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What Is A Paintball ASA? (and Our 3 Favorites)

What Is A Paintball ASA? (and Our 3 Favorites)

An air source adapter, also known as an ASA, is the little nozzle where the compressed air tank attaches to your paintball marker. This little nozzle normally sits right at the base of the grip and is covered with a reinforced braided metal tube. The actual nozzle is threaded and has a rubber o-ring at the base to keep air from escaping. When you screw the air tank onto the paintball marker, a small pin within the air source adapter depresses a plunger within the air tank. The o-ring seals the contact between the air tank and the air source adapter, allowing the air to flow freely between the air tank and the rest of the marker.

Paintball Air Systems Overview

Since paintball guns are pneumatic, the compressed air drives the entirety of the gun’s function. When a player pulls the trigger, a small amount of compressed air releases into the marker’s breach. As the compressed air contacts the ambient air, it expands rapidly and pushes the paintball down the barrel and out the muzzle. As the air flows down the barrel, a separate smaller tube containing a piston is pushed by the compressed air. The piston is forced backward which drives the bolt action back and loads a new paintball into the breach. 

Some paintball guns also have a pneumatically driven hopper system. These hopper systems agitate the paintballs within the hopper so that they load more quickly and fall into the breach faster than a gravity-fed hopper. These sorts of hoppers are more common in speedball games where the rate of fire is high and the quantity of paintballs is more important than the accuracy. 

Different Types of Paintball Air Tanks

There are a couple of different types of air tanks that players can use when they play paintball. First are the traditional steel/aluminum alloy tanks. These tanks can hold several thousand PSI which is more than enough air to last a round of paintball. These tanks were initially built from metal because of their durability and resistance to cracking. 

Many companies also make tanks composed of a woven carbon fiber shell. This shell is glued together with a resin that makes the air tank as strong as a steel tank. The advantage to using these kinds of tanks is that they are quite a bit lighter than a metal tank is. When playing scenarios like speedball, every ounce counts. Those who can shave off a little weight are faster and more agile, making them more likely to win the game.

Finally, the most important thing in any paintball game is safety. We want to make sure that we can enjoy today safely so that we can come back and play tomorrow. Exploding tanks can be hazardous, so only the strongest materials are used. If you notice a fissure or crack in your tank, make sure that you err on the side of caution and opt to purchase a new air tank. 

Using ASA Adapters 

Air Source Adapters are a necessary part of the paintball gun. Without adaptors, it would be impossible to attach the air tank to the marker. 


ASAs can also be coupled with regulators to control the muzzle velocity of your paintball gun. Many fields throttle the maximum feet per second to prevent injury to other players on the field. Air source adapters can fit onto regulators, which can change the muzzle velocity of your paintball gun to a safe speed.

On/Off ASA Adapters

On/Off ASAs have a unique double thread characteristic to them. The air tank will screw on snugly to the ASA, but there is a separate screw along the outside of the ASA. This screw controls the degree to which the pin comes out of the adapter so it can be fully extended (air flowing) or fully retracted (air not flowing). With an on/off ASA, a tank can still be physically attached to the paintball marker, but the airflow can be restricted to be inoperable. This variable option adds an extra layer of security to the paintball markers to prevent any accidental discharges. If no air is flowing to the rest of the marker, then there is no chance for a stray paintball to be fired.

ASA Thread Sizes

Thread sizes for the different air tanks and regulators have been more or less homogenized for the past six years, which is longer than the average life of a paintball air tank. Modern tanks are threaded in .825-14, and the companies that manufacture ASAs are aware of that. Therefore, female-ended ASAs should be universally a good fit for modern air tanks.

Our Favorite Paintball ASAs

1. Custom Products Direct Mount

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The Mini Direct Mount On/Off ASA is a super strong ASA system that’s been slimmed down and streamlined. This technology allows the screws to attach directly to the ASA body and mount directly on the grip frame without using any rail systems.

2. Planet Eclipse POPS ASA

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The Planet Eclipse POPS On/Off ASA is one of the best purging ASAs in the game. All that’s necessary to engage or disengage the gas is a simple push of the button. It fits the Eclipse 2-Hole rail and the low-profile cuts enhance the aesthetic of any paintball marker.

3. Inception Designs EZ ASA

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The Inception Designs EZ ASA uses a lever action to ensure easy tank filling. When disengaged, the lever allows for easy tank bleeding. The EZ ASA fits all guns that work with a t-slot rail systems like Planet Eclipse and Empire.

Conclusion

An ASA is an often overlooked piece of machinery on the paintball gun. However, this little nozzle is absolutely crucial to a paintball marker’s proper functioning. Many people buy aftermarket ASAs to ensure the air is flowing as smoothly as possible. The ASAs can also add a little bit of length to the gun, which is helpful for those people who have larger frames. Lone Wolf Paintball has one of the largest selections of paintball equipment in the country. If you’re looking for the best ASA for your paintball setup, head on over to the Lone Wolf website for the latest in ASA nozzle hardware and happy paintballing!

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A Player's Guide to Gel Blasters

Not long ago, the major first-person shooter sports were limited to paintball and airsoft. However, in recent years, a new kid on the block has appeared to contend with: Gel blasters! These innovative toy guns have risen in prominence over the past couple of years because of the game's low cost and lower age-appropriateness. As a result, many people consider them to fill the gap between airsoft and nerf guns, and kids today are loving it! To find out more about gel blaster guns and why people are going crazy about them, read on!

What is a Gel Blaster Gun?

A gel blaster gun is a toy gun that shoots small gel pellet projectiles. These pellets are little balls of super-absorbent polymers that players leave in water to soak up. They start out about the size of a pinhead and end up being anywhere from 9-11mm wide–about the size of a large pea. 

While some gel blasters look like real guns, most are obviously toys. The speed of the gel projectiles that they shoot is also significantly lower than the speed of a paintball or an airsoft pellet. As a result, gel blasters are perfect for kids who are about ten years old or more. In addition, the relatively low cost of the blaster and ammunition (10,000 rounds cost $10) makes these toys perfect for kids, especially during the spring, summer, and fall months.

Difference between Gel Blaster and Paintball Guns

Paintball and gel blasting may be similar because they're both first-person shooter games. However, a closer look at the details of each game reveals significant differences. Paintball guns generally use compressed CO2 or nitrogen stored in a tank to power the projectile. However, gel blasters are powered by a battery or are spring-loaded. The muzzle velocity tends to be substantially different between paintballs and gel blasters. Fields generally throttle paintball markers at 280 FPS, but gel blasters rarely get past 200 FPS, making them much safer for kids to use.

Because of the lower velocity, the effective range of a gel blaster is significantly less than that of a paintball gun. Paintball guns are effective at 100 - 150 feet, but the maximum range for a gel blaster stops at about 60 feet.

How do Gel Blasters Work?

There are two basic categories of gel blasters: battery-operated and manual. Spring-loaded gel blasters must be cocked manually before every gel ball is fired, but battery-operated gel blasters cycle automatically. This automatic cycling is similar to an automatic firearm and allows for a high rate of fire–several hundred gel balls per minute. The gel blasters can also be hopper-fed, like paintball guns, or magazine-fed, like airsoft guns.

How to Play with Gel Blasters

Gel blasters were created to fill the gap between a nerf gun and an airsoft gun. A gel blaster's niche is for outdoor home use; some good backyard fun with the friends! Paintball must be played at a special paintball facility since paintballs create a mess and can easily damage others' property. Likewise, airsoft pellets can travel a long distance and hit unsuspecting bystanders or damage property as well. On the other hand, gel blasters can be used safely in residential areas without fear of hitting bystanders. The gel balls don't travel slowly and don't go far, so the risk of damaging a neighbor's property is virtually non-existent. The biodegradable gel pellets also dissolve easily into the soil, so cleanup requires no additional work.

Do Gel Blaster Rounds Hurt?

While getting hit with a gel pellet doesn't hurt as much as getting hit with a paintball or airsoft pellet hurts, it does sting slightly so that you're aware you've been hit. Many have compared the sensation to getting snapped lightly with a rubber band. In addition, as opposed to paintball and airsoft, these gel blasters rarely, if ever, leave welts so children can safely play and "tag" each other. Many gel blasters also offer adjustable projectile velocity to minimize the risk of injury. 

There are, however, two hazards to keep in mind. First, as with any projectile, eye and face protection is extremely important. Even though gel blasters don't shoot very fast or very far, they can still damage eyes in the event of a direct hit. Furthermore, the small gel pellets represent a choking hazard for young children. Therefore, we recommend gel blasters for kids who are ten years old or older.

Our Favorite Gel Blaster Gear

If you're ready to take the first step and get ready to blast some gel, here is our favorite beginner setup!

Gel Blaster SURGE

The Gel Blaster SURGE is our favorite beginner gel blaster because it has everything you need at a very reasonable price. The SURGE is an electrically powered gel blaster that comes with a rapid-charge battery. In addition, the pellet velocity is adjustable from 90fps for younger players to 170fps for more seasoned players. 

This gel blaster also comes with an 800-round hopper, so you can spend more time playing and less time reloading. Additionally, the SURGE has selective fully automatic (continuous stream) and semi-automatic (one pellet per trigger pull) settings. This great package also has safety glasses and a bag of 10,000 balls so that you can start gel blasting right out of the box!

Gel Blaster Gellets

Ammunition generally comes in packs of 10,000. However, Lone wolf does sell larger quantities of gel ammunition. You can purchase bags of 10,000 rounds, 35,000 rounds, or even up to 175,000 rounds if you're planning on having a tournament or afternoon with a bunch of friends.

Valken Gel Blaster Hopper

For a quick upgrade, we recommend the Valken Gel Blaster Hopper. This hopper holds way more ammunition than the stock hopper that comes with the Gel Blaster SURGE and easily fits onto your Gel Blaster SURGE gun. In addition, the higher capacity means that you spend less time reloading and more time blasting!

Conclusion

Gel blasting is an excellent game for kids to play with their friends. This game is exceptionally safe as long as you take proper safety measures, like wearing goggles. If you or your kids are looking at gel blasters, we highly recommend them as a way to get outside, run around, and have afternoons full of fun with friends! To see even more accessories, visit Lone Wolf's gel blaster page on our website for a complete list of products!
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Different Types of Paintball Games (and How to Play)

Paintball is one of the most adrenaline-saturated games ever invented. As long as there is no risk of damaging an unsuspecting bystander or property, paintball can be played anywhere. Established fields use old warehouses, woods, old residential structures, inflatable barriers, and more.

While the variety is impressive, paintball tends to fall within three types of games: 

  • Woodsball
  • Speedball
  • Tournament-style games 

These games bring unique challenges and opportunities, which keeps players on their toes with "evergreen" fun.

Woodsball Games

The first and most common paintball game is woodsball. Most paintball players were introduced to the sport through a woodsball game. Woodsball is by far the most accessible and beginner-friendly game, but it's hardly the most shallow. There are dozens of different "scenarios"--like capture the flag, capture and defend, elimination, etc.--that players can do in a woodsball setting.

Objectives and Rules

Woodsball, as the name suggests, is played in a wooded area. The field generally covers a minimum of a few acres and can have both natural and artificial barriers set up. For most gameplay, players start at opposite ends of the field and begin shooting at each other when the referee starts the game. 

The most common scenario is capture-the-flag, where two or more flags are on a given field. The first team to raise their flag on all of the different flagstaffs is considered the winner. 

As a general rule of thumb, if a paintball hits a player or their marker and breaks, that player must raise their hand and call themselves out. If a paintball fails to break and leave a paint splatter, the player is not considered "out" despite being hit. Splatter from a nearby breaking paintball is not considered to be a hit.

Woodsball Paintball Gear

The best gear for woodsball is camouflage or darker colors to try and blend into the underbrush. However, players frequently wear colored armbands to help others identify which teams they're on. These bands are usually high-visibility and can negate the effects of camouflage. Body armor is also recommended to reduce the pain of a direct shot but is unnecessary. Finally, a good paintball marker with a longer range and better accuracy is recommended. In a woodsball scenario, it's not necessary to have a marker with a high cycle rate like with speedball-type games.

Speedball Games

Speedball is similar to woodsball in that players use paintball markers and paintballs. However, the field is generally smaller than a woodsball field, and there are only man-made obstacles arranged in an identical way on the field. Historically these obstacles have been giant wooden spools and corrugated metal drain pipes, but recently, many fields have started using inflatable obstacles. Because the obstacles are highly mobile, they can often be set up for play on a football field or a soccer pitch.

Speedball does not have many scenarios the way that woodsball does. Instead, the games are played based on a couple of different points systems. Without overcomplicating the point-system details, players earn points for marking opponents, capturing the flag, and surviving to the end of the round.

Because the field is small compared to a woodsball field, the games generally conclude in a matter of a few minutes. Despite the short duration of each game, players normally send more paint downrange during a 3-minute speedball game than during a 10 or 15-minute woodsball game.

Objectives and Rules

The objective of speedball is to capture the other team's home position and eliminate all opposing players. If a player is marked with paint, then they must call themself out. Hits to the paintball marker or the helmet are considered valid hits.

The players start at opposite ends of the field and will run from bunker to bunker, trying to hit the opposing players and avoid getting hit. Once all the players are eliminated, the team can effectively capture the other team's flag/position and win the game.


Speedball Paintball Gear

Because of the quick gameplay style, speed and mobility are highly valued. Teams wear light clothes and use light equipment, often made of carbon fiber. A high rate of fire is also highly valued since the game is frequently won by the team that can shoot the greatest amount of paintballs.

Scenario Tournament Games

Tournament games are some of the most thrilling forms of gameplay in the paintball world. This form of gameplay generally takes the form of a woodsball game but will cover hundreds of acres of territory. For tournament-style games, players will travel from all over the country and occasionally the world. Because of the massively-multiplayer style of the event, a tournament will often last an entire weekend with specified break times for meals and resting.

These sorts of scenario tournament games are elaborate and go well beyond a simple "capture the flag" with full-scale battle reenactments from real wars. Every year in Wyandotte, Oklahoma, more than 4,000 players from all over the world attend the Normandy scenario event. This tournament lasts the whole weekend and is only one installment of a larger year-long three-part tournament.

Objectives and Rules

Because of the massive nature of these games, each field has its own rules to govern gameplay. The objectives are generally a combination of smaller mini-games like capture the flag, capture and defend, and others. Since the fields are so large, hosts make use of "medics," who tag people back in after they've been marked so that they don't have to walk all the way back to a respawn point which can take up to 20 - 30 minutes depending on how big the "map" is. 

Scenario Tournament Paintball Gear

Scenario tournaments most frequently mimic the type of gameplay found in woodsball. For paintball tournament equipment, players value a marker's accuracy and range over cycle rates. Additionally, players also tend to favor mil-sim markers which add to the realism of the event. 

In scenario tournament games, camouflage is crucial to the success of a team. Most of the time these games are played in wooded and natural areas for which camouflage yields large dividends. Body armor is also widely used since speed is less important than in speedball-style gameplay.

Conclusion

Even within these different styles of paintball, skill levels can range from beginner, intermediate, and professional. However, regardless of your skill level, you're sure to find a paintball game that will grab your attention. Lone Wolf Paintball has been equipping paintballers across the USA for over 25 years. To view our selection of paintball gear for all skill levels and playing styles, take a look at our product pages. Happy paintballing!

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Our 7 Favorite Paintball Headbands

Our 7 Favorite Paintball Headbands

Anyone who has played paintball for more than 5 minutes in humid weather knows just how vital visibility can be. While it's essential to keep your goggles clean and apply anti-fog film, it's also important to keep the sweat out of your eyes. Especially on hot and humid days, sweat can easily drip into your eyes and impair your vision. 

Many players, against safety rules, will duck behind a bunker and remove their goggles to wipe their eyes. However, a suitable headband or head wrap can help keep your hair and sweat out of your eyes for an unobstructed view of your opponents!

Additionally, wearing a headband can help keep your hair from getting dirty if you get hit in the head with a paintball. We've all been nailed in the head before, and washing out the residue later in the day can be painful and hard to get out.

Headbands also do a great job of keeping the sun off your forehead. Many paintballers spend the afternoon outdoors only to reach the end of the day and see that their upper foreheads have been burnt to a crisp. 

Finally, headbands can keep your mask from stinking. Since the headband catches the majority of your sweat, your mask will need less time to dry out before you use it, and it will smell a lot better. Take a look below to see what our favorite paintball headbands are:

Headbands and Headwraps: Differences and Uses

Headbands are thin strips of fabric that encircle a player's head. They're somewhere between sweatbands and folded bandanas and wrap around a player's head to keep hair and sweat from obstructing the view. On the other hand, headwraps are more like durags and cover the entirety of the head rather than just the forehead.

Here is our list of our top favorite paintball headbands.

1. HK Army 

hk army paintball headband

Our favorite headband! This HK army headband features a black and white American battle flag. Show off your patriotism while keeping the sweat out of your eyes. This headband is machine-washable and comes with a terry cloth headband to absorb sweat.


2. JT Paintball

jt paintball headband

JT paintball makes headbands with slick-looking patterns, and they're functional too! Check out the four different designs of each headband above–carbon fiber, hex, urban camo gray, and zebra. This headband is also machine washable and comes with a terry headband to absorb sweat.

3. Infamous

Infamous paintball Headwrap

Infamous headwear has some of the best paintball headgear on the market. Their designs are camouflaged and made with high-quality denim materials. The designs are varied, so you'll find something that will fit with wherever you're playing–snow, forests, or fields. We recommend spending the extra $5 and getting the wrap rather than the headband.

4. Carbon

carbon paintball headband

The Carbon headband is a lightweight headband that has padding for impact protection. The Carbon fabrics are lightweight and breathable while still being weather resistant, sweat-resistant, and stretchable. In addition, the superior craftsmanship ensures proper ventilation, flexibility, and protection for optimal comfort. 

5. LWP

lone wolf paintball headband

The Lone Wolf Paintball headband is a fantastic option for all players. Sporting a cool gray digi camo design, the headband is sweat-wicking and padded for optimal comfort. Additionally, this headband comes with a micro-fleece sweatband to absorb any sweat.

6. Dye 

    dye paintball head wrap

    The Dye headwrap is one of the coolest head wraps you'll ever find. There are over 20 different variations of this headwrap that you can pick from to ensure that your camouflage fits your environment. We love the full head and neck protection this headwrap offers–a terry cloth headband and flexible, full-print mesh.

    7. Planet Eclipse 

    planet eclipse paintball headwrap

      Last but certainly not least is the Planet Eclipse head wrap. This full-print mesh headwrap has a sleek black design that will blend in wherever you go. The forehead also offers open-cell foam forehead protection and a microfiber inner sweatband for comfort and reliability. In addition, the elastic and velcro fastening system ensure a snug fit for every head size.

      Conclusion

      Paintball headgear is an important addition to any paintball ensemble. Not only does the headgear keep the sweat out of your eyes, but it can also provide valuable protection in the event of a headshot. For more great options on headwraps and headbands, visit our website to see our extensive collection of headwear!
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      Top 5 Best Beginner Paintball Guns: Lone Wolf's Picks

      Picking a good beginner paintball gun is one of the most important things you will do as a paintballer. Having the right marker will make the difference between having a fun, successful paintball hobby and bowing out early. However, finding the correct paintball gun with the hundreds of available options can be daunting. Lone Wolf wants to make the search easy which is why we compiled a list of the best beginner paintball guns. Continue reading for our take!


      What to Look For in a Beginner Paintball Gun

      When buying your first paintball gun, there are many different things that you should consider: price, durability, modifications, features, and style of paintball. You won't want to spend thousands of dollars on a professional paintball marker as a beginner. Instead, you should look for something that is high quality without breaking the bank. This paintball gun should be durable enough to last through several hundred games of abuse and still keep shooting. 


      Keep in mind that there are modifications you may want to add to your marker, like different sites, a better hopper, or a different CO2 cylinder. Any gun that you choose should be able to handle upgrades that you may want to add. Finally, the type of beginner paintball gun you buy will be informed by the paintball style you most like to play. If you play speedball, you'll want to find an appropriate speedball gun. Likewise, if you play woodsball, you will want to find a proper woodsball gun.


      Here are our top choices for you!

      # 1: Tippmann A-5

      tippmann a5

      Tippmann has always been the go-to option for anyone looking for a beginner paintball gun. These guns can take immense amounts of abuse and are built to last decades. Most paintball fields that rent out guns will generally use the Tippmann brand because of how reliable they are and how well they take beatings.


      The Tippmann A-5 is the next generation of Tippmann 98 custom beginner paintball guns. These workhorses are the go-to choice of anyone who has been playing paintball for any amount of time. The Tippmann A-5 comes standard with a cyclone hopper that agitates and actively feeds the paintballs into the chamber instead of their slower gravity-fed counterparts. This cyclone action allows for a much higher rate of fire (15 rounds per second) than traditional beginner paintball markers.

      Tippmann is also well-known for their guns' high accuracy and exceptional range. If the range still isn't enough, the modular nature of this beginner paintball gun allows you to replace the barrel or add an extension. This will increase the effective range of the paintball marker. Finally, the price is very reasonable for the quality. At less than $300, this beginner paintball gun is an absolute steal!

      #2 Planet Eclipse ETHA3 M

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      Coming in at $399.95, the Planet Eclipse ETHA3 M package offers one of the higher-end paintball markers for beginners. The main selling point about this marker is the lack of electrical parts. Everything is totally mechanical, which lends itself to easy repair and maintenance. The reason we're even considering this an entry-level marker is due to the quick-release bolt assembly, which usually comes on more expensive markers. If you're new to paintball and want the best marker, the Planet Eclipse ETHA3 M is the best option!

      #3 HK Army SABR

      hk army sabr

      The HK Army SABR kicks the paintball enthusiasm up a notch without raising the price. In fact, the HK Army SABR in many ways outclasses the Tippmann A-5. This marker was built to withstand the punishment of any course but especially the dirt and grime of a woodsball field. A quick-release pin allows for easy disassembly and maintenance. The 12-inch ported barrel is also exceptionally accurate without any extra modifications needed. In addition, the FPS can be easily modulated with the turn of an allen wrench, so you're easily compliant with the rules of any field. If you're looking for a great beginner paintball gun that punches above its weight class, the HK Army SABR is the gun for you.

      #4: Spyder Victor - Diamond Black - Beginner Package

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      The Spyder Victor is a classic paintball gun that has earned its stripes across 25 years of production and field testing. The marker alone is one of the top recommendations of seasoned paintballers to newcomers. In addition to the beginner paintball gun, the Spyder Victor comes accompanied with thermal goggles (goggles that don't fog), a 48/3000 air tank, and a gravity-fed paintball hopper. This package may give you the biggest bang for your buck at only $189 for the entire four-piece package. Again, Spyder's versatility shines through with a double trigger and a high fire rate, creating the perfect beginner paintball gun for woodsball and speedball.

      #5: GOG eNMEy

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      Last but certainly not least is the GOG eNMEy series of paintball guns. These guns are lightweight, easy on the wallet (sliding in at just $200), and some of the most highly rated beginner paintball guns in the world. This paintball gun is entirely pneumatic, so there is no need for batteries or any other power source to make the gun cycle. A simpler marker generally means that fewer things can go wrong–fewer jams, fewer dry fires, and fewer misses. However, what really makes this paintball gun shine is the quality. GOG's paintball guns are nearly indestructible, and their lifetime warranty can give you some peace of mind if you're unsure of what to buy. This is a stellar gun for anyone who needs a workhorse that will keep firing for years to come.


      Conclusion

      Finding the best beginner paintball gun can be a daunting challenge with all of the different beginner paintball guns on the market. We hope that you've found this article helpful and that it provides a little guidance about which beginner paintball gun is best for you. If you still have more questions, contact us today and one of our friendly associates will help answer your questions. For an even better selection of professional and beginner paintball guns, head on over to Lone Wolf's online store where you'll find hundreds of paintball markers at excellent prices!

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      The 5 Best Paintball Stores Online

      The 5 Best Paintball Stores Online

      When looking for a paintball store, you'll want to ensure that you’re getting the highest quality equipment for the lowest price. However, the variety of equipment you can access is just as important, especially if you play professionally. 

      Paintball stores across the US (especially online) run the gamut from crummy to jaw-dropping. There’s nothing worse than getting ripped off with a faulty product and nothing better than being impressed by the quality of the product and service. We’ve taken the time to review and experiment with several paintball stores, so you don’t have to. Here is our analysis of the top paintball stores where you can get the best equipment for the lowest price.


      #1 Lone Wolf Paintball

      While we may be a little biased, we really do think that Lone Wolf is the best place to purchase your paintball equipment. With a brick-and-mortar pro shop in Clinton Township, Michigan, Lone Wolf has served the metro Detroit Area with high-quality service and products for over 20 years.

      Lone wolf also has an awe-inspiring array of professional and beginner equipment that you can purchase at the best prices. Not only will you find the best paintball markers on the market, you can completely outfit yourself with protective gear, tanks, paintballs, hoppers, goggles, and more! Frequent customers can also rack up rewards points with Lone Wolf’s rewards program which can be used to save money on future purchases. Paintballers can earn points by signing up for a Lone Wolf account, interacting on social media, leaving reviews, and more!


      #2 Revolution Paintball

      Revolution Paintball is based out of sunny California and has been selling cutting-edge paintball gear for over 13 years. The equipment sold here can be a little pricey because Revolution Paintball services serious players who have big budgets to invest in paintball equipment. However, if you decide to visit Paintball Revolution for your next shopping trip, we can confidently say that the fantastic staff makes up for the price tag.

      If you don’t live close to Revolution Paintball’s brick-and-mortar paintball store, there is an eCommerce option available through their website. One of the great things about shopping online at their paintball store is the free shipping for any order over $20. In addition, Revolution Paintball offers a 30-day return policy with a few caveats if you don't love your purchase. Overall, Paintball Revolution is a great paintball store to shop at and takes excellent care of its customers.


      #3 ANS Gear

      ANS Gear is one of the most well-established and well-known paintball outfitters on the market. In fact, many professionals have made ANS gear their go-to choice for anything and everything paintball-related. You’ll find well-known workhorses like Tippmann and Spyder alongside high-end brands like Vanguard, Luxe, and Dye in their paintball store—something for everyone.

      With over 20 years of experience, ANS makes a point on their website to offer live, in person advice to their clients. Even if you’re only buying from their online paintball store, you’re still welcome to call them or hop on a live chat with their sales representatives to make sure you’re making the right purchase.

      ANS comes up short with its return and shipping policies, which have been impacted by events in 2020-2022. This is understandable but is still something to consider when deciding which paintball store to buy from.

      #4 Pro Edge Paintball

      Located on the outskirts of Downtown Houston is one of our favorite paintball stores in America. Pro Edge Paintball has served the Houston area for over 15 years and has earned a steady clientele base with its professionalism. This store also started the Houston Paintball Club and Houston Paintball League to help support and bring together local players.

      Pro Edge’s brick-and-mortar store is located on the North-west edge of Houston. You’ll find a vast number of products and services that fit every type of paintballer. They carry markers from entry-level Spyder Victors to Planet Eclipse HK Army and everything in between to suit both noobies and professionals. 

      The staff who work at the store are pleasant and dutiful and willing to help any customers who walk through their doors. If there is a marker or piece of equipment that they don’t offer, they can always order it for you and have it shipped to your house. Their shipping and return policies are very reasonable–shipping (normally takes 1-5 days depending on the zone) and returns can be easily made. Free shipping on orders over $59 is also a bonus when ordering from Pro Edge.

      # 5 PB Sports

      PB Sports is a full Paintball outfitter located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their store is covered wall to wall with paintball equipment–markers, masks, carrying cases, paintballs, and more. In addition to paintball, PB sports also has the equipment to outfit payers for airsoft and even disc golf–your one-stop-shop for outdoor fun!

      The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM - 8 PM and Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. You’ll find both new and used gear; if you’re looking for a low-cost entry into the paintball world and live in the Fort Wayne area, this may be the place for you. 

      Customers can purchase cheap “practice” paintballs for $32 for a box of 2000, and high-quality tournament-grade paint can be found for around $70. PB Sports also offers gun repair and maintenance services that become more important as your gun’s purchase price increases. You can also find some of the cheapest refills in the country at PB sports; $1- $2 refills on CO2. If you’re a paintballer and a home-brewer, PB Sports can also pressurize your keg or “kegerator.” If you live in the Fort Wayne, IN area, PB Sports could be a fantastic option for all your paintballing needs.


      Conclusion

      Depending on what type of buyer and player you are, there is a paintball store out there that is sure to delight you. We encourage you to look at all of your options before buying. If you’re in the Michigan area (or are looking for the best possible buying experience), head over to Lone Wolf Paintball’s store to get the best deals on a wide variety of paintball equipment.

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      Best Places to Play Paintball in Michigan

      Best Places to Play Paintball in Michigan

      Michigan is one of the most beautiful and underrated states in America. The state boasts more coastline than any other state in the contiguous 48 states, with rolling hills in the north, dunes in the west, stony beaches to the east, and miles of forest in the south. Michigan is truly a paintballer’s dream, especially when it comes to woodsball or outdoor paintball adventure. With such a bounty of environments, it is hard to pick the best paintball fields but read on to see our favorite places!

      #1 Lone Wolf Paintball: Metamora

      metamora field

      Paintball fans in the Clinton township area will be familiar with this iconic Michigan paintball field. Their retail store is also a one-stop-shop for paintball newbies and pros alike. However, Lone Wolf boasts a 40-acre paintball field that has been in operation for nearly four decades. Here you’ll find a stunning variety of terrain that make it a great spot to play with friends or join one of their larger monthly events.

      Metamora is open from April and closes in November, with open play scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays. However, Metamora can be reserved for private parties or competitions. No equipment? No problem. Lone Wolf Paintball has an incredible selection of equipment that you can rent or purchase depending on your needs.

      #2 Hell Survivors

      hell survivors paintball field

      Photo courtesy of Hell Survivors 

      Hell Survivors is one of Michigan’s oldest and largest paintball fields, with over 12 different playing fields scattered across their 180 acres of playing space. The main portion of their field is dedicated to a woodsball style of play. However, Hell Survivors also has a handful of separate fields for fast-paced speedball games. The immense size of the field also attracts players from all across the world for their multi-day paintball events. If you also play airsoft, then you’re in luck too! Hell Survivor’s field welcomes airsoft enthusiasts to come and enjoy their impressive terrain.

      This field is also centrally located in Pinkney—about 1 hour west of Detroit  being sandwiched in between Lansing and Ann Arbor. You don’t need to spend hours in the car to visit this fantastic place. Hell Survivors is open from April through October and has minimal dates during the winter months. If you plan to visit from out of town, you can make a reservation to secure your spot. For accommodations, you can stay in a nearby hotel or even camp at Hell Survivor’s field for around $50 per night.

      #3 Excalibur

      excalibur paintball field

      Photo of Excalibur Paintball

      Another giant in our paintball lineup is Excalibur Paintball in Battle Creek. This field has been delighting players since 1987 and continues to draw players from across the Midwest. While the outdoor field is relatively undeveloped, it is full of natural barriers, bunkers, and even a castle!

      This field is an excellent option for newcomers to paintball who will find knowledgeable staff, sturdy rental equipment, and a great field to ease into paintball. The Excalibur field can be reserved for private events and parties, but open days are available near-weekly for all those interested in coming to play. Free sessions are also regularly organized, which offers an excellent way to enjoy a low-cost Saturday or introduce friends to the sport!

      #4 Boyne Mountain Resort

      boyne mountain resort paintball

      Photo Courtesy of Boyne Mountain Resort

      One of Boyne Mountain resort's best–kept secrets is their independently organized paintball field. The only field offered is a woodsball field with large amounts of foliage, natural bunkers, and artificial bunkers to hide behind. You will have to call ahead to the Boyne Mountain Adventure Center to schedule your attendance, but there are scheduled games most Thursdays through Sundays during the summer months.

      The great thing about Boyne Mountain’s paintball field is that it's located on Boyne mountain property. If you are traveling from out of town, you can stay on property and enjoy the myriad other things to do during your stay–mountain biking, ziplining, kayaking, and even Michigan’s biggest waterpark. The only downside to this field, which comes with any resort, is the expensive pricing. You’re in for a wild time if you can stomach the pricing!

      #5 TC Paintball

      tc paintball park

      Photo Courtesy of TC Paintball

      TC Paintball has taken the idea of excellent facilities to the next level. Their indoor paintball field is over 20,000 square feet covered with artificial turf. There are two additional outdoor fields to enjoy during the spring, summer, and fall months—one speedball course and one tactical course

      TC doesn’t skimp on rental equipment either; they rent out industry-leading markers, protective equipment, and paintballs. For those who bring their own equipment, TC offers free air refills included in the entry price. Technicians are also available in case anything breaks during gameplay.

      After you’re done playing, relax in TC Paintball’s lounge with some great food and free wifi (the burgers are fantastic). Something to keep in mind about TC Paintball is their reservation policy; making a reservation is an absolute necessity, even for open play. If you don’t reserve your place, you will not be allowed entry. If you’re located anywhere on Michigan’s West Coast or in Northern Indiana, TC Paintball is a venue you must visit. If possible, come during the summer months so you can take advantage of all three fields and types of gameplay!

      Conclusion

      Michigan is undoubtedly in the running for one of the best states to play paintball. One of the great things about playing paintball in Michigan is the proximity to other fun activities. After playing paintball in the morning, you can hit the beach, go mountain biking, golf, or relax in one of the many craft breweries that speckle our amazing state. We hope you enjoy these fields as much as we have and wish you the best of luck paintballing! If you need any extra equipment for your next adventure, please check out Lone Wolf's online store for the best equipment available in the paintball world! 

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      How to Treat Paintball Bruises and Get Back Into The Game

      How to Treat Paintball Bruises and Get Back Into The Game

      No matter how well you play paintball, you’re bound to suffer from bruises and welts in the course of play. Here’s how to minimize the pain and maximize the fun!


      Out of eight teams that started the tournament, your team is competing for the title in a zero-respawn last-man-standing woodsball tournament. You’ve won the last three games and are now competing with the other team for the championship title.

      Your team takes the field and moves to its base. A few seconds later, the referee shouts, “3! 2! 1!.... GO GO GO!” and the other team of hosers starts lobbing double-tapped shots as if there were an endless supply of paint. Within 30 seconds three of your five teammates are marked and call themselves out.


      You advance forward with your one remaining teammate and dig in behind a wooden dorito bunker. You’re receiving fire from three people about 15 yards in front of the bunker and don’t notice the two other people sneaking up at 4 o’clock. 


      They pop around the back of the bunker and instead of issuing the courtesy of surrender, they each let off a dozen paintballs from point blank range and each paintball finds its mark on your body. Your team wins 2nd place in the tournament and, as a consolation prize, 1st place as the most bruised and welted team.


      While paintball is one of the most exhilarating sports you can play, it certainly comes with the downside of stinging pain and lemon-sized bruises. If you’ve been playing for any amount of time, you know that one bad shot can keep you off the field for several days. Read on to learn about the best ways to prevent bruises from paintball!

      Differences Between Paintball Bruises and Welts

      Both bruises and welts from paintball are painful injuries, but there is a tangible difference between the two. Welts most often arise from shots glancing off of bare skin or skin covered with only a thin layer of fabric. 


      On the other hand, bruises result from blunt-force trauma to a given area, which causes the blood vessels to break in that spot. The bruise that forms is actually blood that has coagulated under your skin. 


      Generally, welts will look like the skin is raised and inflamed in a circular area where the paintball hits you. Welts will sting in the moment, but the swelling will go down within about 12 hours and the mark will disappear entirely within a few days. Bruises can initially look like welts; however, they are generally more painful, longer-lasting, and cause more skin discoloration. 


      After getting hit with a paintball (and once you’re off the field), the best thing to do is apply an ice pack to keep the swelling down. Using ice will help manage the initial pain and keep the welt from getting too large. 

      Paintball Wounds: Treatment and Management

      Most paintball bruises and welts won’t break the skin and will only cause bruising. To manage the pain and swelling, the best thing that you can do is take NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) like Motrin (ibuprofen) or Advil (naproxen). These steps will take the pain away and keep the inflammation down.


      Sometimes when you’re marked from close range, the paintball will break the skin and draw blood. If this happens, you’ll want to clean the wound with soap and water and apply some antibiotic ointment. If you plan to continue playing that day, you’ll want to ensure that the injury is bandaged well (particularly if you’re playing woodsball) so that no dirt gets in.


      Once you’re away from the field, change the bandage when it gets dirty and apply antibiotic ointment until the wound has scabbed over. If it gets infected, you should seek professional medical advice from your doctor, who may need to prescribe other medications.


      For those players who have finely detailed or recent tattoos, you may want to consider using body armor (or not playing) on the areas where you have your body art. Tattoos are not cheap, and a close hit from a paintball could cause the ink to bleed outside the original boundaries and ruin the tattoo.

      Preventing Paintball Bruises and Welts

      The easy way to prevent paintball bruises and welts is to avoid playing paintball. But, if you're reading this article, then the paintball bug has already bitten you and not playing isn’t an option!


      The best way to prevent paintball bruises and welts is to wear protective gear. Many people claim that getting hit through a sweatshirt or a vest hurts more, but in our experience, that’s not true. Getting hit on bare skin is by far more painful; if you can put a couple of layers of clothes or padding between your skin and a paintball, you’re much better off.


      Apart from wearing more body armor, there are a few ways you can reduce the chances of getting marked and decrease the amount of time to recuperate like…

      Know the Lay of The Land

      If you’re playing on a new course, take a few minutes before the match and walk around. Get to know where the bunkers are, where there’s adequate cover, and where you may be flanked.


      Think about the course from the other team’s point of view and see where their defenses are strong and where they're lacking. Forming a strategy will help you get hit less and help your team win as quickly as possible.

      Come Equipped

      The worst thing that can happen is showing up to a game with the wrong or insufficient equipment. Make sure that you have your goggles/face mask–most places won’t even let you on the field without them. 


      Apart from the necessary face mask, it is best to wear gear that protects particularly painful areas like the neck and hands. Anyone shot on the finger or neck doesn't have to learn twice to use protective gloves and a padded neck guard. Wearing body armor that protects your chest and slider shorts that protect the crotch/upper leg area is also a good idea to avoid the worst of a direct hit.


      Finally, you will want to protect your arms and legs as much as possible. Knee pads will protect your knees mostly from impacts when you’re diving, sliding, and kneeling. Elbow pads extend from above the elbow until about ¾ of the way down your forearm. Since your arms and marker are normally out front when playing paintball, these are the most frequently hit areas and having protection here reduces bruising.

      Stay Hydrated

      Paintball is a high-intensity cardiovascular sport with a fair share of adrenaline sprinkled on top. While playing, your body undergoes massive amounts of acute stress, even before you get hit with a paintball. Staying well-hydrated won’t make the shots hurt any less, but it will prime your body for recovery and keep you from adding an unnecessary stressor (dehydration) to the sport.

      When in Doubt, Rest

      Disaster tends to always strike on “the last one.” So if you already feel beaten up but think you might have one more left in you, the best thing to do is sit out. Otherwise, you run the risk of one more game right now and then suffering a severe injury that could take weeks or months to heal properly. 


      Welts and bruises aren’t the only opportunities for injury in paintball–you could easily twist an ankle, fall and break your arm, and damage your expensive equipment in the process. So if you’re on the fence, take a break and rest to return as quickly as possible to the field another day.

      Conclusion

      Paintball is a fun sport, but it does come with a high likelihood of mild to moderate injuries. Take the necessary precautions to avoid unnecessary injuries like wearing protective gear, scoping out the course beforehand, and knowing when to say, “stop.” If you follow these guidelines, you’ll set yourself up to avoid injuries, reduce recovery time, and ultimately win more matches. Best of luck!

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      The Best Non-Lethal Home Defense Weapons

      The Best Non-Lethal Home Defense Weapons

      NOTE: The best kind of fight is one that you can avoid. Only use physical force if there are no other options.

      We all assume that home invasions and break-ins will never happen to us. They’re always the subject of local nightly news stories, but never in our neighborhood. The truth is, as long as you live in a world inhabited by other humans, the possibility of a home invasion remains. If possible, de-escalation (a skill referred to as verbal judo by many in the industry) should be the preferred means of conflict resolution. However, if de-escalation fails to work, you need to be confident that you can end a fight in a way that’s favorable to you and your loved ones. 

      In this article, we’ll cover a variety of different tools that you can use for home defense as well as their strengths, weaknesses, and ideal environments. Before you make a purchasing decision, it’s essential to check and double-check state and local laws regarding the legality of ownership. After you make a decision, it’s important to train with your weapon and become proficient so as not to cause any unnecessary damage or harm to others.

      OC Spray / Pepper Spray

      Pepper Spray or OC spray is an excellent option for almost anyone to carry. Generally, the canisters are small and easily fit on a keychain or pocket. If you’re ever attacked or harassed, OC spray is easy to draw and deploy with an intuitive point-and-shoot system. For those who are cost-conscious, OC spray is cheap and there are very few laws that limit its sale and carriage. 

      The gas mainly affects the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, and mouth and causes such irritation that the would-be attacker is stopped in his or her tracks. One of the best things about OC spray is its lack of long-term health consequences, limiting personal liability if you have to use it. Many acts of defense end up in civil and criminal court. The attacker’s complete recovery insulates you from having to compensate them for long-term damage if the force was found illegitimate or excessive.

      For all its upsides, OC spray does have some critical limitations. Depending on the canister, the effective range is no more than 12 feet, so you need to be close to your attacker to deploy it effectively. Second, if there is any wind, residue from the spray could easily be blown into your own face and incapacitate you instead of your attacker. Third, most canisters of OC spray hold only a small amount of spray. If you miss your target, you risk angering them and worsening the situation.

      Strike Objects

      Many people opt to use striking objects such as bats, batons, and even flashlights. The main advantage of these objects is the ease with which they can be acquired. Anyone can go to a local sporting goods store or home improvement store and buy a baseball bat or other similar object. Striking objects also tend to be cheap since, conceivably, you could use a heavy stick from the backyard and pay $0. These weapons are not particularly difficult to use either–you see someone and you hit them. If they continue posing a threat, you hit them again. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

      However, the disadvantages of these kinds of weapons are a little more nuanced. Striking objects are generally classified as Close Quarter Combat (CQB) weapons which means you must be close to your attacker to use them effectively. In a defense situation, you want to be as far away from the danger as possible. With striking objects, your maximum range is capped at about 6 feet, uncomfortably close to an imminent bodily threat.

      We must also consider the minimum range of effectiveness. It’s extremely difficult to strike someone if they’re within grappling distance. Your arm acts as a lever and cannot deliver an effective blow if the threat comes within about 12 inches. Additionally, the striking object is only as dangerous as the person wielding it. An MLB player will be a much more significant threat than a 75-year old retiree.

      Pepper Ball Pistols

      A pepper ball pistol (or rifle) is a great option to increase the effective range of an irritant similar to OC spray. These pistols come in the familiar platform of a generic semi-automatic pistol and deliver .68 paintball-shaped capsules filled with OC powder. 6+1 or 12+1 magazines feed ammunition to the gun and also house the propellant. Unlike traditional firearms, these pistols use compressed Co2 to launch the pepper balls at approximately 325 FPS. 


      When fired, the pistol propels the pepper balls towards the target, where they break on impact and form a cloud of irritant around the attacker. The aerosolized OC gets into the eyes and airways of the would-be attacker and incapacitates them.


      The advantage of this type of weapon is the added range over that of the OC spray. While many guns advertise an effective range of 150ft, the barrels are not rifled so accuracy diminishes as the distance increases. As a result, these guns are best used at a range of less than 15 yards which is more than enough for an indoor home-defense scenario.


      The guns that fire these projectiles are classified as paintball markers, so regulation is minimal. There are age-related laws related to the legality of purchase, but otherwise, pepper ball pistols are legal to own (check local laws before purchase).


      While these pistols are pricey compared to the former two options, they are somewhat less expensive than a bona fide firearm at about $300. The pepper balls cost another $35, and the C02 cartridges cost about $1 apiece. When all is said and done, you will be set up to protect your family with a high-quality tool for less than $350.


      With all of its advantages, there are a few disadvantages. First, these weapons do require some accuracy, so it could be challenging to land a shot on target if you’re unfamiliar with how to shoot a gun or don’t have the inclination to train for accuracy. There are also some concerns with the effectiveness of the rounds; while any sane person would run from OC gas, someone who is hyped up on stimulants may not react to the irritant. 


      Overall, these guns are an excellent option to have for home defense. You can purchase Lone Wolf’s pepper ball pistol starter package to get everything in one package for the best price.

      Stun Guns

      Stun guns are some of the most frequently used less-lethal weapons around. Stun guns can be disguised as any number of mundane objects like flashlights, lipstick containers, and even cell phones.


      Stun guns work by delivering a high-volt low-amperage electric shock to the attacker’s body. The shock causes extremely rapid and uncoordinated muscle contractions which result in up to 30 minutes of disorientation to the attacker. 


      There are two main advantages to these types of weapons. First, they are highly effective at incapacitating a would-be attacker. When shocked, a person’s body becomes inundated with electric signals that take a considerable time to recover from. Second, these apparatuses are cheap, though relying on a dollar-store stun gun isn’t the best decision in a home-defense scenario. A low-tier stun gun will run about $20. However, you can purchase a high-quality stun gun for less than $100 without background checks.


      The main downside of a stun gun is common to any CQB weapon–you must be close to your attacker to use it. The closer you are to your attacker, the easier it is for you to be attacked; no surprises there. However, if you have no other options, it is preferable to have a stun gun rather than nothing.

      Conclusion

      By far the best way to protect yourself is to put as much space between you and your attacker as possible. Unfortunately, CQB weapons require that you be close to your attacker–even if you have a force multiplier like a strike weapon or a stun gun, you could be outmatched if your attacker is significantly bigger and stronger. 


      While not everyone is affected equally by OC sprays and powders, most people will be taken out of the fight if they’re exposed to these chemicals. Because of the range, knock-down power, and ease of use, we believe that the best option for home defense is the pepper ball pistol. So, to keep your family safe in case of a home intrusion, check out the best choices of pepper ball pistols here and stay safe!

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      The 5 Most Epic Paintball Fields In The US

      The 5 Most Epic Paintball Fields In The US

      Paintball is one of the fastest-growing sports around the US. Because of its fast-paced play and connection with the outdoors, more people than ever are picking up the sport in the pursuit of fun, health, and camaraderie.

      If you’ve just started playing paintball, you may be looking for a field to call home. However, if you’re a more seasoned painter, you could be looking to build a bucket list of must-visit fields to play on. Here are the best five fields you and your friends can visit around the United States.

      Hollywood Sports Park - Bellflower, CA

      Photo courtesy of Hollywood Sports Park

      Of course, this iconic field had to be first on the list. Pros, celebrities, and paintball enthusiasts worldwide call this field home, and for good reason; with ten different fields (some bordering on mil-sim) and a speedball field, HSP offers an unbeatable paintball experience. Many of their fields feature genuine movie props or (like the Mad Max field) are based on movies for a fully-immersive experience.


      In addition to the fields, HSP has attractions for those not inclined towards paintball–a rockwall, laser-tag, volleyball, and a bar to relax and recharge. For future paintballers who are still a little too young, HSP offers PaintballSoft–a smaller and slower projectile–and Gelly Attack, which doesn’t hurt at all.

      Lone Wolf West - Metamora, MI

      The Lone Wolf West field located in Michigan was created in the early 1980’s under the name of the “Forbidden Zone.” Ten years later, Lone Wolf acquired the land and has slowly but surely added structures to improve gameplay. The main attraction of this field is its immense size–40 acres–which creates an unparalleled location for gameplay in the Great Lakes region. 


      A single game can last hours as players sneak through some of the most challenging and unique terrain of any paintball field around. Additionally, every year 100’s players get together for the famous “Alien Invasion” gameplay where teams battle it out in a woodsball course. 

      Skirmish Fields - Albrightsville, PA

      Photo courtesy of Skirmish Fields

      Skirmish fields is one of the most jaw-dropping places to play paintball in the country. Situated among the Appalachian mountains' foothills, Skirmish Fields offer a truly astonishing amount of space. Fifty distinct fields are scattered among 700+ acres of rolling hills and wandering streams, providing the perfect space for paintball tournaments.


      Skirmish Fields has furnished their fields with a wide array of structures for an unparalleled paintball experience. Players can shelter in tanks, shoot from old airplanes, run through shipping containers, and defend their choice of two different castles on these grounds. If this weren’t enough, there are four different field types: structured, wooded, speedball, and a hybrid mix.


      Every year, Skirmish hosts three of the most significant events in the paintball world. In March, the Battle of Stalingrad takes place in complex terrain and when the weather in Pennsylvania can change from beautiful to freezing on a dime. In July, the Invasion of Normandy attracts over 4000 players to occupy the fields and re-enact the famous World War 2 beach invasion. 


      Depending on which side wins the Invasion of Normandy (East or West), the final mass scenario game is the Battle of Berlin (or Britain) held in October. Approximately 1000 players get together to settle the score in this game and see which team is truly the best.


      Throughout these scenario games, vendors arrive so that players can trick out their markers before, during, and after gameplay to increase their chances of winning. Players are also invited to decompress after a long day of painting in the picnic area, where food and beverages are available

      Paintball Explosion - Dundee, IL

      Photo courtesy of Paintball Explosion

      Paintball Explosion is one of the best courses in the country because of the apparent forethought that has gone into each excellent map. Players will recognize the iconic “Nuketown” which is Paintball Explosion’s take on the popular CoD: Modern Warfare 2 map. The map features two houses and, as in the game, a bus that occupies the middle territory between the two bases.


      The other six maps offer interesting backstories that determine how the games will be played. For example, the Code Black nuclear launch field is the perfect setting for a “capture and defend” game scenario where players must hold the territory at all costs. The “Nam” field, the most extensive field available, lends itself to elimination rounds, and the “Turmoil” field is an ideal setting for a game of capture the flag.

      D-Day Adventure Park - Wyandotte, OK

      Photo courtesy of Paintball Explosion

      D-Day Adventure Park finds its niche in one of the most exciting paintball applications: multi-day mil-sim events. D-day frequently brings in third parties with former military who specialize in running mil-sim events. These different events attract thousands of players from all around the country and even internationally. The event is held on D-Day’s 740 acres of space–more than enough area to hold the myriad of players that show up for each event.


      More frequently than not, these mil-sim events will run for two to three days and attract various playing styles–juggernauts, snipers, grenadiers, and infantrymen. In addition, each event has a multi-path storyline that can change based on the outcome of the different stages during the different days. This storyline adds an extra layer of excitement beyond simple objective completion.

      Conclusion

      The growing panorama of paintball fields in the USA is encouraging and shows no signs of slowing down. There is something for every playing style and preference, from traveling professionals to afternoon plinkers. Perhaps what is most exciting to us paintballers are the growing number of multi-day mil-sim events that draw people from all across the country. Events like these give everyone permission to forget the stress of home and work and blow off a little steam (or Co2) with their friends.


      Even if you don’t live close to one of these destination locations, chances are you have a paintball field that is within a half-hour of your house. To get equipped to play some of these fantastic fields, visit Lone Wolf Paintball to purchase the best equipment on the market. We have the best new markers, protective equipment, and upgrades. Best of luck on your next paintball adventure!

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      How to Choose and Use Paintball Pod Packs

      How to Choose and Use Paintball Pod Packs

      Paintball is one of the best outdoor activities for those looking to spend more time outside. And one of the reasons that paintball supports a healthy body and mind is that matches can last a long time, meaning more running, crouching, crawling, and climbing. 

      If you want to make it through the longest matches, you need to have the best pod pack paintball has to offer. 

      A good pod pack allows you to carry extra paintballs on you during the match, so you can reload. And a well-designed pod pack and pods will allow you to reload faster, so you can get back to shooting. 

      In order to make the most of these competitive advantages and lead your team to victory, you need a pod pack that works for your body. It needs to be sized right, a comfortable fit, and allow you easy access to your ammo.

      So how do you choose the perfect pod pack? Keep reading to find out now. 

      Paintball Pod Packs: What to Know

      If you're new to paintball, then you might not know why paintball pods are so important.

      On the top of your paintball marker, you'll have a hopper attached. The hopper is filled with paintballs, which feed into the chamber of your paintball marker, so you can fire paintballs down the field. 

      Hoppers can only hold so many paintballs. If you run out, you can't leave the playing field to go reload your hopper. Instead, you use paintball pods. 

      Pods are small plastic tubes filled with paintballs. You just pop one open and dump it into your hopper to continue firing.

      It helps to have at least a few pods loaded with paintballs. But you need a way to carry these on your person while you are playing a match. Enter the paintball pod harness. 

      Most of the time, a paintball harness straps around the waist, giving you easy access to your pods while playing. If you buy the right harness, it won't encumber your movement. 

      But what should you consider when choosing this essential piece of paintball equipment?

      Fit

      Fit is the most important factor when choosing a harness. You want the harness to fit comfortably, to allow you to move freely in any position, whether crouching, climbing, or running. 

      But you also want it to fit snug so that the pods don't swing around. 

      There are many harness options that offer customizable fits. That means a one-size-fits-all option. This is especially important for larger players. 

      Capacity

      When looking at capacity, there are two categories to consider. First off, how many paintballs will fit into each pod.

      The standard for most paintball pods is a capacity of 140 paintballs. This is a perfect size, as you can dump an entire pod into your hopper before you completely run out of paintballs. 

      You can also find pods a bit smaller that carry 100 paintballs, or even 50 paintballs for a slim profile. 

      Second, when choosing a harness, you'll need to decide how many pods you want to carry. Having six pods in your harness might sound nice until you try crawling around with six pods getting caught on brush and obstacles.

      Most players feel that a six-pod pack is adequate for most matches. 

      But when choosing your harness capacity, you'll notice that some pod packs say "3+4" or "4+5."

      The first number shows how many pod sleeves are available. If you see a plus symbol, this denotes the number of optional pods you can carry using elastic straps.

      So a 3+4 pod pack will have three sleeves for standard carry, and the ability to carry an extra four pods using elastic straps for a total of seven. 

      Likewise, a 4+5 harness will have four pod sleeves but has the option of carrying nine pods total. 

      Durability

      You shouldn't choose the cheapest pod pack on the market. Low-quality materials will wear out quickly.

      You're going to wear your harness during every match, rain or sun. You'll be in the dirt, in the brush, and crawling over rocks and obstacles. Choose high-quality products that will stand the test of time.

      But the right harness the first time and you won't ever need to buy another one. 

      Top Paintball Pod Packs

      Ready to play paintball with all of the ammunition you could possibly need? Here are some of our favorite paintball pod packs 

      HK Army Zero-G Harness


      The HK Army Zero-G Harness comes in two capacity configurations. The smaller harness is a 3+2 configuration. It features three padded pod sleeves. And it has an optional elastic strap on either side to carry two additional pods when needed. 

      The larger model is available in a 4+3 configuration, with found padded sleeves and extra straps for three more pods. Both are available for $89.95.

      The strapless harness features a state-of-the-art belt system sized to fit most players. It sits comfortably on the waist with anti-slip, lumbar supporting back padding. 

      The holsters don't have straps, and instead, use a tension system to secure the pods in place. No bouncing pods and no shifting waist belt. 

      HSTL Base Harness

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      The HSTL 3+4 Base Harness has a simple waist belt that is comfortable and adjustable. It's lightweight, and the mesh back panel improves airflow. The pods are held in place using velcro straps, which help prevent movement.

      You can also choose the larger 4+5 harness. Both run for $49.95, making this a great, mid-tier harness.  

      Empire Omega Harness

       


      Looking for a budget-friendly paintball pod pack? The Empire Omega Harness is available in a simple, streamlined four-pod configuration

      The standard version comes in black with colored accents. Looking to spice things up? Check out the additional color variations, including samurai or skull patterns. These are available for $24.95 or $29.95, respectively. 

      The sleeves can carry 140 or 100 round paintball pods. The back mesh panel improves comfort and the elastic ejection feature helps you access your pods with ease. 

      Dye Assault Harness

      dye assault harness

      Looking for a paintball pod pack for big guys? The adjustable belt system on the Dye Assault Harness is the perfect fit for larger players. 

      The harness uses high-powered velcro, memory elastic, and rubber traction to give this harness maximum stability while moving around. Neoprene sleeve ejector loops and a quick release handle make it super easy to access your pods and reload quickly. 

      You can get the standard size configuration of 3+4 for $74.95 or the larger version of 4+5 for $79.95.

      Invest in the Best Pod Pack Paintball Harness

      Paintball fields are opening all the time, opening the door for more and more people to try the sport. When you play paintball for the first time, you might not need to have a paintball harness. Just fill your hopper and go.

      But for those who play often and want to improve their game, buying the best pod pack paintball harness is one of the first investments you should make. When you start using one, you'll wonder how you ever managed without one. 

      Want to see more of our pod harness options? Check out our full selection here. 

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      Our Top 5 MagFed Paintball Guns and Markers

      Our Top 5 MagFed Paintball Guns and Markers

      You've just darted behind cover, an enemy paintball whistling past your ear and coloring the wall behind you. The magazine you detach and throw to the ground is barely audible against the sound of your fallen teammates cheering you on. Your breath is heavy, sweat dripping off the tip of your nose as your heart pounds against your chest. Adrenaline has carried you through nearly 90 minutes of play and there's just one enemy player left standing. They're yours to take down.

      You reach into your pocket to find your last magazine full of First Strike rounds. With your MagFed paintball gun locked and loaded, you pop your head up above cover. The enemy player is instantly in your sights. You fire. A singular First Strike paintball hurls through your barrel, breaking through the air at immense speed. Across the chest of your enemy, you see a bright green splat. You exhale. Victory!

      MagFed isn’t exactly a new concept to the world of paintball. With a history dating back to around 1987, MagFed has been making its way up a steady growth stream. In more recent years, however, technological developments have massively boosted the popularity of MagFed paintball, including MagFed paintball markers, guns and other gear. Used across the world by both recreational and competitive paintballers, MagFed truly is a revolution for the sport.

      This guide will talk you through the best options for your next MagFed paintball marker and advise you on some of the things you may need to consider.

      MagFed Paintball Nuances and Considerations

      So what makes MagFed markers so special? How are they different from other paintball guns?

      First of all, MagFed markers rely on magazines which usually hold about 20 rounds of paintballs at a time. The biggest advantage of this is the ability to fire First Strike rounds. If you're not already familiar, First Strike rounds differ from ordinary paintballs by using fins. While fins might not sound all that special, can you imagine how well a fish might swim without them? Probably a lot harder, right? Believe it or not, it's the same with paintballs. The fins on First Strike rounds give them around 50% more flight time and greatly improved accuracy.

      The other obvious advantage MagFed paintball guns have over markers using hoppers is that the magazine gives them a much more realistic look. Have you ever wanted to feel more like you were holding a real rifle on the field? MagFed is the way to go.

      When shopping for a new MagFed paintball marker, you should think about whether you need your marker to have dual-feed capability or not. Markers with the capacity to shoot in both magazine and hopper configurations can be more versatile than others, which may be better for you if you're intending to switch shooting styles throughout a game.

      Similarly, you may want to consider if you would prefer a fully automatic marker or not. Automatic markers offer a much higher fire rate, as the paintballs slot into place automatically after pulling the trigger so you can keep firing. It's worth noting that since most magazines only hold about 20 rounds, using an automatic MagFed paintball marker will mean you have to reload more often than with a semi-automatic gun, with which you have to pull the trigger again for every shot.

      Top 5 MagFed Paintball Markers

      With all that said, Lone Wolf Paintball has picked out the top five MagFed paintball markers for you to level up your paintball game.

      Tippmann TMC

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      With a price point of $279.95, the Tippmann TMC MagFed paintball gun offers versatility with dual-feed capacity. While the TMC isn't compatible with First Strike rounds, it can be fully accessorized and its easy-pull trigger makes for a rapid semi-automatic shooting experience. The Tippmann TMC stands out for its authentic AR look and feel, boosted by its aluminum/magnesium receiver and a 12-inch barrel with muzzle brake. If you want a paintball gun that looks like the real deal, the Tippmann TMC is a strong choice.

      Its front and rear sights are adjustable for super-accurate fire  - when every round counts, hitting the target matters! The collapsible stock means that when you need to move fast in tight spaces, the length of the marker can be reduced almost instantly, minimizing the chance of it getting caught up or stuck. The integrated sling mount allows you to carry the marker securely hands-free. 

      For paintballers that want a paintball marker that's got a realistic feel and can work with either a traditional hopper or a mag, the Tippmann TMC MagFed is a great choice.

      Tippmann Stormer Elite

      tippman stormer elite

      Coming in at just under $200, the Tippmann Stormer Elite is an adaptable semi-automatic that benefits from a modular design. Easy to customize, users can choose between the Elite Basic, or opt to install add-ons. The Stormer Tactical builds on the Basic through the addition of front and rear flip-up sights, a tactical front shroud, and a six-position collapsible stock. These features give the Tactical a realistic, military vibe, along with greater accuracy and improved portability. The top-spec Stormer Elite allows users to switch from the magazine to the hopper - if you want speedy fire and swift reloading, the hopper works well; when you want a marker that offers more realism, albeit with a slower reload time, the magazine mode is the way forward.

      This is a durable marker that's made from tough composite material and benefits from a rugged, functional build design. Unfortunately, it can't accommodate First Strike, but can deliver decent all-round performance. The various configurations and the ability to switch between hopper and mag provide a good amount of customization opportunities - perfect for players who want a marker that can adapt to their changing play needs.

      Planet Eclipse EMF-100

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      First Strike enabled, with advanced features, formidable performance, and exceptional good looks, the Planet Eclipse EMF-100 is an absolute beast of a marker. A must for players who want every shot to count, this marker can be fired using a hopper, or a mag. Benefiting from the iconic Gamma Core Drivetrain, the Planet Eclipse also includes a hoseless air transfer system, spool valve operation, an SL4 inline regulator, and GRN construction. What all this means is that the Eclipse emits paintballs at a respectable 135PSI of operating pressure, and, particularly when loaded with First Strike rounds, is going to deliver some respectable, accurate results.

      The Planet Eclipse is compatible with a range of accessories, including the Eclipse PWR stock, MOE™ rail panels, and DYE DTM magazines. If you want to customize your EMF-100, there's plenty of scope to do that. This is a fantastic option for players who want the benefits of accurate fire, using the First Strike rounds. If you're a player who wants to make every shot a winner, the EMF-100 is going to be the marker that makes it happen. 

      Tippmann TiPX Pistol

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      Looking for a sidearm to complement your Planet Eclipse EMF-100? Or perhaps you're a player who likes to move fast and enjoys the freedom a pistol can give. Whatever your reasons, when you put the Tippmann TipX Pistol into your cart, you've picked a winner. One of the lightest markers on the market, the TipX runs on a small carbon dioxide cylinder that's capable of delivering between 25-30 shots (each magazine holds 8 rounds, so that's a cylinder change every three or four magazines). The cylinder can be quickly changed and you can carry on where you left off. 

      The TipX pistol isn't First Strike enabled, and also has a relatively small capacity - it's not intended for rapid-fire, but rather as a back-up to finish what your main weapon started, or as a single shot solution in close combat conditions. For less than $300, that's a bargain!

      First Strike T-15

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      If authenticity in your play matters, you need the First Strike T-15. This awesome marker looks the part, and its compatibility with First Strike rounds enables players to fire from distance and still hit their mark. Not only is it a good-looking marker - you can't beat a 1-on-1 AR design to add some fantastic realism - but it's also packed with features. As well as the mag option, players can also switch to the hopper for situations where a lot of ammo is going to be needed in a short period. 

      This is a great marker for seasoned players who want results - the First Strike option boosts the chances of staging a dramatic take-out from a safe distance. Versatile enough to cope with any play situation, $599.95 buys you a lot of hours of great paintball play.

      Conclusion

      MagFed markers are leaders in the field for several reasons. Not only do they add a realistic look to paintball markers, but they also have dual-load capabilities that enable players to choose between the magazine (slower to load but more realistic) or a hopper (faster to load but not as authentic to look at).

      The option of First Strike rounds transforms the performance of the marker, enabling noticeably more accuracy than when using standard rounds. For players who like to hit what they aim at, First Strike capability can transform play.

      With plenty of options for accessorizing and customization, MagFed markers give you the chance to Check out the LoneWolf Youtube channel for further inspiration and information on the MagFed range and visit our shop today for the best paintball markers, equipment and accessori
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