Action Star Games' outdoor battlefields facilitate colorful clashes between paint-slinging friends. On fields dotted with bunkers, trenches, and inflatable obstacles, paintballers dart in and out of the chromatic line of fire where inky warriors aged 10 and older practice the fine art of coloring between the lines at long range. Face masks protect sensitive eyes from inbound shots and sensitive ears from stinging taunts, although the 500 included paintballs provide ample means to write blistering Op-Eds on nearby trees. Full days of warfare begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3 p.m., and all games are monitored by Action Star Games' experienced referees, who keep the splattering safe and the combat fair.
Tombstone Paintball Park offers outdoor enthusiasts an exciting opportunity to reduce stress and enjoy nature while flinging paint at foes with all-day access to the park ($45, gun and mask included), all-day air ($10), and 100 paint-filled spheroids ($7) that can be customized to leave a splatter pattern that looks exactly like your first name. Twenty acres of terrain gives ample room for a variety of different playing fields with various themes. Storm the Civil War field, which features log revetments and multicolored courage badges, or defend the Siegfried Line—a large network of unmapped trenches, sandbags, and conduits that keep the enemy constantly dizzy, lost, or both.
With bunkers, wooden structures, and trenches, Code Red Airsoft Park's outdoor arena sets the stage for recreational airsoft games as well as for military and law-enforcement training. Staff members rigorously enforce all safety rules as combatants—each clad in protective gear—sing soundtracks to action movies from behind the sprawling play field's various forms of cover. During breaks in action, Code Red's crew runs a pro shop and invites players to rest on its porch equipped with industrial-size coolers.
Aside from open-play sessions, Code Red Airsoft Park's staff hosts special events and tactical airsoft training for marksmen who would like to improve their game. Organizers also put together themed games, such as simulated zombie outbreaks, and teach courses on accuracy, safety, and handling.
At first glance, the area looks abandoned. A trickling creek makes the only noise, carving past the trees and empty buildings that fill an ancient tribal village. But the airsoft player isn't fooled. He knows his opponent is out there somewhere, lurking behind a tree-trunk or camouflaged within some tall grass. It doesn't take long for a small, plastic BB to come whizzing over his right shoulder. The competition is on.
Setting is everything at Jericho Airsoft Park. Its four themed airsoft fields—including the Recon Ruins field described above—transport players into combat trenches, military bases, and uninhabited jungles. The outdoor terrain sets the stage for games of close-quarter, simulation combat. Friendly battles unfold amid the bunkers of the military-themed Firebase and within the twisted tunnels of the Trenches field, the park's largest competition area. But despite their appearance, these outdoor areas are not ungoverned wastelands. All players must wear safety gear and adhere to a strict set of rules, including calling every hit and giving nearby opponents the opportunity to surrender.
Occasionally, the rumbling sounds of authentic military vehicles also fill the park, and they take players from field to field. Other special events occur throughout the year. On Halloween, for example, the cries of the undead spill over bunkers and hilltops as players battle zombies, who everyone knows can only be defeated by tiny, plastic orbs.
When Sunny Williamson’s son couldn’t find a satisfactory airsoft facility, his father decided to create one for him. Opened in 2006, Tac City Airsoft has since expanded to two indoor airsoft facilities totaling more than 60,000-square feet. Under the watchful eye of refs, players duke it out in the Fullerton field’s fully enclosed quarters filled with wooden walls and labyrinthine hallways or the semi-outdoor space in El Monte littered with barrels and haystacks. Personnel update the fields every few months to keep repeat guests on their toes as they compete in scenarios such as capture the flag and follow-up games of set the flag free. In lieu of combatting with Tac City Airsoft’s fully automatic M4 rentals, visitors can purchase their own weapons and gear at the pro-shop.