Paintball is a competitive team shooting sport in which players eliminate opponents from play by hitting them with spherical dye-filled gelatin capsules called paintballs that break upon impact. Paintballs are shot using low-energy air weapons called paintball markers that are powered by compressed air or carbon dioxide.
The sport is played for recreation and is also played at a formal sporting level with organized competition that involves major tournaments, professional teams, and players. Paintball technology is also used by military forces, law enforcement, paramilitary, and security organizations to supplement military or other training.
Games are played indoors or outdoors, and your ammunition will vary based on the location. Traditional paintballs are used outdoors, and silicone balls are used indoors. Game types and goals vary, but include capture the flag, elimination, defending or attacking a particular point or area, or capturing objects of interest hidden in the playing area. Players are required to wear protective masks, use barrel-blocking safety equipment, and strictly enforce safe game rules.