Solving Paintball Vandalism: A Utilitarian Approach

On January 22nd, the Patch reported on a string of vandalism in Monroe, CT. The vandalism consisted of a few paintballs being shot at about a half dozen households and a few automobiles. The paintballs were all of the same color and it is believed all incidents were the same vandal. As a player of 13 years, an owner of Danbury Action Sports and a third year law student, I can speak frankly on the issue.


First, let me start by addressing the vandals and anybody else who has considered engaging in similar deeds. Do you understand how stupid your actions are? Vandalism a criminal misdemeanor, and defacing property makes you liable for the damages you caused. Further, driving with a fully assembled, fully loaded paintball marker in the cabin of an automobile is a semi-automatic firearm charge in Connecticut. This is a felony, punishable by a minimum of 1 year in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.


The first thing parents need to understand about paintball is that it is illegal for those under 18 to purchase paintball markers. So, every time you hear of a young kid vandalizing with his paintball marker, that’s a marker his parents bought but never regulated. The second is that paintball is safer than golf. When wearing eye protection, there is nowhere you can get hit with a paintball that will cause permanent injury. It is the best way to get your child away from that computer or video game console and into the great outdoors for some fresh air.


I hope the community understands that paintball is not about shooting homes, cars or street signs. It is a game of mental skill and physical ability….a Sport. It is not about war simulation or killing. It is illegal and highly unethical to produce red paintballs. No field or shop would ever consider carrying them even if it wasn’t. Sure, there are some paintball markers that look like real guns, but most of these were originally design for military and police training. The highest quality paintball markers look like toys and could never be confused with a real gun. They are tools of the trade, just like cleats, baseball bats and motor-cross bikes. Finally, 99% of paintball players would never expose our sport to the bad media associated with vandalism or injury to innocent people for fear of losing what we love. Please, do not judge us by the actions of a few rotten apples.


The solution to this vandalism issue is relatively simple. Players need to respect the sport and understand that even if you didn’t get caught doing something dumb, it still reflects negatively on the sport. The paintball community needs to self-regulate, as peer influence is usually strongest. Parents need to regulate the gifts they give their children because even if your child is obedient, their friends often gain access to their “toys”. The community needs to keep an open mind and take action against violators of the law, not a community of athletes simply looking to engage in their favorite pastime. The magic elixir in this case is exposure and understanding for the sport of paintball, and this we can all work on.

Why Paintball is Perfect for the Holidays

Figuring what to get somebody for Christmas or Hanukkah, and stay within your price range, is difficult and stressful. Paintball makes the perfect gift for multiple reasons:

1) The Paintball Knock-out Gift- Lets say you need to get somebody something completely and utterly impressive. You can get them a paintball gun with all the bells and whistles such as anti-chop eyes, multiple rates of fire and fully electro-pneumatic operation for under $300. It will be quite the impressive gift.

2) Stocking Over-Stuffers – The nature of paintball and paintball equipment allows for many small parts and upgrades that can improve the functionality or customize the looks of the paintball gear and the paintball player. These items are often rather inexpensive and very abundant and make for perfecting gifting. We have many items under $20, including 500 count bags of paintballs, head wraps, gloves, hats, t-shirts, anti-fog, reusable paintballs, barrels, marker upgrades and many more items that make perfect small sized gifts.

3) Get Them Outdoors- many of todays most sought after gifts are meant to keep your kids (and yes, even most adults) indoors fixed to a computer or television screen. Paintball gets them outdoors, and lets them live out their video games fantasies with their own hands and feet. A starter package gift for a new player that includes a semi-automatic mechanical paintball marker, an anti-fog mask, and a compressed air or co2 tank can be had for under $200.

If you have any questions about availability or whether we can get you a specific item in time for Christmas, give us a call at 203-942-2308.

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