By Susan K Alexander
What just hit me? Splat! Where did it come from? Welcome to the world of Paintball. You were just hit (or marked) by a little round colorful object about 0.68 inches in diameter called a paintball. This is the size of your basic paintball. A basic paintball is a capsule filled with a water-soluble dye in a gelatin capsule and comes in nice bright colors or an eco-friendly basic green. Put this little round colorful ball in a device called a “marker” and you have the beginnings of an experience you will never forget. The game of Paintball!
Now that you have an understanding of what is in the “splat” we can move on to what projected that little paintball to meet your body and “marking” you. That basic paintball when placed in a paintball gun or paintball marker becomes the catalyst for what could be the most exciting day of your life. (Excluding perhaps marriage or the birth of your first child.) Paintball started in New Hampshire in 1981 and has evolved and is now considered to be a sport and not only a game. This article, however, focuses on what the novice player would need or expect and how to go about experiencing the excitement of playing paintball.Continue reading