We wanted to put paintball markers on buggies. Originally I started with a traditional hack, by buying electronic markers, soldering onto their PCBs, and bolting them down. We quickly discovered some disadvantages to this technique.
Our high-vibration application meant we were breaking a lot of balls inside the hopper and marker. My hacked approach meant that sometimes wires broke. When this happened we would have to stop and clean everything out, or change markers. Since they were bolted down, that was a real pain. It took 2 people working together 2 minutes to change a marker.
We decided to change markers to the Tippmann A-5 since they have a reputation for being reliable, and to design a proper mount for them that would both hold them securely, and allow for a fast change of a fouled marker.Read more »