What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
$39 for all-day paintball for up to 4 ($116 value)
- Four all-day passes
- Four markers and masks
$179 for a paintball party for up to 10 ($350 value)
- Up to four hours of field rental
- 2,000 paintballs to share
- Markers, air, masks, and passes for up to 10
Paintball Markers: Gas Power Instead of Gun Powder
For their first-ever duel, the men credited with founding the sport of paintball armed themselves with guns designed to herd cattle, which they found in an agricultural catalog. Read on for more on the history and mechanics of the paintball marker.
Most basic paintball markers—or paintball guns, as they’re commonly called—are powered by a propulsion system that runs on compressed carbon dioxide, nitrogen, or air. When the trigger is pulled, a paintball emerges from the hopper on top of the marker and is propelled out of the barrel thanks to a burst of this compressed gas. These sophisticated contraptions would be unrecognizable to early players of the game, whose pellet-spewing weapons were decidedly cruder and certainly not designed for combat play. Hayes Neal, one of the sport’s founders, recalled, “A friend of ours found a gun in an agricultural catalog that was used by cattlemen to march cows . . . We bought two of these things and had ourselves a little duel.” In the years since that first round of paintball was played, the sport and equipment have evolved substantially, with many different markers of varying calibers and firing powers available to players.
To ensure player safety and uphold fair-play standards, most paintball ranges make players chronograph their markers before play commences and at regular intervals throughout the course of the game. The chronograph process entails shooting the marker and measuring ball speed in order to calibrate marker speed so that it doesn’t fire too slowly—which results in paintballs not breaking upon hitting others—or too quickly. When firing the marker, players should avoid shooting from the hip and instead pull the marker tight into their shoulder, taking aim by looking down its barrel.
The Fine Print
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