Some 10,000 people from around the world have applied for a job as a paintball ‘bullet tester’.
UKPaintball said it was stunned by the response to its advert for the post, which pays £40,000 a year pro rata.
As well as Britain, there has been interest from as far afield as the United States, Canada and India.
“This incredible response is the last thing we expected when we posted the advert,” said UKPaintball owner Justin Toohig.
“We couldn’t have predicted that so many people in the UK and beyond would want to get shot for a living.”
The ad on the firm’s website asks if people are bored with their current part-time job and are “looking for a new challenge with… awesome colleagues?”
If they are and have a “relatively high pain threshold”, the advert tells them: “This might just be the opportunity for you!”
The advert on UKPaintball’s website
It goes on: “Here at UKPaintball.co.uk we are currently looking for someone to join the team and become our official ‘bullet tester’.
“The job will essentially involve being shot at with every new batch of paint bullets to ensure that all health and safety checks are in place before we can use them on the general public and paying customers.
“Whilst the checks will of course be carried out by trained professionals with a wealth of experience, the role may pose a small risk of pain, discomfort and some bruising.”
Mr Toohig said applicants have cited numerous reasons for taking them on, including one who said he was fat and would therefore be easier to hit.
Another claimed to be an “ex-magician’s assistant who was once almost shot for real in an illusion that went horribly wrong”.
Mr Toohig added: “It’s going to be a real struggle attempting to whittle down the thousands of applicants to just one.”