Paintball Gear Maintenance : Traveling With Paintball Gear

Paintball Gear Maintenance : Traveling With Paintball Gear


Hello this is Rob Rubin and you’re watching
Expert Village. Hey, I’ve got my suitcase out and that’s not because I’m going on vacation,
I just want to show you something, that is traveling with your paintball gear. This show
is current with 2007 and if it is a lot later than that then you might want to check the
rules again but under current rules the TSA it does not require that these be held up
to the same standards as firearms. Paintball markers can be traveled with without a hard
case, without a marking case. You can literally throw it in your normal clothing suitcase
and you are good to go but do so intelligently. What I recommend that you do is do not travel
with this looking like a paintball marker. Take the barrel off of the front of it, stow
the barrel separately, take the hopper off of it and stow the hopper separately and just
pack it in your luggage. When you are traveling with your goggles you have got to be extra
cautious and you don’t want anything to scratch it so put your goggles in a goggle bag and
if you are really paranoid about it take your arm pads and your elbow pads and stuff them
on the inside and stuff some T-shirts on the outside of the lens so that the lens is protected
and then just put it in your suitcase. Now for the big one, air tanks. Yes it is legal
to fly with an air tank in the United States under current TSA rules but you have to do
one thing to your air tank and that is to make them safe by being able to remove the
valve. The valve on some air tanks should come right off like this. The reason is they
want to inspect the inside of the air tank to make sure you are not carrying anything
in there. Also with the valve off of it there is no pressure so there is no danger in flying
with this. You can actually buy air tanks that have removable valves or if you know
of a qualified air smith you can have a qualified air smith remove the valve from your tank.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, do not remove the air valve from your tank. Don’t
do it. There are some air tanks that you cannot remove the air valve from at all. If you have
any doubts, don’t do it yourself seek a qualified air smith. Since I am thinking about it, if
you take the regulator off of your air tank too many times and put it back on you can
actually compromise the threads inside your regular or the threads inside your air tank
so don’t do this too often. When you are flying with an air tank you can either take it with
you as carry on or you can check it into your luggage. If you check it into your luggage
what I recommend that you do is you declare at the gate that you have paintball equipment
in your luggage and tell them that there is an air tank with the regulator removed at
the check in counter. You don’t have to do this, at least that is what the law says but
it is a lot easier on you and a lot smoother for you if you just tell them up front hey,
I’ve got paintball gear in there but don’t use the G word, never use the G word and by
that I mean gun, that tends to make TSA people very very paranoid.

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