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Common paintballing injuries and how to avoid them

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Paintballing injuries that are more common than you might think

If you’re thinking about trying out the sport of paintball, or you’re a veteran who has tried it once or twice, you should be aware that some common paintball injuries can happen if you’re not careful. There are a few simple things you can do to prevent these injuries from happening so that you can have a fun and safe time out on the paintball field.

Common paintballing injuries include:

Bruises: As with any physical activity, you’re likely to get some bruises if you’re not wearing the correct protective clothing. It’s best to wear long sleeves and pants made specifically for paintballing, as these will help prevent bruises from occurring when you are hit. If you do get a bruise, it’s likely to stay around for a short while, and you will have some significant battle scars to show off!

Ankle injuries: It’s not just projectiles that can cause paintballing injuries! Ankle injuries, including twists and sprains, are prevalent in paintballing and are often unavoidable. When you are running across a terrain, whether to reach a flag or flee the enemy fire, you could just simply trip and injure yourself.

Eye and ear injuries: Both eye and ear injuries can be extremely painful and often involve leaving the game early and having a recuperation period after the event has finished. Severe ear or eye injuries could involve temporary vision or hearing loss, so it’s imperative to wear the proper safety equipment to avoid this at all costs.

Concussion: Being hit in the head with a projectile is not to be taken lightly and could cause bruising, cuts and trauma if you are not wearing a helmet. Luckily, this can be easily avoided by wearing the proper head protection!

What clothing should you wear at a paintballing event?

Now that we have looked at the most common types of paintballing injuries, it’s time to learn how to avoid them! As ankle injuries are common, it’s essential that they are protected whilst you are out on the field. If you get an ankle injury mid-play, the chances are you will have to call time out and leave the game early. To avoid this, opt for boots or high tops that offer good foot and ankle support at all times. Hiking boots are a good choice because of their grip along all types of terrain but make sure they are not too heavy, especially if you are playing for a long time.

Time for clothing! Your main aim whilst paintballing is to be comfortable and protected, so loose fitting clothing covering your arms and legs is the best option. Tracksuit bottoms and long sleeve t-shirts or jumpers will protect your limbs, keep you warm if you’re playing in muddy terrain and leave you free to run, jump, roll and generally get into the paintball action. Don’t forget to take a change of clothes with you if you are likely to get wet or muddy – there is nothing worse than leaving your paintballing venue cold and wet!

Lastly, your head and arms are just as necessary to protect when paintballing. Projectiles travel fast when they leave a marker, and a shot to the hand or head can often put you out of action. Consider taking gloves with you to protect your hands from paintballing injuries. If you are a novice player, you will likely be provided with a helmet and goggles when you get to the venue, but you will probably have your own safety equipment to hand if you are a long-term paintball player. A baseball cap or beanie could also be an excellent addition to your clothing.

Paintballing attire to protect your limbs and face!

Paintball is a popular activity enjoyed by many. It is a great way to spend time with family and friends as well as release some stress after a long day at work. Paintball is a fun activity and can be played by people of all ages. With the right safety equipment, paintball can be a fun activity with minimal risk of injury.

One of the most important pieces of safety equipment you need is paintball goggles to protect your eyes and face. If you are wearing goggles, you are much less likely to sustain eye injuries, and you will be able to play for longer before tiring out. Gloves are also an important addition, and with BGUK leather combat gloves, you get armoured knuckle supports built in to protect your fingers and keep you playing.

Lastly, we recommend you purchase head protection to avoid getting a projectile to the head and wiping yourself out of the game. BattleGear UK has a selection of beanies and baseball caps available to keep you protected and help you stay camouflaged whilst you are playing.

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BattleGear UK has all the equipment you need to stay safe on at your paintball event

Picking out the right paintball mask is crucial for your paintball gear. If you want to be safe and keep your vision protected from paintball impacts, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best. That’s why at BattleGear UK, we have curated a massive range of the best safety equipment to support you when you are at a paintballing event. Avoid paintballing injuries, stay camouflaged and dress to impress when you purchase your safety equipment with BattleGear UK.

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A guide to choosing the right projectile for your marker

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What to consider when purchasing the right projectile

Whether you are considering purchasing a new paintball marker, or you have already got yourself one, you will need to know how to choose the right projectiles that will help you get the best from your marker so you can conquer the field. But how do you know which projectiles are the best for your marker and where do you go to purchase them?

This month, BattleGear UK give you the ultimate guide to choosing the right projectile, including what you need to consider plus some of our own personal favourites. It’s not all about the right colour or how many rounds you can shoot! You will need to consider your marker, the style of play you are adopting and what you want to achieve with your chosen projectile.

What type of paintball marker do you own?

Paintball is a fun sport enjoyed by millions worldwide nowadays, but it’s important to remember that this is considered a competitive sport, so you need the right gear and equipment in order to be a good player! What many players forget when buying their ammunition is that they also need high-quality paintballs in order for them to safely fire their marker.

First Strike

One of the most important things a player looks for in a magfed marker is its ability to maintain pinpoint precision. As an outdoor sport, it’s commonplace to have markers taken out into fields or woods so it’s particularly essential when choosing which marker you play with that you are proud to take it with you anywhere and everywhere! This is why the First Strike range was created; made with the finest materials and by one of the world leaders in performance markers, this brand has been designed for players like you!

Planet Eclipse

Another great paintball marker company is Planet Eclipse. Known for creating some of the best paintball markers in the world, Planet Eclipse really went all out when making their first magfed marker, the EMF100. Its markers shoot both with speed and accuracy. The EMF100, in particular, is highly consistent, reliable, robust and has a great overall design that puts the marker in a good position alongside its competition.

Tippmann

This paintball brand was introduced to the market back in 1986 and has since been known for its high-quality markers. Development of their products typically targets both professional and amateur players, but they also offer budget-friendly models for newcomers. Tippmann paintballs work best with any type of marker, but they are a smart choice for those who are cost-conscious and casual players!

Valken

Valken paintball is based in New Jersey and offers a huge array of paintball products within the industry. Valken keep budgets in mind when designing and creating its products. Alongside their budget-friendly markers, Valken creates a range of spare parts and upgrades to ensure your marker always stays in tip-top condition and doesn’t become outdated on the battlefield.

The right projectiles BattleGear UK recommend for you

So now we have looked at what paintball marker you own or plan to buy, it’s time to take a look at the types of paintballs available on the market and through the BattleGear UK online store.

First Strike Rounds

As a world leader in the design and production of high-quality paintball products, First Strike is synonymous with its versatility and accessory offerings. First Strike Rounds (FSR) are compatible with First Strike paintball markers, so if you have a First Strike marker or you are planning to buy one, we suggest you stick with FSR projectiles to get the most from your marker. Choose from pink, green or silver projectiles and make your targets stand out. Take a look at the First Strike products BattleGear UK has available online.

Art Paintballs

If you are looking for exceptional performance and cost-effective prices, you may wish to consider ‘Art Paintballs‘. Manufactured in Russia, these projectiles are long-lasting and have an environmentally friendly, biodegradable fill which starts to break down once the paintball has been broken. Art Paintball has the below handy guide to help you choose from the projectiles they have to offer.

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BattleGear UK offers you expert advice and guidance on all things paintball

Paintball is an incredibly popular sport in the UK and one that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Perhaps you’re looking to buy your first paintball marker, or maybe you’re a seasoned pro looking into upgrading your kit to magfed. Either way, if you are looking for the right paintball marker for you, you’ve come to the right place.

At BattleGear, we aim to make choosing the right paintball equipment for you as simple as possible. To that end, we have an extensive range of magfed paintball kits that are all designed to suit specific uses. Whether you are looking for a paintball marker for your first ever game, or you are a paintball veteran looking for a new set of projectiles to add to your collection, BattleGear UK is here to support you in choosing the right equipment for your next paintball game.

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Terrify your team with your First Strike MagFed paintballing gear

First Strike MagFed Paintballing gear

We love the world of MagFed games. The adrenaline, the natural life feel of shooting your marker and the weight of it in your hands as you tactically make your way across the battlefield. One of the world’s best-known MagFed Paintball manufacturers is First Strike. First Strike MagFed paintballing gear, from their T15 markers to their accessories and apparel, you can guarantee that you will make your mark on the paintball industry when you choose to strategically operate with a MagFed Paintball Marker in your next game! In, this month’s blog, Battlegear UK, discusses all things MagFed, including tactics, ultimate performance markers, and where to find your next MagFed game.

First Strike T15 markers for precision and ultimate paintballing performance

When you are at an intense paintball event, you want the best equipment that will support you to aim and shoot with precision and perfection every time. If you’re nodding your head at this statement, we suggest looking into First Strikes T15 paintball markers. Known for its speed, precision and design, the T15 is revolutionary in its mechanical system set-up and high-pressure abilities. Its lightweight body will withstand any and all conditions, consistently supporting you to be at the top of your game no matter the terrain or the weather.

Using a First Strike mag-fed paintball marker will give you a truly realistic feel of being in a real battle. The weight of your marker alongside the game’s strategy will all add to the atmosphere, however, unlike live ammunition, a paintball marker has a maximum range of approximately 30 yards, and accuracy falls away after about 1/3 of this. If you are looking to overcome this and keep the accuracy, you can obtain a shaped projectile called First Strike Round. However, you will know (if you are already a pro at MagFed games) that the use of these projectiles is often limited to certain snipers in the game.

Strategy and tactics in a MagFed game to show your skills

As some may already be aware, playing in a MagFed game requires more strategic skills and tactics than playing in an average paintball game. When you play a MagFed game, your approach should be more focused on obtaining and holding objectives. In a MagFed game, you don’t get eliminated if you are hit, meaning there is often more strength and stamina needed to keep up with your teammates! Don’t forget, though; you are working with limited ammunition, so you will need skill, patience and, of course, bravado to get through the game with ammunition left over! In playing styles that don’t adopt a MagFed approach, you will generally score points to eliminate your competition until you are declared the winner.

Choosing the best accessories to accelerate your skill on the field can be difficult. Luckily, Battlegear UK has all the expertise, advice and support needed to ensure you are working to the best of your ability and you’re always at the top of your game. For the latest paintball equipment and additional accessories, why not speak to a member of the team who will be more than happy to help with whatever you need from your First Strike MagFed paintballing gear.

Halloween events to try out your First Strike MagFed paintballing gear

If you have booked or are looking to book a Halloween paintball event, now is the time to get your First Strike markers and accessories sorted so you are geared up ready for your Halloween paintball experience. If you are a seasoned MagFed paintballer, you will know that these events are an extreme sport due to the resemblance of real firearms and tactical scenarios on the field. Your new First Strike gear will only enhance and increase your game play and power throughout the event, and you can be sure that your friends will come away reeling from the energy you brought to the game.

Mask up with a First Strike Shemagh to blend into your surroundings and terrify your teammates. Choose from Tan/Foliage or Brown/Black depending on where you will be attending and add stealth to your skillset where you put your Shemagh on.


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Battlegear UK – Leading MagFed paintball specialists in the UK

It goes without saying that a paintball game is an exciting sport that brings people together in new and exciting ways. We all know that the paintball scene is incredibly fun to be a part of, and it can be even more fun when you’re all decked out in some awesome looking gear from First Strike. At Battlegear UK, we have all the paintball supplies you could need to immerse yourself in the paintball industry truly. From novices who are new to the sport to veterans who have been part of the action for more years than they care to remember, we cater to everyone who wants to be a part of something adrenaline-filled and tactical. If you are looking to get into the sport or need some advice on which MagFed marker to try next, just get in touch with Battlegear UK.

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Battlegears 2021 guide to MagFed Paintballing

MagFed Paintballing

Paintballing – the essence of excitement, adrenaline and technique. Whether you are completely new to the sport or you have been immersed in the experience for many years, no one can deny that paintballing is a great way of meeting others and keeping fit.

When choosing the perfect marker for you, even veteran players will tell you that it can be one of the most challenging elements. Finding the perfect marker for you will all depend on the type of game you would like to play. In this months blog, we take a look at why MagFed markers are our personal favourite and why they should be yours as well.

MagFed paintballing – for ultimate power and tactical shooting

Whether you are a novice or a professional player, anyone who is involved in any way with the paintball industry will have come across the term MagFed paintball markers at some point.

With many marker types available to purchase, it can be daunting when you are in the market for a shiny new marker to show off your skills at your next event. Luckily, Battlegear UK is always here to make your life easier and we have all the information and benefits you could need to make the choice about whether to enter the MagFed marker world.

Before we discuss MagFed markers in more detail, let’s take a look at the 3 main types of paintball markers available to consumers today:

Types of paintball markers:

  • Pump Paintball markers – operated manually, this can be a challenging choice for those paintball players who are less experienced on the field.
  • Electronic paintball markers – battery operated with fun features included, these make for a great marker but they will definitely cost you.
  • Mechanical paintball markers – our personal favourite, MagFed markers are included in this category. Incredibly realistic, they are becoming a very popular choice in the paintballing world.

The type of marker you choose to purchase will all depend on the feel, look, capabilities and style of play you are looking for when you are at your paintball event. For those looking for a competitive tournament style of play, an electronic marker may be the perfect option for you. Experienced paintball players with the skills may benefit from a pump paintball marker played in the woods.

For the ultimate tactical and strategic experience, however, we would always recommend a Magfed paintball marker. With realistic marker styles and accuracy to stay on target, MagFed products are slowly taking the UK by storm.

The benefits of MagFed paintballing

The realistic feel of shooting with military-grade aesthetics – whilst we want to stress that paintballing should only be used in a safe and non-lethal situation, there is no reason why you cannot adopt the precision and techniques that would be used in a real battlefield experience.

Cost-effective – MagFed markers are more cost-effective to purchase but can easily be upgraded over time and the style of play means you are likely to spend less on ammo!

Tactical games with like-minded others – MagFed paintballing games, such as those organised by OMG events, are a great way to meet and play with others who are all about the tactics that only a MagFed marker will give you.

A challenge to players – Experience a realistic experience in a paintball game that requires more attention, concentration and technique than your average paintball game. Push yourself to new extremes on the battlefield.

The rise of MagFed paintballing

MagFed paintball events are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Already having a big following in the US, MagFed events are a great way of creating a realistic style of gameplay on the paintball field and brings other like-minded players together to improve the technique and have a much more tactical style of play.

Having a MagFed paintball marker is often the choice for serious paintball players who are keen to improve their play and create a realistic shooting game of paintball. MagFed markers are of course different in their make-up and nature of alternative markers on the market currently. MagFed markers are fed via a magazine whilst regular markers are fed through a hopper.

Paintball players who prefer the shooting style of a MagFed marker will often choose to play games that are MagFed specific. This is due to the MagFed markers having a holding capacity of 20 as opposed to a hopper marker shooting up to 200. Attending specific MagFed games levels the playing field in terms of shooting capacity as it will exclude all those who are playing with hopper markers.


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Battlegear UK – supplying you with quality MagFed products

When you need a trusted supplier in the UK who is passionate about not only the paintballing industry but the paintball equipment that is on the market today, Battlegear UK should be your main choice. Created by an avid paintballer, Battlegear UK’s primary aim is to provide high-quality equipment to paintballing enthusiasts in a safe way.

Whether you are looking for protective equipment from Tippmann or the latest MagFed marker from First Strike, Battlegear UK has you covered with the latest and greatest products on the market.