Judged by any metric, Critical Paintball & Archery is something of a celebrity. The chromatic battle arena has been featured in magazines like Facefull, and Splat, and has even made a guest appearance on CSI: New York. Star roles aside, Critical Paintball & Archery is primarily a shop that gives paintball and archery enthusiasts everything they need to hit the battlefield or target practice lanes ? all with the comfort of air conditioning and certified instructors. The catalog's inventory is comprehensive, accommodating casual players and hardcore hobbyists alike with a meticulously curated selection of brands, gear, and apparel. Folks can order online, but Critical Paintball & Archery also maintains a showroom for shoppers who'd rather test the heft and balance of a paintball gun in their hand, or see if a helmet will accommodate the horn of their pet rescue unicorn. Though primarily a store, Critical Paintball & Archery occasionally acts as a school, with seminars and private lessons imparting the techniques of archery. Archery lessons are taught using recurve bows, a beginner-level bow which provides enough power and accuracy to train participants for the 77th Annual Hunger Games.
In the 1998 remake of Godzilla, a mutant lizard famously destroyed Manhattan—and at Hollywood Sports, visitors can do the same. The 23-acre sports center's paintball fields are each designed to mimic sets from classic movies, ranging from Godzilla to Saving Private Ryan; as they battle with their rented markers, paintball players live out their own twist on those film's battle scenes. Matches occur day and night thanks to the fields' stadium-style lights, which also ensure no one finds themselves in a shootout with a really aggressive bat. In addition to paintball, the park hosts other sports—rock-climbing walls, beach volleyball courts, and BMX racing tracks complement the movie-themed battlefields.
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.
Backed by a landscape of rolling green hills, paintballers navigate a maze of trenches, only peering above ground with their be-goggled eyes for a careful survey. With 14 battlefields to choose from, paintballing combatants test their mettle while fostering team-building and strategization skills. Players fire off rounds from Tippmann or Kingman air guns while ducking behind rusted, paint-splattered oil drums, stacks of large tires, or the big yellow dump truck left behind by Godzilla's toddler. Each battleground presents a different challenge—the turf airball course is populated by inflatable obstacles, and the woodsball field forces teams to traverse forested grounds made hazardous by wetlands and overgrowth. After a grueling match, players can take refuge in the shaded picnic areas to rest, refuel, or brush up on Sun Tzu's lesser-known text, The War of Art.