Paintball History - How it all started !!
James Hale of Daisy Manufacturing, invented and patented what would become the first paintball gun.
This original paintball gun was manufactured and used by farmers and ranchers for marking trees and livestock.
Paintball began in New Hampshire, U.S.A. the principal creators were
Bob Gurnsey, a sporting goods retailer
Hayes Noel, a stockbroker
Charles Gaines, a writer
June 27, 1981
The first game played:
12 players competing against each other
Using Nel-spot 007s pistols
The game was capture the flag
The winner captured all flags without firing a shot!
The first outdoor playing field was opened in Rochester, N.Y., by Caleb Strong
Charles Gaines marketed paintball as the National Survival Game (NSG)
PMI (Pursuit Marketing Inc.), was founded to market and distribute paintball
The first NSG National Championship was held with a $14,000 cash purse
The first outdoor paintball fields opened in Toronto, Canada
Paintball started in Australia under the name of Skirmish Games
The first indoor playing field opened in Buffalo, N.Y., by Caleb Strong
The first outdoor playing field was opened in England
IPPA (International Painball Players Association) was founded as a non-profit association dedicated to the education, growth and safety of paintball
Paintball begins in France, Denmark and other countries in Europe
NPPL (National Professional Paintball League) was founded and the NPPL Pro-Am Series started with sites around the U.S.
Paintball playing fields, stores and tournaments can now be found in these and other countries: