Playing paintball with friends and family surely is fun where you have to get an upper hand from your opponent and have to knock them down no matter what the situation is. However, playing it becomes a fun activity when you are using your paintball gun.
What Am I pointing towards when I say using your paintball gun? Does it mean that I am urging you to buy a paintball gun from an online store? NO! The simple answer is that you should be making your paintball gun.
In case you are wondering how to make a paintball gun from scratch? I’ve got a detailed guide for you following which you will be successful in making a DIY paintball.
Follow the steps I am about to mention and making a paintball gun will not be as difficult as it seems. However, make sure that you’ve already got all the components to make a gun perfectly.
So, let’s start without any further ado:
How to Make a Paintball Gun from Scratch?
The simple steps are as follows:
- Choosing the Plastic Bottle:
The first thing that you have to do is to choose a plastic bottle which has got a lid or a cap. That being said, keep in mind that this plastic bottle will work as a tank where we will keep the gas to press the trigger.
The best recommendation in this regard is to use a bottle with thick plastic construction. A 750ml water bottle is more than enough in this regard that comes with a lid.
- Drilling a Hole At the Bottom:
While you are looking for a plastic bottle, the next step will be to drill a small hole of 2cm at the bottom of this bottle. Use a drill to make a hole and keep in mind that it should be placed at the center position to ensure an ideal gun making experience.
While you are drilling the hole, it is better to follow the safety instructions. Therefore, always wear the safety glasses before you drill a hole. If you are just a teenager, it would be then suitable to ask an adult for help.
- Drilling Small Hole Under the Larger One:
The next step to follow after drilling the main hole on the plastic bottle will be drilling a small 1cm hole right under the large hole. While you are about to make a hole, leave enough distance to avoid the plastic from getting cracked or else it will cause issues for you.
The drilling process must be neat and clean and you should follow all the safety steps to keep yourself as protected as possible during this process.
- Pushing a Metal Pipe Inside the Larger Hole:
Right when you are done with drilling both holes, the next step will be finding a metal pipe that can act as a barrel of the gun. You can easily find metal pipes of the size the same as the larger hole at local hardware stores.
The total length of the pipe you are about to insert inside the water bottle must be 15cm and while you insert it, position it in such a way that at least 5cm is already inside the bottle.
The pipe’s length may be shorter or longer depending upon different circumstances. However, make sure that it is made from durable and lightweight metal before you insert it inside the larger hole.
- Placing the Lighter’s Neck in Small Hole:
Well, we are now left with the small hole. We drilled it just because to add a bendy lighter’s neck in it. So, for this purpose, you will need a flammable lighter and it must not be an ordinary one. That is, it should have a bendy neck so that you might be able to attach it to the water bottle easily.
A neck with 8cm length will be more than enough and you should push at least 2cm inside the small hole. While doing this, be gentle and don’t hurry or you will mess up the whole situation.
- Gluing the Lighter to the Bottle:
Lastly, we are left with gluing the lighter to the sideway of the water bottle. For this purpose, keep the lighter on a water bottle for a while and make a rough estimate or you can pencil sketch it for accuracy. Make use of hot glue or silicon and apply it to the sketched areas.
Attach the lighter to that side where the glue is already present. You will thus be able to make a paintball gun perfectly. After applying the hot glue, wait for at least 5 minutes so that the lighter might get attached to the bottle completely.
You are now done with the gun creation process and the only thing left is filling the tank with gasses and firing the gun.
Some important steps in this regard are as follows:
- Pushing the Pellet Inside the Pipe:
First of all, push a paintball pellet of 1cm inside the pipe unless it reaches the endpoint. While you are doing this, if a pellet is so small, then you should cover it up with some material to ensure that it gets stuck inside the barrel.
- Spraying a Deodorant Inside the Water Bottle:
Take the lid off from the water bottle and spray aerosol deodorant inside the tank. It should be more than enough to fill up the tank completely.
- Screw The Lid Tightly:
Right after you are done with spraying, immediately close or screw the lid of the water bottle so that the deodorant remains inside the tank of the DIY paintball gun.
- Pressing the Trigger:
Finally, press the trigger of the lighter that is already attached to the gun and you will see the pellet being shot from the barrel with a high velocity.
That is how you are going to make a paintball gun from scratch. Keep in mind that it won’t be as good as the real paintball guns but you can easily use them for a long time to get entertained with your friends and family.