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« on: 23 December 2010, 09:39:22 PM »
Paintball FAQ's
By Dawn Allcot, Editor, Recon Magazine

What is Paintball?

Paintball is a game in which players use compressed-gas-powered Paintball guns (sometimes called markers) to shoot each other with small balls of encapsulated gelatin. When these paintballs break, they leave a brightly-colored mark, about the size of a quarter, signifying that the player is eliminated from the game.

Is Paintball safe?
According to a study done by The National Injury Information Clearinghouse of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington D. C., through use of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, Paintball was identified the safest sport in the world. With only 1 injury* per 4,000 players, Paintball is statistically safer than golf or bowling. See our article “Playing it Safe” for more info. (*An “injury” is defined in such studies as an event which causes a participant to miss at least a day of school or work)

Does getting hit with a paintball hurt?
This is the first question new players usually ask about the sport. It can sting or “smart” a little, especially at close range. If you’ve ever been snapped by a wet towel, or played handball or racquetball and gotten hit by a rebound shot, that’s about what it feels like. If you’ve ever gotten a tattoo or had your ears pierced, you’ve experienced substantially more pain than you’ll feel from a paintball hit.

Paintballs may also leave a small bruise at the point of impact, called a “welt”. Paintball players wear these like badges of honor. If this bothers you, you can wear extra padding, such as knee pads, elbow pads, gloves and a chest protector. And, of course, approved Paintball masks to protect your eyes and face are mandatory safety gear.

The truth is, paintball is so much fun, the sting of a hit barely registers. When your adrenaline is rushing, it lessens the sensation. And you know what they say about not remembering pain? It’s true! You’ll leave the field with only fond memories of exciting firefights, crazy stories and usually some great new friends.

How old do I need to be to play in Singapore?
At most fields in Singapore the age limit is 14 years and above. Participants between 14 - 17 years old would require parental consent to play. Please contact your local field if you have further questions.

Do I need any special equipment?
The basic gear for a game of paintball includes a Paintball gun or marker with an air source (either CO2 or compressed air) and a hopper, Paintball mask, and paint. Most fields will rent you all the gear you need for a small rental fee.

Can I buy paintballs at the field?
At commercial fields, some may have rates for recreational paintball based on packages from 50 - 250 paintballs. At other fields you can purchase paint by the box (2000 rounds) or the bag (500 rounds). Many fields require “Field Paint Only,” (FPO). If a field has a “BYOP” (“Bring Your Own Paint”) policy, you can purchase paint at your local Paintball pro shop or a mass market sporting goods retailer. Generally all fields will list their prices on their websites so it's a good idea to do some research prior to booking.

What are paintballs made of?
Paintballs are manufactured from a non-toxic, water-soluble and biodegradable mixture of colorants and polyethylene glycol (which is basically children’s finger paint) inside a spherical gelatin capsule.

Can you eat paintballs?
Eating paintballs is basically harmless, but they don’t taste very good at all.

Do paintball splats stain?

Simple answer, no. Hits wipe easily off your clothing and skin, and any residue left on your clothes comes out in the wash. They also wash off trees and grass after a rain shower. Some special “tournament” grades should be washed off right away to avoid leaving any trace.

How much does paintball cost?
For most people, it costs about as much as skiing or snowboarding. However, experienced players spend thousands of dollars on their gear, and often travel across the country to high-profile games, spending a fortune in gas or airline tickets, hotels and food for the road.

But paintball doesn’t have to be that expensive. Depending on how much “paint” you shoot and based on the prices at your local field, you should plan to spend anywhere from $50 - $150.

Do I need a team to play?
Absolutely not. You can show up at your local field alone or with a few friends and the referee will put you on a side for the game. Chances are, you’ll make friends throughout the day. In fact, that is how many paintball teams start; walk-on players see the same people every weekend and, before they know it, they begin working together on the field. From there, it doesn’t take much to give your small group a name and become a team.

How long do games last?
Games can last anywhere from one minute for intense spectator-style“speedball” games, to 26 hours for a weekend-long scenario event. An average recreational game in the woods lasts between 15 minutes to an hour. A typical game played on a tournament-style field lasts about three to ten minutes.
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