Quieter paintball guns allow snipers to sneak in close!
Paintball is a sport that mimics real battle tactics, but is as harmless as a game of tag. Since their inception, paintball markers have undergone an entire revolution in design, manufacture and function. Most paintball guns on the market today look more like some kind of laser gun than a paintball marker, however there is still one thing they all have in common: they make noise. Anyone who has ever played paintball knows that you need to be fairly close to hit your opponent and your first shot may not always connect. If your gun is quiet enough that it cannot be heard, you have a better chance at getting a second shot off unscathed.
1. Disassemble the gun down to the internals using the Allen wrenches. Take off the hand grips, pull the cock and slide out of the body of the gun, and lay the empty gun frame on a clean surface.
2. Use the cotton balls to fill any void within the frame that is not filled by some kind of trigger or mechanism. By filling in the spaces you effectively quiet the gun by eliminating areas for vibration to reverberate.
3. Reassemble the gun after filling the voids with cotton balls, but do not place the old barrel back into the gun frame. Install a new aftermarket barrel (see Resources) by screwing it into place at the end of the gun frame. The new barrel should be at least 12-inches long if not longer, and should be ported for the last 3 inches of barrel length. The longer barrel and porting allows more gas to dissipate as the ball leaves the barrel and helps to eliminate that distinct “pop” sound after each shot.
4. Install a soft ball hopper (see Resources) cover by wrapping it around the hopper and securing it in place with the Velcro attachments. The ball hopper cover will not only quiet the sound of ammo rolling around in your hopper, but it will quiet the gun as you slip through the brush and protect your hopper from direct paintball hits.