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Before you go out and play paintball, you must first have the proper paintball equipment. There are various paintball equipments that you must first have before going out on the field. You can either rent them or it is much advisable that you buy your own paintball equipment. Here are some of the basic paintball equipments that you should know.
Don't ever go out into the battlefield without a paintmask. Paintmask are also known as 'goggles'. They are safety headgear device that every paintball player is required to wear. Paintmask protects the eyes, mouth, nose and ears of the wearer. Some masks also have throat guards. The lenses of paintmask are engineered to stop paintballs; however one must remember that these lenses are not intended to resist impacts of paintballs traveling at enormously great speeds. Remember that permanent blindness or impairment in the vision can be a result if you are hit in the eye if you don't wear your protective paintmask.
Paintball Marker or Gun
Paintball marker is also known as paintball gun. This is the primary device used in this game. Paintball gun marks an opposing player when the opponent is hit by its paint ball. Carbon dioxide forces the paintball through the barrel at a high velocity, sufficient enough for the paintball to break upon impact, but not enough for some serious injury rather than mild bruising.
Barrel Blocking Device
A barrel blocking device is a safety device that is inserted into the barrel to prevent any accidental discharge of your paintball marker thus preventing injury to you or to others. All paintball fields won't let you play paintball if you don't have a barrel blocking device.
Most pump action and pistol paintball markers use 12 gram cartridges. Most paintball markers use carbon dioxide because it is a lot cheaper even though nitrogen or high pressure air is a lot better than carbon dioxide.
Hoppers or Loader
Hoppers and loaders work the same way as a clip or magazine will do on a rifle or handgun. These two are the main form of providing ammunition for the paintball marker. Hoppers are the traditional way of holding the ammunition of the paintball marker. The most common and basic hopper is a black shell that has a hinged cover on the back for reloading. It is inserted neck down into the paintball marker's 'feedneck' so that the paint ball can go into the marker one at a time. Loaders are very similar to hoppers, but it uses some sort of mechanical or sometimes electrical means of forcing the paintballs into the paintball marker's feedneck and down into the chamber for a much faster and steadier supply of ammo to the paintball marker.
There are also lots of extra safety equipments. However they are not necessary but they allow added protection for your body. You go for the paintball equipment that you think is necessary for your needs.