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How to Play Pump Paintball

Learn how to play pump paintball 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.

What I have here is a tracer paintball gun. It is a pump paintball gun, which kind of dates itself back in the day. We used to start it out with bolt action where you pull the bolt and fire one time. Then they graduated to pump action, which means you have to pump the handle back to fire it. It's not semi-auto mode like most paintball guns. Most kids these days don't even know what this paintball gun does. However, this was a very competitive game. A lot of people who play in the pro circuit now still play pump gun because it slows the rate of fire down but increases your skill because basically you can't just pull the trigger and fire in semi-auto mode because nothing's going to happen. Basically you have to pull back and fire, pull back and fire. Now, I don't have a hopper on top of this right now just for safety reasons, because I don't have a barrel cover on it. I want to show how the pump action works. But a lot of times with a pump action gun like this, a tracer, can go into a rapid fire mode with a pump action where you basically just hold the trigger down and keep pulling and that's how you can speed up the fire on the gun. A lot of guys didn't realize that back in the day. They would pull back the gun and pull the trigger. But if you got into a fire fight, you basically get down, you hold and pull the trigger in just like that, and it will give a rate of speed that you want that's comparable to semi-auto guns. So when you learn how the mechanisms work and also understand some of these guns that will allow you to go into that fanny mode of the pump trigger it makes all the difference in the world.

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