How to Pick a Paintball Barrel | Paintball

How to Pick a Paintball Barrel | Paintball


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 www.pevs.com. Hopefully you can come out and visit us sometime. Picking a barrel size has some science to
it and some personal preference to it. A lot of people pick a barrel because it’s
the longest one we have. I mean they’ll go for the longer one just
because they think it’ll shoot further. But in all reality, it’s not going to make
a difference in how much further it shoots. The recommended barrel size that you’ll want
to have is always around 12 inches or longer — not less than 12 inches, because you want
it to have accuracy. Another thing that is important about a barrel
is not only the quality — like this one is a CP barrel, which makes fantastic barrels
— but also the porting. You’ll see the porting on it with all these
holes that are drilled in the barrel. What that does is it allows the gas — the
air — behind the ball as it’s traveling down the barrel to stabilize near the end. So when that ball comes out the end of the
barrel and that big explosion happens where the air dissipates all around the ball, it
doesn’t cause it all to have so much energy that it hooks one way. So what happens is that most of the energy
is used to create velocity and speed as it works all the way down the barrel. And as it gets down to the last couple inches
of the barrel, it dissipates some that energy. The ball comes out and all that energy breaks
evenly so that ball doesn’t hook. The ball stays stable and gives it a straight
shoot. So that’s why I tell everybody that it’s important
to go with a barrel that’s ported. If you have a barrel that’s not ported or
has a muzzle brake, I would not use it. It’s going to only make your balls shoot everywhere
that you shouldn’t be shooting. The other big category for the barrels is
the caliber. Paintballs are made by different manufacturers,
so they are different calibers. So what I suggest you do is go to different
paintball fields and ask them what caliber paint they’re using. If you’re unsure, you can always purchase
yourself something like this. It’s a caliber measuring device. What happens is you take the ball and you
stick in the hole to find out what caliber it is. And like this one one here, it’s a little
small for the 686, and it’s right on the money for a 683. So typically you want a barrel size that is
a 685 caliber bore size that’s not too snug but snug enough that air is trapped behind
it and pushes it evenly and pushes the ball all the way to the end of the barrel. If you have a really big bore size and a very
small ball, when that ball travels down the barrel, it’s going to wobble. And when it comes out the end, it’s going
to lose its trajectory of being accurate and you don’t want that to happen.

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