Paintballs Paintball Marker Protective Mask
The marker must have a horizontal paintball feed, which means that the marker must be tilted (rocked) forward or backward to feed the next shot. The marker may not be semi-automatic, which means that it requires pumping or cocking prior to each shot being fired. The marker must be powered by a single 12 gram powerlet, which limits the amount of shots to 15-40 depending on the efficiency of the marker. The marker may only hold a maximum of 20 paintballs in it.
Stock Paintball is a form of paintball where competitors are forced to used primitive, non-automatic guns. Stock paintball is a form of paintball where competitors are forced to use a commonly agreed upon set of rules for paintball markers. Stock class was the original form of paintball. Markers became more technically advanced, and players joining the sport decided that a faster-firing marker would create an advantage over more experienced stock-class players, and veterans of the sport tried to keep up by moving to high rates of fire. But as time drew on, stock class players could be found playing speedball against the high-end markers. This brought stock class back into the minds of the older players and introduced it to a new generation of players. The popularity of stock class play has been steadily increasing for the past few years, as seen in increased demand in sales and trades on popular forums.
The Nelson 007, originally a tree and cattle marking pistol, is generally accepted to be the first paintball marker. As paintball gained in popularity, other manufacturers began to produce equipment for the sport. Around the year 1983, the Splatmaster marker was introduced by National Survival Game, a new company at the time. The Splatmaster was a single-tube marker but used a different operating system than the Nelson marker which required the user to push in a round button that protruded from the back of the marker in order to cock it and load a paintball. In this design, the 12-gram cartridge is housed within the pistol grip of the marker much like the early Nelson pistols. This marker is considered to be stock class. The term 'stock class' originated in the late 1980s as a way to differentiate markers that were used in their factory condition from markers which were modified to include additional, often home-built features. The most common upgrades to a marker at the time were a constant air source and a direct-feed hopper for the purpose of increasing the number of shots a player could take before reloading. Stock class play began as a way to limit the performance of markers so as to limit the advantage one player could gain over another through high-performance equipment. Today, stock markers can be found in several different designs and are often purchased in a stock class format or else modified to conform to the generally accepted regulations.