What is Paintball ?
Paintball guns were originally designed and used in 1972 in the USA to mark trees that are to be cut. According to the APG Magazine, paintball as we know it today was first played by Hayes Noel and Charles Gaines toward the end of the 70s. Paintball as a commercial industry, on the other hand, started in the 1980s, when Bob Guernsey, owner of the National Survival Games company, first released "Splatmaster" into the market. Splatmaster was the first gun designed specifically for paintball.
During the 80s, paintball was still known to be a survival sport which enabled its players to test their ability to survive in the wild. The basic equipment back then consisted of a compass and a map. Rules were simple and concise: "every player is responsible only for himself andonly one team survives!".
The game is like chess. It requires intelligence and determination, not merely strength or speed to be successful in the game of paintball. Paintball is a character building activity that builds self-confidence and leadership skills. It fortifies team play and spirit as well as any other sport out there.
Paintball played today, is a combination of the childhood games of "Tag" and "Hide and Seek", but much more challenging and sophisticated. Although there are many different styles of games, typically a group of players will divide into two teams to play "Capture the Flag". The object of the game is to capture the opposing team's flag while preventing them from capturing your own. As you attempt to capture the flag, you can also eliminate opposing players by tagging them with a paintball expelled from a special CO2-powered paintball gun. Games usually have a time limit of 15 to 30 minutes depending on the type of game being played. Win or lose, everyone has a great time and there's always the next game waiting for you.
A paintball is a round, thin-skinned gelatin capsule with coloured liquid inside it. When a player is tagged bye a paintball, the thin gelatin skin splits open, and the liquid inside leaves a bright "paint" mark (or a "splat" mark). A player who is marked by a paintball is eliminated from the current game. The "paint", which is non-toxic, non-caustic, water-soluble and biodegradable, rinses out of clothing and off of skin with mild soap and water.
is a very safe sport when the saftey rules are followed. Players must always
wear special goggles and masks, made specifically for paintball, to protect
their eyes and faces during the game and while in any area where shooting of
paintballs is permitted, such as the target range. Paintball guns are tested
with a chronograph to ensure the paintballs do not exceed a safe speed (generally
300 fps). Referees are on the field to control the game, enforce rules of safety
and fair play, and assist players with their equipment.
Paintball is somewhat like war except in war when you get shot or hit by a grenade or bullet it hurts just a little more. The strategy is really important. Many paintball games are modeled after real wars or battles.
basic format requires you to get your team to the other end of the field, using
trees or manmade barricades as cover, seize the flag from the other team's base
and run it back to your own before time runs out.
are awarded for eliminating opposing players, seizing the opposition's flag and
hanging it in your own base within the allowed time, which can be anything from
five to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the teams (usually 5, 7 or 10-Player).
There are many variations on the original game, from walk-ons, where the size of
the teams depends on how many players turn up on the day, to 24-hour scenario
games that can have teams of several hundred players and are often based around
a movie or historical event.
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