History Of Paintball...
Paintballs came from oil-based paint pellets and a innovative gun invented in the 1960s by Nelson to help foresters, loggers, and woodsmen mark hard-to-reach trees and other objects.
The Nelson Paintball Company made a gas operated marker and paint-filled pellets to mark trees for the forestry and ranching
industries so that from a distance they could mark trees and cows leaving a temporary mark on the desired object.
Paintball play started in the late 1970’s. Two friends came up with the idea that it would be fun
to shoot the marking guns at one another, In 1981 Charles Gaines and Bob Gurnsey got a group of 12 friends and played the first game of paintball on a field that was over one-hundred acres,
(with no mask or safety equipment) but before they played the game, they came up with rules for the game making it more of a survival game. As the legend goes, one gentleman won the game
without ever firing a shot. Shortly after playing the first game, they called it the “National Survival Game” and this game was mostly every man for himself. Sometimes they organized into
teams and over the years it grew in popularity as more and more people wanted to play. Eventually using teams became the standard with the most popular games being “Capture the Flag” and
other offensive/defensive game scenarios. As paintball developed into a growing commercial industry, the first outdoor commercial paintball field opened up in 1982 and the first indoor field
followed in 1984. This kind of paintball field allowed large groups of people to meet in one place to play paintball. These paintball field owners also kept coming up with new ways to keep
the games fun and exciting, thus further expanding the sport to what it is now.
For an interesting glimpse into the
early days of paintball, check out the video below featuring Bob Gurnsey and a few friends playing a game of woodsball.
It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, all players share a common love for the sport of paintball. The game of paintball is generally played in the form of “capture the flag”, "attack and defend",
or elimination. The format is usually 2 teams of one to two, five or seven or ten, or even over 1,000 players on a side depending on the size of the field (usually more in scenario games).
Paintball is a sport that is played by people of all different professions and lifestyles. It is a sport where people of all ages and sexes can compete equally. Paintball is a game of strategy,
very much like Chess. Being able to think quickly and decisively will help with your ability to play the game. Some key success in the sport of paintball are intelligence and determination,
not merely strength, speed or agility. It is a character-building sport and will help people to learn about teamwork, gain self esteem and also develop leadership abilities while being able
to have a great time with friends and family and relieve stress.
Paintball is very safe as long as you follow the rules and use common
sense. As a whole, paintball is very safe, and when played properly does
not lead to major injuries. In fact, based on severe sport-related injuries
that lead to emergency room visits,paintball is safer than bowling.