On Action Star Games' 13 outdoor fields, the rugged terrain tends to stain players' clothes before the paint does. Throughout each game, combatants crawl through concrete drainpipes, squat in trenches, and dive behind dirt hills as they advance on each other. Specialized in training teams for local and national tournament play, Action Star's referees rotate teams throughout the fields—including a speedball field sporting inflatable obstacles—and supervise each firefight. They also advise players to bring water and action-friendly clothes, such as a tuxedo.
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.
Barricades, bunkers, trenches, and heavy brush provide ample cover for firing off shots at opponents, ducking from overhead fire, or meeting to discuss how to get the pizza-delivery man into the fortress unharmed at The Paintball Park Games of elimination battles give players a chance to take out the other team while sprinting between the wreckage of tanks and helicopters.
Each of the Paintball Park's paintball fields has a distinct feel. Running beneath dinosaur sculptures lends to a carefree sensation, and trying to find an entrance in endless, gray castle walls evokes the sense that one is an ancient warrior who left his keys somewhere. Paintball Lite and Splatmaster allow kids and beginners alike the chance to try a lower-intensity variation of the action. In addition to the usual paint splatter, each October, The Paintball Park beckons zombie hunters to shoot at the undead as they try to escape through haunted trails. Camp Pendleton transforms with a haunted graveyard, hayride, laser tag, and kids activities delighting fear-seekers and children alike.
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.