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  • Paintball Events 2017

    Since we started in 2003, here at BZ we have prided ourselves on being on the ground and supporting players when they need it the most, at events. We offer them the latest products and tech support.

    2017 is set to be an exciting year and listed below are  the events we will be attending, if you need anything specifically for your team etc don’t hesitate to contact us on 01642 605000.

    All CPPS Events

    When: Round 1: 18-19th March Round 2: 29-30th April Round 3: 17-18th June Round 4: 5-6th August Round 5: 9-10th September

    Where? Staffordshire

    For more information visit - http://okpb.co.uk

    North V South - Big Game

    When? 5th-7th May

    Where? DIO Swynnerton, ST15 0QN, Staffs, UK.

    For more information check out - http://www.northvsouth.com/

    Ancaster Paintball Speed Weekend

    When? 2nd- 4th June

    Where? Woodlodge, Ancaster Nottingham NG32 3PY


    When? July 28th-30th 2017

    Where? NPF Bassetts Pole, London Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B75 5SA

    For more information see - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/paintfest/

    Mayhem Big Game

    When? 25th-27th August

    Where? Mayhem Paintball, Pryors Farm, Patch Park, Abridge, Essex RM4 1AA

    Superheros V Villains

    When? 29th Sept - 1st Oct

    Where?  Skirmish Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, NG22 9FG

    For more information see - https://www.facebook.com/SkirmishHeroesVsVillains/

  • Which Paintball Guns can use HPA & Co2

    We often talk separately about the two pressure sources of high pressure air (HPA) and Co2. It’s become increasingly more common for paintball players to ask for a paintball gun that can use both propellants as opposed to just one.

    Today we’re going to address the question of “What paintball guns can use both HPA (High pressure air) and Co2?”

    Co2 & HPA

    Having a paintball gun that can operate on both HPA and Co2 will allow you to play on any paintball field. Generally, most sites will only use one propellant or the other so if you’re looking to try various fields it’s a good option to have a gun that can work with both, this will give you more freedom.

    However having a gun that can run on both HPA and Co2, you will need to own both types of paintball tanks, and then you need to consider the running costs for both tanks and what they can hold;

    HPA Tanks;

    HPA air tanks hold air that is under pressure but isn’t compressed down to a liquid form. The fill is measured by pressure using PSI (pounds per square inch), larger tanks that hold a higher volume of air will allow you to shoot more due to the increased volume, even though they may fill to the same PSI as a smaller tank. Air is a more commonly used source of pressure on paintball sites.

    Dye Core air tank 4500psi:

    These are small and very light, and the stainless steel core means you don't get any of the issues that can are associated with composite core based tanks. We recommend a Ninja Regulator to go on it for performance and reliability

    Check them out;

    Dye Air System -  http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dye-core-air-tank-1-1-litre-5085

    Ninja UI Reg - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/ninja-ul-reg

    Co2 Tanks;

    Carbon dioxide tanks hold gas in CO2 liquid form. These come in various 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. Once upon a time Co2 was THE gas used for paintball, but these days more and more fields have converted over to using HPA because of the long term cost effectiveness, so CO2 isn't so common these days.

    Prefilled Co2 Tanks with Adaptor 

    This is ideal if you want to use your marker straight away. We would however only recommend these for low end markers.

    5 x 4oz - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/5-x-4oz-prefilled-co2-with-adapter

    If you more information on the two pressure sources check out our blog post “The difference between Co2 & HPA air tanks”.

    Magfed v Hopper Fed

    Next you need to consider whether you want to play Magfed or Hopper fed. Traditional paintball is played with paintball guns fed by hoppers – paintball hoppers can hold around 200 paintballs.

    Magfed is becoming increasingly popular, here paintball guns are magazine fed rather than hopper fed. Generally those choosing Magfed are more tactical players due to ammo being limited – most magazines can only hold up to 20 paintballs.

    The guns below can use both HPA and Co2, but to help you out we have separated the guns into Magfed and Hopper fed options.

    MagFed Paintball Guns

    Tippmann TMC - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-tmc-68 + Tippmann TMC magazine two pack https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tmc-magazine-2-pack

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

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

    Hopper Fed Paintball Guns

    Tippmann Gryphon - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/gryphon or check out our Tippmann Gryphon starter pack - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/gryphon-starter-pack-5322

    Tippmann Cronus / Cronus Tactical - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-cronus-tactical or check out our Tippmann Cronus Tactical starter pack - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/cronus-tactical-starter-pack

    Tippmann A5 - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-a5-response

    Tippmann Bravo One Elite - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/bravo-one-elite

    Tippmann Sierra One - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/sierra-one-black-5270 or check out our Tippmann Sierra One starter pack - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/sierra-one-tactical-starter-pack

    If you have questions don't hesitate to contact us on 01642 605000 or you can email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

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

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    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 (£500+)

    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.

  • CO2 and Compressed Air Tanks

    There are two main types of paintball tanks CO2 and compressed air. Both are pressure sources for markers which will launch the paintball from the barrel. It’s marker dependent as to whether you can use either or source without potentially damaging your marker.

    CO2 is considered the cheaper option and more readily available whereas compressed air is more consistent.But it’s all down to what your marker requires and what you’re willing to spend.

    It can get a little confusing with regards to what type of tank can hold what, so here’s a little help.

    Compressed Air Tanks

    Compressed air tanks hold air that is under pressure but isn’t compressed down to a liquid form. The fill is measured by pressure using PSI (pounds per square inch), larger tanks that hold a higher volume of air will allow you to shoot more due to the increased volume, even though they may fill to the same PSI as a smaller tank. Air is a more commonly used source of pressure on paintball sites. It also costs  less to fill, the average air tank costs around £1.00-£2.50 to fill.

    We would recommend;

    Proto 3000psi Air System:

    This offers an affordable entry into the world of compressed air with the proven quality of the Proto brand.

    Check it out at http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/proto-48cu-3k-air-system

    Dye 4500psi Air System:

    These are small and very light, and the stainless steel core means you don't get any of the issues that can are associated with composite core based tanks. We recommend a Ninja Regulator to go on it for performance and reliability

    Check them out;

    Dye Air System -  http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dye-core-air-tank-1-1-litre-5085

    Ninja UI Reg - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/ninja-ul-reg

    CO2 Tanks

    Carbon dioxide tanks hold gas in CO2 liquid form. These come in various 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. CO2 isn't as common with regards to being used on a paintball site, it also costs more to fill with an average £7.00 spend.

    We would recommend;

    Prefilled Co2 Tanks with Adaptor

    This is ideal if you want to use your marker straight away. We would however only recommend these for low end markers.

    If you have any questions or need any further advice don’t hesitate to contact us on  01642 605000.

  • Paintball - What To Wear

    We often talk about what equipment you should purchase, but what you wear is just as important. Newbies are often left wondering what they should wear or purchase if they are serious about pursuing Paintball as a hobby.

    You should consider the characteristics of paintball, you’ll be playing in all weather, from snow and sunshine to rain. Rule of thumb is always dress in layers that you can adjust weather according. Ultimately remember its paintball you’re going to get shot at, covering and protecting your skin is a must.


    Head wraps and hats are the difference between your mask fogging up or not. A good headband will soak up all sweat thus preventing the mask fogging. Headbands come in various designs but our recommendation would be the HK Army Headband which is a available in a great range of colours and designs so there's something for everyone.

    Check it out at http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/hk+army+headband


    If you only get one item of protection it should be a good pair of knee pads. Other items like elbow pads, gloves, chest protectors are nice extras but knee pads can really prevent serious injury.

    Exalt Freeflex knee pads offer a good balance between offering protection whilst being comfortable and breathable at the same time.

    Check them out at http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/exalt-freeflex-knee-pads


    Paintball exposes your legs and arms to various elements, such as thorns, twigs, rocks etc, so obviously shorts and short sleeved tops are never ideal.

    We have a vast variety of jerseys and tactical wear, its mainly down to personal preference and what you ca afford. Check out our jersey selection at http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/apparel/playing-clothes/jerseys

    Paintball designed pants will offer you  strategically placed stretch panels for maximum mobility as well as stretched knee panels and abrasion resistant knee pads. Again we have a varied range available so check them out at http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/apparel/playing-clothes/pants.


    You want to wear footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty but also offers you the necessary comfort and grip. We would suggest the DROM1.5 Cleats, these shoes are designed to adapt to every kind of playing surface, they are lightweight and comfortable, ideal when your constantly on the move.

    Check them out at http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/drom-1-5-paintball-cleats-3998

    If you have any questions or need any further advice don’t hesitate to contact us on  01642 605000.

  • Left Handed Shooting

    If you look, some of the best paintball players are ambidextrous, shooting with both hands allowing them to shoot either side of the bunker, winner.


    Shooting left handed really isn’t as hard as it seems, granted you won’t be as accurate or as fast with your left hand to begin with but practice makes perfect.

    There are various ways to practice shooting left handed such as playing a full game with your left hand only, to ensuring your gun is carried in your left hand when leaving a game, this will help your left hand familiarise itself with holding the gun.

    You could also practice at home and walk the trigger with your left hand. It’s all a matter of coordination, you have to build up your hand and eye coordination and this will assist with shooting faster and accurately.

    For hopper fed markers having the hopper on the right hand side for righties is ideal, this aids with clear sight. However for lefties this can cause a slight obstruction but they will have easier access to the hopper, meaning they can maintain a steady rate of shooting.

    Tank size has has a lot to do with your shooting and profile. Ensuring your tank size is spot on will do wonders for camouflaging yourself, whilst increasing the accuracy of shooting. If this is wrong this will make shooting left handed that little bit harder.


    Shooting left handed will assist with your profile when you shoot, so how much of your body is on display. Instead of being a large target this will help with just showing your hopper head, gun and a small fraction of your goggles. This makes you almost invisible to your opponents, keeping you tucked into your cover and creating less movement thus giving you the upper hand.

    Shooting left handed goes hand in hand with snap shooting. You can give yourself an immediate advantage by enabling yourself to shoot either hand to snap shoot and hopefully eliminate your opponent. You’ve just go to get the hang of maintaining a steady balance whilst shooting left handed, good luck.

    If you have any questions or need any further advice don’t hesitate to contact us on  01642 605000.

  • 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 http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=lens

    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 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 options;

    DYE GF Boomstick Barrel - This product offers players a stainless steel, lightweight barrel. Features include a unique, propriety stainless steel insert with a glass fibre outer sleeve


    DYE Carbon Fibre Boomstick – The stainless steel insert is built from gun drilled surgical grade 303 stainless steel and aircraft grade carbon fibre. Also thanks to the inside bore which is honed to a 6 micron surface finish which gives you the smoothest and straightest barrel on the market.


    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 Gear Looks Part 2

    Our last paintball gear look post proved a success so were back with  a few more. Check out part one by clicking here.

    Looking the part is just as important as nailing tactics and techniques. We have looks for ALL players of all varied types of paintball, so go on check them out.















































    Scenario Pack


    Any other colour combinations your looking for? Drop us a message and we'll see what we can do.

  • The First Piece Of Paintball Kit You Should Buy

    Now if your new to the game chances are you’ll assume your first purchase will be a marker, I mean that’s pretty essential to playing paintball right? Well despite your first assumption, you should always purchase your paintball mask/goggle first. It’s THE most important piece of kit you as a paintball player can own and here’s why…


    A paintball mask is designed to protect your face including, ears, eyes, mouth and nose from incoming paintballs. Every moment you spend playing paintball you MUST wear your mask, more paintball injuries occur from the removal of masks than actually playing. This means you as the player need to spend extra time ensuring your mask is perfect for you.


    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.


    Only paintball specific masks can be worn during games, these are designed and tested against the impact of paintballs. This isn’t something you should skimp on. It’s always wise to spend the extra money to buy a goggle that is equipped with a thermal anti fog lens, this will prevent your vision being impaired making game play more enjoyable. If you however want to purchase a single lens goggle here’s how to prevent fogging www.bzpaintball.co.uk/blog/prevent-your-mask-from-fogging/.


    There are so many masks out there the options really are endless so here’s some recommendations from the guys in the shop, they know what they’re talking about trust me.

    Thermal Masks

    Empire Helix - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/empire-helix-thermal-goggle-3052

    JT Proflex - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/jt-proflex-goggle-3877

    DYE i4 available in various colours - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dye-i4-pro-goggle-2015-skinned-navy

    Single Lens Masks

    VForce Armour - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/vforce-armour-goggle-single

    Proto Switch - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/proto-switch-fp-mask

    V-Force Profiler - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/v-force-profiler-goggle-black

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



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