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Article Teaser: The first uses of paintball guns can be traced back to approximately 1981 when James C. Hal invented them. At that time paintball guns were used primarily by foresters and farmers to mark trees and livestock. In 1985 Robert G. Shepherd came up with the design specifically used for playing paintball games.

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Paintball Guns For Beginners

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A Little History
The first uses of paintball guns can be traced back to approximately 1981 when James C. Hal invented them. At that time paintball guns were used primarily by foresters and farmers to mark trees and livestock. In 1985 Robert G. Shepherd came up with the design specifically used for playing paintball games. The earlier versions of paintball guns (like of many of today's paintball guns) were powered by carbon dioxide. Your average inexpensive paintball guns use the same carbon dioxide pressure system to propel paintballs at targets, usually other humans, in military Simulation games.

Gun Accuracy
In order for the paintball guns to be portable they have been designed to use small co2 cartridges. Some paintball guns are made to use a much larger co2 canister attached to the gun by a flexible tube and carried on the belt or back of the shooter. Since some paintballs are propelled by carbon dioxide there are wide variations in velocity, thereby affecting shooting accuracy and range. Other variables in the accuracy of the paintball gun are the materials that the guns are made of, and the gun barrel type and length. The ideal barrel length of sniper paintball guns is between nine to fourteen inches with no porting from the first eight inches of the barrel.

Firing Speed
Although the mechanical or spring fired paintball gun is a single shot model which means you'll need to cock the gun each time you want to fire one of the balls, most of the modern paintball guns are semi automatic. The tops of the line electric powered guns are able to achieve high rates of fully automatic fire.

Types of Guns
For the beginner it is probably a good idea to invest in a cheap co2 powered paintball gun. Where as some cheap paintball guns are operated by co2, other firing systems include:

a.) Electro-mechanical (a tiny but very powerful motor inside which powers the spring firing mechanism)

b.) Pump (portable hand pump)

c.) Mechanical (spring fired and the cheapest type of delivery system)

d.) Electro-pneumatic (a tiny electronic motor produces air pressure)

You will have to decide on a pistol or rifle, or both.

Cost of Guns
Paintball guns can be quite expensive. The price of a paintball gun varies according to its brand, model and firing systems. More expensive guns are jam-packed with the latest sophisticated paintball technology, but the sophistication is reflected in the high cost. A note of caution here for the budget minded player is that the electric powered painball guns give you very rapid fire but are at the very high end of the cost and maintenance scale. Paintballs guns can vary from a $30.00 pistol up to and over a $150.00 rifle.

If an appropriate selection is made, used paintball guns can provide years of good service. The main advantage of used paintball guns is that they are a lot cheaper than brand new ones. Cheap paintball guns are also available in kits, which often include air tank, hopper, and mask.

In conclusion don't forget the accessories that are necessary to engage in Paintball games. You will need protective gear, numerous paintballs, able companions, a good sense of sportsmanship, and a challenging field to play on. Oh yes, and a desire to have lots and lots of fun.


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The Author Jerry T. is 63 years of age. He was born in a small coal-mining town in Logan county, West Virginia. At the end of World War II his father returned from the war where he had served in the Pacific and moved the entire family to Chicago Illinois. He was educated in the inner city completing high school and 2 years of college. After joining an apprentice-printing program, Jerry became a Master Printer and worked in his field for 37 years. Jerry is the father of 5 adult children and 13 grandchildren. The author is now trying his hand at his own web business at http://www.securityspy4u.com and http://www.livesafenow.com

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