Welcome to the PAINTBALL SAFETY RULES guide. This free index of resources is published and maintained by Bob McGuire, and is designed to help you to locate information about the standard of care which could reasonably be expected by paintball game participants and spectators at properly supervised games. Global standards have been established by ASTM for equipment designs and safety testing, as well as safe procedures for organizing and conducting paintball games. Paintball has shown to be safe when the equipment and the game management is compliant with ASTM standards.
There are three distinctly different types of paintball games, which can be distinguished by how harsh the paintball impacts are, and by specific and different game management and paintball safety parameters:
Paintball Safety Rules for Different Games
- Low Impact Paintball, with an ASTM standard operating practice F3100.
- Traditional Paintball, with an ASTM standard operating practice F1777.
- High Impact (Sniper Paintball), which as yet does not have an ASTM operating practice.
Formal training is offered periodically (online and classroom) by the Paintball Training Institute. You can learn how to set up and organize safe paintball games, or even how to repair paintball guns (markers) and equipment. There are also specialized websites for specific forms of paintball that may have special requirements for safe game management, such as Low Impact Paintball for younger children and private parties who may be intimidated by harsh impacts. My Paintball Blog website offers timely industry updates and issues of interest to consumers and manufacturers. Instagram and twitter accounts are networked, as shown in the paintball safety resources list on this page. Each listed resource is linked to an expanded network that relates to paintball safety rules and history.
I personally crafted many of the ASTM paintball standards, including the standards for low impact paintball, and for traditional paintball games, and I hope to craft a new high impact standard operating procedure if my requested Sniper Paintball work group is permitted by ASTM in the future.
SNIPER MAGFED PAINTBALL
Simulating real combat events, with paintball guns which replicate the rate of fire and magazine restrictions that would be experienced by military personnel in actual combat. These games can be realistic as well as competitive, with team mentality and mission awareness. Some special equipment and shaped projectiles are sometimes used to inject a genuine sniper performance with significantly improved range and accuracy. This new form of paintball games may require some special safety management, with resulting changes in ASTM standards. Bob McGuire has proposed a new ASTM standard operating practice for these exciting games.
This page will be updated as additional resources become available.