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  • Paintball Tank Buying Guide

    Paintball Tanks, Paintball co2 tank, paintball air tank

    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.

    Protection

    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

    Summary

    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.

    Lens

    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.

    Frame

    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.

    Protection

    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

    Strap

    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.

    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. 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.

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