Anybody Play Paintball?
Today I played paintball for the second time. I've been wanting to do it for a long time, probably 20 years (I'm about to turn 40), but never really had friends that were interested in it. Well, recently myself and handful of guys I work with decided to throw our hat in the ring and run-and-gun at a local course. We had an awesome time! Today we went for a second time at a different course, and still had a blast (although I know I'll be sore tomorrow....just like last time). My team got absolutely wrecked in one game where we faced off against another group comprised of ex-Marines, Rangers, and one Navy Seal.
Anyway, I think I'd like to do it more often, maybe 4-6 times a year, maybe a little more. Today I broke down and bought my own mask because all of the rental ones were so beat up I couldn't see anything and got lit up within 30 seconds in the first game. New mask was much, much better ($30). But I used the rental gun and packs. The rental guns at both places I've gone have been pretty crappy, and I notice the guys with their own guns seem to shoot a lot faster and lot more accurately.
I'm just getting into this so I was wondering for those of you who play regularly, can you point me toward some better equipment (including guns), or give me a list of "must have's" if you're going to play? Note; I'm not interested in those Speedball courses, but really like the woods games. As far as guns, full auto are not allowed here. What kind of things can I look at that will work well but don't break the bank? What's the best "bang for the buck" for someone who's looking to play about once a month?
Thanks in advance!
I've never played paintball. I did play airsoft for a couple years -- I love the realism of the airsoft guns and had a pretty nifty loadout of an automatic MP5 and some real surplus military gear.
I've always thought it asanine that law prohibits people from owning automatic airsoft and paintball guns but that's probably another topic.
Anyways, it was always some great exercise and a great time bonding with some of my friends. We had our own favorite teams and cliques.
Sorry I can't help you with gear, though. Never touched a paintball gun.
I used to play quite a bit, but it got way too expensive. For a gun, you can't go wrong with a Tipman 98 of any variety. Cheap, easy to break down and fix, almost unlimited amount of upgrades to them. They are the Fender of paintball guns.
Only been paintballing a few times, sadly the site guns tended to jam quite easily. Other than that, it was a blast. The local place we went to had a few different types of games from the standard pitched battle, to capture the flag (which was in a fort) and "bomb the pub".
One of the times we went was my friend's stag do, we taped the stag and the best man together and made them run past a firing squad, they got about 5 ft before falling on the ground and being pelted with the paintballs we had left, great times!
Airsoft is great fun too, really want to get back into that. There's an airsoft ground near my hometown which is in an abandoned hospital and it's surrounding buildings, never been but it looks awesome! There's an abandoned outdoor type shopping mall type area nearby too that was used as an airsoft location (not sure if it still is), also looks pretty sweet.
Paintballing and airsoft here. They both have their good points I'd say,though with paintball we went back old school and play with pump guns
Used to play. Then a lot of the local fields started disappearing. Where I'm at right now there are no good fields, all nickel and dime ops. Rural area so not a good selection of paint or places to get tanks filled.
HPA- high pressure air: you can obtain a nice 45/3000 hpa tank for fairly cheap, hpa fires more consistently than co2, and isn't affected by temperature as much, but it's also a lot harder to find somewhere to get them filled vs. co2.
+1 on the tippmanns. Durable and reliable to a fault with some standard maintenance. The Model98 is pretty much the standard and is used by a great many fields as the field rental gun of choice. The A-5 is a bit newer, but is harder to maintain than the model 98. Don't bother with the response trigger upgrade or cyclone feeder for it. Those require modifications, and are just a waste of your precious co2.
Definitely get a motorized hopper. If you go with a model98, you won't need one all that fast. The motor helps keep the paintballs from bottlenecking.
If you want the most consistent shots, be prepared to spend more money on paint. A good shop will let you inspect the paintballs for misshapen/warped/dimpled paint, as well. Paint should be rotated occasionally in storage and not left to sit too long or it will warp/dimple/etc...
Neoprene gloves and a neck protector- simple, cheap, and a hell of a lot better than being shot in the bare knuckle or the neck.
Paintball was my life around age 12-16 1,000 markers top of the line tanks, hoppers (all paid for by myself)
I really do t care to talk about it any longer
used to play quite alot....
was in a team and we used to meet up and take on other bogan teams unofficially, it was fun for a while then it all drifted apart.
sometimes i would go along alone and hook up with other teams and give them direction on how to spread their team out to be effective against the other side. Then the refs would step in and help out the other side so we didnt wipe their buts all the time.
If you have your own gear, they all get scared of you when the teams line up thinking your some sort of pro...lol
now my kids want to go and i'm getting a bit old to slide along on my knees and ly in the dirt on my elbows
age shall not weary them :-(
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