This is Robert Stewart with hill13.com. Now
we’re going to talk about the proper feeding of a paintball gun. The feed is the portion
of the weapon that stands directly over the top of the bolt assembly that actually feeds
the paint into the weapon. This is what’s called a drop or vertical feed. When the weapon
is charged and the bolt is back the paint comes down out of the hopper and drops straight
in here. Now one of the downsides to this is that a lot of times the paintballs get
jammed in the hopper and you have to shake the gun, sometimes even invert the gun to
loosen the balls up and make them feed again properly. The next feed we’re going to look
at is what’s called a cyclone feed. This is a Tipman X7 with a cyclone feed. And you can
see that as the gun fires, inside, these spindles actually turn and draw the balls down and
send them into the weapon. This is, in my opinion, a much more satisfactory feed system.
But that’s not the only type you have. With straight or vertical feeds, now, they make
hoppers that will agitate the balls for you much like the cyclone and we’ll get into that
a little later.