Basic Steps To Care For and Maintain Your Paintball Gun

Paintball guns all need a little bit of maintenance to insure they continue to operate as they are intended. While each gun is a little bit different, there are some basic maintenance practices that apply to all paintball guns.

Clean Your Paintball Gun

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It's amazing how much of a difference a little cleaning can make. Make sure that all internal parts are free of dirt, paint and and anything that else that finds its way into a gun. Pay close attention to the breech (the rear of the barrel) and the chamber (where the paintball feeds into the gun and the bolt moves). Also take some time and really clean out your barrel - it's amazing how many "bad" barrels that simply break paint are simply "good" barrels with something dried onto the inside of the barrel.

To thoroughly clean, disassemble the gun and use a clean cloth and wipe away any dirt, grime or paint. If you are unable to get some hardened dirt off, use hot water and scrub with a clean cloth. Avoid soap or any abrasive cleaning rag. If you use water, make sure your gun is completely dry before you reassemble it.

For a quick cleaning, remove the barrel and clean out the chamber with a clean rag or squeegee. If you ever get a break down your barrel, be sure to completely clean out the barrel with a squegee.

Lubricate Your Paintball Gun

All paintball guns need lubrication to insure that the moving parts slide smoothly. While some guns (most beginner, blowback guns) can use oil or grease, some paintball guns require one or the other. Read your instruction manual and regularly apply lubrication where its needed. Some guns only need to be lubricated after many thousands of shots while others should be lubed after each day of play - just follow what your manual says. I have found that paintball guns are just better to use when they are well lubricated as chopping decreases, accuracy improves and efficiency is greatly increased. It's not a bad idea to lubricate your equipment after every day of play.

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O-rings make sure that air stays where it's supposed to and doesn't go where it shouldn't. While some failed o-rings will cause an audible hiss, others will only affect the gun while it is shooting. To make sure your o-rings are still good, visually inspect them and replace any that have nicks or show wear. Read your manual to make sure you know how to safely remove all your o-rings - if you've never worked on a paintball gun you may be surprised how many there can be in a gun. More »

Change Your Batteries

Many paintball guns use batteries with 9-volts being the most common in guns and double As (AA) being the most common in hoppers. If you are having problems with your gun, your batteries may be to blame. One time, for example, I had a gun that would keep chopping my paintballs. I tried cleaning it, adjusting the calibration, playing with the dwell times and even manually feeding paintballs, but nothing worked. After my brain freeze of not changing the 9-volt passed, I put in a new battery and it worked like new. Just because your gun has enough juice to fire, doesn't mean that it is firing correctly, so it's a good idea to change your batteries on a regular basis. At the bare minimum, have some extras with you so you don't spend your day at the paintball field watching from the sidelines.