Most people that play paintball for their first time or even their 10th time never take advantage of moving up. Getting closer to the enemy makes their attention turn to you and in turn allows your team to move up and get shots on them while they are shooting at you! If you can move up the sides on the field not the centre as you have more cover and its easier for you to shoot across the field and shoot the enemies in the side!
Your paintball referee will clean your gun at the end of the game, but what happens if you break a paintball in your gun during the game? That’s right, you will not be able accurately shoot or hit the other team. Solution: Buy a barrel swab or squeegee from Paintballshop.com You can quickly clean your own barrel and gun mid game, right when you need it to be performing! Check out the large selection here at Paintballshop.com
You see your enemy, you line him up and get ready to pull the trigger in pure stealth. You pull the trigger and fire your kill-shot. It hits low and he turns around and returns fire at you! Professional players know the angle to hold their guns at any given range, and if you want to take them or your mates out, you need to learn your gun and the angle it needs to be held at to get the kill! OR Aim above the enemy paintball player and start rapid firing, bringing your aim down cm by cm for every shot. This ensures the volley of paintballs is going to hit! Aim high and works the stream down!
If you cannot see your enemy, you cannot shoot them. The most important thing to consider in playing paintball is the mask. The mask must be a new, clean, and have a good tight seal around your nose. The BASE Operator mask is a great example of this. They are available at all good paintball fields in Australia. You need to keep your humid breath away from the goggle’s inner lens. If you are fogging try breathing downwards, or even better make sure to have a micro-fibre towel in your pocket to give your goggles a quick clean. Get your own thermal goggles at Paintballshop.com!
Before the paintball referee blows the game start whistle, you will have a minute or two to get a game plan together. You should know the objective and how you are going to get there. If you have no plan of where you are running at the start of the game, you will most certainly lose. Make sure everyone on your team has a job. One may be shooting at all players to keep their heads down. Another job may be to go up the side of the field and stay alive. Another good job is to be the support player. The support player keeps the fast and nimble front player alive by keeping threats away from the front player. If the front player gets shot, the support player takes his place as soon as possible. By the time the support player has moved into the original front players position, the front player has now returned from respawn and is ready to join the paint-fest. All while not giving up any positions on the battlefield.
When you get your pre packed paintballs in the 100 round tubes, some of them may be rattling around inside the pod. Two problems can arise. 1. The paintballs may break on the inside of the tube and more importantly: 2. The enemy can hear you coming. When you run close to them they will hear the rattling of the paintballs, and them proceed to pop-up and shoot you in the face!!!! Open the tubes up and insert a few extra paintballs and shake them down into the pod. When you close the lid you should not be crushing the paintballs in, just gently holding them from rattling.
Make sure your paintballs do remain in the sun for extended periods of time, the heat makes them swell. They turn bouncy and sticky. They will then break in your gun, not on the opponent. Try to keep you ammo belt in the shade and your paintball gun in the shade at all times.
The 200 round hopper on top of your paintball gun can hold 200 balls, but should it? You want to give the paintballs room to move around in the hopper so they can feed! Ideally you want to have a 1cm gap between the lid and the paintballs in the hopper, any more than that and you are asking for feed troubles. When you fill your gun with paintballs from your ammo belt on the field, make sure to not over fill your hopper! If you have extras still in the tube from filling, I suggest you tip them on the ground rather than compromise your stealth (see tip #6)
When you line up your first paintball kill, make sure you aim for the hard parts of the person. The best place to hit someone is in the goggle. It will almost always break and the person receiving the paintballs will most likely call out hit and get off the field in a quick manner! My second choice for hard targets is the gun and hopper. In tournament paintball shooting someone in the hopper is great, it smashed all their paintballs on the inside! Effectively taking them out of the match for a point or 2. Not something you want to do to your mates though!
Every time you can tell your team vital information by yelling positions of the enemy, you should be doing so. At the end of a paintball war, you should have little to no voice left. Tell your team where and how many there are in front of you. Also use your support players to shoot at the enemy while you move up (see tip #1). Calling out kills is also particularly important! If you know how many they started with and your team has 5 kills. Then its easy to work out how many are left. If you know how many are left, you can shoot at 2 of them and move up! Easily!