How does a paintball gun work? A paintball gun, also known as a paintball marker is used to play as a sport for pure fun and entertainment. In the sport of paintball, paint is used as a marker to mark the opposed team with a glob of paint launched from the paintball gun. Paintball can be a dangerous game and must be played with caution, but it can be useful to know how a paintball gun works.
- Paintballs and how they work. Paintballs are small plastic balls that are filled with non-toxic and water soluble paint. The plastic for the balls are made thin enough so they do not burst on impact, but are not too thin to prevent them from bursting when they are fired out of the paintball gun.
- Components that make up a paintball gun. There are three major components that a paintball gun consists of. The gun itself consists of the barrel, grip and the trigger. The hopper is responsible for holding and loading the ammunition. The propellant container holds compressed air, nitrogen, or carbon dioxide. These all work together to make a paintball gun work.
- Inside the barrel of the gun. The barrel of the paintball gun is where the majority of the firing mechanism parts sits. The valve tube inside the barrel goes through the bolt, spring, and hammer to the back of the gun where the gas inlet valve sits. Connected to the gas inlet valve is the compressed air tank that is needed to power the paintball to make the gun work.
- Cocking the gun and pulling the trigger. When the paintball gun is cocked a paintball moves to the barrel from a loader. This is the beginning of the firing sequence. The shooter then locks the gun in position by moving the bolt forward. Next, the spring releases when the trigger is pulled. This allows a burst of air to be forced through the gas inlet valve, and propels the paintball to be launched out of the barrel towards the target.