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Since the introduction of paintball and airsoft many years ago there has been an ongoing debate over which activity is safer. Now, thanks to an in-depth analysis by the Healthcare Cost and Utilisation Project in the US, we have some extensive statistics on reported injuries to ultimately settle the debate and crown one of the activities as the safest.  

Since the introduction of paintball and airsoft many years ago there has been an ongoing debate over which activity is safer. Now, thanks to an in-depth analysis by the Healthcare Cost and Utilisation Project in the US, we have some extensive statistics on reported injuries to ultimately settle the debate and crown one of the activities as the safest.  

The report shows that between 2006 and 2008 there were a total of 2,800 reported paintball injuries, compared to a whopping 64,100 in airsoft. Similarly, over this time period the total number of reported paintball injuries has halved, totally only 600 injuries in 2008. It’s projected that the number of total injuries in the UK sustained during paintball events is only a fraction of what is experienced in the US, thus supporting the notion that paintball is one of the safest activities in the UK. 

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One of the key reasons, as suggested in the article, for paintball demonstrating such an impressive safety record is due to stringent safety guidelines demonstrated by certain paintball providers. At Delta Force we pride ourselves on being industry leaders when it comes to safety. The UK Paintball Association (UKPBA) has awarded Delta Force with 5-Star accreditation due to our industry-leading safety standards, including providing all players with full head protection goggles, body armour and full length combat suits with protective collars. At Delta Force we believe that our rigorous safety practices positively contribute to paintball being officially recognised as a safer activity than airsoft. 

For more details on what makes Delta Force the UK’s safest paintball provider click here.

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