This post has been created to help the average person just getting started with paintball. I have not read other posts. I don’t want to contaminate my opinions. I hope these 7 paintball tips for beginners help you understand the how to enjoy the game/hobby.
Tip #1 Rent First Then Buy Dependability and Be Done With It
If you’re new to the game rent first, then buy dependability like a Tippman M-98 or A-5. If you fall in love with the game and you’re in it for the long haul buy Planet Eclipse. These markers are the undisputed most accurate and dependable. Expect to spend $400 to $1,500 for quality. Planet Eclipse’s rugged entry mode is the Etha 2. Their highest quality marker is called the CS1.5 the thing has the best trigger in the industry, easy to service and is super air efficient.
su_pullquote align=”right”]I took my Planet Eclipse Ego 8 (nine-year-old gun) oiled it, took it to the field for the first time in five years, and the thing worked like it was brand new. Planet Eclipse markers are remarkable. Used Egos on Ebay are also a smart move if you can find them.
Below is my recommended timeline for marker ownership.
Rent ==> Buy Tippman ==> Buy Eclipse ==> Never buy again
Below is my timeline. Do yourself a favor and learn from my mistakes.
Rent ==> Tippman M98 ==> Tippman A5 ==> Smart Parts Ion ==> Invert Mini ==>Electric M98 ==> CCI Phantom ==> Eclipse Ego 8
Tip # 2 Buy a Quality Hoppers
Consider Buying A Backup Hopper
- The cheap plastic hopper from Tippmann. This will be your backup. Jams are fixed with a quick shake and it will always work. I found on on Amazon for just $12 with free delivery. Every player should have one in their bag.
- A Dye Rotor – These hoppers are dependable and feed super fast. I prefer one with a lid vs. speed feed system. Lids keep ammo dry and free of debris during play. Be smart, buy a black one. Stay away from bright colors.
Tip #3 It’s Player Skill Not A High Tech Marker
In early November 2017, I took my youngest boy to Outdoor Extreme in Chesapeake City Maryland. He begged me for my Ego 8, so I let him play with it. I used the rental which was a brand new Tippmann FT-12 that’s designed from the ground up as a rental. That day I came back with over 20 eliminations, and Sean only got a few. My point is it’s not the maker that wins the game its the player using it so start slow with equipment and then buy big and be done with it.
Tip #4 Don’t Fear the Pain
Every new player always asks the same question, “Does it hurt?” The simple answer is yes. It’s why the game is so much fun. The pain makes the game much more intense. But don’t stress, the pain vanishes quickly. The sensation is a stinging slap.
Below answers the common pain questions.
- Question: Where does it hurt the most. Answer: Fingers, Neck, and around ears last.
- Question: Does it hurt when you get shot in between the legs. Answer: Most likely but I’ve never been shot there so don’t worry about it.
The majority of your hits will be on your arms, back, and the left and right shoulders and chest. That’s it. My record has been around 30 to 40 during the Invasion of Normandy which was the most insane and chaos filled game I’ve ever played. I was never hit on the groin and once on the pinky.
TIP: Follow the Tape
You can decrease your ability to get shot if you travel down the far left or right side of the field. It reduces the volume of fire down to one side. If you play the middle, you’ll have to deal with fire from the center, left and right. Playing center gets you more action, but you’ll get knocked out fast too.
TIP: Yell For the Benefits of Your Teammates
You MUST communicate when your playing. If you are blasting away and you see someone pop up and run you must yell RUNNER! RUNNER!. This alert will get your teammates to look up and blast the guy. If you say nothing, no one will see anything. Typically a runner will be exposed for just a few seconds, so it’s essential to yell at the top of your lungs.
Tip #4 Scoot n Shoot to Get the Flank
Using the scoot and shoot method gets you far in paintball. Here’s how it works. You ask your teammates to hose the opposing bunker to keep the enemy’s heads down. As they hide, you scramble to the new position which hopefully provides you a better opportunity to and pepper them. Teammates shoot, and you scoot. It’s risky, fun and very effective.
Tip #5 Share Your Paint
I can remember a time when I was with a player, and we were in a fairly large tower overlooking the enemies side of the field. It was game two of two, and we were running low in the paint. He and I were crushing it. We were both counting eliminations together. I had seven, and he had six. He yells over to me that he had no paint. Without pause, I reached in and gave him my last pod. We continued to dominate, and we won the game. It was too much fun. Later that day he thanked me for fun. When you’re trapped or when your dominating pass your paint don’t be greedy.
Tip #6 Long balling Is More Effective With Vertical Ropes
There will be a time when your opponent is just far enough away that you can’t see the paint strike his or her position. When you can’t see the paintball, you can’t adjust your shot with accuracy.
A good solution is to spray up and down vertically on the position. Your guessing but you might get lucky. Never hold your sights directly at the target. Paintballs don’t fly that fast.
Tip #7 Playing It Safe Sucks & It Sucks Harder on Respawn
I’m always amazed how many players refuse to get in the game. This fact usually reveals itself when I play a game that allows for restart (respawn). After being shot you have to walk back to the starting point on your side of the field. There’s always a percentage of players behind bunkers that are so far away from the action that might as well not play at all. Paintball is boring in the back exciting at the midpoint and pure adrenaline and excitement at the front. Push forward and play the front. Avoid wimpy play, and you will have the time of your life.
Extra Added Thoughts
- Bring trash bags to keep gear dry if it rains
- Bring bug spray for summer play
- Bring paper towels and put them in your pockets so you can wipe your mask
- Bring duct tape
- Bring gloves
- Wear dark clothes or camo if you have it.
- Don’t worry about wearing a cup.
- Wear boots and lace them tight.
- A baseball hat worn in reverse helps to keep your mask from slipping on your head.
- Consider taking a piece of plastic to extend you mask below your chin. It’ll protect your neck
- Check to make sure all batteries are fresh
- Fill your tanks before you leave and keep your paint – you can test your guns for the next time.
- A good pair of paintball pants will go a long way. They are worth the money. Go with black.
Are there more tips that you may have? Reply below if you have any.