Paintball Bunker Terms

Inflatable tombstone bunkers protect players from enemy fire.

Paintball bunkers provide a defensive position for players of the popular recreational sport. The bunkers protect players from enemy paintball shots and allow a safe position from which to strike at enemy combatants. Regular paintball players have developed their own set of terms to quickly identify the traits of paintball bunkers and the tactics employed with their use.


Bunker sizes vary greatly from large installations to small obstructions. The largest bunkers, called headquarters, often take the form of actual concrete or wooden enclosures able to cover an entire squad of players. Smaller pillbox bunkers hold up to five players in an easily defensible position. Crates and barrels make up smallest bunker size, known as cans. Event organizers may place can-sized bunkers on their sides. In this case, they are referred to as rollies and allow easier firing from the prone position.


Regular paintball players also learn the terms for various bunker configurations. The most basic bunker form, a large rectangle or cube, is called a brick. Aztec bunkers may be formed from any two sides leaning together with a roof to form an “A” shape. Players refer to bunkers with straight sides and a curved roof as a car wash. Bunkers consisting of many rollies in a line form a snake. Inflatable bunkers often take the form and name of tombstones, with their high rectangular centers and sloping tops.


Bunker hugging refers to staying as close as possible to a defensive obstruction while firing on enemy positions. Bunker tagging is the act of physically touching a bunker that houses enemy opponents. On some battlefields this eliminates all enemies inside from the match. Players may hammer an enemy bunker with shots in order to produce noise and mask friendly movements. A hot bunker means that the bunker currently protects enemy troops. Lanes are the areas between bunkers, and a shot on enemy players moving between lanes may be referred to as bowling.

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