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  • How to clean your paintball gun

    Maintenance of a paintball gun is essential to it functioning correctly. Dirty guns are prone to reduced accuracy and jamming, in more severe cases they may even cause the paintballs to break in the barrel.

    In order to clean your gun you’ll need several supplies, most already at your disposal in your home.

    • The schematics for your gun
    • Paper towels
    • Allen keys
    • Pull through cloths
    • Warm water
    • Lubricant as recommended by the manufacturer
    • Q-tips and/or a tooth brush

    1. Remove the CO2 of airtank

    It’s vital to ensure there is no gas to avoid the risk of misfire. You will need to remove the gas canister and locate the ASA lever, if your gun doesn’t have the ASA lever refer to your manufacturer guidelines with reference to de-gassing.

    2. Disassemble the gun

    This is where you will want to use your guns schematics. You want to ensure you are dissembling your gun correctly. First remove the hopper then, barrel, bolt, hammer and grip frame. As you carefully disassemble the gun put everything neatly to one side so it’s easy to then reassemble, try to put screws etc. next to the part of the gun they go with.

    3. Clean the barrel

    Now the gun has been disassembled you can start by cleaning the barrel. Start by pulling a cloth through the barrel, this will assist with cleaning out any paint residue that could lead to inaccuracy etc. Next dampen a paper towel and wipe down the barrel, then dry thoroughly.

    4. Clean the body

    Refer to your guns instructions as to whether you can run a cloth through your gun, if so then do so. Follow this by using a toothbrush or Q-tip for those hard to reach places, you need to ensure the gun is thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned to prevent jamming. Again dry thoroughly.

    5. Clean the grip frame

    Do not take apart the trigger, this is very complicated to reassemble, this can the result in damaging your gun. Simply clear out debris using either a Q-tip or toothbrush, dry and inspect for damage.

    6. The bolt and hammer

    Here you will want to look at anything that may need fixing or replacing. Start by checking the O-rings, a small degree of wear is acceptable anything else indicates replacement. Ensure everything is cleaned and dried thoroughly.

    7. Inspect your paintball gun

    You want to look over your gun for anything that may need fixing or replacing. Check and double check your O-rings, are they cracked or dry? These play a vital part in keeping your CO2 or Air sealed, without them your guns pretty useless. Check all springs are in good shape and screws. Replace any parts in poor shape, you don’t want your gun breaking on you.

    8. Lubricating

    Once all parts have been cleaned meticulously begin lubricating parts such as the O-rings which should be lightly coated. Only use paintball oil recommended by the manufacturer, other types of oil may damage the gun.

    9. Reassemble

    Now your paintball gun has been thoroughly cleaned, the next step is reassembly. Play close attention to the schematics to ensure all the parts are assembled correctly.

    Repeat this often to keep your paintball gun in good nick.

    Thinking of purchasing a new gun or upgrading? Check out the guns we stock by clicking here.

  • How to store your paintballs

    Paintballs must be stored correctly until your next game, to perform properly.  By properly maintaining your paintballs this will ensure they're ready to go whenever you want to play.

    Paintballs are perishable goods, they have an intended life span, but they also are made of biodegradable components that are intended to break down over time. This means your paintballs can’t be tossed aside without maintaining them, else they just won’t perform.

    The best care for paintballs is to follow the manufactures guidelines. Not all paintballs come equipped with storage instructions and let’s face it you often discard the packaging. The best general practice is to keep the paintballs stored in a dry, cool place and rotate them over time. The dryness assists with preventing the balls absorbing humidity which would make them swell. Whilst the cool temperature of around 15-20 Celsius is an optimal temperature which will keep the paintballs stable. Rotating/flipping the paintballs every few weeks will prevent the paintballs from settling in the same position for too long.

    Problems will occur if you don’t care for the paintballs properly. The most common issues are misshapen balls, broken balls, divots on the sides of the balls which will mean the paintballs won’t fly straight and bouncy balls that won’t break on impact. If the paintballs get too hot they will stick together and form one big paintball lump.

    paintball lump Whilst some of these won’t render the paint completely useless the effectiveness is ultimately ruined and so is the paint, so it’s best to store it correctly every time.

    How paintballs age depends on the manufacturer and the batch they were made in. Some paintballs may become hard and bouncy and will not break when shot, others however become extremely brittle. Others however will become too soft and may swell if kept in a humid area to the point they will not fit into the guns firing chamber.

    Our top tip here at BZ is to store the paintballs in a zip lock bags (such a sandwich bag) that way the paintballs will stay round for longer.

    Do not keep paintballs stored in the boot of car or near a radiator or airing cupboard, it is vital to keep them in a dry and cool place for the longevity of your paint.

    To check out the various paintballs we stock visit http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintballs

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