.
In 2002, I moved to California and went to work Worr Game Products. Other than owning Gogged, it was by far the best job I ever had. Working for Bud Orr was something I will never forget.
In 2005, I left WGP and the paintball industry, until around 2014 when I worked as a gun tech in the rentals shed at Giant San Diego. In 2015 I helped form local tournament team San Diego Crush.
The future of the store is very bright. I have been diligently working with manufacturers to bring in more products and options for you the player. We now have a new website and a sponsorship program. We make sure that every player, from the new player to the most experienced, has what they need to make playing the best time possible.
I hope this gives you some insight into my past and the future of Gogged Paintball.