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Civil War Mask and Paintball Rifle

This is an  example of a Civil War uniform and weapon that can be used in Civil War  paintball  combat: The face mask is made from Lexan plastic curved around the head and attached to a kepi which is designed for protection from  paintballs.  The head protection is not in the shape of a modern paintball mask  so that the combatant does not look like a standard 21st century  soldier.  The  clear mask enables the CW soldier's features can easily be seen.  This is a crude attempt at face protection and will ultimately be improved by professional manufacturers.  The same is true for the rifle.  I am promoting Civil War paintball combat as a new and historical hobby.  As a long time member in the SCA ,a Medieval reenactment organization, I fully understand the differences in combat style.  The CW reenactor dresses up and shoots powder into the air and occasionally pretends to be shot.  The outcomes are preplanned.  In the SCA the reenactor armors up and goes out for actual hand to hand combat not knowing if he will prevail or be killed.  Every fighter has a story and every battle is different.  In CW paintball combat the same thrill of victory and agony of defeat can be closely simulated.  You will never know when a stray Minnie ball (paintball) will have your name on it.  The Paintball rifle is very accurate at 100 feet and you can shoot up to 200 feet.  Firing at any longer distance  and your paintball is just dropping out of the sky.  Cannons can be simulated but not using  greater force than a regular gun for safety reasons.  Grape shot  and gattling guns can be easily made to add further authenticity to combat play.  I challenge any Civil War Group to try a paintball version of combat and see if they don't like it better.  Historic battles can be replayed and the outcomes altered by pure courage, skill and dedication to your cause.

Civil War Uniform

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  1. How would you make the gun look like a musket

    • I took a 25 dollar pump loading handgun that uses the small CO2 cartridges and cut off the handle. I then cut wood for a stock and added grey 3/4 inch plastic pipe to the barrel to get the proper length. I painted the gun grey and used duct tape to attach the parts. Since the Enfield was a single shot rifle you need to have a slow fire rate. When I fire the gun I need to take a paintball out of my pouch place it in the gun, cock the rifle and then fire. Surprisingly the rifle is relatively accurate despite the fact that the paintball may rattle down the over sized barrel. If you look at the pictures you can get a general idea of the construction. I have tried to convince Tippman to manufacture period guns but until there is a market for them it won’t happen. All I need to get the system working is a rifle and mask.

      • I actually was just thinking about doing somethihng like this too. Can we touch base? I live in Pennsylvania near philly. Have you done anything with this yet? Where are you from? I am also an SCA member.

  2. Hey, a friend and I were wondering if there was a civil war larp?
    Re enacting is fun and all but an actual battle would be so much better!

    Please contact me @



  3. Exactly what brand and model paintball gun did you use, and where did you get it?

  4. I am interested in finding other people who want to do this. I would be willing to make a single shot musket type paintball gun and buy some basic clothes and a riot mask. I am from Illinois near Chicago. email me if you know of other people around here willing to do this.

  5. I have at least 4 people who would be interested! 5 including myself!

    • Rocky, I haven’t done much in years but found that shooting at people in the woods is an extremely exciting experience. I do SCA and feel that mano a mano is the only way to go. The SCA is more a hobby than reinactment. Your ability and skill determine the outcome of a battle. CW reenactors do not have that experience. Battles can be done in 1 to 200 feet. So small battle grounds can be used for an engagement. When you get hit you know it. I made Kepis with face shields and found that It was the safest method to look good without looking like a commando. If you are part of A CW unit recrute some members and try a sortie. You will never regret it. Commander Doug

  6. I am a mechanical designer I could easily design the guns and what ever we needed. I would like to touch base because I know how to make the gun look good all the way to proper strategy. I even know how to include cannon. So get with me any one who interested .

    • Jeremy, sorry to get back with you so late. I don’t monitor my site very often. What would it cost to purchase a model CW rifle? I would love to have one and could refer you to others. I have tried to get Tippman to produce one with no luck. Doug

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