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Real Action Paintball Rules and Safety Tips

General Comments

Please understand that real action paintball guns (RAP4) are not toys. These guns look very real. Most people cannot tell the difference between a RAP4 gun and a real one. Therefore, the police will take any action you take with this gun as if you were handling a loaded weapon. It is wise to use RAP4 equipment in a controlled and specified environment. We recommend that all RAP4 players use a high degree of discretion when transporting RAP4 equipment, such as cases or bags suited for the item. This will keep on-lookers from public paranoia of the sport.


Eye and Face Protection

As a safety procedure, mask, goggles or some other ballistic safe eye protection should be worn at all times when using your RAP4 equipment. Your eyes are the most vulnerable part of your body while using RAP4 guns. Paint from paintball can cause loss of visibility and possible blindness. Long and thick clothing is also advisable when shooting against other RAP4 players.


Law Requirements

Do not remove the orange markings on your weapon. Federal Law requires that the weapons be marked in the manner in which you will receive them from us. Removing this marking is not only illegal, but will void any warranty and our return policies.


List of Quick Safety Tips

Wear safety goggles and face mask at all times when playing with the RAP4 gun.
Always turn on safety switch on the RAP4 gun until ready to fire.
Remove magazine/ammo and disconnect CO2 cylinder when not in used. Store the RAP4 gun in a protective bag/case with safety "on".
Never look directly into the muzzle of the RAP4 gun.
Leave all fingers away from the trigger until ready to fire.
Any person under the age of 18 should use the equipment under adult supervision.
CO2 cylinder should never be stored in extremely hot or cold conditions.
Keep all equipment away from small children.
Proper maintenance should be preformed periodically to insure proper functioning and safety of RAP4 equipment.
Any modification or disassembly by an untrained armorer could result in an unsafe RAP4 gun, and void warranty.

PAINTBALL SAFETY

ALTHOUGH PAINTBALL CAN BE FUN AND INSTRUCTIVE, USE OF THE EQUIPMENT HAS CERTAIN INHERENT DANGERS. DANGER CAN BE GREATLY REDUCED, IF NOT ELIMINATED, BY FOLLOWING SAFETY GUIDELINES, USE OF PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT, AND EXERCISE OF COMMON SENSE.

PAINTBALL GUNS AND ACCESSORIES ARE NOT TOYS AND CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS IF USED IMPROPERLY OR WITHOUT PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT.

READ, REMEMBER, AND FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES AND USE COMMON SENSE.

IF WE WERE TO OFFER ONE SUGGESTION ONLY, IT WOULD BE TO TREAT A PAINTBALL GUN AS IF IT WERE A REAL WEAPON.


Quick Safety Tips

Treat a paintball gun as if it were a real weapon.

Always handle a paintball gun as if it were loaded.

Never allow children to have access to paintball guns.

Any person under the age of 18 should use the equipment only under direct and constant adult supervision, if at all.

Never look directly into the muzzle/barrel.

Always wear proper safety equipment that protects your eyes, ears, face, and head. Ordinary glasses or safety goggles are NOT enough. Do not remove this safety equipment even for a moment.

Always wear proper clothing and safety equipment that protects your entire body. Body armor and vests are highly recommended.

Never store or transport a gun loaded with ammo or CO2.

Always store and transport equipment in a proper bag or case.

Always store equipment in a safe and secure location.

The safety should always be ?on? until ready to fire.

Keep your finger away from the trigger until ready to fire.

Never fire in the direction of someone?s head, especially at close range.

Be aware of your target and the area beyond your target.

Do NOT remove safety markings.

Never expose a paintball gun in public. Even with proper safety markings, a paintball gun could be mistaken for a real weapon.

CO2 cartridges, canisters, tanks and cylinders should never be exposed to extremely hot or cold conditions. Even direct sunlight or a closed car on a warm day can lead to excessive temperature.

Proper maintenance should be preformed periodically to insure proper functioning and safety and should be done only by qualified personnel.

Never attempt to repair equipment that has experienced actual or suspected damage or malfunctioned.

Never attempt to modify equipment.

There are numerous State and Federal laws and regulations that govern the sale, shipment, transport and possession of paintball guns and accessories. Be sure to know and observe all laws and limitations.

Use common sense and treat paintball guns and accessories as if they were real weaponry.



General Safety

Paintball guns are not toys.

A paintball gun should be stored, handled, and cared for in the same manner as a real weapon.

Always handle a paintball gun as if it were loaded and ready to fire.

Never allow children to have access to paintball equipment.

Paintball pellets are shot with significant force. Eye, ear, face, and head protection should be worn at ALL times. Do not remove this equipment even for a moment.

Even with the legally required safety markings, the guns look very real. Most people cannot tell the difference between a RAP4 gun and a real one. A mistake could result in devastating consequences. Law enforcement personnel and other people may react to a paintball gun in the same manner as a real weapon.

Never remove safety markings such as the colored tips.

Never assume that the safety markings will prevent someone from thinking a paintball gun is not a real weapon.

Always transport paintball guns and accessories in a proper bag or case.

Never handle a paintball gun in public. A mistake could result in devastating consequences.

CO2 cartridges contain high pressure. Never expose a cartridge to excessive temperatures. Never attempt to refill a disposable cartridge. Always follow instructions for tanks and refillable cartridges. Never dispose of a cartridge that still contains CO2. Even empty cartridges can explode if exposed to high temperature.

Extreme care should be exercised in the repair a paintball gun or CO2 cartridge. In the event of any actual or suspected malfunction or damage, we recommend that the equipment immediately be removed from use and returned for evaluation by qualified personnel.

Never attempt to modify your equipment on your own.

Eye, Ear, and Face Protection

Paintball pellets are shot with significant force and can cause serious injury or death if proper safety equipment is not used at all times.

Eye, ear, face, and head protection should ALWAYS be worn.

Ordinary eyeglasses or safety goggles are NOT enough. Paintball safety equipment is designed to withstand the impact force of paintball pellets and to protect you from the paint. Ordinary glasses and safety goggles do NOT provide adequate protection.

Many injuries (especially eye and ear injuries) occur when safety devices are removed for just a few seconds. Do not remove safety equipment even for a moment. Many of the serious injuries have occurred when safety equipment was removed for just a few seconds.

Your eyes, ears, face, and head should ALWAYS be completely covered by proper equipment such as goggles, mask, and helmet.

Never fire at the head of another person, especially at close range.

All parts of your body should be completely and thickly covered. Body armor and vests are highly recommended.

Your eyes are the most vulnerable part of your body. Serious injury and blindness can occur from impact. Paint from paintball pellets can cause loss of visibility and possible blindness.

Ear injuries can occur as often as eye injuries.


General Legal Requirements

Federal Law requires paintball guns to have safety markings such as the orange colored tip.

Federal Law requires that the weapons be marked in the manner in which you will receive them from us.

Do not remove the orange markings on your weapon.

It is illegal for an ordinary user to remove safety markings.

It is illegal for an ordinary user to transport, in any manner, a paintball gun that does not have the required safety markings.

Removal of safety markings is not only illegal, but will void any of our warranty and return policies.

There are many places, such as State and Federal Parks and Wildlife Refuges, where it is illegal to possess paintball guns.
There are state and Federal laws that make it illegal to sell, manufacture, and/or possess a silencer or ?moderator? of any kind (any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm). These laws and regulations have been interpreted to apply to items for use with paintball guns and even if you make it yourself.


Transportation and Handling

A paintball gun should be stored and transported as carefully as you would handle a real weapon.

Even with the legally required safety markings, the guns look very real and most people cannot tell the difference between a RAP4 gun and a real one.

Even with the legally required safety markings, a paintball gun could easily be mistaken for a real weapon. Never handle a paintball gun in public. A mistake could result in devastating consequences.

Always use appropriate cases or bags when transporting paintball guns.

Never transport a paintball gun loaded with ammo.

Never transport a paintball gun with the CO2 cartridge in place.

Always be sure the safety is ?on? even when not loaded.

Do not leave CO2 cartridges in a closed environment such as a car trunk or car with the windows closed, especially in hot weather. A closed environment can quickly result in high temperatures.

Paintball guns should always be stored and transported in a manner that prevents children from having access to them.

Children should never be allowed to have access to paintball guns without direct adult supervision and even them, extreme care should be exercised. A moment of inattention could result in serious injury or death.


CO2 Cartridge Handling and Safety

CO2 cartridges, canisters, and tanks are under high pressure and can explode and cause serious injury or death, especially if exposed to high temperature. Danger increases with temperature. A closed environment, such as a car on a hot day, can quickly lead to dangerous temperatures that create serious risk and danger.
CO2 (carbon dioxide) is a complex chemical compound. Depending on temperature and pressure, the contents of a CO2 cartridge or cannister may be in liquid or gaseous form. Either way, the contents are under considerable pressure and must be properly stored and handled. The pressure is greatly affected by temperature. The higher the temperature, the greater the pressure and the greater the danger.

High temperature and/or pressure can be extremely dangerous.

Use only recommended cartridges and canisters.

Eye protection should be worn when handling CO2 cartridges, canisters, or tanks.

Never expose any part of your body directly to the CO2 gas. Even on a hot day, the CO2 gas is very cold and can cause frostbite type injuries. A sudden release of CO2 can have the same effect as direct impact.

Do not store CO2 or a gun with CO2 in an area of unusually high or low temperature.

High temperature causes increased pressure in the CO2 cartridge.

High temperature can cause the CO2 cartridge to explode and cause injury or death.

High temperature and the increased CO2 pressure can damage equipment.

Never expose CO2 to open flame or high temperatures. Avoid extreme temperatures of any kind.

Do not leave CO2 or loaded guns in direct sunlight.

Do not leave CO2 or loaded guns in a closed environment (such as a closed car or car trunk) where temperatures can rise.

Never attempt to refill a disposable cartridge.

Dispose of empty cartridges safely. Do not expose empty cartridges to high temperature. Even an empty cartridge can explode if exposed to high temperatures.

Never dispose of a tank or cartridge that contains CO2 without first emptying the cartridge. If you are unsure about how to empty the tank or cartridge or how to dispose of it safely, seek the advice of qualified personnel.

Never attempt to repair a CO2 cartridge, tank, or canister that has experienced actual or suspected damage or malfunction.

Never attempt to modify a CO2 cartridge, tank or canister.

Never ship cartridges or canisters that contain CO2. There are strict laws that govern the transportation and shipment of CO2 cartridges and canisters.

Carefully follow all instructions and safety guidelines when using refillable cartridges, tanks, and canisters.

Certain size tanks and canisters require periodic retesting by authorized personnel. Always follow the requirements for testing and repair contained on any tank or canister.

In the event of any question or doubt about the handling of a CO2 cartridge, tank or canister, you should assume it is dangerous and seek the advice of qualified personnel.

Low temperatures can reduce pressure in a CO2 cartridge leading to weak shots.

Rapid-fire shooting causes cooling of the cartridge and gun resulting in reduced pressure, reduced pellet velocity, and reduced shooting accuracy and efficiency.

Signs of reduced CO2 pressure include reduced pellet impact and shots that are not as loud.

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2006 21:18:59 PST home  |  about  |  terms  |  contact
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