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#1 User is offline   Noob4Life 

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 05:30 PM

What's up everyone. I'm new to paintball, just got into it a couple weeks ago and have played one game so I don't know a lot. I was just wondering what would work good to clean my barrel. I can't buy a barrel cleaner ATM so I was just wondering if there was any make-shift things that could be used. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:09 PM

I use the physcoballistic orange pull through ones. They are only $3-4, and work real well. What do you mean by can't buy one, $$ wise? They are like around the price of a pod or two of paint, and its something that you need.

As far as making one, maybe rig a foam piece or something to some string but that would suck IMHO. If its just for cleaning the barrel at home, just use the sink.
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:11 PM

Go old school. It's not perfect but it works well enough. Piece of cloth and some string.
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 09:28 AM

just make sure that if you make your own that you dont use anything that will leave behind some fuzzys or anything. paintballs are really sensitive to even the smallest stuff.
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:34 AM

View PostNoob4Life, on Apr 9 2008, 06:30 PM, said:

What's up everyone. I'm new to paintball, just got into it a couple weeks ago and have played one game so I don't know a lot. I was just wondering what would work good to clean my barrel. I can't buy a barrel cleaner ATM so I was just wondering if there was any make-shift things that could be used. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:43 AM

Lol if you want I can send you half of a redz swap...

Its works fine...I just cut it in half so I could have two.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 05:16 PM

Thanks for the ideas guys. What I mean is I'm short on cash and since I'm only 16 my parents don't like me using their credit cards. I'll get one off here eventually but for now I just need a makeshift one to keep it clean.
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 05:46 PM

for at home you can use a cut up towel/clothes hanger

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 07:43 PM

Like what Puz suggested, a 4" x 4" Square Piece of Lint Free Terry Cloth, a String or a Thin Rubber Coated Cable (similar to the ones used to lock up a Bicycle)....boom Home Made Old & New Skool Pull Through Squeegie.

But a Barrel Swab is much better and will do a Thorough Job, also they dont cost that much, depending where you get one...myself, I bought a Pack of 5 Barrel Swabs for $5 from a vendor at a Scenario Game.
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 07:48 PM

when i dont have a squeegie i run my barrel under water then shove a paper towel through one end and push it through with a knife sharpener, that has had the best results so far. haha. improvising.
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Posted 11 April 2008 - 09:35 AM

you should also get a job, that way you dont have to depend on your parents to buy your paintball equipment. im not trying to be mean here, all i am saying is that if you have a job, you can buy much more equipment. but a squeege only costs around $5, sometimes you can make a homemade one that is better. I would make your own and than see how it compares to some ofthe other ones that you can buy.
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Posted 11 April 2008 - 11:56 PM

View PostAssasin2213, on Apr 11 2008, 09:35 AM, said:

you should also get a job, that way you dont have to depend on your parents to buy your paintball equipment. im not trying to be mean here, all i am saying is that if you have a job, you can buy much more equipment. but a squeege only costs around $5, sometimes you can make a homemade one that is better. I would make your own and than see how it compares to some ofthe other ones that you can buy.


Haha, I know. I'm in the process of filling out apps and all the fun stuff right now. I'm trying to get one ASAP, that way when I get my license in may I could probably head down to Davis to the paintball field they have there.
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Posted 12 April 2008 - 01:07 AM

Well, if you want a thorough cleaning, there is one easy option, although you may get a bit wet doing it: use a garden hose, stick the nozzle to the back, and blast it straight through. For the porting, plug the end of the barrel and the water will blast out the ports. On most barrels, you can do it without getting more than your hands wet. Be careful with a Hammerhead. It has reverse porting, meaning the water will get redirected right back at you.

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 01:47 AM

I usually just run the hot water til it is steaming out of the faucet, then hold the barrel under it. And let it rush down the inside of the barrel. After a good min it is usually clean enough for me. If not, then add a drop of soap and repeat. Never had a problem. Then just use a swab to dry it out all nice.
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Posted 12 April 2008 - 07:02 AM

if you are on the field, a piece of cloth tied to string, or paper towels, rolled up. and if you are at home, do what legato said.
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