Among the largest and most advanced paintball facilities in the Southeast, Shane’s Hot Shots Paintball & AirSoft is a tacticians dream. The expansive land resembles a battleground: shells of aircraft, abandoned forts, and stacks of tires litter the field. Paintball players and airsoft marksmen duke it out on their large fields during open-play matches, weaving between the obstacles and hiding in trenches. The fields are open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to see the park’s rules.
From the moment Metropolis Arena staffers usher the day’s first group of masked sharpshooters into the obstacle-laden battle zone, the airsoft outpost remains abuzz with fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled crossfire until the last BB is shot. The 14,000-square-foot playing field camouflages up to 100 players at a time with its olive and khaki hues, and its indoor facility enables year-round play unhindered by inclement weather or traitorous clouds. In the onsite shop, knowledgeable staff members outfit players with rental gear and help shooters in the market for new equipment select a suitable instrument for their next BB-firing mission.
Players advance and retreat across three acres of battlefields at Xtreme Paintball Conyers, semi-automatic markers clutched tight. Weaving in and out of dense obstacles, firing at opponents attempting to snipe from forts and bunkers, or running and ducking on the fast-paced speedball fields, warriors of all stripes can find the backdrop suitable to their preferred brand of action. Xtreme Paintball even offers up gaming formats for the strategist: capture the flag or attack and defend. And to ensure that first-time players can compete, the staff rents out markers, hoppers, CO2 tanks, and protective masks that keep adversaries from seeing nostrils flare in surprise.
AIRDOG Airsoft provides all the tools, real estate, and teammates required for an adrenaline-pumping session of high-stakes combat play. Today’s Groupon is good for the full airsoft experience, providing all faux-soldiers with a G36 rental gun, battery, magazine, mesh mask, and 1,000 BBs designed for maximum velocity, accuracy, and bragging rights. Once players suit up and pump up, they're free to enter the wild, obstacle-laden landscape of the spec ops jungle. Games typically take between four and six hours to complete, allowing ample time for strategy swaps and devious diversions. The competitive playing fields at AIRDOG Airsoft welcomes BB beginners and airsoft old-hands of all ages (players under age 18 must have waiver signed by a parent or guardian; players under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Together, the Snellville indoor field and the Conyers outdoor field make up the paintballer’s paradise known as Wildfire Paintball Games. Within Snellville’s warehouse-like space, gunrunners dive behind walls of corrugated pipes. Overhead netting prevents errant paintballs from splattering the ceiling, and large bunkers akin to oversized beanbags offer temporary cover to players who need to tie their shoes or quickly finish a book report. At Conyers, ramshackle huts and fort-like edifices give snipers a spot to target their opponents. A forested area provides camouflage, and the speedball arena’s regulation-style obstacles stand tall on the grass field as players duck and run.
With the Atlanta skyline as their backdrop, players at Dosser Works Paintball fire rounds of pigment on four outdoor fields, each covered to keep out inclement weather and the sun’s judgmental glare. Experienced paintball players run these facilities, and they channel their knowledge of the game by supervising safety and regularly changing field layouts and game scenarios. Themed competitions and night games play out on two tournament-size fields, an astroturf-covered speedball field dotted with air bunkers, and a post-apocalyptic warzone where competitors dive and shoot from behind mounds of tires, sandbags, and an authentic burned-out Ford Windstar. A sniper tower between the speedball and dirt fields lets players take aim and give constructive haircut critiques to those below. The play area at Dosser Works Paintball has expanded to include two new fields called "The Back Lands" with two airplanes, a derelict van, two mountains connected by a bridge, topped with flag towers.