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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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5 expectations when you work with a reputable paintball supplier

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Finding a reputable paintball supplier

Whether you are an avid paintball player or you are just starting out in the action-packed industry, you will know the importance of finding a reputable paintball supplier you can trust. A team who is knowledgeable and can give you advice, as well as provide brilliant supplies that are of good quality at competitive prices. For those who have been attending paintballing events for some time, we are sure you will have had the unfortunate experience of using less than the best projectiles, or having a marker fall apart in your hands, all because you believed a supplier was reputable and it wasn’t. This is not your fault! With so many paintball suppliers on the market, it can be difficult to find a reputable and trustworthy one among the mix.

BattleGear UK has put together this easy guide for you so you can spot a reputable supplier from a mile off in the future and you are no longer faced with substandard equipment when you are on the playing field. As a reputable paintball supplier, BattleGear UK knows what you should be looking for in your supplier.

Expectations of your trusted paintball supplier

Up to date compliance and legality information

It’s no secret that the paintball industry is heavily governed to deter injury or assault from markers being used outside of a paintballing event. There are several pieces of legislation regarding suitable markers, their build and the projectiles they use that aim to protect others from the harm they could impose. Your paintball supplier should be up to date on all compliance and be able to advise you of the latest legislation in layman’s terms.

The paintball industry is governed closely by the United Kingdom Paintball Sports Federation and those who supply safe and effective paintball equipment can be accredited by the UKPSF if they adhere to all principles. Only use paintball suppliers who are accredited by the UKPSF like BattleGear UK.

Customer satisfaction and quality products are key

The paintball industry is a growing place but still comes under much scrutiny. Paintball suppliers who are serious about keeping the industry in the best light will want to provide the best customer satisfaction with quality products. Failure to do so could lead the industry into more disrepute and give it a bad reputation. Supplying the wrong equipment, or equipment that is faulty could not only endanger the person using it but those around them so it’s imperative that you choose a company that can provide you with high-quality products and great customer service every time you choose to work with them. Check out some of our BattleGear UK testimonials from happy customers!

Knowledge and experience from your paintball supplier

When you work with a reputable paintball supplier like BattleGear UK, you will have peace of mind that the founders of the company are both avid paintball players and this is why BattleGear UK was formed. Paul Strutt, managing director of BattleGear designed the company to show his continued commitment to UK paintball, aimed at providing great quality products and the knowledge and experience that both avid and new paintball players want and need in the industry. Richard Widenbarr, the Creative Director, has been a paintball player for over 10 years and maintains BattleGear to ensure this growing paintball community of passionate people are supported in their sport.

A friendly and professional paintball supplier team

When you come across a niche industry supplier, it can be challenging to find a company that is able to communicate both to long-standing players as well as newcomers. For newcomers to the sport, in particular, it can be a little daunting to approach a paintball supplier with limited knowledge but a keen interest in the sport and can leave people feeling unwelcome or devalued in the sport if they are spoken to in the wrong way or assumed to be unknowledgeable. Find a company that will support you in the same effective way from the beginning of your paintball journey, right through to you being an expert player. Choose a company that is friendly and remembers you, yet is still professional and can give you the information you need in a way that makes sense to you.

Competitive and cost-effective prices for your products

With many paintball products on the market, it can be challenging to know what cost-effective pricing is and whether you are getting the most for your money whilst still getting a quality product. Good quality paintball products are not cheap, so if you have found a seemingly perfect marker for a fraction of the cost you expected to pay, the chances are there will be a catch. Aim to always purchase your equipment, projectiles and accessories from a paintball supplier who offers a satisfaction guarantee and who can show they will offer you the best price – don’t forget, the best price may not always be the cheapest, but you can be assured that you will be purchasing a safe and quality product.

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BattleGear UK aim to provide you with the best customer service

Born from a love of the paintballing industry and wanting to help grow the community and paintballing popularity, BattleGear UK has a clear and simple mission. To provide the best products at the best prices with the best knowledge from the team. There is nothing we enjoy more than being able to speak to customers – whether they have been with us since the beginning or are enquiring for the first time. We can assure you that you will always get the same support, advice and professionalism and our team will always communicate in a way that works for you and your level of experience.

If you are looking for a reputable paintball supplier who can offer you satisfaction, competitive pricing and high-quality products, look no further than BattleGear UK. We welcome you to the action-packed world of paintballing – you won’t be disappointed.

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Legal vs. illegal UK paintballing activities: A BattleGear guide

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Do you know your legal vs illegal UK paintballing activities?

BattleGear UK aims to bring you a comprehensive but transparent guide on what you can and cannot do with your paintball marker (gun) and what safety and legal precautions you should be taking if you own a marker or are planning to buy one.

Paintball is a high-intensity adrenaline-filled game that requires a paintball marker and approved safety headgear (goggles/mask) to play. A paintball marker is deemed to be a firearm in UK law. It can not kill but can cause injury if handled improperly. It is therefore understandable that there are rules around owning and using a marker, where you can play and safety precautions that should be adhered to at all times. But do you know the legal vs illegal UK paintballing activities, and do you have questions about what you can and cannot do?

While owning a paintball marker is legal in the UK, some stipulations and rules must be followed to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you. Most of the regulations surrounding Paintball markers can be found in the Firearms Act of 1968 under the section Air Weapons, which supports regulating the sport and keeping it both fun and safe. Subsequent additions to the act have had some impact on the use and ownership of Paintball Guns and we have attempted to include the relevant parts here for your convenience.

Under UK law “paintballing” is a permitted activity. By extension, owning a paintball marker is permitted but you will require a “defence in law” should the authorities come knocking at your door regarding your ownership of a paintball gun. Declaring yourself to be a paintballer (a person who participates in the sport of paintball on a regular basis) is not proof in itself. You will need valid documentation to support your claim which is one of the reasons why the UKPSF exists.

The United Kingdom Paintball Sports Federation (UKPSF)

In the UK we follow the law and also abide by the United Kingdom Paintball Sports Federation (UKPSF), which is the governing body for paintballing in the UK. They are responsible for regulating the sport, providing guidelines, liaising with the government regarding the sport and underwriting the rules and regulations that are used by paintball sites, event organisers and players. From 2022 membership to the UKPSF is mandatory for purchasing a paintball marker in the UK. Membership starts from just £3 per year at the time of this publication.

Playing paintball in residential or public places

DON’T DO IT! You should only use a paintball marker at a designated paintball site or where an event organiser has carried out the necessary Health & Safety assessment, submitted it to the local authority and had it approved before the event. And then you can only use your marker under the authority of the site owner or event organiser. In other words, do not assume that just because you are at a paintball site you can start shooting your paintball marker in the play area.

In the unlikely event that an accident occurs involving a paintball marker at a paintball site. That site should have 3rd party liability insurance in place. Make sure the site you choose to play at has insurance. All UKPSF sites have the necessary insurance as part of the requirement for being a registered member.

The law is quite clear that you should not use your paintball marker in any residential places as this could cause injury to members of the public and is an arrestable offence. It is advisable that you avoid shooting in your garden which is private land. If a paintball should stray out of your boundary you will be breaking the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003. This could carry some serious consequences for the offender.

The rules of paintball markers:

  • Only frangible projectiles should be used with your paintball marker. Non-frangible rounds are a modification or misuse of a paintball marker and can land you in big trouble if discovered.
  • All HPA (High-Pressure Air) and Co2 bottles/cylinders/tanks should be checked and tested regularly. The date when a bottle needs to be tested is marked on the tank. Typically testing is required every 5years at an approved test centre. You can organise this through any reputable retailer such as Battle Gear UK.
  • Paintball markers should be restricted to firing at 300fps maximum for safety. Anything over this is unacceptable and dangerous in paintball. Most paintball sites set the fps lower to allow for a margin of error. You’ll be asked to demonstrate the fps (feet per second) of your marker before playing by a marshal (site official) with a chronographic meter and told to adjust the velocity accordingly.
  • Anyone who owns a paintball marker should not open carry it into a public place. It should be safely stowed in a proper kit bag and fastened shut – Open carrying could be seen as breaking the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. If found guilty, this could carry a prison sentence of up to 4 years.
  • You must be 18 years of age or more to purchase a paintball marker. You can be gifted a marker if younger than 18.
  • Paintballing is a permitted activity under UK law but the keeper should possess suitable documentation to justify ownership. UKPSF membership is suitable provided the intent is to play paintball.

Fully Automatic or Burst

Is not illegal in the UK but the UKPSF strongly recommend against paintball sites allowing fully automatic or burst paintball markers for safety reasons.

What can you do with your MagFed paintball marker?

As previously mentioned, paintballing is first and foremost a fun safe sport. With playing locations across the UK, there are many venues to choose from where you can use your paintball marker. Whether you are part of a group looking for a recreational activity or you are a solo player looking for an event to be part of, there are paintball social platforms, forums and events companies that offer fast-paced and adrenaline-fueled paintball events from beginners to veterans.

Whilst you cannot carry your MagFed marker openly through your local streets when it is fully loaded, you can dismantle and pack it into your kit bag, so you are ready to travel to your next event. If you are planning to travel abroad, however, we would recommend you check the rules of the specific airline, country and state you are travelling to as there are different regulations for paintball markers depending on where you are in the world. What we can tell you for sure is that you will not be able to take your paintball marker on as hand luggage with any airline!

If you don’t own a paintball marker yet, it’s worth looking for events or paintball venues where you can hire or test markers. Doing this can give you an excellent feel for the sport and whether you would want to invest in a MagFed marker so you can participate in events around the UK.

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BattleGear UK are proud to guide you on legal vs illegal UK paintballing activities

As a growing sport, it’s essential that all those who are avid paintball fans or who are about to become one follow and adhere to the rules and regulations in order to protect members of the public, other players and the reputation of the sport.

The paintball industry is a rapidly growing one in the UK. It’s a sport with a great future, one that will provide many young people with access to a great experience. However, if rules are not understood or followed, tighter restrictions may be placed on the sport with the result that it will become almost impossible to play in the future. BattleGear UK is proud to guide you on legal vs illegal UK paintballing activities.

BattleGear UK is a large supplier of MagFed paintball markers and accessories for beginners through to experienced players. Our markers adhere to all rules and guidelines to provide a safe but exciting game for all who are passionate about the sport.