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Tactical Movement on the Paintball Field

Team Tactical Movement on the Paintball Field

Most fields are “scenario” fields. This means that they have many different bunkers to hide behind, forts, tunnels and sometimes buildings. There can be varying topography – hills, ditches, slopes, trees or bushes.

On these fields using tactical movement can greatly improve your success of winning. Tactical movement can include how to move in your environment, how to move as a pair or squad, how to communicate quietly.

Moving in your environment is basic whenever you play paintball. How far apart are the bunkers or your cover? How tall is the bunker you’re hiding behind? You may have to crawl to the next bunker. What route you choose to get to your next objective can make all of the difference.



Before you move out, have a plan. Decide where you want to end up. Come up with an alternate route if possible. Also, always have a retreat route in mind. If you engage an enemy, quickly moving around or “Flanking” them could decide that contest in your favor. Flanking an enemy is great way to have the round end in your favor.

Have at least one team member engage the enemy while one or more move around one side or another. If you have enough team members, use a “Pincer”. This is when you surround your enemy by moving around on both sides at once, trapping the enemy in the middle.

There are many ways to move to your next point. Run, Walk, Crouch, Crawl, Belly Crawl. Your situation and available cover will dictate what you should do. Time may also be a factor. Is there a time limit on the game or is your enemy advancing on you fast? Camouflage is very important.

If you can, wear clothes that blend into your surroundings. Using the cover around you to conceal your outline or form is always important. When you look out from behind cover do it slowly. If you are seen by the enemy, slowly pull your head back. Human eyes notice movement.

If you see an enemy and they are not aware of your position, you can distract them by throwing a rock or something away from you. This will focus their attention some where else allowing you to attack or move.

Decoys can be useful on the field. Carry an extra mask with you. Before you stick your own head out, stick out the decoy mask. If you take fire, it won’t be against you. This may seem silly, but it will keep you in the game longer.


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Pair and Squads

Having a teammate with you can increase your ability to move quickly and should make you harder to hit and more deadly. When possible, practice and train with your team mate. When one of you moves, the other should be covering. You should be spaced out by at least one bunker most of the time. Exceptions to this would be if you are in a fort. Otherwise you can become trapped by opposing forces much easier.

A squad is a group of 3 or more, preferably 5. This allows your squad to cover a larger area, but still move quickly. The most common formation for a squad is the “wedge” formation. This gives you 180 degree coverage as you move forward. This helps keep you squad from being flanked easily. It also give you a good arc of fire when engaging the enemy. Always choose a squad leader. This will help you make decisions quickly and truly work as a team.

Being able to communicate without talking or shouting is very important if the enemy’s position is unknown. I have included a small chart that you may find useful. It only works if your team mates know the hand signals as well.

Tactical Paintball – Strategy and Tips – Boise Paintball


Tactical Paintball – Strategy and Tips – Boise Paintball

Tactical Tips for Boise’s Largest Paintball Park

Tactical paintball is like playing “Call of Duty” or any of your first person shooter video games. You play with a small team or squad, usually around five. Any gear extras are allowed i.e. radios, grenades, ghillie suits, tact vests, laser scopes etc. If you practice as a squad and perfect moving and fighting as a unit, you can soon dominate on the paintball field.

Being outfitted with the right gear can really help your game and increase your chance of survival and completing the objective.


Let’s start with tactical paintball radios.

Midland GXT1000VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Black/Silver)Radios, or walkie-talkies, can give your squad an immense advantage on the field. Being able to communicate quietly or when out of sight of your teammates is a real game changer. It allows you to send and receive intel of enemy movement, location and strength.

It also allows you to call for support or lend support at a critical moment in that game. An earpiece with boom or throat mic is a must. The earpiece allows you to hear radio traffic quietly. This is important so you don’t give away your position or allow the enemy to hear your communications.

Tenq® Military Grade Tactical Throat Mic Headset/earpiece with BIG Finger PTT for Icom Radio 2-pin Ic-12a, Ic-12at, Ic-12e, Ic-12gat, Ic-12ge, Ic-f3002A boom or throat mic allows you to easily send your message and allows you to talk quieter as well. If you choose a throat mic, make sure it does not impede your ability to breath when you are breathing hard. Most radios are good for many miles so even the largest of games are no problem.


Grenades can be your friend.

Grenades can get you out of a hot fire fight or keep you from having one in the first place. There are several types of paintball grenades to use depending on your circumstance. The paint grenade is the most common. There are several manufacturers. The “pin” works a little different on each one.

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Find one that works easiest for you. When the paint grenade “goes off” it squirts paint all around. Any player with even a drop on them is out. Next is the smoke grenade. I only use Enola Gaye brand. They are “cool burning” so you don’t start a fire, but always keep an eye on it if you are playing in dry brush. Simply pull the ring and throw.

The “burst” smoke grenade they make is my favorite. It puts out the same amount of smoke as the standard model but twice as fast. This truly makes a smoke screen that you can move through or behind and not be seen. They come in many colors. Last but not least is the bang grenade.

This grenade can be used in paintball or airsoft. It can have many different “shells”. The different shells are cosmetic and do the same thing. It’s just what “look” you want. The bang grenade uses a 12 gram CO2 to make it explode. Simple pull the pin and throw. the grenade will pop in 3-5 seconds. It make a VERY loud bang.

At Pyrrhic, we call anyone in a 20 foot circle from the grenade out, even through walls. This is helpful when the enemy is holed up in a fort and it will take a lot of paint, players or time to get them out.


Camouflage is something most misunderstood on “the battlefield”.

Ghost Ghillie Suit™ by Arcturus Camo - Advanced 3D Camo

Simply wearing camo clothes usually doesn’t help unless you are playing woodsball. First, know the fields you are playing on. Wear clothes that blend in, not announce where you are from 500 feet away. Also take in to consideration the time of year you are playing in.

A ghille suit has it’s pros and cons. If you have heavy brush or bushes on the field, a ghillie suit can be excellent at keeping you concealed. Again, they come in many different colors depending on your surroundings and time of year. A ghillie suit would work well in combination with a sniper rifle. Tiberious makes great sniper paintball guns (I will talk about them in another post).


A tactical vest is another great accessory to add to your gear bag.

Military Tactical Vest Paintball Molle Carrier Adjustable Airsoft Combat Swat

They are all similar so look for the features you want. Some features are extra pod holders, radio pouch, grenade pouches, pouches for rags, water bladder holder, etc. Tactical vests also absorb, or bounce, hits from enemy fire. They come in many colors.

Find one that fits but doesn’t restrict your movement. Finding one that “breathes” in summer is another good feature.
The last piece of gear you will need for your tactical setup is your gun. there are many factors in choosing the right marker so I will go into detail on this subject in my next post. So until next time


… Keep calm and use a paintball grenade.


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My Boise Paintball Story – Pyrrhic Paintball


My Paintball Story – Pyrrhic Paintball Nampa, Boise, Meridian

Treasure Valley’s Largest Paintball Park

Okay, let me be honest. The first thing you need to know about paintball is that, YES it does hurt, but how much depends on where you get hit. Most hits do not hurt that much.

Paintball is a fun sport to play. It’s exhilarating, adrenaline pumping, fast pace, tactical, and a great way to spend your day. You get to meet new people, and get to experience something new.


There are three types of paintball. Scenario, Tactical, and Speedball.

Most people are using rentals and almost everyone is equally skilled. Nobody is worried about being out beaten by someone who is better than you.

  • Then there is “Tactical” paintball. Where you have a squad of people and friends who communicate with each other via walkie-talkies to strategize where the enemy team is and eliminate them.

Some of the gear these players use are markers that look like real type guns, from Sniper Rifles, to Assault Rifles, to SMG’s, and Pistols. To give themselves and their squad a more military/tactical look.

  • Finally there is “Speedball.” Speedball is a fast pace, fast action type of paintball. People spend extra money into their gear to look, shoot, and help them play better.

People buy high end electric markers to be able to shoot faster, and be able to shoot farther. Speedball is a close quarter’s game type. This is the game type that all the pros play on.


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Paintball Words of Advice…

And some words of advice, don’t let those big dawg “pro-paintballers” scare you into not wanting to play any more. Paintball is an incredibly friendly sport.

Most times “veteran” players will latch onto a younger or newer player to give advice both on and off the field. They have sometimes been known to let new player’s use their high end gear to try out for a round or two. When you are ready to “upgrade” your experience playing, you can always start by buying your own marker and your own gear.

I highly suggest starting with a good mask first. Having the best gun in your hands does no good if you can’t see your target.

When you’re still a beginner, and plan on buying your first paintball marker, you should buy a beginner marker. Not some high end marker just yet. This will help you work on how to use and care for your marker and learn how to play the game.

After you have progressed and learned more, then you will have a greater appreciation and the skill to use a better marker.


And now…My Paintball Story.

I started paintballing back when I was in early Junior High School, probably in ’09 or ’10. Ever since then I fell in love with the sport! I’ve been going out to my local field as much as I could.

Then, when I saved up enough money to where I was able to buy my first paintball marker. My first paintball marker was a Spyder-Xtra.

At first it was a small little marker, but it did its job excellently. Then I went to a local paintball store and bought myself a longer barrel, to help increase accuracy.

And I went from a stock 12″ long barrel to an 18″ long inch barrel. After a few years of playing, my parents bought me a new and better marker. They bought me my first electronic marker, a GoG EnvY.


Paintball in High School…

In my senior year of High School I started a paintball club to try to share my passion and experiences with my peers at school. I was the first student in the Boise School District to have created such a club.

My plan was to get the club popular enough to have word get out to other High Schools, so that one day we could have battles against the other schools. Just like how they do now but with different sports.

…Pyrrhic Paintball Rocks!

And then one day, one of my friends suggested a new field I should go too – called Pyrrhic Paintball. When I arrived, the fields were very nice looking, and the staff working there are polite and very respectful.

One of the best paintball fields I have ever played on! And they let anyone join a game, it doesn’t matter if you stink at the game, if it’s your first time playing or if you’re a pro and have played in the big leagues. It’s only a game and we are all here to have fun!

It’s been 6 years and still going, of playing this great and amazing sport, I have made a lot of great friends and have done some remarkable things while on the field.

When I play I want my experience and the other player’s I’m playing with to be fun and not about dominating the other team or player.


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Paintball players are friendly and fun!

Paintball is a friendly and “team” sport. Don’t worry about how good the other guys are and don’t think that we don’t want you to play with us. Don’t think “they’re too skilled for me, they have automatic weapons, and they’re just going to kick my butt.”

I get that a lot when I try to join in on other people’s games, especially if they are beginners.

And my statement to them is that I am here to have fun and enjoy my day just the same as you are. Also, Rec play doesn’t allow fully automatic guns anyway.

I would personally recommend PYRRHIC PAINTBALL to all my friends and anyone who asks about paintball. I love this field and will always play on it!!!

So without further ado…I plan to see you out on the field!