Paintball Tactics 101: The Pincer Movement

There are certain classic strategies employed in paintball and in the majority of sports across the world that are as old as time itself. The reason why they were used in battles thousands of years ago and are still being used in paintball games today is because they are simple, effective and can produce some great results. One such tactic is known as the pincer movement, sometimes referred to as the double envelopment. The idea is to attack the opponents flanks simultaneously, drawing the enemies attention in one too many directions allowing you and your team to take them out or forcing them to surrender. This may seem like a simple enough strategy but there are a few things to remember when executing a pincer movement in a paintball game:

Two players approach castle entrance

Communication is vital. The key to executing a successful pincer movement is to be aware of where your teammates are at all times and make them aware of the enemy’s position. Seeing as how you might be quite far away from the enemy and you don’t want them to hear your tactics, you might want to prepare a system of hand signals before the game starts.

Suppressing fire is imperative. If you don’t keep your enemies heads down with suppressing fire when needed, the pincer movement just won’t work. Not only will the opposing team be able to keep you and your team pinned down but they may even be able to spread out from their original position and out manoeuvre you and your team. The best way to keep up a steady stream of suppressing fire during a tactical play is to take it in turns, that way you keep the enemy behind cover and conserve ammunition.

Move quickly. The best pincer movements are the ones that are executed before the opposing team realise what’s going on. Although it may seem like a huge risk, during the heat of battle, to move quickly from cover to cover, keep in mind that your team has your back and these risks won’t seem so daunting. Plus taking these risks win you the game and make paintball the immensely fun, high adrenaline sport it is.

Players lie in wait in grass

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