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10 Tips For Playing Better Paintball
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.
Are There Official Rules in Paintball?
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.
How to Get CO2 Tanks for Paintball Guns Filled
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.
Does It Hurt to Get Hit by a Paintball?
Is paintball painful? What are the chances of bruising and getting injured?
10 Paintball Guns You Can Buy For Less Than \$150
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.
Before You Buy a Paintball Gun
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.
How to Move
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.
How to Fix Common Paintball Gun Problems
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.
Where Can You Fill Compressed Air Tanks?
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.
How to Keep Your Mask From Fogging
Three ways to keep your mask from fogging.
How to Remove Stubborn Paintball Stains from...
Paintball can be messy, but with a little care, the toughest stains will come out.
Electronic Versus Mechanical Guns
The differences between electronic and mechanical guns, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Should You Use a CO2 or Compressed Air...
The differences between CO2 and compressed air.
How Far Can A Paintball Gun Shoot?
The effective range of a paintball gun depends on the paint and what your opponents are wearing, but is usually around 80-100 feet.
Best Cheap Paintball Guns That Cost Less Than...
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.
Tippmann Gryphon Review
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.
How Many Miles Per Hour (MPH) Does a Paintball...
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.
Age to Play Paintball
Young children don't belong on the paintball field, but you don't have to be an adult to enjoy the game of paintball.
How Much Paintball Costs to Play
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 Gun Types
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.
Caliber of Paintballs
Paintballs come in a variety of sizes, though one size is most common.
How To Start a Paintball Field
The things you need to know before you start your own paintball field.
Barrel Basics
A brief description and important information about paintball barrels.
Tippmann Model 98 Custom
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.
What to Expect from Your First Paintball Outing
The first time out on the paintball field can be a bit intimidating. Learn what to expect on your first day playing the sport.
Things Not To Do in Paintball
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.
Which Paintball Gun for Beginners?
Learn which brand of paintball gun the About.com Paintball Guide recommends for beginners.
Tippmann A-5
Learn how accurate, upgradeable, consistent, and durable the Tippmann A-5 Paintball Marker is.
How to be a Paintball Sniper
What you need to take with you when you enter the field as a sniper. Page 2.
O-Ring Replacement
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 Injuries
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.
Has anyone been killed playing paintball?
Paintball is a very safe sport, but accidents could happen.
How To Play Paintball Without a Gun
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.
Basic Paintball Equipment
Getting started in paintball is not difficult. You only need a few, basic items and you will be ready to play.
Capture the Flag
How to play capture the flag in paintball.
How Much Does a Good Paintball Gun Cost?
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.
How Many Balls Per Second Can a Paintball Gun...
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.
Can Paintball Guns Shoot Marbles?
A common rumor is that paintball guns can shoot marbles. Find out if it is true.
How to Find Free Paintball Games Online
The best free paintball games available online.
Basic Safety Rules
Basic rules to keep paintball fun and safe.
Spyder Xtra
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.
Spyder Pilot
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.
Differences Between a Mechanical and an...
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.
Does Paintball Stain Clothes?
Paintballs generally will not stain clothing or fabrics but certain brands of paintballs will leave marks on specific light-colored fabrics.
Tips to Practice Paintball
Becoming good at anything requires practice and paintball is no exception. Here are some basic tips to help you practice your paintball.
Spyder Sonix
The Spyder Sonix is one step up from Kingman's most basic paintball gun and is a good-looking choice for the beginner player.
Basic Steps To Care For and Maintain Your...
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.
Who Invented Paintball?
Learn a little bit about the history of paintball.
Playing Paintball in Cold Weather
Paintball is not just a fair-weather sport. With proper planning and the right equipment you can play paintball in the snow, the rain or at night. In practice, though, playing paintball in adverse conditions tends to be problematic. In particular, the cold can cause a number of problems for paintball players. Here are the issues and a few solutions to address those conditions.
What New Paintball Players Need to Know
The first time playing paintball can be a little nerve wracking. Here are a few things every new paintballer should now.
The Slow Wolf Paintball Strategy
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?
How Many People Needed To Play Paintball
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.
What Size of O-Ring For Paintball?
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.
What to Look for in a Mask
Paintball Mask Basics
Spyder Victor
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.
Is Paintball a Sport?
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.
How to Chrono
If your gun is shooting to fast, either lower your regulator's pressure (if you have a regulator) or else decrease spring tension on the hammer. If your gun is shooting to slow, raise your regulator's pressure or increase the spring tension on the hammer. After you have adjusted your gun, dry fire several times before you shoot another ball. If you have an electronic gun, this may require you to disable your gun's eyes before dry firing. Page 5.
Does Paint Wash Off of Buildings?
Many people wonder if paintballs will wash off of buildings, trees and buildings.
Can A Shop Air Compressor Fill Compressed Air...
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.
The Run-Through
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.
Tippmann Paintball Guns
Reviews of Tippmann paintball guns.
Pump Paintball
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.
Do Frozen Paintballs Hurt?
Many stories are told that frozen paintballs can cause severe pain and damage. Others say this is a myth. Learn the truth.
Do Paintballs Biodegrade?
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.
What's the Difference Between Gravity-Fed and...
Gravity-fed hoppers are simply containers that hold paintballs while motorized hoppers physically help feed paintballs into a paintball gun.
Paintball Sniper Rifle
Paintball players that dream of being a sniper realize they need the right equipment. Learn what's important and what's not.
Top 10 Reasons to Play Paintball
There are countless reasons to play paintball. Here are a few that come in at the top of my list.
Practice Paintball Alone
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.
Azodin Kaos Paintball Gun Review
The Azodin Kaos is my favorite paintball gun under $100 and is ideal for a beginner and intermediate player.
Do Paintballs Go Bad?
Paintballs don't usually have an expiration date, but they can definitely go bad with time.
Paintball Game Variations
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.
Paintball Tanks on Airplanes
Learn what you need to do to get a paintball tank on an airplane.
Performance of High-End Guns
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.
Paint to Barrel Match
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.
Center Flag
A variation of capture the flag that requires you to think, shoot and move quickly.
What's the Difference Between a Paintball Gun...
Learn the difference between a paintball gun and a paintball marker. The difference is
Reliable Paintball Guns
Some of the most reliable paintball guns out there.
How Do I Protect a Tank?
Paintball tanks can last for years and work with minimal upkeep, but unless you keep them protected, a simple bump can render them useless.
How To Buy From a Forum
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.
Paintball Guns on an Airplane
Learn the rules so you can safely take your paintball gear on an airplane.
Online Paintball Stores
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.
How To Change an O-Ring
A step by step tutorial to change a paintball o-ring complete with pictures and descriptions. Page 5.
Angel 1
The Angel 1 comes with a high-end price but also packs high-end performance. For your playing style it may or may not be the best paintball gun, but it definitely can compete with any gun out there.
What to Look For In Paintballs
A good paintball will be perfectly round, have no visible line between the halves of the shell and be free of dimples or any misshaping.
What Gear Do You Need To Play Paintball?
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.
Can Paintball Guns Use Compressed Air?
Shooting a paintball with compressed air isn't as simple as hooking your shop compressor up to the gun and pulling the trigger.
Paintball Gift Guide
Looking outside is quick to remind us of the cold weather many of us enjoy around the end of December. While this inclement weather typically means that paintball guns are stored and air tanks are empty, it doesn't mean that a paintballer's heart isn't outside on the field. To help your paintballer pass the time to spring, here's About.com's Paintball Christmas Wish List with lots of great ideas for paintball gifts.
What is speedball?
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.
Design a Paintball Field
If you're tired of the same field you play on, why not build your own?
How is Speedball Different from Woodsball
Woodsball is the classic game of paintball played outdoors in natural surroundings. Speedball is a fast-paced variation on the sport.
Accuracy - A Forgotten Art
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.
What is a Paintball Marker?
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?
How Much Air Does a Paintball Tank Hold?
Paintball tanks hold different amounts of air. Make sure you know how much can fit into yours.
Monster Balls Paintballs
Review of Monster Balls Paintballs by Brass Eagle.
Piranha GTI
The Piranha GTI is a simple, blowback paintball gun that will make a reliable first gun for any aspiring paintball player.
Top 7 Upgrades for Beginner Guns
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.
Can Paintball Make You A Better Soldier?
Paintball does have many similarities with war, but does that mean that playing paintball will prepare you to become a soldier?
How to Choose a Paintball Gun
Choosing a paintball gun doesn't have to be a challenge once you know where to start looking.
Shooting Positions
In paintball you must be able to shoot accurately while running, standing, crouching, kneeling, sitting and laying. Each position requires a slightly different technique, but with practice you can become proficient from any position on the field.
Double Triggers
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.
Do Paintballs Freeze?
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.
Where to Buy Paintballs
Learn the best places to buy paintballs.
Base Capture
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.
Planet Eclipse Ego
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.
How Does CO2 Shoot a Paintball?
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is in a compressed, liquid state inside a CO2 tank. When it is released from the tank it expands into gaseous CO2 which propels the paintball out of the chamber.
Where To Buy Used Paintball Equipment
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.
Paintball Lubricant
Paintball guns need to be properly lubricated to function.
Can You Play Paintball in the Cold
It has been possible to play paintball in cold weather, though it usually takes a little more work and preparation than playing in warmer temperatures. Fragile paintballs, inconsistent gas expansion and mechanical problems all contribute to making it difficult to play paintball in cold weather.
Outdoor Versus Indoor Paintball
Paintball can be played indoors or outdoors, but there are some differences between the two.
The Paintball Guide
Paintball is a simple sport. With just a little time you can understand what it takes to play.
Things That Don't Go Over Well
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.
Paintball Air Tank
Paintball guns require a source of air to propel paintballs down the barrel.
How to Clean a Mask
To get a truly clean mask you must remove the lens and visor from the mask body. The way to remove lenses and visors from the mask varies from brand to brand - read your instructions and follow them carefully. Once the lens is removed, go over the edges of the lens clean the inside and outside of the mask. Page 4.
The Paintball Gun That Costs the Most
Find out which paintball gun costs the most.
Spyder Victor II
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.
Can You Play Paintball in the Cold?
Though more difficult than a summer game, paintball can be played in the cold.
What's the Most Accurate Way to Shoot a...
Not every shooting position is created equal. Some help you shoot more accurately while others are easier.
What Shoes to Wear to Play Paintball
Keep in mind a few things when you choose what shoes you will wear to play paintball.
The Most Influential Guns of All Time
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.
What Does an Expansion Chamber Do?
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.
How to do a Strong Side Attack
The correct way to position your team during a strong side attack. Page 2.
PMI Trracer
It's not available for sale at most stores and hasn't been for a decade, but the Trracer is a paintball classic. Since this pump was manufactured in such huge quantities (and was very common as a rental field) and it is so reliable, it is still common to find it used or see someone sneak it out of their gear bag at the local field.
How Can I Tell If My Paintballs Are Too Old?
The best way to test to see if paintballs are too old is to perform the drop test.
Spyder Paintball Guns
A list of some of the paintball guns made by Kingman and released under the Spyder brand.
What is Paintball Ramping?
Ramping is a firing mode for electronic paintball guns that allows for an increased rate of fire.
Team Paintball Practice
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.
Paintball Shoes
If your feet hurt, it's hard to play any sport. Take care of them and you'll enjoy the sport that much more.
Differences Between a Real Gun and a Paintball...
Paintball guns are very different from firearms, though the two do have many things in common.
Barrel Socks and Barrel Plugs
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.
Smart Parts Ion
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.
Spyder Electra Paintball Gun Information
Simple electro paintball gun for the beginning to intermediate player.
What is a Paintball Gun?
Many people have heard of paintball guns, but they don't really know what they are. Learn what this fascinating piece of equipment actually is.
One Man Left
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.
Funtrak Panzer Tank
The Panzer Paintball tank by Funtrak is the first personal tracked battle tank that is designed specifically for the sport of paintball.
Are Paintball Guns Deadly?
Find out if paintball guns are deadly.
Is Paintball Dangerous
As long as you wear a mask, paintball is not a dangerous sport.
Paintball Is Not Dying - Part 2
The death knell for paintball has been sounded prematurely. The sport is continuing to thrive, grow and change.
US Army Alpha Black
The US Army Alpha Black is a durable yet inexpensive gun that is perfectly suited for the beginning player or anyone who prizes durability and simplicity over lightness and speed.
Playing the Lone Wolf
Some paintball players have a personal need to get out and play by themselves. While the Lone Wolf strategy is rarely successful, it can be entertaining and, sometimes, it may even be the right strategy to use.
Best Paintball Blog Posts - Volume 4
Paintball blogs often are just press releases and gripes. Here are a few that I feel offer a little something more.
Invert Mini pReview
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.
Are head shots legal in paintball?
Head shots are discouraged in many sports, but paintball is not like many sports.
Types of Paintball Fields
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.
A Brief Introduction to Paintball
A very brief introduction to paintball
Basic Paintball Strategy: Deception
Paintball strategy is more than just positioning players on the field. You also must fool your opponents.
Is Paintball an Olympic Sport
The truth about paintball's chances of becoming an Olympic sport.
Top Cheap Beginner Guns
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.
Paintball Forums
The best online portals to discuss paintball.
Smart Parts SP-1
The Smart Parts SP-1 is a solid entry-level, electropneumatic paintball gun. It's not as nice as more expensive electros, but it shines in its price range.
Night Paintball
Paintball is generally played in the day. But not always. It can also be played at night.

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