Paintball is a type of a combat sport in which the players (who are normally divided in teams) try to eliminate their opponents by shooting them with spherical plastic capsules filled with water-soluble paint. The opponent is usually said to be killed if any paintball shot from a member of the opposite team hits him in the torso or head.
Paintball is an excellent training tool. It helps to prepare the players for situations that might arise in the field, be it acts of terrorism or hostage situations; this form of training prepares them to make the right decisions at the right time.
Paintball is played of sport as well and research shows that the sport is practiced by 10 million people in USA alone. The most popular types of paintball forms are woodsball, speedball and scenario. The spherical balls are fired from grenades and rifles specially made for shooting them. The specific rules of paintball vary from people to people. An average game of paintball can last anywhere between five minutes and thirty minutes. Talking about little bit of history, the first paintballs were made in the 1950s by Nelson Paint Company. They were used for forest related activities such as marking trees as well as to mark animals like cows.
Though there should be as much aggression as possible by each player, the game should be played safely. Hence, the players wear equipment like vests that minimize the pain when the ball strikes. The vests are normally available in all sizes and they have adjustable pockets for keeping pellets, maps, etc. Also the players should wear protective goggles and mask for safety. This is because paintballs can cause a lot of pain when they hit delicate areas such as the eyes and the ears. The flaps of the mask cover the ears.
The paintballs shot from the rifles travel at an average velocity of 300 feet per second. However commercial paintball rifles may fire paintballs at 191 mph. The paintball’s velocity can be checked with a chronograph before the game begins. When not playing, the players should apply a barrel blocking device such as a barrel cover or a barrel condom. The barrel cover is in the form of a small bag and it is covers the front of the barrel.
In military training and overall playing, the main aim in paintball is to eliminate players of the opposite side. Hence a player gets eliminated if he is hit by a paintball which breaks open on strike with a mark in paint. However, a paintball that breaks open on other object before hitting the player is not a valid hit. This is known as a splatter. In most cases a hit on any part of the body except the head is valid. In case a player is not sure whether there is a valid hit (maybe because of the spray from paintball hitting another object) then he may ask the referee for his opinion. This request is known as a paint check. Removing as hit and continuing to play is a serious offence and the player maybe banned for a certain period of time.
With paintball when you get shot, you get the chance to start over, in most real world cases, not so. So the aim in simulation is to not get shot, the same as it is in real life!
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Manufactures accessories for paintball.
Manufacturer of the Diamond GT and GT Commando series. Avalon also produces soft goods which include Harnesses, Paintball Hoppers, Tubes, and Jerseys.
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Force on force training product manufacturer.
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Complete line of soft and protective gear.
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