There is a rainbow of reasons to lock 'n' load the paint pellets and engage in a little chromatic combat this autumn. Today's Groupon gives you the best reason of all: for $25, you get admission, goggles and mask system, paint-gun rental, initial CO2 air fill, and 500 paintballs at Cousins Paintball. (Choose between all-day admission on an open field and three hours on a private field for groups of 10 or more).
At Cousins, you and your friends get to dress up like G.I. Joes and reenact the Korean Conflict battle scenarios you once spent whole Saturdays arranging in your backyard with action figures and plush animals. Fall is the perfect season for a little recreational human hunting since the fireworks of color from the changing leaves provide the perfect camouflage, allowing you to slip through the trees as stealthily as a postal worker on an extended lunch break.
Bring your friends, coworkers, and neighborhood children, and prep yourself with all your best terse commands and color-related, iconic tough-guy one-liners ("Say yellow to my little friend…"; “You’ve gotta ask yourself a question: ‘Do I feel like being shot by a high-velocity, though quite safe, capsule filled with paint that will probably wash out completely, unless I’m wearing suede?’ Well, do ya, punk?”). You have your choice of Cousins' four area locations: Coram, (Long Island); Manchester, New Jersey; Staten Island; or New Windsor, New York.
With the option to upgrade to a private field for groups of 10 or more, you can celebrate everything from bachelor parties to corporate outings to bar mitzvahs to successful dental cleanings. If you have no good excuse to do battle, Cousins has a calendar full of its own full-on wars and more. Just give Cousins your Groupon and 48 hours notice, and you'll get to run around playing Korean Conflict in the biggest backyard in town.
Cousins Paintball's Long Island location has gotten mostly positive reviews from paint-splattered ballers at PBReview.com:
- The fields are awesome. I grew up with woods behind my house, so playing there returns me to my childhood. – forcedfx, pbreview.com
- I’ve been at Skirmish, Cousins/Coram NY, E-Jam and High Velocity. Cousins at Coram NY is my favorite one so far... Most fields at Cousins are big enough so you don‘t get taken out by 10 paintballs at the same time right away when referee blows his whistle to start a game and that's a plus IMO... – Xmarkerman, pbreview.com
Talk the Talk, Stalk the Stalk
Paintball pros know that it’s not enough to be invisible, silent, and deadly (any store-bought ninja can bring that to the table); you also have to have technical expertise, and be able to efficiently communicate your tactics in the field of combat. That’s why Groupon has put together this glossary of paintballing terms to prepare you for your first foray into splatterdom:
Marker: The primary piece of equipment in the sport of paintball. Often referred to incorrectly as paintball gun, or super-correctly as Lucille. Clustering: When the paintball team pauses action to enjoy a handful of Clusters: the caramel-coated peanutty-popcorn snack that’s great for kids… and paintballers like it too! Ghost: A participant who remains in play after being tagged out, due to unfinished business regarding the mysterious locked chest in their attic, a missing will rolled up inside a bedpost, and the preternatural hunches of a precocious 10-year-old girl with an adorably oversized magnifying glass. Newbie: Any player who is less than eight months old.
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For more than 30 years, Cousins Paintball has been at the forefront of the paintball industry, equipping hundreds of thousands of players for battle. In addition to fun and thrill, the business prioritizes safety, providing participants with full masks to protect eyes and faces, and specially designed paint is free of any harmful ingredients. With referees overseeing competitive battles, players are free to keep their eyes on the prize as they race to capture the flag or compete in special events.