Homemade Paintball Loader
The home made paintball loader
is one of the most convenient things to have around the campsite during
scenario games. It allows easy and fast loading of balls into loaders,
and best of all, was cheap to make. There are lot of ways you can make
something like this work. The following is how Pukin' Dogs member Johnny
Bucy did it.
heavy duty 2-inch muffler clamp
2 couplers which fit the muffler
2 screws for the couplers
a metal band
water cooler jug
The top half of the water jug
was removed to allow paintball to be poured in directly from the bag. Johnny
then constructed a "gate" mechanism which can be pulled open to allow balls
to pass through the neck, and automatically snaps closed. The springs will
snap the gate closed quick enough to chop a ball if one gets caught, so
it works best to let it close slowly by hand. We haven't had any problems
with broken balls from the loaders.
The Gate is held together with
a 2-inch muffler clamp, with the couplers providing space between the jug
and plastic face plate.
The metal band used as a gate
to hold the balls back is commonly found in hardware stores. It's used
to hold wooden structures together (in this case an outdoor deck). The
face plate to which the springs are attached is simply a section cut out
of the upper part of the water jug.
Slots for the metal band had
to be cut in the face plate, the muffler clamp, and the neck of the water
jug. Small holes were drilled in the face plates to attach the springs.
The Final step is to mount
the loader some place where it can be used. Johnny mounted the ones we
use on wooden boards using duct tape. The board has metal brackets for
hangers on top, which allows the unit to be hung on the inside of the awnings
we use at the campsite. We hang the units where the legs of two back-to-back
awnings meet. A small wooden block can bee seen at the bottom of the wooden
board, which allows the unit to stand vertical against the leaning legs
of the awnings. A belt strap holds the wooden board tight against the legs,
which makes for a secure mount and allows one handed use of the unit. The
belt strap also hold the legs of the two awnings together.