Paintball guns use a mix of compressed air and carbon dioxide gas to function. The paint-filled ball is fired via the pistol at the target. This method is also employed by bounty hunters to apprehend criminals for a reward.
These guns can be bought new or used. New paintball guns usually cost between $150 and $500. Used ones can be found online or in sports stores for around $100. No matter how you get one, just make sure it works properly before you use it in real life.
There are several different types of paintball guns. There are semi-automatic guns and automatic guns. Semi-automatic guns require you to pull the trigger to shoot each ball, while automatic guns fire them continuously. You can only fire when you have enough energy left on your battery; otherwise, you will run out of power and need to stop shooting until you recharge it.
Most people use semi-automatic guns because they are easier to handle with one hand. Also, you can only shoot once per shot. If you miss your target, you need to reload which can be time consuming if you're under attack from multiple people. On the other hand, automatic guns give you a constant stream of bullets, so you don't need much practice to hit your targets. However, these guns are more difficult to control and maintain than semi-automatic guns.
Paintballs, together with paintball guns, are what make paintball feasible. These spherical paint canisters are put into your pistol and fired by the expansion of compressed gas. There are several brands and colors to choose from, and the more costly typically implies a better ball.
Generally, each box contains hundreds of balls that must be loaded into your gun one at a time. This is usually done by putting the top of the ball in the hole on the bottom of the gun and pressing down firmly on it to force the air out through the top. Then it's ready to go!
There are some guns that have a separate chamber for each color, but these are uncommon. Most guns only have one main chamber and one or more secondary chambers that hold more balls. When you're running low on paints, you simply load the spare magazine into your gun and you're good to go!
Some people may ask why not just use a regular shotgun to play paintball? The answer is simple: Paintball guns are designed to propel small spheres at high speeds against opponents who are wearing protective gear. A standard shotgun would blow apart when fired near an opponent, leaving nothing but splinters in its place.
Also, keep in mind that paintball guns require a constant supply of balls to function. If you run out of paints, you will also run out of balls instantly.
Paintballs cannot be fired without the use of CO2 or compressed air. Whether the marker is mechanically or electro-pneumatically driven, the paintball will be propelled out of the barrel by propellant. When firing electrically, a small amount of gas is used to create pressure that pushes on the bolt, which then opens and releases the charge. The electric pulse also triggers an impact sensor in the tip of the ball that signals the computer inside the handle that the shot has been made.
Shooting without air is possible but requires special modifications to the marker. A mechanical trigger can be used instead of an electronic one, and there are some double-feed prevention systems available for sale online. These devices work by detecting when more than one ball is being fed into the chamber at a time and preventing this from happening. They usually do this by stopping the feed mechanism after each shot is taken.
There were attempts to develop paintball guns that could be fired manually or with a battery but they never really took off.