What To Wear To Paintball To Keep It Safe And Fun And Still Look Good

So you want to play paintball? Of course, you do!

What better way is there than to spend the afternoon firing high-speed capsules of stinging paint at your friends?

We can’t think of anything else!

The game of paintball is an intense and exciting experience.

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It has the ability to turn your best friends into your sworn enemies while giving you the opportunity to show off your glory and courage in the face of unspeakable odds.

It will challenge you and force you to make “life or death” tactics and decisions on the spot all while getting down and dirty in the fresh air.

So it should come as no surprise that it can all feel extremely overwhelming for a first time player to the game.

Not to mention that the idea you are about to walk out into a field of gunners ready to shoot you is intimidating, to say the least.

But don’t let it get the better of you!

A paintball gun hit is not as bad as it looks.

Take our word for it. Don’t let the fear of the unknown prevent you from trying out this fun and exciting sport.

The Game Of Paintball

Paintball focuses on three main things:

  1. Safety
  2. Fair play
  3. Fun

Although the sport of paintball appears to be a dangerous, extreme sport, it's a safe and fun activity that you share with family and friends.

The game is open to all ages ranging from 10 years to 60 years and older.

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Paintball does not promote any form of warfare or acts of violence such as killing.

In reality, the sport is basically just a simple game of hide and seek with a little bit of tag thrown into the mix.

It is also often compared to a first-person shooter video game, but instead of sitting at home in a computer chair, you are actively on a real field playing with real people.

So you actually get to experience what it is like to run and dodge, hide and stealth your way through the battlefield.

And there are some extremely cool battlegrounds!

To sum it up:

Paintball is a sport that involves nothing but having fun.

It is a team sport with a simple goal that the players must reach in order to win the game.

A typical game of paintball splits a large group of players into individual or two separate opposing teams.

Next, the players take a particular position out on a field full of artificial barriers, bunkers, and other obstacles to hide or take cover behind.

The game will begin once the referee calls it out.

Once the game starts, players are to make their way around the barriers individually or as a team on the battlefield.

They have to locate and eliminate opponents from play by shooting them with round, gelatin capsules that have dye inside, known as paintballs.

You are "eliminated" and out of the game when a paintball hits you.

The Health Benefits Of Playing Paintball

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Needless to say, paintball is more than just an entertaining game where adults can be children all over again.

There are also many health benefits when it comes to playing as well.

Paintball is an intense sport and demands a lot of physical activity.

This exercise can aid in weight loss and has even been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression.

Some people even prefer to play a few sessions of paintball instead of working out at the gym.

But that's not all:

Apart from the physical exercise the game can provide, paintball also offers mental health benefits by relieving the stress of the player and promoting strong social interactions and leadership skills.

A game of paintball often brings out the best in many players and boosts their self-confidence.

Before You Start The Game

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It is always important to research the field where you are planning to play because specific locations may have slightly different requirements that they expect of their players.

Finding a local paintball field is easy:

All you have to do is search online using Google. Most fields have websites that list their rules and regulations along with their contact information.

Specific rules might apply per paintball field, but typically every field will stick to the same dress code.

What To Wear To Paintball

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As stated, your attire may change depending on the field where you decide to play.

Some fields are strict with their dress code and won’t allow any bare skin to show. Others won’t even require the men to wear shirts.

But:

It is never a good idea to go shirtless into an active paintball field for obvious reasons.

Most first time players of the game will feel more secure while wearing jeans and a thick sweatshirt.

Thicker clothing will help to absorb the impact of the paintballs, but there are many options of clothing that you might want to consider wearing.

Tops and sweatshirts

When you choose what to wear for your upper body, it is always best to go with long-sleeves to ensure that you expose as little skin as necessary.

It is usually not advisable to wear a short-sleeved t-shirt even on the hottest of game days.

With that in mind:

Baggy sweatshirts with hoodies are also an excellent choice for paintball.

In some cases, the player might want to wear more layers for extra protection.

This statement also applies to women who should always wear a supportive sports bra or some other means of protecting the upper areas of their body.

Pants

The game of paintball is a dirty one, so make sure you wear something that can withstand getting exposed to the various elements.

That said:

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Never wear shorts to a game of paintball.

Loose sweatpants, jumpsuits, jeans, cargo pants or paintball-specific pants are your best options. These types of bottoms will be able to handle the roughness of the game.

Make sure that the pants you choose are comfortable because you will be wearing them for a while. Your goal is to give your lower body as much cover as possible without restricting any movement.

It is important that your pants are thick and sturdy enough to handle activities such as crawling, kneeling, and sliding on the ground.

Gloves

Having a good sturdy pair of gloves is also a good and cheap investment and will help protect your hands while playing paintball.

Your hands are one of the most common places to get shot because you must continuously expose them while handling and pointing your gun at your targets.

Some of the ideal choices of gloves you can use are typical golfers and gardening gloves. You may also use leather bikers gloves and paintball-specific gloves

Avoid using gloves that are too thick or are made out of latex because they can impair the sensitivity of your trigger finger.

Other things to consider

Whatever you decide to wear, make sure your footwear covers your entire foot.

Old sneakers or combat boots are ideal.

You should also avoid wearing any loose jewelry such as necklaces or earrings to prevent getting snagged or pulled out.

Choose comfortable and basic clothing that you won’t mind getting dirty.

Although most paintballs will not stain, it can still happen. So it is best to wear something that you wouldn’t mind having a permanent paint mark on.

It is also highly recommended to bring a change of clothes just in case your clothes get too dirty to wear home.

What Other Equipment Do You Need?

Fortunately, public paintball fields do not require you to purchase or bring your own equipment.

Everything that you need to play the game will be provided to you by the field in the form of a rental package.

All personal supplies are optional, and it is up to you on what you want to do. However, if you are playing the game for the first time, buying your own equipment is not recommended.

You will do much better using the rental gear offered to you by the field.

Using the rental equipment will give you time to get a feel for the game before you decide that you want to invest money into getting your own supplies.

A typical field rental package should include the following items:

  • Face mask
  • Hopper (paintball container that attaches to the gun)
  • CO2 or compressed-air tank to power the gun
  • Paintball gun or marker

Paintball fields will also have paintball pellets that you must purchase to load up your gun for play.

Know your different types of guns

There are many different makes of paintball guns or markers.

Each type has their pros and cons depending on the player but they are all broken down into three basic types.

Pump paintball markers

This gun is simple but reliable and the most basic.

It is also the only type with a pump trigger. You have to pull the pump backward and forward to set the next paintball after you make a shot.

Players who choose to play pump must learn how to use tactics over speed since they have to make every shot count.

Mechanical paintball markers

Easy to maintain, mechanical paintball guns are the most common marker used in recreational play.

They are typically semi-automatic, which means that they fire one shot per trigger pull.

Electronic paintball markers

Popular and fast to operate, a circuit board controls the electronic paintball gun. And they are powered by a 9-volt battery instead of a long and heavy trigger.

Pulling the trigger of this type of marker is as simple as clicking a button on a computer mouse, resulting in very high rates of fire.

Safety Rules On The Field

As a whole, playing paintball is a relatively safe sport, but as it goes with all sports, accidents can happen. So it is crucial for all players to know the rules and use common sense.

You can avoid most paintball accidents when you follow the rules.

Wear your headgear

The number one required rule of playing paintball is that all players must wear their specifically designed protective headgear, such as goggles or face masks for the sport of paintball when out on the field of play.

This rule also applies to a player who has been shot and eliminated from the current game.

Remember:

Players may not remove their headgear while an active game is in play under any circumstances.

There are no exceptions to the rule, and if you are caught violating it, you will likely be asked to sit out the next game.

In the case where a player continues to disobey this important rule, they might even get ejected from the day’s play without getting a refund.

You may only remove your headgear once you are in a safe zone away from the paintball field and the barrel covers and plugs are back onto all the loaded guns or markers.

The cause of the most severe paintball accidents is because of someone removing their mask, which makes this rule the most essential to follow.

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Use barrel plugs

All paintball guns or markers come with a barrel blocking device and should be blocked with a barrel plug or sock when not in use during a live game.

Players may never remove their barrel cover unless at the target area or when told to do so by a referee.

Safeties are allowed along with the plugs, but they often fail if not used properly and are not as safe as the barrel blocking devices.

The barrel blocking device should remain inserted whenever protective gear is not being worn, before and after the paintball game, and in any location away from the specified paintball field of play.

For very good reason, actually.

Do not blind fire

Players must always have a target in their sight while shooting.

Many players want to stick out their guns and fire wildly into the field hoping to get a lucky shot without the risk of getting hit.

This action is known as blind fire.

You must always avoid firing in a direction without looking.

Players are never to fire a paintball gun or marker unless they are firing at a player target.

Blind firing can lead to the accidental shooting of bystanders, referees, or other players who are leaving the field.

Never play when impaired

Drugs and alcohol are not permitted.

If you are under the influence of alcohol or any type of drug, including prescription medications that can impair your judgment or make you drowsy, they will not let you play paintball.

It is never safe to play a game of paintball if you are not entirely coherent.

Additionally:

If caught under the influence, the referee will immediately remove you from the premises without a refund.

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Always shoot less than 300 FPS (feet per second)

Players must ensure that the velocity of their guns or markers is under 300 FPS.

Checking this isn’t a major concern unless you bring your own equipment since in most cases you will be renting from the field.

If you are unsure, call for a referee to look over your gun before starting a match.

Keep in mind:

They may randomly check players throughout the day to ensure full compliance of this rule.

The surrender rule

It is customary to offer a player the chance to surrender before taking a shot at close range.

Most paintball fields use the standard rule against shooting an enemy player that is within 20 feet or less from you and has no idea that you are there.

You should call out for the enemy player to surrender, but if they refuse or don’t respond fast enough, you can still shoot them.

And one more thing to remember:

You may not aim for the head or shoot a player multiple times when in close range.

If the player chooses to surrender they may call back out to you that they are, “out,” they have been “hit,” or they could just say that they surrender to you in order to convey a positive response.

If you are caught in a hopeless situation and are asked to surrender but refuse to respond or attempt to bluff your way out of it, you will most likely end up getting hit.

Just keep in mind that close range paintball hits feel much worse than shots taken from a long distance away.

Don't say that we didn't warn you!

But Do Paintballs Really Hurt?

Now, let us be serious for a moment.

One thing you must know is that no matter your experience in the game, you're going to get shot.

Whether you are a paintballing expert or just a beginner at the sport, when you play paintball, you will get hit.

And yes, it will hurt.

Although it is not going to hurt as bad as one would think. You will come to a new understanding of the game when a paintball hits you.

You will reach that moment of clarity when you realize that the anticipation of the hit is far worse than the actual pain itself.

Your mood can also play a significant role in how strong the impact of a paintball will feel.

If you are actively out there in the field running around with your adrenaline pumping the hit will seem less intense compared to someone nervously hiding behind a bunker.

So how does it feel to get hit by a paintball?

Although getting hit for the first time will undoubtedly be a shock, it won’t hurt much more than getting stung by the snap of a rubber band.

On the other hand:

If you disregard the rules and refuse to wear the proper clothing and protective gear, it’s going to hurt far worse.

You do not want to experience getting shot by a paintball on your bare skin.

But you don’t need to worry about that, right?

Of course, you don’t!

What are the risks of playing paintball?

The most common injuries you will see while playing paintball usually are the result of simple mistakes people make.

Players may hurt themselves by falling or running into the obstacles on the field. They may even accidentally twist their ankle or slam into another player.

Anything can happen, and minor injuries are just a part of playing the game.

Fortunately, severe injuries are extremely rare in paintball, but they do happen.

And the majority of these come from players removing their masks or other safety gear, which leaves their body open to exposure.

But:

As long as players follow the rules and play safe, they won't need to worry any more than say, crossing a busy street or going running, about getting severely injured when they play paintball.

Let The Game Begin!

Right before you are about to start, the referees will go over and explain the rules of the specific game mode you are about to play.

The game of paintball will begin once the objective is established and all teams are in position.

The different game types

Some fields also offer privacy games for specific events such as bachelor and birthday parties, team building, or corporate outings.

Elimination

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In the game of elimination, it is all about knocking out the enemy players so that you are the last one standing on the field.

This game mode also gets played in teams, where the goal is to eliminate all players of the opposing team in order to win.

Capture the flag

The goal of this team orientated game is to cross over into the opposite teams’ territory to seize control of their flag and bring it back to your base.

The first team who controls both flags or succeeds in eliminating all members of the enemy team wins.

Speedball

Speedball is a less specific form of gameplay and covers any game played on a uniquely designed speedball field.

Compared to a typical paintball field of play, a speedball field is much smaller and flatter.

It rewards players for their teamwork and aggressive tactical plays over the usual stealth and patience aspects.

Scenario game

This category of gameplay covers a wide variety of games.

Scenario games involve setting up a specific situation, with certain rules to complete different goals such as a team having to escort and protect a given player across the field.

The scenarios are often recreations of real world or video game situations.

Just have a look at this fun paintball level scenario of “Nuketown” from the popular game of Call of Duty.

After the game

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On average, a typical game of paintball can usually last around 15 to 20 minutes per session. But it isn’t uncommon for the more intense and competitive games to last much longer.

In fact:

Some games can even last up days!

But no matter how long a round takes, following each game, the referees expect all players to stop what they are doing and place their barrel cover on or the plug back over and onto their gun.

Plugging it back up prevents the paintball gun or marker from accidentally triggering when the game is not in session.

Although you are probably going to be sweaty and you may feel like getting out of all that hot gear, you can't remove any of your equipment, especially your headgear, until after you entirely leave the field.

The removal of your face mask while still on the field of play is the most dangerous and risky thing a player could ever do.

If you do happen to forget and remove your headgear while still in the field, even after the game has ended, a referee may tell you to sit out the next game.

Or they may keep you out even longer.

There will usually be a short period before the next round begins to give the players a chance to rest.

It is essential to keep yourself hydrated so make sure that you get some water between games, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Typically, players can continue playing as many games as they want until they run out of paintballs or until the field decides it's time to close down for the day.

So What Are You Waiting For? Get Out There And See It For Yourself!

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Playing paintball is one of the most exciting and heart-pounding experiences that you will ever get to have.

It is all about the thrill of the game, the rush of adrenaline in the field of glory. The possibility of getting shot and eliminated from play at any given moment, and the courage you show.

Paintball is the true immersion, a survival game brought to life.

Whether you are young or old, trying to take it to the next level or just starting out in the sport, paintball is an entertaining experience for nearly anyone to enjoy.

Although every person on the field will have their own moments, their own goals, and their own wins and losses, in the end, a game of paintball is all about fun and laughter.

At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is for everyone to have a fun, safe, and exciting experience.

What is your favorite piece of paintball gear? Let us know down in the comments! 

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Best Paintball CO2 Tanks – Our Top Picks

Paintball CO2 tanks have developed a lot in only the last couple of years. 10 years ago, you would have to buy air tanks costing $200 or more; they were also mounted right to the base of the paintball gun.

Because of the need to change paintball air tanks both prior to a game and afterward (or fix any damaged tanks quickly), new manufacturers have consistently worked on making tanks better so that more options are available.

Compressed air and CO2 are both pressure sources for markers that are used to launch the paintball out of the barrel. The choice between these is entirely dependent on the marker that you are using.

CO2 is considered the more affordable choice and is much easier, however, it's all down to what your marker requires and what you are willing to spend.

Comparison Table

What are Paintball CO2 Tanks?

The biggest question you can probably ask apart from ‘what paintball gun is best to buy’, would be ‘what's the difference between using a CO2 and compressed air tank to power a paintball marker?’

Both are viable pressure sources and will eject a paintball out of the barrel, but this is where any similarities end. Depending on your marker, sometimes you can only use one or the other without damaging your marker.

Carbon dioxide tanks maintain the gas in CO2 liquid form. These come in a variety of sizes like 4oz, 12oz, and 20oz (Oz). These tanks are built to maintain weight as ounces rather than volume.

This can be confusing but what really matters is how heavy the liquid is. Your tank can only be filled according to its specific rating. CO2 aren’t found as often on a paintball site, in addition, it costs more to fill, with a typical spend of around $10.

How Paintball CO2 Tanks Work

The first paintball guns like the Nelspot 007, PGP and NSG Splatmasters utilized liquid CO2 and thus set the benchmark for several years.

As it turns from a liquid state to a gas it expands and creates pressure; this is what fires the paintball. This pressure fluctuates because of altitude, temperature, and other factors. Paintball uses two different types of vessels: disposable CO2 cartridges or reusable CO2 tanks also called CO2 bottles.

A lot of disposables are 12-gram CO2 cartridges commonly found on stock markers and certain paintball handguns such as the Tiberius T8.1. The refillable CO2 tanks are constructed from aluminum vessels using a valve and are full to the brim.

There are certain benefits to CO2 bottles. The main reason for CO2 was popular for so long was its price. Paintball CO2 tanks are inexpensive and allow players to purchase several in order to last the whole day of shooting.

Filling up is fairly low-cost, and if there isn’t a professional paintball store where you live then you can visit a welding and flame extinguisher supply store to have them filled.

CO2 tanks are streamlined and yield a good deal of shots due to their size and weight compared to compressed air.

The fact remains that compressed air tanks have to be shipped when empty due to regulations by the Department of Transportation. With these kinds of tank, you have to have them filled somewhere locally.

The only exception to this rule is the 12-gram cartridges or the one-time use disposable CO2 cylinders, although they can be sent by ground service only.

A hydro date is the month and year that the tank has been formally safety tested. Typically the hydro date is good for 5 years (some market fiber wrapped tanks are 3 decades, as indicated on the label).

The tank has to be retested five years following the month on the tank.

  • CO2 tanks are filled through the valve and must be completely emptied before filling to get a suitable fill.

One handy feature of this is that you don't have to take the tank off the mark to fill it and you can top off between games rather than having to empty and completely refill like CO2.

  • Shop air compressors and tire pumps cannot fill a compressed air tank. However, one common means of filling tanks would be to use a scuba tank equipped with a Scuba Fill Station.
  • Compressed Air tanks can be found in 3000 and 4500 psi pressure ratings. 4500 psi tanks manage more pressure and therefore supply many more shots.

Shot counts change between markers, but the majority of spool valve markers get about ten shots per cubic inch in 3000psi and 15 shots per ci in 4500psi. More efficient designs like Spyders and Egos can give far more shots.

The Best Paintball CO2 Tanks

Tippmann Aluminum Co2 Tank - 24 oz
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  • Excpect 1000 - 1200 shots per fill

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The Tippman Aluminum CO2 is only really notable for the fact that it won’t set you back much and it is fairly simple and cheap to refill. It probably won’t satisfy veteran shooters, but if you are new to paintball and just getting into the sport, it makes for a good start.

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The Guerrilla first strike hero is a great paintball marker, and perfect for you if you like your guns sleek and low profile. The factory settings allow the Guerilla to produce a high-pressure output as standard and also has a mini gauge, so you can quickly tell how much CO2 is left in the tank.

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This tank is a fantastic upgrade option for any player new to paintball who is apprehensive about spending a lot on carbon fiber but would still like something that is more serious than their default tank. It includes extra burst discs, as well as a plastic cap that serves to protect the threads.

Ninja Air Aluminum HPA N2 Paintball Tank 3000psi (Click-a-Size/Color)
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  • Adjustable from Low, Medium, or High Pressure

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Whilst the Ninja Air is not particularly light or high capacity, it is an economically viable alternative to more expensive systems. It is a consistent marker with long-lasting functionality, which also makes it great for those who need multiple tanks (like field owners).

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This tank comes with an industry standard pin valve included, so regardless of what gun you decide to get, you can rest assured that you’ll be good to go. Its performance won't make you gasp, but it won't leave your pockets hurting, either.

Empire ULTRA Carbon Fiber HPA 48ci / 4500psi Paintball Tank
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The Empire Ultra Carbon will help take your game to another level and is ready for use right from the box. It is impressively lightweight, includes a Reactor II regulator that does a fantastic job of keeping airflow and pressure, and does not cost much to refill, either.

Other Paintball Accessories You Need

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Have a Look at any busy paintball field and you will notice one thing - that the players are constantly kitted out in full strategic apparel.

It not only looks great but also gives them a lot of useful features that you can not find on regular coveralls.

These attributes are imperative for gamers really trying to up their game -- they comprise utilities like additional capacity for ammunition and magazines tubes, in addition to reinforcement against hits, and much, much more.

For anybody really getting into playing frequently, we recommend a mask be among the first things to be bought.

You can also think about getting a paintball vest too - we would probably suggest some strategic trousers as well!

However, for now, we are going to stick what you should look for in a vest.

Reasons to Get a Paintball Vest

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Tactical vests are definitely one of the most useful pieces of kit you can have when playing aggressive shooting games. A paintball vest usually includes hard plating to protect your upper body and protect against injury, in addition to having sewn on pockets, clips to carry water and ammo (amongst other things). There are tons of vests in the marketplace, from many different manufacturers - offering a host of different choices. This can make purchasing one quite complicated; however, below we have listed some of the items you're most likely to see when searching for one.

Vest Styles

The 3 main types of vests that you can get are strategic Vests, chest rigs, and plate carrier pliers. The first strategic cross-draw vests, of them, are laid out in a way that can't be altered. Plate carrier vests can be configured in numerous ways. Chest rigs are noticeably smaller and lighter, allowing for more speed in exchange for storage.

Considerations When Buying a Vest

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When searching for the Ideal vest to buy, there are several factors you will want to consider. These include how the vest will fit, its structure and the level of durability it's made with. Needless to say, your particular requirements will vary depending on your play style and what you consider important on the field.

Fit

The vest you select should be very comfortable and fit snugly around your torso and upper body without restricting the motion you have. This is extremely important, as any constraints can seriously impair how you play on the field. They should also be suitable both with and without your equipment. Vests can be adjusted to match the size of the participant.

Construction

In addition to being durable, you have to be able to be able to breathe with these vests, as moving up and down the playing fields can be sweaty, tiring work. A great deal of pockets is needed, in addition to adequate storage for markers and magazines.

Durability

Whether you want to play constantly, or just here and there, it's essential that the vest you select remains in one piece.

You might need to go for the hardiest of vests if you in the event you are playing games very often. They should be able to handle rough situations, and they should be water-resistant as well.

Getting the Right Kind of Gun

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Depending on what kind of gas you are using, you’ll be able to power different types of guns. So when thinking about purchasing a paintball CO2 tank, you may also want to consider what kind of gun you will use with it.

This is good to think about, for example, if you are buying a gun for paintball but may also be interested in joining an airsoft team in the future.

Paintball guns are either mechanical or electronic. Both included a barrel, a hopper and of course, the air tank. The CO2 is used to power a system that forces the air out of the tank.

Airsoft guns, on the other hand, can be powered in various ways, including spring-loaded systems or electric. CO2 is also an option. Airsoft guns are notable for their realistic appearance.

What We Think of CO2 Tanks

The development of paintball tanks has meant that there are not only more options - but that they have become cheaper and more easily accessible. There are countless options to match the many types of paintball guns you will find. The most important thing to do is research properly the type of tank you will need prior to buying. As long as you do this, you should have no problem picking the correct paintball CO2 tank.

Dye Dm14 Paintball Marker Gun Review

The Dye DM14 is representative of more than a decade of constant paintball progression. Clients and athletes alike have been looking for perfection, so that is what Dye have aimed for in their design choices.

Upgraded and rebooted, the DM-14 is smaller, yet has a greater air efficiency compared to previous versions, with a sleek design that is shorter than the DM-13. It’s also the easiest DM to keep clean by far.

When you choose the DM, you can be certain DYE has left no stone unturned in making sure this marker performs incredibly well.

Dye Dm14 Paintball Marker Features

Dm14 Paintball Gun

Colour Coded O-Rings

These rings make it easy to quickly work out the proper replacement O-ring you should use when doing maintenance of your marker.

Eye Pipe Plateless Enclosure

The Eye Pipe, with its inner design, houses a polycarbonate pipe, protecting the self-cleaning system from dirt as well as broken paint. This makes sure that the eyes constantly monitor the ball drop. This system does away with double feeding too.

Fuze Bolt System

DYE's one-piece Fuze bolt system works at a very low 145PSI. This low working pressure generates a smooth spool cycle, minimal recoil, and extreme precision.

Reach Trigger

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Imagine individually customized ergonomic comfort, in addition to optimal trigger speed. With the Reach Trigger, it's possible to adjust the angle and reach of your trigger.

The new angle adjustment together with the Spring and Travel Tension lets you create a personalized fit to attain your optimal shooting capabilities.

Sticky Grips

The Complete wrap around Sticky Grip allows for easy access to the battery and circuit board for programming without using tools. The Sticky Grip comprises a front rubber contact pad and back rubber contact grip, for maximum comfort and stability.

GasThru Design

The Dye DM14 marks Dye’s first GasThru tournament marker. The macro line was taken away to improve gameplay ergonomics and toughness. Changing hands in important situations hasn’t been faster or simpler.

Low Profile Design

The DM14’s profile is the lowest of any marker in Dye’s DM series. Being almost half an inch shorter, it is truly compact for a seriously aggressive profile. To achieve this, the LPR was transferred to the front and redesigned into a self-contained cartridge for effortless maintenance.

Quick Release Magnetic Bolt

The all-new Quick Release Bolt Assembly is the quickest, easiest and most dependable bolt removal system on the market. An easy, one-touch spring loaded button enables the user to remove and reinstall the bolt kit in seconds.

Standard care has never been easier or more accessible.

Reach Airport

The ASA keeps the cam lever system on & off switch. Having the knob locked in position, air can be delivered into the marker for premium comfort and a compact design.

When discharged, trapped air is let out, making tank removal easy, and lessening wear on regulator threads and O-rings.

Hyper4 Regulator

The Hyper 4, the most recent creation of Dye's trusted regulator line, is the most dependable and consistent regulator Dye has ever produced, with the quickest disassembly accessible.

Standard maintenance is doable in less than a minute, enabling the best performance for your marker every single day.

Ultralite 45 Frame

Paintball Player

The UL 45 framework is the culmination of high pro player Influence and innovative engineering. The hourglass UL framework was designed to give the player total control of the marker. Additionally, it enables gamers to quickly and easily pull the trigger.

Dye Dm14 Paintball Marker Reviews

Here is what some of Dye’s trusted fan base is saying about the Dye DM14. Needless to say, they were mostly as impressed as us, although some of them had a few issues here and there.

For the most part, the DM24 seems to be a very responsive, powerful marker.

Review I

Playing paintball

This is a truly lovely gun, quick and very accurate out of the box. It’s easy to take apart and looks very durable. The gun has been elite from the first time I used it, and it hasn’t required any updates to perform at a high level. 

My only real qualm with the gun itself is that it's fairly heavy and bulky in comparison to others in the purchase price range.

The lack of an OLED plank is a drawback from a luxury feature standpoint but has no actual influence on the firearms performance.

Having the ability to see board settings, shot count and other information available with different firearms via an OLED would be cool, especially in this price range, but it isn't that important.

The shortage of these additional ‘gimmick’ attributes is signature Dye in my opinion.

IMO Dye is all about creating a blue-collar marker - elite performance with a durable design and no unnecessarily flashy features that will make the gun delicate. This is a gun built to continue at the highest level of functionality – thank you, Dye!’

Review II

Playing DM14 Gun

I was always jealous of the people I would see around that had a Dye Matrix series marker. So this last July when I was in the market for a new gun, I decided to take a leap of faith and grab the DM14. Here is my take on the marker: 

The DYE has an ultra-light frame with all the sticky grips. Extremely quiet, and yes, maintenance is quick and effortless.

The general appearance of the gun is also wonderful! I quite like the adjustable ASA, particularly being a shorter player.

The gun has performed with no malfunction, thus far. The DYE customer support is also amazing!

Reach Trigger is fantastic, and the DYE eye pipe is simple to wash. Taking it from the marker is simple, as soon as you get the hang of how to do it.

The Feed-Neck is fine but in my opinion, should have been milled a little bit more nicely.  

Not a significant complaint, but the general design of this DYE matrix case could be a little better. It doesn't match the DM14 quite as well as I’d hoped and leaves marks on the grips. However, I do really like it.

There are a few things I’m not too ecstatic about of, but I’m sure that if I purchased any other marker, there are a few things I would love to change also.

The gun is extremely silent; anyone who says differently doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The UL barrel is good.

In spite of the gun having a stretched out texture because I am 5'6," I think the length is ideal. I would recommend this gun every day, and I believe that DYE has converted yet another paintball player to a DYE faithful.’

Review III

best-looking marker

I’d like to start this off by saying this is among the best-looking markers of the year, and definitely the best-looking DM yet. 

They are experts about making these guns, and there are a long list lot of things DYE have added to their marker by now to make them as good as they are.

The tool-less removal of the bolt is perhaps among the best tool-less removals yet. The first time getting the bolt out the gun is rather hard, but after that (as well as re-lubing the bolt assembly) it's fairly easy to remove.

The ‘less-is-more’ macro layout is great. I do know that there are people that do not like it for some reason, but it really does make it that much better.

Another good thing about this version is the adjustable ASA. Being 6'2," I have a tendency to hit myself in the face a lot, but the adjustable ASA helped me to solve this problem - this feature alone should be a reason for marketing this gun to tall men!

Another thing I commend is the moving of the LPR down to the front of the marker. In doing so, they cut down on the total height of the marker; it kind of reminds me of when I had my own DM12. The marker is also very smooth and quiet; it's at least as easy as a Luxe but has more of a poppy feel.

I will say that for the price it really should include an OLED board or LCD display. They’ve placed just about everything they could on this marker, but I truly feel like dye wants to place the LED on this marker too. 

Something else I should mention - this could be user error but I find it quite tough to get the front grips off to clean. If you’re a little bit obsessive like me, you like to make sure your marker is spotless.

My last thing is that the LPR. In moving it to the front, Dye managed to decrease the size, which is great, but it was simpler to adjust it if it was right in front of you – I do kind of just miss having it right there.

Overall I really do love this marker, it's the most comfortable marker currently on the marketplace; the flexible ASA on a macro line less gun is awesome, and I believe that the level of quality that Dye is achieving nowadays is phenomenal.

I'd say its one of the best valves on the market and I would recommend this marker to anyone who's prepared to spend the cash.’

Buying a Mask to Go with the DM14

Paintball Mask

Although shopping for a Dye DM14 marker can be quite thrilling, it’s also important to remember that to play paintball, you also have to have a mask for protective purposes.

Paintball masks, or paintball goggles, are there to serve a protective purpose, and it’s because of this, you can’t play a single paintball game without one.

If you are just beginning to enjoy paintball as an interest, we would recommend you purchase some paintball goggles as one of the first items along with your marker.

All paintball masks come in a single universal size with straps to adjust how they fit your face, though some do provide greater protection and vision than others. Various brands and models of paintball masks have different fits, so it’s a worthwhile idea to try some on prior to buying.

What fits one individual well may not match another person, and a badly fitted goggle can cause even the most expensive masks to steam - look out for models with thermal lenses, as these are double paned and less likely to steam up.

Does the Dm14 Live up to Expectations?

Dye DM14 2014 DM Paintball Marker
  • Quick Release Magnetic Bolt System
  • Gas Through Grip
  • Ultralite Reach Airport

It’s quite clear that Dye has done a wonderful job of crafting a powerful, responsive marker that performs well in the toughest situations. Its feature list is not to be sneered at, and response from customers shows that it’s not only well built, but any shortcomings are more likely due to personal preference.

The Dye DM14 is a wonderful marker with wonderful potential – a great choice that you can truly grow with. You won’t be disappointed!

Best Paintball Guns For Kids – Low Impact Markers

The nature of paintball means that although it is an exciting shooting sport, it can be painful for those not expecting it. This is especially the case for younger individuals, who may find it a little more difficult to stomach than the older person.

For this purpose, the invention of Low Impact Paintball was created. The primary difference is the power of the markers used when playing.

Low effect markers are special paintball guns for kids that generally hurt less than conventional markers.

As well as having lower power guns, real low impact paintball games also need special game oversight and security rules.

Although many gaming fields promote ‘Low Impact Paintball,’ kids and parents who play some of these games are surprised by how painful they can still be.

If ‘Low Impact’ matches aren't set up correctly, players may be deterred from returning, so it is essential game organizers make the best impression (and are not falsely advertising for the sake of business, which does happen).

Game organizers who understand how to run exceptional games, and use the very best low impact markers and highest quality paintballs, will always be rewarded with return customers time after time.

What Low Impact Markers Should You Use?

Of course, a lot of the experience of low impact paintball is in the markers. The best marker for this purpose is the GOG .50 caliber eNMEy.

Alternately, the GOG .68 caliber eNMEy HI/LO mark offers reductive impact using a typical .68 caliber paintball size, and is easily adjustable up to 300 FPS to be used in conventional games.

Either GoG eNMEy marker can be ideal for use as effective rental paintball guns – the specifics themselves are more of a personal determining factor.

Using Reduced Impact Paintball Markers

Anyone can arrange and manage paintball games, but reduced impact paintball using paintball guns for kids may provide some surprising advantages if you do a few things differently.

The purpose of this article is to assist with product selection, business models, and a few other important details so that you can be assured your first game goes smoothly without a hitch.

Reduced Impact Paintball is also maybe the best way to play paintball games with a company apart from conventional paintball games.

Many Company outings enjoy Reduced Impact Paintball. Private groups often welcome the chance to play a paintball game where the pain is considerably less, and other stipulations, such as game conditions, can also help to reduce players being scared.

If the matches are conducted correctly, and the right equipment is used, the players may enjoy their games much more - impacts in these types of settings may sting less than one third as much as paintball impacts in conventional games, this goes to show the obvious advantages of .68 caliber paintballs.

Low Impact Paintball business models and can provide you with suggestions specific to your required gameplay experience.

.50 Caliber ENMEy Paintball Marker

ENMEY 2013 GOG Paintball Gun Marker Semi-Automatic - Freak Green
  • True Pneumatic Design
  • Regulated Low Pressure
  • CO2 or Compressed Air

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The Paintball Training Institute (PTI) selected the .50 grade GOG eNMEy paintball guns as the reigning low impact markers.

When compared to other .50 quality markers, the eNMEy is the most cost-effective, easiest for kids to manage, and has the feel and performance of a lightweight tournament marker.

It also tolerates delicate paint better than any other .50 caliber marker we looked at.

We’ve tested many paintball guns for kids with several different paint manufacturers and batches, and it seems to be the case that the GOG .50 grade eNMEy shot the most problematic paint without a hitch (other markers chopped and splattered the paint).

Overall, it had the best performance and the best value from the .50 grade category.

When looking for greater control over variables such as shooting speed and shooting proximity (10-foot minimum), you should look to find game areas and organizers who specialize in facilitating a safe and careful experience – this may cost a premium, but it is worth it.

Children's birthday parties, church youth groups, company groups, and others that are worried about paintball impacts are also usually at the top of these events organizers’ lists.

These .50 quality markers, together with miniature 13 cubic inch high-pressure propellant gas storage containers, provide maximum utility and will quickly pay for themselves.

You should be able to find several business models that make it possible for these tiny systems to last for a whole rental session, without having to refill them back up again before the end.

.68 Caliber HI/LO eNMEy Paintball Marker

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Without a doubt, .50 Caliber Low Impact Paintball is an opportunity ideal for youngsters and apprehensive adults.

However, it has to be said, it does come with compromised performance.

While this might be a perfect introduction to paintball, the .68 provides a middle ground that appeals to clients who feel intimidated by extreme action and are scared of the pain related to traditional paintball games.

They may wish to kick it up a notch - there's also a chance for parents and kids alike to pick a good marker that can then be utilized in low impact games but is still flexible for use in conventional games as the kids grow.

The .68 grade GoG HI/LO eNMEy marker is the perfect gun to grow with and is also a perfect surprise birthday present to be presented at a paintball birthday party – set up it up beforehand for reduced impact, and have it waiting to go as soon as the presents are opened!

There are plenty of fields that will buy the marker for you and look after them if you request this in advance.

Fields can eliminate the need for stocking additional markers and other paintball sizes when they opt to utilize .68 caliber GoG eNMEy HI-LO markers for all their field rentals.

Fields with the ability to supply reduced impact matches and will just have to stock one caliber of paintball marker (.68 caliber).

You'll have the ability to utilize one rental marker for each of your games, with a fast velocity adjustment before matches.

This is a high definition and low volume type of business, perfect for smaller paintball fields, along with the GOG .68 Caliber HI/LO eNMEy marker, which is perfectly suited to it.

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Employing the Correct Paintball Safety

Have a group of kids or employees? Need a place to play safe games that are well organized, and have paintball impacts that do not hurt as much?

A quick Web search will show many commercial Paintball fields advertising ‘Low Impact Paintball Games,’ but the particular equipment they supply and the game security rules they apply may be quite different.

You need to know what to ask, and what to look for, before assuming that minimal impact paintball games are exactly what you’re looking for.

Impact location in addition to individual pain tolerance may vary greatly. Proper goggles are an absolute necessity, and paintball marker shooting speed has to be corrected to less than 150 FPS, as stated in the Low Impact Paintball standard protocol.

If the matches are conducted correctly, and the correct Equipment is used, you can have a game experience that stings less than a third as much as paintball impacts in conventional games.

Low Impact Paintball is the perfect family adventure, and maybe a great first encounter for future hard-core traditional paintballers!

Getting Low Impact Paintball Training

Anyone can arrange and manage paintball games. However, to successfully pull off a paintball outing, you must first learn some complete security rules and procedures. Also, low impact Paintball games have additional requirements beyond conventional paintball.

Working with kids and inexperienced gamers, enforcing minimum shooting distances, and sometimes setting up close proximity to land boundaries, can require additional knowledge and training.

It's crucial you get hands-on experience running games and/or special training before you begin organizing Low Impact Paintball games.

Low impact paintball areas should comply with ASTM - standard Adults who buy paintball gear should certainly understand the basic security requirements in order to reliably recognize games that are dangerous.

Low Impact Paintball Safety rules require controlled shooting distances, diminished velocity, and also at times require smaller paintballs.

If your low impact paintball marker is gas-powered you may require a chronograph to understand how to correct the paintball marker, so the paintballs are traveling less than 175 feet per minute.

Appropriate field setup is important and might need more work than you realize, and low impact paintball games can tend to need continuous supervision.

Parents wishing to learn the requirements of safe paintball should spend some time observing and assisting at a nearby area where safe games are conducted and seeing how paintball guns for kids work, amongst other things.

Whoever might instruct you needs to have a thorough comprehension of the new ASTM standard for individuals who wish to know how to set up secure low impact paintball fields.

The Nearest Paintball Alternative for Kids

Although paintballing is a thrilling activity for both kids and adults alike, the fact that it can be painful may be off-putting. And while low-impact paintball goes some way to remedy this, there will be certain individuals that may not be able to be convinced to give it a go.

So where do you go from there?

The next best alternative to paintballing is outdoor laser tag. Outdoor laser tag includes many of the same features as paintballing but of course, is less visceral. Below we’ve listed some of the main differences of playing outdoor laser tag.

  • No Projectiles to Be Hit With

Outdoor laser tag is an excellent way of playing in the woods without being struck by a projectile. You can shoot and shoot as much as you like.

  • You have Multiple Lives

You have 5 lives in one game (snipers usually have three). Based on the assignment, your team may have infinite respawns or just a certain number.

  • Laser Guns are Accurate at Extremely Long Range

If you can see your opponent, you can shoot them! The range of laser sniper rifles far surpasses anything in paintball and airsoft.

There will also be no disputes about if you were hit or not - when your laser gun detectors are struck by the beam, your laser gun lets out a loud sound, letting you and everyone around know that you've been shot.

  • You Can See Your Surroundings Much More Easily

Because you don't need a mask and mask for security, you can hear and see more than paintball players can – good for detecting enemies and staying aware.

Outdoor laser tag is a thrilling option for kids (or adults) who are apprehensive about the pitfalls of paintball. It is a great, if not completely fulfilling alternative.

Getting the Paintball Guns for Kids

Paintballing is a thrilling sport, loved by many the world over. Although its nature may seem boisterous, it is a sport that should be open to all ages.

Low Impact paintballing is a fantastic way to allow younger games to enjoy the sport, while at the same time not receiving the full severity of more powerful paintball markers.

Find your nearest paintball field and enjoy the thrill today!

The Best Paintball Tips For Girls – Gearing Up For A Game

Paintball is a game designed for everyone to play. In fact, although it is often considered a male-orientated sport, many women love the idea of paintballing.

Paintball is intense, challenging and enjoyable, as well as being a great workout.

There are plenty of women who turn up to paintball games and prove that they can play as rough as men do.

There is, however, a few critical differences between the genders. It is said that women new to the game often ask a lot more questions than men before they play.

Even though much of this is just erring on the side of caution, a lot of it can pertain to the rules of how to play, what to wear, or how they should conduct themselves.

This piece aims to assist women with the best paintball tips for girls and women, and how to approach paintball in order to get the most out of their experience. Read on!

Suitable Attire for Women Playing Paintball

Complete Gear Outfit for playing paintball

Women can of course wear anything when playing paintball, but some things are more suited to getting involved in the game than others. Below are our top picks for what you should wear when gearing up for a game.

  • Sweatpants with leggings underneath
  • Various layers (i.e. tank top, sweatshirt)
  • Padded bra or something to guard the chest
  • Tying hair into a ponytail
  • Dark colors for camouflage
  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Comfortable athletic shoes
  • Flexible and padded gloves
  • A paintball facemask

What Women Should Wear Playing Paintball

Women Playing Paintball

There are some women who make the decision to play with yoga pants. Even though they are good to use in most situations, unfortunately they don't work well for paintball.

The material is too thin to provide any protection, so sweatpants (perhaps with yoga pants layered underneath) are a better solution. They will supply some cushioning and allow for adequate movement during the game.

Women may also wear leggings or gym shorts underneath for additional protection. Find a pair of sweatpants that fit correctly so that you don't need to worry about tripping while running, and if it's really hot, you can wear basketball shorts with skin and knee protectors.

However, this isn't recommended until you have played a few times and know how it feels to get shot! Wear layers – this allows you to remove them as you get hot. Alternatively, if you would like a more convenient (and comfortable) option, you can use a padded bra.

Use Old Clothes

You can also take a quick shopping trip to a thrift store and buy some cheap clothes to wear. You may be able to borrow some old clothes if you do not have any to wear in game. Paint, grime, mud, and perspiration will most likely cover them from playing plenty of games by the end of the day.

They may be able to be washed out – but do not count on them being pristine. Colour also matters. Dark colours resist staining better and provide camouflage for blending into the environment.

Pull Back Your Hair

Having your hair out of your face while playing is a good idea. Wearing your hair in a ponytail or super low braid will work best. If you're concerned about getting paint in your hair, wear a bandana. Paint can be greasy, but a good wash with shampoo should return your hair to normal.

One of the best paintball tips for girls is to wear sturdy shoes. Some of the footwear you may want to think about wearing includes hiking boots, shoes, running shoes and skate shoes. Even better if they're thicker or possess protection for the toe.

Cover Your Hands

Nothing hurts more than being shot in the hands! It’s a good idea to find a set of thick, well-fitting gloves. As well as protection, gloves will also make running and hiding on the floor a lot easier. These don't necessarily have to be gloves made for paintball. Any pair that you find around your house should do the job.

Advantages of Vests

If you’re worried about the factor of pain when playing paintball, a paintball vest might be a useful piece of kit to buy.

These vests combine a range of different functions in order to help you during tactical gameplay.

Most paintball vests have tough plating that helps to protect your body from injury. Many also have pockets and clips that help you store items.

There are a wide variety vests out on the market. Different manufacturers will offer various types of vest depending on their focus.

Many of these include plate carrier vest, which can be laid out in various ways, and chest rigs, which are very small and light.

Wearing a vest is among one of our favorite paintball tips for girls. After a game or two, you may find that you don’t need it. But until you’ve experienced what it feels like to get hit with paintballs for several hours, you may want to wear as much protection as you can.

Our Thoughts on Paintball Tips for Girls

Preparing for the first paintball game

It may be intimidating at first but preparing for your first paintball game can be an exciting – rather than scary – experience. Follow all of our advice and you’re sure to have a thrilling time out on the field!

Dye DSR Paintball Marker Gun Review And World-Class Performance

DYE’s new DSR is an incredible feat of technical engineering. Extensive market research, customer input, and DYE's enthusiasm for constantly setting the bar have lead to their newest flagship marker.

The Dye DSR is groundbreaking and features everything competitive players are searching for and much more.

DYE's dedication to craftsmanship is truly recognizable. The DSR has endless features, including sharp strong lines making the profile of the DSR body low, and all without ugly plates or screws exposed.

The DSR is a sleek, compact and effective system built to outperform and outlast the competition.

Dye DSR and World-Class Performance

Performance is at the heart of every part in the DSR. The new Hyper 6 regulator with coil spring, enhanced air dynamics, and simplified serviceability combined with DYE's new special custom solenoid breath life to the DSR and ARC Bolt.

The 3rd Generation Eye Pipe System, Quick Release Bolt, and Free Wire Connectors make support simple, while the Method Operating System and OLED screen supply intuitive operation for fine-tuning.

The Dye DSR isn't just raw muscle and performance, however. The level of comfort is top-class, with attributes including a UL Frame design, double density Sticky Grips and a micro-texture that offers amazing comfort.

The DSR’s upgraded TruCam Airport and Edge1 trigger, as well as the new DYE Barrel, providing you with complete control over the powerful new DSR.

Dye DSR Paintball Marker Features

ARC Bolt

Quick Release Bolt

MOS - Method Operating System

Control Joystick

Gas-Thru

Eye Pipe Breech System

UltraLite 45 Frame

Patented DYE Sticky Grips

Lockdown Clamping Feedneck

Color Coded O-Rings

Quick Battery Access

Freewire Connector

Low Profile Design

UL TruCam Airport

Core Barrel

H6 Regulator

Review I

‘This marker brought me back to Dye; I haven’t had a Dye marker since 2007. It is outstanding. It shoots great right from the box and looks so much better in real-life.


Seriously, options that were included were great additions made by dye. Concerning the low rated inspection, the trigger frame is cut a little bit sharp. But by no means, do you ever need to worry about getting hurt.


Seeing how this is the first generation of this current market, Dye had to compete with the 160R but has a few, and I mean really just a very few things to focus on improving.


The Bolt cap wasn't anodized with the rest of the marker so it's a different color. Trigger framework is a little sharp, but not that big of a deal.


Grips around the screen aren't in line with the rest of the marker. They should clean up that regardless of whether they meant to do it or not. It gives the impression of a product that is perhaps rushed.


Additionally, the marker shouldn't begin at the price it does, but rather should be a little cheaper in order to compete with the 160R. Having said that, I picked this marker due to the purchase price decrease. And I am quite glad I did. Great effort Dye!’

Review II

‘This is a terrific marker. The shot quality is amazing: tender with a little kick, but overall quiet.


The ARC bolt is incredible; this has the best drivetrain DYE has produced & a real Contender for the best bolt vs. the gamma center (before the M3s' FL bolt).


I would say ergonomically the marker is on the smaller side, so maybe folks with larger hands may not enjoy the feel, but it’s ideal for me.


Where the manufacturer has cut a few corners on production - I can see that the trigger guard framework is a tiny bit sharp and that it hasn't been milled properly (in my opinion).


I also think the rubber could peel off a bit, which is why the OLED display is located on the frame.’

Paintball Accessories for the Dye DSR

DYE have pulled out all of the stops when it comes to crafting a brilliant paintball marker. However, when looking to getting into paintball, looking for a gun isn’t the only thing you should consider.

Many other items are crucial for those engaging in paintball games. These include the paintballs themselves, the hoppers, paintball masks and more.

Below we’ve taken at look at some of these accessories and what you can expect from them.

Paintball Hoppers

Dye Proto Primo Paintball Loader Hopper - Black
  • 200 ball capacity
  • Primo loader helps sort and funnel as you shoot for a consistent vertical feed
  • Featuring a positive shelf designed to relieve pressure on paint balls

The paintball hopper is the 'tube' that sits on the top/side of your gun and stores the paintballs and feeds them to the marker, this is also known as a paintball loader.

Dye Proto Primo Paintball Loader Hopper - Black

The capacity for a paintball hopper is approximately 200. Initially, you may get away with an affordable gravity fed hopper.

However, if you typically shoot plenty of paint, or purchase an electronic marker (which fires extremely quickly), then you'll require an electronic loader to be able to feed as quickly as you can fire.

Paintballs

Interestingly despite being called 'Paintballs', they aren't really full of any paint! They have a combination of ingredients that are easy to wash off after you are struck by them.

paintballs

As a general guide, the dearer the paint is the more brittle it'll be, breaking with less pressure. To use top-grade paint, you'll need a high-end paintball gun. We also suggest trying out an assortment of paintball brands and ranges until you discover the ideal paint for your style of play.

Paintballs must be looked after properly until your next match, in order for them to work without fault. By properly taking care of your paintballs, you can make they're good and ready to go whenever you need to play.

Paintball Masks

Dye Precision I4 Thermal Paintball Goggle
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  • The anatomically correct i4 mask system offers the best in comfort for all facial contours. The i4 is tested at twice...
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Paintball masks are an incredibly important piece of apparel and should always be considered when looking into getting into paintball. Paintball masks are vital for making sure you are well protected during games of paintball.

Paintball Mask

All paintball masks come in a single universal size with straps to adjust the match, though some do provide greater protection, protection, and vision than others.

Various brands and models of paintball mask will feel different to each person, so it is a good idea to try some on prior to buying, to find out which one you prefer.

What fits one individual well may not match another person and a badly fitted goggle can cause even the most expensive models to steam - look out for models with thermal lenses, these are double paned and therefore are those less likely to steam up.

Our Thoughts on the Dye DSR

With the DSR, Dye has constructed a fantastic paintball marker. All of the features a competitive player could want have been implemented, and this latest model really does show that Dye is tuned into what their customers really want.

Thinking of making the jump to the Dye DSR? GO ahead – you won’t regret it!

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The Top 13 Best Cheap Airsoft Guns To Keep You In The Game

For most people, airsoft is a recreational sport they just enjoy when they have free time on their hands. I bet that’s how you take it too. That means you want to enjoy the sport without breaking the bank or having to deal with your wife’s fury after you tell her you bought a $1,500 toy in the form of an airsoft gun. I kid you not, you will sleep with the dog – outside.

That is why I want to give you a pass back to your bedroom. No, you don’t have to give up your second love. I want to show you some of the best cheap airsoft guns that will keep you in the game and in your bedroom. I know you can’t to get to them so let’s get right to it.

The Best Cheap Airsoft Guns – Take Your Pick

You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy Airsoft. There are many great Airsoft guns on the market that you can get for less than $20.00. Yes, you read that right, a great quality Airsoft gun for $20. Let’s take a look at the best cheap airsoft guns.

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If you are just entering the world of Airsoft, the Colt .25 airsoft pistol is the one I would strongly recommend you start with. Not only because of the very small investment you have to make in owning one (it comes at $19.99) but because it is a very easy to maintain pistol too. Because it is spring loaded, there is no need for batteries or gas to power it, reducing its cost and maintenance drastically.


If you thought that sounds good, there’s more. The Colt .25 spring loaded airsoft pistol comes in a twin pack,  2 bonus magazines and 2 sample packs of airsoft BBs. That basically means for $20, you get 2 airsoft guns and 2 free sets of ammo.


You may be tempted to think this is not a good enough gun for Airsoft but that is just not true. The Colt .25 is as good as they come, featuring an aluminum smooth-bore barrel, a 15-round magazine, and capable of shooting BBs up to 150 feet per second, what more would you want?

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Whether you want to go into battle with 2 guns blazing or you simply want a backup airsoft pistol, the BBTac M42F is another great twin pack airsoft gun set that will definitely keep you and the wife smiling. It will only cost you $ for the twin pack, $2 less than her deluxe manicure.


The BBTac M42F is a 1:1 scale replica of the very famous Uzi, and is just as capable as its original counterpart on the battlefield. The BBTac M42F shoots out BBs at 180 feet per second (Muzzle velocity is 210 feet per second), enough to give you an advantage for sure. Being spring-loaded, it doesn’t need a power source making for easier maintenance. All you have to do to keep it firing is to cock it before each shot and your opponents will tremble before you.


The BBTac M42F is made of high impact plastic, making it a very durable weapon that will serve you for a long time.

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Stinger P9T Airsoft Pistol Kit
  • Velocities up to 275 FPS
  • Spring-powered
  • 15-shot clip

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The Stinger P9T airsoft pistol made by Crosman is a very powerful yet affordable airsoft gun that shoots up to velocities of 275 fps. Featuring a cock and shoot spring mechanism, a 15 shot clip, and an under-barrel Picatinny rail, the Stinger P9T is a game-changing weapon for those looking to upgrade from smaller pistols like the Colt .25.


The beauty of the Stinger goes beyond just its looks as it shines in the weight and durability departments too, that being made possible by the tough synthetic materials from which it is crafted from.


For $, you get the Stinger P9T airsoft gun, a pack of 12g BBs, and a holster made from Cordura fabric. A great bargain indeed.

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Firepower .45 Metal Slide Spring Powered Airsoft Pistol with Hop-Up,...
  • Powerful spring: 325 FPS with 6mm ammo
  • Ready to play: Shoots 6mm ammo in a single shot. Includes 100 starter BBs
  • Replica: made with heavy duty polymer and metal for a realistic feel. Weighs 1.5lbs

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If you are looking for an airsoft gun that is realistic in looks and weight, then the Firepower .45 Metal Slide is the gun for you. With a full metal barrel to boast of, this piece has the character and weight of its real counterpart. As for firepower, the Firepower lives up to its name as it is capable of achieving firing velocities of up to 328 fps and has a moderately loud sound that can even scare animals away.


The Firepower .45 Metal Slide Airsoft pistol is a spring loaded pistol that carries 12 BBs in its magazine. Because it is spring loaded, it is more durable and easy to maintain. This is definitely one of the top contenders in the best cheap airsoft gun category, especially seeing as it’s only going for $.

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Soft Air Taurus 24/7 Airsoft Pistol, CO2
  • Officially Licensed by Taurus
  • Polymer Build with 375 FPS w/ .20g BBs
  • 15rd. Mag

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The Soft Air Taurus 24/7 Airsoft pistol is another spring loading piece that emulates a real pistol. One of its greatest points that makes it outshine other airsoft pistols is the sights – they are large and easy to see through, giving you greater accuracy when you shoot.


The Soft Air Taurus 24/7 is also a very well designed pistol that is comfortable to hold without compromising the grip. As for durability, this pistol will last you through many of the most grueling battles you will go through as it is made from high-quality materials.


Expect this pistol to impress you with its 315 fps velocity and increased accuracy due to its BAX shooting system. Oh, and its price of $29.94 is also bound to impress you, especially for an airsoft pistol of such quality and power.

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hfc-106 gas pistol(Airsoft Gun)
  • Operation: Gas Non-Blowback
  • Firing Modes: Semi-automatic repeater
  • Muzzle Velocity: 230-260 FPS

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If you are James Bond fan, the HFC 106 Gas Pistol Airsoft Gun is perfect for you as it is an exact replica of the PPK Bond sports. The HCF 106 pistol is made of durable abs plastic, has a mock wood hand grip, and has a metal trigger. Like the real deal, it also has a safety selector that you can activate with your thumb on the right side of the pistol.


Performance-wise, the HFC 106 can reach velocities of up to 250 fps. Because it is gas powered, you won’t be delayed by reloading as with spring loaded airsoft pistols, all you need do is pull the trigger after each shot. The only drawback is that maintenance is a bit high due to you having to refill the gas when it runs out. Apart from that, this is an excellent gun that will serve you well in combat or when you just want to practice in your backyard.


As for price, the HFC 106 gas airsoft pistol will only set you back $.

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Walther P99 Blowback 6mm BB Pistol Airsoft Gun, Walther P99 Airsoft...
  • Metal slide blows back creating a realistic kick
  • Built-in hop-up system
  • Shoots 6mm plastic airsoft BBs at up to 320 fps

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The Walther P99 is a licensed replica of the real gun by the same name that is very popular with armed forces world over. This is airsoft pistol has an Extended Life Trigger System and has a metal barrel, making a very durable piece of equipment to add to your armory. The Walther P99 has an impressive velocity of 250 fps and sports a heavy-duty realistic magazine has a 12-shot capacity.


The Walther P99 comes as a spring-loaded slide pistol that goes for $27, and a gas powered blowback version that will set you back $$.

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This .44 Magnum look-alike is certainly one of the top contenders in the best cheap airsoft gun race, and that for very good reasons too. Packing a massive 25 rounds, reaching distances of 25 feet, and maxing out its velocity at 240 fps, this is definitely a piece you want to add to your collection.


The Desert Eagle .44 Magnum comes in 2 colors; silver and black and both look very realistic and are made from very durable plastic. Weighing in at 1 pound, this pistol not only looks like the real one but feels like it too.


This spring powered airsoft pistol will cost you $, a very fair price if I may say so myself (and hopefully the wife will concur with me).

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UTG Sport Airsoft 1911 Pistol, Heavy Weight, Black
  • Airsoft pistol from UTG Sport powered by tension spring-operated mechanism
  • Fixed hop-up
  • 22-round magazine

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This replica of John Browning’s M1911 is an amazing airsoft gun. Weighing nearly half the weight of the real Colt M1911, the UTG Airsoft UHC 1911 pistol weighs 1.25 lbs, has a metal grip that feels like a real M1911, and has a very sturdy construction that even you will find hard to believe it’s not a real firearm. Being a tension spring loaded airsoft gun, this is a low maintenance and durable pistol. To add to the “real feeling”, the UTG Airsoft UHC 1911 pistol cocks manually.


Performance wise, the UTG Airsoft UHC 1911 pistol packs a mighty punch as it can deliver velocities of up to 260 fps with a .12g pellet and travel an impressive distance of 100 feet with the same. With a magazine that packs 22 rounds, this pistol will give your game a better flow as you won’t have to reload it as much as you would with airsoft guns that only take 15 rounds at a time.


The UTG Airsoft UHC 1911 pistol will set you back $.

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Black Ops BOA Semi Automatic Airsoft Pistol - C02 Powered Airsoft BB...
  • MAXIMUM ACCURACY EVEN AT LONG RANGE shoot 400 FPS with premium .12g BBs. Capable of shooting .20G, .25G, and heavier BBs...
  • CUSTOMIZATION READY, add your choice of optics and accessories to the integrated picatinny rail under the barrel for...
  • BUILT TOUGH AND READY FOR ACTION Black Ops BOA airsoft pistols are high powered semi automatic C02 pistols

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When it comes to airsoft guns, Black Ops USA is one company that makes some of the best cheap airsoft guns, and the Black Ops BOA Semi-Automatic Airsoft pistol is no exception. As with most Black Ops creations, the BOA Semi-Automatic airsoft pistol is built tough and designed for maximum efficiency. With a low profile 20 round magazine and CO2 that fits into the grip but separate from the magazine, this is one piece that is easy to maneuver on the battlefield.


Powered by CO2, this semi-automatic airsoft pistol boasts of a whopping 400fps velocity with .12g BBs. This is one of the best long-range pistols on the market.


And for customization, the Black Ops BOA semi-automatic airsoft pistol comes with an integrated Picatinny rail that you can add your flashlight, optics, or whatever other accessories you like.


This beautiful and yet powerful piece can be a part of your armory for a very affordable $$.

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Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring Powered Rifle by Crosman
  • Spring powered with folding stock and removeable flip up sights
  • Accessory rails for mounting scope, lasers, flashlights, cameras
  • Shoots up to 325 FPS

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This spring-powered folding stock Marines Airsoft SR01 rifle by Crosman is a versatile military-style assault rifle made for serious airsoft enthusiasts. The Marines Airsoft SR01 rifle is a bona fide part of the United States Marine Corps' licensed airsoft guns and bears official USMC logos & colors.


The rifle features a Picatinny rail foregrip for mounting accessories, a high-capacity 350 round magazine, and has a shot velocity of 325 fps. And for $$, this amazing airsoft rifle will gladly be a part of your airsoft family.

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CYMA Navy Seal Assault Rifle SG 552 Airsoft Electric Gun
  • Realistic Full Size 1:1 Automatic SG 552 Airsoft Rifle
  • Ready to Play package
  • Adjustable Hop Up Technology for Best Accuracy

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There’s no sight cooler than that of a Navy SEAL sneaking upon an enemy wielding an SG 552. Well, you can be that SEAL in your next airsoft match with the Navy SEAL Assault Rifle SG 552 Airsoft Electric Gun.


Not only does this assault rifle look cool (not to mention the realistic look), but it’s a very powerful weapon to carry into your next battle. Featuring adjustable “Hop Up” technology for improved accuracy and fully loaded with a scope, speed loader, and an efficient 7.2V battery, this assault rifle will definitely give you an added advantage that will help you lead your team to victory. And the $$ price tag is a small price to pay for sweet victory.

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Double Eagle’s M82P airsoft gun is a full replica of the famous and very desirable Sig Commando 552. You will be king of the forest with this assault rifle as it comes in 2 firing modes, semi and fully automatic, allowing you the option of being a sniper and taking out your enemies one by one or by blazing away by rapid firing multiple rounds. The M82P is a fully loaded weapon as it comes with many accessories such as a silencer, red dot sight, and many more.


With a maximum velocity of 250 fps and a price tag of $$, this definitely has to be one of the best cheap airsoft guns on the market.

The Best Cheap Airsoft Guns – Saving the Game and Your Money

Like I promised you in the beginning, very good cheap airsoft guns are a reality, and the list above is proof of that. You’ll definitely save a couple of bucks as without compromising the quality of your game with these airsoft guns. Now all you have to do is read this with the missus and sweet talk her into letting you get one. Oh, and access to the bedroom.

The DLX Luxe ICE – The Best Paintball Marker By Far

If there is one name that is synonymous with paintball markers, it’s DLX. The DLX Luxe to be exact. Now in its 5th generation as the DLX Luxe ICE, the hype around it has not waned a bit. When the first Luxe, the Luxe 1.0 was released, it was met with a lot of excitement as DLX had used ground-breaking electronics technology to create a paintball marker that was quiet, efficient, and fun to shoot – the Luxe experience.

5 generations later, DLX is still breaking new ground and mesmerizing paintballers all over the world with its innovative technology. Taking over from the 4th generation Luxe, the OLED, which in itself is a marvelous marker, the Luxe ICE has definitely undergone some serious upgrades that are with its $1500.00 price tag.

And as usual, some of the features in the Luxe ICE are peculiar to this marker, as DLX has a habit of going where other paintball marker makers dare not go – until they realize it’s possible, thanks to DLX. The Luxe ICE is the perfect example of DLX breaking the norm and breaking barriers by creating a marker unlike any other on the market.


The DLX Luxe ICE – Main Features to Note

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Below are some of the features of the Luxe ICE so as to give you a taste of what this sweet marker is made of.

  • The Luxe ICE has a new bolt system which reduces the gun’s pressure by 40psi. The new bolt system makes the gun softer than ever on paint as well as more efficient than anyone could have possibly imagined.
  • Air Efficiency has been increased by roughly 20%. Previous generation Luxe markers get roughly 1200-1300 shots off a cold 68/4500 air fill. The Luxe ICE can give you roughly 1500 shots from the same tank in the same conditions.
  • The core has been optimized to last longer and give you better air efficiency by utilizing high-quality urethane O-rings on all dynamic locations. Another improvement to the core comes in the form of an “Internal Ceramic Elastomer” coating from which the Luxe derives its I.C.E name from. This coating drastically reduces friction in the system, allowing the marker to perform consistently in all conditions.
  • Maintenance has also been made easier with the new regulator design. All you need to carry out a complete maintenance of the regulator is one single Allen key.
  • The new low profile air source adaptor (ASA) is one of the best things to happen to the Luxe as it makes the Luxe ICE virtually problem free and extremely easy to maintain.
  • The Luxe ICE also comes with an overhaul of its circuitry that has been made simpler to understand and difficult to mess up if you want to disconnect any of the plugs on the board. This makes dismantling and assembling easier and less of a “stepping on eggshells” experience.
  • The final enhancements to note about the Luxe are the body and frame itself. True, the Luxe has always been a stunner to look at, but the new streamlined design makes the Luxe ICE drop dead gorgeous. A paintball marker has never looked this good. The Luxe ICE is truly hot.

Wow! Just looking at the new features of the DLX Luxe ICE makes me want to get out there and fire a few rounds in excitement. But before I take my marker out for another spin, let’s take a closer and more detailed look at this game-changing marker.


The DLX Luxe ICE – A Detailed Review

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I know basic features won’t suffice to show you the Luxe ICE’s abilities and flaws so let me indulge you and show you in detail what you can expect from this epic marker.

  • Ergonomics and Build Quality

Come on, this is a Luxe we a talking about here. One of the best high-end paintball markers, and as such, build quality is guaranteed to be a cut above the rest (as should be seeing the price of the marker). Made from quality durable materials, the Luxe ICE is one marker that will definitely outlive any marker on the market.

Ergonomically speaking, Luxes have always been known to be very ergonomic, and the Luxe ICE has seen a number of improvements that take it to a whole new level. The Luxe ICE is now more comfortable to handle, thus improving your performance in battle. For one, the grip angle of the front grip/regulator has been increased, giving your hands more room to maneuver and handle the front grip in a more effective manner when it comes to placing a shot.

Another improvement in the ergonomics and design of the Luxe ICE is the ASA which is now easier to use as it is a flip lever and not a screw on ASA. This makes it easier to grip as the knob is now out of the way and there is more room for you to handle the gun at the lower end of the grip. Pitting the Luxe ICE against its closest rivals, M2 or CS1, the Luxe ICE feels more comfortable and natural in your hands.

The Luxe ICE truly outshines every paintball marker in this aspect and earns its right to the price tag it dons.

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  • Performance – In a Class of its Own

When it comes to performance, the Luxe ICE definitely won’t disappoint you. The classic smooth and quiet firing that all Luxe models are famous for has been improved on. So much so that firing a Luxe ICE has been compared many a time to cutting through butter with a hot knife. That’s just how smooth the Luxe ICE is. Even your opponents will be caught unawares as you fire at them because the Luxe ICE gives you the element of surprise that gives you an advantage in battle.

Although some may complain of a lack of feedback, the Luxe ICE gives just enough feedback for you to know it is firing. The smooth firing eliminates muzzle rise, thereby increasing accuracy and it actually saves your body from fatigue, especially in drawn-out matches.

Because of the I.C.E coated core, the Luxe ICE's shot quality is actually amazing and very consistent. The consistency makes it easier for you to place your shots accurately as there is little or no drop off – even in cold weather. The bolt system has also been improved to give you a more reliable and efficient marker that not only fires smoothly, but quieter, and more importantly more accurately.

The Luxe ICE retains the use of a spring assisted balanced spool valve that was first introduced in the DLX Luxe 2.0. The spool uses spring tension to move the bolt forward during the firing sequence, helping to eliminate first shot drop off. This was an issue that plagued the Luxe 1.0.

The optimized airflow has also contributed to increased performance in the Luxe ICE as you can now get more shots from your tank, meaning you can stay in the much game longer before having to refill or change tanks.

Overall, the DLX Luxe ICE is one of the best paintball markers you can get, even better than some heavy hitters like the CS1, Lv1, M2, or any other gun you can think of. Its superb performance will definitely give you a great advantage over your opponents. The combination of you, the best shooter in paintball, and the Luxe ICE, the best hardware in paintball, will definitely is definitely a winning recipe.

  • The Electronics – Out of this World

One other area in which Luxe always outshines other markers is in the way to pulls of clever tricks in terms of the electronics in the markers. The Luxe ICE comes with a simple but truly innovative board that takes care of all its functions efficiently. Couple that to the OLED technology borrowed from the Luxe OLED and the voice that walks you through your settings and gives you reminders when they are needed and you have a marker that is from another galaxy.

Although some of the fancy electronics are debatable as to whether they are really necessary or not, one thing is for sure – DLX is really out to give you a Luxe experience. And the Luxe experience is something you definitely have to give a shot if you are truly a paintball enthusiast – even if it is just once in your life. Be warned though, once you try it out, you’ll certainly keep coming for more.

 The Luxe ice is one of the most technologically advanced markers you will find anywhere. And that technology is not just for the sake of making it a gimmicky marker, but to make it a lethal weapon on the battlefield.


The DLX Luxe ICE – Setting a Hard Pace to Follow

DLX has done a great job with their line of markers. In fact, they are so good they are fast becoming the standard by which other markers are judged. And one thing is sure about the standards set by the Luxe ICE – they are a hard act to follow. And so will you as you wield its awesome power.

Paintball Safety – The Rules That Keep The Game Safe For Everyone

There’s no game like paintball. It’s fast-paced, adrenaline driven, and very exciting to play. But great as it is, for you to enjoy it to the max you need to play it safe. Because if paintball safety is not a priority, it can turn out to be a dangerous sport. And casualties will literally become casualties that will need medical assistance.

Let’s take a look at some of the paintball safety rules and gear that keep the game of paintball safety and enjoyable.


Paintball Safety Gear – Keeping You Safe

Paintball Safety Gear

Paintballs can be quite harmful as they are shot out at high velocities. They are not as soft as they look and feel when stationery, in fact, they are known to rip holes in light clothing and inflicting some painful injuries. This is why it’s important that you gear up properly when playing paintball. Some of the paintball gear that is a must include the basic ones I’ve listed below.

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Head and Neck Protection - Paintball Masks

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Never go on the field without a paintball mask. Your head is a very sensitive part of the body and needs the best protection. When it comes to paintball masks, make sure you get a very sturdy one that can provide as much protection as possible while affording you proper vision and great ventilation.


If your paintball mask doesn’t protect the neck, make sure to find something to protect it. A turtleneck sweater can give you adequate protection but purchasing a neck guard is the best.

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Body Protection – Padded Clothing

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Paintballs travel at high velocities that can be equated to 200 miles an hour. No matter how soft a projectile may be, as long as it travels at high speeds, it will definitely hurt when it comes in contact with your body.


This is why you need to cover your whole body with proper clothes, and padded is always best. Arms and legs must always be covered, shorts and short sleeved shirts are definitely out of the question. And it’s advisable that you layer up your clothes as well.

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 Hand and Feet Safety

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Gloves are another must when playing paintball. The hands are the most exposed part of your body during a paintball match as you will keep them in the forefront to keep your gun at the ready. Receiving a hit on an exposed hand is very painful and will adversely affect your performance for some time after. That’s why a good pair of gloves should be a part of your paintball gear.


As for the feet, be sure to keep them well protected with a good pair of sturdy boots or sneakers. Never wear exposed shoes. Make sure the shoes you wear offer your ankles reinforcement as paintball involves a lot of running and jumping on undulating terrain and this can lead to sprained ankles if you are not wearing proper shoes.


Paintball Safety Rules – Playing it Safe

To keep everyone safe, including officials and spectators, paintball safety rules are paramount – they must be known and obeyed. Here are a few basic ones to get you started.

1. Never fire your paintball gun when you or anyone near you is not wearing proper protection.

2. Never remove your goggles in the field or in the elimination zone.

3. Always keep your marker’s safety in the safe position. If your gun has a power feed, keep it in      the OFF position when you’re not using your marker.

4. Don’t fire your paintball marker unless you are firing at a target. Blind firing or firing without           looking could lead you to accidentally shooting referees, spectators or players leaving the            field.

5. Make sure to use a barrel plug when not using your marker.

6. When storing your maker, make sure it’s uncharged and unloaded.

7. Only pressurize your paintball gun only when you're ready to use it.

8. Never service or use a paintball gun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

9. When preparing your paintball marker for use, always remember to set your velocity to under 300 FPS. This is the safe level for paintball markers. You can check the shooting speed using a paintball chronograph.

10. Always observe and obey close range rules and never fire at anyone within 10 feet of you. Give them the option and chance of surrendering.


Paintball Safety – For the Good of the Game

Paintball safety can never be stressed enough. As exciting as the game is, never get so carried away that you neglect to observe the rules and regulations that govern play and safety. It’s all for the good of the game.

What Are Paintballs Made Of? It’s Definitely Not What You Think?

You’re streaking through the paintball field. Ducking, weaving, and rolling so as to avoid being hit. The feelings the game elicits out of you are beyond description, all you know is that you love the game. But there is one thing you don’t know and would love to know. It’s probably been on your mind for some time now – “What are paintballs made of?”