Who doesn’t love the adrenaline rush that comes from a paintball game?
When playing paintball, you’ll be running around outdoors, shooting opponents with colour pellets while strategically hiding to avoid getting hit. It’s as close to a real-life shooter video game as it gets.
The thrill and excitement are enough to bring out your inner child and make you forget about the stress of your daily life.
As with most sports, in order to enjoy a full-rounded experience, you need to have the right equipment and understand how to operate them properly.
Because the gun is a key element in any paintball game, in this post, we’ll explain in detail How to Set Up a Paintball Gun, so you’d be 100% prepared to take on your opponents on that field.
Everything You Need to Know About a Paintball Gun
It doesn’t take much to have a thrilling paintball game, you’ll need a hopper, a safety mask, paintballs, a tank, and obviously, a paintball gun.
These are the basic equipment required but if you want to take your paintball gear one step further, you’ll find plenty of additional accessories and attachments out there.
Next, we’ll take a deep look at paintball guns, from the main components to the most ideal setup. So let’s dive in.
There are several types of paintball guns with different mechanisms out there, the kind you choose depends on your needs. However, when you break any type of gun down to its parts, you’ll find that all of them share the same 4 main components.
A gun’s body houses the main components of its operating mechanism. Aluminium is usually used in manufacturing the body due to its lightweight and durability.
The following are the main components found in any gun’s body.
- A trigger that initiates the firing mechanism
- A bolt that propels the ball from the barrel
- A firing chamber that receives paintballs from the hopper
- A valve that releases pressurised air into the barrel to propel the ball out
- A safety switch that prevents the gun from accidentally firing
- A knob that you pull to cock the gun
Similar to the magazine that holds the ammunition in a regular gun, a Hopper is attached to the top of your paintball gun and stores your colour pellets.
It refills the gun with paintballs, springing them forward with great speed in the intended direction.
You can find hundreds of hoppers in the market with various specs but they can all be divided into two main categories: electronic and gravity hoppers.
The barrel is what releases the built-up air inside the chamber and controls the direction of the paintballs.
To maintain an accurate and reliable aim, you need to clean your barrel regularly.
Barrels come in different diameters and lengths to fit different paintball sizes and meet the various preferences of different players.
An air tank holds the air needed to fire the color pellets. They come in two types: Co2 and compressed air tanks. Compressed air tanks are more popular because they’re much lighter and can give you more shots per tank.
To avoid damaging your paintball gun, check your gun’s instructions before choosing a tank because some guns can only safely work with one kind.
How Does a Paintball Gun Work?
Not only is a paintball game similar to a shooter video game in strategy, but the paintball gun is also pretty similar in structure and mechanism to the rifles seen in those video games.
Whether you’ve actually shot a rifle before in real life or you’ve only seen it in movies, you probably know that you shoot a gun by pulling the trigger.
But what happens inside the gun in the moments between pulling the trigger and hitting the target? Well, the process is fairly simple.
Similar to when you strike a match by dragging it against the primer, when the trigger is pulled on a firearm, a firing pin strikes the primer, igniting the gunpowder inside the bullet and creating a large amount of pressure. This pressure is what propels the bullet out of the barrel.
Paintball guns work pretty much the same way but instead of a firing pin igniting the gunpowder to generate energy, compressed air inside the paintball gun is what propels the paintball out.
After you pull the paintball gun’s trigger, compressed air is released, pushing the firing pin forward and consequently launching the paintball through the barrel.
This process can happen several times in a matter of seconds, depending on the model of the gun.
Empire Paintball Mini GS Marker, for example, can shoot a ball at a speed that reaches up to 293 FPS (Feet per second), while other guns like the Tippmann TiPX Paintball Pistol Marker Gun shoot at around 225 FPS.
How to Set Up Your Paintball Gun?
When setting up your Paintball gun, you need to consider the length of your air tank.
In order to determine the appropriate length, hold your gun parallel to your forearm and see if the back of the tank aligns with your elbow.
Ideally, you’d want your tank to be as long as your forearm. If it’s smaller, you may not have as much control.
The longer your setup is, the better control and more freedom of movement you have, which makes you a lot more effective in the field. If your tank falls shorter, you can use a reg extender to add the extra length you need.
Find out if your gun requires a specific kind of air tank and if it doesn’t, we strongly recommend that you set it up with a compressed air tank.
As for the hopper, it’s better if you go for an electronic one because it’ll give you a much faster firing rate which increases your chances of hitting your enemies before they retaliate.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’ve decided that it’s time to buy your own paintball kit or you just like to know more about the equipment, with this guide, you should now be undefeated on the paintball field, so what are you waiting for?
Get your gear on and get ready to flaunt your expertise on your next paintball adventure. Can you feel the tingle of anticipation?