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  • How to increase the efficiency of your Paintball Gun

    Paintball gun

    Often players claim their paintball gun has lost efficiency or it isn’t as efficient as first presented. In this post we’re going to talk about how to increase the efficiency of you marker and what you might be doing to hinder its performance.

    Hot & Cold Fills

    All paintball guns require a pressure source to propel the paintballs from the barrel, either Co2 or HPA (for more information on the two check out The difference Between CO2 and HPA For Paintball). However filling itself is never really documented and surprisingly this could be a major factor in why your guns performance has deteriorated. Please note the fill we're focusing on today is only applicable to HPA.

    Hot Fill

    A hot fill is where a player walks off the playing field and instantly proceeds to fill his tank. Now when you fill a hot tank with 3000psi it will initially show as being full, however as the bottle cools down this will reveal the true fill of around 2500psi. That’s a 500psi shortfall, this is because hot air has more pressure therefore giving the illusion the tank is full.

    Cold Fill

    A cold fill is a top up. We recommend players fill up their tank, allow this to then drop to 2500psi and wait for the tank to cool. Once the tank is cool go back to the fill station and top up to 3000psi, resulting in a maximum fill.

    We suggest a cold fill every time, this permits a maximum 3000psi fill and with the additional 500psi you should get an extra 2 pods from your gun.

    Ball sizing

    The paintball industry as a general works off 0.68 cal paint, however most paint at a rough measurement in fact measures around 0.684 – 0.686.

    We recommend “ball sizing” which is the measurement of paint. To ball size you will need a paintball insert and measure the paint accordingly.

    If the paintball is too big this will sit on top of insert. If the paint drops through with no issue your almost there but this is a little on the small side. Ideally you’re looking for paint that just travels through the barrel.

    The perfect paint size will result in less air being used to propel the paint through the barrel, assisting with the performance of your gun.

    With regards to inserts we offer various kits that are interchangeable enabling you to adapt to various paintball sizes.

    We recommend;

    Freak Insert Kit - Boremaster -  https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/freak-insert-kit-boremaster-aluminum.

    Hammerhead Sharktooth Barrel Kit - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/hammerhead-sharktooth-barrel-kit

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

  • Top 7 Most Expensive Paintball Guns 2017

    Over the years paintball has evolved from a game into a fully-fledged sport, with rules, regulations and fields mimicking that of war zones.

    Paintball guns are one of the most vital pieces of kit. There are a vast range of guns available with unique qualities and design. The sport has been featured in various shows and movies from the Big Bang Theory to This Means War. With the popularity of paintball increasing so have the prices of the guns.

    Whilst some players want to spend as little as possible, others are all about splashing the cash. Today we're going to explore some of the most expensive paintball guns in the world.

    7. DLX Luxe Ice - From £1350.00

    DLX Luxe Ice Paintball Gun

    This premium gun features 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

    6. Dye M2 MosAir - From £1529.88

    Dye M2 MOSAir paintball gun

    The M2 is the most technically advanced marker on the market, wirelessly syncing to the Dye I5 e.VOKE kit to allow you to hear information in real time. The marker features wireless charging, night and day modes and a training mode assistant.

    Shop the MosAir now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintball-guns/dye-markers

    5. Planet Eclipse Geo CSR - £1795.00

    planet eclipse csr paintball gun

    The Geo CSR is the "suped" up version of the CS1. This paintball gun is lightweight features a fully internal air passage and eliminates the use of 9V batteries operating off two AA batteries instead.

    Shop the CS1 now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/geo-cs1

    4.  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.

    3. 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.

    2. 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.

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

    planet eclipse ego 8 paintball gun

    Although an old model this Ego 9 is still the most expensive paintball marker 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.

    If you had the cash which marker would you buy?

  • Oliver Lang Retires - Is he the greatest paintball player of all time?

    This week the paintball player often regarded as the best in the world retired from professional paintball, Oliver "Ollie" Lang. Earlier in the week he told pbnation.com:

    "...I'm done playing my friend. On to the next chapter of life, it's thrilling and terrifying at the same time but I feel alive and fully supported to roll into my next phase of human development."

    No paintballer has enjoyed the same level of success as pro phenomenon Oliver Lang. His time at Dynasty has led to a record breaking amount of championship wins and his passion and sheer skill is said to have influenced paintball immeasurably. Lang is also one of the few players to play professional paintball as his only occupation and make a comfortable living doing so.

    In the infancy of his career Lang began playing local tournaments and establishing paintball connections, determined to compete at the highest level he began getting recognition from recognised players and at the tender age of 17 was playing for a professional paintball team - the SC Ironmen.

    In 2002 Lang joined the year old San Diego Dynasty team alongside his childhood friends. Despite being the new kids on the block he and his team took first place in the pro division and at just 22, Lang was awarded the International Paintball Player of the Year award.

    "Paintball has been my ultimate teacher, I am forever grateful for the opportunities is has given me. The places I have been and the people I have met are invaluable. It has taught me thy dreams do come true and your infinite possibilities lay before you to accept the challenge and triumph" – Oliver Lang

    It’s believed Lang innovated paintball, encompassing styles years ahead of his time and highlighting necessary skills such as the importance of running and shooting. Furthermore it’s said he pioneered the in your face aggression in paintball as demonstrated in 2002 at the LA Open Semi Finals when fields were much bigger – he continued to perfect this technique over the next decade.

    This clip from Cereal Killerz by Monkey with a Gun gives a great insight into the man at the time:

    Paintballer Matt Marshall has stated that Lang “wins so frequently, plays our sport so instinctually, and gobbles up life on the road at such a frantic and furious pace”

    In 2006 Lang left Dynasty to re-join the Ironmen returning them to winning form and made paintball history when Dye paid him to do so with a hefty pay out of $100,000. During his time with Ironmen they won back to back World Cups in 2007 and 2008.

    Once his contract with DYE was up, In 2011, Lang re-joined Dynasty once more and that year they went on to win the first PSP event of 2011, defeating the reigning champions Russian Legion. Planet Eclipse made this documentary about the team and his return:

    The winning streak didn’t stop there as he continued his dream year and led Dynasty to a first place finish in Paris in the first Millennium Series event. The pinnacle being Dynasty’s 50th professional win at the first NPPL event.

    Lang and his team have achieved more wins than any other professional paintball team winning one third of all professional paintball events ever played. They have become icons in the sport continuing to push boundaries and paving the way for paintball hopefuls.

    Later in 2011 Lang released “Principles of Paintball” a DVD teaching rookies the tricks and tips that have led him to numerous world titles and countless wins - keen to tutor hopeful players.

    In 2015 Lang took a break from Pro Paintball in the US, and played Millenniums only with Russian team the Polar Bears, alongside his longtime team mate from Dynasty, Ryan Greenspan. He returned to play the last event of the season in the US with Dynasty, NXL World Cup. Buoyed by his return, Dynasty went on to defeat Houston Heat in one of the great games of paintball. If you haven't already seen it, check out the final here.

    The win meant Dynasty put together an incredible streak of winning a pro event every year for fifteen years back to back. Planet Eclipse made an amazing documentary we would full recommend watching about Dynasty winning that event and completing that streak:

    In 2016 Ollie didn't play Millenniums, just NXL, but Dynasty had a very mixed season, finishing 2nd, 10th, 7th, 2nd and finally 8th across the season. 2016 season rankings left them 6th overall.

    In recent years, whilst playing less paintball, Lang has spent a lot of time travelling the world and in that time he's become a very spiritual person and discovered a love for art, writing, poetry and photography.

    Lang has been notably absent from any of Dynasty's photos and videos in the build up to the NXL season opener, so the news may have been partially expected by some. Following the news, tributes appeared social media from fellow pro paintballers that have played with and against Oliver over the years:

    Oliver, in our eyes you are the greatest of all time. Thanks for the memories and for everything you've done for our beloved game.

    You can follow Oliver Lang's adventures after paintball life here:

    Instagram @wangrabboni Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ollielang His Website:  http://www.ollielang.com/

  • Paintball Sites UK

    Last week we did a blog post focusing on UK Indoor Paintballing sites, this week its all about Outdoor sites.

    To make life easy we've compiled a list of Outdoor UK sites into one post. Just use the navigation below and select your region.

    If we've missed any don't hesitate to drop us an email at info@bzpaintball.co.uk. We want to keep this list as up to date as possible.

    ENGLAND

          NORTH EAST      NORTH YORKSHIRE      WEST YORKSHIRE       SOUTH YORKSHIRE      NORTH WEST       EAST MIDLANDS        WEST MIDLANDS       SOUTH      SOUTH EAST        SOUTH WEST       EAST


    SCOTLAND

    NORTH       NORTH EAST       EDINBURGH        WEST


    WALES

    ENGLAND

     

    NORTH EAST

    Battlezone Paintball Yarm - Haggitt Hill Lane, Picton, TS15 0AA

    Website: http://www.battlezonepaintball.co.uk/

    Battlezone Paintball Scotch Corner - Directly off the A66 westbound near Junction A1/A66 (Scotch Corner) and Scotch Corner Hotel. DL10 6NP is the closest postcode

    Website: http://www.battlezonepaintball.co.uk/

    Battlezone Paintball Newcastle - Bygate Plantation, Black Heddon, Belsay, Newcastle, NE20 0JR

    Website: http://www.battlezonepaintball.co.uk/

    Battlezone Paintball Durham - Mount Pleasant Farm, Rowley, Co. Durham, DH8 9HL

    Website: http://www.battlezonepaintball.co.uk/

    Massive Attack - Opposite Sharpley Hall Farm, Seaton, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 0NP

    Website - http://www.massiveattackpaintball.co.uk

    Delta Force - The Great North Road, Seaton Burn Newcastle NE13 6BP

    Website - https://www.paintballgames.co.uk/paintball-newcastle-centre

    Undersiege Paintball - Castlewood Farm, Helme Park, Tow Law, Bishop Auckland DL13 4NN

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

    Topgun Paintball - 78 Coniston Avenue, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

    Website: http://www.topgunpaintball.co.uk/

    Point Blank Paintball - Darlington DL2 2PS

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

    On Target - 7 Teal Court, Warrenby, Cleveland TS10 5AX

    Website: http://ontargetpaintball.co.uk/

    Patriot PaintballElstob Woods, Back Road Sedgefield, Stockton On Tees TS15

    Website: http://www.patriotpaintball.co.uk/home.html

     

    WEST YORKSHIRE

    Delta Force Wakefield - Denby Dale Road, near Wakefield, South Leeds, WF4 4

    Website: https://www.paintballgames.co.uk

    Delta Force Sheffield - Mortimer Road, Sheffield, S6 6JE

    Website: https://www.paintballgames.co.uk

    Skirmish Leeds - Blackfenn Wood, South Approach Off A64 Leeds, LS24 9NR

    Website: http://www.paintballskirmish.co.uk/

     

    NORTH YORKSHIRE

    Scarborough Paintball - Row Brow Farm, Lady Edith's Drive, Scarborough, YO12 5RJ

    Website: http://scarborough-paintball-centre.co.uk/

    Harrogate Paintball Centre - York Road, Flaxby, Harrogate HG5 0XJ

    Website: http://www.paintballyorkshire.co.uk/

    Yorkshire Paintball CentreEscrick Park Estate, Selby YO8 5SW

    Website: http://www.ypc.co.uk/

     

    SOUTH YORKSHIRE

    Bawtry Paintball - Bawtry Forest, Great N Rd, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6DG

    Website: http://www.bawtrypaintballfields.co.uk/

     

    NORTH WEST

    Pro Paintball - Metal Bridge Wood, Gretna Service Road, Floriston, Carlisle, CA6 4HG

    Website: http://www.propaintball.co.uk/

    Delta Force Manchester - The Ave off Grange Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30 8JW

    Website: https://www.paintballgames.co.uk

    Outdoor Action Paintball - Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Blackburn Road, BB5 5JP

    Website: http://www.outdooractionpaintball.co.uk/

    Outpost Paintball - Moor Ln, Higher Kinnerton, Chester CH4 9AQ

    Website: http://www.outpostpaintball.co.uk/

    Adventure 21 - 21 Babylon Lane, Anderton, Nr Chorley, PR6 9NR

    Website; http://www.adventure21.co.uk/

    Impact Paintball Blackpool - Whyndyke Farm Marton, Preston New Rd, Blackpool FY4 4XQ

    Website: http://www.impactblackpool.co.uk/paintball/

    Frontline Paintball -  Shorrocks Hill, Lifeboat Road, Formby, L37 2EB

    Website: http://www.frontlinepaintball.co.uk

     

    EAST MIDLANDS

    Ancaster - Woodlodge, Ancaster Nottingham NG32 3PY

    Website: http://www.ancasterkarting.co.uk/

    Conflict Paintball - Main Rd, Grendon, Northampton NN7 1JW

    Website: http://www.conflictpaintball.com/

    Skirmish Nottingham - Skirmish Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, NG22 9FG

    Website: http://www.skirmishpaintballnottingham.co.uk/

    Adrenalin JungleDeerdale Ln, Bilsthorpe, Newark NG22 8SY

    Website: http://www.adrenalinjungle.com/

    Skirmish Leicester -  Shawell Woods, Lutterworth

    Website: http://www.skirmishpaintballleicester.co.uk/

    Combat Zone Paintball - Westmoor Ln, Lincoln LN1 2JW

    Website: http://www.combatzonepaintball.co.uk/

    Skirmish Central - 211 Avenue Rd, Rushden NN10 0SN

    Website: http://www.skirmishcentral.com/

    Urban Paintball - Bassetlaw, DN22 7NJ

    Website: http://www.urbanpaintballbassetlaw.co.uk/

     

    WEST MIDLANDS

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

    Website: http://www.npfbassettspole.com/

    Warped - Cosford, TF11 8PN

    Website: http://www.warpedsports.com/

    Paintball Park -  The site is approx. 14 miles south west of Birmingham and within easy reach of the M6, M5, M40 and M42 motorways.

    Website: http://www.paintballpark.co.uk

     

    SOUTH

    Ambush Paintball - Raglington Farm, SO32 2HL Southampton

    Website: https://www.ambushpaintball.co.uk/

     

    SOUTH EAST

    Holmbush Paintball - Crawley Road, Faygate, West Sussex, RH12 4SE

    Website: http://www.holmbushpaintball.co.uk/

    Mayhem SoutheastNurstead Ln, Meopham, Longfield DA3 7AN

    Website: http://www.mayhemsoutheast.com/

    Skirmish Wycombe - Fryers Farm Lane, High Wycombe HP14 3NP

    Website: http://www.skirmishwycombe.com/

    Go Paintball London - Salmons Ln, Whyteleafe CR3 0HB

    Website: https://www.gopaintball.co.uk/

    Campaign Paintball - Old Ln, Cobham KT11 1NH

    Website: http://campaign-paintball.com/

    Camouflage Paintball - Hill Farm Rd, Privett, Alton GU34 3NJ

    Website: http://www.camouflagepaintball.co.uk/

    Demoltion Paintball - On the A281 near Albourne, Henfield, West Sussex, BN6 9EA

    Website: http://www.demolitionpaintball.co.uk

     

    SOUTH WEST

    Skirmish Bristol - The Old Army Camp, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS10 7TW

    Website: http://www.paintballskirmish.co.uk/

    Skirmish DorsetBerewood, Oak Cottage, Bere Regis, Wareham BH20 7JL

    Website: http://www.dorsetpaintball.co.uk/

    Adrenalin GamesSidmouth Rd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DR

    Website: http://www.adrenalingames.com/

    Truro Paintball - Nansavallan Farm, Kea, Truro TR3 6AD

    Website: http://www.truropaintball.com/

    Skirmish Exeter - Stoke Woods, Pennsylvania Rd, Exeter EX4 5BW

    Website: http://www.skirmishdevon.co.uk/

    Survival GamesBarnstaple EX31 3LZ

    Website: http://www.survivalpaintball.com/

    Combat SplatClay Hill Wood, Spine Road, Ashton Keynes, Swindon GL7 5TL

    Website: http://www.combatsplat.com/

    Hamburger Hill - Common Wood, Hunstrete, Bristol. BS39 4NT

    Website: http://www.hamburgerhill.co.uk/

    Wargame Company Tavistock - Moorwelldown Plantation, Gulworthy, Tavistock PL19 8JH Website: http://www.wargamecompany.co.uk

     

    EAST

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

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

    Delta Force EssexOff Heath Road, London M25 J28

    Website: https://www.paintballgames.co.uk

    Skirmish Billericay - Skirmish Wood, Outwood Farm Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2TX

    Website: http://skirmish.co.uk/index.asp

    Paintball ExtremePilcox Hall Ln, Tendring, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 0DJ

    Website: http://www.paintballextreme.co.uk/

    Gunsmoke Paintball - Timberlands, Distillery Lane, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8EX

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

    Bricket Wood PaintballLye Ln, Bricket Wood, St Albans AL2 3TF

    Website: http://bricketwoodpaintball.co.uk/

    Combat Paintball - Heath Cottage, Roudham, Thetford NR16 2TH

    Website: http://www.combatpaintball.org

     

    SCOTLAND

     

    NORTH

    Skirmish Dundee - Situated on the A71 near the Edinburgh University Campus at Riccarton

    Website: https://www.skirmishscotland.co.uk

     

    NORTH EAST

    Battle Grounds Paintball Aberdeen - Druggam Woodlands, Banchory, Aberdeen, AB31 5HN

    Website: https://www.battle-scotland.co.uk/

    Bedlam (Aberdeen) - High Street, Edzell, Aberdeenshire, DD9 7TF

    Website: http://www.bedlampaintball.co.uk

     

    EDINBURGH

    Battlezone Paintball Edinburgh - Dolphinton Burn Woodland, Dundas Castle Estate, Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH29 9EN.

    Website: http://www.battlezonepaintball.co.uk/battlezone-edinburgh/

    Bedlam Edinburgh - Craigton Farm, Craigton House, Winchburgh, EH52 6PY

    Website: http://www.bedlampaintball.co.uk

    Delta Force Edinburgh - Haggs Road Wood Burnwynd, EH27 8ED

    Website: https://www.paintballgames.co.uk/

    Skirmish Edinburgh - A71, Crow Wood, Edinburgh EH14 4QA

    Website: https://www.skirmishscotland.co.uk/

     

    WEST

    Skirmish Glasgow - A809 Stockiemuir Road. Nearest post codes we have to the site entrance are G63 9QH or G63 9QL.

    Website: https://www.skirmishscotland.co.uk/

    Delta Force Glasgow  - Gartshore Road, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, G66 5LW

    Website: https://www.paintballgames.co.uk/

     

    WALES

     

    Adventure Paintball - Kinmel Woods, St George, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 9BU

    Website: http://www.adventurepaintball.co.uk/

    Adventures Wales - Parc Newydd Farm, Pyle, Bridgend CF36 3EX

    Website: http://www.adventureswales.co.uk

    Delta Force CardiffTyla-morris Farm, Cardiff, CF15 9QN

    Website: https://www.paintballgames.co.uk

    TaskForce Paintball  - CF71 7RQ

    Website: http://www.taskforcepaintball.co.uk/

    Dragon Raiders - Gwynfryn Lodge, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0LR

    Website: http://www.dragonraiders.co.uk/

  • Paintball Clothing - 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.

    Headwear

    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

    Protection

    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

    Or shop our full paintball protection section at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/pads-protection

    Pants/Jerseys

    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 https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/apparel/paintball-clothing/paintball-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 https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/apparel/paintball-clothing/paintball-pants-trousers

    Footwear

    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.

  • Indoor Paintball Sites

    As the UK's leading paintball supplier we get asked an array of paintball questions, one of which is if we know of any indoor paintball venues. As always we like to be helpful here at BZ so we've compiled a list of countrywide indoor sites, check them out below;

    If we've missed any sites off don't hesitate to drop us a email at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

     

    NORTH WEST

    Manchester Paintball Arena - Lower Ground Floor, Nile Mill B, Fields New Road, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8NH

    http://www.manchesterpaintballarena.co.uk/paintball-oldham.php

    Ultimate Indoor Paintball Liverpool - Unit 3, Vauxhall Business Centre, 131 Vauxhall Road, Liverpool, L3 6BN

    http://www.paintballingliverpool.co.uk/

     

    NORTH EAST

    No Limits Paintball & Laser - 4 Unit, King Street, NE8 2YP Gateshead, Newcastle

    http://www.nolimitspaintballandlaser.co.uk/

    District 23 - Leeholme Rd, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS23 3TA

     

    EAST

    Great War Paintball - Unit 10, Baddow Park, Chelmsford, CM2 7SY

    https://www.paintball-essex.org/home

     

    LONDON

    Bunker 51 - 3 Herringham Road, North Greenwich, London SE7 8NJ

    http://www.ultimaterecreation.co.uk/bunker51/bunker-51-paintball-lasertag.asp

     

    SOUTH EAST

    Absolutely Paintball - Kingsland Business Park, Wade Road, Basingstoke, RG24 8LJ

    https://www.absolutely-paintball.co.uk/index.html

     

    SOUTH WEST

    UCZ Paintball - The Bunker UCZ Paintball Parks, Poltimore, Exeter EX4 0BB

    http://www.ucz.info/locations_exeter.php

     

    SCOTLAND

    Urban Paintball Edinburgh - Units D & E, Leith Walk Trading Estate, 160 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5DX

    http://www.urbanpaintballedinburgh.co.uk/

     

  • Paintball Events Calendar 2017

    paintball events

    We like to be helpful here at BZ Paintball so below is a Paintball Event Calendar for 2017. The calendar includes all paintball events throughout the year – countrywide.

    Check out the events we will be attending this year by clicking here - if you need anything specifically for your team etc don’t hesitate to contact us on 01642 605000.

    If anyone is running an event that you would like adding don't hesitate to email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

    MARCH

     

    UK Woodland Masters Round 2 - 12/03/2017

    Location: Hollywood lane, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, United Kingdom

    For more information check out - https://www.facebook.com/pg/BristolActivity/about/?ref=page_internal

     

    Who Dares, Wins - 12/03/2017

    Location: Warped, Cosford, TF11 8PN

    For more information check out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/288307382652/?fref=nf

     

    CPPS Round 1 - 18/03/2017 - 19/03/2017

    Location: Staffordshire

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

     

    Tropic Thunder 2 - 18/03/2017 - 19/03/2017

    Location: Anzio Camp, North of Leek, ST13 8TL

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

     

    Diamond Wars - 26/03/2017

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

    For more information check out - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/diamond-wars/dw-schedule/

     

    Battlezone Paintball Walkon - 26/03/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Yarm, Hagit Hill Lane, Picton, TS15 0AA

    For more info see - http://www.battlezonepaintball.co.uk/walk-ons/

     

    APRIL

     

    UK Woodland Masters Round 3 - 09/04/2017

    Location: NPF Bassetts Pole

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/ukwoodlandmasters/

     

    Redzone UK 3 Man - 09/04/2017

    Location: Urban Paintball Bassetlaw, DN22 7NJ

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/Urban-Paintball-Retford-1456018077973491/

     

    Battlezone Paintball 5 Man - 23/04/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Yarm, Hagit Hill Lane, Picton, TS15 0AA

     

    CPPS Round 2:  29/04/2017 - 30/04/2017

    Location:  Staffordshire

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

     

    Diamond Wars - 30/04/2017

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

    For more information check out - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/diamond-wars/dw-schedule/

     

    MAY

     

    UK Woodland Masters Round 4  - 06/05/2017

    Location: Holmbush Paintball Ltd, Faygate

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/ukwoodlandmasters/

     

    North vs South Big Game - 05/05/2017 - 07/05/2017

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

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

     

    Battlezone Paintball Walkon - 21/05/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Yarm, Hagit Hill Lane, Picton, TS15 0AA

     

    Redzone UK 5 Man - 21/05/2017

    Location: Urban Paintball Bassetlaw, DN22 7NJ

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/Urban-Paintball-Retford-1456018077973491/

     

    Diamond Wars - 28/05/2017

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

    For more information check out - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/diamond-wars/dw-schedule/

     

    JUNE

     

    Ancaster Paintball Speed Weekend - 02/06/2017 - 04/06/2017

    Location:  Woodlodge, Ancaster Nottingham NG32 3PY

     

    UK Woodland Masters Round 5 -  - 04/06/2017

    Location: Hollywood lane, Cribbs Causeway, BS10 7TW Bristol

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/ukwoodlandmasters/

     

    Equilibrium 3 -  10/06/2017 - 11/06/2017

    Location: Bordon and Longmoor Military Camps

    For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1795115310731762/

     

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

    Location: Staffordshire

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

     

    Diamond Wars - 25/06/2017

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

    For more information check out - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/diamond-wars/dw-schedule/

     

    Battlezone Paintball 5 Man - 25/06/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Scotch Corner, Directly off the A66 westbound near Junction A1/A66 (Scotch Corner) and Scotch Corner Hotel. DL10 6NP is the closest postcode

     

     

    Millennium Series - 30/06/2017 - 02/07/2017

    Location: Selsfield Road, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

    For more information see - http://www.millennium-series.com/events.php?event=T3

     

    JULY

     

    Lockdown 8: Anarchy - 09/07/2017

    Location: Warped, Cosford, TF11 8PN

    For more information check out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/288307382652/?fref=nf

     

    Redzone UK 3 Man - 09/07/2017

    Location: Urban Paintball Bassetlaw, DN22 7NJ

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/Urban-Paintball-Retford-1456018077973491/

     

    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/

     

    AUGUST

     

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

    Location: Staffordshire

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

     

    Battlezone Paintball Walkon - 13/08/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Yarm, Hagit Hill Lane, Picton, TS15 0AA

     

    Redzone UK - 19/08/2017 - 20/08/2017

    Location: Urban Paintball Bassetlaw, DN22 7NJ

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/Urban-Paintball-Retford-1456018077973491/

     

    Sands of Time VI - 20/08/2017

    Location: Skirmish Bristol, The Old Army Camp, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS10 7TW

    For more information see - https://bristolwalkon.wordpress.com/events/sandsoftimeiv/

     

    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/

     

    SEPTEMBER

     

    Battlezone Paintball 5 Man - 03/09/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Scotch Corner, Directly off the A66 westbound near Junction A1/A66 (Scotch Corner) and Scotch Corner Hotel. DL10 6NP is the closest postcode

     

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

    Location: Staffordshire

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

     

    UK Woodland Masters Round 7 - Holmbush Paintball - 17/09/2017

    Location: Holmbush Paintball Ltd, Faygate

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/ukwoodlandmasters/

     

    Diamond Wars - 24/09/2017

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

    For more information check out - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/diamond-wars/dw-schedule/

     

    Superheros vs Villains - 29/09/2017 - 01/10/2017

    Location: Skirmish Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, NG22 9FG

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

     

    OCTOBER

     

    Warped 10 Man - 1/10/2017

    Location: Warped, Cosford, TF11 8PN For more information see - https://www.facebook.com/events/1554038354626091/

     

    UK Woodland Masters Round 8 - 08/10/2017

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

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/ukwoodlandmasters/

     

    Plague 9 - 29/10/2017

    Location: Warped, Cosford, TF11 8PN

    For more information check out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/288307382652/?fref=nf

     

    Diamond Wars Halloween Cup - 29/10/2017

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

    For more information check out - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/diamond-wars/dw-schedule/

     

    Battlezone Paintball 5 Man - 29/10/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Scotch Corner, Directly off the A66 westbound near Junction A1/A66 (Scotch Corner) and Scotch Corner Hotel. DL10 6NP is the closest postcode

     

    NOVEMBER

     

    UK Woodland Masters Round 9 -  Holmbush - 05/11/2017

    Location: Holmbush Paintball Ltd, Faygate

    For more information visit - https://www.facebook.com/ukwoodlandmasters/

     

    Warped 5s - 19/11/2017

    Location: Warped, Cosford, TF11 8PN

    For more information check out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/288307382652/?fref=nf

     

    Diamond Wars Grand Final - 26/11/2017

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

    For more information check out - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/diamond-wars/dw-schedule/

     

    Battlezone Paintball Walkon - 26/11/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Yarm, Hagit Hill Lane, Picton, TS15 0AA

     

    DECEMBER

     

    Christmas Carnage - 17/12/2017

    Location: Warped, Cosford, TF11 8PN

    For more information check out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/288307382652/?fref=nf

     

    Battlezone Paintball Walkon (Xmas) - 31/12/2017

    Location: Battlezone Paintball Yarm, Hagit Hill Lane, Picton, TS15 0AA

  • 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

    Paintfest

    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?

    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 (£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.

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