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Does It Hurt to Get Hit by a Paintball?
Is paintball painful? What are the chances of bruising and getting injured?
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 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.
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 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.
How to Remove Stubborn Paintball Stains from...
Paintball can be messy, but with a little care, the toughest stains will come out.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
How to Keep Your Mask From Fogging
Three ways to keep your mask from fogging.
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.
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.
Electronic Versus Mechanical Guns
The differences between electronic and mechanical guns, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
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 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.
Caliber of Paintballs
Paintballs come in a variety of sizes, though one size is most common.
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.
How To Start a Paintball Field
The things you need to know before you start your own paintball field.
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.
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.
Barrel Basics
A brief description and important information about paintball barrels.
Should You Use a CO2 or Compressed Air...
The differences between CO2 and compressed air.
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.
Basic Paintball Equipment
Getting started in paintball is not difficult. You only need a few, basic items and you will be ready to play.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Does Paint Wash Off of Buildings?
Many people wonder if paintballs will wash off of buildings, trees and buildings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
How to Chrono
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.
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.
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.
Piranha GTI
The Piranha GTI is a simple, blowback paintball gun that will make a reliable first gun for any aspiring paintball player.
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.
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 Paintballs Go Bad?
Paintballs don't usually have an expiration date, but they can definitely go bad with time.
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.
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.
How to Clean a Mask
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.
Are head shots legal in paintball?
Head shots are discouraged in many sports, but paintball is not like many sports.
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.
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.
What's the Difference Between a Paintball Gun...
Learn the difference between a paintball gun and a paintball marker. The difference is
How to Store Paintballs
To maximize the life of your paintballs they must be stored properly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tippmann A-5
Learn how accurate, upgradeable, consistent, and durable the Tippmann A-5 Paintball Marker is.
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.
How To Change an O-Ring
A step by step tutorial to change a paintball o-ring complete with pictures and descriptions.
Which Paintball Gun for Beginners?
Learn which brand of paintball gun the About.com Paintball Guide recommends for beginners.
What to Look for in a Mask
Paintball Mask Basics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
How to Find Free Paintball Games Online
The best free paintball games available online.
Who Invented Paintball?
Learn a little bit about the history of paintball.
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.
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.
The Gear You Need To Play Paintball
To begin the sport of paintball you only need a few pieces of equipment.
General Paintball Tips
Countless tips about paintball exist. Here are a few that every player can stand to hear again.
What Shoes to Wear to Play Paintball
Keep in mind a few things when you choose what shoes you will wear to play paintball.
Center Flag
A variation of capture the flag that requires you to think, shoot and move quickly.
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.
Where to Buy Paintballs
Learn the best places to buy paintballs.
Tippmann Paintball Guns
Reviews of Tippmann paintball guns.
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.
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.
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.
Paintball Guns on an Airplane
Learn the rules so you can safely take your paintball gear on an airplane.
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.
A Brief Introduction to Paintball
A very brief introduction to paintball
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.
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.
Older Paintball Guns
Some older paintball guns that are not currently in production. Many of these are still commonly available.
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?
Do scopes work on paintball guns?
Scopes can work on paintball guns, but that doesn't mean you should get one.
Paintball Air Tank
Paintball guns require a source of air to propel paintballs down the barrel.
Night Paintball
Paintball is generally played in the day. But not always. It can also be played at night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Funniest Thing I've Seen in Paintball
Paintball is not generally viewed as a funny sport, that doesn't mean there's not humor to be found.
What is Paintball Ramping?
Ramping is a firing mode for electronic paintball guns that allows for an increased rate of fire.
Spyder Electra Paintball Gun Information
Simple electro paintball gun for the beginning to intermediate player.
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.
The Paintball Guide
Paintball is a simple sport. With just a little time you can understand what it takes to play.
Design a Paintball Field
If you're tired of the same field you play on, why not build your own?
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.
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.
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.

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?
Outdoor Versus Indoor Paintball
Paintball can be played indoors or outdoors, but there are some differences between the two.
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.
Are Paintball Guns Deadly?
Find out if paintball guns are deadly.
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?
Can Paintballs Go Bad?
Paintballs are not designed to last forever, but that doesn't mean they are going to go bad right away.
Can Paintballs Break Glass?
Are paintballs actually shot fast enough to break glass?
My First Paintball Game
Every sports player was once a beginner and played their first game. Here's how I remember mine.
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.
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.
Who is Paintball For?
Paintball is for anyone who likes competition, action, strategy and skill.
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.
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.
Azodin Kaos Paintball Gun Review
The Azodin Kaos is my favorite paintball gun under $100 and is ideal for a beginner and intermediate player.
Top Seven Game Variations for Beginners
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.
.50 Caliber Paintball
What you need to know about .50 caliber paintballs and whether it's something you should buy.
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.
The Most Painful Thing in Paintball
The most painful thing in paintball is not getting hit with a paintball. It's usually doing something to hurt yourself.
What to Wear on Your Head When You Play Paintball
What you should wear on your head while you play paintball
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 You Play Paintball Indoors?
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).
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.
Where to Find Deals on Paintball Guns
Deals on paintball guns can be had, you just need to know where to look for them.
Special Ops Paintball
The rise and fall of the woodsball paintball company.
Basic Paintball Strategy: Identifying Other...
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.
Is Paintball an Olympic Sport
The truth about paintball's chances of becoming an Olympic sport.
Paintball Vests
Paintball vests help you take gear with you on the field.
Reliable Paintball Guns
Some of the most reliable paintball guns out there.
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.
How to Choose a Paintball Gun
Choosing a paintball gun doesn't have to be a challenge once you know where to start looking.
Spyder Paintball Guns
A list of some of the paintball guns made by Kingman and released under the Spyder brand.
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