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New Faces of the Game: SplatMaster vs. Low Impact vs. Traditional Paintball

New Faces of the Game: SplatMaster vs. Low Impact vs. Traditional Paintball

Paintball vs LowImpact vs SplatMaster

Always wanted to play paintball or maybe it’s been suggested and you just aren’t sure it’s a good fit? Let’s talk - ok let’s read - about it! 

At Boston Paintball we now offer 3 different versions of the game:

Traditional .68 caliber Paintball (ages 10+)

Low Impact .50 caliber Paintball (ages 10+) and

SplatMaster .50 caliber (ages 8+)

Boston Paintball started it’s business almost 25 years ago with traditional .68 caliber paintball. Since there are now a few new options to help just about anyone enjoy the game, we've started to refer to it as exactly that -  Traditional Paintball to help distinguish from the other options we offer. 

Traditional paintballs are about the size of a dime and travel at approx 280 feet per second (just shy of 200 miles an hour) and that translates into it packing a little bit of a punch. You will certainly feel the pinch a tad more easily with traditional paintball if you don’t layer up appropriately but remember “Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever.” Nah it’s not that bad but it is usually the best type of play for players over 13, players that have played paintball before or for those who measure higher on the dare devil scale.  

Maybe you have a smaller, quieter, less daring Dare Devil and when you hear paintball you start imagining Rambo, camouflage and face paint and are thinking “Ummmm…. No. Pass. ” Now not so fast! Low Impact Paintball is the PERFECT fit! 

Low Impact paintballs are smaller and weigh in at .50cal (fifty caliber) so, what that means is that they are 40% the size and weight of a .68cal ball. Think marble size (.68) and half a marble size :) Low Impact paintballs travel at slower speed which if you like math means approximately 225 fps. There is much less 'force' on the ball and the paintball hurts a lot less when it makes contact.  

Another great side effect of low impact is that the paintball markers are able to be made much smaller and lighter because the equipment needs to do less work. This makes the .50cal set-ups much easier for smaller players to manage.

And lastly, our Splatmaster equipment uses a spring driven system to shoot a .50caliber paintball at a small portion of the speed of the first two examples. If your player has ever played with a Nerf gun, the Splatmaster gun will be very familiar. The idea is that reduced flight speed and lighter ball (again only 40% the size and weight of a traditional .68 caliber paintball, but now with less than 50% of the travel speed) will further reduce impact, leaving you with little to no 'ouch' factor at all. It is a great introducion to paintball for young players and easy on the mature kids too!

 

When trying to decide which is best consider there three things:

  1. The age of the players - different requirements for different versions 
  2. The experience of the players: 

If your players have already played regular .68 cal paintball, they may not want to do Low Impact and most players over 13 crave the “all in” version, to them it makes for better stories!

3. Composition of the group:

If all of the players are 10 yrs old+ and played a few times, but some of the players are just 10 and/or never played at all, then Low Impact would be a great place to get started because it is so visually similar to traditional paintball. 

 

Paintball has been a fun, safe and all inclusive game for decades and the new versions only make it even more so! More girls are playing paintball because of SplatMaster and Low Impact, more offices are getting in on the game and more families are having the time of their lives running around burning off some calories and energy and making memories that will be brought up time and time again.  Call your local field with questions, read all the info and check it out some weekend you are running errands.  We love our game and we want you to love it just as much #playpaintball !! 

 

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Does Paintball Hurt?

Does Paintball Hurt?

This is by far the most common question about paintball and the "pain" part of paintball can be a little intimidating.  Won't lie. The answer is that paintball CAN hurt but the more informed you are about what makes it hurt can help make it hurt a LOT less.  There are a few things you can do to ensure that worrying about what it will feel like won’t take away from the experience - paintball IS after all one of those Bucket List things that you just have to try at least once!

What you wear and where you play are the two biggest factors involved in the ouch factor.  Yeah, it may be 80 degrees in the middle of July but shorts and a tank top are not really how you want to do this! Layers are key - the more the better and if it's just too hot - at least make sure there is no bare skin to speak of.  A long sleeve t-shirt and some sweatpants will be well worth the effort.  And ladies, Yoga pants? We would leave them in the car for the ride home and opt for loose, baggy pants.  Bring thin gloves if you have them, a beanie or a baseball hat flipped backwards helps too.  Sneakers or boots will work - opened toe shoes are a definite NO! 

Now where you play and why it matters.

There are a LOT of woods and abandoned properties out there and they are usually just begging for someone to bust out a paintball game - awesome! But, this experience can easily give first time players a not so great impression of the game and here's why. Paintball playing fields NEED you to have a good experience, one that may make you want to come back.  To ensure this they make sure the guns used on their fields are operating within safe operating guidelines.  Paintball guns shoot in Feet Per Second (FPS) and it is how we measure velocity.  Safe velocity is between 220 and 280 FPS.  Paintball goggles are rated to withstand 300FPS and paintballs themselves are made to shoot optimally between the same ranges.  There is never a reason for a paintball gun to be shooting higher than 300FPS - but it can happen.  Paintball fields have the necessary equipment to test this - and do often. Trust them! 

The more you know - the better your paintball experience can be! If you have questions - call the field and ask them - they will be more than happy to help you feel confident that paintball is more fun than ouch!  

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