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The history of paintballing and the rise of MagFed games

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Paintballing is one of the most popular extreme sports in the UK. There are hundreds of venues in the UK alone, where anyone can visit for a game of paintball. But, in the early 2010s, paintballing got a new lease of life when the UK started to embrace MagFed games. MagFed is a form of paintball that is played with a magazine-fed marker giving the player a much more realistic experience throughout the game.

This month, we take a look into where it all began – the history of paintballing and the subsequent rise of MagFed markers that has changed the way we look at the paintballing industry… and of course how Battlegear UK fit into this world.

Paintballing – back to where it all began

As far as history goes, paintballing is a relatively new sport to our timelines. The origin of paintballing began in the 1960s when Charles Nelson of Nelson Paint Company invented the first commercially successful paintball marker. The marker was not originally intended for the games as we know them today, rather to make marking trees and livestock easier to mark from longer distances – great for cattle farmers and rangers. In 1972 the company tried to sell the marker but it wasn’t to be. Not until his second attempt did he find success with BB manufacturers Daisy.

1981 saw the first of paintball games when friends decided to settle a long argument of who would survive city men or country folk. After seeing an ad for Nelson paintball marker the idea of a survival game was born using the markers and a set of rules drawn up by one of the friends. 12 men (6 from the city and 6 from the country) were invited to play the game which was in capture the flag format. Each player was given a marker, eye protection and a map of the playing field. The game was eventually won by a countryman who didn’t even use his marker!

It was this simple game to settle a friendly argument that started the paintballing industry as we know it today with over 700,000 players around the world, proving that sometimes the best ideas can come from settling an argument between friends!

The introduction and rise of MagFed games to the paintballing world

Not until 2013 did the UK see its first MagFed paintball game come to fruition. Operation End War was sponsored by Rap4 UK, however, it would appear that MagFed markers were being sketched and created as early as the late 1970s. One venue that has supported MagFed games in the UK is Outpost, Chester. With an incredible set-up and run by avid paintballers, this site has a lot of kudos amongst MagFed players and organisers.

MagFed games have only ever increased in popularity since the release of the first MagFed marker in the late 1980s. No longer do players feel as though they are in a paintballing game, now with the efficiency of the MagFed markers, players feel as though they are soldiers in a war which makes the game much more appealing for its intensity and tactics.

MagFed games have become popular amongst avid paintballers for a variety of reasons. Those looking for a little more realism in their paintball experience choose MagFed due to their loading method and that the markers look more realistic. MagFed games provide an atmosphere of intensity and excitement that pulls players into the game.

The benefits of MagFed games over traditional paintballing

MagFed markers work by attaching a pump to the marker which feeds the paintballs from the magazine directly into the chamber. This means there is no need to remove the spent paintballs before reloading. This allows you to keep shooting without stopping to reload. You can shoot as long as you have ammunition left in your magazine.

There are many other benefits to choosing a MagFed game over a traditional paintball style including:

  • Realistic experience
  • More intense gameplay
  • More fun
  • Tactical gameplay

When deciding to participate in a MagFed game, the odds are evened out slightly by ensuring that all players are using the same type of marker (MagFed markers only). This means that the game remains tactical, intense and safe for all players involved.

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Battlegear UK – your trusted supplier of MagFed equipment and supplies

Battlegear UK offers a wide selection of MagFed equipment and supplies from renowned brands. The company has a strong history of supporting the MagFed community and are the leading MagFed paintball supplier in the UK. You can purchase from a wide selection of products from brands such as First Strike, Tippmann and Planet Eclipse (amongst many more).

We hope you enjoyed our article about the history of paintballing and MagFed games in the United Kingdom. With this knowledge, you can make the most of your paintball or MagFed games when using the right equipment. So what are you waiting for? Visit Battlegear UK to find your equipment and take a look at upcoming games from OMG Events.

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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.