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.

paintball grenades boise paintball gear supplies

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.


How to choose the right Paintball Mask.

Boise Paintball: How to choose the right paintball mask?

Boise Paintball: How to choose the right paintball mask?

Face protection and good visibility…for a better game.

Paintball Masks

With more than a fair share of masks on the market it can be hard to decide what one you should get. There is lots of different items to consider some cosmetic some functional. In my own personal opinion I think a mask should be one of the first things you purchase if you want to start buying paintball gear.

A good mask can help you see better throughout the day with no fogging and in general be more comfortable. Most masks on the market today fit the average person. Here are features of alot of the masks on the market today.


  • Lens- lots of choices, dual pane thermal lens are what you want.
  • Face profile- how much of the jawline/forehead is exposed.
  • Foam- foam that goes around the goggles.
  • Mask skirt- can flex or be stiff.
  • Ear protection- padding to protect ears.
  • Hearing- is hearing impaired by ear protection.
  • Visor-used to keep the sun off your eyes.


  • Goggle strap- comes in many different colors and styles.
  • Color- many different options.
  • Customization- different masks have more customization options than others.

Vforce Grill 

This is the mask I use currently, it’s not too expensive while also being a solid first mask. There are lots of different lens, and color options to choose from. All the lenses are dual pane thermal. The mask is easy to disassemble and clean. This mask is comfortable to wear for a full day of playing paintball or even just for a few hours.

It does not feature any padding on the ears but the ears are covered by the mask. The foam on the facemask is kind of cheap but still comfortable, easy to replace just not as soft as some of the other masks on this list. A lower price point makes this mask a good choice if you are on a tight budget.

Empire EVS (Empire Vision System)

The EVS is the newest mask from Empire and at the top tier of paintball masks. With a decent selection of colors to choose from this is a great option if you want to pick out something on high end of paintball gear. Featuring a dual-pane thermal lens that filter UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes and a comfortable fit on your face this is a great mask to choose.

The face foam has 3 layers and is very comfortable to wear all day long, the ear padding is nice and does not effect your hearing when playing. The mask can come apart easily without any tools, and lens can be changed and replaced with ease. The lens are huge on this mask and you have a very large field of view.

Empire Helix

The helix is defiantly the cheapest mask on the list. It features only 2 colors black and olive but has dual-pane thermal lens. This mask features a rigid skirt unlike all the other masks on this list its not going to flex if you are pushing on it. But for $30 you are not going to find a cheaper mask that has thermal lens.

This mask might not be the most comfortable to play in but it defiantly will do its job of protecting your face and enabling you to see when playing an intense game of paintball.


The KLR is the only mask that HK Army makes but it is a very nice mask. This mask has a very simple disassembly, taken apart there is only 3 pieces to it so it is hard to lose any parts. The mask is very comfortable with 3-layer foam on the face to be very comfortable to wear all day long. The ear protection is very good while also not effecting your hearing.

The lens are easy to change out and replace with many options to choose from, all the lens for the KLR are dual-pane thermal and filter UVA and UVB rays to help protect your eyes. The foam on this mask as far as I know cannot be changed out. Overall a great mask and comes in a little cheaper than the EVS with just about all the same features just a little easier on the wallet.

Its should be noted that all these masks have easily adjustable goggle straps with silicone beading on the back to keep them from slipping during play. Anyone of these masks would be a great choice to play in. There are many other mask to choose from out there I just wanted to highlight a few of them and go over some of the features of the masks on the market.

If you are out at Pyrrhic paintball and see someone with their own mask there don’t be afraid to come up and ask them about it, most will even let you try it on to let you see if it fit you. Because at the end of the day it’s about having fun and playing the game we all love.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me with any questions here [email protected]. I would love to answer any questions to may have about masks or any other paintball related gear.

See you on the field,

Tim Ball