Paintball: I Finally Know What War Feels Like.

Last weekend was one of kind experience for me, I went paintball with my batchmates.

Paintball

At first, I didn’t want to participate in a manly recreational sports. Let’s face it, I value my fingers (and well being) over cheap thrills. I’ve also hung my rugby boots, permanently. That day was a special case, it’s not everyday you get to shoot your 13-years-worth-of-friendship away.

I was into airguns few years ago, but the pellets (ammo) were metal and it flies 400 feet per second (lethal). I thought I was quick enough to dodge a paintball since it travels about 250 feet per second or 170 mph (I assume). I was wrong.

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One of the toughest equipment to get used to, was the mask. It fogs after a few minutes and limits visibility to 90ยฐ. The hilly terrain certainly doesn’t boost agility. But we climbed up and down, shooting enemies at sight.

They say it hurts like bitch, they weren’t lying.

The third game was a memorable one. Our objective were to capture the middle ground (bring the flag to base). I volunteered to get the flag as soon as the whistle was blown.

I ran as fast as I could and got the flag but a few bullets landed. I was considered dead, there for, I had to run back to base for a quick rebirth.

I lifted my hands in the air, waving to cease fire but the enemy kept shooting. I shouted as each bullet connected. It was unbearable. Almost 20 bullets hit me, I lost hope and played dead. Thankfully, the marshal was kind enough to stop the game. I thought I was gonna pass out (due to pain).

Of course, there were few other unfortunate events, like close range shootings which ripped A’s back skin.

All together, about 30 bullets hit me. More than half landed on my fingers (which is still numb). The one that hurts most, was on my chest. I could feel it throbbing every time my heart beats, expected pain from a 10 feet distance.

Here’s a few tips I gathered.

  1. Get a good night sleep. It’s exhausting really. (I slept for 2 hours the night before).
  2. Move in pairs, at least you don’t die alone.
  3. Wear thick apparels if you don’t want bruises on your body.
  4. Wear a glove. Gardening ones would do just fine.
  5. Wear 2 layers of under garment. For future use.
  6. There’s no such thing as friendly fire. It hurts like bitch no matter who pulled the trigger.

No matter how bad it hurts, it’s nothing compared the pain I feel inside. But that’s what cheap thrills are for, to take the load off your mind.

ps: I’ve shortlisted Camus and CincauHangus for the photography event. Will email both the details. Thanks for the participation.

pss: Thanks KNizam for the appraisal.

psss: Picture thanks to Acai.

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40 thoughts on “Paintball: I Finally Know What War Feels Like.”

  1. aku kena beli PDA la aku rasa…banyak aktiviti aku tak ingat…memang tak organize langsung hidup aku..soh sae jadi secretary aku jer la… ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. syiok~ i dont have chance yet to try this. not all my friends willing to pay to get this thrill. huk2..anyway, how much? (asking like to get a hook er ๐Ÿ™„ )

  3. dah tengok juga gambar kat facebook. Naper yer takder gambar before and after, ker semua orang dah terlalu letih untuk bergambar.

    kenal juga muka Kenet, Acai and Kadir. Ramai juga yang muka dia tak berubah sejak high school ni.

  4. hehe ppl said once u’ve tried it once u’ll get hooked… hang hooked ka? cheap thrill?? once in a while kasi pump ur adrenaline best gak kan…. beats futsal hands down…

  5. i got a couple of pellets that didnt explode to the head, and it’s still benjol now. after paintball tuh balik pening kepala siot, byk sgt kena headshot kot.

    after that baru buat body check, kat lengan kiri ade 2 bruises, atas blakang ade another 2. yang lain hanya sakit tanpa meninggalkan kesan.

    of course, interhouse kena buat nih..baru speret lebih!

  6. ade kene direct hit to skin tak? my little bro, kulit dia pecah, betuk bulat pallet tu. haha.

    yang besh, dia scar tu buat nmpk dia macho time kat skolah. ahahaha.

  7. I’m in final year at University of Melbourne, Australia. Insha-Allah akan grad hujung tahun ni dan start kerja di Malaysia awal tahun depan ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. No wonder you have ample of time to write. Once dah start houseman, mati la. Hahaha. Goodluck doc!

    Btw, have you heard about Zhafi? He’s MIA at the moment.

  9. hehe. bila dah houseman nanti, memang sukar nak blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

    Zhafi was a medical student at Monash University, Melbourne until few years ago. I think he went back to Terengganu due to some personal problem. I’ve lost contact with him since then.

    I was curious to know that you are looking for doctor for your spouse-to-be ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. mmg best main paintball.. tapi bab mask tu yang aku x berapa suka sangat.. mmg la untuk safety.. tapi bila berlari pakai mask, rasa macam nak semput je.. but paintball really a nice game.. pernah sekali terkena headshot.. benjol~~ saket~~

  11. Hi NH,

    This will be a bit off topic but I really have to ask you this question.

    You know, my company does not allow any personnel to install any ‘uncertified’ programs inside their PC without IS/IT Department consent. Of course this applies to any other companies as well.

    But this so-called measure does not stop me to install Firefox in D drive (certainly I can’t in any way install anything in C as they have set some kind of stupid protocol to prevent us to install things there). So I installed Firefox in D: and it works absofuckinglutely well, and I have to say that I prefer Firefox to IE.

    But on last Friday, this unknown updates were automatically invaded my PC and poofff my Firefox is dead, up until now.

    I have tried everything, from removing updates to uninstall the whole firefox to deleting registry, but unfortunately to no avail.

    I have googled and most of the sites I visited stated “turn off your Firewall”. By default, firewall has been turned off by administrator to let a lot of internal programs to run.

    I am running out of idea right now. For sure I can’t ask any IS/IT personnel to help me or I’ll be risking myself to get caught red handed *wink*.

    Any idea Mr NH?

    Thank you in advance.

  12. If I were you, I’d try Portable Apps. You can install Firefox on your thumbdrive and customize it (with plugins) as much as you like. That should work in most IT setup.

  13. Yes I am looking for Docs, got candidates? Ask them to email me their CVs. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I have my reasons why doc actually, but will save it until I get one ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  14. paintball sangat memenatkan.pernah addict dulu..siap beli anti fog mask..la nie nak try skali combat in building..biasanya buat kat parking lot…
    sometime,feel like u r playing counter-strike reality show..whoahhaha

  15. I couldn’t agree more with you – many people think that paintball game, which theoretically doesn’t involve live rounds, will not hurt – they’re wrong. Paintball is a rather brutal game too, and seriously, it still hurts when the paint bullet hits you because of the speed at which it is travelling. People will do anything to get you down, so yep, expect lots of pain if you’re the one getting the flag ๐Ÿ™‚

    That’s why I refused to join my friends for a game. I will only do so if I bulk up… (just a little, muscles for padding the impact) but that’ll take me forever, hahah!

    I hope that your fingers and chest are feeling a lot better now. Are they badly bruised? Oh mans.

    p/s: Get more sleep!

  16. Kalau aku main.. jangan tembak leher dengan muka sudah. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I remember a story Cibol told me.. this one guy, his colleague, many people hate him. So during paintball match, they took the chance to shoot him like dog. HAHA! Close shooting, dah ‘mati’ pun still tembak. Cibol also tembak him from close range. LOL! LOL!

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