Hey All, I have a original concept for a custom longshot mod of my own, but I nee to bounce the idea around and WILL need help from the forum to do this. My idea is simple in concept, Gut the innards of a decent paintball gun and mod them into a longshot with the brass breach and barrel mods. So... How dose it sound, the concept i mean? The reason I am thinking of a CO2 mod is for the ease of refilling a standard paintball CO2 canisters. I am going to use a paintball gun with a electric firing Etrigger for controlled use of the Co2. I know in a normal PB gun the co2 also moves a bolt forward that kicks the ball down the barrel, then the Co2 propels it, so this will obviously not be in the design. Ill have a mockup design up soon.
If anyone has experienced with Paintball guns ill need a sounding board to talk to.
What do you all think? Also i use stock streamlined darts in the longshot now, they fly a lot better than the ammo it comes with.
First off, I've taken apart a few electronic paintball guns, and none of them used gas to drive the bolt forward. A spring drives the bolt forward. The gas is channeled through the bolt after it reaches a certain position to fire the ball and to re-cock the gun. The release of the bolt is operated by a solenoid connected to the circuit board. If you look at the internals of a paintball gun's bolt, you should find that it is hollow.
Second, compressed CO2 is far too cold to use in applications involving plastics. The rapid chilling and reheating of the plastic makes it very brittle. When something brittle fails, it tends to be catastrophic. So like Devious said, be prepared to pull shards of blue shrapnel out of your hands. Compressed air is much safer. And you can probably buy an air compressor that would suit your purposes instead of constantly buying CO2.
Now for the questions:
Why use an external compressed gas source to fire the gun? It will make a lot of noise when firing, giving your position away. A great paintball gun doesn't have the effective range to fire it and be far enough away where a counter-attack can't reach you.
Since the bolt not only operates the spring, but also the breech on the LS, have you taken into account that the gas source must re-cock the gun after every shot, and that the bolt will still need to be there so you can manually operate the breech for things like changing magazines and clearing a jam? Anything on the side of the gun will probably be moving fast when operated by an compressed gas, which is a safety hazard.
And at that velocity, how sure are you that the internals of the gun, like the bolt sled, won't hit things hard enough to break apart?
As far as what I think, I think it is a disaster waiting to happen.