First Time Playing Paintball? Here’s what to expect…

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Here’s what to expect on your first time out to play paintball.

Pyrrhic Paintball – Treasure Valley and Boise’s largest paintball park.

So you’ve decided you want to try paintball for the first time but you’re not sure what to expect. Here are a few answers to some common questions.


Does getting hit with a paintball hurt?

It definitely doesn’t feel good to get shot with a paintball, but it’s not going to drop you to your knees. The most accurate comparison I’ve found is it feels about the same as a moderate toe-stubbing.


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It can vary from a sharp sting to a dull thud. Typically being shot on bare skin will feel worse than a shot to covered skin.

Most people that are nervous about being shot loosen up and enjoy the experience more after the first time they’ve been hit as it’s almost always explained as “not as bad as I thought it would be”.

As long as a person is following all safety rules the worst injury you can get from a paintball is a bruise. Get out there and enjoy the game!



What to wear when playing paintball…

After a day of paintballing the paint will wash out of most fabrics worn. Take care to not let the clothes sit with the paint on it for too long (typically weeks) or it may leave stains that look similar to oil or grease.

As long as you wash your clothing within a reasonable amount of time there should be no issues.

You typically want to wear clothing that is loose fitting as it will help with movement. Many people will play in jeans and a cotton top. I typically suggest a pair of thin gloves (such as mechanic gloves).

Wearing some form of head covering, even something as thin as a bandana, can help quite a bit of you’re worried about being hit in the head.

In the winter months players typically wear more/thicker clothing. I’ve found that using more layers rather than thicker material is best.

As the day goes on you may find that you’re overheating in a jacket and using layers allows you to quickly and easily maintain a comfortable temperature.


What to bring to Pyrrhic Paintball

Most of what you’ll need can either be rented or bought at the field. It’s always a good idea to bring water or Gatorade with you. It’s always nice to have a rag or two handy. At the end of the day it’s always a good idea to have a change of socks for the ride home.

See our Frequently Asked Questions here.


Tips and tricks for better Paintball games and survival.


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While any day of paintball is fun, there are a few things to know that may improve your experience. The two greatest things that affect accuracy are the barrel and the paint.

Higher quality paint has a thinner, more consistently shaped shell and typically a thicker paint fill. Higher quality barrels have a better polished bore and are typically between 12 and 14 inches.

Both the barrel and the paint can be upgraded from the standard package at Pyrrhic. While you don’t need these things to have fun they may help you hit your target more often.

Having debris in your barrel can drastically reduce your accuracy. If you notice that your shots begin to wildly hook in the air it’s likely that you have a dirty barrel.

Many players have a tool to clean the barrel on the field so don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can also bring the gun back to the staging area and ask the staff to help.


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The last but possibly most important tip is don’t forget to communicate. Paintball is a team sport and communication not only helps your teammates but often adds to the fun.