Owners William and Paula Smith arm players with Spyder or Tippmann markers before they trek across bridges, sneak through the trees, and dodge incoming fire from behind a cluster of barrels on Low Country Paintball’s wooded field. The staff has decorated its massive course with obstacles and barriers such as an upturned rowboat and a rusty old truck. Elsewhere on the 63-acre facility, staff members oversee participants who weave through the speedball field’s bounty of blue inflatables. In addition to open-play sessions, Low Country Paintball hosts frequent games and events through its LCP Scenario branch, including bouts themed after famous battles such as the Thumb War of 1812.
Mount Pleasant Paintball considers its 25-acre property as much an educational facility as a playing field. Divided into five battlefields, each zone re-creates tactical situations found in bygone theaters of war. The staff uses the paintball skirmishes as historically-themed teaching opportunities, priming players with Civil War tactics on the War Between the States field and going over the challenges of trench warfare before unleashing paintballers onto the World War One field. Not merely interested in the historic significance of battle, Mount Pleasant Paintball dedicates itself to providing employment for veterans and teaching players the value of teamwork and camaraderie.
Disguised by a helmet and mask, a quick figure darts past paint-splattered woodland trees, diving into a trench before blasting a nearby opponent with brightly colored marker fire. On nine fields spread across 60 acres of land, other paintballers similarly dart, dive, and duck behind tubes and barrels in their pursuit of the opposing team's flag. Referees ensure that competitors practice safe and fair play in each bout, and an optional chronograph range makes sure each rental or player-supplied marker fires at a safe velocity. In addition to accommodating participants on its courses, Paintball Charleston's store supplies gear such as CCM markers and matching barrels with the same Hello Kitty decals on them.