Most fields are “scenario” fields. This means that they have many different bunkers to hide behind, forts, tunnels and sometimes buildings. There can be varying topography – hills, ditches, slopes, trees or bushes.
On these fields using tactical movement can greatly improve your success of winning. Tactical movement can include how to move in your environment, how to move as a pair or squad, how to communicate quietly.
Moving in your environment is basic whenever you play paintball. How far apart are the bunkers or your cover? How tall is the bunker you’re hiding behind? You may have to crawl to the next bunker. What route you choose to get to your next objective can make all of the difference.
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Before you move out, have a plan. Decide where you want to end up. Come up with an alternate route if possible. Also, always have a retreat route in mind. If you engage an enemy, quickly moving around or “Flanking” them could decide that contest in your favor. Flanking an enemy is great way to have the round end in your favor.
Have at least one team member engage the enemy while one or more move around one side or another. If you have enough team members, use a “Pincer”. This is when you surround your enemy by moving around on both sides at once, trapping the enemy in the middle.
There are many ways to move to your next point. Run, Walk, Crouch, Crawl, Belly Crawl. Your situation and available cover will dictate what you should do. Time may also be a factor. Is there a time limit on the game or is your enemy advancing on you fast? Camouflage is very important.
If you can, wear clothes that blend into your surroundings. Using the cover around you to conceal your outline or form is always important. When you look out from behind cover do it slowly. If you are seen by the enemy, slowly pull your head back. Human eyes notice movement.
If you see an enemy and they are not aware of your position, you can distract them by throwing a rock or something away from you. This will focus their attention some where else allowing you to attack or move.
Decoys can be useful on the field. Carry an extra mask with you. Before you stick your own head out, stick out the decoy mask. If you take fire, it won’t be against you. This may seem silly, but it will keep you in the game longer.
Pair and Squads
Having a teammate with you can increase your ability to move quickly and should make you harder to hit and more deadly. When possible, practice and train with your team mate. When one of you moves, the other should be covering. You should be spaced out by at least one bunker most of the time. Exceptions to this would be if you are in a fort. Otherwise you can become trapped by opposing forces much easier.
A squad is a group of 3 or more, preferably 5. This allows your squad to cover a larger area, but still move quickly. The most common formation for a squad is the “wedge” formation. This gives you 180 degree coverage as you move forward. This helps keep you squad from being flanked easily. It also give you a good arc of fire when engaging the enemy. Always choose a squad leader. This will help you make decisions quickly and truly work as a team.
Being able to communicate without talking or shouting is very important if the enemy’s position is unknown. I have included a small chart that you may find useful. It only works if your team mates know the hand signals as well.
Tactical Paintball – Strategy and Tips – Boise Paintball
Tactical Tips for Boise’s Largest Paintball Park
Tactical paintball is like playing “Call of Duty” or any of your first person shooter video games. You play with a small team or squad, usually around five. Any gear extras are allowed i.e. radios, grenades, ghillie suits, tact vests, laser scopes etc. If you practice as a squad and perfect moving and fighting as a unit, you can soon dominate on the paintball field.
Being outfitted with the right gear can really help your game and increase your chance of survival and completing the objective.
Let’s start with tactical paintball radios.
Radios, or walkie-talkies, can give your squad an immense advantage on the field. Being able to communicate quietly or when out of sight of your teammates is a real game changer. It allows you to send and receive intel of enemy movement, location and strength.
It also allows you to call for support or lend support at a critical moment in that game. An earpiece with boom or throat mic is a must. The earpiece allows you to hear radio traffic quietly. This is important so you don’t give away your position or allow the enemy to hear your communications.
A boom or throat mic allows you to easily send your message and allows you to talk quieter as well. If you choose a throat mic, make sure it does not impede your ability to breath when you are breathing hard. Most radios are good for many miles so even the largest of games are no problem.
Grenades can be your friend.
Grenades can get you out of a hot fire fight or keep you from having one in the first place. There are several types of paintball grenades to use depending on your circumstance. The paint grenade is the most common. There are several manufacturers. The “pin” works a little different on each one.
Find one that works easiest for you. When the paint grenade “goes off” it squirts paint all around. Any player with even a drop on them is out. Next is the smoke grenade. I only use Enola Gaye brand. They are “cool burning” so you don’t start a fire, but always keep an eye on it if you are playing in dry brush. Simply pull the ring and throw.
The “burst” smoke grenade they make is my favorite. It puts out the same amount of smoke as the standard model but twice as fast. This truly makes a smoke screen that you can move through or behind and not be seen. They come in many colors. Last but not least is the bang grenade.
This grenade can be used in paintball or airsoft. It can have many different “shells”. The different shells are cosmetic and do the same thing. It’s just what “look” you want. The bang grenade uses a 12 gram CO2 to make it explode. Simple pull the pin and throw. the grenade will pop in 3-5 seconds. It make a VERY loud bang.
At Pyrrhic, we call anyone in a 20 foot circle from the grenade out, even through walls. This is helpful when the enemy is holed up in a fort and it will take a lot of paint, players or time to get them out.
Camouflage is something most misunderstood on “the battlefield”.
Simply wearing camo clothes usually doesn’t help unless you are playing woodsball. First, know the fields you are playing on. Wear clothes that blend in, not announce where you are from 500 feet away. Also take in to consideration the time of year you are playing in.
A ghille suit has it’s pros and cons. If you have heavy brush or bushes on the field, a ghillie suit can be excellent at keeping you concealed. Again, they come in many different colors depending on your surroundings and time of year. A ghillie suit would work well in combination with a sniper rifle. Tiberious makes great sniper paintball guns (I will talk about them in another post).
A tactical vest is another great accessory to add to your gear bag.
They are all similar so look for the features you want. Some features are extra pod holders, radio pouch, grenade pouches, pouches for rags, water bladder holder, etc. Tactical vests also absorb, or bounce, hits from enemy fire. They come in many colors.
Find one that fits but doesn’t restrict your movement. Finding one that “breathes” in summer is another good feature.
The last piece of gear you will need for your tactical setup is your gun. there are many factors in choosing the right marker so I will go into detail on this subject in my next post. So until next time
Most people are using rentals and almost everyone is equally skilled. Nobody is worried about being out beaten by someone who is better than you.
Then there is “Tactical” paintball. Where you have a squad of people and friends who communicate with each other via walkie-talkies to strategize where the enemy team is and eliminate them.
Some of the gear these players use are markers that look like real type guns, from Sniper Rifles, to Assault Rifles, to SMG’s, and Pistols. To give themselves and their squad a more military/tactical look.
Finally there is “Speedball.” Speedball is a fast pace, fast action type of paintball. People spend extra money into their gear to look, shoot, and help them play better.
People buy high end electric markers to be able to shoot faster, and be able to shoot farther. Speedball is a close quarter’s game type. This is the game type that all the pros play on.
Paintball Words of Advice…
And some words of advice, don’t let those big dawg “pro-paintballers” scare you into not wanting to play any more. Paintball is an incredibly friendly sport.
Most times “veteran” players will latch onto a younger or newer player to give advice both on and off the field. They have sometimes been known to let new player’s use their high end gear to try out for a round or two. When you are ready to “upgrade” your experience playing, you can always start by buying your own marker and your own gear.
I highly suggest starting with a good mask first. Having the best gun in your hands does no good if you can’t see your target.
When you’re still a beginner, and plan on buying your first paintball marker, you should buy a beginner marker. Not some high end marker just yet. This will help you work on how to use and care for your marker and learn how to play the game.
After you have progressed and learned more, then you will have a greater appreciation and the skill to use a better marker.
And now…My Paintball Story.
I started paintballing back when I was in early Junior High School, probably in ’09 or ’10. Ever since then I fell in love with the sport! I’ve been going out to my local field as much as I could.
Then, when I saved up enough money to where I was able to buy my first paintball marker. My first paintball marker was a Spyder-Xtra.
At first it was a small little marker, but it did its job excellently. Then I went to a local paintball store and bought myself a longer barrel, to help increase accuracy.
And I went from a stock 12″ long barrel to an 18″ long inch barrel. After a few years of playing, my parents bought me a new and better marker. They bought me my first electronic marker, a GoG EnvY.
Paintball in High School…
In my senior year of High School I started a paintball club to try to share my passion and experiences with my peers at school. I was the first student in the Boise School District to have created such a club.
My plan was to get the club popular enough to have word get out to other High Schools, so that one day we could have battles against the other schools. Just like how they do now but with different sports.
…Pyrrhic Paintball Rocks!
And then one day, one of my friends suggested a new field I should go too – called Pyrrhic Paintball. When I arrived, the fields were very nice looking, and the staff working there are polite and very respectful.
One of the best paintball fields I have ever played on! And they let anyone join a game, it doesn’t matter if you stink at the game, if it’s your first time playing or if you’re a pro and have played in the big leagues. It’s only a game and we are all here to have fun!
It’s been 6 years and still going, of playing this great and amazing sport, I have made a lot of great friends and have done some remarkable things while on the field.
When I play I want my experience and the other player’s I’m playing with to be fun and not about dominating the other team or player.
Paintball players are friendly and fun!
Paintball is a friendly and “team” sport. Don’t worry about how good the other guys are and don’t think that we don’t want you to play with us. Don’t think “they’re too skilled for me, they have automatic weapons, and they’re just going to kick my butt.”
I get that a lot when I try to join in on other people’s games, especially if they are beginners.
And my statement to them is that I am here to have fun and enjoy my day just the same as you are. Also, Rec play doesn’t allow fully automatic guns anyway.
I would personally recommend PYRRHIC PAINTBALL to all my friends and anyone who asks about paintball. I love this field and will always play on it!!!
So without further ado…I plan to see you out on the field!
Boise Paintball: How to choose the right paintball mask?
Face protection and good visibility…for a better game.
With more than a fair share of masks on the market it can be hard to decide what one you should get. There is lots of different items to consider some cosmetic some functional. In my own personal opinion I think a mask should be one of the first things you purchase if you want to start buying paintball gear.
A good mask can help you see better throughout the day with no fogging and in general be more comfortable. Most masks on the market today fit the average person. Here are features of alot of the masks on the market today.
Lens- lots of choices, dual pane thermal lens are what you want.
Face profile- how much of the jawline/forehead is exposed.
Foam- foam that goes around the goggles.
Mask skirt- can flex or be stiff.
Ear protection- padding to protect ears.
Hearing- is hearing impaired by ear protection.
Visor-used to keep the sun off your eyes.
Goggle strap- comes in many different colors and styles.
Color- many different options.
Customization- different masks have more customization options than others.
This is the mask I use currently, it’s not too expensive while also being a solid first mask. There are lots of different lens, and color options to choose from. All the lenses are dual pane thermal. The mask is easy to disassemble and clean. This mask is comfortable to wear for a full day of playing paintball or even just for a few hours.
It does not feature any padding on the ears but the ears are covered by the mask. The foam on the facemask is kind of cheap but still comfortable, easy to replace just not as soft as some of the other masks on this list. A lower price point makes this mask a good choice if you are on a tight budget.
Empire EVS (Empire Vision System)
The EVS is the newest mask from Empire and at the top tier of paintball masks. With a decent selection of colors to choose from this is a great option if you want to pick out something on high end of paintball gear. Featuring a dual-pane thermal lens that filter UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes and a comfortable fit on your face this is a great mask to choose.
The face foam has 3 layers and is very comfortable to wear all day long, the ear padding is nice and does not effect your hearing when playing. The mask can come apart easily without any tools, and lens can be changed and replaced with ease. The lens are huge on this mask and you have a very large field of view.
The helix is defiantly the cheapest mask on the list. It features only 2 colors black and olive but has dual-pane thermal lens. This mask features a rigid skirt unlike all the other masks on this list its not going to flex if you are pushing on it. But for $30 you are not going to find a cheaper mask that has thermal lens.
This mask might not be the most comfortable to play in but it defiantly will do its job of protecting your face and enabling you to see when playing an intense game of paintball.
HK Army KLR
The KLR is the only mask that HK Army makes but it is a very nice mask. This mask has a very simple disassembly, taken apart there is only 3 pieces to it so it is hard to lose any parts. The mask is very comfortable with 3-layer foam on the face to be very comfortable to wear all day long. The ear protection is very good while also not effecting your hearing.
The lens are easy to change out and replace with many options to choose from, all the lens for the KLR are dual-pane thermal and filter UVA and UVB rays to help protect your eyes. The foam on this mask as far as I know cannot be changed out. Overall a great mask and comes in a little cheaper than the EVS with just about all the same features just a little easier on the wallet.
Its should be noted that all these masks have easily adjustable goggle straps with silicone beading on the back to keep them from slipping during play. Anyone of these masks would be a great choice to play in. There are many other mask to choose from out there I just wanted to highlight a few of them and go over some of the features of the masks on the market.
If you are out at Pyrrhic paintball and see someone with their own mask there don’t be afraid to come up and ask them about it, most will even let you try it on to let you see if it fit you. Because at the end of the day it’s about having fun and playing the game we all love.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me with any questions here email@example.com. I would love to answer any questions to may have about masks or any other paintball related gear.
Here’s what to expect on your first time out to play paintball.
Pyrrhic Paintball – Treasure Valley and Boise’s largest paintball park.
So you’ve decided you want to try paintball for the first time but you’re not sure what to expect. Here are a few answers to some common questions.
Does getting hit with a paintball hurt?
It definitely doesn’t feel good to get shot with a paintball, but it’s not going to drop you to your knees. The most accurate comparison I’ve found is it feels about the same as a moderate toe-stubbing.
It can vary from a sharp sting to a dull thud. Typically being shot on bare skin will feel worse than a shot to covered skin.
Most people that are nervous about being shot loosen up and enjoy the experience more after the first time they’ve been hit as it’s almost always explained as “not as bad as I thought it would be”.
As long as a person is following all safety rules the worst injury you can get from a paintball is a bruise. Get out there and enjoy the game!
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What to wear when playing paintball…
After a day of paintballing the paint will wash out of most fabrics worn. Take care to not let the clothes sit with the paint on it for too long (typically weeks) or it may leave stains that look similar to oil or grease.
As long as you wash your clothing within a reasonable amount of time there should be no issues.
You typically want to wear clothing that is loose fitting as it will help with movement. Many people will play in jeans and a cotton top. I typically suggest a pair of thin gloves (such as mechanic gloves).
Wearing some form of head covering, even something as thin as a bandana, can help quite a bit of you’re worried about being hit in the head.
In the winter months players typically wear more/thicker clothing. I’ve found that using more layers rather than thicker material is best.
As the day goes on you may find that you’re overheating in a jacket and using layers allows you to quickly and easily maintain a comfortable temperature.
What to bring to Pyrrhic Paintball
Most of what you’ll need can either be rented or bought at the field. It’s always a good idea to bring water or Gatorade with you. It’s always nice to have a rag or two handy. At the end of the day it’s always a good idea to have a change of socks for the ride home.
Magfed Games – Boise Area’s Largest Paintball Park
What is Magfed?
Magfed is a type of paintball where the marker (gun) uses magazines instead of a hopper. They come in many shapes and sizes from pistols to rifles. Some are designed for close quarter combat (CQB) and some are designed for long range sniping. Magazines generally can hold between 7 and 30 rounds per “mag”.
Why play Magfed?
There are many reasons people play magfed and none are THE answer to the question. Magfed is a style of paintball like pump, woodsball, scenario, etc. What drew me to magfed originally was the lower profile it seemed like a good idea to me at the time. What kept me coming back is the challenge of only having 20 round at your disposal at a time, then having to do a mag change.
I love the rush of running out of paint, and having to dive for cover all while dropping my mag and reaching for another mag. Or taking cover to reload while your cover is getting hammered by other players hoping they won’t realize you’re out of paint before you can reload your magazines.
While most people talk about the limited rounds putting you at a disadvantage, not everyone realizes the other advantages of magfed. Those who attend large scenarios have probably encountered first strike rounds. The distance you can shoot with those is pretty amazing, and they hurt just a bit more.
Not to mention, in a mechanical magfed gun (almost all are) you can submerge your marker if it is loaded with First Strikes if necessary. You take an experienced “sniper” and put them in the right spot and they can keep the round ball shooters from advancing. I personally have experienced this. The enemy lined up the snipers on this hill, they could hit me throughout most of the field, but I couldn’t get anywhere near close enough to shoot them back!
Now what keeps me playing magfed? It’s the diversity of challenges that comes along with the game. It’s not 5 vs 5 all shooting 20 bps. It’s a diversity of play styles and equipment types. You got the “in your face” pistol players, you got just the standard players using 20 round mags with paint, the heavy gunners recklessly thowing paint, and the snipers picking you off from a distance you can’t match.
Of course there’s also those guys with rocket launchers taking you and your friends out behind cover. The real challenge and intensity that brought me into paintball is even more there in magfed, it matches my play style and forces me to adapt more than any style of play has so far.
If I could change one thing about magfed, I would add tank play, rockets, mortars, etc. One of my favorite things at scenario games is these little gems. Don’t get me wrong, it does and has happened at magfed games, but I think it would be the cherry on top. It seems to me like this would be the natural next step magfed should take.
Pyrrhic Paintball – How it all got started.
Treasure Valley Idaho’s largest paintball park.
It was the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving in 2009 in a junkyard out in Middleton Idaho. The air was chilly as we drove down a dirt road winding past some ponds. Just as we rounded a corner a make shift camp came into view.
There were figures in camouflage fatigues huddled around a 55 gallon barrel fire warming their hands. A group of teenagers were under a canopy renting their markers (gun) and gear. A nearby table had some dads with their sons and daughters loading their paintballs into their hoppers and fitting masks.
We parked by a tree and my eldest step-daughter and I headed over to rent our gear. We both were a little apprehensive due to this being our first time playing paintball. I never tried out the sport while I was younger. I was always worried of it hurting too much. I had recently picked up an old Tippmann custom 98 marker with some upgrades and a tactical vest. I rented a custom 98 for my step-daughter Marissa.
After we loaded our hoppers with blue paintballs, we walked over to the chrono station that was set up at the shore of a pond. The staffer helped us set our markers at 290 feet per second and showed us how to use our safety on our markers. After the safety briefing and explanation of the rules, we were given red arm bands to signify which team we were on. Marissa and I met up with our team at the end of a gravel road.
There were rusty fuel tanks and semi trailers on our right and some abandoned single wide trailers on our left. Piles of tires, junked cars and the occasional tree dotted the landscape.
A guy all decked out in an impressive white and black set up came over and introduced himself as Tim and his son, a mirror image, was Cody. They had fancy guns and masks and something called a “pod belt” wrapped around their waists.
Just as I think I might be a little too old for this kind of activity, Tim tells me he is in his 50’s. He started playing paintball as a way to spend quality time with his son. Tim gives us a few pointers as the referee yells to check readiness of the teams. The count of 3…2…1…GO! is yelled and suddenly Marissa and I are standing alone at the end of the road.
I decide on heading off toward some trailers off to the right with Marissa close behind. I try moving from cover to cover like the soldiers on the old WWII movies. We round the corner of a semi trailer with our objective in site. I don’t see any movement through the darkened windows so we move toward the trailer.
Suddenly a hail of blue paintballs were coming at us from windows and cracks of what I thought was a vacant trailer. You know when time seems to slow as your brain tries to react to something out of the ordinary?
When I realized that this blue marble coming at my head was actually enemy fire it had already hit me right on top of my head. I hear a surprised scream from behind me as I start to raise my hand indication I was out.
Marissa and I start walking back to our start point to await the start of the next game. I see the splat of paint in her hair and ask her to check my head. After several looks Marissa tells me I have no hits.
It turns out that the ball that hit my head just glanced off and splattered onto Marissa’s mask and hair. We quickly caught our breath and started to rapidly tell each other what we had just experienced. How scary, exciting and fun that one whole minute had been.
We played many more rounds that day. We shot a few “bad guys” and got “lit up” a few as well. We rode home that afternoon sharing our “war stories” with each other and having shared and experience neither one of us dreamed of only a few weeks before. I was hooked!
I started acquiring equipment for Marissa and my other step-daughter, as well as adding equipment for myself. Each visit was a new adventure, full of new surprises and fun, no matter win or lose. After a while my step-daughters lost interest and pursued their own activities and soon two of my sons joined me and continue playing with me today, no matter the weather or time of year.