In paintball, there are several different positions you can play on the field. The different positions do different things during the game, however all rely on each other for a win. Each position often has individual, separate strategies that contribute to the team’s overall performance and ability to score a victory. Overall, the positions on a paintball team include the Frontman, Mid-players (or Floaters), Sniper and Backman. While each position has different roles, they’re paintball gear will vary depending on what their position requires. This article will focus on the Backman’s role and what’s the best paintball equipment for the job.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn the Backman’s position is located in the ‘back’ of the field. While most of the other player’s on his team move forward during a match, his job is to stay back and defend the other (more forward) members on the team. The Backman also gets to hang back and protect/defend the team’s flag. The Backman’s cover fire support can be crucial to keep the opposition from moving forward; this also helps keep them on the defense so your own teammates can continue to move forward safely and more quickly. If you’re a player who doesn’t like to move a lot during the game, the Backman position is for you.
Because of the amount of cover fire that’s required of the Backman, he will use a lot of ammunition; typically, the Backman shoots more paintballs than anyone else on the field. This is why he should also carry the most. Since this position doesn’t have to move much, it’s not too inconvenient for him to be somewhat weighted down with paintballs. It’s great idea for the Backman to wear a harness that will carry multiple pods of paintball ammo. The largest harnesses available will often hold up to seven plastic pods (that hold 140 rounds of.68 caliber paintballs each). In a woodsball match, the Backman may be able to carry even more pods by wearing a tactical vest. Tactical paintball vests and harnesses are also a great way to carry extra air for your paintball marker.
If the Backman fires the most paintballs, he will also use the most air; which means he also must carry the most air. Some tactical vests can be equipped to carry several CO2 tanks depending on how you configure the pouches when you buy it. For a tactical game, the T68 Gen6 tactical paintball marker is an excellent choice because it has the patented ‘Flexi-air system’. This is an internal air system that allows the gun to operate from an air tank that fits inside the buttstock. When this tank runs out, you can quickly attach your marker to another tank with a remote line and a 90 degreee one way valve adaptor. This type of set-up will often allow for hours of play depending on how many tanks you can carry.
Because the Backman stays in generally the same area throughout the game, he will be shooting at players at the other end of the field; mostly longer range shots. Considering this, a paintball gun with a lengthy barrel is often helpful. Many Back players use sniper paintball markers or at least have a barrel that is 16 or 18 inches long. Another reason this position often uses sniper guns is they often come equipped with a scope, laser or some type of optics for more precise target acquisition. While the Backman may not necessarily need a long range rifle scope, a good low powered, Red Dot scope works well and is easy to use.
Another good accessory for the Backman player is an electronic trigger. An electronic trigger on your paintball gun will offer various firing options, including semi-automatic, 3 round burst and fully automatic. These can make a huge difference when trying to keep an opponent held down long enough for your front players to make their moves. The three round burst option is also great to have to be able to still provide a pretty good barrage of fire, however be a bit more thrifty with ammo in case you’re running low.
In many cases, the Backman position is also very helpful in a communication role on a team. Sometimes the Backman has a better vantage point and can communicate with the front players about the positions and movement of the enemy. He also instructs the mid-players when to take over the Frontman position or where else to go on the field for cover or the next move. If the field is small enough, the Backman can simply call out commands/instructions to the other players. However on a larger field or in a scenario woodsball game, the Backman may do well to consider using a communication device that all the other players are also linked to. The Socom Throat Mic and radio system is an excellent choice for this.
Choose the type of paintball gear based off of how you like to play for your position. As a Backman, if you don’t like to move much and don’t mind being weighted down a bit, carry lots of paintballs and air tanks. This will allow you to play longer and even provide some backup gear for your other team members. If you’re one who likes a faster paced game and like to move a lot, you can still enjoy the Backman position, however you many not want to carry so much gear so you’re not as weighted down.
In summary, the Backman position is best off with a paintball gun that has a fairly lengthy barrel (16-18+ inches) or even a sniper paintball marker for longer range, accurate shooting. He may also want it equipped with an electronic trigger and a low range scope of some sort (like a Red Dot scope or sight). He should also consider using a tactical vest and/or harness system to carry multiple pods of ammo as he will do the most shooting on the field. Finally, consider carrying several air tanks to back up the amount of paintballs you will need to blast.