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Paintball Preseason Checklist

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If paintball is new to you, congratulations! You’re about to embark on an incredibly exciting and enjoyable experience that could soon become your new addiction. As the weather is beginning to warm up (or so it should be), we have compiled a list of things you can cross off your list in preparation of the paintball season ahead.

Observing Others

First, you will want to watch others who are veterans to the sport. This is particularly true if you’re new to the game, or haven’t been active in a while. Obviously you should take note on strategies utilized throughout game play, but also pay attention to experienced player’s tactics before play begins. Some people walk all around the field and observe the obstacles and various bunkers so that they have a game plan when they step on the playing field. This sort of prior awareness will guarantee you aren’t randomly running around and freaking out once the battle begins.

The Right Equipment

The next step in your paintball preparation is finding the right equipment to buy for your game. The first piece of gear all paintball players need is a gun or marker. The type of paintball game you’re playing determines the weapon you will choose. For example, if you’re a wood ball player, you may want to go with the Tippman. These markers are reliable and durable. Those playing on speed ball or air ball fields will want a marker that can fire about 15 balls a second. There are several guns that fit this description. Some guns are more “top of the line” than others, so take the time to research and find out which one suits you best.

If you already own equipment, you will want to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and working properly. Take apart all pieces and wipe them down completely. Taking a few practice target shots will let you know if the guns are still functioning properly.

Paintball Mask

Once you have your marker, you need to be sure to have a good mask. There are several makes and models to choose from. Some masks have colored or tinted lenses. As cool as they might look, however, it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of the mask is to simply protect your eyes and face. Safety is the biggest concern when considering paintball gear. To buy the correct mask, make sure the fit is secure. Remember, it’s not how it looks on you that matters, but how it fits. If it doesn’t fit right, it’s not the right product for you.

Other Protective Gear

Other paintball preparation gear you might consider purchasing are generally optional pieces but may be a smart acquisition if you are concerned about injury. If you think the sting of a paintball hit is too much, you can invest in some pieces of body armor made of plastic that protect your chest, back, legs and arms. They aren’t required for the game, but many novice and seasoned players alike prefer to use them.

Paintball Tubes

Beyond gun and safety considerations, you will also need a device to carry your paintballs. Most people buy a special carrying belt that holds tubes filled with their paintball ammo. Tubes usually hold up to 200 paintballs, but usually the number of balls carried is determined by the style of play.

Getting in Shape 

The final step of preparation, or possibly the first depending on how out of shape you are, is preparing your body for the season. It is crucial that you are able to physically keep up with the other players throughout the game. That being said, you should ensure you stay active during the preseason, focusing on cardio and endurance, so when the season starts you will be able to last throughout the entire game.

The Basics: 3 Quick Instructions on Using a Paintball Grenade

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Before using a paintball grenade, it’s a good idea to get to know exactly how your grenade operates. A lot of the paint grenades available are made with surgical tubing materials that are filled with paint, which are folded and clipped at the end. When you unclip the end of the grenade, the tube will begin to bounce frantically and shoot paint in all different directions.

Using your grenade properly:

1. Make sure you get close enough to your opposite team, especially when there are multiple opposing team members standing close to each other. The farther away, the harder the aim; along with other variables that go into to getting a precise hit.

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2. Now, you want to pull the pin on the grenade and throw it towards your opponents so it lands very close to them, preferably in the center of where they’re standing. Then be on the lookout with your paintball gun ready to tag anyone that’s trying to get away from the grenade. This is a great way to tag your opponents if they haven’t been tagged already as they will surely be in a state of shock.

3. You can also ask the referee to do a quick paint check if your opponents didn’t call it when you tagged them with the grenade. Sometimes players might not know they were tagged because grenades don’t provide the same impact that paintball guns do, so there is a good chance hit players never even felt the blow.

Price Tip

Use your grenades wisely, as they can be a bit pricey if you are using them too often.

You can add a new dimension and a lot of fun to your scenario game with the use of paintball grenades.

The Top 5 Paintball Tactics

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Paintball can be a fun and exciting sport. With all your tactical gear and the high-stakes action, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a battle field or covert mission.

What makes the game even more thrilling, as with every competitive sport, is winning. By applying some top paintball tactics and getting in a lot of practice time, you’ll gain the competitive advantage to shred your opponents and come out on top. Here 5 of the best paintball tactics you should master to become a fierce competitor.

Wear Camouflage

It will be awfully hard for your opponents to hit you if they can’t see you. One of the simplest paintball tactics to employ is wearing camouflage. Of course, the pattern of your camouflage depends on where you will be playing. If you are playing outside, then traditional camouflage will work at most times of the year. If you are playing in snow, it will be wise to wear white. Otherwise, you’ll need to wear gear that blends in with the surrounding at the paintball arena where you’ll be playing.

Practice Stealth

Make it even harder for your opponents to find you by going undercover. Hide out under grass or leaves, behind bushes and behind barricades. Mind the noise you make with your movements and your gear. The more “invisible” you can be to your opponents; the better able you will be to ambush them or to take them by surprise.

Stalk Opponents

The advanced strategy for staying stealth is learning to stalk your opponents. While you are following your opponents, incognito, you will be able to determine just the right moment to strike. When their defenses are down, you will be waiting and ready. You can come up from behind or surprise them when they are at a stopping point and least expecting you.

Bore Them Out

The best paintball tactics involve working in large numbers to take on individuals or small groups. There is strength in numbers. However, if you are pitted in a one-on-one battle, the best way to win is to bore out your opponent. You can do this by getting behind a barricade or hiding in some other place where you are certain that your opponent cannot hit you or sneak up on you. Eventually, your opponent will out himself or provide some other opening for you to strike from your position of safety.

Run Through

Just like its name suggests, this tactic involves making a frantic run right through your opponents. Ideally, you would have teammates backing you up and providing cover fire. The key is to wait until you spy an opportunity, run like crazy shooting the whole way, and (hopefully) make it to the other side into your opponent’s bunker or strong hold. Once you take out the person hiding there, you can use their position to take out many of their teammates and gain the upper hand.

Paintball is an unpredictable game, which is what makes it so fun. Some of these top paintball tactics might help you gain the advantage over your competitors, but you’ll need to build your strategies on the strengths and weaknesses of the particular players you are playing against. Use these tactics to get you started, then hone your game accordingly.

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.

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.

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.