Paintball Markers – The Basics
Don’t be confused – “paint ball markers” is just another way of saying “paint ball guns”. They are the essential piece equipment in the sport of paint ball. Without a gun to shoot the paint, how would anyone play? There are two main types of paint ball markers in terms of their functionality: mechanical and electropneumatic.
Mechanical designs are the simple, classic guns of the game. In these paint ball markers, the trigger affects a sealed gas chamber with a hammer in a traditional gun-style operation. These type of designs are the most commonly used guns, and also, usually, the most affordable.
In electropneumatic designs, the trigger is not directly tied to the action of the marker, but it instead activates a microswitch or magnetic sensor. This switch or sensor sends a signal that is read by a computer-controlled valve which controls the rapid opening and closing or different valves and gas chambers that move the bolt and fire the paint ball. This style of firing allows for an improved rate of fire and also reduces the weight of the entire device.
Typically, a beginner to the game of paint ball would be advised to invest in a standard mechanical paintball gun. Once a player becomes advanced and wishes to improve the dexterity and effectiveness of the weapon, he or she could take the option of investing in an electropneumatic design. The lighter weight and increased potential for rapid firing can make a huge difference in the play of a skilled paint ball competitor.