Paintball equipment usually gets put through quite the torture test, especially up here in New England. Paintball guns are used outdoors in all types of weather, rain, heat, cold, they get dropped, have a lot of internal air pressure, and more. The result is that paintball guns are built to take an incredible amount of abuse and still work. But just like other piece of sports equipment, paintball equipment really does require some maintenance to perform at its best.
Dead batteries, broken seals, bad o-rings, un-greased bolt systems or any small issue can really put a damper on your day if you weren’t expecting it. Our certified techs can usually get your gun back up and running quickly. They have the experience to quickly diagnose and fix minor issues thanks to their training and years of experience. Our techs are not “hobbyists”, they attend classes regularly and maintain factory certification.
The best part is that with a little planning these small gun headaches can be avoided. The simplest way to prepare your gear for a day of paintball is to test it before you head to the field for a day. At worst, this will give you time to plan ahead and make sure that you have time to get your marker to the techs. While this doesn't solve the problem, it alleviates the surprise and subsequent run-around to get your marker fixed.
The other solution is just to perform some regular maintenance on your paintball marker. Depending on how often you play, this is usually the best route. If you know how to disassemble your marker you can clean it very thoroughly. If you don’t know how to do this then be careful if you attempt it. There is nothing worse than dropping some tiny, yet very important piece of your marker on the ground. If you want to be incredibly thorough, you can disassemble your gun at the end of the season, clean it and wipe off any leftover lube. The simpler version is to simply clean, test fire, and properly store your marker. If you do this after each day of play, you will really limit any headaches you run into. If you don't want to do either of these then your best bet is just to test everything before you play.
Depending on how often you play, the right amount of maintenance for your gear can make a big difference. By simply testing your gun before you come play, or even just arriving early to make sure everything works, you can avoid the headache. Don’t be the person who shows up with their old gear and then holds the entire group up because their equipment no longer works. Remember, your paintball equipment can take a beating and still perform, but just like anything else, if you take care of it, it will perform better. If you have questions about your equipment and how to get it ready to play again, ask away! See you on the field.