There you are on the paintball field…
Your adrenaline is pumping, your friends are running, you have your paintballs loaded, ready to take the shot, and your gun jams. Don’t despair! All is not lost. These tips will help you recover from a paintball gun jam and keep up your game for the rest of the day.
Option One: Stay on the Field and Hope for a Quick Fix
Your referees knowledgeable about paintball guns and is there to help you fix whatever problems may arise. However, while most referees can easily help you out, it might be easier to fix it yourself rather than take the chance of getting hit.
- Avoid picking paintballs up off the ground. The size of the chamber and the barrel are not large enough to fit any debris from paintballs that have fallen on the ground.
- Your adrenaline is pumping on the field and it is easy to forget that your need to do more than re-load paint! Double check that you have air in your tank, this simple fix could be the key to a successful round of paintball.
- Check that your gun is re-cocking automatically. (That is the silver bolt either on the side or top of your gun).
- Check to make sure your safety is off.
- Hold your gun up to your ear (with the barrel cover on!) and listen for any hissing sounds. If you hear even a faint hissing you may have a leak either in your gun or your tank. To fix a leaky tank all you need to do is get a new O-ring ideally if this does not work you may need a new tank.
Option Two: Head Back Down and Try and Figure Things Out In a MUCH Less Stressful Environment
1. Clean your barrel, it is a good precaution and always useful to have a clean barrel.
Steps to cleaning a dirty gun barrel:
- Unscrew the tank from your gun. (Very important for your safety).
- Unscrew the barrel from your gun.
- Look to see if there is a paintball jammed in the barrel or if it just needs to be cleaned.
- If there is ammo jammed inside, you will need to unjam it with a stick or squeegee.
- If it needs to be cleaned, you will have to use a squeegee (they have squeegees to borrow at the “Rentals” window).
- If your gun’s barrel is clean, check the passageway from the feedneck to the barrel to ensure it is clean. (You may have to take the hopper off of your gun to look through both sides).
- Once you have cleaned you’re gun, reassemble it.
2. Your last resort would be to track down one of our gun techs and have them take a look at your gun.
Following these easy steps should help you avoid future jams and recover quickly while on the playing field. Good luck out there!