Ambidextral Paintballer

The Crucible of Tournament Paintball

Bryan Laughlin, ambidextrous "not even a thought process"
Ambidextrous paintball player, Broc Laughlin
I think there are a few things that tournament paintball can teach you about working under fire that your average woodsball version of paintball cannot. First in woodsball there is nothing to lose, not really anyway. In tournament paintball you are playing for more than just not getting hit. You are trying to win for prestige, prizes, and money and this adds to the stress during a game boosting the adrenaline and fear of losing. I have walked on the field in some games with my legs feeling like jello. This added stress increases the adrenaline and the effects of auditory exclusion and tunnel vision. Second the rate of fire is much higher than what most people in woodsball are able to produce. You have to deal with massive amounts of paint hitting and whizzing past the edge of the bunker. You can hear this and even feel it to some degree.
You must keep a level head, communicate with your teammates, keep your head up to maintain situational awareness; all while working both sides of the bunker as well as the low and high sides and even over the top if the bunker allows it. The name of the game is being so comfortable with both hands so that it is not even a thought process.
I have never been in real combat but in paintball you will have to snap shoot while people are pouring paint at you, you are trying to gain the upper hand and push them put in so you can gain control of the lane or person you’re dueling.
If you have a weak hand and are forced to use it, it will be very difficult to do this without getting hit. Snap shooting needs to be fast, pretty much automatic, fast enough as to not get hit or at least reduce your chances of being hit. As Mark has stated, in Paintball if you want to be competitive there is no choice but to be very proficient at this.
If you watch Paintball tournaments with professionals and you see them in a snap shooting fight, if they are hit, it is on the edge of their mask, hand or gun because that is all that is being exposed. If they were using real guns this would amount to few lethal hits and mostly grazes. I think the photos in this book illustrates these skills well in the firearms world.
Most Sports are a simulated version of some aspect of combat. Paintball is the sport that most closely simulates gunfighting and it provides some important lessons for the real world, military gunfighter.
Bryan LaughlinSemi-pro paintballerProject Appleseed expert "Rifleman"Former Dogs of Worr teammate


Ambidextral Airsoft

Ambi skills play a role in this Airsoft performance. Given they guy's background, I bet he'd demonstrate exceptional team communication and coordination.