The paintball experience can be both rewarding and fun. This is a sport that is growing in popularity due to the teamwork and competition involved. However, there is more to this activity then simply running around and shooting paint at an opponent. There are complex positions and strategies that make this a game of wits. A daytime match of paintball can be a difficult game to win, but playing at night makes it even more complicated. To stand a chance against your nighttime competitors, keep these important considerations when playing a game come nightfall.
Using Night Vision
There are many players that use night vision devices. Monoculars are popular and, in some cases, players can even bring Forward Looking Infra-Red (or FLIR) scopes that mount to the top of the paintball gun. These scopes can easily cut through the darkness and spot a potential opponent. However, these types of scopes are not very common. It is important to remember that players with night vision devices may have an advantage; but there are several ways to defeat them. First, night vision can become challenging for players because they must frequently focus their eyes on a small area. Additionally, the infrared on the night vision device can give away the users position. Although there are some advantages and disadvantages to using night vision; the devices can be useful for much more easily seeing opponents and the playing field.
Use Flashlights Carefully
A flashlight is a good tool to have during a paintball game whether it is used or not. When maneuvering around the field, a flashlight can help to see undetected obstacles and keep players from tripping. When used carefully during a game, the light can brighten a darkened area to reveal sneaky opponents. Some opponents will actually freeze when the light is placed on them – creating a useful advantage. On the other hand, some opponents will see the light and begin shooting at it. It is important to remember that using a flashlight will almost always tell the opposition more about you than about them. In some cases, flashlights can be used to momentarily, yet harmlessly, blind players and secure a defeat. Flashlights are a good tool for night games; however, it is important to use them carefully and sparingly.
Beware of Fogging Goggles
Many experienced players have learned the hard way that goggles fog up quite often during the day. However, the effect is significantly worse at night. To prevent this from happening, players can apply an anti-fog spray to the lens. It is also important to remember to remove dark colored lenses that are worn during daytime play. These dark lenses can add to visibility issues. If goggles fog up during night games, never remove the goggles to clear the fog. This will inadvertently make the problem worse. Experienced players look downward and grab the front of the goggles while pumping them away from the face. This process helps to circulate fresh air inside the mask and clear the fog. Some players also use baby shampoo on the lenses to prevent fog from collecting.
These are only a few things to consider when competing in a nighttime game of paintball. There are many other concerns that can help secure a win or cause defeat. Experienced players have learned the ropes of nighttime play through trial and error. However, whether playing during the day or at night; it is important to remain safe, follow the rules, and most of all have fun.