Paintball, like television and clowns, became a lot more interesting after Einstein invented colour in the late 1950s. Shoot the full rainbow with today's Groupon: for $17, you get admission to and 100 paintball rounds and equipment rental at Panther Paintball in Surrey (up to a $35 value).
At Panther Paintball, players spend full days firing technicolor ammo across 57 acres of varied terrain. Paint warriors head to 1 of 12 playing fields, where unlimited CO2 cartridges propel 100 rounds of custom-made Formula 13 paintballs out of a semiautomatic marker gun equipped with a loader and barrel-blocking safety device. Fire acrylic salvos from below ground at the trench field, or turn unsuspecting adversaries into pointillist masterpieces from towers at the city field. Dense forest canopies shadow combatants as they crawl next to dirt mounds and duck behind tires, and referees ensure fair play and the absence of performance-enhancing paint thinners. Panther Paintball outfits sharpshooters in all the necessary gear, including coveralls or camouflage jackets, goggles, and paint-by-number fedoras. Players can also purchase refreshments or more paintball rounds for an additional fee.
Though Panther Paintball sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
At Panther Paintball, tall cedars and thick brush help to conceal the tactics of opposing shooters, who dive into the real-dirt trenches and other hiding spots that characterize the facility's 57 acres. Drop-in players as well as party groups can sling their BBs across no fewer than 12 variously configured battlefields strewn with tires, beaver-dam bunkers, dirt mounds, and other obstructions. The fields lend a realistic ambience to Panther's scenario-play events, during which vigilant referees oversee themed play. Panther recently added airsoft to its arsenal, which doesn't weigh down players with big hoppers or bulky air tanks.