How Does CO2 Shoot a Paintball?

PaintballCarbon Dioxide (CO2) is in a compressed, liquid state inside a CO2 tank. When it is released from the tank it expands into gaseous CO2 which propels the paintball out of the chamber. It works in much the same way as a steam engine: fire heats water to boiling and the resulting steam expands and propels a turbine. The only difference is that while water boils at 100 degrees Celsius (212 Fahrenheit), CO2 boils at -78C (-108F).

markerWhile it is left in the pressurized tank it stays in a liquid state, but the second it is released, it instantly converts to the gaseous form, similar to how water instantly vaporizes when you drop it on a red hot piece of metal. Gaseous CO2 takes up much more space than the liquid form, and while it expands it pushes a paintball out the front of the gun.

Do Paintballs Biodegrade?

ShooterPaintballs are completely biodegradable and will wash away from most surfaces with water or will vanish after a rainstorm. Paintballs are gelatin capsules filled with an oil or polyethylene glycol (the base of cough syrups) and food-coloring dye mixture. Both the shells and the fill will naturally biodegrade and will not leave lasting marks on the environment.

ShooterThe only potential worry with paintballs is staining certain fabrics. I have found that certain brands of paintballs will stain certain light-colored fabrics. This is dependent upon the dye used in coloring the fill and the fabric. I have found that cheaper paints are more likely to stain white cotton or cotton/poly fabrics. I have never seen a paintball stain a dark-colored fabric.

Is Paintball Fun?

PaintballYes. Paintball is a blend of action, strategy, adrenaline and small projectiles hurling through the air upwards of 200 miles per hour.

It's a game that can be played and enjoyed by just about anybody

Who is Paintball For?

PaintballPaintball is for anyone who likes competition, action, strategy and skill. Many people have fond memories running around as children playing tag, capture the flag, or hide and go seek. Most remember these games as only a simple part of childhood and move on to bigger and better things, but some just take up the adult form of tag - paintball. And, just as tag can be played by nearly anyone, paintball is an accessible, affordable activity that can accommodate just about any personality and budget.

So, if you have ever wondered if you could play paintball, the answer is an emphatic "YES".