How to Snap Shoot in Paintball

Snap shooting is one of the most essential skills in paintball, Woodsball and tournament paintball players alike must master this skill in order to be effective on the field, whether it be a tourney or a game of recreation. Snap shooting- for inexperienced players reading this article- refers to standing/crouching/doing whatever you might do behind a bunker, and quickly peeking out of the bunker to shoot an opponent.

The following steps are basic guidelines for snap shooting while standing up behind a decent-sized bunker (a tall can, for example)


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    Always maintain a balanced platform. While this does not necessarily mean standing athletically with feet at shoulder-width, as this can be difficult in a tournament or high-pressure scenario, you do want to prevent yourself from falling over, or even exposing yourself any more than you need to.
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    Stand facing your bunker. Hold your gun up, with your air tank rested against your shoulder (not ON your shoulder), possibly on your bicep. Tuck your elbows in, so that both your elbows face the ground. While you may have to bend your wrist more than you are used to, this is necessary to avoid exposing your arm. Hold your gun in front of your face so that you are looking down the barrel of your gun, with the gun more or less between your eyes.
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    Figure out where your opponent is. Often your opponent may be posted on you, meaning he is looking out from his bunker, watching yours in wait for you to come out. If you are snapping out from the right side of your bunker, face more to the right so that you will be doing a slight lean forward and can avoid awkwardly leaning to the side (this may vary, depending on the comfort and the experience of the player) also, when switching to the opposite side of your bunker, you should also consider switching your gun to the other hand. If you're going to snap left, then have your left hand out in front, and vice versa.
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    Quickly lean out of your bunker so that only about half of your head, your hands that are holding your marker, and the marker itself is exposed. Shoot a few balls out at your opponent and snap back into your bunker.
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    As soon as your opponent's balls either fly past or hit your bunker, snap out again and repeat.
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    If the snapping is more drawn out than five or ten seconds, as soon as your opponent goes behind his bunker, quickly move to another bunker to get a better shot on him


  • Try to mix up where you snap from. This includes kneeling, crouching and shooting from a lower position, or snapping from the other side of your bunker. This will reduce the chance of your opponent shooting you.
  • Take a small peek out from behind a bunker/obstacle and have that image 'imprinted' into your brain (this makes you snap shoot faster, way faster). =0
  • Avoid snapping from the top of your bunker if in an actual game. Doing this will likely expose you to more opponents.
  • Failure to realize that coming out of a bunker shooting is suicidal. Never come out with your gun first. build and image of your opponent and make three snaps before shooting. Change position, rinse and repeat.

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