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.
At Paintball Wars, the competition is just as unforgiving as the terrain, where splattered rounds mix with the red earth kicked up by dashing and diving players. On Kill Hill, players crouch behind plywood barricades and hay bales, while others climb atop the dirt bunkers, affording them a higher vantage point but exposing them to enemy fire. Nearby, the Flats keeps everyone on the same level, eschewing the Z-axis for ample cover behind barrels and piled tires. Alternatively, the Speedball field’s configuration of inflatable cover changes on a weekly basis, providing new challenges and preventing regulars from memorizing the locations of invincibility power-ups. Outside the battle zones, the park’s armory doles out rental equipment to the uninitiated, including such useful items as one-time-use camouflage overalls and ammo pods.
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.
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.