If you live out in a rural area, you’ve probably toyed around with the idea of making your own paintball field. After all, if you have the land, you’re halfway to making your own field anyway. However, once you get started, you could find that your project, while fun in the beginning, has turned into an irreparable money sink that you can’t even play on. Whether you want a small private field for you and your team to practice on, or you’re going to try something ambitious and open your own commercial field, here are a few good tips on how to do it affordably.
Paintball is big – I mean really big. And like all sports that get big and incredibly diverse, you occasionally get some weird ideas for markers. What starts out as a project in some guy’s backyard has become a real passion for some paintball enthusiasts and, special thanks to the Internet, we all get to enjoy and buy these wonderful products of a slightly twisted imagination.
For the sake of believability, we’ve only included paintball weapons that you can actually buy. True, there are some great plans on the Internet for everything from paintball flamethrowers to a remote controlled helicopter that drops paintballs – that, unfortunately, is true for everything the Internet touches. Let’s get to the list!
If you got a mil-sim marker for the holidays – or you’ve just decided you want to put away your speedball marker and start playing a military-style – one of the first things you’re going to notice (read: be overwhelmed by) is all the customization. Mil-sim paintball is all about scenario play, and every scenario has its own particularities: a tight corner here, a clearing there, and a window in just the right spot can change the tide of any good game. This is where all the customization and honed, personal style of play can be beneficial. You may find that you’re better at certain elements of mil-sim paintball, and want to make the most out of your talents. Fortunately, we at Hustle Paintball has plenty of gear to help you along, all on our website here.
But before that, figure out you’re role for yourself by reading the list below.
Now that the holiday season is nearly over, some of you should have new markers and, hopefully, a few new players ready to start playing with as soon as possible. Perhaps you’re still looking around for some great after-holiday accessories for your brand new markers, in which case I have to point you to our main site here, where you can find everything you need to dominate the paintball field right from your first game.
This article, however, is really aimed at new players who’ve just gotten their first marker. Depending on the marker you’ve received, you may find that you prefer some styles of play over others. While you can easily slice paintball up into hundreds of different sub-categories, two of the most popular ones are woodsball and speedball. Below is a quick overview of both, so you can get a feel for which style you want to try first.
One of the best parts about playing paintball is the ability to make your marker look like a full-fledged military rifle to get that true tactical feel (it also makes your sim games that much more appealing). Aside from your marker’s internals, one of the best ways to improve on your marker is with a tactical rail, or a Weaver or Picatinny rail, to mount an additional scope or red-dot sight and give you the edge in aiming. Unfortunately, not every marker comes with standard quad-rails or even single rails on the marker barrel, like the US Army’s Alpha Black marker. Lucky for you, you don’t have to choose between a good marker and a rail system, because with a little know-how and tools, you can put a secure tactical rail right on your marker’s carry handle. If you’d like to see this in a video, you can catch it here.
We’ve all been in the situation where we want a large compressed air tank, but we don’t want to be weighed down. But you can have your cake and eat it too – by way of remote coils! Remote coils are hoses that reach from your tank to your marker (kind of like extension cords), and allow you to mount your tank on your body instead of the marker. In addition, with this setup, your tank is always going to be facing up, so you don’t have to worry about liquid CO2 getting into your marker and messing up your pressure.
At a certain level in your paintball career, you’re going to want to take your game away from pre-made fields and into something of your own design. Particularly for our viewers out in the rural environment (i.e. the wilderness/ the wastelands), you probably already have a nice forested area or an abandoned building that would be perfect for a few scenario games. Now, your regular equipment will do fine if you want to play for a little while maybe once a week, but moving away from pre-made fields has its own disadvantage. after a while your air tanks are going to run dry. If you’ve got a little bit of know-how and a few pieces, you can easily recharge your air tanks with a large Scuba tank and keep right on playing.
If you really want to get the most possible distance out of your paintball marker, one of the first places you should look into isn’t the pressure or the caliber, but the barrel. For most paintball markers, your stock barrel is going to be something incredibly basic, just a metal tube that helps you direct your paintballs.
Looking at modern firearms, you’ll find that longer-distance rifles have longer barrels. Naturally, the same thing should be true on paintball markers, right? Actually, no. Getting a longer stock barrel won’t work. the only reason this design works on firearms is because they use rifled barrels, and the longer the bullet is in one of these barrels, the more it spins and the straighter it flies. On a stock barrel, it’s just a metal tube, so there’s really not much benefit to a longer tube. The only surefire way to improve your paintball’s distance is with a specialized barrel.
Players often find themselves with an interesting problem when it comes to their markers. Sure turkey, you may want a marker that shoots better than Pecos Bill’s six-shooter (I hear his markers are awesome for speedball) while ensuring the trigger doesn’t stand out and get in the way. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds by upgrading to a response trigger. We upgraded a Tippmann years ago using the Tippmann Response Trigger Kit. This is one of the easiest ways to give you that speedball performance without getting in the way, so take a look below and learn about what a response trigger is all about, and answer for yourself if you should get one.
If you’re a serious woodsball or mil-sim paintball player, chances are you’ve seen or heard about the Q Loader system, a spring-loaded hopper substitute designed to up your rate of fire and virtually eliminate chopped paintballs. This great alternative to gravity and electronic hoppers can be bought as standard equipment on such popular mil-sim markers as the Project Salvo, the Tippmann A-5, and the X-7 Phenom, or you can simply buy a conversion kit to use Q Loader pods. However, this system, while effective, has a bit of a learning curve. if you incorrectly load these pods, they will chop paint pretty badly and might sour you on an otherwise great system. Fortunately, we’re here to explain the basics and avoid a few headaches.