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How to Use a Paintball Gun or Paintball Marker

Learn how to use a paintball gun or paintball marker from paintball pro Mike "Pev" Peverill in this Howcast video.


My name is Mike Peverill. I'm here at Pev's Paintball Park in Aldie, Virginia. I've been playing paintball nearly 30 years. I've played professional paintball with numerous pro teams all over the world. This facility here was built from the ground up for paintball, kind of like a paintball Disney Land. Our website is Hopefully you can come out and visit us sometime.

This is the Tippmann model 98 paintball marker, a basic paintball marker but the workhorse in the paintball industry. It is easy to use and simple. It is just like any paintball gun, they fairly simple to use, unless you start using electronic paintball guns because you are going to have to learn the code, the buttons to press, the combination to activate the gun what firing mode. But this gun we don`t have that, it`s the basic get out and play paintball, you have your barrel, you have your hopper which is were you store your paint, it`s the feeder. The you have your air system, take like for example Ninja air compressed air system, and you screw it onto the gun. Now you hear the chamber, it filled up with air which means that it`s ready to go. So now the paintball gun is considered ready to fire. Now what we do to be able to fire the paintball gun, there is a cocking nob on one side which depends on what paintball gun it is. You just pull it back, press the safety button in so it's on fire, and pull the trigger. It's ready to go. Now safety wise, every time we do use a loaded gun, always use a barrel cover, always. Every where you go it's a barrel blocking device, spare cover, barrel condom – whatever you wanna call them. People have numerous names for them, but it's a safety device, so if you accidentally pull the trigger, the ball gets caught inside the barrel condom in here and stops it from hitting anybody else. It's a safety device, always use a barrel condom on the gun. When you are done firing your gun, you wanna put the barrel condom on, and clear the chamber, hold the cocking nob and slightly let it slide forward, and put it on safety. Now the gun can't fire, so if you accidently forgot to put it on safety and you pull the trigger, nothing is going to happen because you released the cocking nob. Again, pull the cocking nob back to fire. If you are done, hold the cocking nob with your finger, pull the finger slightly and slide the cocking nob forward till you hear the click. Done, it wont fire a gun closed at the breach. Put your barrel cover on the end of the gun, and now you are in safe mode, and you are ready to go. You're ready to play, just pour the paintballs in, close the lid, done, and once you pulled the cocking nob you are ready to fire.

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