At first glance, you can already tell that the main equipment in playing paintball is the paintball gun. You don’t have to be an expert or a pro to know this; by being keen with your observations, you will instantly know that you can’t play in the field or arena without a gun.
The paintball gun utilizes the physics laws that you have studied during your high school years. The guns employ pressure systems which makes it possible to thrust the paintballs into the air with speed and hit your opponents. The most common gas used in this pressure system is the carbon dioxide. Inexpensive paintball guns typically utilize such pressure system and so beginners can easily learn the basics of the game.
Before the sport became very popular, the paintballs were used mainly to mark livestock and trees. But since it hit the market, its popularity can’t be curtailed. In fact, you don’t have to purchase a paintball gun because you can make your own gun at home. Now, you can play the game even in your own yard with your friends and family.
The equipments or materials that you will need in creating the paintball gun are readily available at home and in nearby hardware stores. You will need these things in order to make your own gun – some cement, glue, plumber’s tape, replacement valve (tire), 6 foot 1” PVC, ¾ PVC barrel, one piece 1” PVC end cap, 2 pieces 1” PVC elbows, 2 pieces 1” PVC tees; PVC nipple, ball valve, and reducer; and nail driller and plumber’s saw.
Make sure that the PVC you will be using for this project should be tested with pressure because it will be exposed to rupturing.
Here is the procedure:
1. Cut into segments your 1” PVC. If you want to assemble the PVC easily, cut them into equal segments. Cover the ends of the PVC with the plumber’s tape. You can start to assemble the main structure of the gun. Attach the 2 PVC elbow to both ends of the 1” PVC segment using cement and primer. The elbows of the PVC should face the same direction.
2. Remember to label the 2 tees ‘Ax and Ay’ and ‘Bx and By’ for the straight ends; perpendicular ends should be labeled Az and Bz. Attach one end of the segment with elbow to the ‘Az’ and the other end should be attached to the ‘Bx’. Connect the pieces again with cement and primer. The shape should now be like a box.
3. The PVC nipple should be fastened to the ‘By’. Bolt the ball valve in the PVC nipple and fasten the barrel. Drill a hole where you will attach the tire valve at the end of the PVC cap. Cement the 1” PVC to the ‘Ay’.
4. Leave the PVC to dry for a day and after that, you can already try the paintball gun.
You see it’s quite easy to assemble your very own paintball gun. All the materials are available at the hardware store or you may even have them at home. Start collecting the needed materials and start with your own project.
If you want, you can also ask help from other paintball players who created their very own paintball gun. Play this sport together with your friends without spending huge money on the guns.