Do Paintballs Hurt?


Do Paintballs Hurt?

Paintball is a safe and fun sport where you can shoot a friend or family member with a splat of paint and not have to worry about injuring them. It is an intense sport creating an adrenaline rush.

For beginner players, paintball may sound intimidating. It’s not, depending on how you are dressed and the kind of marker you will be using. “Paintball parks near me” internet search, is where one wants to start if you are unaware of a location close to where you live.

Whether it’s your first time playing or thinking about having a paintball birthday party, the more knowledge you can acquire about the sport, the better time you will have. Our phone lines are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for all customer inquiries. Park hours of operation are every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., rain or shine.

What paintballs are made of.

Paintballs are filled with a liquid gel that is nontoxic, water soluble and doesn’t stain clothing. They can hurt a bit upon impact if you aren’t dressed properly. If you are playing with others that are far beyond your skill level or not dressed properly, paintballs can cause welts, wounds, and bruises. Fall and winter are the perfect months to dress in layers for paintball games.

Best suggestions for preventing injury when hit with a paintball.

  • Sweats! They are thick and comfortable to move around in.
  • Hoodies cover the back of your head.
  • Neck scarves or a bandanna provide throat protection.
  • Hands get cold. Fingers can get shot. Wear gloves!
  • Layer up on very cold days. Thermals or leggings underneath pants.
  • Beanies for your head.
  • Sports cleats or hiking boots prevent slipping and falls.

Beginner and first-time players prefer to use the .50 caliber paintball soft marker and paintballs. The .50 caliber marker is a lighter weight version of the Tippmann model 98 and carries a smaller compressed air tank. .50 caliber paintballs are almost half the size of the standard .68 caliber ball which compares to the size of a marble.

When paintballs hit, it feels like a sting when being hit with a wet towel. In some cases, the ball will bounce right off you and especially when you are wearing thick sweats. Layers provide padding between you and the paintball.

Keep in mind, referees will not put you or your group in games with advanced players if you are using our rental markers. Players using .50 or .68 caliber rentals are put in games with others using the same kind of rental gun. The “self-equipped” player, as they are called, uses their own custom markers, and play in games with others using the same.

Some games, referees will call out, “open class”, which means you can mix it up and play in the same games with the self-equipped players if you want to. Open class games provide more of a challenge, however, not very advisable for beginners or fist time players. Once you gain more understanding of how to use your marker and have made a few visits to Paintball USA, chances are, your skill and comfort levels are more appropriated to go against the self-equipped players.