Paintballs markers come in a variety of shapes and styles. Some are stock paint-pistols, powered by small 12-gram CO2 cartridges that have to be changed after 15 to 25 shots. Other paint-guns are rifle-like, with shoulder stocks and longer barrels. These are powered by larger, refillable CO2 cylinders that supply hundreds of shots.
Some paint-guns are pump-action, where each time you want to shoot a paintball you first must cock the paint-gun by using a pump and then squeeze the trigger; you must recock the paint-gun before you can shoot again. Other paint-guns are semi-automatic, meaning the first time you want to shoot you must cock the paint-gun, but after you shoot the first paintball the paint-guns action will recock the paint-gun for you; you simply squeeze the trigger each time you want to shoot a paintball.
There are also fully automatic paint-guns. Most playing fields do not allow full automatic paint-guns. Stock Class paint-guns are the basic configuration paint-guns, and stock play is in a class of its own. Paint-guns range from simple to sophisticated, but what they all share in common is a limitation on their power and range. Shooting at maximum elevation with the barrel pointed up into the air, a paint-gun can lob a paintball only about 50 yards. Paintballs won’t hit hard enough to cause an injury as long as proper safety procedures are followed.
Paintball is most commonly played by teams identified by coloured armbands. Teams can range from 3 to 4 players to as many as 1000 a side! Each team strives to achieve a “goal” or “objective”, similar to many other “ball” oriented sports. If the player is “hit” and the paintball breaks anywhere on the player’s body or equipment, resulting in a paint “splat”, the player is considered “out” and must immediately leave the playing field to the designed safe or neutral area.
Objectives can range from capturing or defending a flag to eliminating the opposing team entirely. Whichever the case, the game will challenge players both physically mentally as exertion and cleverness are integral to winning.
Paintball is one of newest, and most exciting, sport sensation to sweep the world. Paintball started in the early eighties with pistols used for marking cattle. It is like as a discussion between a stockbroker and a farmer about trying to mark each other with the pistols as sort of a survival game. From that small discussion a wide industry has quickly formed. It is now an organized team sport, with independent manufactures of markers related equipment, regular playing fields and recognized tournaments.
Millions of men and women of all ages & lifestyles play the sport of Paintball in over 40 countries. Whether homemakers or high-school students, professionals or retirees, all paintball players share in common o love for adventure and a strong competitive spirit.
The game is played with gas-operated markers that shoot biodegradable gelatine capsules filled with a water-soluble, no-toxic paint. Although paintball is some times referred to as a “war” game, the sport does to promoter glorify war. In fact, it doesn’t opposite. Once you experience the sport of paintball, you will soon realize that any combat zone is definitely not the safe place that the movies make them out to be even you are an invincible hero. Paintball is not a violent despite its appearance to the uninitiated. Paintball players wear camouflage clothing only because the game is playing in the woods and they don’t want to be seen by their opponents.
Paintball is a sport where men, women, the young and the old can compete equally. Size, strength or gender is not as important as intelligence and determination. People play Paintball throughout the word from all professions and gain self-confidence while developing valuable leadership skills. Players that pay attention to their senses and develop good team oriented strategy; planning and communications will overpower their opposition easily and quickly.
The object of the most common game is to go out and capture the other team’s flag while protecting your own. While you are trying to capture a flag, you also try to eliminate opposing players by tagging then with a special airgun called a paintball gun. Games have usually a time limit of 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the field and the numbers of players. Between games, players take a break to check their equipment, reload paintballs and have a snack or a soda while they share their stories about the thrills of victory and the usually funny against of defeat. Win or loose, everyone has a good time and there’s always the next game waiting for you.
Once the adrenaline starts pumping, you can’t help to love the trill of the game!!!!!