About Paintball Punks

Paintball Punks is a player owned company that prides ourselves in providing only the best customer service and support to our customers. Since we play paintball we can provide a wealth of knowledge about paintball to our customers. We are authorized dealers for Tippmann, JT, Kingman, Crossfire, Dangerous Power, Planet Eclipse, Tiberius Arms, Airow Gun, Bob Long, Dye, Empire, Proto, Vanguard, Valken, Ninja, Guerrilla, GoG and many more. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

The History of Paintball

In 1976, Hayes Noel, Bob Gurnsey, and author Charles Gaines were discussing Gaines' recent trip to Africa and his experiences hunting buffalo. They discussed creating a game where they would stalk and hunt each other; recreating the same adrenaline rush that came with animal hunting.   In 1981 in New Hampshire, the group used a "Nel-spot 007" pistol (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 franchises 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 made use of Nelspot pistols, which were the only paintball guns available at the time. They used 12-gram CO2 cartridges, held only ten rounds, and had to be tilted to roll the ball into the chamber and then re-cocked after each shot. Dedicated paintball masks or goggles 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. Paintball games often lasted for hours as players stalked each other, and since each paintball player had only a limited number of rounds, shooting was rare.

Between 1981 and 1983, rival manufacturers such as P.M.I began to create competing products, and it was during those years that the game took off.  Tippmann Paintball was another early manufacturer of paintball guns and is still one of the larger manufacturers in the industry. Paintball technology gradually developed as manufacturers added a front-mounted pump to the paintball markers in order to make re-cocking 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 fields in Australia and England.