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Paintball Guns and Equipment, a beginners guide.

Fat Bobs Paintball Shop

Fat Bobs is the oldest paintball shop in the UK. Founded in 1996, we have been supplying and supporting paintball players for longer than any other UK based paintball shop. We stock paintball equipment from all of the major suppliers including Planet Eclipse, Dye, Valken, Tippmann and GI Sportz as well as many more. If you have any questions, or just fancy a chat about paintball, just give us a call on 01757 289322, or call into the shop. We are based in the centre of Yorkshire, in Selby.


Paintball Equipment Guide

Paintball guns explainedPaintball Guns

Paintball guns fall generally into three different categories, these are Mechanical, Electro Mechanical and Electro Pneumatic.

Mechanical Paintball Guns
Mechanical paintball guns tend to be the cheapest of all paintball guns. They are generally called "Blowback" guns as they use a spring and sear mechanism to mechanically accellerate a heavy hammer to open the air valve. Some of the air is then used to fire the pellet and some is used to re cock the mechanism. (Spring forward, blow back). This mechanism is very very simple and as luck (and development) would have it, very reliable. Because of the simplicity of the design, there arn't that many working parts so the guns can be sold relatively cheaply. Blow back guns can run on either compressed air or Co2. Maintenance is generally a few drops of oil and cleaning. They are the ideal gun for the beginner as they are cheap, easy to maintain and won't break the bank.

Electro Mechanical Paintball Guns
Electro Mechanical paintball guns are a step up from just mechanical. They are basically the same design as the mechanical marker but instead of your finger on the trigger physically tripping the sear, an electronic circuit board detects a trigger pull through a micro switch, this then sends a signal to a solenoid which trips the trigger sear for you. The benefit of this is that trigger pulls can be much faster (Think about clicking a computer mouse) and also modes can be programmed into the circuit board. Electro Mechanical markers can usually run on air or Co2.

Electro Pneumatic Paintball Guns
We are now talking about mid to high end markers. These paintball guns work on a much lower operating pressure but still give the velocity of a mechanical or electro mechanical gun. Lower working perssure (Typically 80-120psi) means that much more brittle paint can be used without the worries or breaking balls in the barrel. The worlds top paintball players will use Electro Pneumatic paintball guns. When the electronic trigger is activated, an air solenoid is opened filling and firing the valve with a measured amount of air. This gives the benefit of allowing more brittle paint to be shot, but also gives accuracy through consistent velocity.


Paintball goggles explainedPaintball Goggles

When it comes to paintball goggles, it's really not about the price. Some very cheap paintball goggles may fit your head much better than some goggles costing over £100. Lens quality is however very important, the good news is though that these days all goggle lenses are superb quality. Paintball lenses do come in two different types though, single and dual pane (or thermal), that is single lens or double lens, a bit like double glazing.

So it's really down to comfort and style. You are always best coming into the shop to try on goggles, but the next best thing is to try a friends pair for size before ordering. It's a bit like buying shoes.

Whichever goggles you choose, you need to make sure that you wear them at all times whilst outside the paintball safe area. During a paintball game, the only part of your body that can be seriously injured is your eyes. You will find that any paintball site that you visit will have very strict goggle rules in place. Try to keep your paintball goggle lenses safe and free from scratches. The foam on the more expensive goggles is usually replacable too, so if you damage the foam or wear it out, don't worry, a replacement is only a phone call away.

A bit of a tip, next time you play, have a look at the goggles that the marshals are wearing. Marshals are usually the most experienced paintballers and they will have no doubt tried them all before settling for a particular style.

Remember also that if you are a particularly sweaty person you may still fog up the best thermal lens. If this is you then you may want to consider an electric fan which clips onto paintball goggles and solves the problem completely.


Paintball Hoppers ExplainedPaintball Hoppers

There are three types of paintball hopper. These are gravity fed, agitated and force fed.

Gravity Fed Paintball Hoppers
Gravity fed is the type that you will have used in the past at any paintball site. They literally are a plastic holder of paint with a feed neck. They do jam from time to time and the way to free a jam is simply to shake the hopper. There is a really good gravity hopper that perform like an agitated hopper, that if the Proto Primo hopper which has a very well designed shelf built into it to stop the weight of paintballs causing jams. Gravity fed hoppers tend to be very very cheap.

Agitator Paintball Hoppers
These hoppers have a paddle installed inside which is battery powered and usually connected to a paintball sensing system, like eyes. When a jam is detected, the electronics start the paddle to turn which agitates the paintballs in the hopper and lets the hopper feed properly.

Force fed Paintball Hoppers
Agitator hoppers use an electric motor to turn a paddle, but the paintballs are still gravity fed. ie. the paintballs can only fall down the feed port at a certain speed, based on gravity. Force Fed paintball hoppers work in a different way, Some are very sophisticated and cost well over £100. Paintballs are scooped up and placed under pressure onto a stack in the feed port, this way paintballs can be fed into your paintball gun faster than gravity. In fact, some paintball hoppers like the Dye Rotor can feed at rates of up to 50 balls per second. If you are using any electronically fired paintball gun, you would do yourself a favour by fitting a force fed hopper.


Paintball Air and Co2 ExplainedPaintball Air and Co2

There are two types of propellant for paintball guns, Compressed Air and Co2. Rather than explaining the difference, it's much easier just to watch this video. It's worth spending a bit of time just relaxing and finding out as much as possible about compressed air or co2 so that you can avoid making any mistakes.

Fat Bobs Paintball Shop Pic 1

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