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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.
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 Play Paintball (Basic Rules)
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.
Does It Hurt to Get Hit by a Paintball?
Is paintball painful? What are the chances of bruising and getting injured?
How to Fix Paintball Guns
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.
Should I use CO2 or Compressed Air?
The differences between CO2 and compressed air.
Top 10 Cheap Paintball Guns That Cost Less Than...
Paintball guns that cost less than $150 are typically very capable paintball guns that are either the most basic version of higher-end guns or else pre-upgraded versions of lower-end guns. Either way, you'll find here an assortment of paintball guns that are very capable and will allow you to compete in a variety of competitions. Paintball guns that cost less than $100 are included on another list.
How To Clean Paintball Stains
Paintball can be messy, but with a little care, the toughest stains will come out.
What to Expect When You Play Paintball for the...
The first time out on the paintball field can be a bit intimidating. Learn what to expect on your first day playing the sport.
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 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.
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.
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.
Barrel Basics
A brief description and important information about paintball barrels.
How To Start a Paintball Field
The things you need to know before you start your own paintball field.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Keep Your Mask From Fogging
Three ways to keep your mask from fogging.
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.
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.
Caliber of Paintballs
Paintballs come in a variety of sizes, though one size is most common.
Tippmann A-5
Learn how accurate, upgradeable, consistent, and durable the Tippmann A-5 Paintball Marker is.
Electronic Versus Mechanical Guns
The differences between electronic and mechanical guns, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Basic Safety Rules
Basic rules to keep paintball fun and safe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which Paintball Gun for Beginners?
Learn which brand of paintball gun the About.com Paintball Guide recommends for beginners.
The Top Free Online Paintball Games
The best free paintball games available online.
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.
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.
Has anyone been killed playing paintball?
Paintball is a very safe sport, but accidents could happen.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. Whether the upgrades that improve on the base Spyder model are worth the extra cost is entirely a question of preference.
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.
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.
Who Invented Paintball?
Learn a little bit about the history of 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 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.
Paintball Lubricant
Paintball guns need to be properly lubricated to function.
Can Paintball Guns Shoot Marbles?
A common rumor is that paintball guns can shoot marbles. Find out if it is true.
Piranha GTI
The Piranha GTI is a simple, blowback paintball gun that will make a reliable first gun for any aspiring paintball player.
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.
Azodin Kaos Paintball Gun Review
The Azodin Kaos is my favorite paintball gun under $100 and is ideal for a beginner and intermediate player.
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.
Basic Paintball Equipment
Getting started in paintball is not difficult. You only need a few, basic items and you will be ready to play.
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 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 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.
What's the Difference Between a Paintball Gun...
Learn the difference between a paintball gun and a paintball marker. The difference is
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.
Do Paintballs Go Bad?
Paintballs don't usually have an expiration date, but they can definitely go bad with time.
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.
The Paintball Guide
Paintball is a simple sport. With just a little time you can understand what it takes to play.
What to Look for in a Mask
Paintball Mask Basics
How to Store Paintballs
To maximize the life of your paintballs they must be stored properly.
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.
Tippmann Paintball Guns
Reviews of Tippmann paintball guns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capture the Flag
How to play capture the flag in paintball.
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.
Who is Paintball For?
Paintball is for anyone who likes competition, action, strategy and skill.
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.
Paintball Forums
The best online portals to discuss paintball.
Do scopes work on paintball guns?
Scopes can work on paintball guns, but that doesn't mean you should get one.
Does Paint Wash Off of Buildings?
Many people wonder if paintballs will wash off of buildings, trees and buildings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
Night Paintball
Paintball is generally played in the day. But not always. It can also be played at night.
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 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.
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.
What Shoes to Wear to Play Paintball
Keep in mind a few things when you choose what shoes you will wear to play paintball.
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.
Paintball Guns on an Airplane
Learn the rules so you can safely take your paintball gear on an airplane.
How to do a Strong Side Attack
Step by step instructions on how to do a strong side attack.
Is It a Paintball Gun or Paintball Marker?
Paintball is simply a variation on the classic game of tag. What sets it apart is thing you shoot. What do you call it? Is it a paintball gun or a paintball marker?
Monster Balls Paintballs
Review of Monster Balls Paintballs by Brass Eagle.
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.
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.
Spyder Electra Paintball Gun Information
Simple electro paintball gun for the beginning to intermediate player.
My First Paintball Game
Every sports player was once a beginner and played their first game. Here's how I remember mine.
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.
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.
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 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 Rebuild a Paintball Gun
Step by step guide to rebuild a paintball gun.
What Happens When A Paintball Gun Gets Wet?
Paintball guns sometimes get what. Is that a bad thing?
General Paintball Tips
Countless tips about paintball exist. Here are a few that every player can stand to hear again.
Paintball Tanks on Airplanes
Learn what you need to do to get a paintball tank on an airplane.
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.
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.
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.
Reliable Paintball Guns
Some of the most reliable paintball guns out there.
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.
US Army Alpha Black Tactical
The US Army Alpha Black Tactical is a pre-upgraded version of the Alpha black that will appeal to the scenario or MilSim player. While it doesn't offer much in the way of performance upgrades, it is cosmetically and ergonomically superior to its little brother.
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.
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 is Paintball Ramping?
Ramping is a firing mode for electronic paintball guns that allows for an increased rate of fire.
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.
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.
Basic Speedball Field Setup
How to build a basic speedball field.
Paintball Air Tank
Paintball guns require a source of air to propel paintballs down the barrel.
A Brief Introduction to Paintball
A very brief introduction to 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.
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.
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.
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 Change an O-Ring
A step by step tutorial to change a paintball o-ring complete with pictures and descriptions.
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 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.
Top 9 Pieces of Equipment for Scenario Games
Learn what equipment you need to bring to make the most of your time at a scenario game.
Is Paintball Safe?
Paintball is very safe as long as you follow the rules and use common sense.
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?
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?
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.
VIP
Rather than focusing on eliminating the other team, wouldn't it be easier to narrow your focus onto one opposing player? VIP places you with the responsibility of protecting your VIP while also attempting to eliminate your opponent's.
What Does Ounce Refer to with a CO2 Tank?
Ounces with CO2 tanks refer to how many weight ounces of liquid CO2 can fit in the tank.
Where to Buy Paintballs
Learn the best places to buy paintballs.
Woodsball Clothing
What clothing to wear when you go play a game of woodsball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Paintball Fun?
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.
Realisitc Paintball Guns that Look Like the...
Some paintball players like their paintball guns to look like real guns. Paintball guns will never be perfect replicas of real firearms, but some can seem like the real thing.
Outdoor Versus Indoor Paintball
Paintball can be played indoors or outdoors, but there are some differences between the two.
Sly Profit Paintball Mask Review
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.
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.
Are head shots legal in paintball?
Head shots are discouraged in many sports, but paintball is not like many sports.

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