15 Must-Know Quick Tech Fixes
PaintBall.com gives you the rundown on how to quickly identify and fix some of the most common on-field equipment problems.
If shots are dropping and getting
worse it usually indicates a low air supply. If you’ve got HPA, you’re screwed.
You may get a few shots off but when HPA pressure dumps it dumps big. If you
have CO2 you may be able to get off some decent lobs. In any case, be smart,
get close enough to snipe or move back towards the deadzone so you can swap
guns or bottles with an eliminated player. In a tourney, shame on you for not
checking your air before the game started.
Depends a lot on the gun you’re using. With most blowbacks if
the gun isn’t cycling it usually means you’ve chopped a ball (assuming it’s not
making that full auto sound which means low air) and a sliver of ball shell is
holding the front bolt forwards. You need to push it back and clean out the
breech. This can be hard to do, but you’re going to have to jam it back
somehow. Remove the hopper to keep it clean if you can, plus it will give you a
view into the breech. If the bolt is stuck forwards, you’ll see it in there
gunked up with gack. Remove the barrel and shove your stick squeegee down until
you push it back. If you don’t carry a stick, then you may need to improvise.
If you can’t find a small branch on the airball field you might be out of luck,
I don’t suggest using the airball bunker stakes, since they could damage your
Mags may not cycle properly if your
air supply chokes. You may need to cut the air supply (screw out if you use a
preset) then renew air pressure. This will usually kick start a mag. With older
mags you may chop a ball, but with the Level 10 bolt it never happens.
If you chop every single ball you shoot, slow or fast,
something is slicing the ball in the barrel or breech. The wire detent in some
other guns may break off slicing every shot. Ball bearing detents in other guns
may get a chip of paint shell stuck in them or get so filled with gack that
they become immobile lumps in the breech. Sometimes you may even shoot the ball
bearing out of the detent if it’s not clean. The spring behind or the edge of
the detent body may cause slicing. You can try and remove it, just don’t break
Sometimes your balls might be too big for your barrel, even
if you breech fit you may find the variation too much and have to change out
for a larger bore barrel.
hit the side of a barn
Clean your barrel,
check your hopper for broken paint, move closer and aim. Not much else you can
do on the field to fix bad shooting. Then again the problem could be…..you.
it seems like you have no air supply. Either you have blockage or the regulator
has choked on your bottle. If you’re screwing in, unscrew the bottle. Listen to
the bleed. If it’s miniscule, the bottle could be empty or the regulator is
choking up. Screw it back in, you might be able to jostle the regulator into
working again. Try depressing the pin valve with your stick squeegee tip (the
swab end) or anything hard like a barrel plug. If it sinks in easily, and your
gauge is reading over 1000psi, you’ve got a screwed bottle. Head to the backfield
to try and scrounge a deadman’s bottle.
slice an o-ring while doing anything with the bottle off, you can remove the
bottle o-ring and as long as the inside diameter is unscathed, you can drop it
directly into the ASA and make a good seal.
macroline bursts, remove or turn off your air supply immediately. Hopefully you
don’t drain your bottle. If you can get to another ASA remove the fitting
adaptor and screw the bottle directly into the gun. Some guns won’t like this,
like cockers that are running LP. Other guns will be happy to carry the bottle
vertically. You may be shooting a bit hot depending on your gun set up and what
you bypassed to go vertical so be gentle and rechrono ASAP.
running on fumes, as mentioned above, you have to be very picky about who you
shoot at and when. Longballing is out of the question, and even medium gunfights
will yield dismal results. If your blowback is sputtering with each shot, catch
the cocking knob if you can after each shot. This will speed up your recocking,
and will waste less gas in the fluttering.
You’re going to have to slow down your
ROF if your battery is low. Turn the hopper off when you’re not in the middle
of it, and hope it surges a little when you really need it back on.
Taking a Fall
you take a dive and
your hopper lands on the ground, take a look inside to make sure you didn’t
break up the load of paint. Catch it now and you may be able to salvage a lot of
the paint without going into total gun cleaning. If you dump the hopper or try
and save it, you can use a paper towel and a stick squeegee to clean out the
inner bowels of the hopper.
Won’t Stop Spinning
much you can do here but turn it off until you get into a firefight. You have
to open it up and clean the sensors when you get off field.
This is the
most common on field problem. Obviously you’ve got thermals or combat vision
already. Not to be thermally lensed is simply silly. If you can’t see, you can’t
gog me. The wad of paper towels comes in handy again. If you’re inordinately
fogged, you can get into a safe spot or position and by carefully slipping a
portion of clean paper towel up past your mouth and nose, you can clean the
inside of the goggles lightly without removing the mask. Smaller sets like
Whippers don’t provide enough side to side protection to do this trick, but full-face
goggles like Spectra’s or Xfires do. Use a clean towel, and NEVER EVER REMOVE
Move your butt. Move back out of range a
little to get the airflow going inside the goggles. Most are designed for airflow.
If you can’t get it defogged like that, you can hopefully get some clear spots
by shoving your grubby fingers inside and wiping a little. Tilt your head
sideways or however you can to get a clear view at your targets.
You hear that
twirling empty sound of your hopper gone dry? Depending on where you are and
what kind of field it is you may be able to scrounge balls from the ground. Don’t
expect to find more than a couple of usable ones. Don’t bother with anything
that feels squishy. But first, don’t be ashamed to borrow from the newb in the
next bunker. Just repay him promptly. Likewise if the newb next to you is
packing up to leave before being shot out just because he’s out of paint, lend
him a handful and build up the karma.
troubles you’ll ever have on the field will be from not being prepared before
the game, some things you just can’t fix on the field like an empty air bottle.
Other things can only be fixed by quick thinking, like disengaging your air
supply or removing the hopper full of gack before it pours through your breech.
The point of the game is to stay in play until you’re shot out or your team
wins. You can help win the game without a gun or you can make sure your mates
give you their gun when they get shot out. Whatever the trouble may be you don’t
need to quit just because you can’t light ‘em up.