Paintballs are small capsules, usually made of gelatin, and filled with dye. They are designed to explode on impact, marking the target with paint inside them- hence the name paintballs. Since the dye isw non-toxic, you don't have to worry about accidentally swallowing it, although I really wouldn't advise it.
Many different companies supply paintballs, ranging from expensive tournament balls to much cheaper bals of lower quality of recreation. If you have a look at www.sakworldpaintball.com you will see some of the ones available. They come in pretty well every color and quantity.
The paint is water based, so it will easily wash out, although this might be annoying if you want to play in the rain. The place you play paintball is usually outside, and so is referred to as a field even if it is wooded as many are. Most such places ask you to buy their paint, but some will allow you to bring your own for a small fee.
The way you intend to use your paintballs will determine which paintballs you buy, as they each have a different thickness of filling.
If you need a paintball for practice purposes you will obviously go for a cheap and more or less decent product. When buying a ball for rec-ball purposes, again, quality will be a secondary requirement. But when you are buying a tournament ball, quality and quality alone is the lone priority. Here you need balls that won t burst easily either inside your paintball guns or in transit. But, at the same time you need balls that will easily smash into your opponents.
Apart from its quality the other important factors you must pay attention to is the size of the paintball. Your paintballs should fit into your paintball guns perfectly. Paintball sizes are measured in calibers. Paintballs are all .68 buts its the last number that makes a difference. Most paintballs these days are .689. If your local field paint is too big for your barrel you might consider getting a new barrel http://www.sakworldpaintball.com/paintball-barrels.html .
Of course, you must know the exact measure of your gun barrel before you can buy paintballs. If your ball is the wrong size, it might break in the barrel, and be completely useless to you.
Paintball guns themselves come in a number of varieties, like the paintballs themselves. Consider the Ion gun, which has all the standard features you woudl expect, plus is extremely versatile. Think about your level of skill and expertise when choosing a gun, as well as your budget. There's no point having an excellent gun if you can't aim it accurately.
The Ion paintball gun has a 17/sec firing rate and a 10 balls/sec firing rate on auto. This in combination with its low price is a good reason for you to give serious thought to this tournament paintball gun. Apart from that it is a great lightweight instrument (2.2 pounds), as good as many tournament paintball guns out in the market today. Try it, who knows, it might just be the one thing you need to become a winner!
On the other hand, you might not be sure you need a high end gun, so go have a look at SAK WORLD PAINTBALL, which is another one of the best paintball stores out there, and always stocks the newest and best guns. Have fun!
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Author Samuel Morhaim is a skilled paintballer, and webmaster of the Planet Eclipse paintball site. Click to see his paintball store.
For a super high end paintball gun check out Planet Eclipse www.sakworldpaintball.com/planeteclipse.html. Planet Eclipse makes some of the best paintball guns which can shoot over 30 balls per second.
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