Ever Wonder What Paintballs Are Made Of?

PaintballsYou’re not alone. You may have shot many thousands of paintballs over the years, but do you really know what these paint-filled projectiles made of?

First of all, rest assured that you’re always getting hit with materials that are completely non-toxic and biodegradable. If you want a closer look into the construction of a paintball, read on.

Paintballs consist of two parts:

The Shell

The shell is the outer portion that breaks apart when your paintball makes impact with a surface – ideally a member of the opposing team. The shell is almost always made of gelatin, and it functions similarly to a supplement capsule. It contains the fill, but will break upon heavy impact. It’s important to store your paintballs properly, because the gelatin can harden in the sun or when exposed to air for a long time. When the gelatin gets too hard, you won’t get that satisfying splat when you make contact with an opponent.

The Fill

The fill consists of dye and solvent that marks your opponent once the shell breaks apart. The contents of the fill vary, but usually consist of water-soluble dyes contained within polyethylene glycol. Some cheaper variants are made with an oil base, but these are harder to wash out of clothing and not as environmentally friendly.

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How to Dress for a Game of Paintball

Paintball GroupWondering how to dress for your first (or hundredth) game of paintball? Here’s our handy guide to help you find comfortable, practical apparel for your next game.

Cover Up

Yes, it may seem counterintuitive to cover up when you’ll be running around, especially if it’s warm outside. However, wearing long sleeves and long pants will protect your skin from paint (which is nontoxic and harmless but annoying to wash off) and reduce the welts that can occur when paintballs hit bare skin.

Dress in Layers

If it’s relatively cool out, layer up with sweatshirts and sweatpants to further reduce the impact of paintballs on your body.

Go Dark

Save the all-white ensemble for later. Not only do dark colors reduce staining, but they also help you avoid detection during a paintball game. Paintball paint is washable, but you may find yourself crawling through mud or grass, which can ruin light-colored clothing.

Stay Loose

Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes or anything that will constrict your movement. You want to stay as nimble as possible during your game.

Sneakers or Boots

Choose footwear that’s easy to move in and that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Safety Matters

Wear a hat or beanie to protect the top of your head, as well as gloves to keep your hands welt-free. Of course, you should also wear a pair of protective goggles at all times.

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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.

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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!