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  • Paintball vs Airsoft

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    Stuck deciding between Paintball and Airsoft? In today's post we're going to discuss and compare the differences between Airsoft and Paintball and how exactly the two sports differ.


    In both sports the main objective is to eliminate the opposition via ammunition shot from your gun/marker.

    Paintball Definition 

    Paintball is a sport where you can either compete in a team or alone, the objective is to eliminate players by shooting them with paintballs which are propelled via a paintball gun. The paintballs will then "tag" the player via the water soluble dye that is inside the gelatin shell.

    Airsoft Definition 

    Airsoft is a team sport with a defined set of goals. Players will shoot non-metallic BB's fired via replica firearms to eliminate opponents to complete the objective. Unlike paintball airsoft has a honour system in which players must admit when they have been hit.


    Paintball Equipment

    New players often assume there first purchase will be a paintball gun (marker). In actual fact you should always purchase your paintball mask/goggle first. It’s THE most important piece of kit a paintball player can own. Other equipment such as a gun, hopper, tank, paintballs etc can come later. Check our our paintball mask buying guide and what's the best paintball gun for a beginner? blog posts for guidance.

    Airsoft Equipment

    Players will start out with an Airsoft gun, BB's and eye protection. The level of eye/face protection can vary site to site however the vast majority will recommend full face especially for children. There is a vast array of equipment available for airsofters and the flexibility allows players to be as basic as jeans and a t-shirt to a fully kitted out solider.


    In both sports players will start out with a gun within their price range, accessories and upgrades can be added to improve accuracy and performance.

    Paintball at a competitive level a high end paintball gun is pretty much a necessity and can affect things such as slicing.

    Paintball Guns

    A paintball gun consists of a barrel, hopper and air tank. Paintball markers can be either Electronic or Mechanical both shooting paintballs in unique ways. For further information on the differences check out our Electronic vs Mechanical markers blog post. Paintball guns use one of two propellant's (either co2 or High Pressure Air (HPA) to power a firing mechanism which pushes a ball out of the front of the paintball marker via a barrel.  For more information check out our blog post - The differences Between CO2 and HPA. The paintball barrel can act as an aid when aiming.

    Airsoft Guns

    Airsoft guns are powered by electric, spring (where the gun can be cocked) and gas - either CO2 or green gas. Airsoft replicas such as the Tippmann M4 and pistols can use HPA (high pressure air) as a propellant source.

    Airsoft players can use either full imitation firearms or 51% two tone guns due to law and the weapons used tend to be focused on military simulation.

    In the airsoft community the use of RIF and IF will be paramount. A RIF is an imitation firearm which has an appearance that is so realistic as to make it indistinguishable, for all practical purposes, from a real firearm. Whereas a IF is a firearm that is coloured to make it easily distinguishable - generally in bright colours.

    The weapons used can range from assault rifles, sniper rifles, pistols to revolvers and mini guns.

    From the 2nd of May 2017 the act of Airsoft and Policing & Crime was introduced. This is worth a read before purchasing a gun - https://www.ukapu.org.uk/ukapu-and-ukara-briefing-on-commencement-of-pca-firearms-provisions/


    Paintball Ammo

    As mentioned previously paintball uses paintballs as ammo. Interestingly despite being called 'Paintballs', they are not actually filled with any paint.They contain a mixture of ingredients that are easy to clean off once a player is hit. As a general guide the more expensive the paint the more brittle it will be. However to use high grade paint we would advise using a high end paintball gun. For further information on paintball grades check out our 'Different Grades Of Paint' blog post. For tips on storage check out our "How To Store Your Paintballs" blog post.

    A box of 2000 paintballs will cost around £23.00+ check out the paintballs we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintballs

    Airsoft Ammo

    Airsoft players use BB's. These BB's are made from plastic and usually measure around 6mm in diameter. BB's can weigh anything from 0.12-0.48g however the most popular are 0.12, 0.20 and 0.25g.

    Lighter BB’s will achieve greater speed, however on the flip side will lose this speed quicker than heavier BB’s. The lightness can also be easily influenced via factors such as wind decreasing accuracy. Heavier BB’s have a higher momentum making the hit of the BB harder. Accuracy may also be increased due to the weight.

    It's always best to look at the fps to see which ammo will suit your gun best.

    Unlike paintballs BB'S will not break when hitting an opponent, relying heavily on players to admit they have been hit.

    A bag or tube of 3000 BB's will cost around £7.00.


    Paintball Rules

    If a player is hit this will leave a solid mark on the players body or equipment. However if there is a splatter this may be off a paintball breaking on a nearby surface which will not count as a hit.

    You can ask for a paintball check from a nearby teammate and the game will temporarily stop until you establish whether the player is eliminated or not. Game on should then be shouted for play to resume.

    Once hit players must exit the field as quickly as they can and go to the dead zone (the dead zone is where eliminated players will retreat to). Players can make it known they have been hit by holding their gun above their head.

    Players must not go outside of the boundaries, blind fire, wipe, shoot too close or over shoot.

    Paintball players must never remove their masks on the paintball field. It must be kept where it belongs, on the players face.

    Airsoft Rules

    If you've been shot airsoft relies on honesty to admit you've been hit. Once hit you can no longer play until you have re-spawned or been tagged in.

    Once you've been hit, you must shout HIT with your arms held up. You must then return to the re-spawn area where you will be able to re-join after a certain period of time. Re-spawn points and medics can be combined to give players a limited numbers of lives. The rules will change dependant on the organiser and site.

    Players can be "killed" by BB's being shot at a player, this must be a direct hit. Players can also be eliminated by explosives such as grenades - if you are in the set radius and the grenade detonates you are dead.

    So Paintball or Airsoft... The choice is yours.

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

  • Paintball Big Games - Which One?

    With various paintball big games happening over the course of the year it can be difficult choosing which one to attend. In this post we talk costs and whats included at each event - hopefully helping you with your decision. Please note some of these events have already been but the information may prove helpful for 2018.

    It's wise to factor in the cost of paint on top of the initial ticket price. The average use per person is around 2 boxes of paint over the course of two days. We offer paint pre-orders for big games at a discounted price at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintballs/big-game-preorder

    North vs South - 2017 event has already been

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    Location: DIO Swynnerton, ST15 0QN, Staffs, UK

    Website: http://www.northvsouth.com/

    What's included?

    • Mini game zones
    • Live firing range
    • Axe throwing
    • Trade EXPO
    • Live Music & DJ's
    • Trade EXPO
    • Party
    • Presentation
    • Camping

    The ticket options for this event are -

    Pay in advance - This includes a full weekend player pass, 2 nights camping and access to all game zones except the Megarena.

    Cost £85.00

    Pay deposit and balance on arrival - This includes a full weekend player pass, 2 nights camping and access to all game zones except the Megarena.

    Cost £40 deposit £50.00 on arrival

    Megarena Pass - Weekend pass for the Megarena, must already be a ticket holder.

    Cost £10.00

    Bunker Accommodation - 2 nights military dorm accommodation, bring own sleeping bag and padlock. Must be  festival ticket holder.


    Weekend Rental - Rental of paintball equipment, gun, bottle, hopper, goggles, 1000 paintballs. Must be a festival ticket holder.


    Non Player - 2 nights camping, 3 day access to party bar and trade expo. No access to game area.


    Paintfest - 28/07/2017 - 30/07/2017

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    Location: NPF Bassetts Pole, London Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B75 5SA

    Paint pre-order -  https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintballs/big-game-preorder


    Whats included?

    • A big game everyday
    • Players party with drinks DJ's and dancers
    • Full onsite weekend camping & onsite showers
    • Onsite catering
    • Airsoft big game
    • Movie night

    The ticket options for this event are -

    Standard ticket (Players with own equipment) - 3 days of paintball, parties, camping and a movie night. Saturday night players party including refreshments. This does not include paintballs.

    Cost - £85.00

    Rental ticket - Includes the hire of a paintball gun, bottle, hopper, goggles, overalls and battlepack for the duration of Paintfest. This ticket also includes 3 days of paintball, parties, camping and a movie night. Saturday night players party including refreshments. Again paintballs are not included.

    Cost £90.00

    Non playing weekend - For those wanting to attend the event but not wanting to play. This includes camping and access to both the Friday night movie night, players party (with refreshments) and trade zone. You will not be allowed to access any in-play areas with this ticket.

    Cost £40.00

    Airsoft Ticket - New for 2017.  Airsoft tickets include camping, access to Friday Night Movie and Saturday Night Player’s Party (including refreshments), 3 days of Airsoft and access to the trade zone. The ticket does not include any BBs – JD Airsoft will have a stand in the trade zone with BBs available or you can bring your own.  Airsoft tickets do not include access to any Paintball games. Tickets are limited availability and you must choose your team at the point of purchase (HMC or USDE).

    Cost £85.00

    Mayhem Big Game - 25/08/2017 - 27/08/2017

    Location: Mayhem Paintball, Pryors Farm, Patch Park, Abridge, Essex RM4 1AA

    Website - http://www.mayhem-paintball.co.uk/

    Whats included?

    • Free camping
    • Bar open from Friday evening
    • Caterers
    • Games running day and night
    • Sup-air fields
    • Magfed games

    The ticket options for this event are -

    Early bird ticket - Entry into big game weekend, unlimited air fills, sup-air access, free gun teching, access to players party and indoor kitting up areas.


    Early bird paint ticket - Entry into big game weekend, unlimited air fills, sup-air access, free gun teching, access to players party, indoor kitting up areas and a box of 2000 paintballs.


    Rental equipment - If you don't have your own paintball equipment you must buy a rental equipment ticket, this must be purchased with a standard ticket.


  • Paintball Events Around The World

    paintball, paintball gun, paintball events For those interested in travelling far and wide in the name of paintball check out the best paintball events around from around the world.

    Some of these events have already passed, but there worth noting for 2018!

    If there are any big events we have missed drop us an email at info@bzpaintball.co.uk

    Check out our paintball events calendar 2017 for events in the UK.




    Puget-sur-Argens Mediterranean Cup - France - 24/03.2017 - 26/03/2017

    Location: Route de la Bouverie, 83480 Puget-sur-Argens

    Website: http://www.millennium-series.com/events.php?event=T1




    Living Legends - USA - 19/05/2017 - 21/05/2017

    Location: 2903 Schweitzer Road, Joliet, IL 60436

    Website: http://cpxevents.com/livinglegends/


    Euro Big Game - Germany - 25/05/2017 - 28/05/2017

    Location: Heerstr.1, 39517 Mahlwinkel

    Website: http://www.eurobiggame.de/




    Oklahoma D-Day 2017 - 12/06/2017 - 17/06/2017

    Location: Wyandotte, Oklahoma

    Website: http://www.ddaypark.com/


    CPPS Round 3 - 17/06/2017 -18/06/2017

    Location: Staffordshire

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


    NXL - Atlantic City Open - 23/062017 - 25/06/2017

    Location: Bader Field, 545 N Albany Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

    Website: http://playnxl.com/


    Borne to Strike - Poland - 29/06/2017 - 02/07/2017

    Location: Towarowa 8, 78-449 Sulinowo, Poland

    Website: http://www.bornetostrike.com/


    Millennium Series Campaign Cup - London - 30/06/2017 - 02/07/2017

    Location:  South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

    Website: http://www.millennium-series.com




    Invasion of Normandy - Philadelphia - 14/07/2017 - 16/07/2017

    Location: 211 North Meckesville Rd, Albrightsville, PA 18210

    Website: http://www.skirmish.com/events/invasion-of-normandy-2017-07-14/


    Paintfest - 28/07/2017 - 30/07/2017

    Location: NPF Bassetts Pole, London Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B75 5SA

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





    CPPS Round 4 - 05/08/2017 - 06/08/2017

    Location: Staffordshire

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


    Mayhem Big Game - 25/08/2017 - 27/08/2017

    Location: Mayhem Paintball, Pryors Farm, Patch Park, Abridge, Essex RM4 1AA

    For more information see - http://www.mayhem-paintball.co.uk/




    CPPS Round 5- 09/09/2017 - 10/09/2017

    Location: Staffordshire

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


    Paris-Chantilly  World Cup - France - 15/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

    Location: Paris, Chantilly

    Website: http://www.millennium-series.com/events.php?event=T4

  • Paintball Tank Buying Guide

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    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; 

    Proto 48cu 3k Air System - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/proto-48cu-3k-air-system

    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.

  • 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 -

    Proto Switch EL with Smoke Thermal Lens - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/proto-switch-el-with-smoke-thermal-lens-black

    VForce Sentry Goggle Single - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/vforce-sentry-goggle-single-black

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

    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/paintball-goggles/hk-goggles

    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.

  • Paintball Protection - What You Need To Know

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    Paintball protection can assist greatly with the prevention of injury. In this post we’re going to briefly discuss the various protection available to help prevent injury and enhance your paintball game.


    A paintball mask is designed to protect your face including, ears, eyes, mouth and nose from incoming paintballs, some masks offer full coverage protecting both the back and the top of your head.

    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. For more information on masks check out our "The first piece of paintball kit you should buy" blog post.

    Shop our full range of paintball masks at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintball-goggles

    If your mask doesn’t offer full head protection we advise you wear a hat or head wrap not only do these offer extra protection but have added benefits such as preventing fogging. For further information on preventing you mask from fogging check out our "Prevent your mask from fogging" blog post.

    Check out the head wraps/headbands we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/apparel/paintball-clothing/headbands


    Many players forget about protecting their neck which isn’t good thing. Some masks come with added neck protection, if yours doesn’t you can always buy a neck protector. Neck protector’s offer ventilated padding providing maximum comfort and protection.

    Shop our neck protectors at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/pads-protection/neck-protectors


    Let’s remember your chest is home to your vital organs so it’s best to protect them and your body from impacts when diving, sliding and of course being shot.

    Basic chest protectors can be strapped over your jersey others are a jersey and protector in one. These include padding for key zones such as your ribs, chest, back and shoulders whilst being lightweight and breathable.

    Shop our range of chest protectors at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/pads-protection/chest-protection.


    Paintball involves diving and crawling so it’s important to protect your arms from scratches and scrapes. Elbow pads fit snugly to the contour of your arms providing optimum flexibility whilst acting as a second padded skin.

    Check out the elbow pads we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/pads-protection/elbow-pads


    Knee pads are designed to enhance your paintball game, protecting your knees whilst crawling and kneeling. These will fit under your trousers and are lightweight and durable.

    Shop our range of knee pads now at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/pads-protection/knee-pads

    Slide shorts

    These shorts are designed to offer protection and prevention of friction. Padding is found in vital areas such as the hips and crotch. These can be worn with ease under your paintball pants and offer maximum breathability.

    To shop our full range of slide shorts check out https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/pads-protection/slide-shorts


    Your hands are exposed to the impact of paintballs therefore gloves are essential to shielding your hands from any potential bruises/welts.

    Paintball gloves have additional padding whilst being lightweight, ventilated and easily manoeuvrable.

    Shop all gloves at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/pads-protection/gloves

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

  • Paintball Hoppers – What You Need To Know

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    A paintball hopper (this may also be referred to as a loader) is a device that attaches to your paintball gun. This will store your paint before loading the paint into the firing chamber. If you’re looking to purchase your own hopper here’s a few things to consider.

    Feed Rate

    This is the speed which the hopper can feed the balls into the firing chamber and is measured in balls per second (bps). The feed rate in loaders can vary dependant on the loading mechanism, this can be anything from 4bps to 40bps.

    Mechanisms – The Difference

    There are two types of loading mechanism, gravity fed and electronic.

    Gravity Fed

    gravity fed loader

    Gravity fed hoppers rely solely on gravity to draw the ball into the firing chamber resulting in a low feed rate. A low feed rate often causes paint to jam inside the hopper, although this is easily resolved (shake the hopper to dislodge the paint) it takes time, time which could have been spent firing or aiming.

    These loaders are designed to be used on mechanical markers and should not be used with an electronic marker (for information on the difference between electronic and mechanical markers check out our "Electronic vs Mechanical Markers" blog post).

    Electronic markers have a higher firing rate which typically will exceed the feed rate of a gravity fed hopper. When the firing rate exceeds feed rate this can cause paint to chop.

    These hoppers are cheap, lightweight and quiet – perfect for beginners.

    Shop out our full range of hoppers at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintball-hoppers-loaders.


    Electronic hoppers use battery powered motors which spin to feed paintballs into the chamber. Due to relying on mechanical force as opposed to gravity the paint is fed into the marker at a much quicker rate resulting in faster firing. These hoppers can be used on mechanical and electronical markers.

    As these loaders have a motor they can be a little on the noisy side dependant on whether you purchase a low, mid or high end hopper. The battery can also drain quickly if the hopper doesn’t have sensor.

    These hoppers are a little more expensive but offer quicker feed rates.

    Low End 

    Low end electronic hoppers often have no sensor so the motor will move continuously, this can be fairly noisy. Due to the lack of sensors this will effect battery life meaning you’ll have to frequently repurchase batteries. Cheaper loaders can also be harder to strip if anything goes wrong.

    High End

    High end electronic loaders use sensors so the motor will only move when necessary which will assist with noise and battery life. These loaders are also easier to disassemble.

    It is important to mention that whilst an electronic loaders main selling point is feed rate, with the rate of fire caps in today's games (generally 10bps) this means a cheaper electronic loaders will still feed fast enough.

    Shop out our full range of hoppers at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintball-hoppers-loaders.

    For electronic loaders check out the batteries we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/batteries.


    speedfeedA speedfeed is an accessory that fits in your hopper lid allowing you to re fill your loader quicker. They offer fast fills and no spills, often halving your loading time. Some speedfeeds also come with an added rain lid.

    Check out our speedfeed range at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=speedfeed

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

  • Storing Your Paintball Equipment

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    The purchasing of paintball equipment is a big investment. When you’re spending hundreds if not thousands on your gear storage is vital for both protection and longevity.

    There are various storage solutions and they vary dependant on your individual requirements. In this post we’ll give you some brief insight and examples of each.

    Paintball Mask/Lens Protection

    Paintball masks can vary from £20-£150+, if your choosing a high end mask its paramount you protect it. Most masks over the £50.00 mark will come with a cloth goggle bag as standard, this will assist with protecting your mask from scratches but there are better alternatives.

    A goggle case will act as a shield protecting your mask from any scratches and dents, with a solid shell as opposed to just cloth. If your mask has an expensive lens you can protect this separately with a lens case, this will protect your lens from scuffs and indents.

    Exalt lens case - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/exalt-lens-case

    Goggle bag - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/hk-army-goggle-bag-3488

    Gun Case

    As your biggest investment it makes sense to protect your paintball gun from any scratches and dents. Gun cases are padded and will cradle your gun maximising protection. Often these will also have loops, clips/compartments for storing barrels, tools and hoppers.

    Dye DM Gun Case - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dm-gun-case-black


    A paintball backpack is a must for any serious paintball player. It’s the perfect solution to keeping your paintball tank and gun protected whilst not in use. Paintball backpacks tend to have designated areas for your tank, gun and barrels plus small compartments to hold parts.

    Check out the full range of paintball backpacks we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/luggage/paintball-backpacks

    Kit Bags

    If you’re looking to safely store all of your equipment in one place, a kit bag is a must. These bags are large and have compartments designed specifically for your paintball gun, tank, mask, paint, pods and mask etc. Due to the sheer size and weight of these bags they often come with roller wheels for easy transport.

    Check out the full range of kit bags we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/luggage/kit-bags

    If you need any help don't hesitate to call us on 01642 605000 or email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

  • The Best Paintball Masks For Glasses

    paintball masks for glassesFor glasses wearers is can be difficult to find a paintball mask that’s comfortable and practical to wear. Today we’re going to explore some mask options for the glasses wearing paintball player that provide maximum comfort and optimum protection, we will also look at how to combat fogging.

    The Fit

    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. With glasses this is a little more complicated, ideally you will want to look for a paintball mask where the foam is cut on either side where your glasses arms will sit. This will allow some movement and will ease the pressure on your glasses arms.

    When trying on your mask 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.

    Our suggestions

    JT Proflex - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintball-goggles/jt-goggles

    Empire EVS - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintball-goggles/empire-goggles

    JT Flex 8 - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/flex-8-grey

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

    Fogging Prevention

    There’s nothing more frustrating than a fogged up mask that can limit visibility, plus it’s dangerous too. Players may be tempted to remove their mask so they are able to see, exposing them to the danger of being hit.

    Now there are ways and means to help prevent this, you may want to consider installing a thermal anti-fog lens (check to ensure this will fit your mask) or buy a mask with a thermal lens. Another option is installing a fan to assist with the circulation of air.

    Thermal Lenses - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=thermal+lenses

    Virtue Visor Fan - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/virtue-stealth-visor-fan-3554

    Some less effective solutions include coatings and anti-fog sprays, these should only be used after confirming they will not damage the integrity of the lens. Ensure ventilation holes on the google lens frames are not covered by scarves etc.

    JT Anti Fog Spray -  https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/jt-anti-fog-spray-2oz

    You can also try and breathe down into the mask ensuring the air flows through the ventilation holes at the bottom.

    Another solution is wearing a headband, not only are these great for added protection but they soak up sweat and prevent moisture from entering the mask. This can be swapped to a hat in those colder months.

    Headwraps - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/apparel/paintball-clothing/headbands

    If you have any further questions 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.

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