Without springs, paintball as we know it wouldn’t be possible. From trigger springs to main buffer springs, paintball markers always have at least one spring in them, usually 2, 3 or more. Especially Tippmann markers, who I swear have stock in spring suppliers with the way they build their markers.
The biggest spring in most, if not all, markers is the buffer spring. This is the spring that interacts directly with the bolt, putting tension on it to propel it either forwards or backwards, depending on the design of the marker. When the marker cycles, the buffer spring not only propels the bolt, but it also absorbs a lot of the energy released when a marker cycles in order [...]
American football is approximately an hour and a half long affair, broken into half’s and quarters, Basketball, Hockey and Lacrosse are all similarly timed competitions. Soccer (or proper Football as the rest of the world knows it) is two 45 minute half’s; rugby is the same, just 5 minutes shorter each half. Baseball is 9 innings. What do these sports have in common? They’re team based sports that clock in at around 60-90 minutes in duration per match (except baseball, because baseball is just weird). Tournament, professional level paintball events, however, last 5-10 minutes at a time. Then the teams are swapped around based on a ladder bracket and how they did [...]
As a lot of you know I spent nearly a decade and a half serving in the Armed Forces in a maintainer career field. One thing that was beat into my head on a near constant basis was that the best way to fix things is to prevent them from breaking in the first place. This applies to your paintball gear as well.
Some players obsessively disassemble, clean and maintenance their markers after every game they play. Most of us often don’t have that luxury, so we perform maintenance once every month, or couple of months….once a year, never, or only when there’s a problem.
I fall into the category of about once every month I disassemble, clean and maintenance my [...]
The paintball industry is one of the few modern industries where you can repair or modify your equipment to your hearts content. There is a plethora of drop-in modifications to change certain characteristics of your marker ranging from the purely aesthetic to changing it’s basic functionality.
Despite manufacturers knowing that you’re going to modify your marker, they design each one to meet a specific set of criteria. In order to meet this criteria, sometimes sacrifices have to be made. The higher end marker you go, the tighter the tolerances are; tolerances being the factors that the marker operates in such as input pressure, spring tension, bolt weight and so [...]