Electric Paintball Markers
Electric guns use an electronic air valve called a solenoid.
The solenoid channels pressurized gas stored within the body of the gun or in
a volumizer to the open and close ports on a piston or ram set up. Instead of
a hammer under tension from a spring, the exhaust valve is opened by the piston
or ram being slammed into the back of the exhaust valve, releasing gas to shoot
the paintball. The piston then returns back to the battery or closed position
where it is ready to start the whole cycle over again. The electronic circuit
board inside of the marker instructs the solenoid to shift air between the open
and close ports on the ram after a certain amount of time has gone by. The time
between the opening and closing of the ram ports is called a dwell. The time
duration is incredibly short between the opening and closing, it is only a few
milliseconds, which still just enough time to send gas through the exhaust valve,
into the bolt, and down the barrel pushing the paintball down range. Since the
time required to shoot a ball down range is only a few milliseconds this allows
for the marker to fire 13+ rounds a second down range, this is clearly superior
to a mechanical marker which could probably fire around seven balls per second.
The speed at which and the pattern in which the ports are open can be set on
the circuit board inside of the marker. This allows for single shot, triple
shot, six shot or rapid fire modes. Also since the time in which the ports are
open is controlled electronically, It also means the you get a much more efficient
use of your C02.
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