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  • Mag-Fed Paintball What You Need To Know

    Playing with magazine fed markers is the fastest growing style of paintball attracting tactical players.

    But what exactly is it?

    What is it?

    While Mag-fed follows the basic format of paintball, the guns are a little different.

    Mag-fed paintball guns are fed via a magazine as opposed to a hopper, this creates a more realistic style of play.

    Magazines hold up to 20 paintballs in contrast to a hoppers 200. Generally speaking those choosing Mag-fed are more tactical players due to frequent ammo refills.

    Those that choose to play Mag-fed tend to play Mag-fed specific games/events, so the playing field is levelled in terms of reloads.

    What do you need?

    You’ll need a Mag-fed marker for starters, check out our best sellers below.

    BZ best sellers;

    Tippmann TMC - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=tippmann+tmc

    Tippmann TiPX Pistol - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tipx-pistol-black

    Tippmann TCR - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-tcr

    It’s worth mentioning the guns above can use both HPA and CO2 plus the TMC has hopper and magazine capability, perfect for those starting out.

    For further information on HPA and CO2 check out https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-co2-and-compressed-air-tanks/

    If you already own a Tippmann marker that uses the 98 quick release feed elbow then you can use a Tippmann Mag Adapter Kit - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-mag-adapter-kit as an alternative for forking out on a new marker.

    Magazines

    If you’re solely going to rely on magazines, you’ll need a fair few. Remember you’re at a disadvantage of 20 paintballs to a hoppers 200.

    You then need to consider how you’re going to carry all these magazines, you can choose from pouches to vests.

    It’s always a good idea to consider a system so you know which magazines are empty, for example put those in upside down to avoid confusion.

    Positives

    One of the biggest draws to Mag-fed bar the realistic aspect is the cost. Granted the cost of purchasing extra magazines needs to be factored in but you can expect to lower your paintball use.

    Negatives

    Expect to refill a lot more frequently that hopper fed paintball.

    For those who like to be trigger happy and shoot a lot of paint Mag-fed doesn't cater for this.

    Conclusion 

    Whilst it’s not a style of play for everyone if you’re looking for something a little more realistic, tactical and challenging then perhaps you should consider Mag-fed.

    If you need any additional advice don’t hesitate to call us on 01642 605000

  • The Origins Of Paintball

    Although paintball is relatively new to the world of sport, paintballs genesis began decades ago in the 1960's.

    Where Did It Begin?

    1970 was probably the most important year in the history of Paintball. It was the year the first paintball marker the "Nelspot 707" was designed.

    Nelspot 707

    In the mid 1960's Charlie Nelson was approached by a forestry group to create a air powered marker to enable forest personal to mark trees and wandering cattle, here the term marker was born. Nelson alongside RP Scherer created the first .68 calibre oil based ball that would be used for such markings.

    The next challenge was how to propel these balls. Here Nelson created the Nelspot 707 alongside Crossman (one of the largest airgun manufactures). However it wasn't meant to be, Crossman backed out of the deal due to slow sales and the 707 was a commercial failure.

    Daisy another airgun giant picked up the 707 and a new model the Nelspot 007 was later released. This would become the marker that would later inspire the likes of the Razorback and Bushmaster.

    nelspot 007

    The Debate

    In 1976 Charles Gaines (a writer) and Hayes Noel (a stockbroker) got into a heated debate over drinks. Could a businessman stand a better chance of surviving a stalking game than a outdoorsman? Was it simply a matter of instinct or was it a product of the environment?

    Bob Gurnsey (a ski shop owner) had his say, he stated that the outdoorsman would surely have the advantage. They pondered about creating a stalking game to challenge their friends and to test their theory. They took inspiration from a book called "The Most Dangerous Game" and began creating the overall concept.

    A friend of Gaines saw the Nelspot 007 in a farming magazine. This was purchased and tested on Shelby Gaines, Charles' son who claimed it "didn't hurt much". The dream was about to become a reality, a 12 man game was in the pipe line.

    The First Game

    first paintball game

    In June 1981 the first real game of paintball was played with Nelspot 007's and rules written by Bob Gurnsey. A mixture of avid hunters to a boxer and surgeon, the game cost $175 each covering equipment, food and drinks

    "Before we ever played that first game, Hayes and I each wrapped towels around our waists and shot each other to see how badly it would hurt. Hayes shot first and missed. Then I shot him in the butt. Once we realized it was going to be fairly safe, we talked about playing our first one-on-one game. We wrote some simple rules, went into the woods and played a 45-minute game. It ended when I got snuck up behind Hayes and said, ‘I guess I won the argument!’ Neither of us fired a single shot.” – Charles Gaines speaking at the 2004 IAO

    The first game played was "capture the flag" with 4 flag stations with 12 flags in total.  Each player was given a Nelspot 007, eye protection and a map of the 100 acre playing field.

    The game proved to be a success and Ritchie White became the first winner of a paintball game, despite not firing a single shot!

    One player Bob Jones covered the game in renowned magazine, Sports Illustrated.

    The interest in paintball began to grow and as more media attention was earned Gaines, Noel and Gurnsey saw the business opportunity to begin selling starter kits equipped with markers, paintballs, goggles and a rule book supplied by Nelson Paint Company.

    National Survival Game

    The game was trademarked as the National Survival Game and in 1982 the first ever commercial paintball field was opened in New Hampshire. National Survival Game Inc was franchised and fields began opening up throughout America.

    Continuing with the success In 1983 Gurnsey hosted the first major paintball tournament with Canadian team The Unknown Rebels taking home the cash prize, the first nationally recognised tournament winning team.

    The Rise Of Paintball

    In the following years Paintball took off around the world. In 1984 the National Survival Game began to be called paintball and new products such as the first mass produced paintball gun, harnesses, barrel cleaners and water based paintballs we're created. The first paintball magazines Adventure and Frontline were published.

    1985 saw the first outdoor paintball field to be opened in England, as the popularity expanded worldwide fields became smaller for fast paced action packed games.

    In the late 1980's the International Paintball Players Association was founded to ensure the growth and safety of Paintball, here the 300 feet per seconds speed limit was established.

    The Golden Age

    Between 1987 - 1988 giant leaps were taken as three future powerhouse companies emerge. Dennis Tippmann Sr creates Tippmann Pneumatics and offers the first full automatic paintball gun the Tippmann SMG-60. Tippmann also produce the first ever co2 tank with a pin value reengineered from the soda industry.

    Tippmann SMG-60

    WGP is founded by Bud Orr by building paintball guns in his garage, the first WGP sniper paintball guns. The first guns easily modified with removable barrels and calibre conversions. Later he develops the first paintball hopper holding 45 paintballs.

    JT a major player in off road motorcycle sports steps into the paintball market with the first ever JT paintball goggle. engineered from a popular motocross goggle, designed for impact protection.

    The Take Off

    Throughout the 1990's the popularity for the sport blossomed around the world. Paintball technology developed to create state of the art equipment from Spyder guns and biodegradable water soluble paintballs.

    The National paintball players league was formed and hosted its first ever tournament, a new era of competitive paintball from regional to national.

    In 1995 paintball had its TV debut as ESPN screened the World Championship Games, an iconic moment for the sport although not viewer friendly.

    Today

    Today Paintball is a multimillion pound industry with a vast range of equipment including pioneering markers, masks and air systems. It continues to grow with various styles of play available such as Speedball, Milsim, Scenario, Concept and Woodsball.

    There are various tournaments, leagues, events and professional teams around the world, a sport loved by many.

    The question is where will paintball be In 10 years time?

  • Paintball Events 2018 - Attending

    Since 2003 we have always prided ourselves on being on the ground and supporting players when they need it the most, at events. Whilst attending such events we offer the latest products via our trade stand and tech support with the help of our certified technicians.

    2018 is set to be an exciting and busy year here at BZ, listed below are the events we will be attending

    If you need anything specifically for your team or yourself don’t hesitate to contact us on 01642 605000 or email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

    For a list of all Paintball Events countrywide check out our Paintball Events Calendar 2018.

    For a breakdown of all the big games check out our Paintball Big Games 2018 blog post.

    All CPPS Events

    When:

    Round 1: 7th-8th April - DYE Championship

    Round 2: 12th-13th May - HK Shield

    Round 3: 16th-17th June - Valken Cup

    Round 4: 21st-22nd July - Eclipse Open

    Round 5: 8-9th September - GI Cup

    Where? Staffordshire

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

    North V South - Big Game

    When? 4th-6th May 2018

    Where? DIO Swynnerton, ST15 0QN, Staffs, UK.

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

    Ancaster Paintball Speed Weekend

    When? 1st- 3rd June 2018

    Where? Woodlodge, Ancaster Nottingham NG32 3PY

    For more information check out - http://www.ancasterkarting.co.uk/speedweekend/

    Paintfest

    Buy Paintfest Tickets

    When? July 27th-29th 2018

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

    For more information see - http://www.npfbassettspole.com/paintfest/

    Mayhem Big Game

    Mayhem Paintball

    When? 24th-26th August 2018

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

    For more information see -  http://www.mayhem-paintball.co.uk/

    For paint pre-orders check out https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintballs/big-game-preorder.

  • Paintball Big Games 2018

    The 3 main contenders as always - North vs South, Paintfest and Mayhem. It's often difficult choosing which event to attend. In this post we've broken down what's included at each event and the cost - hopefully this helps.

    If you intend on playing its always wise to factor in the cost of paint on top of the initial ticket price. The average use per person is around 2 boxes of paint over the course of two days. We offer paint pre-orders for big games at a discounted price at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintballs/big-game-preorder

    More info to come.

    North vs South - 04/05/2018 - 06/05/2018

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

    Website: http://www.northvsouth.com/

    What's included?

    • Mini game zones
    • Live firing range
    • Archery combat
    • Axe throwing
    • Magfed OMG
    • Airsoft
    • Trade EXPO
    • Live Music & DJ's
    • Party
    • Presentation
    • Camping

    Games include;

    • Evasion challenge - Friday 4th May
    • Wasteland - Sunday 6th May
    • The Brexit Wars - Saturday 5th May
    • Tomahawk
    • Airsoft big game
    • Magfed OMG

    The ticket options for this event are -

    Pay in advance - This includes a full weekend player pass, 2 nights camping and access to all game zones except the Megarena.

    Cost £85.00

    Part payment - This includes a full weekend player pass, 2 nights camping and access to all game zones except the Megarena.

    Cost £40 deposit £50.00 on arrival - Total £90.00

    Megarena Pass - Weekend pass for unlimited games in the Megarena, must already be a festival ticket holder.

    Cost £10.00

    Bunker Accommodation - 2 nights military dorm accommodation, bring own sleeping bag and padlock. Must be  festival ticket holder.

    Cost £30.00

    Weekend Rental - 3 Days rental of paintball equipment, gun, bottle, hopper, goggles, 1000 paintballs. Must be a festival ticket holder.

    Cost £25.00

    Non Player - 2 nights camping, 3 day access to party bar and trade expo. No access to game areas or combat activities.

    Cost £20.00

    Paintfest - 27/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

    Buy Paintfest Tickets

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

    Websitehttp://www.npfbassettspole.com/paintfest/

    Whats included?

    • A big game everyday
    • Players party with drinks DJ's and dancers
    • Full onsite weekend camping & onsite showers
    • Onsite catering & showers
    • Airsoft big game
    • Movie night
    • Paintball to suit every style - magfed, woodsball, scenario, tourney etc
    • Special guests and paintball challenges

    The ticket options for this event are -

    Standard ticket (Players with own equipment) - 3 days of paintball, parties, camping and a movie night. Saturday night players party including refreshments. This does not include paintballs. Prices are expected to start from £25 per 2000 paintballs.

    Cost £80.00

    Rental ticket - Includes the hire of a paintball gun, bottle, hopper, goggles, overalls and battlepack for the duration of Paintfest. This ticket also includes 3 days of paintball, parties, camping and a movie night. Saturday night players party including refreshments. Again paintballs are not included.

    Cost £85.00

    Non playing weekend - For those wanting to attend the event but not wanting to play. This includes camping and access to both the Friday night movie night, players party (with refreshments) and trade zone. You will not be allowed to access any in-play areas with this ticket.

    Cost £35.00

    Airfest Ticket - Airsoft tickets include camping, access to Friday Night Movie and Saturday Night Player’s Party (including refreshments), 3 days of Airsoft and access to the trade zone. The ticket does not include any BBs – JD Airsoft will have a stand in the trade zone with BBs available or you can bring your own.

    Cost £80.00

    Airfest Rental Ticket -  For those Airsofters who do not have their own kit and equipment. Include's camping, access to Friday Night Movie and Saturday Night Player’s Party (including refreshments), 3 days of Airsoft and access to the trade zone. The ticket does not include any BB's.

    Cost £85.00

    Mayhem Big Game - 24/08/2018 - 26/08/2018

    Mayhem Paintball

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

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

    Whats included?

    • Free camping
    • Bar open from Friday evening
    • Caterers
    • Games running day and night
    • Sup-air fields
    • Magfed games

    The ticket options for this event are -

    Super early bird - Entry into big game weekend, unlimited air fills, sup-air access, free gun teching, access to players party and indoor kitting up areas.

    £55.00

    Early bird paint ticket - Entry into big game weekend, unlimited air fills, sup-air access, free gun teching, access to players party, indoor kitting up areas and a box of 2000 paintballs.

    £79.99

    Rental equipment - If you don't have your own paintball equipment you must buy a rental equipment ticket, this must be purchased with a standard ticket.

    £10.00

  • Paintball vs Airsoft

    airsoft v paintball, airsoft, paintball

    Stuck deciding between Paintball and Airsoft? In today's post we're going to discuss and compare the differences between Airsoft and Paintball and how exactly the two sports differ.

    Definitions

    In both sports the main objective is to eliminate the opposition via ammunition shot from your gun/marker.

    Paintball Definition 

    Paintball is a sport where you can either compete in a team or alone, the objective is to eliminate players by shooting them with paintballs which are propelled via a paintball gun. The paintballs will then "tag" the player via the water soluble dye that is inside the gelatin shell.

    Airsoft Definition 

    Airsoft is a team sport with a defined set of goals. Players will shoot non-metallic BB's fired via replica firearms to eliminate opponents to complete the objective. Unlike paintball airsoft has a honour system in which players must admit when they have been hit.

    Equipment

    Paintball Equipment

    New players often assume there first purchase will be a paintball gun (marker). In actual fact you should always purchase your paintball mask/goggle first. It’s THE most important piece of kit a paintball player can own. Other equipment such as a gun, hopper, tank, paintballs etc can come later. Check our our paintball mask buying guide and what's the best paintball gun for a beginner? blog posts for guidance.

    Airsoft Equipment

    Players will start out with an Airsoft gun, BB's and eye protection. The level of eye/face protection can vary site to site however the vast majority will recommend full face especially for children. There is a vast array of equipment available for airsofters and the flexibility allows players to be as basic as jeans and a t-shirt to a fully kitted out solider.

    Guns

    In both sports players will start out with a gun within their price range, accessories and upgrades can be added to improve accuracy and performance.

    Paintball at a competitive level a high end paintball gun is pretty much a necessity and can affect things such as slicing.

    Paintball Guns

    A paintball gun consists of a barrel, hopper and air tank. Paintball markers can be either Electronic or Mechanical both shooting paintballs in unique ways. For further information on the differences check out our Electronic vs Mechanical markers blog post. Paintball guns use one of two propellant's (either co2 or High Pressure Air (HPA) to power a firing mechanism which pushes a ball out of the front of the paintball marker via a barrel.  For more information check out our blog post - The differences Between CO2 and HPA. The paintball barrel can act as an aid when aiming.

    Airsoft Guns

    Airsoft guns are powered by electric, spring (where the gun can be cocked) and gas - either CO2 or green gas. Airsoft replicas such as the Tippmann M4 and pistols can use HPA (high pressure air) as a propellant source.

    Airsoft players can use either full imitation firearms or 51% two tone guns due to law and the weapons used tend to be focused on military simulation.

    In the airsoft community the use of RIF and IF will be paramount. A RIF is an imitation firearm which has an appearance that is so realistic as to make it indistinguishable, for all practical purposes, from a real firearm. Whereas a IF is a firearm that is coloured to make it easily distinguishable - generally in bright colours.

    The weapons used can range from assault rifles, sniper rifles, pistols to revolvers and mini guns.

    From the 2nd of May 2017 the act of Airsoft and Policing & Crime was introduced. This is worth a read before purchasing a gun - https://www.ukapu.org.uk/ukapu-and-ukara-briefing-on-commencement-of-pca-firearms-provisions/

    Ammo

    Paintball Ammo

    As mentioned previously paintball uses paintballs as ammo. Interestingly despite being called 'Paintballs', they are not actually filled with any paint.They contain a mixture of ingredients that are easy to clean off once a player is hit. As a general guide the more expensive the paint the more brittle it will be. However to use high grade paint we would advise using a high end paintball gun. For further information on paintball grades check out our 'Different Grades Of Paint' blog post. For tips on storage check out our "How To Store Your Paintballs" blog post.

    A box of 2000 paintballs will cost around £23.00+ check out the paintballs we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/paintballs

    Airsoft Ammo

    Airsoft players use BB's. These BB's are made from plastic and usually measure around 6mm in diameter. BB's can weigh anything from 0.12-0.48g however the most popular are 0.12, 0.20 and 0.25g.

    Lighter BB’s will achieve greater speed, however on the flip side will lose this speed quicker than heavier BB’s. The lightness can also be easily influenced via factors such as wind decreasing accuracy. Heavier BB’s have a higher momentum making the hit of the BB harder. Accuracy may also be increased due to the weight.

    It's always best to look at the fps to see which ammo will suit your gun best.

    Unlike paintballs BB'S will not break when hitting an opponent, relying heavily on players to admit they have been hit.

    A bag or tube of 3000 BB's will cost around £7.00.

    Rules

    Paintball Rules

    If a player is hit this will leave a solid mark on the players body or equipment. However if there is a splatter this may be off a paintball breaking on a nearby surface which will not count as a hit.

    You can ask for a paintball check from a nearby teammate and the game will temporarily stop until you establish whether the player is eliminated or not. Game on should then be shouted for play to resume.

    Once hit players must exit the field as quickly as they can and go to the dead zone (the dead zone is where eliminated players will retreat to). Players can make it known they have been hit by holding their gun above their head.

    Players must not go outside of the boundaries, blind fire, wipe, shoot too close or over shoot.

    Paintball players must never remove their masks on the paintball field. It must be kept where it belongs, on the players face.

    Airsoft Rules

    If you've been shot airsoft relies on honesty to admit you've been hit. Once hit you can no longer play until you have re-spawned or been tagged in.

    Once you've been hit, you must shout HIT with your arms held up. You must then return to the re-spawn area where you will be able to re-join after a certain period of time. Re-spawn points and medics can be combined to give players a limited numbers of lives. The rules will change dependant on the organiser and site.

    Players can be "killed" by BB's being shot at a player, this must be a direct hit. Players can also be eliminated by explosives such as grenades - if you are in the set radius and the grenade detonates you are dead.

    So Paintball or Airsoft... The choice is yours.

    Check out - https://www.bztactical.co.uk/ for your airsoft needs. The official UK Distributor for Tippmann Tactical.

    If you have any questions or suggestions don't hesitate to email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

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