Things to Consider When Buying Your First Paintball Gun

Paintball Target PracticeIf you’ve recently fallen in love with playing paintball, it might make sense for you to purchase your own paintball gun instead of renting one every time you want to play. But before you invest in a paintball gun, it’s important to spend some time considering which one would be right for you. You can start by asking yourself these four questions!

How much do you plan on playing?

Are you going to play paintball every weekend, or is your goal to get out there and play once every month or two? If you’re going to be playing regularly, investing in a higher-end paintball gun isn’t a bad idea. But if you don’t think you’re going to be able to commit to playing more than 10 times a year or so, you might want to start with a more inexpensive entry-level model.

Do you want to upgrade your paintball gun over time?

A basic entry-level paintball gun is great for most beginners, but your choice of upgrades may be somewhat limited in comparison to more advanced models. If you plan on upgrading and altering your gun to suit your needs and play style, be sure to choose a gun that is compatible with your desired modifications.

What style of paintball do you prefer to play?

Are you the type of paintball player who is always on the move when you play? If so, you’re going to want a small, compact paintball gun by your side that’s easy to carry around. On the other hand, if you’re the type of player who prefers to support your team as a sniper, a larger gun with improved accuracy might be a better option for you. Your style of play should ultimately dictate which paintball gun you buy.

How much can you afford to spend?

At the end of the day, your budget is going to play a big part in your choice of paintball gun. Look for something that fits well within your budget so that you can afford to invest in other paintball accessories as well. You can always upgrade to a better gun later once you gain more experience and know what you value in a paintball gun.

Need help choosing your first paintball gun? At Battle Creek, we offer a variety of name brand paintball guns as well as paintball masks and other essential gear. Visit the pro shop today or give us a call at (973) 545-2556 to learn more!

Essential Tips for Your First Paintball Game

Playing PaintballGetting ready to play paintball for the very first time? Your first game of paintball might seem a little intimidating, but the truth is you don’t have anything to worry about. Just follow these helpful tips and you’ll be sure to have a blast.

Dress in layers if you’re afraid of getting hit by paintballs.

If you’ve never been hit by a paintball before, you might be concerned about whether or not it will be a painful experience. Paintballs can sting a little bit, depending on where you get hit, but in the heat of battle you’ll probably hardly feel a thing. If you’re still worried about it, though, a heavy sweatshirt can give you some additional peace of mind.

Keep your mask on at all times.

Regardless of your experience level, it’s important to keep your face covered with a protective mask at all times. While getting hit with a paintball isn’t nearly as painful as some people make it out to be, a paintball can do some serious damage if it hits you in the face. It’s always best to keep your face mask on until the referees tell you it’s safe to remove it.

Strategize with your teammates before taking the field.

One of the reasons paintball is so much fun is because it gives you the chance to coordinate with your teammates to maximize your chances of success. Before you take the field, talk to your team and come up with a rough plan for how you’re going to approach the match. This can give you a tactical advantage and help to build camaraderie among your teammates.

Don’t beat yourself up if you make mistakes.

Chances are, you’re not going to be the best paintball player on the field when you play for the first time. Don’t let it get you down! The goal isn’t just to win; it’s to have fun and blow off some steam in the process. Treat your mistakes as learning opportunities, and do your best to relax and have a good time.

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Helpful Accessories to Bring to Your Next Paintball Match

Paintball HitPaintball is a physically demanding sport that requires thoughtful preparation to succeed. In addition to bringing standard gear like a marker, paint and goggles, it’s a good idea to have a few other items on hand during a paintball match as well. Check out a few of our favorite paintballing accessories below!

Bug Repellent

Our first suggestion is especially helpful when playing woodsball in densely forested areas. It can be hard to focus on finding your target when you’re distracted by biting insects. By applying bug spray before a match, you’ll have one less thing to worry about while you play.

Sunscreen

It’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen when you play paintball, even on cloudy days. After all, nothing can ruin a long day of paintball quite like a nasty sunburn. We recommend wearing at least SPF 30 sunscreen and reapplying every couple of hours to prevent skin damage from the sun. Be sure to look for “broad spectrum” sunscreen as well, which is designed to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

A Hand Towel

Paintballing is a messy endeavor, and a simple hand towel can be an invaluable tool when your goggles get obscured by splattered paint. You can also use a towel to mop sweat off your face and hands in between matches so that you can get back in the action without worrying about excess sweat impacting your performance.

Blister Bandages

There’s always a possibility that you might get a foot blister when sprinting from cover to cover during a paintball game. Instead of letting these minor injuries sideline you for the rest of the day, bring a package of blister bandages, which are designed to relieve pressure and prevent infection.

Ready to put your paintball skills to the test? Give us a call or contact us online to schedule a match at Battle Creek today!

Improve Your Paintball Marker’s Performance With These Upgrades

Paintball PlayerIn the heat of a fast-paced match, it’s important for your paintball marker to perform as well as it possibly can. The good news is, there are several straightforward upgrades you can make to your marker to give yourself a leg-up on the competition. Check out three easy ways to improve the performance of your paintball marker below!

The Barrel

Frustrated with your marker’s accuracy? If no amount of practice seems to be making your shots more accurate, you may want to consider upgrading your barrel. There are plenty of barrel upgrade options to choose from, but 12-16-inch barrels typically offer the best accuracy. Just keep in mind that especially long barrels can reduce the range of your shots. Short barrels, on the other hand, can offer additional range at the expense of accuracy.

The Trigger

Want to improve your rate of fire? A trigger upgrade might be just what you’re looking for. A double trigger is an effective, affordable and easy-to-install option for paintball beginners. This will make your trigger easier to pull and allow you to shoot more paintballs, faster. Other more advanced trigger upgrades include response triggers and electronic triggers.

The Tank

Want to make your marker more efficient and accurate? Swapping your Co2 tank for a high-pressure air, or HPA, tank is probably the right move for you. This will not only allow you to shoot your paintball marker faster and more accurately, it will also improve its performance in cold temperatures. HPA tanks can be considerably more expensive than Co2 tanks, but they offer a significant upgrade in performance.

Want to test your upgraded marker in the fields at Battle Creek? Give us a call or contact us online to book your next match today!

Prevent Goggle Fog With Dual-Pane Thermal Lenses

Paintball MasksWhen playing paintball, it’s essential for players to wear paintball-specific goggles that can effectively protect their eyes and prevent dangerous injuries. If you’re shopping around for a new pair of paintball goggles, you may have noticed that they typically come in two distinct variations: single-pane and double-pane goggles.

Both types serve the same fundamental purpose and offer the same level of protection, but dual-pane goggles offer one notable benefit that single-pane goggles do not. They are far less prone to fogging-up during a match. This can make it easier to distinguish teammates from opponents and maintain your accuracy in the heat of battle.

As their name implies, dual-pane thermal lenses are less likely to fog because they’re outfitted with two panes that help regulate temperature and condensation. The two panes are separated by a foam barrier that prevents fog from building up on the goggles, thereby ensuring they stay clear during a match.

There are also anti-fog coatings you can place on single-pane goggles, but dual-pane goggles are generally a more reliable option for preventing fog. If you’re going to invest in one piece of quality paintball gear this year, a good pair of dual-pane goggles might be a good place to start.

Ready to see how your paintball gear performs in a fast-paced, competitive match? You can compete across 15 acres of diverse terrain right here at Battle Creek. Give us a call or contact us online to schedule your next game today!