How Long Do Paintball Guns Last?

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When purchasing paintball guns, it’s important to know how long do paintball guns last before they need to be replaced. To play paintball, markers are one of the essential paintball gear you need.

There are several types of guns, and each brand will have a different shelf life depending on different factors like the proper cleaning, maintenance, and storing, that we are going to cover in this article so that your paintball gun shoot effectively.

Anyway, the short answer is Paintball markers can easily last up to 6-10 years but can last longer if they are stored and cared for properly.

Shelf Life Of The Paintball Guns

Paintball guns can last a long time range of probably 5 to 10 years, some classic mag guns could last up to 12 years whereas our Tippmann is still working perfectly to this day due to proper cleaning and maintenance; it’s been 7 years and to this day I play paintball without any trouble with my marker.

With the right maintenance, cleaning process, and store you can keep them in good shape just like the day you bought them, and ready to use for your next paintball match. To keep markers in tip top condition following a manufacturer’s recommendations is the best policy to follow to raise their shelf life up to 12 to 15 years.

When we say different markers have different lifespans it is because of the various factors that set the range of the time.

How Long Do Paintball Guns Last

Base Material

The base material of which the gun is made matters a lot. A gun made out of aluminum will have a different period of time than a gun made out of plastic or steel.

Electronic VS Semi Automatic Paintball Gun

Usually, electronic markers don’t last long because of the dirt, water, and moisture messing up with their electronic features. With proper care and cleaning it might expand its life span of it but it will still be low as compared to semi automatic markers.

A Thorough Follow Up

Each paintball marker is made of different base material so each one will have different precautions and instructions to follow to keep them in decent shape. Following the manufacturer’s instructions regarding cleaning, maintenance, and storing will surely help you prolong the lifespan of a marker.

How To Do The Maintenance & Cleaning of The Paintball guns

Routine maintenance of paintball guns consists of regular cleaning, inspection, and lubrication. It is an undeniable fact that a little maintenance can prolong their life.

The following steps will help you clean your gun properly:

Cleaning 

To start the cleaning process of your marker, first, remove the air tank and CO2 tank or any other accessories like a paintball hopper or sights from the gun.

  • First of all remove the paintball tank and other paintball equipment like hopper, sights, or red dot laser from the Picatinny rail.
  • The second step in cleaning is to disassemble it. You can do this with a small screwdriver or a small brush.
  • You should also make a before and after picture for reference, as you will need to reassemble your gun.
  • Next, empty the gun and check for any safety locks.
  • Afterward remove the paintball gun’s parts and sanitize them.
  • Sanitation will prevent any unwanted substances from growing inside the gun.
  • Cleaning the inside of the barrel is also crucial. Q-Tips are a great tool to use when cleaning the gun’s barrel.
  • Clean your paintball marker with the help of a cleaning kit or a washcloth with some lukewarm water.
  • Avoid using any house cleaning chemicals at all costs.
  • Also, consult with the manufacturer manual to see if there are any cleaning instructions.
  • After cleaning it, let the parts dry out completely before you get on with the lubrication process.

Cleaning is simple and easy, but some parts of the gun require disassembly. The most fragile parts of paintball guns are the bolt & hammer and grip frame. If these parts are not put together properly, the paintball marker could face heavy damage.

Since paintball guns are the most expensive gear among other equipment of the paintball, you need to be careful while maintaining and cleaning them. If it’s possible then seek out the help of professionals with the fragile parts of the gun.

Lubrication

  • Lubricate all the parts with the paintball oil types or lubricant recommended by the manufacturer.
  • It is also important to remember that too much oil can harm a paintball gun. So don’t over lubricate, paintball gun parts need to be oiled and not be drowned in it.
  • After paintballing, be sure to oil it. Not only will it protect from rust, but it will also help your gun last for longer.
How To Do The Maintenance & Cleaning of The Paintball guns

Regular cleaning and lubrication of paintball guns are crucial in preserving their accuracy. It is a good idea to clean your paintball gun after every use and store it in a clean environment.

Inspection

  • After disassembling and cleaning, check for damaged parts, do a thorough inspection especially look out for the O-rings.
  • Using the wrong tools or parts could result in disastrous consequences
  • After cleaning and inspection, reassemble the marker by following the manufacturer’s guide.
  • It’s also a good idea to take the marker to a professional or a paintball store if any of its parts don’t fit properly.

We compiled these steps as we could from our playing experience and mistakes on the local field. You can even check our in depth cleaning process right here.

Tips For Long Lasting Markers

Regular Cleaning & Maintenance

Over time dirt and grime get accumulated inside your gun even if it’s not in use. Regular cleaning can extend its life and improve its performance.

Storing the marker in a glass case stand could also save you from regular cleaning if you tend to have longer periods of time gaps between paintball matches.

Try to use lukewarm water and non toxic solution for cleaning and designated paintball lubrication oil. you can easily find paintball oil from the nearby paintball store or online market. We personally use ‘Slip 2000 Marker Paintball Oil‘ because of its preservation power on the O-rings and other parts.

Remove Batteries If Not In Use

Paintball gun batteries are cheap, but they will run out of juice very quickly. If you don’t remove them regularly, you risk having a misfire or jam. In order to avoid such an occurrence during a paintball match, always ensure that your marker has a safety button and barrel plug.

Be Cautious Of Fragile Parts

Cleaning the grip frame and bolt & hammer is an important part of maintaining paintball guns but also THE MOST DIFFICULT PARTS. Usually, we highly recommend deep cleaning of these parts done by the professionals instead of yourself, especially the beginner paintball players.

But if you are knowledgeable and as well as have any prior experience with cleaning the grip frame before and didn’t face any complications then that’s great. You can also use a toothbrush to clean the frame thoroughly with some lukewarm water and finish it up with some paintball oil lubrication.

By cleaning the gun’s grip frame, you’ll remove dried paint and other materials that may interfere with their effective range and performance. Eliminating paintball residue will also reduce the risk of jamming.

Repairing A Paintball Gun

There are many common problems with paintball guns, and most of them can be easily fixed with a little effort.

Sometimes players struggle to shoot their guns at all and may find themselves standing at the sidelines, waiting for someone to notice their problems.

We have addressed some common problems from dirty barrels to bad paint, along with their solutions so that you can enjoy the action instead of waiting on the sidelines.

Replacing Worn Out O-rings or Hammer Springs

The most common problem is when the marker does not fire properly. This happens due to damaged hammer springs or O-rings. The easiest way to fix it is to replace these from time to time and keep a look out for them during your cleanup session.

Paintball gun O-rings should be checked frequently to ensure they’re in good condition. Always remember to check them before playing on the field. Checking the O-rings will help you identify any wear or tear that may have occurred. You should inspect the O-rings to make sure they’re intact.

Cracked o-rings can lead to leakage of paintballs. Thus jamming it up or worse scenario case damaging the internal part of the marker.

Some guns may have worn-out parts, and if you can’t fix them yourself, you can bring an expert to do it for you.

Leakage from Paintball Tanks

CO2 leaks are another common paintball gun issue. Many guns have many accessories and pieces, and these parts can be prone to leaking gas.

A damaged O-ring can compromise the tight seal of the marker and cause leakage of the compressed air. Similarly, an air source adapter should have the correct O-ring to prevent the stripping of threads.

The solution to it is simple adjustments and replacements. Make sure to use a proper air source adapter for your paintball gun, and follow all the mentioned instructions carefully.

Check The Inside Of the Paintball Barrel

Very often gun misfire or get jammed due to the dirty interior of the barrel. This mostly happens when paintball players slack off in cleaning the marker after each use. The leftover paint residue from paintballs gets accumulated in the barrel thus compromising the accuracy and efficiency of the markers.

Repairing a paintball gun is not a complicated procedure. As long as you are familiar with paintball guns, you should be able to fix most paintball guns in an hour or less by replacing the torn and worn out parts.

“Always clean the gun from inside and outside. A dirty inside it can cause the paintballs in the chamber to jam and gum up the hammer or bolt. To fix this, you should clean it and lubricate its internal parts. so you won’t be left out alone on the paintball field.”

Conclusion

Anything needs proper dedicated care to last for a long time, same goes for the marker and other paintball gears. With the right method of maintenance and cleaning, you can extend the life of your battle companion for exciting paintball games and scenario paintball matches.

And to be real, guns are the most expensive equipment among the others so it definitely is wise to take good care of them to avoid any overspending.

Other than cleaning and maintaining, handling it with care sure saves you from a lot of work. We have tested out many markers over the time of paintballing and sure enough, rough handling minimizes the life span of the weapon.

If playing paintball is such a hassle like with all the cleaning and proper maintenance why do most people play it? It’s because paintball is now becoming a great healthy outdoor activity. and since it’s an action packed game with all the shooting and firearms, something most teens are interested in.