Retailers single solenoid pneumatic actuator dating paintball
However, the reality of gravity set in, and it was obvious that to satisfy the appetites of the modern marker, the loader manufacturers were going to need to force the paintballs down the feedneck faster than mere gravity would allow.
As a result, modern markers now feature Empire's Reloader B2 and Magna Drive, Dye's Rotor, View Loader's VLocity, Odyssey's Halo, The Q-Loader and the Draxxus Pulse systems, each feeding at rates of 22 balls-per-second or more.
A paintball gun according to this invention comprises a pressure regulator, an electronic solenoid valve, a firing valve assembly, a pneumatic ram assembly, and a firing chamber.
The pressure regulator is configured to provide low pressure gas to a solenoid valve to control loading and firing operations...
The Angel made use of a linked hammer and bolt assembly, which permitted the use of a single solenoid to actuate the entire firing sequence by controlling a piston that powered the hammer/bolt assembly forward, simultaneously chambering a paintball and releasing the propulsion gases at the end of the hammer's stroke.
The twin-solenoid arrangement of the Shocker permitted slightly lower operating pressures to be used, however the drastically simpler arrangement of the Angel provided a faster firing sequence, which ultimately proved to be favored by the players and as a result the basic operating principle behind the Angel has remained unchanged (indeed, it has even been copied many times over by a series of "stacked tube electros"), whereas the Shocker has gone through a series of revisions that culminated in a complete redesign in 2003, and now uses a single solenoid powering the increasingly popular mechanical configuration known as a "spool bolt".
The pressure regulator is further configured to supply low pressure gas to the firing chamber via operation of the firing valve assembly during a firing operation.
Two main ball-detection systems were created to ensure that a ball is present in the chamber when the player pulls the trigger.
These systems were needed because, even as the loaders fed paint ever-faster into the markers, so too did the markers develop shorter firing cycles and more responsive electronics.
configuring a valve cap of the firing valve assembly to enhance sensitivity of the firing valve assembly by enabling quick opening and near instantaneous closing of the firing valve assembly with minimal load.
configuring a surface area of a piston in the pneumatic ram assembly to communicate with low pressure gas from the low pressure gas supply such that a correct force is applied from a head of the pneumatic ram assembly to a valve pin of the firing valve assembly during the firing operation to enable smooth and precise opening of the firing valve assembly. (Rice), describes one such gun having two separate pressure regulators for regulating gas from a high pressure gas source.