How Paintball Works

A player at the Mardi Gras Open 2000, a paintball tournament with hundreds of participants.  See more paintball pictures.
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Since its introduction in the 1980s, paintball has become a worldwide phenomenon. Enthusiasts have formed teams, set up leagues and organized game tournaments. Paintball is still a long way from the popularity of older sports like basketball or football, but new paintball playing fields and organizations are popping up all the time.

The main thing that sets paintball apart from other sports is the equipment involved: You don't find guns and paint projectiles in too many traditional sports. In this article, we'll look at this equipment to see what is involved in a paintball attack. We'll also find out about the basic game of paintball, as well as some of the other uses of paintball equipment.