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.
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.
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.
AirSoft Depot lets gun toters loose on an expansive, tree-lined field to challenge their reflexes and ignite their adrenaline glands in free-form shooting games. Plywood forts, rusty barrels, and bright orange traffic cones act as safe cover during shootouts as players duck and roll through each blockade to achieve their missions. AirSoft Depot's home base stocks an assortment of imitation firearms ready to be rented, loaded with ammo, and cocked with a punny catch phrase, or airsoft gun owners can bestow their armaments on the center's seasoned techs, who repair and upgrade most brands.
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.