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  • Storing Your Paintball Equipment

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    The purchasing of paintball equipment is a big investment. When you’re spending hundreds if not thousands on your gear storage is vital for both protection and longevity.

    There are various storage solutions and they vary dependant on your individual requirements. In this post we’ll give you some brief insight and examples of each.

    Paintball Mask/Lens Protection

    Paintball masks can vary from £20-£150+, if your choosing a high end mask its paramount you protect it. Most masks over the £50.00 mark will come with a cloth goggle bag as standard, this will assist with protecting your mask from scratches but there are better alternatives.

    A goggle case will act as a shield protecting your mask from any scratches and dents, with a solid shell as opposed to just cloth. If your mask has an expensive lens you can protect this separately with a lens case, this will protect your lens from scuffs and indents.

    Exalt lens case - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/exalt-lens-case

    Goggle bag - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/hk-army-goggle-bag-3488

    Gun Case

    As your biggest investment it makes sense to protect your paintball gun from any scratches and dents. Gun cases are padded and will cradle your gun maximising protection. Often these will also have loops, clips/compartments for storing barrels, tools and hoppers.

    Dye DM Gun Case - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dm-gun-case-black

    Backpacks

    A paintball backpack is a must for any serious paintball player. It’s the perfect solution to keeping your paintball tank and gun protected whilst not in use. Paintball backpacks tend to have designated areas for your tank, gun and barrels plus small compartments to hold parts.

    Check out the full range of paintball backpacks we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/luggage/paintball-backpacks

    Kit Bags

    If you’re looking to safely store all of your equipment in one place, a kit bag is a must. These bags are large and have compartments designed specifically for your paintball gun, tank, mask, paint, pods and mask etc. Due to the sheer size and weight of these bags they often come with roller wheels for easy transport.

    Check out the full range of kit bags we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/luggage/kit-bags

    If you need any help don't hesitate to call us on 01642 605000 or email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

  • 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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