Stealth and Sound 3/4
In this blog series we are discussing the various and overlapping topics under the topic of stealth. This time we’ll cover how to move through the terrain undetected. We start off with you having your paintball gun prepared for the game, you are suited up with appropriate camouflage. This of course will vary from site to site and from season to season.
Sound is your enemy when moving through the brush. Think ahead and avoid stepping on sticks, leaves or through branches. Before you get out on the range, take a practice job around and listen for any equipment that could be creating a jingle or a jangle. You can have the whole team do this and listen to each other. Sometimes it might make some teamwork to isolate what exactly is making the noise.
So, what do you do if you make a noise? Some people say to keep moving and others say to freeze and duck. It’s a matter of choice I’d say or a matter of using your situational awareness to make the right call. It depends on what the noise was and where you are. Do you need to move a few steps to get out of the open? It’s better to take a few steps and get out of danger than to freeze and get shot. If it is a matter of securing some equipment that will make even more noise if you were to proceed it would be better to stop and secure it. Check back for more info on stealth!