Title: Let's discuss paintball
Posted: February 14, 2009 (06:33 PM)
Beause that's what I did all day. A whole busload of us left around 11:30 (this was a school-sponsored event), arrived an hour or so later, and geared up.
Because there were so many of us, they broke us down into four teams of ten. We then played about five games alternating with the other two teams and open groups - the other public that wanted to play as well.
The rental masks didn't fit over my glasses, so I had to play without them (I don't think they had deeper ones, either... otherwise they probably would've offered one).
I've never gone paintballing before, so I wasn't sure what to expect from the gun. It was a bit heavy, and the gas tank acted as a sort of counterweight, which made balancing it difficult. Definitely a lot trickier than a .22 rifle, but at least with a paintball gun you can just sort of point and shoot and not worry about sighting.
Anyway, I'm the worst player on the team, see. Not just because I'm new - the large majority of us never played before - but because, well, I'm me. So I get out like two minutes in or less, often without firing anything. Still, I can't blame myself too much. After all, I'm not exactly skilled in this sort of thing, and since I couldn't wear my glasses, seeing was a bit difficult.
When I did shoot stuff, I don't think I hit anything, but at least I felt better shooting something... Like maybe I'd be useful.
This was an indoor arena, so there were bunkers for cover, which weren't always helpful since I guess I didn't know how to duck behind them properly.
Whatever the case, though, our team one like 4 games out of 5, so that was awesome. Even if I was useless, at least my uselessness didn't affect our team.
I got shot a lot despite being the first one out almost every time. Twice I got hit in the thigh, which left nasty welts and bruises (like... it's almost like a spreadshot... Where the ball hit, is all red and swollen, and then around it is a huge ugly bruise). I also got hit in the hand, near the thumb, which hurt profusely and swelled up a bit. I think it's alright now, since I can move it without too much difficulty now... even though before it was quite painful. It's probably just a bruise. I was worried I'd sprained it or something.
So now I'm sore, from carrying the gun because my arms are weak. And I have bruises! I think they're going to be worse than that karate one I showed everyone a few months ago! Aren't I awesome?
Still, I'd probably do this again. It was kind of fun, if tiring, and it'd be neat to see if I got any better. It's probably something I just need practice at... like with anything else. Besides, I like shooting things. And the painful paintballs make things more challenging and intense than wimpy airsoft guns. Which I've also been shot with. Those don't hurt like anything, seriously.
Posted: February 14, 2009 (09:47 PM)
I used to paintball all the time in High School. Maybe 8-10 times a year or so plus more with friends. I had three guns including one that I paid over $300 for but that one broke, another was stolen, and I gave the other away to my cousin. Now I paintball maybe once a year, definitely something I want to get back into but don't have the time to do.
Welts will go away in a few days or so. They're usually not too big of a deal; a couple of times I played paintball with only a t-shirt on and had the skin break and everything!
Posted: February 15, 2009 (10:24 AM)
Yeah. I've decided the bruises aren't as bad as the one I had in karate. However, I'm so sore it's hard to move right now. But that's just because I'm horrendously out of shape.
Like I need to go back to karate... I haven't gone practically all semester because I've been too busy...
But it's cool that you're into the sport, anyway. I doubt I'll get that involved in it, but it's probably something I'd try again.