The idea of getting hit at 450 fps is not a problem for me.
The situation is what can be the result in been hit. Some guys have mesh goggles an if they are unlucky enough to be shot in the mesh at less then 20 feet with a bio bb that will explode on contact... well just say I wouldn't want to be that guy.
It's about minimising stupid accidents. Getting clipped in the ass is a matter of pride not pain. I don't think anyone would like to get one in the ear or the mouth, even the nose not mentioning the eyes. It's not about pain... but long term damage that can't be fixed with a couple of days to shake it off.
Originally Posted by Drake
You realize this is a contact sport, right? You're gonna take hits. You'll take finger hits and earlobe hits and neck hits and groin hits, and some will hurt like hell but none are life threatening.
Protecting your eyes is an absolute must. Protecting your teeth is recommended (teeth can be repaired easily but its really expensive). But if you're afraid to take shots to the rest of your body you're perhaps not in the right sport. I don't mean to be an ass, but that's the reality of it: this sport revolves around shooting and being shot with plastic projectiles traveling at 350+ FPS.
Are you going to still feel the hit through a balaclava, shamagh, etc? Yes. Not as bad as a bare skin hit and it'll usually spare you the bleeder, but soft material protection only provides a bit of padding against the BBs (specially a balaclava, at least you can wrap up the shamagh into a thicker bunch): if you get hit squarely by a high velocity shot you could probably still suffer a chipped tooth -- hence, get a damn $5 mouthguard from Walmart (the combatives ones with upper and lower protection). Otherwise, get a paintball mask, or something like the Eye Tactical mask if you want full face/head/neck protection.