So, You Want To Learn How To Make Your Own Paintball Silencer?
In this article there are suggestions for how to make your own paintball silencer.
However before you even consider the pros and cons of buying or learning how to make a paintball gun silencer you should absolutely check with the laws in your
or province regarding the use of silencers.
In most of the United States a paintball silencer is considered to be a firearm and it is illegal to outfit any portable weapon with a device that quiets the sound of a fired shot. Although you may want to make your own paintball silencer, and you might think that a paintball silencer is more of a sporting device, your government might think differently
, so please check, because if you learn how to make your own paintball silencer, it will be all for not, and you don't want to be arrested!
The state of California, in particular, comes down very hard on individuals who use (or if you make your own paintball silencer) choose to ignore this law.
A paint ball silencer is basically a muffler for your paint gun. When a paint marker is discharged, a burst of gas propels the paintball down the barrel. The discharging of the gas at the end of the paint gun barrel is responsible for that loud "pop" that you hear when the paintball explodes out of the gun. This sound is created by the rapid expansion of gasses as they exit the barrel behind the bullet.
Silencers work by slowing down the expansion of gasses. Usually a silencer consists of a large tube attached to the end of the gun barrel that is filled with a series of baffles. This tube can be made of metal, plastic or even cardboard -- basically whatever works! The main purpose of a paintball silencer is to absorb the sound and gas generated by the gun when it is fired.
Paintballers who have learned how to make your own paintball silencer prefer the over-the-muzzle sound suppressor. As most of these silencers are illegal to purchase in most states, they are usually homemade. It is impossible to make a home made paint ball silencer that completely quiets the gun but it can certainly muffle that "crack" or "pop" that you hear when a paintball marker is fired. This can confuse an opponent on the field who may not be able to figure out the source of fired shots because of a well-outfitted silencer.
In general, you can expect a silencer to decrease the velocity, accuracy and range of your shots so before you make a silencer, decide whether the ability to "sneak up on your enemy" is a good enough trade off for a loss of velocity, range and accuracy.
Don't bother learning how to make a paintball silencer unless it is for a pump gun or a closed bolt type gun.
If you make your own paintball silencer, it's home made. Home made silencers typically do not work well on semi-automatic style paintball guns as gas and noise is emitted from the entire body of the gun. To silence a semi-automatic style paintball marker you would have to encase the entire weapon in some kind of baffled tube to absorb all the gas and vibrations. This is just not practical.
Paintball markers with ported barrels also decrease the effectiveness of an over-the-muzzle paint ball silencer.
If a paintball silencer decreases your accuracy, velocity and speed as well as puts you at risk of doing something illegal, is learning how to make a paintball silencer even worth it?
According to many hard core devotees of the game, a silencer can be worth it depending on how you make your own paintball silencer and how successful the homemade silencer turns out to be as a tactical weapon on the field.