Low Impact Paintball

What is Low Impact Paintball and what makes GatSplat low impact?

There is a new phrase in the world of paintball. It’s Low Impact Paintball. Paintball has been such a popular game, but honestly, there was a bit too much sting in getting hit to appeal to the mass market. In order to make paintball have less sting, there needed to be changes to the equipment and how the game was played.


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Low impact paintball starts with the paintball itself.

Low Impact Paintball starts with the Paintball Itself.

A smaller paintball has less mass.
A smaller paintball has less mass so there is less energy when you get hit. Would you rather get hit by a boulder or a pebble? Have your car hit by a semi truck or a bicycle? The same rule of physics applies in low impact paintball. All things being equal – a lighter paintball has less energy.

Low Impact Paintball is More than just the Size of the Paintball!

The 50 caliber paintballs have 1/3 the impact

How are the paintball stored?

Paintballs don’t like heat or cold..
An indoor, climate controlled environment is not only good for you, it’s good for paintballs! If paintballs get too hot, or too cold, it changes the consistency of the outer gelatin shell, and can make them hurt a lot more! You might have heard about frozen paintballs – kind of an old wives tale – they don’t really freeze too good… and actually getting too hot is worse for them as far as having them hurt.

For a true low impact experience – the paintballs have to be maintained in specific temperature ranges. Our paintballs are custom made and arrive in heated and air conditioned trucks to assure a low impact experience for our customers.

Wearing long pants and long sleeves will help make it a low impact experience.

What are you wearing?

Long pants and long sleeve shirts are a good idea!!
Since our entire facility is indoor and air conditioned, it means that the players can pad up with a few layers which helps with the low impact paintball experience. Many liken the hit of a paintball to be equivalent to being snapped with a rubber band. On bare flesh, that can sting! But if snapped with a rubber band while wearing long sleeves and a hooded sweat shirt over it, you will hardly notice it! Of course we do have coveralls you can rent if you don’t have the proper clothing when you arrive.

To make a low impact paintball experience - no one can cross the middle of the field.

How close were you when you got shot?

If you get shot at point blank range – it will sting more!
That is why at GatSplat fields, we have a Do Not Cross The Middle Line rule. There is an expression in paintball called bunkering. The things you hide behind are bunkers. Bunkering means you got shot by someone who was standing in the same bunker. Since we have a do not cross the middle line rule, players who are new or nervous, can hang near the back, and just take sniper positions knowing that no one can circle around behind shoot them at close range.

This also helps players realize who they should shoot at. Just like dodge ball, the enemy is on the other side of the field and cannot come on your side. This additionally helps eliminate “Friendly Fire”.

To assure a low impact paintball experience, we use a special radar gun called a chronograph.

How fast is the paintball flying?

Our paintball guns are Chronographed to a consistent speed.
We constantly test the velocity of our guns with a chronograph. A chronograph is a special radar gun, much like the ones they use in baseball to see how fast a pitch was. By using this we assure that our paintballs are not flying too fast. If people bring in all their own guns to play, you really never know how they are tuned, and if a gun is turned way up it can increase the sting. That’s why we just use our guns, and test their speed often to assure a consistent low impact paintball experience.


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