What’s The Difference Between Mechanical And Electronic Paintball Guns?


Mechanical paintball guns, such as semi-automatic and pump paintball guns, use sears, springs, cocking handles, valves, pump handles and trigger pulls to fire each paintball towards their target, generally as fast as a player can pull the trigger or pump the action and then pull the trigger.

Electronic paintball guns are generally higher-performance in nature, as they use circuit boards, solenoid valves, micro-switches and either poppet or spool valves to fire paintballs with shorter trigger pulls and in programmable firing modes such as semi-automatic, fully-automatic, bursts or “ramping” mode. Mechanical paintball guns are often more affordable and are used as rental models at paintball fields around the world, while many serious players upgrade to faster, more consistent, higher-performance electronic paintball guns as they progress in skill or enter paintball tournament competitions.

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