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Ultimate Paintball: Skirmish ION 2014

Ultimate Paintball is mainly an online business but, as of late, we have been making our way to the paintball events across this great nation. We have already went to Living Legends 7, D-Day in Oklahoma and,  Now we are going to what is supposed to be the biggest event of the year. Invasion of Normandy in Pennsylvania is supposed to have thousands of players and visitors and we are bringing our giant trailer and putting up a tent to sell a huge selection of our items.

This is something very new for our company we have never went to an even this large and we have never went to an event that will take this long to drive. There will be 5 people crammed into our truck and we are driving what could be up to 18 hours (depending on stops). To be honest it is going to be an awful drive but, it will all pay off. We get to hang out with a bunch of people that love the sport. Every day of these events we meet new and interesting people that love the sport that we deal with everyday and they all have interesting stories about playing.

Something that is also really great about these events is that we get to hear, in real time, what people think of our company and think about the products that have been released this year and in recent years. This is always a good thing because it prepares us for future events and lets us know what we could possibly add to our, ever-growing, website.  Paintball is a sport that is constantly changing and evolving so, getting this sort of feedback is vital. If you happen to be coming to this event feel free to let us know what you would like to see on the website or even what we should bring to future events, as we plan to show up to even more next year.

What is great about doing well at these events is that we can upgrade the presentation of our company each time we go. We used to have a small trailer with our name on it and now we have a 50 foot trailer that doubles as a store. Please come check us out at this event and show some love for Ultimate Paintball. We try to do as much as much as we can for our customers so you can definitely expect some great deals in our tent and on our trailer.

As for our website we still have some great deals running, remember you can always get free shipping on orders over $99 to the lower 48 states. This is a great deal that really sets us apart from some of our competitors. They claim to have cheaper prices or claim shipping is cheaper until you actually get through the checkout and you are paying $15 or more to get it shipped to you. We also have a deal running right now (7/1/14) with planet eclipse where you will receive the a free gear bag with the purchase of an LV1 or GEO 3.1 

5 Ultimate Paintball Products to Buy Your Dad for Father’s Day

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Instead of giving your dad a traditional tie or bag of golf balls for Father’s Day, opt for something he’ll really love with a few paintball products. It will allow him to have face-paced fun and adventure rather than playing a few rounds on a golf course. Whether he’s a rookie at the sport or a pro, there are a few paintball products that will peak his interest and get him in the game.

GXG Paintball Front & Back Chest Protector

This chest protector will allow your dad to take a few shots like a man and remain safe while playing due to the durable neoprene material used in the product. Whether he wants to look tough with the protector or go discreet, he can choose to wear it under or over his clothing while playing on Father’s Day. The item is available in camo print for an easy way to go unnoticed.

Tippmann Paintball X7 A-5 Low Profile Cyclone Feed Hopper

This cyclone feed hopper has a 200 round capacity and comes with the new X7s for an impressive upgrade that will enhance your game. It allows the marker to look better with its improved deflection for an impressive Father’s Day gift.

GXG Paintball XVSN Goggle Mask

This goggle mask offers a sleek and intimidating design for a look your dad will feel masculine in. His head and face will be protected with the sturdy plastic and changeable lens. The product offers an adjustable head strap and visor for a comfortable fit. For efficient use, it comes with a quick release, making it easy to take it off in a matter of seconds.

Plenty of ventilation is also offered with the design to allow your dad to stay cool while sweating and spending hours in the mask on Father’s Day.

Empire Paintball 48ci 4500 PSI N2 Carbon Fiber Tank

Keep your dad’s gear updated on Father’s Day with this carbon fiber tank that features consistent flow technology. It comes with a certified fill nipple and dual locking set screws for efficient use when pumping shots during a fast-paced game. It will prevent him from slowing down with the lightweight materials and is easy to use if he’s still a beginner. It makes for an ideal product if he’s the runner on his team with 600 to 700 shots that can easily come from it.

Made in the U.S., the carbon fiber tank is preset at 850 psi and comes with a carbon fiber five year tank.

Spyder Advancer .50 Caliber Paintball Marker Gun Diamond Black

This electronic marker features an external velocity adjuster and quick release bolt for a product that will make it easier to fire more shots. The lightweight design prevents adding extra pounds while looking for targets and offers an aluminum body that is durable for several years of use. It also includes a 350 round gravity feed loader with a 10-inch micro ported barrel for a simple, but efficient gun that will allow your dad to feel comfortable when using it. Most players enjoy the recessed dual texture grip panels and the anti-chop system for an advanced tool that is great for every level of player.

Why is Paintball such a Good Team Building Activity?

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Paintball is not just for weekend warriors looking for a fun free time activity. Rather, paintball is being used with ever increasing frequency as a means of team building for businesses and other types of organizations. A business, as well as its employees, can enjoy a number of significant benefits when this enjoyable activity is used as a team building experience.

Positive Relationship Development

A business enterprise functions optimally when its employees develop and maintain strong, positive connections between themselves. Another reality, albeit contradictory, is that the workaday environment oftentimes is structured and functions in a manner that actually prevents the development of appropriately strong interconnections between employees. In the end, littering the workplace with inspiration posters about “being part of the team” simply is not enough to enhance positive relationships between employees.

Paintball permits the development of positive, strong connections and relationships between employees. First and foremost, when a group of people who normally work together are placed in an environment in which they can actually enjoy themselves in a more uninhibited manner, interrelationships necessarily transform. In addition, although employees typically are called upon to take a team approach in the workplace, this activity allows them to truly refine cooperative skill sets because of the very nature of the sport.

Strategic and Critical Thinking Enhancement

Business owners and managers list the development of strategic and critical thinking skills to be a major priority within their respective enterprises. In the end, seminars on strategic and critical thinking are capable of informing employees as to what these concepts mean. However, educating individuals is not the same as instilling the skills.

The goals and objectives of paintball necessarily call upon team members to engage in significant and meaningful strategic and critical thinking. Moreover, it requires the fusion of these efforts into a group decision making process — precisely what business owners and managers truly value in this day and age.

Competition Enhances Team Cohesion

A fundamental principle of enterprise success is that a cohesive team is more apt to achieve the underlying goals and objectives of a business enterprise or other type of organization. The problem is that in many ventures, a true sense of cohesion among employees either fails to take hold or, if it does, cannot be maintained for an extended period of time.

Paintball is designed to be a competitive endeavor. Research indicates that competitive activities necessarily enhance the sense of cohesion between individuals working towards a common objective. This type of team cohesion in a competitive arena is seen consistently in professional and college sports. Paintball provides the same sort of setting in which cohesion between team members is imperative to ultimate success. Once established in the paintball arena, the sense of cohesion can carry over into the work environment.

Top 9 Paintball Fields in the U.S.

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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

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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.

 

How to Clean your Paintball Gear

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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.

Mask

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.

Clothes

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.

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.

 

Celebrities on the Paintball Field

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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?

 

The Evolution of Paintball

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Paintball is a game played by individuals or teams that uses strategy, survival tactics and a gun with markers to defeat the opponent. To play, challengers use paintball guns to shoot or tag the opposing team with a non-toxic, water-soluble polymer. The team that “hits” all the members of an opposing team wins. Games are played in facilities with hard floors, or on indoor and outdoor fields. For nearly 35 years, the game has been played as a recreational activity by family and friends. However, paintball was accepted as a sport in 1999 by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), therefore, it can also be played on a professional sporting level. Professional teams go on to compete in major tournaments in an organized competition setting. Additionally, military branches, law enforcement and security organizations utilize paintball technology as a significant part of training.

History

The evolution of paintball began with the Nelson Paint Company. In the late 1970s, the company developed a gas-operated gun with marking pellets to be used for any tasks requiring a semi-permanent mark shot from distances, including marking trees for removal and cows for slaughtering. However, the game itself was created by two friends – Charles Gaines and Bill Gurnsey. The friends developed a set of rules for “survival games,” which tested people’s skills against each other. Their games required a marking pellet gun. After searching for a year, Gaines and Gurnsey discovered that the Nelson Paint Company carried a selection of industrial guns and pellets that was exactly what they were looking for. In 1981 in the state of New Hampshire, Gaines and Gurnsey, along with 12 friends, played the first game of paintball on a 100-acre field without wearing or using any safety equipment.

Gaines and Gurnsey named their idea “The National Survival Game” because of the nature of the first combat. Sometimes, the friends would play as individuals or as teams. However, the object of the majority of the games was based on, “every man for himself.”

Advancements 

Through the years, paintball surpassed the simplicity of its beginnings. As more people became interested in the game, forming teams became the standard. In 1982, the first national competition was held. With the game quickly becoming a popular competitive activity, different variations were created, such as capture the flag, speedball and other offensive/defensive scenarios. By 1984, the first indoor field was opened for battle.

Equipment

The safety equipment worn and used while playing paintball has evolved greatly since the initial stages. The original safety goggles worn were the same as the ones worn in laboratories and wood shops. Today, the modern safety goggles are the same ones commonly used in skiing and snowboarding with the added protection of UV resistance and a hard shell that fully covers the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Additionally, older versions of the safety masks have been fully upgraded with less bulky designs, making it easier to wear and maneuver.