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.
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.
Snaking through paint-splattered trees, the marksman kneels behind a wooden cable spool, carefully lining up a shot as an opponent clambers uphill past a row of paintball-ridden boards. Little does the marksman know that, from the second-level of a nearby wooden structure, another player points a marker in his direction and laughs a maniacal laugh. Such scenes have unfolded since 1998 at Carnage Paintball, which began hosting refereed bouts as Club Paintball in 1994. Open-play sessions commence every Saturday and Sunday, and weekdays only accommodates private parties and group outings.
AirSport is a fast-paced, high-octane game that combines airsoft, dodgeball, and other sports. Each adrenaline-fueled match proves that a little coordination and communication can lead to a rich gaming environment. During matches, players dive behind an ever-changing array of barricades, firing off rounds of plastic BBs from air rifles. With rifles at ease, players also use their hands and feet as they apply traditional sports skills such as kicking, throwing, and running to capture flags.
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.