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  • Paintball Tank Buying Guide

    Paintball Tanks, Paintball co2 tank, paintball air tank

    Once you’ve purchased your paintball gun you’ll need a paintball tank. Tanks are available in two pressure sources, high pressure air (HPA) and Co2. It’s gun dependent as to whether you can use either or source without potentially damaging your marker.

    For those just starting out choosing a tank can be a hard decision, so hopefully this guide will help.

    Tank Type

    There are two pressure sources CO2 and HPA which may also be referred to as compressed air. For information on paintball guns that can use both HPA and CO2 check out our blog post “Paintball Guns that can use HPA and CO2

    CO2 Tanks

    CO2 was used for the first paintball markers thus setting the standard for various years on what source to use. When carbon dioxide changes into gas from its liquid state it expands which creates pressure, this pressure is used to fire the paintball via the barrel.

    Many CO2 tanks never have to be re-certified or re-tested and are low maintenance. The re-fills are relatively inexpensive and the tanks are compact yielding more shots than compressed air. However there are some issues, as the liquid expands it also cools and the faster it expands the more rapid the cooling, this can lead to inconsistent shooting. If you ever see white snow falling from the barrel, it’s actually dry ice and a sure sign the liquid is in the gun which could cause mechanical issues.

    Our recommendations;

    6 x 4oz Prefilled Co2 - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/6-x-4oz-prefilled-co2-tanks

    Compressed Air Tanks

    Also known as High Pressure Air (HPA), these are usually pressurised up to the tanks rating of either 3000 or 4500 psi, the pressure is then regulated through the tanks regulator. HPA has consistent pressure and the ability to be used in all weather, accuracy is improved via the higher velocity of the gun with a higher rate of fire.

    However there are some drawbacks, if you don’t have a local pro shop getting your tank filled is an issue (we fill these for a cost of £1.00). The tanks are larger and are bulky in comparison to CO2 tanks and they do cost quite a sum more. For a small amount every 5years air tanks must be hydro tested and re-certified.

    Our recommendations; 

    DYE Core Air Tank 1.1l 4500psi - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dye-core-air-tank-1-1-litre-5137

    Empire 68cu 4500psi Carbon Air System - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/empire-68cu-4500psi-tank

    Tank Sizes/Weight

    The most popular tank size is 68-4500 lightweight whilst holding enough gas. At first the numbers to identify the tanks may seem a little confusing - the 68 in this case is the total cubic inches of space inside the tank whilst the 4500 represents the pound per square inch of pressure the tank can store.

    Co2 tanks will often be in sizes such as 4oz, 12oz and 20oz (ounce). The tanks are designed to hold the ounces in weight as opposed to volume. It can be confusing but the measure that matters is the weight of the liquid. Your tank can be filled to the level your tank is rated for.

    You need to ensure that you choose a tank with enough storage, however its important to bare in mind the more storage a tank encompasses the heavier the tank will be.


    Paintball tanks can be pricey so it’s best to add protection where you can. We offer a vast range of grips and covers to protect your tank from dents, bumps and scratches.

    Check out the protection we offer at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/air-co2/bottle-protection


    It really all depends on your style of play and marker, but if you can afford the HPA investment we recommend it.

    If you have an issues don’t hesitate to contact us on 01642 605000.

  • Electronic vs Mechanical Markers

    Choosing a marker isn’t as straight forward as it seems. You will need to take into account whether you want an Electronic or Mechanical marker. They both shoot paintballs, but in distinctive ways, so what’s the difference?

    Well as always we're here to help.

     The Basics

    All markers are designed to shoot paintballs at high speeds using either Co2 (carbon dioxide) or HPA (high pressure air).

    When you shoot a marker there is a small bolt which pushes the ball into the paintball barrel thus sealing the ball. A valve then releases compressed gas which expands the barrel forcing the ball to shoot out.

    The major difference between electronic and mechanical is the way the gun advances the ball into the barrel, seals the barrel and releases the gas.

    Mechanical guns

    Mechanical guns are normally mechanically activated blowback guns. These will fire once the trigger is pulled this then releases a bolt with is forced forwards via a spring which pushes the paintball into the barrel, once in the barrel the bolt hits a pin allowing air to travel into the barrel. The bolt returns to its original position by the expansion caused by the air.

    Mechanical Markers

    There is a vast variety of mechanical guns available on the market, here’s what our guys recommend;

    Neil’s Picks
    John’s Picks
    Damo's Picks


    Mechanical markers are often cheaper than the alternative electronic markers. They are easy to set up and can often use either CO2 or HPA. They are easy to maintain and relatively simple to fix.


    Mechanical markers generally lack accuracy and speed unlike electronic markers. The amount of air that propels the paintball varies resulting in the speed of the paintball being inconsistent. They must be cocked before fire and typically require higher pressure, meaning fewer shots per tank.

    Electronic Guns

    Electronic guns or electro-pneumatic rely on battery power and a circuit board that then activates solenoids which causes the gun to fire. The trigger is linked to the circuit board which tells the gun to fire which activates the gun. These guns rely on regulators that take into account variable air pressures to ensure consistent firing.

    Electronic Markers

    Electronic markers come in various forms and have varied internal set ups with different bolts, valves and regulators. Here’s what some of the guys from our shop recommend;

     Neil & John’s picks
    Damo's Picks


    In comparison to mechanical, electronic markers are more accurate (in most cases), consistent and can fire faster. They can operate on a lower pressure meaning more shots per tank and are often lighter and smaller.


    These markers are more expensive. They can be difficult to disassemble and maintain for inexperienced players.  They generally require HPA rather than Co2, so make sure you have access to HPA before buying. Also, you will need batteries to run your electronic marker (typically 9V).

    It really is all down to personal preference, you should take into account being new to the game or whether your an avid paintball player. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us on 01642605000.

  • Looking after your paintball mask

    Your paintball mask is the most important piece of equipment you’ll own as a paintballer (http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/blog/the-first-piece-of-paintball-kit-you-should-buy/). With the ever rising prices of lenses it’s more important now than ever to take care of your mask. It should be one of your top priorities as a player to keep your mask clean and your vision clear.

    Here’s how to look after your mask;

    Don’t let paint sit

    Often players will get hit in the mask whilst playing, clean off the paint when you’re not on the playing field. Leaving paint on your mask will deteriorate the lens over time and some paint can even stain. For the longevity of your mask ensure you get into the nooks and crannies where the lens meets the frame, if left this may weaken the lens.

    Reapply Spray

    If you have a single lens always ensure you have cleaned the lens and applied a fresh coating of anti-fog spray. This is vital, if you forget you’ll soon be reminded when your mask mists up and your view is hazy, not ideal.



    Microfiber cloths are ideal for lenses, these will prevent smearing and distorting your vision. If you use paint spray etc with a regular cloth or your hand expect a smudged mess. A microfiber cloth will give you a seamless clean, just what you need.


    Take care of the thermals

    Thermal lenses are dual paned lenses which are sealed together via glue and foam, this assists with regulating the temperature thus reducing fogging. Never submerge your goggle under water, the foam barrier between the lenses is absorbent so if you get water between the lens panes your lens is useless. Ideally when cleaning your thermal lens you want to use water on a cloth to clean the outer lens and a microfiber cloth for the inner lens.

    Change it up

    Eventually your lens will need to be changed the recommended time is yearly if you’re a paintball regular. If your lens is scratched it’s probably time for a new one.

    No glass cleaners

    Don’t use Windex or other glass cleaners when cleaning your paintball mask, these are not polycarbonate lens cleaners and will damage your lens. The idea is to prolong the life of your lens not shorten it.


    It’s always best to buy from an established brand such as Virtue or Empire etc, this way you know what quality to expect. Always purchase from a respected retailer such as ourselves, if you purchase from eBay who really knows what you’re getting, it could be some cheap knock off you’ve paid way over the odds for.


    If your looking for a new lens check out https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=Lenses

    We would suggest purchasing a lens case to ensure your lenses are protected.


    If you require any advice or assistance don’t hesitate to call us on 01642 605000.

  • What's the best paintball gun for a beginner?


    best beginner paintball markers

    What’s a good paintball gun for a beginner?

    Throughout our years as a paintball retailer, we’ve had hundreds of people contact us that are starting out, and the number one questions they ask is “What’s a good paintball gun for a beginner?”

    There is no simple ‘one gun’ answer to this, as there are a number of factors to consider:

    Co2 or HPA (High Pressure Air)

    Where you’re going to be playing, do they use co2 or HPA? This can affect your options – i.e. some paintball guns will only work on HPA (mostly the electronic ones), so it would be pointless getting a gun that can only work on HPA if your local field only uses/supplies co2. Check out our blog post on CO2 and High Pressure Air tanks for more info.

    Magfed v Hopper Fed

    Traditionally, paintball is played with paintball guns fed by hoppers, however there is a new format of paintball which is becoming increasingly popular where the paintball guns are fed by magazines rather than hoppers. Magfed play tends to be more tactical as the ammo is a lot more limited, i.e. a hopper can hold around 200 paintballs at a time where as most magazines might only hold up to 20 paintballs.

    Tactical Style v Speedball Style

    This one is purely down to personal preference. The speedball style markers are generally easier to handle as they’re lighter and less bulky, but some players prefer their paintball guns to look as real as possible.

    Electronic v Mechanical

    Electronic guns have a higher rate of fire (bps/balls per second) than mechanical, and most may have a more consistent (accurate) shot compared to mechanical guns (there are exceptions to this rule!). However, electronic guns are generally more expensive to buy, require more maintenance and also require an electronic hopper to feed the paintballs quick enough. Also, your local paintball field might not allow electronic paintball guns so you should consider this too. Check out our Electronic vs Mechanical Markers blog post for more info.

    How often are you going to play?

    If you plan on taking up paintball as a hobby but only plan on playing once or twice a year, it might not make sense for you to drop a load of money on the latest and greatest paintball gun. Similarly, if you’re going to play frequently, you’re better off spending a little more on your gun to get something that you’re going to be happy with for longer. Quite often we see people come into the game, buy the cheapest kit they can find, only to get totally hooked and then end up spending money on a whole new set up in just a few months time because they find the basic gun they bought doesn’t quite cut it any longer.

    What is your budget?

    Up to a certain extent, you really do get what you pay for with a paintball gun. Generally, if you can afford something a little more expensive than the budget guns, they’re going to keep you happier for longer. However you should consider what else you might need to go with the gun to get the best out of it – you may need an electronic loader to feed it, or an air tank rather than co2 to power it.

    Stick to a recognised brand

    When buying any paintball gun, you want to buy with the confidence that if you do encounter any tech issues, you’re going to be able to get warranty, parts & support. Your best bet is to stick to recognised paintball brands, such as Tippmann, GOG, Proto, Planet Eclipse, DYE, Empire, Shocker Paintball and DLX. Check out our full range of paintball guns here.

    Here at BZ Paintball we stock various paintball markers that are ideal for novices, simple to use and easy to maintain. Check out our top beginner marker picks below and what to look out for.

    Mechanical Markers - Top Picks

    Low End Mechanical markers (£115-£140)

    Medium Range Mechanical markers; (£140-£200)

    Electronic Markers - Top Picks

    Low End Electronic markers (£240-£315)

    Medium Range Electronic markers (£350+)

    What happens if your paintball gun breaks?

    Unfortunately it’s the nature of the sport, and there is a chance you may have issues with your paintball gun. Sometimes it can simply be an issue with maintenance or a dead (or cheap) battery. In some cases you may be able to fix issues yourself, but if you do need help we have in house expert techs which will assist you.

    You can call us on 01642 605000 or email us on info@bzpaintball.co.uk and you can send in your gun to us and our tech team will price up the issues and go ahead with fixing your gun.

  • What You Need To Know About Paintball Barrels

    A paintball barrel is the section at the end of your marker which the paint will discharge from. There are various types of barrels available and some may simply be down to personal preference.

    In this post were going to take a look at what to consider before buying a barrel.


    You can get numerous barrel lengths, these usually range between 8-20 inches, research has shown that 8inches is the pinnacle for accuracy, therefore anything more won’t increase accuracy. The best barrel length is probably around 14icnhes. You can still use longer barrels of 16-20inches, this may be desirable if you have longer arms.


    Barrels are designed to accommodate the player and their needs thus being readily available in various materials. Aluminium is probably the most popular choice, this is lightweight inexpensive and easy to machine, its ideal. Barrels are also available in stainless steel which is heavier in comparison to aluminium. They are also obtainable in carbon fibre, this is the lightest/strongest material however its pretty pricey.


    Again there is such a vast selection its paramount you pick a kit to suit your needs. Kits can include various backs and fronts, insert systems or one front and numerous backs. Carbon fibre is probably the most popular choice kit wise, this would provide you with a front and back. These kits give you chance to optimise your barrel dependant on the game you’re playing.

    One or Two?

    When paintballing first came about one piece barrels were the only type available. However it is found two piece barrels improve accuracy. These allow you to choose the barrel back and different barrel lengths for the front, the barrels back pieces are available in a variety of sizes so you can choose which one accommodates the size of paintballs you shoot.


    These range from .698 down to .674, the most common size is .689. You want to ensure your barrel is not too tight for the paint, else the gun will break the paintballs. At the same time if the barrel is too large this will be detrimental to accuracy, which means the gun will become inconsistent.


    Aluminium Freak Insert - The Aluminium Freak Insert is an excellent and highly recommended product. Changes in temperature can cause paintballs to shrink or swell. This is the only barrel of its type that can match paint size by utilizing inter-changeable sized aluminium inserts.


     AA Freak Barrel – This front will give you a flat shot, some range may be lost but accuracy will be increased. The amount of spiral porting drastically reduces the 'pue' of your marker firing, making it harder for your opponent to hear you shooting.


    Freak Barrel Front - It has been designed with straight line porting which gives a very straight and accurate projection, giving you an advantage over other players. This barrel will give you both a long shot and lob shot.


    High end barrel option;

    GOG One Piece Carbon Fibre Freak Barrel – This product unlocks a new level of performance. Freak flexibility and perfect paint to bore sizing is now available with the amazing strength-to-weight ratio of true carbon fibre.


    If you take the hit and purchase an expensive barrel we recommend you purchase a barrel case. These are low in cost but are a life saver with regards to protecting your barrels. http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/barrels/cases

    If you require any advice or assistance don’t hesitate to call us on 01642 605000.

  • Paintball Mask Buying Guide


    Paintball Mask If your new to the game chances are you’ll assume your first purchase will be a paintball gun, I mean that’s pretty essential to playing paintball right? Well despite your first assumption, you should always purchase your paintball mask (this may also be referred to as a goggle) first. It’s THE most important piece of kit you as a paintball player can own, after all you can go out on a paintball field without a marker but not without a mask!

    Back in the early days of paintballing players used ski goggles, this is unsafe and all paintball masks must now pass ASTM approval.

    There’s such a vast variety of masks to choose from, with a range of lenses, coverage and fit, it can be a little overwhelming so hopefully this guide will help.


    Paintball goggles lenses are made of a poly-carbonate material for strength and to prevent shattering, these will generally be coated with an anti-glare and scratch resistant material.

    The lens fits securely within the goggle frame, protecting your eyes from paintball impact and spray.

    Lenses can come as single pane or dual pane (thermal lens). A single pane lens is a one piece lens that has an anti-fog coating added although easier to maintain and cheaper these are prone to fogging.

    Thermal lenses are dual pane lenses which are sealed together via glue and foam, this assists with regulating the temperature thus reducing fogging. Never submerge your goggle under water, the foam barrier between the lenses is absorbent so if you get water between the lens panes your lens is useless. Ideally when cleaning your thermal lens you want to use water on a cloth to clean the outer lens and a microfiber cloth for the inner lens.

    For further information on preventing your mask from fogging check out our “Prevent your mask from fogging” blog post.


    The frame of a paintball mask is what houses the lens. Goggles with either have a fixed lens or a quick lens release system. A quick release system is ideal for maintaining and cleaning your mask however this does tend to inflate the cost.

    Frame foam is important for protection, comfort and again the preventing of fog. It’s important the foam forms a seal that prevents your warm exhaled breath from fogging the mask. Low end masks tend to have more rigid foam where as high end goggles will have thicker dual layer foam. This dual layer foam is softer against your face and aids with absorbing sweat.


    The mask is what protects your face and the level of protection varies mask to mask so it’s best to consider your style and level of play.

    Beginner masks tend to offer full coverage along the forehead, jaw line and ear sections however this does come at the expense of added weight. These are often constructed from semi-rigid plastic that offer ultimate impact protection however are very inflexible.

    BZ’s low end (beginner) paintball mask top picks -

    Dye SE Thermal Goggle - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dye-se-goggle-thermal

    Empire Helix Thermal Goggle - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/empire-helix-thermal-goggle-black

    Dye i4 PRO Goggle - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=dye+i4

    V-Force Profiler Goggle SF - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=v-force+profiler

    Tournament players try to reduce their target profile as much as possible. High end masks are more streamlined and sit closer to the face. For those with larger heads and wider faces this will often leave your forehead and the bottom of your chin exposed. These are made from softer pliable material making them more comfortable however still offer maximum impact protection.

    BZ’s high end paintball mask top picks -

    Dye i5 - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=dye+i5+goggle

    Virtue VIO - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=Virtue+VIO+Goggle

    HK Army KLR - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=hk+army+klr

    Empire EVS - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=Empire+EVS+Goggle


    All paintball mask straps are elastic and will fit snugly to your head. High end masks will often have a toothed clamp to hold your adjustment in place, if your mask does not have beads or a toothed clamp you will have to re-adjust throughout the day.


    We always recommend that players try on various masks to ensure a comfortable fit with suitable protection, after all no two faces are the same. Some of the crucial areas to check for fit are the eyes, ears and head, this will ensure all vital areas are covered.

    Ensure the strap of your mask is up at an angle as opposed to going straight across the back of your head, this will assist with the fit.

    For glasses wearers check out our "The Best Paintball Masks For Glasses" blog post.

    If you require any further assistance don’t hesitate to email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk or call us on 01642605000.

  • Top 10 Most Expensive Paintball Guns 2018

    With the popularity of paintball increasing it seems so has the price of paintball guns. Each year we see a new high end marker well over the 1k mark.

    Now not everyone has the disposable income to pay spend upwards of £1000 on a paintball gun, but hey we can dream.

    Here are the top 10 most expensive paintball guns in the world today - many of which were also featured on our 2017 blog post. Interestingly the new M3s was launched at a cheaper price than their predecessors.

    10. DLX Luxe Ice - From £1399.00

    DLX Luxe Ice Paintball Gun

    Featuring an impressive milled contoured lightweight body, 1500 shots per air tank and bolt system reducing pressure by 40psi. With a variety of firing modes as well as voice feedback.

    Shop the DLX Luxe Ice now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintball-guns/luxe

    9. Planet Eclipse CS2 - £1399.96

    The latest in the CS line of markers, the CS2, has been honed with laser-like focus to be the best. To be used by the best. To conquer. And to win. Powered by the incredible GP Core Drivetrain and packed full of new purposeful features the CS2 not only looks fantastic, but it has the ability to over-achieve on every level.

    Shop the CS2 now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=cs2

    8. Dye M3s  - From £1431.95

    DYE’s M3s with MOSair is the pinnacle of performance and luxury. Based on the legendary DM series platform, the M3s has been meticulously deconstructed down to an elegant machine with uncompromised performance. Featuring real time feedback. multiple player profiles, wireless charging, air sync and a FL-21 bolt providing unmatched performance.

    Shop the M3s now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=m3s

    7. Planet Eclipse CS2 LE - Dia De Los Muertos - £1549.94

    The Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) theme has been reborn in the form of this wicked CS2, just in time for Halloween.

    A marker that truly captures the soul of any paintballer.

    Shop the Planet Eclipse CS2 LE - Dia De Los Muertos  now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/planet-eclipse-cs2-le-dia-de-los-Muertos

    6. Planet Eclipse CS2 LE - Infamous Plata-O-Plomo - £1749.94

    The CS2 has been designed and developed in collaboration with team Infamous. The latest in the CS line of markers, the CS2, has been honed with laser-like focus to be the best. To be used by the best. To conquer. And to win.

    Powered by the incredible GP Core Drivetrain and packed full of new purposeful features the CS2 not only looks fantastic, but it has the ability to over-achieve on every level.

    Shop the CS2 LE - Infamous Plata-O-Plomo now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/planet-eclipse-cs2-le-infamous-plata-o-plomo

    5.  RAP4 249 Minimi SAW - $2500.00

    This gas operated gun can fire 200 shots in a round. Delivering accuracy that’s on par with a regular paintball gun yet produces fire power similar to a machine gun. Shooting standard .68 calibre paintballs with selective firing modes and a full auto at 420 rounds per minute.

    4. RAP4 T68 M240 - $4,500.00

    t68 m240 machine paintball gun

    Designed to be an exact copy of the M60 Machine gun the M240 features the heavy fire power of a machine gun combined with the accuracy of a standard paintball marker. This gun features a 200 round loader, firestorm trigger (semi, three round burst & auto modes) and runs on CO2, HPA and Nitrogen.

    3. Breda M37 8mm Machine Gun - $4,999.00

    For a serious paintballer this standalone paintball gun weighs 30 pounds and is a custom replica. The gun can be shot in bursts, automatic or semi-automatic. The M37 has an impressive long range accuracy and can carry 100s of rounds at any given time.

    2. Swarovski Crystal Encrusted Planet Eclipse Ego 9 - $5001.00

    planet eclipse ego 8 paintball gun

    Although an old model this Ego 9 is still one of the most expensive paintball markers in the world. Simply a standard Ego 9 that has been painstakingly hand encrusted with Swarovski Crystals. This marker is more of a show piece than for practical use.

    1. Planet Eclipse Chapo GSL - $6500

    A custom Planet Eclipse GSL. Featuring shaved milling, stippling with hand graving In a soft gold gloss finish. The worlds most expensive gun to date.

    Which one would you choose?

  • The Different Grades of Paint


    paintballsThere are commonly 3 grades of paint - field/practice, mid-grade and tournament paint. In this post we’re going to give you some brief insight to the differences in the paintball grades and what we recommend.

    Field/Practice Paint

    Field/Practice paint is often harder with a thicker shell and thinner fill. Despite the fill being thin this is still noticeable upon shooting. This paint is commonly less round in shape resulting in a reduction in accuracy, however this is a generalisation and isn’t always the case. As field paint is often tougher and harder (harder to break) this is used on paintball sites and is perfect for practice shooting.

    Our recommendations;

    GI 1 Star - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/gi-sportz-0-68-2000-1-star-paintballs

    Tippmann Combat - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-combat-2000-paintballs

    Mid-grade Paint

    Mid-grade paint is manufactured to higher QC standards. Here you will see a thinner and somewhat brittle shell with a slightly thicker paint fill that takes a little more to budge when wiping. The majority of paintball guns will have no issue shooting premium paint however some high pressure markers may slice some of the paint. This paint is ideal for local tournaments and even big games.

    Our recommendations;

    DXS Midnight – https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dxs-midnight

    HK Army Premier - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/hk-army-premier-50-cal-1000

    Tournament Paint

    Tournament paint is the highest grade of paint and it’s reflected in the price. This paint is manufactured to the highest standards to ensure roundness and consistency which assists with accuracy. This paint is brittle and will break easily when shooting, the fill is thicker and highly visible and vivid upon shooting. Ideally this should be used with mid-range to high end marker to ensure the paint doesn’t break inside the barrel.

    Our recommendations;

    HK Army Supreme - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/hk-army-2000-supreme-paintballs

    HK Army Exclusive - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/hk-army-2000-exclusive-paintballs

    It’s important to remember that storing your paint correctly is essential to the performance and longevity of your paint, for more information check out our “How to store your paintballs” blog post.

    If you have any other questions don't hesitate to call us on 01642605000 or email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

  • Mag-Fed Paintball What You Need To Know

    Playing with magazine fed markers is the fastest growing style of paintball attracting tactical players.

    But what exactly is it?

    What is it?

    While Mag-fed follows the basic format of paintball, the guns are a little different.

    Mag-fed paintball guns are fed via a magazine as opposed to a hopper, this creates a more realistic style of play.

    Magazines hold up to 20 paintballs in contrast to a hoppers 200. Generally speaking those choosing Mag-fed are more tactical players due to frequent ammo refills.

    Those that choose to play Mag-fed tend to play Mag-fed specific games/events, so the playing field is levelled in terms of reloads.

    What do you need?

    You’ll need a Mag-fed marker for starters, check out our best sellers below.

    BZ best sellers;

    Tippmann TMC - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=tippmann+tmc

    Tippmann TiPX Pistol - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tipx-pistol-black

    Tippmann TCR - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-tcr

    It’s worth mentioning the guns above can use both HPA and CO2 plus the TMC has hopper and magazine capability, perfect for those starting out.

    For further information on HPA and CO2 check out https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-co2-and-compressed-air-tanks/

    If you already own a Tippmann marker that uses the 98 quick release feed elbow then you can use a Tippmann Mag Adapter Kit - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-mag-adapter-kit as an alternative for forking out on a new marker.


    If you’re solely going to rely on magazines, you’ll need a fair few. Remember you’re at a disadvantage of 20 paintballs to a hoppers 200.

    You then need to consider how you’re going to carry all these magazines, you can choose from pouches to vests.

    It’s always a good idea to consider a system so you know which magazines are empty, for example put those in upside down to avoid confusion.


    One of the biggest draws to Mag-fed bar the realistic aspect is the cost. Granted the cost of purchasing extra magazines needs to be factored in but you can expect to lower your paintball use.


    Expect to refill a lot more frequently that hopper fed paintball.

    For those who like to be trigger happy and shoot a lot of paint Mag-fed doesn't cater for this.


    Whilst it’s not a style of play for everyone if you’re looking for something a little more realistic, tactical and challenging then perhaps you should consider Mag-fed.

    If you need any additional advice don’t hesitate to call us on 01642 605000

  • The Origins Of Paintball

    Although paintball is relatively new to the world of sport, paintballs genesis began decades ago in the 1960's.

    Where Did It Begin?

    1970 was probably the most important year in the history of Paintball. It was the year the first paintball marker the "Nelspot 707" was designed.

    Nelspot 707

    In the mid 1960's Charlie Nelson was approached by a forestry group to create a air powered marker to enable forest personal to mark trees and wandering cattle, here the term marker was born. Nelson alongside RP Scherer created the first .68 calibre oil based ball that would be used for such markings.

    The next challenge was how to propel these balls. Here Nelson created the Nelspot 707 alongside Crossman (one of the largest airgun manufactures). However it wasn't meant to be, Crossman backed out of the deal due to slow sales and the 707 was a commercial failure.

    Daisy another airgun giant picked up the 707 and a new model the Nelspot 007 was later released. This would become the marker that would later inspire the likes of the Razorback and Bushmaster.

    nelspot 007

    The Debate

    In 1976 Charles Gaines (a writer) and Hayes Noel (a stockbroker) got into a heated debate over drinks. Could a businessman stand a better chance of surviving a stalking game than a outdoorsman? Was it simply a matter of instinct or was it a product of the environment?

    Bob Gurnsey (a ski shop owner) had his say, he stated that the outdoorsman would surely have the advantage. They pondered about creating a stalking game to challenge their friends and to test their theory. They took inspiration from a book called "The Most Dangerous Game" and began creating the overall concept.

    A friend of Gaines saw the Nelspot 007 in a farming magazine. This was purchased and tested on Shelby Gaines, Charles' son who claimed it "didn't hurt much". The dream was about to become a reality, a 12 man game was in the pipe line.

    The First Game

    first paintball game

    In June 1981 the first real game of paintball was played with Nelspot 007's and rules written by Bob Gurnsey. A mixture of avid hunters to a boxer and surgeon, the game cost $175 each covering equipment, food and drinks

    "Before we ever played that first game, Hayes and I each wrapped towels around our waists and shot each other to see how badly it would hurt. Hayes shot first and missed. Then I shot him in the butt. Once we realized it was going to be fairly safe, we talked about playing our first one-on-one game. We wrote some simple rules, went into the woods and played a 45-minute game. It ended when I got snuck up behind Hayes and said, ‘I guess I won the argument!’ Neither of us fired a single shot.” – Charles Gaines speaking at the 2004 IAO

    The first game played was "capture the flag" with 4 flag stations with 12 flags in total.  Each player was given a Nelspot 007, eye protection and a map of the 100 acre playing field.

    The game proved to be a success and Ritchie White became the first winner of a paintball game, despite not firing a single shot!

    One player Bob Jones covered the game in renowned magazine, Sports Illustrated.

    The interest in paintball began to grow and as more media attention was earned Gaines, Noel and Gurnsey saw the business opportunity to begin selling starter kits equipped with markers, paintballs, goggles and a rule book supplied by Nelson Paint Company.

    National Survival Game

    The game was trademarked as the National Survival Game and in 1982 the first ever commercial paintball field was opened in New Hampshire. National Survival Game Inc was franchised and fields began opening up throughout America.

    Continuing with the success In 1983 Gurnsey hosted the first major paintball tournament with Canadian team The Unknown Rebels taking home the cash prize, the first nationally recognised tournament winning team.

    The Rise Of Paintball

    In the following years Paintball took off around the world. In 1984 the National Survival Game began to be called paintball and new products such as the first mass produced paintball gun, harnesses, barrel cleaners and water based paintballs we're created. The first paintball magazines Adventure and Frontline were published.

    1985 saw the first outdoor paintball field to be opened in England, as the popularity expanded worldwide fields became smaller for fast paced action packed games.

    In the late 1980's the International Paintball Players Association was founded to ensure the growth and safety of Paintball, here the 300 feet per seconds speed limit was established.

    The Golden Age

    Between 1987 - 1988 giant leaps were taken as three future powerhouse companies emerge. Dennis Tippmann Sr creates Tippmann Pneumatics and offers the first full automatic paintball gun the Tippmann SMG-60. Tippmann also produce the first ever co2 tank with a pin value reengineered from the soda industry.

    Tippmann SMG-60

    WGP is founded by Bud Orr by building paintball guns in his garage, the first WGP sniper paintball guns. The first guns easily modified with removable barrels and calibre conversions. Later he develops the first paintball hopper holding 45 paintballs.

    JT a major player in off road motorcycle sports steps into the paintball market with the first ever JT paintball goggle. engineered from a popular motocross goggle, designed for impact protection.

    The Take Off

    Throughout the 1990's the popularity for the sport blossomed around the world. Paintball technology developed to create state of the art equipment from Spyder guns and biodegradable water soluble paintballs.

    The National paintball players league was formed and hosted its first ever tournament, a new era of competitive paintball from regional to national.

    In 1995 paintball had its TV debut as ESPN screened the World Championship Games, an iconic moment for the sport although not viewer friendly.


    Today Paintball is a multimillion pound industry with a vast range of equipment including pioneering markers, masks and air systems. It continues to grow with various styles of play available such as Speedball, Milsim, Scenario, Concept and Woodsball.

    There are various tournaments, leagues, events and professional teams around the world, a sport loved by many.

    The question is where will paintball be In 10 years time?

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