Paintball Marker Parts
The paintball marker parts on a paintball gun are comprised of four basic components. Each component performs a specific task in the marker paintball guns operation. This article will take a look at each of the four elements and provide a little background for each marker paintball gun part. The paintball marker or gun is the most recognized gun in game. There are now many varieties of paintball gun but the marker is the foundation gun.
- Body: The main component of the marker paintball gun is the body, also referred to as the chassis. This is where everything else fits into to make the marker complete. Bodies are primarily the same but provide different designs. The body is where the trigger mechanism is located and it also feeds the paintball and air systems.
- Barrel: The barrel attaches to the body and provides the mechanism that delivers the paintball. On the marker, the barrel sizes will vary based on the type of marker or game play you are performing. One of the main differences in barrel size, which can be up to 36 inches. Long barrels also allow you to stay better protected behind obstacles during tournament play.
- Loaders: Also known as hoppers, this is the paintball feed system and mechanism that holds paintballs for you to fire. It is sometimes called a magazine as it is the same concept as with a real gun. The hopper holds the paintballs (limited based on size) and delivers it through the firing mechanism. There are different styles of hoppers based on marker operations and the desires of the paintballer.
- Propellant System: This is the tank that attaches to the bottom of the marker and pushes gas or air through the marker body and works with the triggering mechanism to ‘propel’ the paintball. Carbon dioxide is the most widely used and least expensive delivery system and is used in most markers today. More advanced systems use nitrogen or forced high-pressure air. Both delivery systems work.