Outside the general store in an old Western town, two duelists skip their customary paces and cut straight to the shootout. That's a major faux pas in the old west, but here no holds are barred. Their weapons are loaded with paintballs, and the town is "The Wild Wild West," one of four paintball fields at the indoor Club Splat.
In addition to "The Wild Wild West," avid paintball players designed all the club's fields with their fellow enthusiasts in mind. Its main stage, "Splat Town," is a tire- and barrel-littered replica of the "Nuke Town" level from Call of Duty: Black Ops, which, in turn, is an homage to a level from the unpopular 80s arcade staple Duck Hunt: Apocalypse. Further battles unfold on a classic speedball field full of inflatables, and the "Kids Splat' arena caters to young players with a pain-free game inspired by paintball.
Separated by skill level, teams face off for five- to seven-minute games, leaving them plenty of post-game time to explore the rest of Club Splat's 26,500-square foot facility. Combatants can take a break from color-coded warfare to send 8-balls and pucks zipping across billiards and air hockey tables in the glow-in-the-dark arcade, or outfit themselves with new paintball gear in Club Splat's 1,000-square foot pro-shop.
Founder and member of an elite foreign Special Forces team, this tactical adventures instructor has since lent his expertise to military and SWAT teams as well as drug-enforcement organizations. Today, he dedicates his expertise to Vegas Tactical Adventures, where clients engage in scenarios designed to boost adrenaline and instill defensive strategies. These include everything from an adventure based on the Bourne movies to a women's Femme Fatale course, during which they learn to shoot a crossbow and jump from a moving vehicle. Always with an eye toward safety, the business maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy for those they deem unfit to participate.
Paintball provides a competitive capture-the-flag approach to studying the forces of velocity, wind-resistance, and the physics of splatter. Seven spacious fields of natural grass and hundreds of trees span 10 acres of surface area at Pahrump Paintball, where a friendly, safety-first staff can monitor large groups of marksmen and Wagnerian shieldmaidens. All equipment is provided, including paint, air, and splattable battle fatigues, allowing soldiers to sink into the trenches and skillfully blot the enemy from a distance or surge toward an opponent's base, making a poignant meta-mural of their surroundings. The attentive referees and variety of the course, including a tall-grass jungle field, make Pahrump a fine destination for all levels of splotcher.