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Is paintball painful? What are the chances of bruising and getting injured?
Each of these ten tips can be used to improve your game without costing any more than you already spend. There are many tips that can improve your game of piantball that don't require massive amounts of money or new equipment.
The key to a fun game of paintball is to have everyone on the same page. It only takes a few minutes, but quickly going through the rules each time will help maximize your paintball experience.
Paintball can cost as much or as little as you are reasonably willing to pay. Similar to many other action sports, it can be relatively inexpensive to begin, but the more involved you become, the more you can expect your costs to rise.
Paintball guns are finicky pieces of equipment. They can be extremely reliable for years or have problems on a daily basis. Many problems are relatively common and can be fixed without too much effort.
One of the best places to fill a CO2 tank is at a paintball store or a paintball field. Most stores and fields stock CO2 and have all the appropriate equipment to adequately fill without over-filling your tanks.
Paintball can be messy, but with a little care, the toughest stains will come out.
The first place to look is at paintball stores and fields. Most shops and fields have the equipment to safely fill compressed air tanks and some fill them for free.
You'll find here an assortment of paintball guns (from $100 to $150) that are very capable and will allow you to compete in a variety of competitions.
Whether it's woodsball or speedball, the key to victory in almost any paintball situation is to out maneuver your opponent. The best equipment in the world won't win you a game if you're out played with better timed movement and superior strategies.
Young children don't belong on the paintball field, but you don't have to be an adult to enjoy the game of paintball.
The effective range of a paintball gun depends on the paint and what your opponents are wearing, but is usually around 80-100 feet.
The first time out on the paintball field can be a bit intimidating. Learn what to expect on your first day playing the sport.
Three ways to keep your mask from fogging.
Paintballs generally will not stain clothing or fabrics but certain brands of paintballs will leave marks on specific light-colored fabrics.
You've played paintball a few times with borrowed or rented equipment, and you've decided it's time to buy your first gun (marker). Now, though, you must decide which one to get. Before you start searching, ask yourself some basic questions which will direct your decision.
The differences between electronic and mechanical guns, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Paintball guns can cost hundreds of dollars, but you don't need to spend that kind of money to find a reliable gun. Here are some of the best deals on cheap paintball guns you can commonly find for less than $100.
How many miles per hour does a paintball shoot?A paintball gun that shoots a standard velocity will shoot about 200 miles per hour (mph). A paintball going 300 feet per second (fps) is moving at 204.5 mph (329 km/h) and a paintball going 280 fps is traveling at 191 mph (307 km/h). To convert feet per second to miles per hour, take the number of feet per second and multiply that number by 0.68.
Paintballs come in a variety of sizes, though one size is most common.
The competitive sport of paintball has countless facets that you can work on to improve, there are somethings you can simply avoid doing to become a better paintball player.
The things you need to know before you start your own paintball field.
If your feet hurt, it's hard to play any sport. Take care of them and you'll enjoy the sport that much more.
O-rings are used in paintball guns to seal off spaces, ensuring that air does not leak from the gun. You typically find an o-ring wherever two pieces of metal connect and air passes through. O-rings are a vital part of the paintball gun but periodically need to be replaced. Fortunately there is a standard o-ring that almost all paintball guns use and it's the size you typically need to replace.
Paintball is a very safe sport, but accidents could happen.
How to play capture the flag in paintball.
A brief description and important information about paintball barrels.
The differences between CO2 and compressed air.
Basic rules to keep paintball fun and safe.
A common rumor is that paintball guns can shoot marbles. Find out if it is true.
Getting started in paintball is not difficult. You only need a few, basic items and you will be ready to play.
The thought of projectiles whizzing past at 200 miles per hour makes many people nervous about playing paintball. Once you look at the numbers, though, it turns out that it's pretty safe to play.
The Tippmann Gryphon is an entry-level paintball gun designed for the beginner player. It is a decent gun for the price and should definitely be considered for any new player.
When you're looking for a good deal, you just might wind up looking at classifieds on a forum. You can get a great deal from these sites, but make sure you know what you buy smart so you don't regret it later.
Kingman's Sypder Pilot ACS is an electro-mechanical, blowback paintball gun that is ideal for the player who wants the speed of an electronic gun matched with the simplicity and ease of use of a mechanical gun. Its lower cost isn't bad, either. While it really doesn't compare to a high-end electro or more expensive mechanical paintball guns, it is one of the better entry-level blowbacks available.
The Tippmann Model 98 Custom is an update of the legendary Model 98 that is more easily upgraded but still retains the original's durability and reliability. The Model 98 Custom is a good choice for beginners who are interested in heavily customizing their own paintball gun or for players who want a decent gun that will last for years to come.
Many people wonder if paintballs will wash off of buildings, trees and buildings.
The simple answer is that it all depends on the situation. Generally, the rate of fire is ultimately limited only by how fast you can load paintballs into the chamber.
An underrated aspects of paintball is the element of playing without a gun. Sure, everyone loves to shoot paintballs and be the hero, but there are times when no paintball gun is necessary to enjoy the sport. Here are three ways you can be involved without relying on your gun.
While you could spend up to $2,000 on the most expensive paintball gun, in general, a new high-end paintball gun with an air tank and hopper will cost up to $1,000 dollars.
The Spyder Sonix is one step up from Kingman's most basic paintball gun and is a good-looking choice for the beginner player.
While local paintball stores are great for customer service, advice and buying paintballs, they simply can't match the selection and prices of online paintball stores. Here are some places to buy your paintball gear online.
The first time playing paintball can be a little nerve wracking. Here are a few things every new paintballer should now.
Sometimes you need to break away on your own to win the game for your team. Do you have what it takes to play the Slow Wolf?
Paintball guns all need a little bit of maintenance to insure they continue to operate as they are intended. While each gun is a little bit different, there are some basic maintenance practices that apply to all paintball guns.
You can play paintball all by yourself or join in a group of a thousand to enjoy the sport. Match your variation to the numbers you have and you'll be sure to have a great time.
If you are shooting too fast, paintballs can leave massive welts and bruises. If you are shooting too slow, paintballs won't break on your target. Either way, it pays to properly chrono your gun and shoot at the right speed.
Becoming good at anything requires practice and paintball is no exception. Here are some basic tips to help you practice your paintball.
There's more than a little confusing regarding paintball guns and what types there are in the world. This is intended to help people understand differences between types of paintball guns.
The Piranha GTI is a simple, blowback paintball gun that will make a reliable first gun for any aspiring paintball player.
There are four basic pieces of paintball gear that you need to play paintball: a mask, a hopper, a tank, and a paintball gun. You will also need paintballs to play.
Pump paintball started the sport, but many players have never experienced it. There's a reason why many players still love competing with a pump.
Paintballs don't usually have an expiration date, but they can definitely go bad with time.
Paintball snipers don't require massive amounts of specialized equipment, just a good sense of where to hide and when to shoot.
The Spyder Xtra is Kingman's nicest semi-auto, mechanical gun. It's very similar to the Spyder Sonix but comes with an expansion chamber and drop forward, making it a good option for the beginner.
Whether it's some splatter from a near hit or a full-on hit to the face, you need to get your mask back into top shape so you can get back in the game. While you can simply run a rag over the paint, to really get your mask clean you need to take a little more time and follow some simple steps.
Head shots are discouraged in many sports, but paintball is not like many sports.
Many new players know that there are differences between the beginner paintball gun they own and the more expensive guns they see at the field, but they don't know what these differences are. Learn the practical basics of how these guns differ.
Woodsball is the classic game of paintball played outdoors in natural surroundings. Speedball is a fast-paced variation on the sport.
Learn the difference between a paintball gun and a paintball marker. The difference is
To maximize the life of your paintballs they must be stored properly.
You've played the classic version of paintball a time or two and you want to try out something a little different. Here are the paintball game variations you should try out.
Paintballs are completely biodegradable and will wash away from most surfaces with water or will vanish after a rainstorm. Paintballs are gelatin capsules filled with an oil or polyethylene glycol (the base of cough syrups) and food-coloring dye mixture. Both the shells and the fill will naturally biodegrade and will not leave lasting marks on the environment.
Something many players don't realize is that different brands of paintballs are different sizes. Matching your paint to your barrel will include your consistency.
There are countless reasons to play paintball. Here are a few that come in at the top of my list.
Paintball guns have many different size of o-rings, but size 015 is standard on almost all tanks and is used in many guns. The 015 o-ring has a 9/16th internal diameter and 11/16th external diameter and is commonly available at hardware stores and any store that sells paintball equipment.
Learn how accurate, upgradeable, consistent, and durable the Tippmann A-5 Paintball Marker is.
Beginner guns can't be upgraded to be high-end, but a few basic upgrades can make them more consistent, more comfortable and more effective.
A step by step tutorial to change a paintball o-ring complete with pictures and descriptions.
Learn which brand of paintball gun the About.com Paintball Guide recommends for beginners.
Paintball Mask Basics
Paintball tanks hold different amounts of air. Make sure you know how much can fit into yours.
Just as the best basketball players spend hours alone in the gym, to fully develop your technique at paintball you need to invest some time alone.
Many new paintball players are younger who must get permission from their parents to play. Parents, understandably, have many questions about the game. Learn the answers to those questions.
Not every shooting position is created equal. Some help you shoot more accurately while others are easier.
It's not uncommon to hear stories of people driving around and shooting paintballs out of their car. It's definitely not safe, but is it illegal?
Gravity-fed hoppers are simply containers that hold paintballs while motorized hoppers physically help feed paintballs into a paintball gun.
The Spyder Victor is Kingman's lowest-end, most-basic paintball gun on the market but it holds its own compared to similar guns. It is not particularly accurate, fast or consistent, but the Victor is cheap, easy to use, very upgradeable and thus makes a great first gun for the beginner player.
Paintball players that dream of being a sniper realize they need the right equipment. Learn what's important and what's not.
The best way to test to see if paintballs are too old is to perform the drop test.
Many stories are told that frozen paintballs can cause severe pain and damage. Others say this is a myth. Learn the truth.
Shooting a paintball with compressed air isn't as simple as hooking your shop compressor up to the gun and pulling the trigger.
The best free paintball games available online.
Learn a little bit about the history of paintball.
Paintball is a sport. It is composed of opposing teams, fixed objectives and requires physical activity and fast-paced movement. It's true that it is different from basketball and football, but so are tennis, javelin throwing and diving.
The origins of paintball go back to the 1970s but it wasn't until the next decade that the game was first played.
To begin the sport of paintball you only need a few pieces of equipment.
Countless tips about paintball exist. Here are a few that every player can stand to hear again.
Keep in mind a few things when you choose what shoes you will wear to play paintball.
A variation of capture the flag that requires you to think, shoot and move quickly.
The Spyder Victor II is a basic, beginner paintball gun and is very similar to the Spyder Victor but comes with a couple of up grades over the basic model. It's a solid beginner gun with lots of customizing potential but don't expect anything fancy out of the box.
Learn the best places to buy paintballs.
Reviews of Tippmann paintball guns.
A basic shop compressor is not powerful enough to fill a compressed air tank. Most shop air compressors operate at under 200 psi and paintball compressed air tanks operate at 3000 psi or higher. A scuba compressor, though, is powerful enough to fill a paintball compressed air tank.
A double trigger is an elongated trigger that allows two fingers to rest on the trigger and for either one to pull the trigger and fire the gun. They offer some advantages but whether to use one boils down to personal preference.
The Smart Parts Ion is a low-cost electropneumatic paintball gun designed for the player who wants a tournament-level paintball gun at a basement price. While you won't mistake it for a top of the line gun, it is a good performer and can compete in the same ballpark as any gun on the market.
Learn the rules so you can safely take your paintball gear on an airplane.
When you're down players late in a game, sometimes all you can do is risk victory and try to make a mad dash to glory.
A very brief introduction to paintball
Paintball tanks can last for years and work with minimal upkeep, but unless you keep them protected, a simple bump can render them useless.
Long-standing rumors say that putting paintballs in the freezer will make them harder and shoot farther. Learn whether this myth is based on fact or fiction.
Some older paintball guns that are not currently in production. Many of these are still commonly available.
Paintball does have many similarities with war, but does that mean that playing paintball will prepare you to become a soldier?
Scopes can work on paintball guns, but that doesn't mean you should get one.
Paintball guns require a source of air to propel paintballs down the barrel.
Paintball is generally played in the day. But not always. It can also be played at night.
Paintball is a team sport and if you want your team to do well, you need to practice as a team. Here are some things that you can do as a team to improve your paintball skills.
The conversion of liquid Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to gaseous CO2 is an endothermic reaction which means that it takes in heat from the surrounding area and leaves the gun much colder.
Used paintball guns and gear can save you lots of money, but be sure you know what you're getting into before you take the leap.
I have owned and shot many different guns that were made in different eras and I definitely have some favorites and some guns that I wouldn't recommend to anyone. But this isn't about favorites, it's about influence and what guns have most affected the paintball industry.
Paintball is not generally viewed as a funny sport, that doesn't mean there's not humor to be found.
Ramping is a firing mode for electronic paintball guns that allows for an increased rate of fire.
Simple electro paintball gun for the beginning to intermediate player.
When I play paintball, I rarely, if ever, get a one or two-shot kill. Whether it's the ease at firing off a quick 4-5 shots or if it's simply because I don't completely trust my accuracy, I'm really not sure. Either way, I no longer excel at the art of paintball accuracy. When I'm just messing around I can hit just about anything I aim at, but in a game, my first few shots all seem to be wasted.
Paintball is a simple sport. With just a little time you can understand what it takes to play.
If you're tired of the same field you play on, why not build your own?
Base Capture is a simple variation of capture the flag that encourages quick games and mad dashes but requires significant amounts of strategy to successfully compete.
If you're going to spend some money on a paintball gun, at lest buy something that's going to serve you well. These are some of the best, cheap, entry-level paintball guns.
A. When a player has been hit or marked by a paintball that breaks on their body or equipment. Once a player is eliminated, they must then leave the playing field.
B. A variation of paintball where opposing teams try to eliminate all the players on the opposite team.
Parenting is not an easy job and it can be a challenge to make decisions regarding your child. What do you say when your child wants to go play paintball?
Paintball can be played indoors or outdoors, but there are some differences between the two.
I like paintball. A lot. I like the competition, the camaraderie, the adrenaline, the tinkering, the strategy and countless other aspects of the sport. As with anything, though, there are some things that I don’t like. This list is not comprehensive, though it is ranked in approximately the order of dislike with the worst things at the top of the list.
Find out if paintball guns are deadly.
You've heard about the sport of paintball and you know it involves shooting paint-filled balls, but what, exactly is the marker people talk about? Is it the same as a gun?
Paintballs are not designed to last forever, but that doesn't mean they are going to go bad right away.
Are paintballs actually shot fast enough to break glass?
Every sports player was once a beginner and played their first game. Here's how I remember mine.
Woodsball (or Outlaw Paintball) is a title given to almost any variety of paintball that is not played on level, professional fields. It often consists of simply a group of friends who decide to play paintball in the trees or in the desert.
Speedball is a variation of paintball that is played on small, flat fields, and as its name suggests, the pace of the game is very quick.
Paintball is for anyone who likes competition, action, strategy and skill.
Paintball comes in many varieties, starting with the different fields you can play on. Learn what your choices are and the advantages of each type of field.
Proper paintball safety requires players to use a barrel plug or barrel sock whenever masks are off. It's not that hard - when the game is over, everyone needs to simply put on their barrel protection before masks are removed. If everyone did this and people didn't mess around with their guns in the staging area without any protection, basically all severe paintball injuries could be avoided.
The Azodin Kaos is my favorite paintball gun under $100 and is ideal for a beginner and intermediate player.
Paintball is a game that is great from the inexperienced to the most advanced players. This list is if you're just starting out and you want to try some different game types to experience paintball in a new way.
What you need to know about .50 caliber paintballs and whether it's something you should buy.
Despite what companies would like you to believe, most high-end guns all have similar performance and what actually differs is how the gun feels to the individual user.
The most painful thing in paintball is not getting hit with a paintball. It's usually doing something to hurt yourself.
What you should wear on your head while you play paintball
The Planet Eclipse Ego is a high-end paintball gun that should satisfy any tournament player. It is extremely efficient, accurate and consistent, but that performance comes at a high sticker price.
There are many indoor paintball facilities throughout the country where you can play paintball indoors, though it outdoor fields are much more common. These facilities typically charge an entrance fee and require you to use in-house paintballs (which typically cost more).
A fun part of paintball is that the number of people playing constantly changes as players from both teams are eliminated. As you get down to the last man on the field, the strategy to win drastically changes as you must switch to survival mode.
Deals on paintball guns can be had, you just need to know where to look for them.
The rise and fall of the woodsball paintball company.
The key to winning at paintball is to identify the opposing players so you can develop effective strategies to approach and eliminate them. Here are some basic ways to learn how to identify where other players are on the field.
The truth about paintball's chances of becoming an Olympic sport.
Paintball vests help you take gear with you on the field.
Some of the most reliable paintball guns out there.
The Invert Mini packs lots of performance in a tiny package. It is a high-end paintball gun with a mid-range price tag and works great in the woods or on the speedball course.
Choosing a paintball gun doesn't have to be a challenge once you know where to start looking.
A list of some of the paintball guns made by Kingman and released under the Spyder brand.