How are you to eliminate your target if your weapon is not in order? And, in paintball, the situation gets tricky when you are in needle’s width close to victory, but some hindrance in your paintball gun denies you the joy to taste triumph.
It happens primarily because of uncleaned paintball guns, and you do not want to lose just because of that. However, your skills and prowess are all in vain if you join the battleground with an unclean gun.
Keeping your paintball gun unclean also compromises its durability. The paintballs are prone to bursting inside the paintball gun if it is not taken care of properly.
Well, worry no more! Here are some ways to clean your paintball gun properly before a vicious battle in the field.
Tools to Use:
You can buy a paintball cleaning kit, and it will help you make your paintball gun brand new again. It has all the tools that are required to clean your gun. As a rule of thumb, you need a paintball gun cleaning kit and some paintball gun oil mostly.
Details of How to Clean Your Gun
Remove the Air Tank or Degassing:
You do not want to be caught in an accidental fire, do you?! So, degassing or removing the air tank before cleaning your paintball gun is by far the most crucial step in this process. Most guns have a user-friendly degassing function, which should help you remove the air tank properly.
Dismantle Your Gun:
After you have degassed the paintball gun properly, now you need to dismantle your paintball gun efficiently. What I have learned while cleaning my paintball gun is that you remove the significant pieces of your paintball gun to put them back quickly. Dismantling helps you in cleaning your gun thoroughly. You can clean each piece with the help of a toothbrush, Q-tips, water, and towels.
One major thing that you need to keep in your mind is that you must have a user manual while dismantling your gun because all paintball guns are made differently, and a user manual will come in handy at this moment.
While dismantling your gun, you will come across many small pieces that you must not lose. Therefore, make a place where you can put all those pieces so you can put them together correctly when the time comes, and keep those pieces next to each other that go together, so you don’t lose track of what goes where.
Clean Different Parts of Your Paintball Gun:
Now, this is everybody’s favorite part. Make sure you have the paintball gun cleaning kit, a Q-tip, a toothbrush, a towel, and some water with you before starting to clean your gun.
Following are different parts of a paintball gun that must be cleaned. Let’s have a look.
This barrel is considered the most vital part of your ammunition because you can shoot your opponent paintball balls with it, and it also makes you a more efficient player.
Now, hold your barrel and clean the debris by rinsing it out. You will find a swab in your paintball cleaning kit. Use it by inserting it in the barrel as far as it can go, and it will get rid of all the debris and dirt stuck in the barrel.
You can use the Squeegee too because it serves the same purpose. You can insert the Squeegee in your paintball barrel, and it is straightforward and handy to use. It will clean all the paint, dirt, and debris that is stuck in the paintball barrel.
Make sure to double-check for any unwanted material in your barrel before you place it sidewise.
Cleaning the body of your paintball gun is relatively easier than cleaning the barrel. First, use the user’s manual to know whether you can clean it using water or not. If yes, you can use a wet towel to clean the paint off your gun before heading towards the next battle. Make sure you do not use soap and use water if you are in a hurry. Otherwise, it is recommended to use a damp cloth or rag.
You can use Q-tips to reach the areas that are otherwise impossible to reach. But, first, clean them and remove the debris and dirt from those clogs. Then, use a toothbrush to get rid of those stubborn paint marks on your gun.
Be gentle while cleaning the body, and make sure you do not damage your gun while taking care of it.
The Hammer or Bolt:
Another essential part of your paintball gun helps you in cocking your gun when you are trying to dye your opponent with paintballs. A clean hammer or bolt guarantees a solid performance on the battlefield. It can make or break your day. So, make sure you clean this part of your gun correctly.
Use a wet rag to clean the unwanted dust and debris off of your hammer or bolt. Clean it thoroughly. They use a damp cloth or rag to dry those pieces because under no circumstances are they allowed to be assembled while wet. Therefore, you need to be extra sure before assembling the hammer or bolt back in the gun that they are dry.
It is a soft material you will find alongside the hammer or bolt in your paintball gun that is mated between two surfaces, and as a result, it prevents any loss of pressurized gas inside your paintball gun. It is attached to the nozzle of the air tank, and for air and CO2 to not leak from the paintball gun, this ring needs to be appropriately attached and intact.
Use Q-tips to clean the dust and debris from your O-rings. They usually last long, but you need to replace them as soon as possible to play at the highest level in case of severe wear and tear. Be wary of separating the trigger assembly as it may be tricky to reassemble it all.
As long as your gun is unbroken, its function will not be affected.
This is something that is too often overlooked while cleaning and maintaining your paintball gun. Let’s think for a second that you are in the middle of a fierce battle on the field; an opponent approaches you to shoot, you want to shoot back, but you cannot because your batteries are dead, and that makes you dead.
So, make sure you check and replace the batteries before a game to stay on top of it.
Now that we have looked at different paintball guns let’s move forward towards the next step.
Look for any Damaged Part:
Lubricating the Paintball Gun:
Reassembling the Paintball Gun:
Sustaining Your Gun:
Thank you for letting me help you in your paintball journey!
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