Paintball Guns: Compressed Air for Paintball Guns

Paintball is a popular and widely played sport that started sometime in the late 1970s. According to Greg Roza in Paintball: Rules, Tips, Strategy and Safety, Charles Gaines and Hayes Noel stumbled upon this game, while looking for fun ways to test human survival instincts. The two men read about paint markers used to mark trees that were to be cut down and ordered two of these markers. They used it to “hunt” each other down and named the game Survival. However, it was in June 1981, that the duo along with 10 others held the first official game in an 80-acre wooded area in New Hampshire.

The new game caught the imagination and interest of the nation and soon there were franchises, manufacturing companies and finally, a paintball facility opening up all across the United States. Other countries too followed suit with facilities opening up in “England, France, Germany, Spain, and Australia.” Today, paintball is played in over 40 countries with players of both sexes playing the sport either as a hobby or as a profession.

Paintball is a fun and popular sport however it can be an expensive one. The most basic equipment involves paintball guns, called markers and paintballs. Markers have air tanks and triggers. The players press the trigger to release pressure in the air tank, which causes the paintball to speed towards the target. According to Mandy R. Marx in Paintball, “A paintball fired from a gun can travel up to 300 feet (91 meters) per second.” The paintball, itself, is a round pellet filled not with paint but with colored, washable liquid. Paintballs generally range between $.04 and $.06 per ball. Overall cost for playing the game depends on the type of paintball gear being used. For instance, a pump gun can be rented for $30 while a semi-automatic may cost around $10 for rental.

Players also have to wear the right clothing and safety gear. According to Terri Sievert in Paintball, “In the woods, players wear dark clothing…bright colors are often worn for speedball games.” Safety gear includes a facemask, gloves, kneepads, shin pads and protective goggles.

Since the most important equipment for paintball is the marker or the paintball gun, it has seen a lot of development and improvement. There are the traditional semi-automatic and fully automatic markers that rely on blowback technology while there are others that are blow-forward. There are also fully automatic models that continue shooting paintballs as long as the trigger is pressed. Electro-pneumatic paintball guns are hi-tech markers that use a blend of electronics and mechanics.

The type of air in the paintball marker makes a big difference. While standard CO2 is good enough for beginners and hobbyists, compressed air is ideal for avid and professional paintball players who use high-end markers. Compressed air tanks cost more than the CO2 ones and need a special regulator to maintain a steady flow of the same air pressure. Compressed air helps to deliver a consistent performance and unlike CO2 can be used in all types of weather.

Paintball may seem extreme and even, dangerous to some. However, when played with the right attitude, equipment and safety gear, this sport is just as safe and enjoyable as any other. Following rules, wearing a facemask and other safety gear and playing with a sporting spirit is the simplest way to enjoy paintball and have tons of fun with it.

Which of the following is NOT one of the "Three Ws" that should be included in every hunting plan?

What firearm you are hunting with.
Who you are with.
When you are returning.
Where you are going.


What technique can be described as "slow, patient movement of the hunter into shooting position after game has been located"?

Stand Hunting
Still Hunting


Which species is there federal hunting laws for?

Wood Duck
Ring-knecked pheasant
Snowshoe hare
White-tailed Deer


Which field carry provides the most firearm control?



Which choice is NOT recommended when approaching downed wildlife?

Approach quietly from behind.
Poke animal gently with a stick.
Touch the eye gently, if there's no reaction, animal is usually dead.
Shoot it again before approaching to make sure it is dead.


What is the technique known as "driving"?

One hunter sitting in a blind waiting for game to come along.
One hunter moving slowly and patiently into shooting position after game has been located.
One or more pushers walk through an area trying to move game ahead of them into areas wehre blockers are waiting.
One hunter driving a vehicle and a second hunter in the back set shooting through the open window.


Scouting an area you want to hunt should include:

Walk around the area on opening day with your firearm or bow.
Walk around the area looking for animal movements and signs.
Look at maps and aerial photos of the area.
Answers B and C.


Which of the following is NOT a reason why you should develop a hunting plan for every hunt?

So friends and family know how to contact you in case of emergency.
So you can use your hunting plan to start a fire if you get lost.
So fellow hunters know where you are located.
So friends and family know where you can be found in case of a hunting accident.


Which of these items should be on every checklist included in your hunting plan?

Hunting license


Which of these does NOT violate a hunting safety rule?

Carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Keeping your finger on the trigger while stalking game.
Two hunters shooting at the same game.
Identifying what lies beyond an identified target.