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Monthly Archives: March 2016

  • The difference Between CO2 and HPA For Paintball

    Well 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.

    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. The tanks should be filled with around 850psi but may vary due to elevation and temperature.

    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.

    Compressed Air Tanks

    Also known as High Pressure Air (HPA), these are usually pressurized 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 3-5years air tanks must be hydro tested and re-certified.

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

    For information on what a HPA and Co2 tanks can hold check out our "Co2 and compressed air tanks" blog post.

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

  • Paintball Events 2016

    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.

    2016 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.


    North v South: Rule Britannia 29th April – 1st May 2016


    The biggest event in paintball, this intense tribal battle will unleash your North or South pride. The North has ruled since defeating the South in 2014. This is a 7hour mega game played over 400 acres with 1800 players participating. This event will be held at DTE Swynnerton.

    You can choose to preorder paintballs for collection at the North v South event. By preordering you can save both time and money on the day, and it allows you to spread the cost of the event over a few weeks or months. To see the paint we have available click here.

    For further information on the event click here and for tickets click here.

    Paintfest July 29th-31st


    This event hosts 3 days of paintball games, a Friday movie night and Saturday party.  What’s better than paintball and partying? This event will be held at NPF Bassets Pole, Sutton Coldfield.

    For more information visit their website.

    Mayhem Big Game – August 26th-28th

    With 3 unmissable days of paintball action, 600+ players, and the most intense gun fight during Sunday's epic encounter with tanks, APC's, a monumental Town and helicopters.

    The UK’s biggest traders such as Dye and Tippmann will be present at the event. This will be held at  Mayhem Abridge.

    For tickets click here.

    Tournament events

    We are also attending and supporting the following Tournament Series. Please visit their websites for the latest event dates.

    The CPPS visit their website to check out their latest events at http://www.okpb.co.uk/.

    UK Masters Paintball Championship for information on events check out there facebook page at by clicking here.

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