Safety and proper marker maintenance ensure fun for all at a paintball field.
When not on the field, a paintball marker barrel is plugged and a mechanical safety used to prevent the marker from accidentally firing. Just like the safety on a real gun, the paintball marker safety is utilized for the protection of all the paintball players. Worn parts should be immediately replaced, a process which can often be completed by the marker owner with a few tools and common sense.
1. Acquire the paintball marker schematic. If the marker was purchased new, a schematic is typically included with the equipment’s paperwork. If the marker was purchased used from a third party, instructions and schematic often be downloaded from the Internet on the manufacturer’s website. Having a schematic in hand before beginning this process will ensure a smooth and complete repair.
2. Remove the paintball grip from the marker body. Typically the grip is fastened to the body with 2 button-head hex cap screws. Carefully remove the screws and then remove the grip from the body. If repairing a Tippmann Custom 98, the two halves of the body are taken apart revealing the internals, rather than removing the grip from the marker body.
3. Using the schematic, identify the trigger safety. The trigger safety is a small part, which slides back and forth, or from side to side within the grip handle. It will physically move into the travel path of the trigger. If a schematic is not available, inspect the marker grip visually and identify the part which fits this description.
4. Physically inspect the trigger and trigger safety. Become familiar with how these two parts interact before disassembling them any further. Once confident on their operation, remove the two parts and physically inspect them again. If the marker was misfiring, the problem may have been in a worn safety, worn trigger or some other problem. Make sure the parts are intact and interact positively. Identify on the schematic that the parts are indeed the trigger and safety.
5. Order new parts from the manufacturer if they require replacement. Install the new parts in the reverse order from how they were removed. Verify that the trigger and safety are interacting correctly and working properly working before reassembling the marker, grip, and body. Once the marker is reassembled, before gassing the equipment, test the trigger and safety to verify that the parts have been installed properly.