How did paintball start?
Most people say the start of paintball was lumberjacks that used a single shot air gun, with a paintball to mark trees for cutting. Next thing you know, lumberjacks are hiding behind the trees shooting at each other, and paintball was born. Back then, paintball guns were single shot markers, and a paintball cost nearly a dollar each! Today, they are only a few cents each, which is good as newer semi-automatic paintball markers can shoot 10 to 20 balls a second or more!
Is Paintball Safe?
Yes, paintball is a very safe sport to play. Being a non-contact sport, it does not have anywhere near the injuries of other sports like football, soccer, and basketball. When playing under supervised conditions with the proper equipment, it is statistically safer than golf or bowling!
And we feel our indoor facility is the
Safest Field Around! Read Why!
But does it hurt?
No. Well, maybe just a little. A paintball is actually made in the same
machine that makes bath oil beads, or Advil caplets - so it's a relatively
soft shell filled with vegetable oil and food coloring. Shot from a
paintball marker at 260 feet per second, when hit, it will sting for
a second - about like getting snapped with a towel, or with a rubber
band. But with the adrenaline, and excitement, you may not even feel
the hit. That why we have refs to help determine if you are "clean"
or "out". And depending where you get hit, it can leave a
little mark which will go away in a day or so, and by simply wearing
the proper clothing, you can minimize or eliminate this.
What Should I wear?
For example, you must
wear an approved mask that will protect your face, and you may also
opt for gloves, a neck protector, or even full armor. This equipment
is available for rent or sale in our on site pro shop. But many just
choose to layer on a heavy sweatshirt or two. Of course, layering on
a heavy sweatshirt to protect yourself is not that much fun on an 100
degree Texas summer day, but in our air conditioned indoor facility,
you can wear any protection you want, summer or winter and be comfortable.
Will the Paint Wash Out?
Actually, paintballs have no paint in them! They are a gelatin
capsule, much like a bath oil bead, or a big round advil caplet
(about the size of a dime) and the stuff on the inside is mainly
a product called PEG. This is a food grad synthetic oil filler
that you find in tooth paste, visine, and even Dr. Pepper. You
may get a few little grease marks, but since we don't allow outside
paint at our field, you don't have to worry about big Pink, Orange
and Yellow stains like on other fields. All our paint is a non-toxic,
non-staining, no-pigment special formulation for our indoor facility.
Isn't paintball teaching violence?
No, I'm sure you will be very impressed with how well behaved paintball
players are - especially when in a nice controlled environment where fun
and exercise are promoted, and any violence is not tolerated. Actually
paintball teaches lots of useful team skills like communication, trust,
healthy competition and organization. It's why paintball outings are very
popular with church groups, and as corporate team building outings from
companies such as Cisco Systems, Home Depot, IBM, and Microsoft.
What age are most paintball players?
You name it! There is no minimum or maximum age to participate - as long as you are strong enough to hold a gun and squeeze a trigger! But you will find pre-teen, teenagers, young adults, and men and women in their 40's, 50's and 60's on the field. You will be amazed how many parents came to watch their son or daughter, then thought it looked like fun, and now you can't get them off the field!
What if I bring my child, but I don't want to play?
No problem at all. You will find we are a very supervised facility, and there is no problem dropping your kids, and coming back later, or feel free to hang out, and watch the fun through the large viewing windows. Or, fill out a waiver, and we'll let you go out behind the nets where you can watch the action close up. Of course, the whole place is WIFI so some parents bring a laptop and get a little work done over our high speed connection. Make yourself at home while your child plays.
Can I come check it out without paying?
Sure! Come on down and see our facility, we're sure you'll be impressed with how much fun Paintball is, and will want to play!
Ok, you've got me talked into this. I've never played before - what can I expect when I show up at your place?
Let me walk you through the process. You show up, and we have a video briefing that will run you through the basics. It will show you how the equipment works, how the game is played, etc. It will also highlight all the important safety aspects of the game. You will watch this DVD - about 10 minutes - then fill out your paperwork, pay for your session (and what ever rental equipment and paint you might need.)
Find a table (not hard to do... there are 20 of them!) to put
your stuff, then if you have your own gun, go to our Chrono Station and set your speed for 260 fps.!
When you feel good, head back into the staging area. We have a
Public Address system that allows us to call the games, which
we do by level of experience. So for example, you might hear,
"Beginning Players, we will be going to the back field in
2 minutes - get ready!", or "Advanced players, last call to the
front field. All advanced players that want to play, please head to the front Field." Then one of the refs will walk you onto the field,
and help divide the group into two teams. Then the ref will make
sure everyone is ready, and then it's game on! Start shooting!
Or if you feel like you're getting a bit better, and you want to try playing with more advanced players, a game will start there in just a few minutes. And after each of those games, the fields will switch from beginner to advanced, so it should never be more than a few minutes that you can get on one or the other fields, and compete with players at your level.
Games will normally be in the 5 against 5, or 8 against 8 type numbers.
We will avoid cramming a ton of people on the field at one time. I've
found - that is just not as much fun! And by having a new game starting
every few minutes, it is not necessary. When you get hit, and a paintball
marks you by making a splat the size of a quarter, you raise your gun
- signifying you are "out", and walk to one of the "dead zones" behind
a net so you will not get shot any more. The game will probably last
3 - 10 minutes until one team is out, and the refs will signal when
the game is over.
At that time, you leave the field, refill your air and paint with our self service air station, and prepare for the next game. Just check the monitors to see when you want to go next. Or kick back, and watch a game or two either through the large viewing windows, or on the monitors displaying web cams throughout the fields.
Feel free to play 5, 10, or 30 or more games throughout the day. All the fun you want is included in the one Price.
Can I bring my own equipment?
Sure! Feel free to use your own marker, goggles, tank, any gear you have as long as it is approved for paintball use. We must make sure they are paintball goggles, and if bringing your own tank, pull back any cover upon check in so we can see the model and hydro date on the tank. Then it will be marked so you can use it the rest of the day.
The only exception to using your own stuff is paint. This is a FPO Field. You can only use paint purchased at our field for use in our facility.
582 E Hwy 121
Lewisville, TX 75057
Note: This is Business 121 in Lewisville.
Here's a Map & Directions
Another note! GPS does a bad job of getting here with our address. It might lead you to the other 121, but you can set your GPS to Coordinates:
N 33 2.292 W 96 59.238
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