Paintball is a fun and exciting game that has grown much in popularity over the last few years. It combines physical challenges with strategy and hunting to create a unique game for all ages. As a rule, paintball is very safe, as long as certain safety measures are followed. If they are not, that is when the possibility for injury increases.
If you are a fan of this game, it is important to remember and adhere to the following safety precautions:
~Wear Your Mask at All Times
While a game is in play, an approved paintball mask should be worn at all times. Do not remove your mask if you’ve been shot or any time a game is still being played, see here. Keep your mask on until barrel plugs have been placed on all loaded guns. Failure to follow this rule is the cause for most severe paintball injuries.
~Do Not Shoot Close Range
Shots fired at less than twenty feet are much more painful than shots fired at a distance. It is customary to offer an opponent a surrender if they come within twenty feet, so be sure to follow all close-range rules.
~Shoot Less Than 300 FPS
Adjust your equipment so that it fires at less than 300 FPS (feet per second). Shots at this speed can cause bruises, but at a higher speed, you run the risk of possible severe welts and broken skin. Speed can be measured and monitored with a chronograph, usually available at most paintball fields and pro shops. Use a high quality hopper to adjust the FPS, see https://paintimpact.com/best-paintball-hoppers/
~Use Barrel Plugs
When not in use during a game, all guns should be blocked with barrels plugs or barrel socks. Plugs should be used any time masks are not being worn, before or after a game and in any other location away from the paintball field.
~Other Common Sense Precautions
Do not blind fire or shoot your gun without a specific target. Never look down the barrel of a gun or test shoot your gun at yourself or anyone else. Do not shoot anywhere that is not an approved paintball facility.
When proper safety precautions are followed, paintball, like any other sport, can be a fun and enjoyable game for everyone involved. Take the time to understand the rules, follow the guidelines and make it a safe game for you and your opponents.