August 1999 Tech Tips
TIP #1 TIP #2
TIP #3 TIP #4 TIP #5
TIP #1 -
I BOUGHT A
CO2 “FILL ASSEMBLY” BUT CAN GET ONLY 3-4 OZS. AFTER FILLING.
|To date several companies are selling CO2 fill
assemblies with incomplete instructions and some with no instructions
whatsoever. I am not giving you the full instructions, but will fill
two consistent gaps in instruction manuals. First is to insure that
the tank you are using to fill off of has a siphon/dip tube. This a
piece of tubing or hose inside the large container (usually
either a 20lb. or 50lb. Tank) that reaches to the bottom of said tank
(where the liquid is) to draw the liquid out. If you do not
specifically ask for a siphon tube on a 50lb. tank they will not give
you one, and a siphon tube on a 20lb. is pretty much unheard of unless
you have it installed. This should be done by a professional ala
“kids and adults do not try this at home”. The second thing left
out that causes “short fills” in most “manuals” is to prime or
chill the tank you will be filling. The quickest way is to put the 3-4
oz. in that will go without chilling or priming and then immediately
bleed it back out that will generally chill it quite enough. Be
certain to turn the tank being filled upside down to allow the liquid
to run out or else dry ice will form inside (that’s not good). Some
penny pinchers would rather chill the tank via a refrigerator,
freezer, or ice chest. The first two are OK but I do not recommend
putting CO2 container in an ice chest --- it is possible to have the
water from the ice seep into your tank (that is bad). Once properly
chilled the siphoning from one to the other goes well enough to get a
YOUSE GOTTA SUCK THE LIQUID OUT ---- NOT JUST BLOW GAS!
TIP #2 -
THE VELOCITY ON MY ANGEL IS LOW AND WON’T ADJUST
UP AND/OR DROPS OFF WHEN I RAPID FIRE.
|The most common cause for this is the
output pressure from your air source is not set high enough. Some
angels require as much as 900 psi going into them to maintain desired
velocities. However there is another possibility as well. When you
open the breech block to remove the bolt you will notice an opening
going into the lower half of the mainbody. Inside that opening you
will see at one end a brass piece and at the other a stainless stem.
The brass piece is the head/striker of the pneumatic ram, when fired
it zips across that opening to the other end striking the stem opening
the valve allowing the air to pass through the bolt firing thus firing
the ball and to grandmothers house we go. After considerable use
and/or extremely sandy or dusty conditions that area the head of the
ram must pass through can get “gunked” up. That can cause the ram
to drag, losing some of its umph needed to open the valve. The best
way to clean the area requires complete disassembly of the gun,
which requires special tools. I recommend giving it to an expert for
this. But you can get a lot of it out using q-tips or holding the gun
upside down and carefully spraying a degreaser into the
opening. When done cleaning I recommend squirting some Dow 33 grease
down in the very bottom of the opening.
DIS WHERE I HIDE ALL MY DIRT AND PAINT ----- THINK IT'S A GOOD PLACE?
TIP #3 -
BOUGHT THE NEW BUSHMASTER 2000 AND IT FIRES ----- BUT THE BOLT DOESN’T
|This can occur after the pin that holds the
bolt in has been removed for cleaning/squeegying. It is merely a
matter of positioning the bolt correctly and pushing the pin all the
way home. When removing the bolt I recommend leaving the air on, but
switching the electronics off. Pull the pin and remove the bolt ----
when you look down through the slot that pin rides in ---- you will
see a stainless piece with a slot. With the air on it will be drawn
all the way to the rear of the slot (air off and it could be anywhere
in the slot). When you replace the bolt it has to “snap” into the
slotted area of said stainless piece. That is why having the air on
helps you to know where it goes is all the way back (so you may do it
without looking). Be certain to snap the pin down to the point where
the shoulder of the pin is virtually touching the slot. You should
also note that it is possible to insert the bolt upside down. There a
port half way down that must face toward the bottom of the gun to
allow the air to pass through to the ball.
WITH DIS ONE YOU GOTSTA LINE IT UP RIGHT AND SNAP IT TIGHT!
TIP #4 -
ON MY STINGRAY II WON’T GO VERY HIGH.
|Once the allen screw adjustment through top
of the gun has been adjusted all the way out there are still a couple
of things you may try. The first is to shim up the mainspring. I
recommend using 3-4 rings of another mainspring that has been cut
down. Place the short spring over the guide rod (the end towards the
back of the gun) and then put your old spring on top of that. The
other thing to look for is that the stingray II barrel is very short
and a large bore. Ask for the largest bore sized paintballs available
when buying your paint. Note that even trying all these tricks may not
get your velocity over 250 fps. You can try a different barrel, but
that is the most velocity you can achieve in some cases. Note: always
remove the air source on a stingray before disassembly!
ME LIKES TO SHOOT JUST AS FAR AS THE OTHER MONSTERS. ERICK SEZ DIS SPRANG SHOULD HELP.
TIP #5 -
ON MY RT SEEMS LOWER ON MY FIRST SHOT.
|This is not a fig newton of your
imagination. When you turn the output pressure on your air source up
higher (say 800-900psi) you get a much more “reactive” trigger,
however that can have more of an effect on your velocity. I have found
that keeping the output pressure down around the 650-700psi range
makes for the tightest range in velocity (usually no more than 5fps).
I believe that the factory has a graph and other literature to help
explain this even better.
SOMEBODY TELLS ME WHAT DAT SEZ. ME DON'TS HAVE MY READIN GLASSES ON.
Erik Hoffman is not to be held responsible for any injury or equipment damage. Our
recommendation is that all paintball equipment repair or modification should be handled by
a competent and qualified airsmith or by the manufacturer of said product. Anybody using
these tips should take great care doing anything to and/or operating any paintball