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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.
Does It Hurt to Get Hit by a Paintball?
Is paintball painful? What are the chances of bruising and getting injured?
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 Remove Stubborn Paintball Stains from...
Paintball can be messy, but with a little care, the toughest stains will come out.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Keep Your Mask From Fogging
Three ways to keep your mask from fogging.
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.
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.
Electronic Versus Mechanical Guns
The differences between electronic and mechanical guns, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
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.
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.
Caliber of Paintballs
Paintballs come in a variety of sizes, though one size is most common.
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.
How To Start a Paintball Field
The things you need to know before you start your own paintball field.
Should You Use a CO2 or Compressed Air...
The differences between CO2 and compressed air.
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.
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.
Has anyone been killed playing paintball?
Paintball is a very safe sport, but accidents could happen.
Capture the Flag
How to play capture the flag in paintball.
Basic Paintball Equipment
Getting started in paintball is not difficult. You only need a few, basic items and you will be ready to play.
How to be a Paintball Sniper
Paintball snipers don't require massive amounts of specialized equipment, just a good sense of where to hide and when to shoot.
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.
Barrel Basics
A brief description and important information about paintball barrels.
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?
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.
Basic Safety Rules
Basic rules to keep paintball fun and safe.
Can Paintball Guns Shoot Marbles?
A common rumor is that paintball guns can shoot marbles. Find out if it is true.
Who Invented Paintball?
Learn a little bit about the history of paintball.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
How to Find Free Paintball Games Online
The best free paintball games available online.
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.
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.
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.
Tippmann A-5
Learn how accurate, upgradeable, consistent, and durable the Tippmann A-5 Paintball Marker is.
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.
Does Paint Wash Off of Buildings?
Many people wonder if paintballs will wash off of buildings, trees and buildings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Shoes to Wear to Play Paintball
Keep in mind a few things when you choose what shoes you will wear to play paintball.
Which Paintball Gun for Beginners?
Learn which brand of paintball gun the About.com Paintball Guide recommends for beginners.
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.
What to Look for in a Mask
Paintball Mask Basics
Do Paintballs Go Bad?
Paintballs don't usually have an expiration date, but they can definitely go bad with time.
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.
Center Flag
A variation of capture the flag that requires you to think, shoot and move quickly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's the Difference Between a Paintball Gun...
Learn the difference between a paintball gun and a paintball marker. The difference is
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.
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.
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.
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.
Azodin Kaos Paintball Gun Review
The Azodin Kaos is my favorite paintball gun under $100 and is ideal for a beginner and intermediate player.
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.
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 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.
Tippmann Paintball Guns
Reviews of Tippmann paintball guns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Piranha GTI
The Piranha GTI is a simple, blowback paintball gun that will make a reliable first gun for any aspiring paintball player.
How to Store Paintballs
To maximize the life of your paintballs they must be stored properly.
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.
Paintball Lubricant
Paintball guns need to be properly lubricated to function.
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.
Monster Balls Paintballs
Review of Monster Balls Paintballs by Brass Eagle.
Design a Paintball Field
If you're tired of the same field you play on, why not build your own?
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.
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.
Where to Buy Paintballs
Learn the best places to buy paintballs.
Paintball Guns on an Airplane
Learn the rules so you can safely take your paintball gear on an airplane.
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.
What is Woodsball?
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.
Night Paintball
Paintball is generally played in the day. But not always. It can also be played at night.
What is Paintball Ramping?
Ramping is a firing mode for electronic paintball guns that allows for an increased rate of fire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is it Illegal to Shoot Paintballs from Cars?
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?
Are head shots legal in paintball?
Head shots are discouraged in many sports, but paintball is not like many sports.
General Paintball Tips
Countless tips about paintball exist. Here are a few that every player can stand to hear again.
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.
Special Ops Paintball
The rise and fall of the woodsball paintball company.
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.
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.
Reliable Paintball Guns
Some of the most reliable paintball guns out there.
Is Paintball Dangerous
As long as you wear a mask, paintball is not a dangerous sport.
How To Change an O-Ring
A step by step tutorial to change a paintball o-ring complete with pictures and descriptions.
How To Do the Drop Test
Perform the drop test to determine if your paintballs are either too hard or too brittle.
Basic Woodsball Field Setup
What to look for in a field and how to organize things so you're ready to play.
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.
Paintball Camouflage and Blending In
When you're playing in the woods you often need to blend in with your surroundings. Being stealthy by nature is nice, but having the right gear is more important.
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.
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?
When Was Paintball First Played
The origins of paintball go back to the 1970s but it wasn't until the next decade that the game was first played.
Elimination
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.

Parent's Questions About Paintball
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.
Spyder Electra Paintball Gun Information
Simple electro paintball gun for the beginning to intermediate player.
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.
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.
Woodsball Clothing
What clothing to wear when you go play a game of woodsball.
A Brief Introduction to Paintball
A very brief introduction to paintball
Should I Let My Children Play Paintball?
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?
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.
How to do a Strong Side Attack
The correct way to position your team during a strong side attack. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stryker STR-1 Review
The Stryker STR-1 is a basic semi-automatic paintball gun that is better looking than similarly priced guns but only has average performance. It doesn't really shine in any area or have any major defects but it is quite inexpensive. If you are getting ready to purchase your first gun it's not a bad choice since it comes with all the accessories you need to play.
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.
Basic Paintball Strategy: Deception
Paintball strategy is more than just positioning players on the field. You also must fool your opponents.
How to Choose a Paintball Gun
Choosing a paintball gun doesn't have to be a challenge once you know where to start looking.
Paintball Vests
Paintball vests help you take gear with you on the field.
CCI Phantom
The Phantom is the classic on which all other pump paintball guns are compared. It is a simple, compact, reliable pump paintball gun that is suitable for any player with any level of skill.
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.
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.
What Happens When A Paintball Gun Gets Wet?
Paintball guns sometimes get what. Is that a bad thing?
Why Paintball Isn’t On TV
When people think of sports for the masses they instantly think of the major team-sports: football, basketball, etc. Paintball, though, a team sport, just hasn’t caught on in the eyes of the mainstream media.
How to Play Paintball when You Don't Know Where...
Getting lost on the paintball field is never the goal, but you can always work your way out of it.
Paintball Terminology
Paintball terms can seem like a foreign language, but they don't have to.
Basic Speedball Field Setup
How to build a basic speedball field.
Assassins
A field full of players and you can only shoot one of them. At the same time, only one is hunting you. The problem is that you don't know who that person is.
Can Paintballs Break Glass?
Are paintballs actually shot fast enough to break glass?

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