A successful paintball game requires not only a good weapon, but three essential paintball accessories. In the heat of battle, many new players are startled to find themselves underequipped. By coming prepared with the following three accessories, you can keep up with your opponents, and raise the chances of emerging victorious on the field.
Paintball is an intensive sport, with plenty of paint whipping around at high velocity. If you're unfortunate enough to be hit in the face, or you simply overpower your weapon, cleaning is mandatory to continue on.
During the average match, your weapon is put under a fair amount of strain, and guns lose efficiency as paint is expelled from the barrel. Eventually, the degradation can grow so bad that the gun becomes clogged or fires in uneven directions, despite your best efforts to aim it. To prevent this from happening, bring along a squeegee. These helpful tools can be easily wielded to clean your barrel and rid the gun of excess paint residue.
Consider packing a changeable squeegee, or two different types. A larger, finer one made specifically for cleaning the gun is a must, but so is a squeegee capable of cleaning off your face mask from splashes of paint. Carry a small water bottle with a spray nozzle to make your cleanings faster and more efficient.
Since many paintball guns are battery-powered, it's possible to run out of juice while you're busy targeting your opponents. This is a dreadful situation for any player to fall into, but it's also one of the most preventable. Examine your gun before setting off to the field to find out what type of batteries it uses, and then simply bring along a spare set.
Certain tournaments may last for more than twenty-four hours. If this is the case, bring a whole pack of batteries. You never know how much ammo you'll expend to keep up playing for hours, and the more you use increases the likelihood of needing a battery change.
Even the best guns occasionally run into difficulties. Luckily, many weapons aren't difficult to repair, because the problems you are likely to encounter in the field are usually minor. That having been said, it's still important to carry a packet of the right tools for effectively opening up your weapon and repairing it fast.
Throw together a bundle that includes an Allen Wrench and the gun's manual, if it has one. With the blueprint in front of you and an interchangeable wrench, opening up your gun to diagnose and resolve issues is easy. Bring along extra O-rings and cupseals too, since malfunctions with these parts are the most common; a small bottle of paintball gun oil is another essential for your maintenance pack. You'll have no worries about stiffness or lost functionality if you keep your weapon well-lubricated.
With these three easy-to-remember essentials, you shouldn't run into any unexpected surprises on the field with your gear. Paintball guns that are well-maintained will faithfully serve, without working against you.