What exactly is 'paintless
paintball'? This term refers to a couple different methods of playing paintball: through using
paintballs that are solid and made of a material formulated to be as accurate as paintballs, and yet be re-used
hundreds or thousands of times; and through using one-time-use paintballs that contain water rather than
First, the reusable paintballs. The most famous maker/seller of these is a company
called Lazerball (Lazerball.com). They create a specially formulated paintball, and closely guard its composition,
that can be fired through any standard paintball gun. The Lazerball doesn't contain paint, however, it is a solid
ball made of a material that is both soft and pliable enough to hit its target without causing the damage of a hard
ball, yet solid enough to retain its shape, accuracy and integrity after hundreds or thousands of shots.
A few companies formulate paintless paintballs, but Lazerball guarantees the
efficiency, accuracy, and lasting usability of their paintballs. Traditional paintball can be a pretty messy affair
and many first-timers are turned off by the mess enough to not even want to give paintball a tryout. Hence the
growing popularity of paintless paintball for its 'tidiness'. Some makers make glow-in-the-dark paintballs for
night play. And you don't need to see the paint splatter to know you've hit the target: paintballers use
score-keeping vests that use sensors to record hits on the material.
Second, the water-filled paintballs. Water-filled paintballs are a newer
experiment on the market. They are currently being tried out occasionally by recreational paintball enthusiasts,
but at present their primary use is by S.W.A.T. teams and other law enforcement, and the military. Water-filled
paintballs fit any standard .68 caliber paintguns and shoot the same as traditional paintballs, but without all the
mess to clean up, other than the usual enclosing gel cap the water comes in.
Actually, some people consider there to be a third type of 'paintless paintball' -
laser tag. But there are many differences between paintball and laser tag so technically they are two separate
sports that use different equipment.