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GUN TIPS



Gun Modifications
So you've been playing paintball for a little while, and you've bought your own paintgun, mask, and so on. You have noticed that some other players using the same model of paintgun have added extra parts and accessories to get better performance, and now you're wondering whether you should add some upgrades too. All paintguns can benefit from high-performance accessories, but a little money spent wisely is better than just throwing money into your paintgun. Here are some tips on which accessories will give you the most cost-effective improvements in performance.

The first thing most players change on their paintgun is the barrel. Factory barrels that come with most paintguns work O.K., but they are not in the same league with high-end barrels from companies like Check It, LAPCO, B.O.A., Smart Parts etc. Barrels from companies like these usually have some special design features like rifling, muzzle brakes, variable bore diameter etc., and they are made to very high standards. For example, the smoother the finish on the inside of a barrel, the better. A smoother finish means less friction, and that produces better range and accuracy. The sort of honing and polishing required to get the glass-smooth finish found in the best barrels takes a lot of time and effort, which is one reason they cost more. If cost is a factor for you right now, stick with the factory barrel until you can afford something really good that will give you a real increase in performance, rather than buying a so-so barrel that won't make much of a difference anyway..

Ask other players with the same kind of paintgun as you why they chose the barrel they did. Maybe they'll even let you try it out.
You'll find that some barrels are quieter than others, or maybe seem to be more accurate with a particular brand of paint.
Take into account the kind of paint you normally use. There is no point buying a barrel that likes Brand X paintballs if all the fields in your area use Brand Y. And keep in mind that even a great barrel will yield disappointing results if you use poor quality paint.

Another very popular accessory is a "Venturi" bolt. A venturi design uses several small gas ports in the face of the bolt rather than one large port.
The idea is to spread the blast of gas more evenly over the surface of the paintball. This not only makes it less likely that the shell of the paintball will "Blow Out" (leaving a mess in your barrel) but also is said to distort the elastic shell of the ball less, resulting in improved range and accuracy.
There are several brands of venturi bolts available for the more popular paintguns, and for the most part they all work pretty well. But be careful when buying a venturi bolt for the Pro-lite.
We carry only the Check It Rimfire bolt for this paintgun because it is the only reliable design we have found for the Pro-lite.

Expansion chambers are also popular for semi-auto paintguns. An expansion chamber prevents liquid CO2 from the tank from reaching the paintgun.
This improves accuracy by providing more consistent velocities, and increases efficiency as well, giving you more shots per tank. Some semis like the AutoMag and Autococker will malfunction if liquid CO2 gets into their operating mechanism, so an expansion chamber is a worthwhile addition to these paintguns.
Generally, the larger an expansion chamber is, the better, so avoid those tiny "micro" expansion units, as they just don't do much. Most expansion chambers require additional parts like fittings, elbows, hoses and so on to install, so be certain you are going to like all that extra hardware bolted onto your paintgun.
Many paintguns now have vertical tank adapters which make it easy to install expansion setups, with the tank used in either a bottomline configuration or with a remote setup. I&I carries complete expansion setups with all the hardware needed for all the more popular paintguns like the Spyder, AutoMag, VM-68, Autococker etc.

Speaking of bottomlines, if you are using a horizontal tank on the gun, you should consider having "Anti-siphon" fittings installed in your tanks at a cost of about $15.00 per tank.
An anti-siphon fitting keeps the liquid CO2 in the tank where it belongs, and allows only gaseous CO2 to reach the paintgun. However, anti-siphon tanks must be matched to the paintgun they are used with, unless you have one of our new Universal Anti-Siphon Adapters, which allows any anti-siphon tank to be used on any paintgun.
Anti-siphon tanks should not be used in a vertical postion like in a vertical tank adapter on in a vertical remote tank harness.


Questions & Answers
By Michael Muzzy

1) What make a paint marker accurate? and how accurate can you get?
They aren't too accurate compared to a rifel but then again we are working with fluid dynamics.
Accuracy is gained by a good match of paint to your gun. some of the gimica will have you believe other wise like the venturi bolts and other stuff,(they help very slightly if any).

2) What is the best avaible gun out there, and why?
The best gun is determined by the users intent,
for example a new person or someone that plays seldom doesn't need a an expensive marker (well that is not entirly true but i'll address that later)
so you should look at how the gun fits you and what your style of play is or will be.
You need to look at the type of fields you play at and the region you are in.

3) Pump to semi conversion kits, how good are they?
Most arn't any good,only one that i have heard had any sucess is the snipper 2 pump,
but that would be more for taking a weak semi and making it into a good pump.

4) What to do when you arecaught in a crossfire.
I would look for a side route out,or the side with the least amount of fire.

5) Some Suggestion for goggles when the fog up.
Yes, thermal lenses, or you can use those add ons called combat vision (around $10) the spray ( made by JT) works good also and is cost effective. Also i found that baby shampoo spread around with your fingers and then wiped with a clean dry cloth (no Water) helps too.



Aiming Your Gun
Remember that aiming a paintgun is not like aiming a real gun, the paint will drop so aim just a little higher.
Getting An Accurate Shot
Paintballs aren't to accurate however, they do fly relatively straight.
The idea is to get within an optimum range say (50-75 feet) to shoot. The balls will fly straighter at an angle at range, and you can drop paint into a bunker at range, if you have a clear zone.


Adjusting Your Sight
I usually site a scope to the maximum distance that the gun is consistantly accurate.
Its no use sighting a scope for 50 yards when your shot grouping is at 20 inches. I would set the gun in a vice and experiment with the distance that you can get a grouping of 6 inches or so.


Gun Not Shooting Straight As You Want
Try some Heavy Duty Silicon spray, found in any hardware store Costs about $3 for a can.
You spray the inside of your barrel with it, and it will make your barrel ID slick. REALLY great for accuracy. Worked great for me.
And if you use it, spray a nice THICK coating inside your barrel. Clean out the excess by running a paper towel down your barrel. Pull out the paper towel, and spray the paper towel until it is moist with the silicon.
Then, run the moist paper towel down your barrel a few more times. The stuff will wear out quickly if you just spray it. Be sure to work the silicone in there.
Works better than Pro-Team barrel treatment, from what I've seen.


Ported Barrel Clogged?
Ported barrels can be a bitch when the porting becomes covered with paint. Not easy to get that stuff out, and your shots really won't be all that straight until you get the porting clean.
Get a tall water bottle. The night before, fill it with water, and put a generous amount of dishwashing liquid in it.
When you have a ball break, remove your barrel, and swish it around in the water bottle. Then just squeegee the water out.




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