Paintball Marksmanship Competition

Former competitive shooter and gun dealer Deryk Walker moved to Taiwan and had to leave his guns back home. He found a substitute called Paintball Marksmanship Competition, a practical rifle-style competition using paintball markers instead of rifles.

I was an international competitive shooter and Firearms Dealer in the UK, then I moved to California in 1990. 4 years ago I moved to Taiwan and had to leave my guns behind so I had to find a substitute. I found the only steel plate paintball range in Taiwan, (I have never been keen on the person vs person type of paintball shooting). The International Paintball Marksmanship Competition promotes speed and accuracy and is actually a lot of fun, however the rifles and pistols are quite expensive and you can add more dollars for customization. Apart from the price of the guns, it does offer a low cost alternative to center fire shooting as it requires the same disciplines and can be done in any safe area.

It looks fun, especially if you like in a part of the world where you cannot own firearms.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • David

    As a Paintballer myself , I can tell you they are not as accurate as bullets, max range is 300 ft. and they can break in your marker a lot. The only one paintball I have seen that is semi bullet accurate is called the first strike round, molded after the less lethal FN-303 perfect circle paintball has been able to manufacture a ball with “fins” which gives it a bit more accuracy and range, This looks fun but I just don’t want people thinking that they will become TOP SHOT. This looks like lots of fun and judging by the distance of the targets they seem to know the limitations of the hardware but, as a paintballer and a gun enthusiast, is no substitute for proper markmanship courses and real bullets.

  • TZH

    I like the course of fire. Makes me wanna have a go at it w/ my Standard Division pistol.

    And that paintball gun he’s using is way better looking than the old-school stuff I used a decade ago.

  • Milo

    I’m curious about the startup and per-paint-round costs of something like this, it looks like a lot more fun than airsoft practice.

  • Zander

    I’m curious as to where I could get such a paintball marker here in the US. Don’t get me wrong the traditional styled ones work fine but I like the nifty stuff.

  • Deryk Walker

    David, I couldn’t agree more with your comments, but here in Taiwan we do not have guns, (only the cops and outlaws). A lot of guys us Gas Blow Back BB Guns, but using a paintball marker is a lot closer to the real thing, in my opinion. I love to shoot for real and anytime I am back in the USA or another country where I can, I never miss an opportunity. This is the closest I can get to getting my shooting “fix” locally. It’s interesting that because of my training and long experience with real firearms, I am actually the fastest and most accurate in the club, (and I hate to say, the oldest)!

  • Deryk Walker

    The paintball marker is sold by MilSig in Canada, (www.milsig.ca). They list their distributors on their website. They make them in Taiwan which is where mine came from. The guns are not cheap but the cost per round is not expensive.

  • Bryan S

    There are few simulation paintball guns worth their salt these days. Many, including the style that is in the video, are made in china and reflect the quality and price.

    A slightly better, albeit more finicky system was used in the AT series of paintball guns that involves a complex valvetrain and chain feed. Although in 10 years of playing, I have seen a few others that have come along, like my Armed Forces Trainer from Fastech, which went out of business years ago.

    Anymore, in my limited playing, I prefer my very much custom lever action KP2 which was made buy a fellow named Bret G. and does work here in PA. At decent ranges, all self contained, it will shoot what I want, when I want.
    http://paintballcity.org/bryan/KL07after.jpg

    I commend what they are doing, its one way to practice, but as mentioned above, firearms and paintball are very different things.

    I would recommend that anyone interested in finding out more about paintball visit http://www.mcarterbrown.com

    -Azzy

  • Dom

    Derek, I am just curious. Why paintball as opposed to airsoft? Start up cost is about the same, but maintenance cost is cheaper. (BBs are way cheaper and you recharge a battery as opposed to buying gas)

    Guns are also much more realistic.

  • Zander,

    Do a quick google search for “milsim paintball” and you will find that there are quite a few markers out now that have a style similar to the one featured in the video. some of the more popular ones can be found at;

    http://www.usarmypaintball.com (Made by Tippmann, who you may be familiar with)

    tiberiusarms.com (Makes markers compatible with both regular paintballs and the First Strike rounds that David mentioned)

    The gallery link at http://www.mcarterbrown.com that Bryan S mentioned is a great way to see a huge variety of paintball markers.

    Everyone at TopPaintballSniper has been working on a similar competition in North America, it was a big hit at the fields where we ran events last year! This year we are planning to expand events into six regions across North America.

    You can check us out at:

    [url=http://www.toppaintballsniper.com/] http://www.toppaintballsniper.com/ [/url]

  • Frank

    Well, i own a rap4 t68 and it is similar to the milsig, i believe it is good for cbq training cause the paint-ball will shoot straight up to 45meter then only start to drop. Such a range inside that room should be less than 30meter distance so i believe it is reasonable. Just problem with the mag is that u cant tap shooting otherwise it will chopball.

  • JonMac

    This is an excellent idea for the UK. I’m thinking they should resurrect Practical Pistol using the pistol-style RAM markers…

  • Stan

    I occasionally go to Taiwan myself, in which city is this range at?

  • David

    @Deryk, sad about the restrictions in Taiwan but that looks like a really fun substitute. Milsig makes a topnotch marker along with RAP4, I personally run a Tippmann X7 heavily modified into a FN SCAR, took lots of elbow grease and “convincing” some airsoft parts but is so awesome now. Have you ever tried to play against others? Is a lot of fun and if you are like my team you can implement real life tactics and principles to your game.

  • Deryk Walker

    The Paintball Marker in the video is made in Taiwan and not China. The quality, fit and function is excellent. I agree that the ones from China are not very good and I would never buy one. A lot of the MilSig markers, (the same as I use), are supplied to the military for tactical training and to police forces for the same and also for less than lethal applications for use with pepper balls and hard plastic balls.

  • I feel I have to stand up and wave the flag for airsoft here!

    While the firing of plastic BBs from realistic replica firearms might seem a ‘kids game’ (which lots of grown up men like myself enjoy) it does have a very strong simulation heritage to it.

    Many NATO forces use airsoft ‘guns’ for training – in fact the Japanese company SYSTEMA specialises in making very realistic 1:1 training versions of the AR series of rifles for just such activities.

    Here is Systema US web site for government agencies who which to purchase simulation weapons: https://www.systema-gov.com/Home.aspx

    As you can see from thier product page the rifles are IDENTICAL to the real thing – a very important point when undertaking fully immersive training simulations.

  • Zander

    @Deryk

    Might I suggest taking a look at Tipmann Flatline barrels? They run the ball along a ramp to get it spinning so it the ball flys flatter than out of a standard barrel.

  • snmp

    Some country (Like France, and other countries in UE ) have put paintball in weapon classifiation

  • snoopycomputer

    Deryk, excellent shooting. The addage in paintball has always been “Accuracy by volume”. Even at the distances you were shooting, it’s still possible to miss. With so many variables like paint size/shape from ball to ball, CO2 tank temp/pressure- making consistent hits is a challenge. Thanks for sharing your hobby with us, and maybe it will spark an interest here to expand upon training possibilities rather than staying close minded to what’s “just a game.”

  • MattCFII

    +1 on airsoft being my choice if I god forbid couldn’t have real firearms. That’s not to say what Mr. Walker isn’t interesting, it is and is a excellent alternative. My hats off to him and it almost makes ms want to try paintball again. For me though my choice would be airsoft for mostly techincal reasons.

    Almost all airsofts come in a configuration very close to a real firearm unlike having to find/build a good realistic paintball marker. Also the ammo is cheaper in airsoft, debatably more accurate, and doesn’t have the issue of barrel breaks/bolt ball shears. Also to drive the gun I don’t have to dependent on a CO2 fill station. Either batteries charged off an AC plug or camping propane bottles available at local stores are my ways to power my airsoft. The Japanese Steel Challenge practices pretty much exclusively with airsoft, including 2004 Champion Tatsuya Sakai, save the few days they have to practice before the competition when they are on U.S. soil.

    Again, what they are doing is great, I would love to give it a try and happy to see them doing it in a restrictive place. I’m just saying for me it would be airsoft since I feel it has less hurdles to overcome.

  • Deryk Walker

    Milgeek – I have seen and shot the prototypes for the next generation of Gas Blow Back (GBB) Airsoft rifles and pistols being developed here in Taiwan. I have to say they are really looking quite good with full working actions. They function just like the real thing, including mags limited to 30 round mags.

  • Deryk Walker

    To answer some of the questions, my MilSig barrel is rifled to impart a spin and there is an additional “power” chamber to add boost, (not quite sure how it works). The range was originally set up for paintball as my friend and owner, Rex Ho, is one of the foremost paintball marker designers in Taiwan and has been designing them for many years. The range has just got a set of Airsoft target, (the plates we use for paintball are too heavy for Airsoft to knock down), so we can shoot either paintball or Airsoft now. I will probably invest in a GBB Airsoft in the future when the new models are available. There are a number of good manufacturers in Taiwan so there is a good choice but it will probably be a SCAR or G39C, although I hear rumors about a M1A1 Thompson!!! We have a large, flat roof and I have suggested to Rex that maybe he could put in an Airsoft sniper course up there. Finally, for those who asked the question, the range is in Danshui, Northern Taiwan, near to the Danshui Fishermans’ Wharf. If anyone is visiting and would like to go, I would be happy to take them.

  • @Deryk Walker

    Hi Deryk, I haven’t yet taken the jump to GBB (Gas Blow Back) – I’m still using AEGs (Airsoft ELectric Guns). But the videos I have seen of the newest GBBs do look very impressive.

    Of course, there is a big difference between competition and military training, the need to simulate the firearms in a true 1:1 manner is perhaps not of the greatest importance for marksmanship.

    Still, it is another of those querky ways many nations do get round the tight gun regulation that exists outside the USA. Having said that even airsoft is under pressure, and here in the UK one does have to be a legitimate member of a airsoft club and be registered on a national database to own a realistic imitation firearm (RIF).

    One of the great advantages of convensional paintball markers in the UK is that because they do not resemble real guns they are not subject to the same legal restriction that airsoft ownership is.

    Vive la différence!

  • Zander

    @JayTPS: All of those Tipmann guns are hopper feed only & are fed from an external CO2 tank.

  • Bryan S

    One thing that I know that paintball guns have over airsoft guns is a more realistic ammunition load out limit. And with the .43mm Real action paintball series, most of the rifles eject brass, leading to even further realism.

    I once had a Rap4 M4, while the accuracy is there in the operation and weight, not to mention the ability to police brass, the quality out of the factory was something left to be desired.

  • @Bryan S

    Hi Bryan – just a quick note, airsoft guns can use what we call ‘real cap’ mags (that being ‘Real Capacity’). These are used in strict rules military simulation games where the players have to use authentic capacity (20/30 rounds or whatever) in thier magazines.

    Likewise in training guns like the Systema ones they use 30 round capacity magazines.

    I am intruiged by the brass ejecting system though. I will look into that – that really would add realism to the exercise.

  • Paintbelair

    Paintball really isn’t a good substitute for IPSC or IDPA simulation shooting. The guns are not accurate. You’re slinging a fluid filled projectile that deforms easily. And you’re doing it at 200 mph.

    The best paintball guns will get groupings worse than a good pistol at the same range. The comparison is laughable if you compare a rifle to a paintball gun.

    Not to mention his gun of choice is a high pressure inline blowback design, which means it has a lot of excess kick. And he’s using Co2, which is very inconsistent in regards to velocity due to it being in multiple phases of matter in one tank (liquid, gas, and sometimes even solid). Add the fact that the Co2 is unregulated. HPA is a much better option for velocity consistency, and therefore accuracy. To put it simply, the gun he’s using is designed to look like a real gun, not shoot accurately, consistently and quickly.

    Rifled barrels have also been proven not to work, and if anything they degrade accuracy, especially after a paintball breaks. Its like trying to throw a curveball with a water balloon.

    It may work well for those ranges in the video but with any paintball gun, especially his, beyond 50 feet on targets that size, luck really starts to factor in because the spread is so large.

    However, as someone else mentioned, there has been the development of first strike rounds, which are similar the FN303. They’re expensive but they significantly increase accuracy as well as range.

    But hey, I really can’t judge him as long as he’s having fun.

  • Deryk Walker

    Paintbelair – I think we are getting a bit off topic. I agree with everything you say but we cannot have real guns in Taiwan so paintball and Airsoft guns are the best we can get. Regardless of the pros and cons of Paintball and Airsoft, when you have no other choice, you have no other choice.

  • Spikey DaPikey

    This looks a lot of fun to me 🙂