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Know Your Paintball Weaknesses & Use Them as Strengths

Group of paintballers

Paintball is a tactical game that allows you to strengthen your senses and use those strengths against your opponents. Whether you are playing seriously, or just for fun, you can learn to turn your weaknesses into strengths in a few steps. Everyone has a weak point in their strategy, and in order to improve your style, you need to recognize those weak points.

You’re Slow 

Being slow sucks, but beginners are often slow. If you aren’t a beginner, but you are still slow, that’s okay too. Side attacks are often forgotten, but they could help you win a match against a team if speed is an issue for you. Side attacks are a powerful technique that shouldn’t be underestimated. If you are playing with a team, the goal is to divide your team into a strong side and a weaker side. If both sides are strong, then that’s a great thing. The weak side should approach the goal slowly, but the strong side can move in at a rapid pace. This will allow the greatest hits to the opposing team and reaching the paintball flag successfully.

Not Having Enough Stealth 

Cover is so important, but paintball players sometimes go in head first without any stealth. This will lead to a quick defeat and a lot less fun. Stealth can be incorporated by staying low, wearing camo gear and using the environment to your advantage. The goal isn’t to just hide. You want to train yourself to move.

You Don’t Have Patience 

If you don’t have patience in paintball, you probably won’t be a great sniper. You can use your impatience in a way that allows you to dominate the field by being one of the decoys. A decoy will get the team to focus on you. This will draw them away from the rest of your team. If you’re fast enough, you will still come out ahead.

You Like To Be Alone

This tip is the opposite of the above. If you like to be alone, you will make a great sniper. Paintball sniping is a sneaky and covert way to win. A sniper usually hides out somewhere and doesn’t move much, but they can attack from a vantage point that gives their team a strong lead.

You’re Inaccurate

Not everyone will have sniper-level accuracy, but closing the distance between you and your opponents will increase your accuracy. You can turn this into a strength when you’re playing paintball by ambushing. An ambush can take down a lot of players and help you win.

You Don’t Have The Best Equipment

Not everyone can afford the best equipment for playing, but that shouldn’t stop you from becoming the best player you can. Collaborative tactics can and will compensate for lower-quality equipment. Use your teammates and knowledge of the game to play with a strong strategy and tactical advantage. You should also know that there is a difference between strategy and tactics, and that you can harness both of them to your advantage.

Have Fun 

Whether you are playing seriously or for fun, you still want to make the most of it. Relax and enjoy your time with friends. You will probably meet new people on the playing field as well.

Top 9 Paintball Fields in the U.S.

Paintball Match

Choosing the best paintball field involves finding one that give you the most value for your money. This means choosing one that allows you and your teammates to engage in games that are compatible with your playing style. It also means finding a paintball field that offers reffing, professional maintenance and support, which can greatly minimize field safety issues. There are thousands of paintball fields located all over the United States, but the following five provide exceptional action packed games for players:

1. Skirmish USA

Skirmish USA offers many different paintball packages for bachelor and corporate parties and boasts 48 different paintball fields that span across 700 acres. All of their fields include props such as woods, creeks, tanks, planes, villages and castles. One of their sites includes a speedball arena as well as a tournament complex.

2. SC Village

SC Village professionally hosts several large paintball field tournaments throughout the year, and is home to 25 thrilling outdoor paintball fields on a 100 acre property in the heart of Southern California.

3. Old River Paintball

Old River Paintball, located in Ocklawaha, Florida is on 40 acres of land with 12 different fields to choose from including several games available, such as Hyperball, Speedball, and Airball. They also have bunkers from trees and bushes to hay bales plus an onsite Air Station where players can refill their tanks.

4. Advanced Alabama Adventures

Also known as AAA, Advanced Alabama Adventures, has been in business since 1989 and is located in Birmingham, Alabama. They have 7 different playing fields and are always looking for ways to improve paintballers’ experience by testing and changing any field considered less desirable to make it bigger and better for them.

5. Paintball USA

Paintball USA includes 113 acres of organized scenario games located in Cypress, Texas and has 9 fields (four wooded and two speedball). Paintball USA also includes some bunkers that use spools, drums and wooden teepees.

6. Splatmandu Paintball Club

Splatmandu Paintball Club is in Three Rivers, Michigan and is a non-profit Paintball Club where paintball enthusiasts pay an annual membership fee of only $2.00. Included is eight diverse paintball fields maintained by club members. One of the perks that comes with paying the annual fee at the Splatmandu Paintball Club is that it goes towards field props!

7. Battlezone and Supply

Located in Plant City, Florida , Battlezone and Supply has a reputation for catering more towards the non-competitive player and has an Urban, Hyperball, and Airball paintball field.

8. Splat Paintball

Splat Paintball in Canal Fulton, Ohio offers three wooded and three speedball fields (highly recommended) designed to deliver a comfortable atmosphere for experienced and less experienced players to explore.

9. Hollywood Sports

Hollywood Sports Park is one of the only places that is open at night, so paintball field enthusiasts do not have to wake up early in fear of missing out on the action. Because the paintball fields are small, the park feels more relaxed when there is less then 100 people there. Hollywood Sports offer the best rates for groups, and have six different mazes that paintballers can play on with each one being different and challenging.

Top 5 Paintball Reads for Any Avid Player

Old books on a wooden shelf. No labels, blank spine.

If you’re looking to take your game to the next level and be ahead of the other players than you may want to study up on the game some while you’re not out there shooting. This helps to get good ideas for new strategies and tactics. It also helps prime your brain so that you’re subconsciously ruminating on it even while asleep. Here are some of the best books available.

1. Paintball Warrior Tactics: Secrets of Serious Bushball Players

by Zack Wickes

Paintball Warrior Tactics is a comprehensive guide that contains all of the secrets to the game. Within these pages you will find a number of tactical secrets, high level techniques and tricks that are guaranteed to up your game to the next level. This book takes an in-depth look at the “micro-skills” that move into more advanced gameplay.

2. 501 Paintball Tips, Tricks and Tactics

by Dave Norman

501 Paintball Tips, Tricks and Tactics is a great book for those who currently play paintball and for those looking to get into the sport. Each chapter contains information which then is built upon in following chapters, creating a cohesive synergistic and comprehensive system for understanding the fundamentals of good game play. It is great for getting the solids down, and is even helpful to experience players as a brush up on the mechanics of the game that they may have taken for granted. These strategies are straight from the professionals.

3. The Complete Guide to Paintball, Fourth Edition: Completely Updated and Revised

by Jerry Braun, Rob Rubin and Peter Field Peck<

Now updated and revised, The Complete Guide is a seminal body of work designed to disseminate the most advanced strategic and pragmatic information available on the game to date. It includes information on the practical and overarching elements of the sport to create a holistic guide for every aspect. This revised edition has gone back and updated each chapter and section to provide a definitive guide that includes new tips, tricks, strategies and techniques utilized by the pros themselves. It includes a history of the sport and some of the leading figures that have emerged.

4. Paintballer

by Rich Telford, Roman Maniere, and Fabien Cuviliez 

This book looks into the game in a way that no other has. It explores aspects of gameplay that you will find covered in no other books. It covers the origins of the sport, from Bob Guersney to the national game and the forming of the NPPL. It covers in depth tactics on how teams invade stadiums and includes a dissection of every moment in the game. It takes a look at the top twenty players in the history of the game that have changed the way the game has been played to this day.

5. Paintball Digest: The Complete Guide to Games, Gear & Tactics

by Richard Sapp

If you’re looking for an authoritative guide that covers all the aspects of gameplay then look no further. This book covers it all, from tips, to tournament information, game strategies, equipment and outfit guides, accessory information, reviews of various products, a manufacturing directory, safety/first aid tips and more.

After reading these books, you’ll never look at the game the same way again.


Tippmann X7 Phenom Electronic Super Pack Paintball Marker Gun

Now available as a PREORDER ITEM at Ultimate Paintball is the Tippmann X7 Phenom Electronic Super Pack Paintball Marker Gun! Tippmann has combined the most popular style of upgrades for the X7 Phenom and put them all into 1 awesome package!! So instead of having to buy the Tippmann X7 Phenom Electronic Paintball Gun, then ALL of the upgrades needed to change the look or style of the gun, you can purchase JUST the Tippmann X7 Phenom Electronic Super Pack and have everything you need!



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How to Clean your Paintball Gear

Brushes And Such

You’ve likely invested several hundred dollars into your paintball gear. Just like any other sizable investment, you should take steps to maintain it. This means thoroughly cleaning your paintball gear on a regular basis. By performing regular cleanings, you’ll be able to play all day during your next outing as you won’t have to stop to clear your barrel, unjam your trigger or wipe down your mask.

The Gun

Before attempting to clean your gun, take a look at the manufacturer’s instructions to see if there are specific cleaning guidelines. Put a newspaper onto a flat surface to make the paintball gear cleaning process more tidy. Before taking the gun apart, take a look at the manufacturer’s schematic. If you can’t find the schematic, locate it on the manufacturer’s website. Take your air source out of the gun. Then remove the barrel, hopper, bolt, grip frame and striker/hammer and put each to the side.

Push a squeegee through the barrel. Then take a paper towel and wet it with hot water. Wipe the towel along the exterior and interior of the barrel. Then push a new squeegee through the barrel until it is dry. There will be some tough spaces to clean inside of the gun. Get those nooks clean with paper towels or old toothbrushes. Wipe the paint remnants off of the grip frame with a brush but leave the trigger as it is. Triggers are tough to re-assemble. Use another paper towel and hot water to clean the striker and bolt. Then dry them.

Inspect the o-rings to identify any air leaks. If o-rings are cracked or look odd, replace them immediately. Now, lubricate the paintball gun’s insides with paintball gear oil. Focus on lubricating the moving parts. Traditional oils might damage the gun, so only use paintball gear oil. Lubricate the o-rings by putting the oil on your finger and very lightly pressing it around the o-rings. Then re-assemble the gun according to the schematic that came with its original packaging.

Pod Packs

Clean pod packs by placing them in your washing machine. Be sure to cover the velcro on the packs so that it doesn’t stick to and damage your clothing. If you don’t want to use the washing machine to clean your pod packs, opt to hand wash them with paper towels and hot water.


Paintball gear, especially masks collect paint, dirt, sweat and other substances during the course of a game. These substances can obstruct vision and damage the mask’s thermal coating which can compromise the lens’s integrity. Don’t clean the mask with chemical laden sprays and liquids. Chemicals have the potential to damage the mask’s thermal coating. Be sure to wash your hands before cleaning the mask so that you don’t add more paint and sweat. If the lens can be removed from the mask, remove it before cleaning it. Use hot water and a micro fiber cloth to clean the mask’s lens after every game. Paper towels might scratch the lens so use the micro fiber cloth instead. Run the rest of the mask under hot water and let it sit until it is completely dry.


Paintballs will stain clothing so be sure to play with old clothes that you don’t value. Paintballs contain hydrophyllic fillings that can be removed by most laundry detergents. However, don’t let the stained clothing sit unwashed for more than a few hours. Otherwise, the dye will seep into the clothes’ fibers and become very difficult to wash out. If the paintball stains don’t come out after a normal washing, soak them in warm water with a teaspoon of dish detergent and a teaspoon of ammonia for half an hour to an hour. Then apply a stain remover and wash it in the laundry machine again.

Tippmann Crossover XVR Paintball Gun(Black), Tippmann Intrepid Paintball Mask and Tippmann 48ci 3000psi HPA Paintball Tank Combo Giveaway

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Top 6 Mistakes Beginners Make in Paintball

Boy in the camouflage holds a paintball gun barrel up in one han

Paintball is a sport played individually or in teams where players try to capture the other team’s flag and knock their opponents out of the game with paintballs. Beginners may have read up on the sport and practiced their shooting skills, but they often make avoidable mistakes.

Beginners Don’t Look

Many beginners tend to think that they will be a target if they look out of their shelter. Others use their eyes but only look in one direction. It’s important to use your eyes in order to spot your opponents before they spot you. Sticking your head out over the top of your shelter makes you a bigger target, so take quick looks around the side of the barricade instead.

Beginners Don’t Communicate

Another mistake many beginning paintball players make is that they don’t communicate with the rest of their team. They don’t ask for help when they need it, and they don’t share information when they have it. Communicating with your team members helps you win the game, so share with them if you’ve spotted an opponent. Likewise, if you need help, ask for it. It’s important to be stealthy in the game, but if your opponent’s already spotted you, there’s no harm in yelling to ask for your teammates’ help.

Rookies Shoot Too Much or Too Little

While some beginners shoot too little, many of them shoot too much. Some players will shoot at anything that moves; others shoot at targets too far away. Shooting at distant targets gives away your location, opening yourself up as a target for your opponents. Be sure you have a good, close shot at your opponent before you fire.

Newbies Call Themselves Out Too Quickly

Another common mistake beginners make is calling themselves out too early. If a paintball bounces off of you, it does not count; it only counts if it breaks on you. If you aren’t sure if one broke on you, you can ask a field judge.

Beginners Don’t Use Their Cover Effectively

Sometimes newbies don’t know how to effectively use their shelter. For instance, if you are hiding behind a wooden barricade, make sure your head, body, and gun are not visible through any holes the shelter possesses. Additionally, when you use your eyes, look out the side of the barricade with your paintball gun at the ready to shoot opponents who might be lurking around.

Rookies Shoot Inaccurately

In order to make the most of your shots, you must shoot accurately. Hold the gun close to your head, and look down its barrel when you shoot. Don’t hold the gun away from your body, or shoot from your hip. At times, you may need to angle your gun up slightly to get the correct shot on an opponent. However, if you have to angle your gun too far up, it means your target is too far away.

Paintball is a fun and strategic sport to play. Beginning players can avoid some of the most common rookie mistakes by following the tips given here.


3Skull Paintball Deluxe Dual Valve Co2 Tank Fill Station


tank fill station

This Deluxe Dual Vale fill station will get the job done. It fits all standard CO2 tanks and is relatively portable. It has one valve which releases the CO2 and one to fill the CO2. It’s durable and will last. You won’t have to replace this if it gets banged around a little! You can see more on our website.


Dangerous Power E1 DP Paintball Marker Gun

Now ON SALE, In Stock and Ready to Ship at Ultimate Paintball is the Dangerous Power E1 DP Paintball Marker Gun – Sliver/Black. The Dangerous Power E1 is the perfect paintball marker for either a beginner getting into the amazing game of paintball, or for the seasoned veteran. The E1 touches the fine points of Dangerous Power’s accomplishments and performance. The E1’s strengthened core is constructed of our distinguished & popular “Dump-Valve System” & is equipped with a micro-switch board capable of firing in Semi-auto mode & Full-auto fire modes capped at 25 bps.



Features of the Dangerous Power E1:

Optimum Performance @ A Lower Price! The E1 touches the fine points of Dangerous Power’s accomplishments and performance. The E1’s strengthened core is constructed of our distinguished & popular “Dump-Valve System” & is equipped with a micro-switch board capable of firing in Semi-auto mode & Full-auto fire modes capped at 25 bps.
High Pressure Regulator The E1’s high pressure regulator is composed of the G3’s highly accurate OPR system & internals. The E1’s OPR’s operation is service-friendly & easy to maintain.
Dump Valve Bolt System The E1’s Dump Valve system is one of the finest and very efficient firing systems for Dangerous Power’s spool valve markers. Maintenance for the fire assembly is simple & is constructed of 2 moving parts. The E1’s fire assembly and operation proceeds from the G3’s heritage, DP’s greatest achievement.

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Sniper Rifle for Paintball

paintball sniper

Trying to decide if a sniper paintball rifle is best for you? Here are some ideas to get you started.

AGD Longbow Paintball sniper guns come in a lot of different styles. You can take a look at the AGD Longbow upgrade package. This is a pricey marker but AGD only makes quality guns.

Phantom Style A pump gun, which ranges from cheap to expensive. It allows you to decide what works for your budget.

But it’s not the paintball sniper guns that make the sniper. A sniper is able to sneak in or be undetected until he makes his hit. Then you need to move from that spot un-noticed.

Paintball snipers should not be in groups of players. Snipers are most often found by themselves, they like the lone ranger style of play where the odds are stacked against them.

Paintball Camouflage can be one of the paintball snipers biggest investments. You can go for total body coverage with a Ghille Suit. But this will hinder your movement. The best idea is to break up your silhouette, a paintball players eyes are constantly scanning for a mask shape and color. Try breaking up your mask with a camo head net. Basic BDU camo will work fine.

Remember this point! Put yourself in a place that you can see well, with less movement. The human eye will focus on things that move, if you don’t have to move THEN DON’T! The common mistake is to turn your head or shift your leg. This movement will certainly give away your position. Try to find a mask that allows you to use your peripheral vision. Only move when you want to shoot.

What if you are spotted? Most likely if you are spotted, you will be out manned. Either go out blazing or run away and wait for another opportunity. Usually you can use this to your advantage and draw your enemy into a small ambush you setup. Run away and when you are out of their visual sight, make a quick cut left or right and either back track or wait for them to come find you.

Summary: It’s not the sniper paintball rifle that makes the paintball sniper. It’s the player and the choices you train yourself to make on the field

Empire Invert Mini GS Paintball Gun

Now IN STOCK and READY TO SHIP at Ultimate Paintball is the NEW Empire Invert Mini GS Paintball Guns!! The Empire Mini GS  is the next generation of a paintball marker legend.  The team at Empire has taken the proven Mini marker platform and designed and developed it to be even better.  In addition to the battle proven Mini engine the GS includes a full wrap-around rubber foregrip that creates a secure grip and protection from paint and the elements.


The Mini GS also adds an On/Off ASA that eliminates any thread issues and makes for smooth removal of your tank. For an added bonus, the new design allows for a simple drop-in of the Redline OLED board in without switching the foregrip. The ASA and Foregrip attachment points have been beefed up for extra strength and superior performance. Of course you have all the regular goodies you have come to expect and depend on from the Empire Mini: Hose-less design, Eyes, Clamping Feedneck, and proven Mini performance. It takes a truly amazing product to follow a legend, and Empire hits the mark with the Mini GS.



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Celebrities on the Paintball Field


I always see celebrities as the glitz-and-glamour, the fame-and-the fortune type of people. Their job description probably requires them to look perfect from head to toe, anytime, anywhere, and anyplace. But then again, celebrities are actually just like us. They too also want to loosen up and enjoy what we common people enjoy; including paintball.

Did you ever wonder if there are celebrities who play paintball?

Do they have someone who keeps on following them to make sure they still look picture perfect even when they are on the field?

Well, YES there are celebrity paintballers; and NO they don’t bring their personal assistants on the field.

I did a bit of research and apparently, there is quite a list of celebrity paintballers. Here are some of them:

  1. The Pitt-Jolie Clan – These A-list couple relieved their Mr. and Mrs. Smith moments when they were sighted in a paintball game-field in Surrey, UK back in 2011. They brought the whole gang with them but only Maddox was big enough to play. Brad and Angelina sure know how to keep their babies happy.
  2. Keanu Reeves – Mr. Matrix might have got his iconic bullet-dodging moves from dodging paintballs first. He’s been seen on the field from time to time.
  3. Britney Spears – “Hit me baby one more time” may not be the best song when Britney goes paintballing, but who wouldn’t still want to share a bunker with her?

There are many more paintballing celebs – Adam Sandler, Maurice Gibbs of the Bee Gees which is a tournament level player, the Spice girls, Tom Hanks, and many more.

Who would you want to play paintball with?


Living Legends

Well folks the paintball season is FINALLY here and in full swing!! And there is no better way to kick off the season than attending and playing at the Living Legends of Paintball Event in Joliet, Illinois!!! This is an AWESOME event at a great venue! Living Legends of Paintball is a 2 day event that starts on May 16th and ends on May 18th. Registration for Living Legends is currently open. The deadline for the pre-registration is May 5, 2014. So gather up your team, sign up and don’t miss out on this event! The famous, Greg “RED” Hastings will be attending so you will have the chance to meet one of the actual “Living Legends” in the great game of paintball.  Also if you pre-register and purchase entry, air, 2 cases of event paint,  and an HK Streetall Jersey, you will be entered and qualified for a chance to win a DLX LUXE OLED PAINTBALL MARKER, CUSTOM LL7 JERSEY, LL7 SANDANA LL7 BBD, KLR GOGGLE SYSTEM, HK HARDBODY GEAR BAG, HK HARDLINE ARM+KNEE PADS, HK HARDLINE PANTS CAMO!!!!!!! Now that my friends is one heck of a giveaway! SHEESH!!



Living Legends is a national paintball event hosted by the world-famous CPX Sports. The concept is to honor those who helped create the sport of paintball and those who have shaped it throughout it’s history. The weekend long event is a 2-day scenario event produced by Viper which gives enthusiasts the unique opportunity to play alongside the living legends of paintball in what is widely regarded as the must attend event of the year. Don’t miss out on this incredible fun filled weekend that is fastly approaching! Even if you don’t play paintball or just don’t feel like playing that weekend, round up your crew of friends, family, ANYBODY who wants to have a blast and witness or play in the Living Legends 7!! Ultimate Paintball will be there in full force with TONS of paintball gear and will have everything you will need to either add to your gun set-up, your equipment or playing apparel!! So feel free to stop by the Ultimate Paintball tent to say hi or to pick up some gear at the cheapest prices available!! Hope to see yons there!!


A Proper Paintball Diet

Healthy Eating

In my experience, long-term endurance plays little in any paintball role. Games typically don’t last that long and any movement that you’re doing will be at max a 10-15 second sprint. After which, you’ll crouch or stand for a few minutes while shooting at someone. A more important thing to address would be your overall fitness, more specifically your diet.


First and foremost, attacking your diet is priority. The old mantra “calories in < calories out” still holds true, but aiming for a proper macronutrient ratio is ideal. Switching to a high protein and mid to low carb diet will help accelerate fat loss in the beginning. Contrary to what most people think or choose to believe, exercise will do little to nothing for your health if you are eating poorly. However, I do not mean to rule out the importance of exercise. Aside from the benefit of improved cardiovascular health associated with both weight lifting and cardio (yes, lifting does improve CV function), exercise will obviously increase net calorie expenditure and contribute to fat loss while adding lean muscle. In regards to sprinting versus sustained runs, honestly do whatever you can for now.

Diet > exercise

You’ll notice with a revamped diet an increase in energy levels which’ll also help with your exercise goals. I recommend a balanced workout regimen of both lifting and activity. A very good program I have seen used with great results is a typical 3x weekly full-body lift with 2 days of cardio interspersed. Full body lifts accentuate more overall body fitness than targeting single muscle groups just to blow them up while increasing your HR more and can mimic a cardio-lifting routine much in the way that CrossFit works.

I hope the info serves you well. Good luck, get to it, and you always have paintball to help with the cardio.

The Pros and Cons of Different Lens Tints

Paintball player

Lens tint on a paintball mask plays a large role in the effectiveness of how you adapt to the game or competition. Serious players acquire multiple lenses in a variety of colors when choosing a mask for versatility in playing options. This ensures the player always has an appropriate lens option depending on the specific style of play. When deciding on tint colors, consider the benefits and drawbacks of each hue.


Considered an everyday lens, all paintballers should carry at least one clear lens. Paintball masks with this lens offer optimal viewing indoors or outdoors, during daylight or nighttime hours. This is an extremely multipurpose lens that every player should possess.


This tint of a paintball mask may vary from yellow to orange. The color offers a number of benefits that include greater clarity in foggy, hazy or other low-light environments. Wear these lenses in dense forests, on rainy days or indoors in dimly lit conditions. Amber typically inhibits blue lights that hinder focus while red elements of the color enhance depth perception. Additionally, the amount of light allowed through this lens tint helps distinguish between low, medium and high lights and shadows, which means even if camouflaged, the movements of competitors becomes more visible.


When used on a paintball mask, a blue lens offers a number of benefits similar to amber colored lenses, though not quite as effectively. The color reduces glare, which is not only important on sunny days or under bright lights, but glare reduction is especially needed when competing on a luminous, winter day after a snowfall. Blue also helps accentuate contours and heightens color perception. Many prefer blue lenses for foggy or misty days in the field.


A red lens absorbs some green light and offers the visual acuity and sharpness offered by amber lenses. However, the hue is not as effective outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon hours. This color also generally filters out light that is considered harsh and harmful to the eyes.


A green lens sufficiently blocks red and infrared light waves that are produced by the sun. The color also serves well for fighting glare in an extremely bright environment.


Smoke lenses come in tint variations that range from lightly gray to almost completely black. The color transmits all of the other colors of the spectrum, so the viewer gets full, true-color perception without distortions. In addition to providing adequate protection on sunny days, smoky tones help combat eye fatigue. The grayish hues are also the best tint for reducing the high glare often encountered when near bodies of water. While a paintball mask equipped with a smoked lens is often used daily, the color is not recommended when engaged in battle in a dense forest, while indoors or at night.


While most are familiar with a basic silver chrome mirrored lens, this tint style comes in virtually every color of the rainbow. Mirrored lenses offer the darkest level of tint available and provide the ultimate protection on a bright sunny day or in the snow while simultaneously providing excellent visibility.


Similar to the varied tint on an automotive windshield, a hybrid lens has smoke or other dark color tinting on the uppermost portion of the lens that fades to clear or a lighter hue toward the bottom of the lens. The gradation provides the best of both worlds by offering clear viewing while inhibiting harsh light from above.