Air, Co2 or PCP
Paintball guns are powered by a Air
or Co2 bottle that fits into the back of the gun.
PCP Air Rifles and Pistols are only powered by air.
An often asked question is the
difference between Air and Co2.
So where do we begin:-
Air is also
called Nitrogen, the advantage it is very stable and is not affected by
outside temperatures. The disadvantage is the bottles are more expensive and
to get the number of shots you need much higher pressure than Co2. You'll
see on a air system or tank figures such as 3000 PSI 48cu. The 3000 relates
to the amount of pressure the tank can hold and the 48 relates to the
capacity inside the tank.
The system or tank can be brought either in aluminium or fibre wrap.
The aluminium is cheaper but heavier, the fibre is
the opposite, dearer but lighter. The aluminium does not require a cover, the
fibre wrap does.
To fill the air systems or tanks requires a scuba air fill
station which attaches to a scuba tank which one can purchase from any scuba
shop or second hand shop like cash converters when they're available .
is that its cheaper to buy at the start. The bottles are less than half the
price of Air. That is its only advantage. The gas is not as stable as air
due to the bottle is filled with both liquid and gas Co2 and relies on the
liquid turning into gas as the gun is fired. It is effected by the weather
and the paintball gun itself has to be tuned more to compensate for
fluctuations in climate conditions.
Written on the tanks is either 12oz or
20oz, this relates to the capacity and the pressure is the same at around
700PSI. To fill the Co2 tanks requires a fill station which attaches to a
master Co2 tank which one can hire from any gas supply like BOC gas's.
We also stock disposable non-threaded 12gram Co2 Cartridges
What is PCP?
Before your PCP air rifle will function it needs to be filled with
compressed air (not CO2) . There are three basic tools that
can be used to fill your PCP Air rifle:
1. A Handpump, which works much like a bicycle pump except for the high
2. A Scuba Tank. These are the standard diver's tanks.
3. Carbon Fiber Tanks - we have 4 sizes available. They are 88 cu. ft. in volume and are charged to
4500 psi which is a lot higher pressure than scuba tanks.