How To Aim A Paintball Gun
How To Aim A Paintball Gun
Tommy Pemberton, from UK Paintball, teaches how to aim a paintball gun. Since paintballs differ from bullets, paintball guns must be aimed by trial and error, adjusting the position of the gun based on the accuracy of successive shots.
Hi, guys. My name's Tommy Pemberton. I'm here with UK Paintball in South London.
We're out in the woods today, and I want to talk to you about paintball. Right now, I'm out on a paintball field. I've got my gun loaded up, my air system full, loaded full of paint, and I want to talk to you guys about how to shoot accurately.
Okay, with my paintball gun set up, it's all set up for me. It's the right length for me. So, I'm going to hold my gun strong.
Everything about aiming the paintball gun is about how strongly I can hold it, and everything is stable in my upper body, okay? So, any movement I make, whether I'm running, I'm crouching, anything, is going to be in my lower half. So, with my upper body, everything stays strong, everything is stable. So it doesn't matter where I'm aiming, my head stays exactly behind it, and I'm looking down the barrel, okay? I'm looking with both eyes, because with most paintball guns, you have a center feed like this.
So this feed here is obviously the connector between the loader, which pushes the paintballs down into the breach, and then the paintball's ready to get shot down the barrel. So, with this feed here, it's down the middle of the gun, which can be a bit weird for a lot of people when they first step out on a paintball field, because a lot of people would like to aim with one eye and squint down the barrel and try and get a good aim. But obviously, with paintballs not being a bullet shape and being spherical, then they're never going to fly totally straight anyway.
So, the way that we aim in paintball is by using both eyes and using them to judge how far the paintballs are going and then judging by basically where you're shooting to where you then need to shoot after that. So, what I'm going to do right now is I'm going to try and shoot one of the trees. I've got a few trees to choose from, so if I miss right now, I'm going to look pretty stupid.
You know, I've got these trees here. I'm going to shoot one paintball at the tree. I'm going to hit it like that, okay? If I miss, all I'm going to do is judge by where that paintball's gone and then adjust my gun accordingly, okay? So, I'm going to try and keep my gun pretty much where it was, okay? And I'm going to shoot it like that.
So, if I move my gun at all, I can basically judge by where the paintball's going rather than actually where I'm looking, okay? So, I'm trying to get the best view for my aim as I can with both eyes, but then I'm just guiding my actual shot by where I'm shooting the previous shots. So, by doing that, what I can do is I can shoot and I can drag the paintballs across like that, okay? So it means that where I'm actually shooting is just judged by that past paintball. So, once you get practiced at it, you can do it quite quickly.
By having both eyes open as well, it makes it a lot easier to judge the range of the shot. So, you know, if I see someone way in the distance, you know, I'm going to shoot one ball, and I'm going to try and basically see where it lands, okay? Instead of dropping my gun like that though, I'm going to keep my gun exactly where it is but watch where the paintball lands. And then I can readjust, so whether I need to pull the gun up a bit to get that dip onto them or whether I need to lower it or left or right or something like that.
So, basically by doing that I can start gauging in where my paintballs are landing, so especially if it's a really really long shot. You know, it's good to keep both eyes open, judge where the range is, shoot that one ball, and then readjust. And then shoot the next ball, and then shoot the next ball, and then when you think you've got it near on target, shoot a lot of paint and try and shoot the gun quickly to get as much ammo over there as you can and hopefully hit your target.
So this is how we aim a paintball gun. .