Paintball originally did not start out as a sport. It was a way of marking livestock and trees for property lines. It eventually transpired into the game we know today. In 1985 the first commercial game gun, the Splatmaster, was made. After it's patent, Nelson Paint Company began mass producing it for game play. The Splatmaster was all plastic and had to be cocked back before every shot.
Dennis Tippmann designed the first semi-auto paintball gun called the SMG60. The gun eventually evoloved into the .68 Special that featured the first hopper like feeding device. The year 1995 and the Smart Parts company gave us the "Shocker", the first electronic paintball gun.