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Paintball Basics

paintball productsPaintball is a safe, simple yet challenging and strategic sport that is played usually by two teams, each with at least two players. Adults and kids alike enjoy this sport as they often refer to it as an advanced or improvised game of tag.

Tournaments attract many spectators of all ages, as it is a very exciting game to watch.

Paintball games are of various types, however, the most popular game often played is called “capture the flag”. The object or the goal of this game is for teams to advance to the opponent’s base, move the other team’s flag to its destined location, at the same time guarding your own flag.

The paintball field has many obstacles such as tires, forts, old cars, hay and the newest are “inflatables” that are constructed as refuge for team players; making the game all the more exciting, as if participating in an actual game of war in videos.

When one is hit, it can hurt briefly and at times give players bruises. Players are typically required to be in long sleeves shirt and pants, making sure that the color is not be identical as that of the judge and complete paintball gear such as mask, helmet and goggles for safety.

The sport of paintball has a distinct and accurate set of rules that are strictly followed. The producer of the tournament is the absolute authority in regard to either an alteration or addition to the rules; marshals oversee the event, and their decision is always final. No dispute on the paintball field is accommodated or entertained.

A military approach to paintball is useless, as that knowledge is recognized and understood by the teams. A team’s tactic should be carefully planned; your team’s line of attack will not be known by the opposing team, and there should be a quick switch of plans in case something goes wrong.

There must be a lot of team work involved, as everyone moves through the field. As a team member moves, there should be others to guard and keep watch and give off covering shots when necessary. A team that moves together with a common objective will have a great chance of succeeding in this game.

Communication in the field is also very important. A team-mate can shout the position of the opponent. The moment that a player is seen, the game for that player is up; so there is no reason for you to keep quite; instead, inform the others the location of the enemy.

The excitement of this game concludes when you are seen and eliminated – a situation that all team players struggle to avoid.

How Paintball Began

How Paintball Began

Paintball is a game where markers or guns are filled with non-lethal paint put in gel-like capsules which basically are used to shoot opponents. These markers are propelled by compressed gas.

Markers used in paintball evolved through the years – their use now is not the reason they were created years ago.

Markers for trails, trees and cows:

Believe it or not, the use of these markers started in the 70’s when farmers and members of forest groups used them to mark trees as well as trails, and cattle. The guns used then were powered by gas. Then – whether by inspiration or boredom – the users of these guns began playing around and instead of aiming them at other objects, decided to use the guns on each other.

And then there was paintball:

It was in 1981 that a group of friends decided to play their own unique version of paintball. They were using same guns they were using to mark trees when they talked among themselves and decided to buy into a tree-gun manufacturing business. The guns were then modified to control the speed as well as the power of the marker.

They promoted the guns and markers to the public and “viola”, the game of paintball officially began at a field near Rochester, New York, in 1982.

The first paintball marker:

Ironically, the first ever paintball marker was not called a paintball marker and was not even used for paintball. It was called a paint-pellet and was created by the Nelson Paint Company originally for the forest industry. It was invented by James Hale and the patent was approved on January 29,1974.

The first paintball gun:

The first and only gun designed especially for paintball was called Splatmaster was invented by a man named Robert Shepherd who was issued a patent on July 3,1985. Later on, markers know as electro-pneumatic guns were developed.

The first paintball marker that is washable:

A specially designed marker with a washable fluid placed inside of soft gelatin capsules was invented by a man named George Skogg: the patent was officially granted on January 6,1987. This special marker fluid is more precise when shot: when it hits something, it is brighter and more visible. It is easily washable with regular soap and water or detergent.

Paintball markers have become user and player friendly through the years. Who could imagine that what was used originally for cattle and trees could be enjoyed by many people as a game? Hooray for paintball!

Paintball Sniper

Paintball Sniper

Winning Paintball Games With Stealth

A paintball sniper on your team would be your secret weapon, invisible to your opponents.  It can make the difference between winning versus losing the game.

Paintball players fire dye-filled balls at each other with guns powered by compressed air. The goal is usually to eliminate opposing players by shooting them with a ball of paint. Sometimes the goal is to capture the enemy’s flag or other symbolic object.

If you have a sniper on your paintball team, the opponents may never know why their players are being eliminated. Snipers often remain hidden during paintball tournaments, picking off unsuspecting opponents. The tools of paintball snipers include stealth, silence, and special equipment.

Snipers are also called sharpshooters and must be able to operate almost invisibly. They must enter the field of play with their team, and then find a protected area with a view of the field of play. This is much easier and more effective in the forest environment of woodsball than on a regulation flat playing field. The paintball sharpshooter may wear a camouflaged helmet and outerwear and to assist in hiding from opponents.

Silence helps paintball snipers remain undetected. The paintball team sniper must be able to stay in position for long periods without moving. This ability is especially true in a forest environment, where rubbing against branches or stepping on sticks can reveal his position. Some paintball sniping guns are designed to dissipate the sound of the compressed gas upon firing, making the sniper even more stealthy.

The sniper’s paintball gun can include features to enhance his effectiveness. In addition to a silencer, such guns often have special barrels. These long and straight barrels improve paintball accuracy. Special aiming sights, including laser sights, can be purchased. Check the tournament rules to determine if special sights are allowed in the paintball game.

Any paintball player that can eliminate more than one opponent is a benefit to the team. A hidden player that can eliminate many opponents can make a team almost unbeatable. The only thing to remember is that the opposing team has a paintball sniper too, and he might be aiming for you next.

How To Use Sniper Paintball Guns and Become a Good Sniper

How To Use Sniper Paintball Guns and Become a Good SniperToday, the game of paintball is now returning to the woods where it really belongs. More and more people are now playing scenario and woodsball paintball than ever before. Besides, it’s a lot more fun to play in a large environment and there are quite a lot of natural obstacles that you need to deal with here that makes the fire fight even more realistic than ever before.

The paintball industry is now getting flooded with military style markers, camouflage accessories, and even tactical vests specially designed for the paintball game.Basically, people buy the basic gun or the stock model. Then, they convert the guns to be used in the woods. Here, you will find out about some of the essential accessories that you will need in order for you to build a good sniper paintball gun that is accurate and very discreet.

The first essential paintball sniper accessory that you should get is the paintball barrel. You need to remember that in scenario paintball or woodsball, great distances should be achieved in order to hit the enemy. You will be playing in a very large environment and you need your paintball gun to be accurate even at long distances. Stock paintball barrels can’t cut it and if you are a paintball sniper, you will definitely need to change the barrel in order to achieve accuracy and distance.

Barrels come in different sizes. There are 8 inch barrels and even 22 inch barrels. You should also try adding barrel porting and muzzle breaks which will be able to control the air flow to provide better transition when the paintball exits the barrel. This will mean a more stable flight, which ultimately means more accurate shots.

You can also try purchasing an upgraded barrel that will have rifling inside. The rifling is basically spiral grooves that will control the spin rate of the paintball which will add more accuracy and distance as well as minimize the effects of outside factors that can affect the flight of the paintball.

The rule of thumb is that you should try investing a little extra for the barrel. The more expensive the barrel is the better its quality. It will be better milled and the barrel will be most likely to spend a lot of time in research and development as well as testing.

The paintball stock is also another thing that you should spend money on. It will not only add a good look to a sniper paintball gun but it will also help in stabilizing your aim and decrease fatigue when aiming the gun. With this support, you will likely hit your target and decrease misses. Stocks are collapsible and can be folded when you are on the move.

A paintball vest is also considered as essential equipment for the paintball sniper. Although it is not really a part of the gun, but it will also allow you to store essential accessories more efficiently. Try getting a vest with a hydration system as it will be useful for you especially on hot days. Also, a vest with extra compartment for air tanks can help you play the game in more comfortable way.

Of course, what is a sniper gun without the scope? The scope that you should get should be the non magnified ones with a red dot. Magnified scopes are awkward due to the fast paced action in the game.Remember these tips and you can be sure that you will be able to have a great time playing.

As a sniper with these accessories, you will be able to pick off your opponents with one shot, one kill.