Paintball sports can be a great recreational experience, as well as providing lots of exercise. It is also important to note that this activity is not just a sport for young people. People of all ages are enjoying taking to the paintball field and the number of those participating are growing every year.
Paintball is also not just a sport for men, as more and more women are also taking to the paintball field and making their mark in the world of action paintball. It is a sport of strategy, one capable of building both strength and character.
Paintball is nothing more than shooting a paint filled capsule from an air or carbon dioxide powered gun. The paintball gun is often called a marker. It usually stings a bit if you are hit by a ball because of the speed with which the paintball pellets leave the gun. Other than that, if you take all the safety precautions, you can be sure that you will end having a fun-filled game.
But if you are only just beginning to explore the world of paintball, a great deal of the information that you find will likely be geared toward more advanced paintballers and of little use to a novice. So, if you know nothing at all about the sport of paintball, this article could be a great place to start.
Paintball is a sport that can be played by anyone in any physical condition. Using guns which propel paint-filled capsules, paintballers are divided up into two teams, on either side of a playing field, with each team given a flag. The object of paintball is to capture the other team's flag and bring it back to your base without getting eliminated. You are eliminated when a person from the opposite team hits you with a paintball capsule and it bursts leaving a splotch of paint.
If you are serious about breaking into the sport of paintball, you will first need to invest in some good eye protection. Eye protection is the most essential piece of paintball equipment that you can invest in and should be your first purchase. You should never play paintball or fire a paintball marker/gun without the proper eye and face protection.
The second piece of equipment that you will need is the paintball gun or, as some call it, the maker. You can either purchase one of these outright or rent one once you get to the paintball arena. The gun or marker consists of a main body, a bolt, barrel, hopper and air tank and is usually not very accurate no matter how much money you invest. While some praise one gun over another, your first paintball gun purchase will probably be made with mostly your budget in mind.
The paintball capsule is about the size of a marble, has a hard exterior shell, and is filled with paint. The hard shell allows the paintball to be shot long distances and to remain intact until it hits its intended target. While some say that getting hit with a paintball capsule at close range can sting, many say that they do not feel anything at all and only experience a little redness where the paintball made contact.
If you are trying to get a handle on what it is all about, then try thinking of a game that combines capturing the opposing team's flag, an old west shootout and a child's game of hide and seek. The game is a combination of strategy and survival techniques and will show you just how well you can succeed at a high speed game of cat and mouse.
The paintball field can vary from group to group. You may find yourself playing in a league that uses a well designed playing field or simply trekking through the woods to hunt their prey. No matter what the field, rugged terrain or paintball park, this fast paced game can be both fun and challenging.
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