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Paintball: The Winter Edition

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Just because the season is changing, the temperature is dropping, and the snow is beginning to fall does not mean that the season for paintball has to be over. If you enjoy playing paintball, then the changing of the weather gives you the chance to play the same game in a little bit of a different way. In order to ensure that you stay safe while playing, you will need to be prepared with your gear and clothing for the cold weather.

Dress Warm

Ensuring that you wear the appropriate clothing will help keep you warm while you are outside in the elements. The best option is to dress in layers. This will give you the opportunity to take a layer off if you become hot and put another layer on when you become cold.

Keep Your Feet Warm and Dry

You should ensure that you wear a pair of waterproof boots that are tall to keep your feet dry while outside in the snow. If you wear boots that are shorter, snow is likely to get inside. Also wear a pair of warm socks to help keep your feet warm, double up if it is an exceptionally cold day. It doesn’t hurt to bring an extra pair of socks in case your original pairs get wet or your feet get cold.

Cover Your Head

As many people are aware, heat most commonly escapes from your head, so it is essential that you keep this part of your body covered and warm. Ear warmers, hats, scarves or even a face mask should suffice. If it’s snowing you may want to wear something with a hood to help block out snow hitting you in the face.

Protect Your Eyes

When you play paintball you always protect your eyes by wearing goggles, but during the winter, you will need to protect your eyes from the harsh winter elements as well. With snow on the ground and the sun shining bright, it can be extremely difficult to see and even painful for your eyes. Some goggles have UV protection, but if yours do not, you will want to wear a pair of sunglasses under your goggles.

Keep Your Hands Warm

Wearing thick, bulky gloves while you are playing paintball is not ideal. It is best to wear a thinner pair of gloves that still allow you to pull the trigger of the gun with ease. In order to ensure that your hands stay warm and that you do not get frostbite, you should consider wearing heated glove liners or heated gloves.

Camouflage Yourself

When you are playing in the winter with snow on the ground, you should consider wearing white in order to hide yourself within your surroundings. If snow has not settled yet, typical brown camouflage should be fine against the backdrop of dead trees.

Keep Your CO2 From Freezing

Your CO2 will not work as well when it begins to get cold, so you should keep in it a pocket close to your body in order to keep it warm from body heat. You could also consider putting the CO2 cartridge within a heated sock, but make sure it doesn’t get too warm. Another option is to upgrade to a gun that uses HPA tanks that are made for use within the winter.

Use The Appropriate Paintballs

There are paintballs that are specially made to be used in cold temperatures and are an essential choice to use in the winter. Standard paintballs will become brittle within the cold temperatures and could break apart, however if this is your only option you could keep the paint loaders within your jacket to prevent them from becoming too cold.

Exalt Microfiber Pit Rags w/ Clips

One of the most overlooked but most needed and used pieces of paintball gear is the microfiber rag that all paintballers use for numerous reasons. Exalt has released the new Exalt Microfiber Pit Rags w/ clips  to keep your mask and lens as clean as possible during a day of paintballing.  And they included the clips to make this microfiber rag super handy by giving you the option of hanging it up in your tent or wherever you need it! This helps to keep it clean, from you grabbing it from you gear bag or picking it up with dirty gloves on and letting the whole team get use out of it! This thing is a pretty important item to have when paintballing and gets overlooked all the time, but when someone pulls one out of their bag everyone gathers around to borrow it.  So instead of borrowing it, be prepared next time by purchasing your own Exalt Microfiber Pit Rags w/ Clips!

exaltThis is a new product from Exalt, let us explain what this is.  This is a HUGE microfiber cloth with carabiner clips at the top corners.  The idea is that you can clip this lens cloth to the top of the pit tent, and when you are done wiping off the outside of your mask, you can polish the lens with this towel.  The best part about this towel is that since it is clipped to the tent, it doesn’t fall into the dirt, and it also won’t get mistaken for a rag to clean off old hits and wipe down guns and pods. You can get your Exalt Microfiber Pit Rag w/ Clips today at Ultimate Paintball!!

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What Brand of Paintball Guns Is the Best?

So I know everyone has a different opinion on this matter and are bias towards their own marker or brand. But when it comes to accuracy, durability, BPS, upgrades, style, weight, cost, which brand of paintball gun reigns king among the others?? Tippmann? Empire? BT? Bob Long? Azodin? GOG? Spyder? US Army? All of these brands make a good paintball marker that is used by people everywhere. But when it comes to the most commonly used marker by the everyday player, the new beginner and has a reliable, credible name to stand behind, you can’t go wrong with Tippmann. The Tippmann 98 and Tippmann A-5 are the best beginner style markers out there. They are durable, lightweight, available for many upgrades, easy to fire and NOBODY matches the 2 year manufactures warranty that Tippmann offers on their markers. The 98 and the A-5 can be easily used by either your hobby player or your regular veteran. Of course there are markers out there like the Invert Mini or the Bob Long Marq Victory that are smaller, sleek, cooler looking guns. But Tippmann anything is the brand you see and hear about anytime the word “Paintball” is brought up. It’s basically the Nike of the paintball world. When you tell your friends you just bought a Tippmann Paintball Marker they instantly want one themselves. And they also offer the best option of back up with the Tippmann TiPX.

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This pistol is the BEST paintball pistol that’s available right now. If you area serious, competitive player then you know you have got to have back up. And when that time comes you will be using the Tippmann TiPX Paintball Pistol to take out the last of your enemy to take home the victory. Order yours today to keep up with the best of the best!! http://www.ultimatepaintball.com/p-10782-tippmann-tipx-paintball-pistol-marker-gun-olive.aspx.  Aside from the 98, A-5 and the TiPX, Tippmann makes many other top of the line paintball markers. They have created numerous options for the world of paintball to choose from. As of today they offer the, Crossover, Crossover XVR, FT-12 Pistol, Gryphon, and the X7 Phenom. Tippmann has also teamed up with the US Army and created the US Army Alpha Black, US Army Alpha Black Elite, US Army Carver One, and the US Army Project Salvo. All of the US Army paintball markers are super cool looking, very durable and simple to use. They are match ready straight from the box and have a unique style. Since Tippmann has started they have been number 1 in Paintball. The Tippmann Brand can’t be matched. They have a rich history and are known for making paintball what it is today with the advanced markers they make. If you or anyone you know is interested in getting your first paintball marker or upgrading from the one you have, Tippmann is the brand you want. And the place to find all of these items is Ultimate Paintball. http://www.ultimatepaintball.com/ Ultimate Paintball is the leader when it comes to buying ANYTHING paintball. With the best prices, fastest shipping and widest range of products, its your number 1 option when buying painball gear. UPpic

The Paintball Markers You Forgot About – Pistols

We know the kind of weaponry making heads turn at stores and intriguing eyes on our Ultimate Paintball website.  Sure, the latest and greatest paintball markers by Spyder, Tippmann, and other manufacturers is a site to excite any paintball player, yet lesser known, lesser used markers are valuable as well.  When was the last time you considered supplementing your big gun with pistol paintball markers?

To start, we’d like to encourage use of a pistol as primary paintball markers despite contrary opinions.  Sure, using a pistol has drawbacks including the opportunity to hold less paintballs, less air, and the need for more patience, but there are advantages too.  Sometimes simplicity and skill is all you need to make an impact on the field.  Have you ever caught the look of an opposing player, holding a high-powered gun in hand, finding they just got taken out by a pistol?  It’s a priceless sight!

However, we’re not opposed to progress.  The design and response of markers has come a long way.  There’s a lot of damage to be done with an advanced paintball marker.  Taking a look through our site, you’ll see we definitely encourage the use of high-end guns too.

Using a pistol as a secondary weapon might be the best approach to take.  If you like the idea, consider how fast you can load a particular model along with its size and weight.  Some pistols are pretty elementary in design, taking a long time to reload.  Others are relatively quick to load and worth consideration as a secondary weapon.  Additionally, think practically.  Pistols are smaller than normal, high-end paintball markers but vary in size.  Make sure you can comfortably store the pistol on your person during play and easily aim, letting paintballs fly with one hand.

A pistol comes in the handiest when most needed.  Imagine your ensconced in that crucial moment where it’s either going to be you or your opponent who soon meets their fate.  Your knee deep in exchanging fire and it’s time to reload.  You think, “Damn!  Now they have the advantage.”  And they might know it.  However, if you’re packing an extra paintball marker you don’t have to sacrifice needed seconds.  You can grab the pistol and continue taking those crucial shots.

Do you have additional questions regarding pistols or other types of paintball markers?  We love to hear from current and potential customers!  Shoot us (haha – get it?) an email or give us a call.

Our courteous staff would be more than happy to address your questions.

Paintball Gear – the Necessities

Congratulations on your engagement in the intense and highly-fun sport of paintball!  To begin, you’ll have to familiarize yourself with the necessities regarding paintball gear and equipment.  Depending on where you play, bare essentials are usually available for rent, yet you’ll soon find rental equipment is of low quality, warranting the purchase of bare necessities.

Let’s start with one of the most obvious necessities of paintball gear – the paintball gun (also called a marker).  Markers are offered in various sizes and host a number of varying features.  Of course, you’ll gravitate towards highly-efficient guns, yet in the beginning of your paintball career, be honest with yourself regarding your level of play.  It’s okay to be a novice; through continuous play, you’ll get increasingly better, developing your own style and using experience to your benefit.  You could start with a high-end gun purchase, but it’s suggested to get some experience under your belt first.

Logically following the purchase of a gun is the purchase of ammunition.  Like most paintball gear, all paintballs are not created equally.  High-quality balls adopt a spherical shape, making them more accurate, in addition to having smaller shells, making them break easier upon impact.

Paintball is an intense sport.  Some safety precautions need attention.  A safety mask is a necessity.  Don’t take the easy road and use just any mask.  Make sure you purchase a mask designed and used for the game of paintball.  Safety masks provide protection for the eyes, face, and head.  Be wary of attempting to save a few bucks; you get what you pay for regarding masks.  Cheaper masks won’t protect you as well as higher-end equipment.  If you’re trying to cut corners financially, we suggest not doing so with masks.

Clothing is another form of essential paintball gear.  Paintball clothes are heavy-duty, helping to absorb the impact of balls.  Advanced players search for camouflaged clothing, helping them stay hidden in sylvan settings such as the woods.  Camouflaged wear is not a necessity but does facilitate a covert position.  In addition, consider the kind of footwear chosen for play.  Sneakers or worn-in hiking boots are suggested.  The game requires a lot of movement and running in some situations.

If you’re a total novice, don’t be shy in contacting us regarding paintball gear and equipment.  We are here for you.  We have all the things you need but we also like to help those just starting play.  Be sure to regularly come back to our paintball blog to get great tips on play and gear!

Shoot Your Mouth and Gun during Paintball Play

Here at Ultimate Paintball, we’re not just a place to find the best deals on paintball equipment and apparel; we’re a source of information on the sport!  Have you just begun to play the game?  Not everyone is a natural-born expert; it takes time to understand the game and develop your own style and strategies.  It’s okay to be a little “wet behind the ears” at first; like most things, efficiency comes with more experience.  One insight you’ll have to internalize is the advantage of communication between teammates.  It’s okay to have some butterflies in the stomach, but you don’t want them to fly up into your throat, obstructing your ability to communicate.

If you’re a novice, it’s likely you’re not on a tournament team.  You’re probably engaging in walk-on play, where you can find the most dominant, experienced of players and those like you, who have high passion but little experience on the field.

Team sports require communication between players.  The same goes for paintball.  Close-knit groups may seem like they’re not communicating, but believe us, it’s going on. Communication on the field is paramount.  A large number of eyes and ears are better than one set.  Not knowing other players may make you hesitant to communicate, but communication facilitates victory.

You might think verbal communication gives up your location but use good judgment; if you know where an opponent is hiding and they’re within gunshot of a nearby ally, let the latter know of the former’s position.  Once you play with the same guys and gals for a while, verbal communication may evolve to non-verbal gesticulations.  For instance, if you ever catch two star basketball players who’ve been teammates for some time, you’d be amazed at how they seem to inherently know what the other is going to do.  You can develop such dynamic between your paintball teammates too!

Aside from using your mouth in conjunction with your eyes and ears, use your mouth to talk to other players before and after the paintball game.  Did you see a mysterious tactic and unsure why someone used it? Ask them afterwards.  Does it seem like the guys on your team have rich experience?  Tell them you’re a novice and ask if they have any tips for you to implement into play which would work well with their styles.  For instance, they might be aggressive players; so, a more defensive style of play may work well with them.  This will give you a chance to try different styles, facilitating the development of your own style.

Don’t be shy.  Most players, regardless of higher skills, remember what it was like when they were first starting to play.  Those who respect the sport will respect your willingness to listen to their insights and passion to increase your own abilities.

Think before you Purchase a Paintball Marker

The game of paintball is addictive. Whether you were excited or apprehensive about your first time, chances are you immediately loved the feeling of a paintball marker in your hand and your opponents in your sights.  Regular players enjoy owning their own equipment rather than renting.  Consider the following information before purchasing a paintball marker (or “gun” if you’re a complete novice to the sport).

To begin, be realistic regarding how much you’re projecting to play the game.  Are you going to play once a month, once a week, several times a week, etc?  Of course, your equipment influences how well you play the game.  You can get away with purchasing a basic paintball marker, yet such a purchase may be disadvantageous to you when you’re up against foes with superior weapons.  If you’re going to play once a week or more, then it may be a wise decision to take a look at high-end guns.

Of course, you have to consider how much you want to invest.  Lucky for you, you came across this post and now know about our Ultimate Paintball site, offering ongoing deals on high-end paintball markers and other equipment.  Do some comparison shopping across the Web; you’ll find we offer incredible prices.  Obviously, better equipment costs more.  If you’d like, refer to our contact information and speak to one of our representatives about available selections.

What kind of games do you intend to play?  If you’re playing leisurely, mildly-intense games with friends, a basic paintball marker may suffice.  If you want to compete on a team or in a long-standing scenario game, you probably want a paintball marker that offers more power, precision, and extras.  We have it all here; get a basic gun or make a purchase with all the wanted “bells and whistles” that would make any paintball player very pleased.

If you’re first starting out and on a budget, consider other equipment you may immediately need, including protective gear.  Paintball is an intense sport.  Injuries can easily occur if the right precautions are not taken.  Peruse our site to find all the gear and equipment needed to play any style of game.  We offer great deals on all merchandise.  Depending on your budget, you may be able to get everything you need for less than you expected!  Aren’t you glad you found the Ultimate Paintball site?!

Paintball Sniping 101

Hey paintballers! My name is Tim, a brand new sponsor of Ultimate Paintball. I’ve always had a fascination since I was a kid with sniping in general, and so along the way I’ve picked up a lot of tricks just from watching scenario games online. Today I would like to share them with you. I’ve been told that sniping is hard, that it requires too much precision, and that they are useless when against skilled infantry paintballers. While they are correct that sniping is a precision sport, if you can utilize your talent in to sniping, there is very little that can dominate you on the course.

Today I’m going to give you five tips to always follow when sniping. I’ll be making this a weekly blog post that everyone can follow to stay on top.

1. Don’t be too obvious!

When you’re sniping, one of the worst things you can do is be so obvious that you give away your position. Shooting too many times at once, making any noise, reloading too noisely, any of these factors can make or break being found. If you have a ghillie suit, you’re a lot better off. (You can find ghillie suits cheap and I must say, they will change your gameplay)

2. Know your way out!

Everyone, even if they’re professional scenario players, will be too loud at some point in their ‘career’. Don’t rely on just being extra quiet, know your way out. If you’re laying behind two trees and sniping from inbetween them, and hear someone coming behind you, by the time you get up and turn you’re already hit.

3. Choose your shots carefully.

In each round, try and go for at least an 80% hit/miss ratio. (In example, if you shoot 20 rounds you want to hit 16). Then if you miss less, you won’t be a disappointed as if you had set yourself a lower goal.

4. Set your shots up with other team mates.

If you play with team mates, such as with a team or you’re just playing with a pug (pick up group, which is a random group of players you might meet in a normal day at the course) you should talk to them about covering your spots, and trying to generate as much traffic to open spaces of the field where you can pick off players.

5. Pick your cover carefully!

If you don’t have a ghillie suit, cover is going to be a lot harder for you than if you did have one. Here’s some mini tips on hiding with and without ghillie suits

With: Look around for grass or twigs quickly and pile them up. If you’re playing in a woodland course, don’t make marks on the ground, experienced players will know that you’re sniping somewhere around that area and will find/hit you with ease.

Without: Try to hide behind trees (still giving yourself an out) or behind/next to logs, somewhere cluttered and away from where you’ve spawned. Be extra careful that you hit your shots and not miss them, because once your position is given away without a ghillie suit you’re done for. Also don’t let your paintball marker poke out anywhere, it’ll be way too obvious to your opponents.

I hope these tips have helped you and/or encouraged you to take up sniping, whether it be a hobby or a sport for you. Grab your paintball gun and paintball mask, and get out there and play! 

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