8 Things You Need To Know Before Playing Paintball
Don't let the fear of being shot scare you. Go to the field prepared!
If you have never played paintball, there are a few things you might want to know before you arrive for the debauchery. This guide will help you have a successful day with your buddies and will have you walking away with a few less welts.
Getting shot in the hand sucks!
One fear newbies have is how much pain is caused from getting shot. Well, regardless of where you get hit it's going to sting, but we found the most pain comes from getting shot in the hand. Your hand has lots of small bones and not a lot of protection. Wear gloves. Not only are they very affordable, they will keep you playing longer...Plus they look badass.
The biggest mistake rookies make is staying in one position. When you stay in one position you make it easier for enemies to calibrate their targeting on you. If you move around, your enemy constantly has to re-adjust and because paintballs aren't the most accurate projectile, it makes it that much harder for you to get hit. This is perhaps the best tip for staying in the game longer.
Small Players Rule the Field
Small bodies are small targets. This is one sport where smaller players can really excel. Strength really means nothing in paintball. If you're a larger person, you will have a harder time staying in the game.
Getting Shot Hurts
Paintballs travel at about 300 feet per second. People often wonder what getting shot feels like, it really depends where you get shot. But for the most part a good gauge of the pain is to take an elastic band, fully draw it and snap it against your bare skin. There are some areas that hurt more than others. Getting shot in low body fat areas hurt the most. Never use paintballs that have been sitting in a cold environment too long as they might freeze and the pain can be multiplied by ten.
Pain is temporary though. Especially when you have adrenaline pumping through your body. After you initially get shot, you will soon forget about the pain and enjoy the game.
Shoot Lots of Paintballs
Paintball bullets are round and this means when fired they are a little unpredictable, especially if your target is over 20 yards away. You may be aiming at someones chest and the paintball will curve off in another direction. This is why it's important to trace your rounds by repeated fire.
Prevent Foggy Masks
Unless you use your own high end mask, you can expect your mask to fog up during play. This happens more often during warmer days when you sweat. If you opt out of buying your own fog proof mask, a great tip is to roll up a paper towel and make a bridge for your nose. This will lift the face mask away from your face just enough to let the condensation escape while still protecting you.
Wear Proper Clothing
To avoid excessive pain when getting hit, you should wear layers of clothing, boots and a hat. Don't go overboard though, especially on a hot day, or you will be incredibly uncomfortable.
If you stay in one area too long, you become predictable. The enemy will pin you down and you will be dead in minutes. It's important that you play on the offensive. The team that is the most aggressive usually wins. The fear of getting shot always prevents amateurs from playing aggressive.