Sunday, December 5, 2010

Paintball - Benefits Of An HPA Tank For Your Paintball Marker

By Gary Garrett

Many of us start out with paintball guns that are cheaper. Just as a sixteen year old will often start out with a cheaper car instead of a brand new BMW, many new paintballers start with a more affordable gun.

Markers that are more affordable are usually powered by CO2. This power source works just find for many paintballers, but if you want all the edge you can get, a HPA tank is a better choice (but more expensive).

Upgrading to HPA (also known as compressed air) is a good idea for players wanting the best performance from their marker. The main reason to switch to HPA is improved performance.

For anyone that has shot a paintball marker at a high rate of fire for a longer period of time, you know how much consistency from shot to shot drops. The paintballs begin to fly at shorter distances, which makes it difficult to hit your target.

Consistency is important when you are shooting rapidly at a target. You want the paintballs to fly the same distance for each shot you fire. When CO2 doesn't expand fast enough, drop offs in distance occur.

If you often play in the winter months using CO2 can be detrimental to your markers performance. You can think of cold weather as CO2s worst enemy when it comes to shooting it through your paintball marker.

When you shoot fast, your marker can "freeze up" which happens when the liquid enters your marker and wreaks havoc in performance. It can cause your gun to sputter, choke, or stop working.

If you have ice shooting out of your gun or what looks like a cloudy, icy, muzzle flash and had your paintballs shooting at erratic distances, you might want to consider making the switch to compressed air.

Inside of your CO2 tank you have both liquid and gas. Paintball markers run well on gas, but when the liquid gets inside during rapid fire, it causes problems. Performance will suffer. HPA tanks are great because there is only gas in the tank.

Paintballers that want the best performance should make the switch to a compressed air tank. It is more consistent and will not give you problems in cold weather.

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