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Old 02-17-2012, 10:02 AM #1
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How would you define what paintball is

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How would you describe paint ball to someone who knows absolutely nothing about this game. Is it a gun with paint in it? what the speed of the paint when it goes off the gun? Does it hurt? What sort of paint is it? Why do you like this sport? etc.....
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:11 AM #2
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Paintball is an extreme sport
Paint flies at 300 fps which is roughly 200 mph
It hurts less than a towel snap
Paintballs are filled with food coloring and are encased in gelatin
It is an adrenalin rush, I am good at it and I like it.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:16 AM #3
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Definition of PAINTBALL
: a game in which two teams try to capture each other's flag while defending their own using compressed-air guns that shoot paint-filled pellets
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Hi everyone
How would you describe paint ball to someone who knows absolutely nothing about this game. Is it a gun with paint in it? what the speed of the paint when it goes off the gun? Does it hurt? What sort of paint is it? Why do you like this sport? etc.....
Paintball is, by definition, an Extreme Sport.
To describe the markers (always use that term, it saves a lot of headache...), tell them that they are powered by compressed air or CO2 and launch a paint-filled capsule at about 300 feet-per-second. The capsules (paintballs) are stored in a container above the marker called the hopper, which holds usually 200 rounds. The marker is, if it is mechanical, always semi-automatic. They can fire about 5bps, but will free-cycle (continuous firing without engaging the sear) at about 40bps.
A mask is always worn and never removed on the field of play. The mask can withstand multiple paintball impacts with no problem, and most masks protect the wearer's face, head, and part of the neck.
Paintball really doesn't hurt a great deal. It stings like heck for a minute or so, but after that you don't feel it. I've been playing five years and have grown de-sensitized to the impact. For more information on explaining paintball to an outsider, or just to give them something to read, click here!
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:37 PM #5
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Officially, we promote paintball as one of the unique experiences of your life - something akin to sky diving. It gets you off the couch, some great exercise, tests your leadership and teamwork and communication.

If I was to talk about the tournament scene, I would say a team-based Extreme Sport.

If I just wanted to talk about what paintball is like, I'd mention that it's really just team-based tag.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:15 PM #6
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:54 PM #7
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Paintball - An extreme sport which includes speedball(blowup cover), hyperball, and woodsball. In all the different types, there are usually two teams who try and eliminate the other by marking them with their marker(paintball gun). The marker uses CO2 or Hydrogen/Air(Hydrogen and Air tanks are the same thing with different names) to propel a gelatin ball (made of biodegradable materials) which is roughly made of 98% water and 2% oil(I could be really off on those percents; sorry). Paintballs are, at most regulated fields, shot at around 280 FPS (Feet per second). The game is usually reffed, depending on where you go. The rules vary from place to place. An example of a varying rule would be gunshots (any of your equipment being marked by paint) counting as an elimination. The paintballs break open upon impact, and generally cause very little pain. What pain is experienced is more of a stinging sensation from the ball's impact against the skin or through clothing. In my experience, the stinging pain goes away after a few seconds. Of course, the closer you are to the gun, the higher the velocity of the ball when it hits you. Thus, more pain may be experienced when shot at close range rather than farther away.
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:14 PM #8
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Paintball is, by definition, an Extreme Sport.
To describe the markers (always use that term, it saves a lot of headache...), tell them that they are powered by compressed air or CO2 and launch a paint-filled capsule at about 300 feet-per-second. The capsules (paintballs) are stored in a container above the marker called the hopper, which holds usually 200 rounds. The marker is, if it is mechanical, always semi-automatic. They can fire about 5bps, but will free-cycle (continuous firing without engaging the sear) at about 40bps.
A mask is always worn and never removed on the field of play. The mask can withstand multiple paintball impacts with no problem, and most masks protect the wearer's face, head, and part of the neck.
Paintball really doesn't hurt a great deal. It stings like heck for a minute or so, but after that you don't feel it. I've been playing five years and have grown de-sensitized to the impact. For more information on explaining paintball to an outsider, or just to give them something to read, click here!
Check out the other articles I've written for just about every FAQ you can think of! Good luck and good hunting!
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there are guns without batteries that can shoot well over 10bps. decent cockers, RT tippmans, and mags. pneu-mags can hit 20.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:49 PM #10
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Capture the flag with paintball markers. and a team sport.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:51 PM #11
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Yes of course mechanical guns can shoot more then 5 bps... that number is clearly off. I think paintball is the only sport when you are playing it that you will feel lost by the outside world until you are done playing. I get no other feeling when I'm playing.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:31 PM #12
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:42 PM #13
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A sport that personifies everything that it means to be a guy.
This made me lol. To me, paintball is hard to define to someone who's never played. Whenever asks me what it's like, my answer is always either "just come try it and you'll see", or I spend several hours explaining every aspect of the game. 2nwyka's definition is pretty good for a quick explanation
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:48 PM #14
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I always used to say it's just like a rubber band on your skin to my friends to get them to play haha. A little bit more painful than that, but by the time they played and got shot their already hooked.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:17 AM #16
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hunting where the game shoots back.

I've always thought it is like hunting and being hunted at the same time.

I do know this, it is the greatest adrenaline rush you can experience. except maybe skydiving.(not sure about that though, as I would never jump from a plane for fun.)
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last time i checked you can't really feel those lasers when they hit you.

about about its shootyball. or military simulation without real bullets.
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there are guns without batteries that can shoot well over 10bps. decent cockers, RT tippmans, and mags. pneu-mags can hit 20.
I know that they're perfectly capable of shooting faster than 5bps (I can get up to maybe 10 on my Prostock), I was just talking about how fast the average player can pull a single trigger setup. I've never gotten over about 7 on my Tippmann A5 without fanning...
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I know that they're perfectly capable of shooting faster than 5bps (I can get up to maybe 10 on my Prostock), I was just talking about how fast the average player can pull a single trigger setup. I've never gotten over about 7 on my Tippmann A5 without fanning...
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