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What is Paintball?
I Have Never Played Before What Do I Do?
What Is Recball?
What Is Tournament Paintball?
What Equipment Do I Need To Play Recball?
What Equipment Do I Need To Play Tournaments?
Is Paintball Expensive?
How Many Paintballs Will I Shoot In A Game?
Will The Paint Wash Out?
What Is The History Of Paintball?
Is Paintball Safe?
What Are The Injury Statistics Of Paintball?
Are There Safety Rules?
What Do I Do To Buy My Own Gear?
I’m Playing Every Month Now, Can I Play Tournaments?
Do I Need A License For a Paintball Marker?
How Do I Get A License For A Paintball Marker?
Where Can I Find Out More About Paintball?
Where Can I Buy Paintball Gear Online?
Goggle System!
Paintballs!
Markers (Guns)!
How Do I Know Which Marker Is Right For Me?
What's the Difference Between C02, Nitrogen and HPA?
How Many Shots Can I Get Off My Tank?
What's The Difference Between Open And Closed Bolt Paintball Markers?
The Game!
Paintball Velocity!

 What is Paintball? 

Paintball is a game first played in 1981 in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by hitting them with capsules containing paint (referred to as paintballs) from a device called a paintball marker. The game is regularly played at a sporting level with organized competition involving worldwide leagues, tournaments, professional teams, and players. Games are played on indoor or outdoor fields of varying sizes. A field is scattered with natural or artificial terrain, which players use for strategic play. Rules for playing paintball vary, but can include capture the flag, elimination, defending or attacking a particular point or area, or capturing objects hidden in the playing area. Depending on the variant played, games can last from seconds to hours, or even days in scenario play.

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I Have Never Played Before What Do I Do?

If you’ve never played paintball before, you’re in for a real treat! Paintball is a game that anyone can play, male, female, young, not-so young. Before you go out and play your first game, there are some things to know. Wear old clothes. Old camos work great! Wear a Comfortable pair of boots, cleats, or joggers. DO NOT wear any good jewellery of any type. If you choose to wear them, they could become lost or damaged.

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What Is Recball?

Recball also known as Bushball is the social side of paintball and is played in the bush at a registed field wearing camo or overalls to help hide you. You usually get a heap of your friends together and just play against each other with rental markers and rental gear. Occasionally you will play against other recballers if you don’t have enough people but this isn’t an issue as there are many people that go to play Recball.

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What Is Tournament Paintball?

Tournament Paintball is played with three, five, seven or even ten on each team. You use all the high end gear and it is fast and furious. They play on an open football field like area, with blow up bunkers for cover. These bunkers are called sup air. You can play for trophies, prizes and or money. There are many styles of Tournament Paintball and are all as fun as you make it.

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What Equipment Do I Need To Play Recball?

For Recball if you are only playing for a one off the field that you will play at will have the gear there for you to hire. This gear is made up of camo, mask, paintball marker, and for the ladies a chest protector. If you don’t want to use the field cloths give them a call before you go and ask them if they have any problems with you wearing your own cloths.

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What Equipment Do I Need To Play Tournaments? 

For Tournament paintball the Equipment you need for playing are a high end marker, mask, padded equipment and some paintball cloths. All these items can be found in  paintball shops online and if you are close enough going to the stores.

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Is Paintball Expensive?

Playing Recball the costs are: Paintball, just like every other sport has so many playing styles, and along with these styles comes various types of equipment. If you're just looking to go to a local paintball field and rent a gun. Starting packages, $30 with 100 paintball, up to $200 for the highest packages.

For Tournament Paintball the gear cost more to buy but once you have it, it’s yours.

The gear that you will buy can range from low to high price. Best thing to do is ask around and talk to the paintball shops and seek there advice.

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How Many Paintballs Will I Shoot In A Game?  

The average first time paintballer will go through around 300 to 500 paintballs but this also depends on how trigger happy you are the more you shoot the more you will go through.

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Does The Paint Wash Out?

Yes. The paint used in paintballs contains polyethylene glycol, and other water soluble elements. This means that it will wash out. It is best to wash your clothes when you get home from playing rather than waiting a few days.

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What Is The History Of Paintball?

In 1981, twelve friends played the first recreational paintball game using these industrial paintball guns from the Nelson Paint Company on a field measuring over 100 acres (with no masks or safety equipment!). Long stretches of quiet, with people busy stalking each other and worried about whether they were being stalked, were the norm.

One of the names given to the sport that we now call paintball was “The National Survival Game.” This name reflects on paintball as it was first played – a small group of friends getting together in the bush to play total elimination games. Sometimes the friends broke into teams to play each other, but most paintball games were “every man for himself”

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 Is Paintball Safe? 

Paintball is safe so long as you follow a few precautions. Studies have actually shown that paintball results in fewer injuries than common sport like football, basketball and even golf. Following safety guidelines is the most effective way to ensure your safety while enjoying paintball. Every field will give you a safety brief before you are aloud to step on the field or play the game.

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 What Are The Injury Statistics Of Paintball?

The fact is that less than 1 person out of every 4,000 who play paintball will end up having to go to the doctor for a paintball-related injury. This includes things like sprains or scratches from falling in the woods, not just injuries directly related to paintball balls.

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Are There Safety Rules?

Do’s

  • ALWAYS wear a mask when you are on a field, regardless of whether or not there is a game going on. Accidents happen, and a paintball mask could save someone from losing an eye.
  • Listen to the ref and always follow the rules of the paintball field. Rules exist for player’s safety. When everyone follows them, people can concentrate on the fun stuff – playing paintball.
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirts provide protection against the impact of paintballs. The right clothes lets players run, slide, crouch and do other manoeuvrers more safely, as well.

Don’ts

  • Crank the velocity of a paintball gun up. Guns should chronograph at no more than 300 feet per second. Velocities that are too high make paintballs burst inside the barrel more often, and increase the chances of a paintball injury occurring.
  • Shoot people if they are too close. Paintballs come blazing out of marker at 300 feet per second! It’s important to give them time to slow down. Commercial paintball fields normally have rules about how far apart players have to be to shoot someone. When in doubt, play it safe: don’t shoot at anyone closer than 15 feet.
  • Shoot at anyone or anything that is not part of the game. It’s wrong and it gives paintball players a bad reputation. Just think what you would do if it happened to you.
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What Do I Do To Buy My Own Gear?

To buy your own paintball gear there are many sites on the internet that you can use and buy from. There will be addresses so you can email or call them. Talk to the people at the paintball shops and they will help you with what you are trying to find.

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 I’m Playing Every Month Now, Can I Play Tournaments? 

If you have been playing a lot of paintball and think you are ready to step into Tournament paintball try starting by looking for a team or making your own team.

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Do I Need A License For a Paintball Marker And How Do I Get One?

The answer is yes. You must have a up to date Firearms License with the category PB1 to be able to obtain a Paintball marker. If you do not have a license all you need to do is call your local rifle range and enquire about getting a license.

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Where Can I Find Out More About Paintball?

There are many ways of finding out more information on paintball and these are some of them. Youtube.com, billspaintball.com, paintball.com, and also asking paintball fields and paintball players about it also.

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Where Can I Buy Paintball Gear Online?

There are many paintball stores in Australia they are Australian Paintball Association, paintballshop.com and propaintballshop.com

You can also buy gear from ebay.com and sites from overseas.

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Goggle System!

A google system is what paintballers know as a mask which is made up of a lense, head strap and the mask itself. Every set of Goggles (masks) have a different System and the best way to find out is to google or youtube the mask you are looking to buy or find out info on.

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Paintballs!

A paintball i a round, thin-skinned gelatin capsule with colored liquid inside it. The fill inside paintballs is non-toxic, non-caustic, water-soluble and biodegradable. It rinses out of clothing and off skin with mild soap and water. This link explains more on how they are made. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTf3uebkUp4

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Markers (Guns)!

A piece of equipment used in paintballing. Markers make use of  Co2 or compressed air  to propel paintballs through the barrel. The paintball community generally prefers to use the term "marker" rather than "gun" in order to mitigate the public perception that paintball markers are weapons, and that paintball is a dangerous sport.

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 How Do I Know Which Marker Is Right For Me?

The best way to find a marker that is good for you is to go down to a field on a members day and just ask the players if you may have a go with some of there markers. Most players don’t mind and will be more then happy to help you out and give you as much advise as they can.

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What's the Difference Between C02, Nitrogen and HPA?

There are two main power sources used to propel a paintball out of a paintball gun - Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Nitrogen/High Pressure Air (N2/HPA). Both are very common and each has its pros and cons. Carbon Dioxide, more commonly know as CO2, is the most commonly used propellant due mainly to the fact that it has been around since the beginning of the sport and is fairly inexpensive. Its main disadvantage is its sensitivity to temperature. As a CO2 tank warms up or cools down the available pressure either rises or falls. For a paint gun, differences in pressure mean inconsistent velocities.

Nitrogen and High Pressure Air systems, commonly called Nitro and HPA, are the most common alternatives to CO2. Nitrogen and HPA are the cheapest and most readily available. Since Nitrogen and HPA are stored in their natural gaseous state and not liquid, they are not susceptible to the thermal problems described above. A Nitrogen/HPA equipped paintball gun will perform consistently regardless of temperature and weather conditions. Nitrogen/HPA has almost completely eliminated velocity fluctuations. The only drawback is that Nitrogen systems costs more and some fields do not have the capability to refill the tanks.

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How Many Shots Can I Get Off My Tank?

The number of shots per tank is dependent upon two main factors: the gun itself and how fine tuned the air system is. Generally speaking, high performance guns will provide more shots per tank than the low end markers. Shots per tank will even vary on the same type of gun depending upon how the gun is setup.

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What's The Difference Between Open And Closed Bolt Paintball Markers?

A closed bolt marker is one that is in the "ready to fire" position with the bolt closed. That is, the marker is ready to shoot when the front of the bolt is secured into the "chamber," or the breech end of the barrel. When the trigger is pulled, a valve is opened that allows a burst of CO2 or Compressed Air through the bolt to propel the paintball down the barrel. Closed bolt markers re-cock themselves by opening enough to allow another paintball to fall into the chamber, then re-closing, ready to fire again

An open bolt gun is one that is in the "ready to fire" position with the bolt in the open position, ready to slam closed when the trigger is pulled. With most open bolt markers, when the trigger is pulled, the bolt slams forward sealing the ball in the breech of the barrel. A burst of CO2 or Compressed Air is then released that propels the ball down the barrel. A spring returns the bolt and re-cocks the bolt. Most, but not all, semi auto paintball markers are open bolt markers.

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The Game!

Every style of game is different and every field will have different styles of games. There are different games such as capture the flag and storm the fort. there are to many to name but if you want to know more about the style of games that fields have just give them a call and ask.

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Paintball Velocity!

Velocity adjusts how fast the paintball is shot out of the marker. If you turn the velocity up, you'll get better distance and speed, but at the cost of less accuracy, and a higher use of CO2/Compressed Air. You could also run a higher risk of breaking paintballs in the barrel. If you turn it down, you get more accuracy, and less distance, as well as using less CO2/Compressed Air. Also note that if you play in an tournament game with referees you can be penalized for having your velocity set too high.

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