Author Archives: The Paintball Professor
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These rings make it easy to quickly work out the proper replacement O-ring you should use when doing maintenance of your marker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!’
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.’
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.’
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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!
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.
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.
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 5 lives in one game (snipers usually have three). Based on the assignment, your team may have infinite respawns or just a certain number.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
The all-new ARC Bolt is DYE's revolutionary new engine that provides amazing functionality in a robust, dependable package.
The ARC Bolt's smooth, silent shot, higher efficacy, and gentle touch on paint is the outcome of extensive engineering.
Optimized flow paths, live independent valve controller, air distribution cut off, and almost zero shot room expansion are crucial to the ARC's atmosphere efficiency.
Two-point bolt acceleration, air spring, impact bumpers, and a 115 psi working pressure guarantee a smooth, quiet, and accurate shot that's incredibly gentle on paint.
Release Bolt Assembly is a strong gate system with air lock that prevents accidental spool release and securely retains the bolt in place. A simple push-button system enables the user to remove and re-setup the bolt kit in seconds.
The OS provides the player unrestricted use of precision tuning and incredible functionality. Optimized programming logic makes sure response time is rapid, with a long battery life, and double player profiles for customized playing specifications.
Communication between framework and body is eased with Freewire Connector Pins, while compression pins guarantee a seamless link between internal drivers and the OS.
The Freewire Connector Pins also do away with awkward cable routing and radically improve ease of maintenance. The MOS provides really advanced performance in the palm of the hand.
5-way Control Joystick and higher contrast OLED screen offers an intuitive user-friendly interface.
The framework improves ergonomics and performance. No pipes, hoses, or complicated routing paths are found on the DSR. Radial bore sealing O-rings ensure a positive seal from ASA to the marker.
This ingenious system guards against dirt and broken paint. The durable polycarbonate pipe is cleaned by the unit’s bolt tip O-ring on every shooting cycle.
This self-cleaning system guarantees that the eyes are always tracking the breech and ball fall. DYE's proprietary Eye Pipe system also shields your DSR from harsh environments.
The extended-life Leaf Spring Ball Detents are incorporated in the Eye Pipe to stop double feeds and sliced paint in addition to eliminating the need for bulky exterior eye plates.
This frame is the culmination of high pro-player influence and innovative engineering. Designed especially for today’s dual triggers, the UL Frame's shape was built to provide the player optimal control and functionality.
Combined with the standard Sticky Grips, giving a secure grip while providing a constant, rapid trigger rate.
Wraparound Sticky Grip with micro-texture provides the best grip. Dual density design provides comfort and control.
The single screw design uses a durable locking system to ensure a rock-solid grip and fast access for service.
The flexible cam lock lever permits you to safely lock your R-2 Loader on your gun with no tools. DYE's Lockdown Feedneck stays tight and low on the mark making sure your R-2 retains a low profile.
Precision and designed to make it easy to rapidly identify the proper replacement O-ring when performing maintenance on the DSR.
Battery accessibility body and frame with quick disconnect touchpads. Eliminates embarrassing cable routing and radically improves serviceability.
No wires between the frame and body with quick disconnect
contact pads. Eliminates awkward wire routing and dramatically improves
serviceability. New protected connection helps prevent water intrusion.
All-aluminum body construction with no exposed screws or eye
The UL TruCam is a balanced camera system with a simple turn on/off toggle lever comprising one O-ring design.
The lever design provides added protection against accidental degassing, and the sleek, compact airport is incorporated with the Hyper 6 Regulator to a simplified easy-to- support air-handling cartridge that provides extremely efficient airflow.
This barrel includes DYE's proven vent hole pattern from the trademarked Steady Port Tip. The Core controller back is completed under the most intense tolerance specifications.
The self-aligning two-part structure ensures properly based assembly involving control bore and the Steady Port Tip. This blend of precision parts provides a silent shot, superior precision, and unbeatable performance.
The Regulator provides more efficient airflow path and constant piston movement. The most recent creation of DYE's trusted line of regulators is the most dependable and constant regulator DYE has generated thus far.
Upgraded with a single coil spring and high load assembly that allows for exceptionally simple service. Integrated to the Hyper 6 is a pressure bleed-off to make sure no air is trapped at the mark when degassed.
Improvements focused on functionality, reliability, and security to ensure the ideal playing experience possible.
‘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!’
‘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.’
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.
Below we’ve taken at look at some of these accessories and what you can expect from them.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 $.
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.
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 $.
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 $$.
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).
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 $.
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 $$.
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 $$, this amazing airsoft rifle will gladly be a part of your airsoft family.
There’s no sight cooler than that of a Navy SEAL sneaking upon an enemy wielding an SG 552. Well, you can be that SEAL in your next airsoft match with the Navy SEAL Assault Rifle SG 552 Airsoft Electric Gun.
Not only does this assault rifle look cool (not to mention the realistic look), but it’s a very powerful weapon to carry into your next battle. Featuring adjustable “Hop Up” technology for improved accuracy and fully loaded with a scope, speed loader, and an efficient 7.2V battery, this assault rifle will definitely give you an added advantage that will help you lead your team to victory. And the $$ 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?”
Sure it’s not a concern that can stop the game, but you being one who loves to know as much as you can about your favorite sport can’t help but wonder. Besides, once in a while the paint may find itself in your mouth and knowing what you have ingested is always a good thing, right?
Well, my friend, you have happened upon the right web page as I am here to give you the answer you are looking for. Hopefully, it will be as colorful as the subject matter.
Initially, paintballs were made from unsafe materials like thin glass for the shell and toxic dyes for the fill. But that was mostly when they were used to mark things and not being projected at other human beings as a sport. Today’s paintballs are very safe both for the player and the environment.
Let’s dissect your paintball and see what it really is, shall we? You’ll probably be surprised when you discover what your favorite missile is made of.
If you have ever taken supplements or liquid capsules, you have ingested a paintball. No, not really but the shells of the 2 are made from exactly the same material. That is why, initially, paintballs were made by pharmaceutical companies as they already had the materials and machinery to make paintball shells.
The shell is actually made of gelatin because of the many advantages that gelatin has in terms of paintball use. Firstly, gelatin is hard enough to carry the “paint” to its target without breaking and yet soft enough to beak upon impact.
The second reason that gelatin is the preferred capsule material is that it is “green”. It is a non-toxic and biodegradable material.
The major drawbacks of gelatin though are that it quickly absorbs water, leading your paintball to swell even after a brief contact with water. This swelling can cause your marker to jam. On the flip side, exposure to air or the sun will cause the gelatin shell to dry out and become harder and deformed. Your paintball won’t “splat” upon impact due to the dryness and the deformities can also cause your marker to jam.
This is why it is always best to get your paintballs just before a game so as to make sure you have the perfect paintballs.
When the question of what paintballs are made of is asked, the conclusion many run to is that paintballs are made of paint. After all, that’s why they are called paintballs, isn’t it?
Well, surprisingly, the answer is no. A deeper probe is in order so as to solve this twist in the mystery.
Although most paintball manufactures keep the exact formula of their fill a secret, the basic formula of paintball “paint” is the same.
Most modern paintballs are made using water-soluble, biodegradable, and non-toxic dyes contained within polyethylene glycol. The simple ingredients for the paint are quite surprising as they include:
Yes, these are food grade ingredients that won’t cause you any harm if ingested. And they definitely don’t harm Mother Nature when they splat onto the ground. The only real victim of paintballs is your clothes if you wear your normal clothes during play.
The mineral oils, calcium, Ethylene glycol, and iodine give the mixture its “paint” texture and look while the food coloring gives it its color. So much for paintballs being made of paint.
In addition to the ethylene glycol based fill, there are also some cheap paintball variants that use an oil based fill. If at all possible, avoid them at all costs as they are not as friendly to your clothes and the environment as the ethylene glycol based ones.
So there you have it. The mystery of the paintball has been solved. I’m sure it was not something you were not expecting. But at least the good thing is that that drop of “paint” that strayed into your mouth is harmless, so no need to bother your doctor (and wallet).
If you’ve never been hit in the face with a paintball you’ll never value the protection a great paintball mask offers you. The sting of the paintball hitting your face is something you won’t forget lightly, neither is the pain of having to exit the game while you were still enjoying it.
Today, I want to review one of the best paintball masks on the market. One I know you will fall in love with due its rugged fierce looks and its practicality on the field.
It’s called the V-Force Grill and it has featured in many world tournaments and even helped a few teams clinch the title.
If you are on the hunt for a paintball mask that has a very good field of view, handles fogging very well, and is light and comfortable, then you are definitely looking for the V-Force Grill. But then I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take this review step by step so that you can fully appreciate this wonderful (and intimidating) paintball mask for what it truly is.
When it comes to paintball masks, very few manage to offer the protection and value that the V-Force Grill does. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?
If there is one factor that is important in a paintball mask, it’s how it looks – especially from your opponents point of view. The best paintball masks have an element of intimidation, and the V-Force Grill measures up very well in that department.
If you are looking for the fear factor, you’ll definitely find it in the V-Force Grill.
But just because it’s an intimidating paintball mask doesn’t disqualify it from the good looks competition because it does look good, very good. The V-Force Grill is a very well designed mask and definitely built to match with high-quality materials that make it a very durable mask.
For its good and yet intimidating looks, the V-Force Grill earns a 5/5 rating from me. It definitely has the wow factor.
Because it is made from high-quality materials, especially the foam, the V-Force Grill is a very comfortable paintball mask, one of the best in the comfort departments if I may say so. The V-Force will feel so natural you’ll even forget that you are wearing a mask, the lightweight materials (soft composite plastic) make sure of that. Even after wearing it for a long time, it won’t make your face feel dull and heavy as is the case with other paintball masks.
Because it’s such a comfortable mask that doesn’t put any strain on your face, the V-Force grill earns itself a 5/5 in my books. This is one paintball mask you really need to consider adding to your equipment.
When it comes to vision, the V-Force Grill outshines many paintball masks on the market. Featuring a large lens with a very wide angle of view, it gives you the ability to see everything around you without having to turn your head. This gives you a great tactical advantage as many paintball masks have poor views and most players have to turn their bodies in order to be able to take in the entire scene of the game. This puts you at a disadvantage as you become a clear target.
When wearing the V-Force Grill in a game, it gives you a pleasurable experience as it is very easy to breathe in it. And when you sweat, the foam quickly sucks in the sweat, making you feel as fresh as you did when you stepped into the game.
And because the lens are thermal lenses, they don’t cloud up even in humid and wet conditions – no need to worry about losing your vision due to fogging as long as you are donning the V-Force Grill paintball mask.
And the best part of the V-Force Grill is the fact that changing out the lens is very simple and takes less than a minute, making them a game-saving unit when the heat of the battle is on and you need a fresh set of lenses in your paintball mask. This is one area in which many other paintball masks fall flat on their face as they don’t have an efficient swop-out mechanism like the V-Force Grill. If there is one factor that should move you to get the V-Force Grill, it is this one.
Because the V-Force delivers when it comes to giving you the best possible experience a paintball mask can give, it scores another 5/5.
Another great feature of the V-Force Grill is the ease of customization. Each part of the V-Force Grill can swopped out for another and you have a wide selection of colored thermal lenses to choose from. And as I already said, swopping the lenses is a very easy job that won’t take you more than a minute. Customizing the V-Force Grill is so easy you can change your look mid game as you can easily replace your foam padding, your lens, your strap, and even the foam on your ears.
If that is not a bonus, I don’t know what is. The ease of customization means you can create a different mask whenever you want to, and in my books, that definitely warrants a 5/5 score.
The V-Force Grill has a menacing front grill that serves more purpose than just creating a fierce looking paintball mask. The grill is a great ventilation feature that allows for free flow of air so as to make it easy for you to breathe and to keep the temperature in the mask moderately low. With superb ventilation like this, the game may as well go on and on as you won’t have any problems breathing.
The ventilation also allows for great acoustics within the mask. No echoes or ringing in your ears when you shout. Sound travels well in and out of the mask, meaning you will hear clearly and when you speak, your voice won’t be muffled at all – it will be loud and clear.
For its great ventilation that doubles as a menacing look, the V-Force Grill earns another 5/5.
Now comes the big question concerning paintball masks – the protection question. The V-Force Grill gives you the best protection hands down. The combination of semi-rigid and softer rubber used to make the V-Force are the best materials to offer complete protection from the sting of a paintball when it is properly placed smack in the middle of your face. Not only does the V-Force protect you from stinging paintballs, but the soft rubber also encourages paintballs to bounce off without exploding, giving you a chance to remain in the game.
Although the V-Force has a small profile, it must not be dismissed as inadequate protection as it covers the entire face, especially with the visor in place. The visor is meant to protect from the sun’s rays and from the rain but in many instances, it has also provided extra protection from paintballs.
With the V-Force Grill, you have the confidence to play your game to the best of your abilities knowing that you are well covered, and for that, the V-Force Grill gets a 5/5 for protection.
Another big factor that determines the rating of anything is whether it offers value for money. We all want our purchases to give us value for our hard earned money, no matter what the purchase may be. The same stands for paintball masks. I’m sure you don’t want a paintball mask that will fall apart on you after only a few months of use. And that is where the V-Force Grill will make you smile.
The V-Force Grill masks come with a limited one-year warranty. This means you have the liberty to try out the mask for a whole year and work out any issues you may have with it. Because this mask is well made and that from durable materials you probably won’t have any problems with it. This is truly a value for money mask, and truth be told, it will definitely prove its worth on the battlefield.
It’s not easy finding a deal as good as this one, especially as you only have to spend $99.95 to protect your face with this fabulous paintball mask that is the V-Force Grill.
Value for money? Definitely. The V-Force is worth every penny you spend on it, whether the initial purchase or any other add-ons you may want to purchase to enhance its looks and practicality. Though the V-Force Grill may be pricier than other paintball masks on the market, consider the value that it adds to your game. Because of the value factor, the V-Force gets a well-deserved 5/5.
I hope by now you have seen that the V-Force Grill is a great investment towards a successful paintball career. This versatile mask not only gives you more than adequate protection but it also makes you look awesome on the paintball field. That alone gives you the confidence to play the best game of your life every time you step out into the field. This is truly an all-round paintball mask that does not disappoint in the least.