Before you go out and play paintball, you must first have the proper paintball equipment. There are various paintball equipments that you must first have before going out on the field. You can either rent them or it is much advisable that you buy your own paintball equipment. Here are some of the basic paintball equipments that you should know.
Don’t ever go out into the battlefield without a paint mask. Paint mask are also known as “goggles”. They are safety headgear device that every paintball player is required to wear. Paint mask protects the eyes, mouth, nose and ears of the wearer. Some masks also have throat guards. The lenses of paint mask are engineered to stop paint balls; however one must remember that these lenses are not intended to resist impacts of paint balls traveling at enormously great speeds. Remember that permanent blindness or impairment in the vision can be a result if you are hit in the eye if you don’t wear your protective paint mask.
Most pump action and pistol paintball markers use 12 gram cartridges. Most paintball markers use carbon dioxide because it is a lot cheaper even though nitrogen or high pressure air is a lot better than carbon dioxide.
Hoppers or Loader
Hoppers and loaders work the same way as a clip or magazine will do on a rifle or handgun. These two are the main form of providing ammunition for the paintball marker. Hoppers are the traditional way of holding the ammunition of the paintball marker. The most common and basic hopper is a black shell that has a hinged cover on the back for reloading. It is inserted neck down into the paintball marker’s “feedneck” so that the paint ball can go into the marker one at a time. Loaders are very similar to hoppers, but it uses some sort of mechanical or sometimes electrical means of forcing the paintballs into the paintball marker’s feedneck and down into the chamber for a much faster and steadier supply of ammo to the paintball marker.
When selecting the right paintball gun, or marker, you should be realistic about your skill level. If you are a beginner or play randomly, you can easily start with a cheap paintball gun. Consider buying a cheaper paintball gun if you don’t know how often you’ll be playing or what features to look for in a paintball gun. To determine what kind of a paintballgun you need you may decide to borrow a few markers and try playing on different fields. After you realize what features and qualities you look for and understand what type of a paintball gun you need, you can upgrade your cheap paintball gun to a newer and more complex model.
If you play only once or twice a year, it’s definitely worth renting the equipment rather than buying even a cheap paintball gun. Paintball experts suggest that you rent a mask, tank, gun, and hopper when you play occasionally. When you develop the taste for the game and start playing more frequently, then you can buy at least a cheap set of paintball equipment, including the gun.
Serious paintball players always look for new models loaded with features such as electronic aiming and automatic fire controls. You can find a cheap secondhand paintball gun with all these features and then get rid of it and buy a new one if repairs get too expensive. Remember that with your own paintball equipment you will have clean and maintain your gear. When buying the paintball gun, check and double check your options, and buy a marker only when you exactly know what you want.