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Paintball guns are much like real guns but use little balls filled with paint as ammo. This allows people to use paintball guns to simulate battles and shoot against each other safely. Although you are not in any real danger, getting hit at close range can hurt and playing still gets your adrenaline running. There are many playing fields across the world where many different styles of paintball games are organized and played. Many times you can rent equipment for a few bucks which makes it very cheap. Organize a group of friends or coworkers and I guarantee a very fun time.

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Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Introduction





Paintball is a fun sport that can be played as an individual sport as well as between two or more opposing teams. It basically simulates the combat experience of an infantry soldier. It is one of the most action-packed and also one of the safest extreme sports. It is a better alternative to shoot ‘em up or first person shooter video games.





Paintball is a highly gear dependent sport. The players have to shoot paintballs from their guns that use compressed air. If you get hit with a paintball by your enemy, you will be disqualified from the game. Many people are under the misconception that being hit by a paintball can be very painful. The truth is that it hurts no more than a small pinch. Moreover, there are a number of safety regulations that are strictly imposed by most local governments. This is done to ensure that no harm comes to players during game play.





Paintball can be classified as both an indoor and an outdoor game. You can play paintball in your backyard, an open field, the forest, closed buildings or wherever you can get the permission. There are many affordable paintball ranges and fields where you can enjoy the game with your friends and family members. Many local communities organize paintball wars every year to re-enact a historic battle that took place in their neighborhood.




The game is legal in most countries and the gaming equipment is easily available. Depending on your preferences, you can either buy the equipment, or you can rent it for a short time and save money. If the idea of shooting paintballs at people and capturing flags with lots of adrenalin sounds fun and interesting to you, then you should definitely take up this hobby.






Game Objectives





Usually, the objective of the game is either one of the following two types.




1. Havoc Play – This is also known as elimination. In this form of game, you have to mark every one of your opponents. The last man or team standing wins the game.




2. Capture Play – In this form of play you have to usually capture an object such as a flag from your opponents. However, in some variations, your team might have to gain physical control over key opponent buildings or strongholds, such as bunkers or a fortress.




Wherever permitted, players usually wear camouflage or solid color fatigues to improve stealth. They usually wear uniforms of different shades or an arm patch to distinguish friends from foes during the game play. The duration of the game play is highly variable. It could be anything from a few minutes to a few days. All these variables depend upon the venue of the game play. For instance, if the game is being conducted in your backyard, you can expect it to be over in a relatively short time. However, for actual battle re-enactments, the game may continue for a number of days.




Equipment




As stated earlier, paintball is a game that depends entirely on equipment. Here is a short guide that gives you basic introduction about your equipment. You will also find important instructions about cleaning and maintaining your expensive markers.





1. Essential Weapons




A paintball gun, better known as a paintball marker, or simply a marker, is the primary weapon of paintball wars. It is the most vital piece of equipment, apart from the security gear. They throw paintballs at you at speeds of around 200 miles per hour. However, this is not hazardous as it can cause nothing more than minor bruises in worst cases. They are available in two types: the old style spring loaded mechanical markers with a limited rate of fire; and the advanced electronic markers with a very high rate of fire that is quite similar to machine guns.




The next in your list will be propellants for pumping the paintballs. They come in small cylinders that are attached to your markers. These propellants are usually of three types: carbon dioxide, nitrogen and propane. Out of these three, nitrogen is usually preferred due to its safety, performance and affordability. Carbon dioxide might cause some technical problems in markers like leaking, and propane is usually overkill. If you are a newbie at paintball wars, it is recommended that you use nitrogen tanks.





You cannot win a war without bullets! Before buying paintballs, ensure that they are of decent quality and purchased from a reputable provider. You must ensure that they are completely non-toxic and compatible with your model of paintball gun. If the manufacturers of your markers recommend certain brands of paintballs, you should stick to those.




 




2. Safety Equipment




Safety should be your foremost concern while playing this game, from masks and padding to safety pants. Without the proper safety gear, you can sustain a permanent injury, especially in your eyes. The main pieces of safety equipment that are used in this game are masks and barrel blocks.





Masks: Sometimes called "goggles", masks are safety devices that players are required to wear. These completely cover the eyes, mouth, ears and nostrils of a person. Some masks even feature throat guards. The lenses are designed to protect against paintballs traveling up to 300 feet per second, but are not guaranteed to withstand impacts at greater speeds.





Generally, more expensive masks tend to be smaller (which in turn makes the player a smaller target), more comfortable, have more interchangeable parts and be made of soft enough material to get some bounces.




It should be noted, that while playing paintball, even just shooting at the ground or trees, wearing proper paintballing masks is mandatory for safety. Some paintballs are very thick and can bounce off the ground, and other objects, and hit people




Barrel Blocks: A barrel block is a family of safety devices that mechanically obstruct the end of the marker`s barrel. They are intended to ensure that, should all other safety devices incorporated in the marker fail or be deactivated, a paintball fired by the marker will not leave its barrel and cause injury. Barrel blocks are usually required by commercial fields, to be used on any marker that is in an area where masks are not required. Forgetting to replace it after leaving a game and entering a safe zone will usually earn a warning. Repeated infractions will often result in ejection from the site. This is done for liability reasons and to lower possibility of unexpected injury to anyone around, especially important when involving eye safety.




Please note that safety equipment is mandatory for use in all paintball ranges and also according to the laws imposed by various governments. You should not attempt to play paintball without this safety gear.





4. Cleaning and Maintenance




Paintball equipment is not only expensive, it is also critical for your safety. Therefore, it is very important that you invest enough time in its maintenance and cleaning. Poorly maintained markers may result in critical malfunction in the thick of the fight, jeopardizing not only your victory but also your safety as well as that of your teammates and your opponents.





Marker maintenance




O-rings are one of the most sensitive parts of your marker. You should check them at least once every 30 days, or after every game, whichever is earlier. The only way to ensure that your O-rings last long is to apply lubricants regularly. If you feel any air coming out of these rings, replace them before the next use.

Markers require a thorough cleaning after every game. When you disassemble a marker, you will find lots of paintball residue inside. They tend to create obstructions in the path of the projectile during fire. This could lead to a very serious malfunction, such as the bursting of paintball inside the barrel. You should clean with a squeegee dipped in a mild solution of soap. After that, wash it one more time with clean water and leave it until it dries





5. Rent or Buy




Most newbies are confused about whether they should buy new gear or rent it for the day. If you think that you will not be able to put your equipment to regular use, then it is better that you rent it. This is because paintball gear demands a lot of care and maintenance. If you are not going to use your gear for a long time, it might not be of any use to you when you try it the next time.





However, if you do decide to rent the equipment, you must ensure that it is of acceptable quality. If it looks too old or if you think that it is not in good condition, you should ask your provider to arrange for other pieces. You may need to shop around a little to find top-quality rented equipment for a good price.





6. Prices




Markers usually range from $80 to $200. If you want small paintball handguns, then you can get them for less than $80. A top-notch paintball rifle might even cost you up to $700. However, for most people, a $120 marker will be more than enough.





While buying masks, it is important that you choose only anti-fog or thermal masks. They are available in the range of $30 to $70. Some funky masks might also cost you $135. However, it is important to ensure that you are paying because it really works and not just for the flaunt value. Safety should be your priority, not looks.





The air tanks cost you from $30 to $60, depending upon their type and volume. They are easily and cheaply refilled. However, you should keep in mind their expiration date. It is not legal to get a tank refilled after it has expired.





The paint balls come dirt cheap. You can buy a thousand of them for less than $20.





7. Where to Buy





The best place to but such merchandise is the internet. Most online stores sell paintball accessories and gear at very affordable prices and come with free shipping. However, if you know of a reputable hobby shop in your area, you should definitely try that. This is mainly because of warranty. If ever any problem arises with the guns or other equipment, it will be easier to get it serviced or replaced by your local merchant. If, in any case, you decide to buy from the internet, you should make sure you understand the warranty and returns policies from the merchant. Make sure that you are buying only reliable equipment so that it lasts a long time.






Tips and tricks






  1. 1 Recon – Try to have a glance through the field prior to the match. This will help you indentify some of the best natural cover areas. Discuss your findings with your teammates.




 




  1. 2 Plan – You can’t win without a plan of action. Make a brief assault plan and discuss it briskly with all your teammates. Ensure that everybody understands their respective duties.





  1. 3 Communications – You will have to learn to speak without any ambiguity. Communications is the key to victory. Try to keep contact with your buddies though hand signals and stuff!




 




  1. 4 Squad Play – Divide your team into squads or troops of equal or varying strength. Assign them with responsibilities to capture various key positions. Detail some at least one squad to launch a pseudo-attack from your false front. This will confuse your opponents and they will not be able to anticipate your moves.





  1. 5 Be Calm – Do not panic and do not try to be a hero. You are no good for your team if you are disqualified. Take decisions with a cool mind even in the thick of a fight. Do not rush into enemy territory acting like Rambo. You’ll end up being out of the game after shooting a couple of opponents.







Frequent Questions





’’’1. I am not an adult. Can I play paintball? ’’’
Answer: Every state and country has varying laws about allowing non-adults to play paintball wars. Some jurisdictions allow minors to play this game if they have the written consent of their parents. You should check with your local authorities.





’’’2. I want to play paintball, but I’m worried about spoiling my clothes. Are the paintball stains washable?’’’





Answer: Usually paintballs today are made from washable chemicals. You should confirm this when you’re buying the paintballs. Remember that good quality paintballs will be easier to wash off. However, these are also more expensive. In any case, it is recommended that you use old clothes because they may get really dirty during game play. You might not be able to use them again even after washing off the paint.





Conclusion





Paintball is a spectacular and exciting sport. It’s not only fun, but it’s also very engaging. Laying a siege means you’ll burn lots and lots of calories, not to mention that it helps to hone your leadership skills. It also teaches you how to make effective decisions under stressful circumstances.