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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.

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