Due to the fact that paintball is a high velocity sport, it is important to select the proper paintball guns and paintball gear prior to taking the field. Selecting the proper paintball gear is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost is safety. Though paintball is an extreme sport, all quality veterans value the safety of themselves and other players on the filed. All players at a minimum must wear paintball gear that protects their eyes, face and head. And may paintball players go further to make sure to cover up any exposed areas that their clothes do not cover. This covering up includes wrists, hands, ankles, and neck. While a paintball pellet is designed to only splatter paint and not cause injury, the impact can hurt and possibly piece the skin. The more you cover up, the less likely it will be that you will go home with cuts and bruises. Read on below for a list of safety equipment and other paintball gear.
Paintballs: A paintball is a round capsule with colored liquid paint contained within. A paintball has a thin outer shill, and a liquid core. The average size of a paintball is .69 inch in diameter. The liquid core is washable, non-toxic, non-caustic, and biodegradable. The splatter on clothing comes out in one cycle through the washing machine.
Paintballs come in an unlimited array of colors including green, yellow, red, orange, white, pink, blue and any other color within the spectrum. The outer shill may have a different color than its liquid core.
When a paintball hits a target the gelatin shell splits open and the liquid splatters outward. If the target is a paintball player or a paintball gun, they will be "marked" by a paint stain. This is why paintball guns are sometimes called markers. Usually to the player that has been marked is eliminated from the game. The amount of paint that must leave a mark on the opponent differs depending on the paintball tournament of the particular rules of a given field. On some, a small amount of paintball splatter may be sufficient to eliminate an opponent. In others, a mark must at least be the size of a quarter to qualify as a "hit" or "kill".
Paintball Flags & Armbands
In paintball team play and tournament style play, flags and armbands are used to distinguish between teams. On one side, teammates wear identical colored armbands to distinguish themselves from the other side. Usually, the flag in play and to be defended is the same color as the team armbands. The flag is usually one foot by two feet in size. In tournament style play, a flag is placed on each side to be defended and protected. Usually a capture of the other teams flag signals the end of the game. It is important to select good color contrast between teams and flags so that you know who to shoot at, and who to protect.
Paintball Guns, Paintguns, and Markers are three terms used interchangeably. The Markers are your offense and defense against the cruel world around you. Two main types of paintguns are stockguns powered by C)2, and the pumpgun powered by compressed air cylinders.