The first paintball pistol was invented in 1970 as a tool for marking cattle and trees for excavation. The beginnings of the paintball games played today occurred in the early 1980s.
For additional reading on the origin of the sport, feel free to Google Bob Gurnsey (R.I.P.) and his
National Survival Games company.
The first paintball pistol was invented in 1970 as a tool for marking cattle and trees for excavation. The beginnings of the paintball games played today occurred in the early 1980s. It quickly caught on as a legitimate sport when Sports Illustrated published a story about a paintball tournament. By 1993, it was receiving the attention of all the sports media with the first telecast tournament appearing on ESPN. Hope this helps. Noobhelper 2
In 1976, Hayes Noel, a stock trader, Bob Gurnsey, and Charles Gaines were walking home and chatting about Gaines' recent trip to Africa and his experiences hunting buffalo. Eager to recreate the adrenaline rush that came with the thrill of the hunt, and inspired by Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game, the two friends came up with the idea to create a game where they could stalk and hunt each other. They used a special gun, a "Nel-spot 007" pistol (which was normally used by farmers and ranchers for marking trees and livestock), to fire balls of paint. Twelve people participated in this first game, which was a "capture the flag" scenario between two teams. The winner captured all flags without firing a shot.
As national interest in the game steadily built, Bob Gurnsey formed the National Survival Game company, and entered a contract with Nelson Paint Company to be the sole distributor of their paintball equipment. Thereafter, they licensed to franchisees in other states the right to sell their guns, paint, and goggles. As a result of their monopoly on equipment, they turned a profit in only six months.
The first games of paintball were very different from modern paintball games; they often threw the paintballs at each other, and Nelspot pistols were the only guns available. They used 12-gram C02cartridges, held at most 10 rounds, and had to be tilted to roll the ball into the chamber and then recocked after each shot. Dedicated paintball masks had not yet been created, so players wore shop glasses that left the rest of their faces exposed. The first paintballs were oil-based and thus not water soluble; "turpentine parties" were common after a day of play. Games often lasted for hours as players stalked each other, and since each player had only a limited number of rounds, shooting was rare.
Between 1981 and 1983, rival manufacturers such as PMI began to create competing products, and it was during those years that the game took off. Paintball technology gradually developed as manufacturers added a front-mounted pump in order to make recocking easier, then replaced the 12-gram cartridges with larger air tanks, commonly referred to as "constant air". These innovations were followed by gravity feed hoppers and 45-degree elbows to facilitate loading from the hopper. In 1984, paintball was established in other countries outside the United States; with Skirmish Paintball setting up fields in Australia and England.
2 friends were looking through a farming catalog, and came upon a gun that shoots paint, used to mark cows. They bought two and had a war, and the game grew from there.
Paintball markers were originally used in the lumber industry to mark trees, and it was only a matter of time until people shot each other with them for fun.
paintball was invented by lumberjacks they shot or marked the trees the got drunk and shot each other and paintball was born
in the 1970's, for forest workers
Paintball guns were originally invented for the logging industry to mark trees, and to mark cattle. They were originally invented in the late 1970s. The very first paintball game was played in 1981 by twelve friends in a 100acre field in New Hampshire, USA.
James Hale of Daisy Manufacturing, invented and patented the first paintball gun.
It originally started with forest rangers marking trees with paintball guns
Paintball guns were widly used as marking guns by the wildlife police.
Paintball guns were first designed to mark hard to reach trees for loggers. It was designed by Nelson Paint Company, and was used to service logging companies in the northeastern United States.
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Compressed air tanks were around long before paintball.
Nelson Paintball. They originally invented the s for foresters to mark trees from afar. Eventually, some guys played 6 on 6 capture the flag in New Hampshire on 89 acres of land.
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