From: email@example.com (John Gilman)
Subject: paintball lessons learned
Date: 24 Apr 1995 14:20:03 -0400
some tactical observations from urban paintball
by john gilman
* you can't concentrate on an arc of more than about 35
degrees, when defending a position. So, either put yourself in
a position that doesn't require more, or get some friends to
* the human eye is quite sensitive to movement. even moving
your head to scan an area, is quite easily picked up. Thus,
move your eyes instead, just like the guys in the studly army
* when you move, move agressively. slow creeping still
provides motion to see you, and gives adversary time to react.
* most people can't hit moving targets, if motion is lateral.
* if you move in a way that requires more than slight motion
for the adversary to counter, you have a 2-second or so
advantage. You can beat the drop if your move/fire time is
under .5 sec.
* don't ever sneak a peek at an adversary, unless you know he
knows where you are, already. instead, peek with gun at ready
position, and fire on any targets you see. unless you plan to
reappear somewhere else.
* try not to let your adversary get the drop on cover you are
hiding behind. Instead, slug it out until he ducks, or one of
you is dead. Or abandon your position.
* learn to lay down a tight pattern of rapid fire, for close-in
work. often, adversary will present only a fleeting or
low-probability target. multiple - round bursts have been
shown quite effective here.
* if you are moving in on a new area, keep your gun pointed in
direction you know least about. That way, if someone starts to
fire on you, you may already be pointed in that direction.
* don't look out of windows, just to see what is happening. If
you are going to look out, do so from a shooting position, and
move agressively. Or, get into the window, and stay there.
* don't be so anxious to hunker next to a barricade. scooting
back a bit can actually allow you to shoot more effectively,
and give you a better view of the area.
* most people can't hold peak concentration for longer than a
few seconds. If you have just moved into a position to be
agressive, rest a few moments to let your own concentration
recover, and have it lapse a bit on the part of anyone who saw
you move in. This void if the defenders were only awaiting
your arrival before they attack you.
* If you are going to sneak up on someone, you had either
better have access to lots of cover, or create a distraction,
or approach from behind.
* keep your back to cover; move along the side of a hallway,
rather than down the center. right-handers to left side.
move past the near side of doorways/windows, to minimize
* a good time to move is when you've just shot someone, to take
advantage of this distraction.
* coordinated, aggressive groups will quickly take out larger,
but poorly organized groups. Spend time practicing communication
and strategy with your teammates, outside the playing field.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Gilman)
Subject: Re: paintball lessons learned
Date: 27 Apr 1995 18:39:57 -0400
Wow, Julius! I'm only an amateur! I thought I was doing well, to do the
original post! Nonetheless, here goes:
1. How often I look around, depends a lot on terrain and where I >know<
my buddies are. If I'm near a window, and someone's covering my
backside, I'm only looking out the window. If not, I'm backing away
from the window and checking my own backside, frequently.
2. The peek I use is, "quick, at ready". If I have a backup location, I
may just engage enemy briefly, then retreat. If not, I try to shoot
'till one of us is hit. And yes, ID'ing shoot/no shoot is VERY
tough. I am sad to admit I've shot several teammates, when they
behaved aggressively toward me (they didn't yet know who I was). The
key to my own shoot behavior is, if they see me and are bring their
gun to bear, they are a target. Yes, I find that pretty scary. Makes
me have a much better appreciation for "friendly fire" in Vietnam.
3. Leapfrog vs follow leader depends on terrain. If low threat, follow
leader. If known threat, follow leader. If unknown threat, leapfrog.
4. Doors with partner if available. On entry, KEEP MOVING until room is
clear, or you have found good hard cover.
5. Flashlight/low light. I gotta say, lotsa guys are taken with flashlights.
I'm not. Even while camping, I usually use a flashlight only for
finding small stuff in the tent. My own course of action would be,
if entering a low-light area, first shut down exterior lights thru
switch or gunfire. Wait a bit. Then enter. Better yet, as a
precaution, send in a newbie, first! Or, try a simple flashbang
Would be open to your advice.