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Paintball FAQ

Below are some of the common questions we get asked here at Pro Edge Paintball. If you have a question you do not see in our FAQ, message us via our Online Chat, we are here for you!

Q: Can I use a scope on my paintball?

A: Yes and no, depends on type of gun you have. Most tactical guns have rails that can fit scopes on them. 90% of speedball guns do not have rails so you are unable to mount a scope. The Other 10% of speedball guns do have upgrade options. (body kits, upgrades, or after market barrels mounts to fit scopes on them)

Q: How long do paintball games last?

A: It all depends on the type of field you are playing on. If you play on most speed ball games last about 5 to 12 minutes. If you are playing in the woods, games can very on game type. So if the game has missions or a objectives. They can last about 10 to 30 minutes.

Q: Is paintball dangerous?

A: We think paintball is one of the safest sports. Not any more dangerous then basketball or football. You have goggles designed to protect your eyes face and ears. Barrel socks to cover the paintball marker when you are in a staging area. All paintball fields have strict rules to keep your paintball marker at a safe velocity, which is between 280-300fps. (Feet Per Second)

Q: Will I get injured if I play paintball?

A: That is a tough question due to ways you can play paintball. As long as you have all the proper safety equipment on while playing you should not get injured. However accidents do happen. It could be as small as a twisted ankle to the wind getting knocked out of you if you take a hard dive. We recommend playing with in your boundaries, just because you saw some one else dive head first does not mean you should!! Make sure you have all the proper safety gear.

Q: Do paintballs stain?

A: I would say no because most paintballs nowadays are mostly water based. With other washable filling. Even with the higher level paintball with thicker fill. They will not stain if you wash the clothes within a few days.

Q: What makes a good paintball mask?

A: Thermal lens are one of the things you would want to look for in a good mask. What are thermal lens? What we like to say is mask are like shoes. What might fit us might not fit you. Comfort is the most important features you would want to look for in a mask. Because if you're not wearing a comfortable mask your going want to keep taking it off. You are wearing your mask 100% of the time you are playing. So find something that will not hurt or bother your ears, noise, and checks.

Q: Can I fill my paintball tank with my compressor at home?

A: If it is a small tire or tool compressor the psi output (pressure per square inch) is in the hundreds. That will not be able to fill the tanks. Because paintball tanks psi (pressure per square inch) requires in the thousands.

Q: How do I start a paintball team?

A: It's really easy to start a team. If you and your friends can easily start a teams. Also if you do not have enough friend to start a team. You can play at your local field and find teams that are looking for players.

Q: How far do paintballs shoot?

A: Paintballs will travel 150 to 200 feet accurately in most cases. The wind and velocity setting of the paintball gun can play a roll in the distance paintball guns will shoot accurately.

Q: Why does my paintball mask fog up?

A: Paintball masks tend to fog up due to the humidity or condensation inside of your mask. This can worsen if the paintball lens inside the mask is not a thermal lens that helps regulate the condensation between the two pants of the lens. Most rental paintball masks have a single pane lens while the upgraded and better paintball masks include a thermal or double pane lens to prevent fogging.

Q: How do I clean my paintball barrel?

A: To clean your barrel easily, look into a paintball squeegee. This device pushes the paint and debris from playing out of your barrel. Some squeegees are made to work while still attached to the paintball gun but some require you to remove the barrel to completely clean the barrel out. If you have old dirt or old paint stuck inside the barrel, run some warm water and let the barrel soak for 20 minutes prior to using your squeegee. This will help loosen up the debris without scratching the inside surface of the barrel.

Q: Do all paintball guns shoot the same distance?

A: Yes, all paintball guns must shoot at a speed of 280-300 feet per second. In order to stay within the safety guidelines at most paintball parks paintball guns must be regulated within this range of speed prior to playing. Regardless if the paintball gun costs $50 or $1500, the speed of the paintball must remain the same in order to provide a safe playing environment.

Due to all paintball guns having to shoot the same speed or velocity, the distance in which the paintball guns shoot stays the same as well. Unless you are shooting a "Sniper Paintball" or a First Strike Round paintball which is designed to travel further, all paintballs shoot the same distance.

Q: Do all paintball guns shoot the same speed?

A: No as you can see from a little research, paintball guns vary in price. As the price of a paintball gun increases so do the perks and features offered. One of the most noticeable features that a more expensive paintball gun offers that a less expensive paintball gun doesn't offer is the ability to shoot more rapid or the ability to change firing modes. The more expensive the paintball marker the faster the paintballs can be fired.

This is not referring to the speed but more so the number of paintballs that can be fired out of the barrel per second. High end paintball guns can shoot close to 20 balls per second while an entry level paintball gun can shoot close to 8 or 10 balls per second. The entry level paintball guns tend to be mechanical which slows down the firing mechanism inside only allowing the marker to fire a slow balls per second rate compared to the high end paintball markers using more technically advantages electronics and faster moving parts which allow the gun to cycle much quicker per second.




Q. Can I use my own paintballs at the paintball field?


This a question can be answered yes and no. For example; in Houston most fields do not allow you to bring your own paintballs.


The reason most local fields does this; is to make sure the paintballs do not stain your gear and the shells of the paintballs are not to hard. This could cause injury to the player and damage the equipment. It makes for a fun fair day of play when every one is shooting the same type of paintballs.

Q. Who can play paintball?


Any one can play paintball. Most fields allow any one over the age of 8 years old to play. Some fields even offer a low impact style of play for the younger players, also known as .50 Cal! We have people of all ages who play from 8 to 80 years old. SO GET OUT AND PLAY!!!!



Q. Do I need to be in shape to play paintball?


No! There is a style of play for everyone. If you are not a fan of running around, checkout woodsball. This is a slower style of play that will allows you to creep around nice and slow.


If you like more in your face, dead sprints to the 50 yard line. Try speedball, it is a lot faster style of play.



Q. Should I wear a cup to play paintball


Every one here at the shop choose not to wear a cup. They tend to be uncomfortable to wear while playing. In paintball you move arounf a bit different than most sports. With the cup on it begins to punch you which is not the best feeling.


We prefer to wear a paintball slide short. This offers groin protection and hip protection from paintballs.


Q. How do I clean paintball?


How we clean paintballs here at Pro Edge is we get a large towel ( don’t use mom’s nice towels for this) poor all the paintballs out of the bag on to the towel. Pick out the damaged/broken paintballs, and then gently massage the paintballs between the towel.This will take away most of the liquid paint off the remaining non-broken paintballs.


Q. What shoes should I wear to play paintball?


All of Pro Edge would recommend to wear a pair of very comfortable shoes. You will be standing and running all day and no one wants to have their feet hurting. However, we recommend to check the weather before hand to see if you can wear normal shoes or wear cleats. It's never fun slipping and sliding in mud when trying to have a great time!



Q. Is it scary to get shot with a paintball?


Have you ever been popped with a towel or snapped with a rubber band? It feels very similar to that. However while playing, your adrenaline starts pumping and the shot hurts a lot less then what most people think and will tell you.



Q. How much does it cost to play paintball?


Paintball is as expensive as you make it. A average rate for a day of playing is $60-$90 for entry, rental gear, and paintballs. (This will vary from field to field)


Paintballs are very flexible on price. Anywhere from $10 for $100 rounds to $60 for box of 2000 rounds. Each paintball Field prices may very in paintball prices.


Q. What is the difference between CO2 and HPA for paintball?


CO2 is a liquid that turns into a gas and is filled by the weight of the bottle. While HPA is a compressed air in a bottle with a gauge to show you the air inside the tank.


While CO2 is cheaper is does give you more shots per fill compared to a HPA tank. However, HPA tanks will have a more consistent shot over the chronograph (the speed tester for the guns)



Q. How do I clean my paintball mask?


Using a micro fiber to wipe off the paint then using a wet cloth to clean up the rest. You never want to put water directly on your lens to avoid getting water in between the lens.


Q. Do they make paintball machine guns?


There is a mode on electronic guns that will make it shoot faster then you are pulling the trigger. This is not a full-auto mode. However, you can shoot yo yo 12+bps if you pull the trigger faster enough.


Q. How do I store my extra paintballs?


If you finish a day of playing and still have have paintballs left over. Storing them in a temperature contorted environment. For example, your room or a place where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate consistently.



Q. Do they make sniper paintball guns?


Yes, however you do have to shoot a certain gun and a certain paintball to achieve this “sniper” like gun.


Use any mag fed gun that is able to shoot first strike rounds. A first strike round is a “paintball bullet”. Dinner on the back for better accuracy and distance.



Q. How do I put on a paintball mask?


Put the elastic strap on your head and stretch the mask over your face. This will help especially with glasses. Making sure to have foam make a seal around your eye area.



Q. How do you fill a paintball pod?


When filling a paintball pod, you want to make sure there is no empty space in the pod. This will cause the pod to shake, giving away your spot on the field. To fix this issue fill the pod all the way to the top shake it lightly with the cap locked down. If it still shakes add a paintball until the shake stops.



Q. What are paintballs made of?


Paintballs are made of food grade products. Yes you can eat them, we will say, they don’t taste that good. The shell is a gelatin with the full being non-toxic water based dyed polypropylene glycol.


Q. How do I put on a paintball pack and harness?


To put on a paintball pack you want to make sure the pods falls out of the bottom of the pack. This means the strap need to pointing towards your legs. You want to wear the pack on your hips. If you wear it to high it might be harder to breath.


Q. How to put my paintball gun on safety?


If you have a mechanical gun. There will be a safety above the trigger. To put these style of guns on safety, you push the button above the safety until you no longer see a red ring on the left side of the gun.


If you have a electronic gun, your safety will be the power button. By turning off the gun, this will put the safety on.


Q. Can I freeze paintballs?


One of the most historic questions in paintball. No you can not! With the way paintballs are made now can not freeze your paintballs. If you were to try the paintballs would sweat, a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. This will ruin the your paintballs.


Sure, here are 100 common paintball questions from new players:

1. What is paintball?
2. How does paintball work?
3. What gear do I need for paintball?
4. How much does paintball equipment cost?
5. Is paintball safe?
6. What should I wear to play paintball?
7. Can paintball hurt?
8. How do I aim in paintball?
9. What type of paintball gun should I get?
10. What's the difference between CO2 and compressed air?
11. How do I refill my paintball tank?
12. Can I use any paintballs in my gun?
13. How long does a paintball game last?
14. What are the rules of paintball?
15. How do I clean my paintball gun?
16. Can I play paintball indoors?
17. Can I bring my own paintballs to a paintball field?
18. What's the best paintball barrel?
19. How do I prevent my mask from fogging up?
20. Can I play paintball alone?
21. How do I adjust the velocity on my paintball gun?
22. What's the maximum range of a paintball gun?
23. Can I play paintball in the rain?
24. What's the best paintball marker for beginners?
25. How do I communicate with my team during a game?
26. How often should I clean my paintball gun?
27. What's the best paintball mask?
28. What's the difference between speedball and woodsball?
29. Can I bring snacks and drinks onto the paintball field?
30. Can I wear glasses under my paintball mask?
31. How do I reload my paintball gun quickly?
32. Can I use a paintball gun for self-defense?
33. How do I fix a paintball gun jam?
34. How do I carry extra paintballs during a game?
35. Can I play paintball if I'm not very athletic?
36. How do I store paintballs?
37. What's the difference between a hopper and a loader?
38. Can I modify my paintball gun?
39. What's the best paintball brand?
40. How do I know if my paintball tank is empty?
41. Can I bring my own paintball field?
42. What's the best paintball marker for speedball?
43. How do I clean paint off my clothes?
44. What should I do if I get hit in the face with a paintball?
45. Can I use oil or grease on my paintball gun?
46. How do I know when to change my paintball barrel?
47. How do I adjust the hopper speed on my paintball gun?
48. Can I use rubber paintballs instead of regular ones?
49. How do I improve my accuracy in paintball?
50. What's the best paintball gun for sniping?
51. How do I prevent paintballs from breaking in my gun?
52. Can I bring my own paintball field obstacles?
53. What's the difference between a paintball gun and a paintball marker?
54. Can I play paintball if I'm under 18?
55. How do I know when to change my paintball tank?
56. What's the best paintball gun for beginners on a budget?
57. Can I use my paintball gun in cold weather?
58. How do I adjust the trigger sensitivity on my paintball gun?
59. Can I use CO2 in a compressed air tank?
60. How do I carry my paintball gun during a game?
61. What should I do if my paintballs won't feed into the gun?
62. How do I prevent my paintballs from getting dimpled?
63. Can I use regular goggles for paintball?
64. How do I adjust the sights on my paintball gun?
65. What's the best paintball barrel length?
66. How do I know if my paintball gun is low on air?
67. Can I use silicone spray on my paintball gun?
68. How do I adjust the velocity on a Tippmann paintball gun?
69. Can I bring my own air compressor to refill my tank?
70. What's the difference between a paintball and a paintball shell?
71. How do I clean paint off my mask lens?
72. Can I use a paintball gun for hunting?
73. How do I prevent my paintballs from curving?
74. What's the best paintball hopper?
75. How do I adjust the feed neck on my paintball gun?
76. Can I use a paintball gun for target practice?
77. How do I remove a broken paintball from my gun?
78. What's the best paintball gun for woodsball?
79. How do I prevent my paintballs from getting wet?
80. Can I use compressed air in a CO2 tank?
81. How do I prevent my paintballs from getting too hot?
82. What's the best paintball gun for small hands?
83. How do I prevent my paintballs from breaking in my hopper?
84. Can I bring my own paintball gun to a paintball field?
85. How do I adjust the dwell on my paintball gun?
86. What's the best paintball gun for long-range shooting?
87. How do I prevent my paintball gun from freezing?
88. Can I use a paintball gun for home defense?
89. How do I adjust the velocity on a Spyder paintball gun?
90. What's the best paintball mask for glasses wearers?
91. How do I prevent my paintball gun from chopping paintballs?
92. Can I use CO2 in a paintball gun with electronic trigger?
93. How do I know if my paintball gun is fully automatic?
94. What's the best paintball gun for scenario games?
95. How do I prevent my paintballs from swelling?
96. Can I use silicone oil on my paintball gun?
97. How do I prevent my paintball gun from leaking air?
98. What's the best paintball gun for speedball tournaments?
99. How do I prevent my paintball gun from rusting?
100. Can I use CO2 cartridges instead of a tank?



Sure, here are concise answers to each of the questions:

1. Paintball is a competitive sport where players eliminate opponents by hitting them with spherical capsules filled with paint.
2. Paintball works by shooting paint-filled capsules from a marker (gun) to tag opponents, typically played in teams or individually.
3. Essential gear for paintball includes a marker, mask, tank, hopper, and appropriate clothing.
4. Paintball equipment costs vary, but expect to invest a few hundred dollars for a basic setup.
5. Paintball is generally safe when proper safety measures are followed, including wearing masks and following field rules.
6. Wear comfortable clothing that covers exposed skin, sturdy footwear, and a paintball mask for eye and face protection.
7. Paintball can cause minor discomfort like a light sting but is generally safe when wearing appropriate protective gear.
8. Aim by aligning the marker's sights or using markers with red dot sights or scopes for precision.
9. Choose a paintball gun (marker) suitable for your skill level, budget, and preferred playing style.
10. CO2 is cheaper but less consistent, while compressed air provides more reliable performance but may cost more.
11. Refill your paintball tank at designated refill stations using CO2 or compressed air.
12. Use high-quality paintballs recommended for your marker to prevent jams and maintain accuracy.
13. Paintball games typically last 10-20 minutes, but duration can vary based on game type and field rules.
14. Rules of paintball include safety regulations, game objectives, and boundaries set by the field or event organizer.
15. Clean your paintball gun regularly to remove debris and maintain optimal performance.
16. Indoor paintball facilities offer climate-controlled environments for year-round play.
17. Most fields require players to use field-approved paintballs to ensure fair and safe gameplay.
18. Choose a barrel that matches your marker's threading and offers the desired balance of accuracy and efficiency.
19. Prevent mask fogging by using anti-fog spray or applying a small amount of toothpaste to the lens.
20. Paintball is more enjoyable with teammates, but some fields offer solo play options.
21. Adjust velocity using the marker's velocity adjustment screw or regulator.
22. Paintball gun range varies, with most markers capable of shooting accurately up to 150 feet.
23. Paintball can be played in light rain, but heavy rain may affect gameplay and safety.
24. Beginner-friendly markers include Tippmann Cronus, Spyder Victor, and Azodin Kaos.
25. Communicate with hand signals or voice commands agreed upon with your team before the game.
26. Clean your paintball gun after every use to prevent jams and maintain performance.
27. Recommended paintball mask brands include Dye, Virtue, and JT.
28. Speedball features fast-paced, close-quarters gameplay, while woodsball takes place in outdoor environments with natural obstacles.
29. Some fields allow outside food and drinks, but policies vary, so check with the field beforehand.
30. Prescription goggles or masks with inserts are available for players who wear glasses.
31. Practice reloading quickly to minimize downtime during games.
32. Paintball guns are not designed for self-defense and should only be used for recreational purposes.
33. Clear jams by removing the barrel and gently pushing the obstruction out with a cleaning rod.
34. Carry extra paintballs in pods or pouches attached to your harness or vest.
35. Paintball accommodates players of all skill and fitness levels.
36. Store paintballs in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to maintain freshness.
37. Hoppers hold paintballs and feed them into the marker during play, while loaders offer electronic feeding for faster rates of fire.
38. Modify your marker within legal and safety limits, following manufacturer guidelines.
39. Popular paintball brands include Tippmann, Planet Eclipse, and Dye.
40. Monitor your tank's pressure gauge to determine when it needs to be refilled.
41. Some fields allow players to bring personal obstacles, but check with the field first.
42. Speedball markers prioritize speed and agility, with options like the Planet Eclipse Etha 2 or Dye DSR.
43. Remove paint stains by soaking clothing in cold water before washing with detergent.
44. If hit in the face, call yourself out and exit the field to clean your mask.
45. Use paintball-specific lubricants to maintain your marker's performance.
46. Replace your barrel if you notice decreased accuracy or damage.
47. Adjust hopper speed settings if available, or upgrade to a faster-loading hopper.
48. Rubber paintballs are not recommended for use in traditional paintball markers.
49. Improve accuracy through regular practice and proper aiming techniques.
50. Long-range shooting in paintball is more about skill and marker setup than specific gun models.
51. Prevent paintballs from breaking by using high-quality paint and maintaining proper marker settings.
52. Field regulations may allow for personal obstacles, but check with the field first.
53. Paintball gun and marker are terms used interchangeably to refer to the same equipment.
54. Age restrictions for paintball vary by location and field, with parental consent often required for minors.
55. Monitor tank pressure using the built-in gauge or with a separate pressure tester.
56. Budget-friendly options include the Tippmann Gryphon or Azodin Blitz 3.
57. Play in cold weather with CO2 tanks by using a remote line to keep the tank warm.
58. Adjust trigger sensitivity according to the marker's manual or settings.
59. CO2 and compressed air should not be mixed as they require different tank setups.
60. Use a gun sling or harness to carry your marker comfortably during play.
61. Clear feed neck jams by removing the hopper and gently tapping to dislodge paintballs.
62. Prevent dimpling by storing paintballs in a temperature-controlled environment.
63. Paintball-specific masks provide proper protection and fog resistance.
64. Adjust sights according to the marker's manual or with aftermarket upgrades.
65. Barrel length preferences vary, but 14-16 inches is standard for versatility.
66. Monitor air pressure with a gauge attached to the tank or regulator.
67. Lubricate O-rings and moving parts with paintball-specific oil or grease.
68. Adjust dwell settings according to the marker's manual or with aftermarket upgrades.
69. Most fields provide air refill stations, but some may allow personal compressors with approval.
70. Paintball and paintball shell refer to the same spherical projectile filled with paint.
71. Clean mask lenses with a microfiber cloth and mild lens cleaner.
72. Paintball guns are not suitable for hunting and should only be used for recreational purposes.
73. Prevent curving by using quality paint and maintaining proper marker settings.
74. Choose a hopper that matches your marker's feeding rate and capacity needs.
75. Adjust feed neck tension using the marker's adjustment screws.
76. Improve accuracy with regular practice and proper aiming techniques.
77. Clear broken paintballs using a squeegee or cleaning rod.
78. Woodsball markers prioritize durability and realism, with options like the Tippmann A5 or Empire BT-4.
79. Prevent paintballs from getting wet by storing them in sealed containers.
80. CO2 and compressed air have different tank fittings and pressure requirements.
81. Prevent overheating by storing paintballs in a cool, dry place.
82. Try different marker grips or smaller grips designed for players with small hands.
83. Prevent hopper breaks by using quality
Certainly, here are the remaining answers:

84. Yes, you can bring your own paintball gun to a paintball field, but it must meet field regulations and safety standards.

85. Adjust dwell settings according to your marker's manual or with the guidance of a knowledgeable technician.

86. Long-range shooting in paintball requires skill and practice rather than relying solely on a specific gun model.

87. Prevent your paintball gun from freezing by storing it in a warm, dry place and using winter-specific lubricants if necessary.

88. Paintball guns are not recommended for home defense and should only be used for recreational purposes.

89. Adjust velocity on Spyder paintball guns using the velocity adjustment screw or regulator.

90. Look for paintball masks with adjustable straps and sufficient space to accommodate glasses comfortably.

91. Prevent chopping paintballs by using high-quality paint and maintaining proper marker settings and lubrication.

92. CO2 cartridges are not recommended for paintball markers, as they lack the consistency and pressure control of larger tanks.

93. Paintball guns are typically semi-automatic, meaning they fire one shot per trigger pull. Some markers may offer full-auto modes, but these are less common.

94. The best paintball gun for scenario games depends on personal preference, budget, and desired features. Popular options include the Tippmann TMC and Planet Eclipse EMF100.

95. Prevent paintballs from swelling by storing them in a cool, dry place away from moisture and extreme temperatures.

96. Lubricate O-rings and moving parts with paintball-specific silicone oil to maintain marker performance.

97. Prevent air leaks by regularly inspecting O-rings and seals for wear and replacing them as needed.

98. The best paintball gun for speedball tournaments depends on individual preferences and playing style. Popular choices include the Planet Eclipse CS2 and Dye M3+.

99. Prevent rust by keeping your paintball gun clean, dry, and properly lubricated. Store it in a protective case when not in use.

100. CO2 cartridges are not suitable for paintball markers, as they lack the consistency and pressure control required for optimal performance. It's best to use a larger CO2 tank or compressed air system for paintball.