Paintball Essay

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In the essay Paintball As Combat Sport by James Gibson the author describes a paintball game between Big Navy and the Latinos. Compare/Contrast the preparations of their game with a game of your own. What artillery was used in the two games? Analyze the experience and the effect it had on you.There is only one thing scarier than a bullet (paintball) whizzing overhead, and that is more than one bullet whizzing overhead. Paintball is a game that requires skill, courage, patience, and is considered an extreme combat sport. Through my paintball experience, I gained a newfound respect for actual combat.Paintball games require extreme preparation. In the essay Paintball As Combat Sport by James Gibson a paintball game took place between two teams of ten players each. The teams were Big Navy's team and a Latino team called Vigilante. The players from the teams were "all decked out" for the occasion. The men from Big Navy's team had a complete set of U.S. military web gear, equipment belts, ammo pouches, canteens, and of course, paintball guns. The men from Vigilante wore full camouflage and they each carried 16-inch long brushes (used to clear gun barrels). They also wore camouflage sheathes that hung from their waists to carry ammo, and their paintball guns.Every player was ready to play the game and what game would be complete without rules. Trees marked off the boundaries and each team described the location of their flags. Every man was wearing a red or yellow strip of cloth on his arm and had to wave it over his head as he marched off the field to keep from getting shot again (Gibson 298). Masks must be worn at all times and two referees supervised the players during the battle. At the end of the contest the Vigilanties emerged victorious. The preparation taken between these two teams was similar to the preparation in a paintball game I played.The game I played in had much preparation. The game consisted of my nine friends and myself verses ten strangers. We called ourselves "The Sharpshooters." The other teams name was the Raiders. My team "decked ourselves out" very similar to the way that the vigilantes did. We each wore full camouflage with a blue strip of cloth on our arms, which was our team color, and had squeegees for cleaning out our gun barrels. We held our ammunition in pouches on our backs, because if we had the ammo in our pants pockets the paintballs would break when we crawled on the ground. We also had headsets in order to communicate with each other. Our masks differed in size and texture. The opposing team (the raiders) had similar attire. They wore basically the same gear, however, they had handheld walkie-talkies to communicate. The paintball guns varied between the players.The rules of the game were similar to the rules in Big Navy's game. The only difference was that we had three referees supervising the game rather than two. Each team met in the middle of the field went, over the rules, shook hands, and went to their...

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