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Landon and Nate Knowles emerge from the arena after a game round at Shots Fired Paintball.

Leisure enthusiasts in the Minot area got another outdoor option on June 22 with the opening of Shots FIred Paintball in the south of Minot.

Hunter Langseth and Mitchell Pratt operate the leisure shop just off Valley Street behind the Grain Hopper.

Langseth said poor spring weather is forcing it to open a little later than planned. Further work is planned to complete the car park but the arena is operational and attracting both experienced players and newcomers to the sport.

“Most of them are new, to be honest. And we had regular customers who ended up bringing their own friends. It’s kind of word of mouth and interest is growing. After someone does it, they want to get more people to play with them.” said Langset.

He added that the activity is for everyone, regardless of age or gender. Participants included children as young as 9 years old and grandmothers.

Safety instructions are provided, along with a chance for new players to familiarize themselves with the equipment before heading into a game.

Players must wear safety gear that protects body parts more vulnerable to projected paintballs, although the activity is fairly painless and safe.

“Paintballs are essentially food safe”, said Langset. “If it gets on your skin or clothing, it will wash out immediately.”

Shots Fired Paintball rents both protective gear and paintball guns. Players can also buy their paintballs. A rental package costs between $30 and $35 depending on the number of paintballs. People are also welcome to bring their own supplies and gear.

Shots Fired offers open game nights on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Weekends are available by appointment and for booking private parties. Much of the interest so far has come from companies looking to host appreciation events, Langseth said.

He said Shots Fired can coordinate with food trucks to make them available for private events. Shots Fired does not serve alcohol, but event attendees are welcome to bring their own beverages.

On open game nights, participants can play with friends, team up with friends to play against other teams, or mix it up to meet new people, Langseth said. There are multiple game modes to play, including some that are free-flowing and others that have objectives like capturing a flag or a water bottle, so there’s always something new and different in the game, he said.

Shots Fired Paintball features a slightly larger than average arena. Although the arena is well equipped, Langseth said he and Pratt would like to add more obstacles. You’ll also want to change the course occasionally to make it more interesting. Langseth said they welcome suggestions from players on how the sport can be made more fun.

“There’s definitely potential for leagues and tournaments if there’s interest.” said Langset. “Originally we only start with this for recreation and fun for the people.”

Shots Fired will be open through the fall. The closure for the season depends on the weather. Visit the Shots Fired Paintball Facebook page for more information on schedules, games and prizes, as well as updates.

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