10 Paintball Tips that Beginners Need to Know

Posted by Justin Toohig on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 11:40 AM

About to go paintballing for a work event, stag/hen do, or a birthday party?

Going paintballing for the first time is a thrilling experience that you’re unlikely to ever forget.

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Topics: Tippmann, Paintball, paintball tips, UK, newbies, skirmish

How to be a Paintball Sniper

Posted by Glenn Mehltretter on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 01:37 PM

Since the 90’s, there has been a lot of controversy in paintball concerning the term “Sniper”. For years, many players outright said there is no such thing as a paintball sniper. And yet, most of us who have played will admit. There have been games where we were out on the field, and a single shot rang out. You feel the paint hit you and look down and see the mark. Yet, you have NO clue where it was fired from! You raise your hand and leave the match and in your mind you know… You just got “snipered” by someone who is adept at stealth, has great shooting skills and more importantly, they outwitted and outlasted you in that match, and it makes your hair stand up on the back of your neck just thinking about it.

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Topics: paintball tips, How Tos

Winter Paintball Tips

Posted by Glenn Mehltretter on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 08:52 AM

I’ve been playing paintball for a decade now, and when I started (outlaw in my backyard with friends) we didn’t know much of the “common knowledge” about paintball. So we tried things and figured out how to play in the conditions we experienced, as my players and I were available to play in the fall, winter and spring. Living in the Midwest, we get COLD winters. I use the Farmer’s Almanac which has been great at predicting the weather for our games. But, we would often play in severe cold. Temperatures as low as 5°F, Brrrr! But, our favorite times to play are during a massive snow storm!

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Topics: paintball tips, winter paintball

Using Only Two Paintball Pistols

Posted by David REAPER Justin on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

"You only use two pistols?"

I'm often asked that question. Yes, I only use two pistols, sometimes three if you consider my Sarge Kit a pistol. I've been using pistols since I started playing paintball in 2008. I've owned all types of pistols and used them in all types of environments.

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Topics: Magfed, paintball tips, paintball guns, Paintball Gear

Three paintball upgrades to get increased performance

Posted by Ken Farris on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

In paintball there is nothing more exciting than taking a stock marker and upgrading it into the perfect marker for you. Tippmann markers have always been known for their durability and upgradeability. With so many upgrades available on the market today, it is easy to get lost in the confusion.

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Topics: paintball tips, Accessories, Paintball Gear

Paintball Tech: Barrels - What makes them accurate?

Posted by Ken Farris on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

Getting the best accuracy from your marker can be difficult to do. You may be aware that a barrel is the best upgrade to improve your paintball markers accuracy. Several factors contribute to improved accuracy, these include:

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Topics: Tippmann, Accessories, paintball tips, Barrels

Paintball Tips from the Tippinators

Posted by Ron Goldblatt on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Tippmann is pleased to promote a great idea from Bruce Johnston of the Tippinators that share paintball playing tips to new players using short animated videos. This series will pass on tips and tactics in such a way as to entertain while making paintballers a little better.  

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Topics: Tippmann, Tippinators, paintball tips, New Players

Friendly Fire - Tips on Avoiding the Embarrassment

Posted by Mike Peterson on Thu, Aug 02, 2012 @ 04:25 PM

We have all done it at one point or another. Adrenaline is pumping, sweat is dripping, and paint is flying in all directions. You are focused on trying to keep your opponent trapped behind the bunker he is crouched behind. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a blurry mass moving across your shooting lane. The player doesn't call out and you do not see the red armband your team has agreed to wear. Not wanting to let your teammates down you adjust your aim and pull the trigger twice. You hear a "pop-pop" noise bark from the barrel of your marker and see the fired paintballs explode on the other player, indicating direct hits. You smile knowing you just earned your first "kill" for the day.

As the eliminated player walks off the field in the direction of your team's bench, your feelings of excitement slam to a halt. It takes just a split second to realize what has just happened. You mistakenly just shot your own teammate. A feeling of embarrassment grows as your face flushes to a deep red hue. Instead of getting your first kill, you just had an incident of friendly fire.

Luckily, there are some techniques you can follow and share with your teammates that will greatly reduce the chance of anyone being involved in a friendly fire shooting.

1) Before the break (or start of the game) - Establish the direction each player will head and assign a shooting lane to each player.

Shooting lanes are specific areas each player is responsible for covering. Adherence to this advice will greatly reduce the chance of someone shooting a teammate from behind in the hectic scramble which tends to occur during the first few moments of any game.

2) Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.  Often times new players are excited and will fire at anything that moves. Make sure you know what your marker is pointed at before pulling the trigger.

3) Communicate with your teammates. Paintball is a team sport. You are not in this alone. If your teammates do not know where you are, they may be quick to pull the trigger when you enter their line of sight while mistaking you as an opponent.

4) Be visible. If your teammates can't see whatever it is that is being used to indicate your team membership, (flag, scrap of cloth, color, etc.) they will probably fire at you.

5) Be careful of crossfire and be aware of who is in your vicinity and down range. Flanking is a useful strategy, and your teammates will often attempt this tactic. When they do, be sure not to shoot at them.

Incorporating these suggestions into your game play will help reduce the risk of being involved in a friendly fire incident.

Feel free to add your own suggestions or friendly fire stories in the comments section.
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Topics: Tippmann, Paintball, friendly fire, paintball tips

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