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November 4, 2016

Embrace the Night

Embrace the Night: A Guide to Paintball Nighttime Play and Why You Should Participate

Introduction

I love paintball. It’s a sport I have been imbued with a passion for since I was very young. There truly is no other team sport quite like it. It’s physical, intense, a fantastic adrenaline rush and a truly unique form of athletic competition. It forces you to use teamwork and out-think your opponents, like playing chess with guns (that shoot paint). Paintball truly does offer something for just about everybody. Like many players, I began my paintball career playing recreationally in the woods when I was young, gradually moving up to playing intense games of speedball and [...]

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October 26, 2016

End of Season Maintenance

As we’re coming into the winter months in much of the Northern Hemisphere a lot of players will either reduce how much they play or stop all together until spring arrives. For many, this means tossing their gear into their closet, garage or what-have-you and forget about it until their best bud pings them in the beginning of March to go sling some paint when (in most places) the mercury starts to climb back up to tolerable levels again. Depending on how well you maintain your gear throughout the season, you may be faced with a non-working marker when you finally dig it out again to go play. To prevent that from happening you can take some steps now to ensure that when your [...]

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September 29, 2016

Put a little spring into your play

Without springs, paintball as we know it wouldn’t be possible. From trigger springs to main buffer springs, paintball markers always have at least one spring in them, usually 2, 3 or more. Especially Tippmann markers, who I swear have stock in spring suppliers with the way they build their markers.

The biggest spring in most, if not all, markers is the buffer spring. This is the spring that interacts directly with the bolt, putting tension on it to propel it either forwards or backwards, depending on the design of the marker. When the marker cycles, the buffer spring not only propels the bolt, but it also absorbs a lot of the energy released when a marker cycles in order [...]

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August 3, 2016

Paintball is Not a Spectator Sport

American football is approximately an hour and a half long affair, broken into half’s and quarters, Basketball, Hockey and Lacrosse are all similarly timed competitions. Soccer (or proper Football as the rest of the world knows it) is two 45 minute half’s; rugby is the same, just 5 minutes shorter each half. Baseball is 9 innings. What do these sports have in common? They’re team based sports that clock in at around 60-90 minutes in duration per match (except baseball, because baseball is just weird). Tournament, professional level paintball events, however, last 5-10 minutes at a time. Then the teams are swapped around based on a ladder bracket and how they did [...]

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