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  • Electronic vs Mechanical Markers

    Choosing a marker isn’t as straight forward as it seems. You will need to take into account whether you want an Electronic or Mechanical marker. They both shoot paintballs, but in distinctive ways, so what’s the difference?

    Well as always we're here to help.

     The Basics

    All markers are designed to shoot paintballs at high speeds using either Co2 (carbon dioxide) or HPA (high pressure air).

    When you shoot a marker there is a small bolt which pushes the ball into the paintball barrel thus sealing the ball. A valve then releases compressed gas which expands the barrel forcing the ball to shoot out.

    The major difference between electronic and mechanical is the way the gun advances the ball into the barrel, seals the barrel and releases the gas.

    Mechanical guns

    Mechanical guns are normally mechanically activated blowback guns. These will fire once the trigger is pulled this then releases a bolt with is forced forwards via a spring which pushes the paintball into the barrel, once in the barrel the bolt hits a pin allowing air to travel into the barrel. The bolt returns to its original position by the expansion caused by the air.

    Mechanical Markers

    There is a vast variety of mechanical guns available on the market, here’s what our guys recommend;

    Neil’s Picks
    John’s Picks
    Damo's Picks

    Advantages

    Mechanical markers are often cheaper than the alternative electronic markers. They are easy to set up and can often use either CO2 or HPA. They are easy to maintain and relatively simple to fix.

    Disadvantages

    Mechanical markers generally lack accuracy and speed unlike electronic markers. The amount of air that propels the paintball varies resulting in the speed of the paintball being inconsistent. They must be cocked before fire and typically require higher pressure, meaning fewer shots per tank.

    Electronic Guns

    Electronic guns or electro-pneumatic rely on battery power and a circuit board that then activates solenoids which causes the gun to fire. The trigger is linked to the circuit board which tells the gun to fire which activates the gun. These guns rely on regulators that take into account variable air pressures to ensure consistent firing.

    Electronic Markers

    Electronic markers come in various forms and have varied internal set ups with different bolts, valves and regulators. Here’s what some of the guys from our shop recommend;

     Neil & John’s picks
    Damo's Picks

    Advantages

    In comparison to mechanical, electronic markers are more accurate (in most cases), consistent and can fire faster. They can operate on a lower pressure meaning more shots per tank and are often lighter and smaller.

    Disadvantages

    These markers are more expensive. They can be difficult to disassemble and maintain for inexperienced players.  They generally require HPA rather than Co2, so make sure you have access to HPA before buying. Also, you will need batteries to run your electronic marker (typically 9V).

    It really is all down to personal preference, you should take into account being new to the game or whether your an avid paintball player. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us on 01642605000.

  • Looking after your paintball mask

    Your paintball mask is the most important piece of equipment you’ll own as a paintballer (http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/blog/the-first-piece-of-paintball-kit-you-should-buy/). With the ever rising prices of lenses it’s more important now than ever to take care of your mask. It should be one of your top priorities as a player to keep your mask clean and your vision clear.

    Here’s how to look after your mask;

    Don’t let paint sit

    Often players will get hit in the mask whilst playing, clean off the paint when you’re not on the playing field. Leaving paint on your mask will deteriorate the lens over time and some paint can even stain. For the longevity of your mask ensure you get into the nooks and crannies where the lens meets the frame, if left this may weaken the lens.

    Reapply Spray

    If you have a single lens always ensure you have cleaned the lens and applied a fresh coating of anti-fog spray. This is vital, if you forget you’ll soon be reminded when your mask mists up and your view is hazy, not ideal.

    http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/jt-anti-fog-spray-2oz

    Microfiber

    Microfiber cloths are ideal for lenses, these will prevent smearing and distorting your vision. If you use paint spray etc with a regular cloth or your hand expect a smudged mess. A microfiber cloth will give you a seamless clean, just what you need.

    https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=microfiber+cloth

    Take care of the thermals

    Thermal lenses are dual paned 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.

    Change it up

    Eventually your lens will need to be changed the recommended time is yearly if you’re a paintball regular. If your lens is scratched it’s probably time for a new one.

    No glass cleaners

    Don’t use Windex or other glass cleaners when cleaning your paintball mask, these are not polycarbonate lens cleaners and will damage your lens. The idea is to prolong the life of your lens not shorten it.

    Manufactures

    It’s always best to buy from an established brand such as Virtue or Empire etc, this way you know what quality to expect. Always purchase from a respected retailer such as ourselves, if you purchase from eBay who really knows what you’re getting, it could be some cheap knock off you’ve paid way over the odds for.

    Lenses

    If your looking for a new lens check out https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=Lenses

    We would suggest purchasing a lens case to ensure your lenses are protected.

    http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/exalt-lens-case

    If you require any advice or assistance don’t hesitate to call us on 01642 605000.

  • 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 (£350+)

    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.

  • 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.

    Length

    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.

    Materials

    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.

    Kits

    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.

    Bore

    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.

    Recommendations

    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.

    http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/aluminium-freak-insert

     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.

    http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/aa-freak-barrel-front

    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.

    http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/freak-barrel-front-4218

    High end barrel option;

    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.

    http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/gog-one-piece-carbon-fiber-freak-barrel-4092

    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.

  • 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 -

    Dye SE Thermal Goggle - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dye-se-goggle-thermal

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

    Dye i4 PRO Goggle - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=dye+i4

    V-Force Profiler Goggle SF - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=v-force+profiler

    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/catalogsearch/result/?q=hk+army+klr

    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.

  • Top 10 Most Expensive Paintball Guns 2018

    With the popularity of paintball increasing it seems so has the price of paintball guns. Each year we see a new high end marker well over the 1k mark.

    Now not everyone has the disposable income to pay spend upwards of £1000 on a paintball gun, but hey we can dream.

    Here are the top 10 most expensive paintball guns in the world today - many of which were also featured on our 2017 blog post. Interestingly the new M3s was launched at a cheaper price than their predecessors.

    10. DLX Luxe Ice - From £1399.00

    DLX Luxe Ice Paintball Gun

    Featuring 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

    9. Planet Eclipse CS2 - £1399.96

    The latest in the CS line of markers, the CS2, has been honed with laser-like focus to be the best. To be used by the best. To conquer. And to win. Powered by the incredible GP Core Drivetrain and packed full of new purposeful features the CS2 not only looks fantastic, but it has the ability to over-achieve on every level.

    Shop the CS2 now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=cs2

    8. Dye M3s  - From £1431.95

    DYE’s M3s with MOSair is the pinnacle of performance and luxury. Based on the legendary DM series platform, the M3s has been meticulously deconstructed down to an elegant machine with uncompromised performance. Featuring real time feedback. multiple player profiles, wireless charging, air sync and a FL-21 bolt providing unmatched performance.

    Shop the M3s now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=m3s

    7. Planet Eclipse CS2 LE - Dia De Los Muertos - £1549.94

    The Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) theme has been reborn in the form of this wicked CS2, just in time for Halloween.

    A marker that truly captures the soul of any paintballer.

    Shop the Planet Eclipse CS2 LE - Dia De Los Muertos  now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/planet-eclipse-cs2-le-dia-de-los-Muertos

    6. Planet Eclipse CS2 LE - Infamous Plata-O-Plomo - £1749.94

    The CS2 has been designed and developed in collaboration with team Infamous. The latest in the CS line of markers, the CS2, has been honed with laser-like focus to be the best. To be used by the best. To conquer. And to win.

    Powered by the incredible GP Core Drivetrain and packed full of new purposeful features the CS2 not only looks fantastic, but it has the ability to over-achieve on every level.

    Shop the CS2 LE - Infamous Plata-O-Plomo now at - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/planet-eclipse-cs2-le-infamous-plata-o-plomo

    5.  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.

    4. 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.

    3. 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.

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

    planet eclipse ego 8 paintball gun

    Although an old model this Ego 9 is still one of the most expensive paintball markers 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.

    1. Planet Eclipse Chapo GSL - $6500

    A custom Planet Eclipse GSL. Featuring shaved milling, stippling with hand graving In a soft gold gloss finish. The worlds most expensive gun to date.

    Which one would you choose?

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