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Making Your Own Homemade Paintball Gun

Aug 20, 2008
Even for those who do not have any inkling to the sport of paintball, it is very much self-explanatory that the paintball gun is the main paraphernalia for those who are engaging in the said activity. Paintball guns work their magic by utilizing the laws of physics, particularly the inherent property of gases like carbon dioxide to expand which makes the paintball lodged in the gun's barrel to be thrust in great speed and hit the players of the opposing side.

Though initially used as an efficient means to mark trees and livestock, the paintball gun has now become the heart of a sport that is taking the world by storm. Thanks to the simplicity of the paintball gun's mechanism, one can now join the craze by building one at home with items that can be readily found on one's garage or the neighborhood hardware store.

To start building one's own homemade paintball gun, one must have the following materials: glue, some cement, tire replacement valve, plumber's tape, primer, a length of 1" PVC (6 feet would be enough), an equal length of ¾" PVC barrel, two 1" PVC elbows, 1" PVC end cap, two 1" PVC tees labeled 'A' and 'B' with their straight ends identified as 'Ax' and 'Ay', 'Bx' and 'By' respectively. The perpendicular ends, meanwhile, should be labeled correspondingly as 'Az' and 'Bz'. Finally, one should have ¾" of the following: PVC nipple, PVC ball valve, and PVC reducer. For the tools to build these materials into a DIY paintball gun, all that one must have is a plumber's saw and a nail driller.

It is also important to note that the PVC that one is about to use materials in the making of the paintball gun should be pressure tested since they will be exposed to a lot of rupturing.

To start building, one will have to cut the 1" PVC into segments. It is advised that one cuts them into equal lengths so as to make their assembly later easier. After cutting them, ensure that the ends will be insulated by covering them with plumber's tape. To assemble the main structure, take one of the segments that one has just cut and attach to its two ends the two PVC elbows using the primer and the cement and making sure that the ends of the elbows face in the same direction.

Next, take the other segment and attach to its one end the 'Az' end of the PVC tee labeled as 'A' while the 'Bx' end of the PVC tee labeled as 'B' should be attached to its other end. After this, one can now connect the two pieces of PVC with primer and cement to form a shape resembling a box.

To construct the outer details, fasten the PVC nipple on the 'By' end of the PVC tee. The nipple will then be the part that will be bolted with the ball valve, which is in turn the part where the barrel will be fastened. Connect the tire valve by drilling an adequate hole in the end cap which is to be cemented with a 1" PVC that is to be attached to the 'Ay' end of one of the PVC tees. After all of these and a day to let it dry, the paintball gun is done and is ready for any paintball match up that one would engage in.

Manufacturing one's own paintball gun is pretty easy to accomplish, given that one has the materials needed and the necessary know-how for the project.
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