This is probably the most common question we get asked before someone enters the paintball field for the first time. The short answer is yes, a little. But probably a lot less than you are expecting.
Paintball pain is almost always a concern for first-time players, but the fact is that once they get on the field, they are pumped so full of adrenaline that they barely even notice the sting. Some people even experience an adrenaline high in anticipation of the pain.
But if the fear of pain is what’s keeping you from enjoying the most thrilling adventure of your life, there are some precautions you can take to minimize impact.
The first thing you can do to steer clear of the sting is to create a thicker barrier between you and the ammo. The easiest way to accomplish this is by adding some extra layers of clothing. Throwing on an extra shirt or wearing thicker pants under your coveralls should do a lot to deflect the pain.
Leave very little skin exposed and you will decrease the chances of a paintball coming in contact with your body.
Another necessity is quality head gear. Guarding your head and face well is the most important safety precaution.
If you’re still concerned about pain, and want to test the waters with a lower risk of discomfort, you might want to start out with a game of low-impact paintball.
For this version of the sport, smaller paintballs and different equipment is typically used. Most people report little or no pain with low-impact paintball, but you will still want to keep your body covered well as even lower-velocity ammo can sting when hitting certain areas of the body.
Paintball is one of the most intense and exciting games you can play and it would be a shame to let the fear of pain keep you from the experience. With a few precautions or minor changes, you can minimize the sting of being hit. But keep in mind that most people don’t even notice the pain once they’re out on the field immersed in adrenaline-pumping action.