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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.
Is paintball painful? What are the chances of bruising and getting injured?
Paintball can be messy, but with a little care, the toughest stains will come out.
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.
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.
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.
Basic rules to keep paintball fun and safe.
The effective range of a paintball gun depends on the paint and what your opponents are wearing, but is usually around 80-100 feet.
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.
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.
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'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.
Three ways to keep your mask from fogging.
Getting started in paintball is not difficult. You only need a few, basic items and you will be ready to play.
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.
Paintballs generally will not stain clothing or fabrics but certain brands of paintballs will leave marks on specific light-colored fabrics.
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.
The first time out on the paintball field can be a bit intimidating. Learn what to expect on your first day playing the sport.
A common rumor is that paintball guns can shoot marbles. Find out if it is true.
The differences between electronic and mechanical guns, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Paintball guns require a source of air to propel paintballs down the barrel.
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 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.
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?
Paintball is a very safe sport, but accidents could happen.
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.
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.
The differences between CO2 and compressed air.
Paintballs come in a variety of sizes, though one size is most common.
The things you need to know before you start your own paintball field.
The first time playing paintball can be a little nerve wracking. Here are a few things every new paintballer should now.
Becoming good at anything requires practice and paintball is no exception. Here are some basic tips to help you practice your paintball.
To maximize the life of your paintballs they must be stored properly.
A brief description and important information about paintball barrels.
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.
Woodsball is the classic game of paintball played outdoors in natural surroundings. Speedball is a fast-paced variation on the sport.
Paintball players that dream of being a sniper realize they need the right equipment. Learn what's important and what's not.
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.
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.
Learn the rules so you can safely take your paintball gear on an airplane.
The most painful thing in paintball is not getting hit with a paintball. It's usually doing something to hurt yourself.
Paintball does have many similarities with war, but does that mean that playing paintball will prepare you to become a soldier?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
There are countless reasons to play paintball. Here are a few that come in at the top of my list.
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.
Paintball can be played indoors or outdoors, but there are some differences between the two.
How to play capture the flag in paintball.
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.
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.
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.
Paintball snipers don't require massive amounts of specialized equipment, just a good sense of where to hide and when to shoot.
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.
Paintball is generally played in the day. But not always. It can also be played at night.
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.
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.
The Spyder Sonix is one step up from Kingman's most basic paintball gun and is a good-looking choice for the beginner player.
Paintballs don't usually have an expiration date, but they can definitely go bad with time.
Learn a little bit about the history of paintball.
The best free paintball games available online.
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.
Many stories are told that frozen paintballs can cause severe pain and damage. Others say this is a myth. Learn the truth.
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.
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.
Head shots are discouraged in many sports, but paintball is not like many sports.
The new Spyder Victor is Kingman's update of its most-basic paintball gun and it holds its own compared to similar guns. It is not particularly accurate, fast or consistent, but the Victor is attractive, cheap, easy to use, very upgradable and thus makes a great first gun for the beginner player.
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 the difference between a paintball gun and a paintball marker. The difference is
If your feet hurt, it's hard to play any sport. Take care of them and you'll enjoy the sport that much more.
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.
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 which brand of paintball gun the About.com Paintball Guide recommends for beginners.
If you're tired of the same field you play on, why not build your own?
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.
Though more difficult than a summer game, paintball can be played in the cold.
Shooting a paintball with compressed air isn't as simple as hooking your shop compressor up to the gun and pulling the trigger.
Gravity-fed hoppers are simply containers that hold paintballs while motorized hoppers physically help feed paintballs into a paintball gun.
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.
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 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.
Paintball Mask Basics
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.
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.
Learn how accurate, upgradeable, consistent, and durable the Tippmann A-5 Paintball Marker is.
Many people wonder if paintballs will wash off of buildings, trees and buildings.
Ramping is a firing mode for electronic paintball guns that allows for an increased rate of fire.
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.
Paintball tanks hold different amounts of air. Make sure you know how much can fit into yours.
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.
Find out if paintball guns are deadly.
Not every shooting position is created equal. Some help you shoot more accurately while others are easier.
Learn the best places to buy paintballs.
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.
Paintball guns need to be properly lubricated to function.
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 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.
The best way to test to see if paintballs are too old is to perform the drop test.
Reviews of Tippmann paintball guns.
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.
A step by step tutorial to change a paintball o-ring complete with pictures and descriptions.
Keep in mind a few things when you choose what shoes you will wear to play paintball.
The Piranha GTI is a simple, blowback paintball gun that will make a reliable first gun for any aspiring paintball player.
Simple electro paintball gun for the beginning to intermediate player.
Paintball is designed for an intended audience - cars generally aren't part of it.
As long as you wear a mask, paintball is not a dangerous sport.
Paintball guns come in many varieties and are made out of a wide range of materials.
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.
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.
The rise and fall of the woodsball paintball company.
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.
Are paintballs actually shot fast enough to break glass?
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.
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.
Scopes can work on paintball guns, but that doesn't mean you should get one.
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.
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?
The Azodin Kaos is my favorite paintball gun under $100 and is ideal for a beginner and intermediate player.
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.
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.
Paintball is not generally a sport intended for animals, but sometimes they get involved.
Step by step instructions on how to do a strong side attack.
Paintball is a fun sport that just about anybody can play and enjoy. It's an exciting blend of action, strategy and adrenaline and comes in countless forms and variations.
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.
Paintball is not generally viewed as a funny sport, that doesn't mean there's not humor to be found.
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.
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.
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.
Find out which paintball gun costs the most.
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.
Paintball tanks can last for years and work with minimal upkeep, but unless you keep them protected, a simple bump can render them useless.
Some of the most reliable paintball guns out there.
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?
What clothing to wear when you go play a game of woodsball.
A variation of capture the flag that requires you to think, shoot and move quickly.
Paintball guns sometimes get what. Is that a bad thing?
The truth about paintball's chances of becoming an Olympic sport.
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.
Some older paintball guns that are not currently in production. Many of these are still commonly available.
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.
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.
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.
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 can be played in many weather conditions, but some are better than others.
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.
Learn about the gun that transformed the industry.
The Sly Profit is a comfortable, low-profile mask that is perfectly suited for the tournament player. While its price will drive off the casual player, the quality will please the most demanding tournament player.