Originally Posted by blasdgag
Do you reduce velocity in a game when players are new/young/few-pads/etc? Do you reduce velocity for CQB scenarios? I've been playing woodsball off-and-on over the years, and now have some property of my own that I play small games for fun with some relatives (6 or 8 people at a time). Some of the people who play are young, or just want to participate for the heck of it, and they don't like getting bruises (i.e. kids and ladies). I want to make sure everyone has fun and wants to keep playing!
I always chrono all the markers, around 270 fps. Also I try to give everyone as much padding and thick clothing as I can. But inevitably, people still get some welts and bruises. Also, a lot of our play ends up being CQB, less than 20 yards.
Would it be a bad idea to bring velocity down to 230 fps or something? Or even lower? And just buy better paint that breaks easier? (we mostly use rec paint, like Valken Fate/Infinity). Or would better paint hurt less? I've never bought the high end stuff.
High end brittle paint gives a nice quick thwack which feels reasonable by those that get hit.
Getting hit in the ribs/spine/groin/top-of-head/back-of-head/fingers/hands hurt the worst
Getting hit in the foot/legs/arms/shoulders/butt/neck hurt least
Getting hit in the stomach is iffy, sometimes it doesn't hurt and sometimes it hurts a lot. The stomach is a jumble of tissue of different densities I think and that's why sometimes it bounces and it's like "Oh OK, I got hit" and other times "OAAAWWW!!!"
My favorite clothing to wear is 60/40 "ripstop" pants or old Adidas sweatpants. The ripstop pants are durable while the Adidas are comfortable and allow some bounces. I've had Adidas sweatpants tear from sliding in the dirt, but otherwise it's great for sliding in dirt/leaves etc.
Beneath the clothes I wear slip-on kneepad/elbowpads for maximum slide-ability. These are only $10 at WalMart, I think they're Franklin brand.
I also advise participants to wear between-the-legs athletic protection.
My most important piece of protective equipment is a cotton hoodie. You can wear the hood so that the mask goes around it, and then to tighten up the neck area I wear a pull-thru squeegee rubber cable around the neck. The hooded portion allows paintballs to ricochet off the head and neck without leaving welts on those areas.
My favorite shoes are "indoor soccer shoes" for sliding in, but they only last about a couple of years before wearing out
Following all this advice will definitely help participants enjoy paintball comfortably and "survive hits"