PaintBall – introduction

Paintball

In general paintball is an interest to me as a hobby, I have friends who was been playing it for years, and several others that took the plunge recently, we as a collective group have done a fair amount of research on markers and tactics to improve our game and having seen several have to relearn the leasons of the more experienced players I wanted to start jotting down our thoughts and ideas for other.  Figured I would start up with some basic paintball terminology.

Basic lingo.

  • Marker – a polite way of referencing a paintball gun. (some people get nervous about the phrase gun)
  • Hopper – the container that holds and allows paint-balls to enter your marker
    • Gravity feed – a hopper that just uses gravity to let paint-balls fall into your marker.
    • Mechanical feed – some device usually included in a hopper that speeds up the rate in which paint-balls enter your marker.
  • Propellant – CO2, Nitrogen, and Compressed air is what is primarily used in paintball.  These substances are loaded into a tank and attached to your marker.  There is a chamber behind the paintball that will fill with the propellant your using.  When you pull the trigger it is released and quickly refilled depending on the behavior of that particular propellant.
    • CO2 is the grand daddy of propellants in paintball.  It is notable in that it is a liquid when put into your paintball tank and requires an expansion tank in order to turn to a gas and be ready to fire.  On the upside, you can find CO2 pretty much anywhere and the tanks used are extremely inexpensive.  On the down side, your shots will tend to be less consistent when your firing rapidly and can some times freeze up your marker.  It takes some time for the gases to expand, plus the process produces frost which can sometimes cause issues.  This propellant does not work when temperatures are below freezing.
    • Nitrogen & Compressed Air Tanks – often times referred to as Nitro for both types, all three tend to be used interchangeably and the equipment used can handle either Nitrogen or Compressed air.  Nitrogen is a dry gas and can easily be compressed into tanks.  Compressed air is just air in the environment that is dried before pumping into a tank.  If you can afford the cost of the tanks this setup does not suffer the same issues as CO2, namely that it won’t freeze up your gun, tends to produce more consistent accuracy at the higher rates of fire, and functions during winter.

This list is not complete, so expect a revisit… or maybe a conversion to an actual permanent page.

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