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Woodsball aka Rec Ball Guns vs. Speedball Guns for Paintball

Learn the differences between woodsball guns, aka rec ball guns, and speedball guns from paintball pro Mike "Pev" Peverill in this Howcast video.


My name is Mike Peverill. I'm here at Pev's Paintball Park in Aldie, Virginia. I've been playing paintball nearly 30 years. I've played professional paintball with numerous pro teams all over the world. This facility here was built from the ground up for paintball, kind of like a paintball Disney Land. Our website is Hopefully you can come out and visit us sometime.

Rec Ball Guns and Speedball Guns are notably different. A lot times just by the color. I mean, Speedball Guns, typically, you're gonna see a fancy color such as this. And some of the guns behind me that are red. Or then you're gonna see Rec Ball Guns which are more like this, which is black, hard to see, looks more like a real gun, kinda similar to this. When you look at a gun like this, you know, this is what we consider more Rec Ball-related or scenario-related. So I'm gonna go over the differences between the two in several ones. The basic Rec Ball Gun is the same thing with the rental gun. Like a Tippman Model 98, for example. It's basic, it's simple, durable. But it's kinda got that look to it that you're kinda playing, like, war, in military, you know? But at the same time, it's rugged, and it's not gonna break down on you. And this is a Speedball Gun. High-end clips Geo. It's a high-end gun, very flashy. Electronic triggers, electronic panel, a control panel that tells what it's gonna do. It's fast. It's a high-end race car. Like, if you're gonna go win the Nascar event, okay? As opposed to something like this. This is just a regular car without all the bells and whistles. But this is durable. This is durable too, but this one is typically gonna have more problems with it. Because when you push a gun, a paintball gun, to its limit, you basically have a problem where it's gonna be finicky, a little bit. It's gonna have things that are gonna go wrong with it. But, but a gun like this, you're gonna play in a speedball tournament, or a national championships anywhere, you want a gun like this. Super fast, the electronic trigger allows it to shoot, you know, anywhere up from 15 balls a second and up. As opposed to a gun like this, where you're shooting, you know, less than 10 balls a second. It's a little slower, it's clunkier, but at the same time, it's durable. When I play for fun out here at the park, I'll use this, because it's durable. But at the same time, reliable, it makes it happen. Now, if I go play Scenario, a lot of times, you get out there with scenario version of Rec Ball, where guys are gonna have a gun like this. Where it has all these after-market effects on it to make it look kinda ominous. Kinda looks like you're playing war, you're playing Rambo. And then, you know, and as you see, it all depends what your taste is. If your playing style is Rec Ball, then you're gonna determine, "Do I want Rec Ball, regular Rec Ball? Or do I want Rec Ball scenario paintball, where I want it to look more realistic?" And, and then if I'm gonna play Speedball, when I play in the national tournament, I still use a gun like this. 'Cause I rely on its dependability and rate of fire. I need this gun to shoot like darts, ball after ball, as fast as I possibly can.

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