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Paintball is a non contact adrenaline sport in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by tagging them with capsules containing water-soluble dye and featuring a gelatin outer shell (referred to as paintballs) propelled from a device called a paintball marker (commonly referred to as a paintball gun). Paintballs are composed of a non-toxic, biodegradable, water-soluble polymer. When hit by a paintball the paintball cracks and the place of impact is marked with coloured substance. This “taged” player then leaves the field and heads to previously specified area.

Weapons

Paintball guns have effective range of around 50m. Compressed CO2 or air is used to propel the projectiles. Projectile exiting speed is around 300fps.

Safety

Paintball safety is based on strict rules of using safety equipment and muzzle velocity limits.

Compulsory equipment:

  • Paintball mask – completely covers the eyes, mouth, ears and nostrils of the wearer. There are two basic types of protective glass. One-layer and two-layer(thermal) which has antifogging effect.
  • Paintboll gloves – necessary part of protective equipment. Protect the wearer from painful impacts to the hands, knuckles and fingers.
  • Overall – used mainly to avoid getting dirty from both dirt and paintball paint.
  • Barell plug / barrel condom – protection against unwanted/accidental fire. It is either a sipmle plug which seals the barell or a fabric sack with rubber bindings.

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