Getting 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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Paintball 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!
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.
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.
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.
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In 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!
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.
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.
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.
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When 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.
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Did you know that there are more than 3 million people who play paintball in the U.S. every year? If you want to stand out in the crowd and become a better paintball player, there are a few simple steps you can take to improve your aim and accuracy. Let’s start with some extra practice!
Practice shooting when you’re not playing
If the only time you shoot your paintball gun is during competitive matches, it can be difficult to identify bad habits that might have a negative effect on your accuracy. Practice on a shooting range when you’re not playing to improve your technique and get more comfortable with your gun. You can start by shooting stationary targets to dial-in your aim, and then gradually incorporate moving targets to simulate the fast action of a paintball match.
Choose the right gun
The most accurate paintball guns are typically those that have long, slim barrels. Extra attachments and accessories might seem beneficial, but their added weight can make it harder to aim as well. If you’re shopping around for your first paintball gun, it’s a good idea to practice with a simple, straightforward configuration before adding attachments like flashlights and bipods.
Stay calm and be patient when firing
It can be difficult to shoot accurately when you’re tense and anxious. During a match, you might even let your adrenaline get the best of you and start firing at random. Try to maintain a calm, focused demeanor when shooting to give yourself the best chance of hitting your target. Obtain your sight picture, take aim at the target, and take a couple of deep breaths before pulling the trigger. This process might take a few extra seconds, but it can significantly improve your hit ratio.
Ready to put your paintball skills to the test? Come visit us at Battle Creek Paintball & Airsoft Fields! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned vet, you’ll be sure to have a great time playing on 15 acres of unique fields. Give us a call at (973) 545-2556 to book your paintball session today.