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The History of Paintball



By: Tim Hoss

The game of paintball that we love has grown and evolved much since it first started. Most of us, as kids, probably played war games of some sort. It appears that our games haven't stopped, but luckily, we’re a lot smarter now than when we were kids.

Let’s turn back the clock to the year 1981. There were eleven people that got together and decided that it would be fun to play a war game, and make it as real as possible.

The problem was that you couldn’t use real guns, and pellet or bb guns left the question of being hit too arguable. Then someone had the brilliant idea to shoot balls of paint at each other. That way, there would be no question about who really got hit.

And so, the game of paintball was born. Since its humble beginnings in the 80’s, it has now become the third most popular sport in the world as of 2005. What was once played in an area the size of a basketball court can now fill several wooded acres. A game that started with eleven people now has tournaments where people can show up in the thousands.

Not only has it grown in size and popularity, many aspects of it have increased in quality. Safety has always been an issue in the game, and now there is a standardized list of safety gear and codes of conduct. The markers have also evolved from being strange looking handgun styles to be modifiable between pistols, machine guns and sniper rifles.



Author Resource:-> The author is the owner of an online paintball store. At RedDotPaintball.com, you'll find a wide selection of paintball guns.

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Paintball Marker Upgrades and Options



By: Tim Hoss

One great thing about the way the game of paintball has developed is the way you can legitimately (emphasis on legitimately!) modify your markers. For a while there, it was looking like an increasingly expensive game until someone figured out that modifications were the way to go.

Now you don’t have to buy a pistol, a machine gun AND a sniper rifle to explore the different ways of playing the game. You can if you want to, and there are definitely some quality prefabs out there. However, for the average player, modifying kits are the best option for the price.

The big trick is in knowing what markers are compatible with what modification kits. There is a leaning toward universal compatibility these days, but we’re still not completely there yet. The first rule of compatibility is sticking with the same brand of mods that made your marker.

Before you go so far as to use paintball kits to modify your marker, always, always ALWAYS check the condition of your gun. You should have been keeping up with the upkeep all along, as if it were a real firearm. Just to be safe, though, make sure that you don’t have any problems with it before buying the kits.

If you don’t already have an easily modified marker, the Tippman A5 is a good versatile marker to have. With it, you can easily convert to an AK-47 or even a sniper rifle with the right kits. It’s a question of what you’re going to want when you head to the field.



Author Resource:-> The author is the owner of an online paintball store. At RedDotPaintball.com, you'll find a wide selection of paintball guns.

Reprint rights granted. All reprints must include a link to Red Dot Paintball. Content may not be altered and articles must be used as distributed by Red Dot Paintball

Copyright Red Dot Paintball 2008.

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