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Mastering The Basics Of Paintball

Paintball is a game that anyone can learn to play, even if you are new to the game. There are a few basics you should know to get started.

What Is Paintball?

Described as a more challenging, sophisticated version of games like "tag" or "hide and seek," paintball involves two teams of players with the aim of capturing the flag of the other team while keeping your own. Depending on the size of the field, the teams can consist of just a few people on each side or over a thousand opponents. A game may last from 20 to 45 minutes, based on how many people are playing. Besides capturing the flag, there are many other variations of paintball. Before you start to play, you should know the objective of the game you're playing and be familiar with any specific rules.

How Do You Play Paintball?

To prevent opponents from getting the flag, team members use paint guns or markers powered by compressed air to propel pellets filled with paint. While original paintball pellets included lead, current ones are filled with gelatin or oil. The paintballs are brightly colored, non-toxic, water-soluble, non-caustic, and biodegradable. When an opponent strikes you with a paintball, the gelatin pellet splits open and marks you so that you are eliminated from the game. While playing with paint can get messy, spatters wash out of clothes and off your body.

What About Guns?

The markers or paint guns come in a variety of forms that range from pump action to semi-automatic to fully automatic models. While some are more sophisticated than others, all are limited by their power and range so that they cannot shoot at more than a speed of more than 300 feet per second (FPS) or fire a paintball more than about 50 yards. These variables are regulated by international guidelines.

What Are The Larger Goals Of Paintball?

While paintball might have an objective such as capturing a flag, the game promotes teamwork, development of self-confidence, stress relief, and character building. Success is based on savvy decision-making and determination rather than on athletic ability. This makes paintball a game for people of all ages and physical abilities, rather than being something only for young, athletic people.

How Safe Is Paintball?

There is no physical contact in paintball, which makes it a much safer sport than even golf, tennis, swimming, jogging, or contact sports involving balls. Your body may experience some wear and tear if you are crawling around on the ground to avoid the enemy, but otherwise the only thing you will come in contact with in a paintball game is paint.

While the pellets won't hurt you, they can sting if they hit bare skin and a high velocity. For this reason, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants is a good way to dress for paintball. You should also wear gloves on your hands, an athletic cup (for guys), and a mandatory face mask.

The rules of sportsmanship in playing paintball discourage aiming at someone's face, but paint pellets can go awry. A mask protects your face from impact. If it becomes too covered with paint, you should call for a timeout from the referee in order to clean your mask. During this time, it is against the rules for an opponent to shoot you.

Getting Started With Paintball

When you first play paintball, you should go to the field dressed to play. As part of your admission, you will usually be given a facemask and goggles, a gun, and, depending on the park, some additional protective clothing. You will have the option of renting additional equipment at the park when you buy a supply of paintballs.

When you go to the paintball park, the specific rules for the venue will be posted. Once you know the basics, let the games begin!

After playing a few times, you will get a better idea of what you might like in your own equipment. At that point, it's time for a visit to the Paintball Store, Houston's best location for everything you need. Visit us online to order the products we offer, or come our retail outlet store at 9220 Cyprus Creek Parkway/1960 or at our paintball field Survival Game of Texas at 2309 Aldine Meadows. You can reach the stores at or 218-422-2284 or 281.370.GAME.