Since its introduction in the 1980s, paintball has become a worldwide phenomenon. Enthusiasts have formed teams, set up leagues and organized game tournaments. Paintball is still a long way from the popularity of older sports like basketball or football, but new paintball playing fields and organizations are popping up all the time.

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A player at the Mardi Gras Open 2000, a paintball tournament with hundreds of participants

The main thing that sets paintball apart from other sports is the equipment involved: You don't find guns and paint projectiles in too many traditional sports. In this article, we'll look at this equipment to see what is involved in a paintball attack. We'll also find out about the basic game of paintball, as well as some of the other uses of paintball equipment.