We got the opportunity to check out a zombie paintball experience last night. We were a little hesitant at first not really knowing what to expect or what was going to happen. We tried not to research too much beforehand so we could be as unbiased as possible.
So there we were, waiting in line to board the giant combat SUV mounted with 8 paintball guns on either side. This thing was pretty epic. It had beefy tires, a rugged exterior, it just screamed mean. If there was a real zombie apocolypse, you know I would want this on my side. This picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice.
So it was finally our turn to board. We all loaded up and sat down, hands around the paintball guns mounted in front of us. The workers loaded our guns each with 200 paintballs and gave us the rules of the rig.
I was giddy with excitement. I have always been fascinated with zombies and a post apocolyptic world (not that I’d really want to live in one!). As we waited to take off, I heard chatter next to us. They were worried that there would only be cardboard cutouts of zombies and that this would be incredibly cheesy. That excitement I had turned into a little worry but I tried to stay positive, hoping to not have just wasted $20.
We took off down the dirt road and cocked our guns. The workers, in their military gear, gave us warning of hostiles and to “look alive“. This was it, this is what I was waiting for the entire night. I looked across the desert in front of us and I saw them. They were in fact real people limping around like zombies from the original Night of the Living Dead.
Knowing I only had a finite amount of bullets, I picked my targets carefully. I’ll be honest, I missed…a lot. Every now and then we’d get a headshot. We made this our goal and would yell it out everytime we did it.
We went around location to location clearing the area until all the zombies dropped. One of my favorite parts of this ride was shooting a zombie sitting on the toilet. It tried to get up but after a few shots, it fell right off the toilet straight on it’s back.
Through this ride, I was a little too cautious with my bullets. We reached the end point and I still had quite a few bullets left so I did what anyone would do in this situation. I unloaded everything I had into the night.
The entire experience was great. If you have an open mind, great imagination, and a goal to have fun then I implore you to try a zombie paintball experience. You need to do this at least once in your life, at the very least, it’s an interesting story!