What’s the most inspiring part of every war movie? It’s the scene in the foxhole where the soldiers share how much they mean to one another before the charge the enemy. Well, we’re not expecting an invasion any time soon (though it still concerns us that the Athens Georgia City Hall keeps a double-barreled cannon pointed north “just in case”). The next best opportunity is paintball. Picture yourself with your best buddy, a timpani of splatter surrounding you, paintball marker (“gun” in paintball slang) in hand, and one…two…three…charge! Yeah, it’s just like in the movies. Generally, each team starts on either side of a forest, field with inflatable barriers, or mock town with wooden houses, walls, etc. The team members then run (or hide), shooting one another until time runs or or someone captures the other team’s flag. You’re hit; you’re out until the next game. Local fields are thinly placed, and therefore sometimes get crowded on weekends, but they are worth the trip. We recommend Liberty Paintball in Patterson, New York; Paintball Sports, Inc., in Plattekill, New York, and Crazy Paint in Mohegan Lake.
We left saying: “These welts look really cool, right?”
Bring a friend: Yes, it’s a great bonding experience if you’re on the same team; and a great stress relief if you’re not.
Fear factor: High. But you’ll get over it fast.
Just do it: libertypaintball-ny.com, (845) 878-6300; paintballsportsny.com, (845) 691-1979; crazypaint.net, (914) 526-0806
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