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How to Chronograph a Paintball Gun

Learn how to chronograph a paintball gun 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.

Chronographing your gun, it's a very simple process, but everywhere you play paintball you should chronograph your gun. The rules say that 300 ft/s is the maximum velocity you're allowed to shoot a paintball gun. It's the safe velocity at the max. We typically prefer 280 to 290, especially if there's a lot of beginners on the field, but 300 is the safe velocity that can be used for paintball goggles and so forth. Basically, there's this main device here, you're basically going to shoot the paintball gun over the top of it. We do it inside of the tube to collect the paint so that there's not a big mess, and basically and you're just going to stick the gun up on top the chronograph and when it's ready to go, you pull the trigger and when you pull the trigger the device will tell me the velocity and right now it says 255. If I pull it again; 257, pull it again; 251. So I'm within the velocity that they're asking to be shooting at, so I can choose either raise my velocity or keep it the same. In this case, because of the parties that are playing, we're going to keep it at this velocity because it'll stay stable between 250 and 260. If you were going to change the velocity, it's simple as basically using your adjustment tool, every paintball gun is different, but this one here has got a velocity adjustment tool on the side. You would crank it, turn in or turn out, depending on what you want to do to accomplish, and once you change your velocity, you fire 3 more times to clear the gun, to make sure pressure's changed, and see now my velocity's up at 260, so now I've made the changes I need.

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