A trip to the paintball field is the only way to treat an itchy trigger finger, outside of expensive rash creams or firing a water gun carved from a cactus. Scratch the itch for vengeance with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a Saturday paintball outing for two at Husker Paintball Adventures in Murray (a $50 value). This Groupon is valid only for open play on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outing includes the following:
- Paintball mask and gun rental
- Unlimited supply of compressed air
- 200 rounds of ammunition
- Unlimited open play<p>
Husker Paintball Adventures supplies paintball players with a sprawling forested area ideal for covert color-flinging combat. Weekend war games begin with safety briefings that cover the dos and don’ts of competition, including the hazards of close-range firing and approaching Wite-Out-spewing landmines. Conscientious staffers then outfit the day’s shooters with masks and air-powered arms before making sure experienced players are not pitted against newbies. During adrenaline-charged open play on private paintballing fields, competitors dodge vividly colored crossfire while traipsing across creek beds and camouflaging themselves behind thick brush and resident beavers’ wraparound porches. Each person will begin the day’s six hours of open play with 200 rounds of field ammo, which is usually sufficient for even first-timers to score a few direct hits.
Two kinds of additional rounds (field grade and premium grade) may be purchased during play for an additional cost ($17 for 500 field-grade rounds, $20 for 500 premium-grade rounds). Check the company’s website to see photos of the fields and surrounding landscapes.
Husker Paintball Adventures
Throughout Husker Paintball Adventures’ rural backcountry speckled with trees and tangled thickets, paintballers explore six battlefields spread across 20 acres and find refuge behind plastic barriers and stacks of timber. After traipsing through creeks and crouching along the low ridges of shallow gullies, players seal their truces with lunch by bringing their grills for a picnic among the spindly trees and garden of organically grown target symbols. In the interest of sportsmanship and making the hobby accessible to everyone, the staff never pits pros against rookies and enforces a 20-foot shooting rule. Safety is also paramount, so they turn down firing velocity on all paintball markers for groups of younger players.