What’s Best For Your Paintball Gun?

There are numerous brands of paintballs on the market today. Choosing the right paintball for your marker can mean the difference when it comes to accuracy and distance. The most popular size paintballs produced today are 0.68 caliber. This is a general size and although called ‘.68′, the actual size can range from .675 – .695 caliber.

Better quality paint is more consistent in size from ball to ball. The shells are more reliable and can withstand the burst of air needed to propel the ball out of the paintball gun yet thin enough to burst on impact. More expensive paintballs normally have better paint fill as well. Paintballs are affected by humidity and moisture. Paintballs should always be stored in a dry, cool place. Most manufacturers recommend storing paint within the range of 59 – 86 degrees with little or no humidity. Do not store paint for long periods of time.

Common Inflatable Paintball Bunkers

Many people want to experience the adrenalin rush, the experience of teamwork, and the euphoria of holding guns in battles-without risking themselves to injury or death that is present in the real outdoor event.

With paintball, one can enjoy this battlefield experience safely. Paintball is a kind of combat sport where participants try to shoot their opponents from the game. They do this by firing paintballs from a compressed-gas-powered marker, commonly called a paintball gun. Paintballs themselves are small spherical shaped gelatin capsules that contain polyethylene glycol, other nontoxic and water-soluble substances, and a dye. Paintballs splatter on impact, “marking” the player as hit.

Paintball is played by five million people in the United States. Surveys show that it is actually one of the safest sports; there are fewer injuries per exposure than other sports such as tennis, football, or golf. It is also one of the most exciting, emphasizing teamwork and skill.

Paintball games have several forms. One of these is speedball, or tourneyball. Two teams start at each side of the field, and the game starts when the whistle blows. The object of the game is to accomplish an objective, whether eliminating everyone in the opposing team, retrieving a flag, or reaching a specific point.

To provide cover and opportunities for maneuvering in a usually open field, organizers provide paintball bunkers. Paintball bunkers are obstacles in the field that is used to block an opposing team’s view. They are also used to shield team members from the opponent’s fire.

Paintball bunkers can be made with a variety of materials. Fallen logs, collections of wood debris, rocks, piles of old tires, or other materials can be used as bunkers. In woodsball, a paintball game which takes place in a natural setting such as a wooded area, the trees and other natural features can serve as bunkers.

In modern speedball, inflatable vinyl bunkers are used. These paintball bunkers are available in varied shapes and sizes.

Some of the most common variations of inflatable paintball bunkers include:

1) Can – This is a large cylindrical bunker that stands in a vertical position. Most are human sized or larger.

2) Rollie – This paintball bunker is similar to a can, only that it is placed horizontally.

3) Dorito – This bunker, named after Doritos chips, is a three side pyramid-like bunker and is placed vertically.

4) Temple – This bunker is similar to a Dorito. It is four sided with its top cut off.

5) X-bunker – As its name implies, this paintball bunker is shaped like an X. This is used solely for a type of paintball game called X-ball.

6) Brick – This bunker is shaped like a low rectangular wall.

7) Dollhouse – This paintball bunker has three faces and two bases. It is longer than it is tall.

8) Carwash – This bunker is shaped like an arch. It is longer than it is wide.

9) Snake – A snake bunker is a long, low structure, typically less than a meter high. It is usually placed on one or both sides of a field. A snake bunker allows players to crouch down and move a considerable distance from their starting point while still being protected from incoming fire from most field locations.

So if you find yourself under fire in a paintball game, crouch as low as you can behind one of those paintball bunkers.

Paintball Safety Makes the Game More Fun

Paintball is growing sport not only in North America, but also the world. In North America alone, it is not uncommon to see organizations sponsoring a paintball competition or event. The beauty of the game is that people can play it casually or take it seriously. It’s all up to the player.

Although paintball guns are designed to shoot only paintballs, it is no means free from all danger. When everyone follows the rules and wears basic protective gear, the fun aspect of the game is maintained. It is vital that players remember and maintain safety practices at all times, especially during the times of a heated battle, where people are more prone to get carried away. This could be from the paintball guns being used, to the equipment being worn. Ethics and good sportsmanship are also a must to keep the games clean and fun.

If a player is in the playing field, it is important that he or she has protective gear on at all times. A facemask is required to protect the head and face, and for body protection, pads on the knees, chest and elbows. Rubber sole shoes are the best option for feet, and rubber gloves on the hands is also preferable.

Make sure paintball guns fire within the bounds of maximum velocity, inspection before every match is the way to do it. Participants can be seriously injured if the balls travel more than 300 feet per second, be sure that every gun does not exceed that.

Accidents can happen in the staging area simply because participants were tinkering with their guns, and accidentally misfired. A simple barrel plug can prevent such accidents. It is advisable that barrel plugs should be inserted before and at the end of every match to keep the paintball marker from firing when the game is not being played.

During a battle, dirt, paint or sweat could obstruct the facemask vision. Players should not take off the mask without the referee being called. This is to make sure that no shooting can be done while the mask is being cleaned. After it is clean and mounted back on the player’s face, the battle can resume. On cases where a facemask is accidentally taken off, the same rules apply.

In the battle zone, the only valid activity that one competitor can do to another player is shooting paint to eliminate them. Even then, a competitor can opt to surrender for a situation where being eliminated is inevitable. If so, no shooting is necessary. This game is intended to be fun for all participants; this means that striking or aggressive body contact between players is not allowed. Cursing on the playing field is ill-advised, unless all players agree that cursing is allowable.