This is a gallery of broken paintball equipment items that I have gathered over the years, also including pictures I've found on the internet (or ones people have sent me). I find a lot of these items to be pretty interesting since one end of the spectrum is a design defect, whereas the other end of the spectrum is user carelessness (and anything in between).
Do you have a worthy picture you think should be displayed here? If so then send it to me!
Please note; MANY people have sent me similar pictures of broken Ion bolts over the years. I have more pictures of Ion bolts than any other "busted" component. Snapped Goldmember bolt from a Quest (picture from handsomrob). Snapped delrin Lurker bolt for a Mini/Axe marker. I'm surprised we don't see more delrin bolts breaking in this way, because the continued firing cycle definitley puts some stress on unbalanced parts. Naturally Lurker replaced the bolt. (picture from puzz13@pbnation). Here's a couple snapped bolts from a Proto Matrix Rail (PMR). This happens for the same reason as Ions. The "poppet guide" component from a Shocker/Nerve vertical Max-Flo. This type of damage occurs when you screw the macroline fitting in too far. This normally puts a bad series of scratches into the side of the part, but in this extreme case it was actually broken in half. In 2005 SP was involved with a lawsuit with WDP, the result of which involved SP being forced to cover their circuit board microprocessor with a non-conductive epoxy to prevent them from being reprogrammed (note that this ruling was later overturned so only a few hundred boards have this appearance). In the above pictures, the epoxy had dripped down onto the dwell DN button, and gummed it up. To repair it I had to chisel through the goo, remove the gummy dwell button, and install a new one in its place. It's a hassle, but easily functional again. Back when I was performing mail-in board repairs, I saw similar problems with board goo probably another 3 times. I bought this Morlock board secondhand off pbnation for $10 (plus $2 shipping). The owner had not only menaged to rip off the microchip, tournament lock, and first solenoid resistor, but also had removed the 12-point connector and in the process destroyed the solder pinholes. I replaced the missing components and installed my own connector onto the board, but had to attach wires from most of the connector to the various parts of the board separately. Repaired, reflashed, and good as new again (in fact this is the board I used in my Adrenalin Impulse for a while). This Shocker was sent in for repair. The owner attempted a homebrew repair when the solenoid spacer screws broke off and got stuck inside the solenoid manifold (stainless version). His solution was to superglue the solenoid down to the manifold. This obviously didn't work, and ended up having to replace the manifold, screws, and o-rings with new ones. A dreaded sight upon disassembling a CP regulator. Located right on top of the piston is a nice pile of metal shavings. I don't know if they came from the regulator, ASA, or tank; there's no way to know for sure but this is definitely not a nice thing to see. Broken 1999 Shocker frame. All I have is the picture with no details; I don't know how this happened nor where the picture came from. Another component from a Shocker/Nerve vertical regulator, this time an adjustment endcap. The damage was caused due to the lock screw not being removed before adjusting it. This can cause metal shavings from the endcap to make their wat into the reg internals. The lock screw was later removed from the reg due to having not much use. The hex used for removal on this spring platform became stripped out. I was unable to remove it due to it being overtightened by the previous owner. Ultimately I ended up cutting the reg body apart so I could at least salvage the regulator's piston and spring from within. The rest is trash. Blown macroline hose, due to a regulator spike (likely over 1000-psi). This the tank-end of a preset HPA tank regulator. According to the owner, he took the tank off in order to get it re-tested, then found this damage. There's approximately two threads intact, the rest are completely missing. He was the original owner of the tank which means this somehow passed quality control and was assembled by the factory. Pictures courtesy msonic. Stripped regulator stem and ASA receptacle. Picture from SkinnyBins@reddit). The owner of this Mini/Axe drop forward menaged to jam one of the bottomline rail set screwsinside the small bottom slot, and the set screw became stripped out while trying to remove it. There was no way to get it out (or install it correctly) so I instructed him to send the drop forward into me so I could carefully mill away enough of it that the bottomline rail could be excised. Ego barrel difficulties (pictures courtesy x420psykoticx). Stiffi carbon fiber barrel damaged during transit (pictures courtesy x420psykoticx). This feedneck just couldn't take it. Shattered Ego feedneck. Not sure how it happened, but probably during a fall. Smashed Ego. I don't know the specifics of how this happened, but supposedly the person responsible didn't own the marker. This looks like "core sample" damage (below) except the frame is bent in the wrong direction, so I really have no idea. Smashed Luxe. Not sure precisely how this occured; it almost looks intentional. An Adrenalin Impulse sent in for repair. In this picture, one of the metal "legs" that surrounds the bolt has bent inward and prevents the bolt from being removed through the back. I've heard of this happening before but only have seen it once (in the pic). This was once the middle fingernail from my right hand. It fell off after getting smashed in the breech of an AirStar Nova one day. All the black stuff is dried blood trapped underneath (which explains why it came off). It took many months to grow back! The front of the trigger guard on this Invert Mini had been bent rearward, preventing the foregrip from linking with the body (the two should be parallel). The user stated he didn't know how this happened. Picture from smalltalknoob. Bamboo barrel on a Shocker Sport that was sent in for repair. This isn't a busted part per-se, but it was so odd that I wanted to include it here. The barrel is simply a tube of plastic-coated bamboo which was press fitted into the marker's barrel threads (measuring 0.700" internal diameter). The owner of the marker said it was shipped to him from the previous owner, and he couldn't get it out. The same marker as the one with the bamboo barrel also had this special brass pressure release valve installed. The release valve had been soldered/brazed shut, presumably because it was bleeding air; the regulator was missing some internals...so at this point it wasn't even regulating at all. I repaired the reg and swapped out the release valve for a nice used one. Stripped vertical adapter screw threads in this Shocker SFT body. I've seen this a few times myself but never took pictures of it. Picture courtesy airsin2000. Broken Geo regulator body. Not sure how it happened. Picture courtesy weedy1990. A twisted endcap from a Dye DM fuse bolt system. Reportably, it was inserted into a DM5 however was made to fit a newer year-model body. Pictures from R Pote. Another twisted firing assembly, this time a bolt from a Vanguard Demon marker. Picture from R Pote. There's a long story behind this. The owner of the marker was trying to remove a Nummech foregrip extender from the marker's foregrip but it wouldn't budge (probably due to the set screws seizing up and marring the surrounding dovetail material). He took a hammer to the marker in order to try forcing the extender off, but before long had bent the entire trigger guard to the point where it no longer functioned correctly with the body board. The foregrip extender was still stuck on, so the owner contacted Nummech for advise and was directed to me (for disclosure, I own the company Nummech and designed this product). We decided the best course of action was for me to remove the hammered foregrip extender and try repairing the foregrip. I machined off the extender then took the first picture.
I have some experience with sheet metal fabrication so I was able to pound the frame back into its correct position, however the tigger guard had sustained too much stress and couldn't move all the way vertical. I was able to straighten it out but not before the trigger guard snapped in half.
I offered to weld the trigger guard back together, then have the whole frame re-anodized, but it would have been an odd repair to make. Ultimately the owner ended up buying one of Nummech's VL frames as replacement. This Nerve body was bent at the back end of the bolt tube, interfering with the bolt's carriage assembly. This Dynasty Shocker has a nice welded feedneck repair. It appears the rest of the marker body was also media-blasted, probably to prepare for the welding job. Burnt Geo. This was the result of a proshop that caught fire. The picture is credited to Sam Haynes from facebook. Here's a regulator issue that many airsmiths have seen before (but seemingly I've collected only one picture of it). The spring chamber in all regulators is open to outside air to allow venting, which can lead to contamination of moisture and foreign substances. Combined with some unlucky materials, the spring can shatter under load. Fortunately most HPA tank regulators are of the moving base type, which will cause a decrease in output pressure if the spring breaks. This picture came from Tim Firpo of Paintballtek.com. AirStar Nova markers use a special moving barrel which is retained by a trio of pins within the front of the marker body. One such body is shown here, although it was somehow damaged beyond repair by the previous owner. The body components appear to have been welded back into position, but this isn't good enough to hold the 200 pounds being pushed by air pressure within the marker. These pictures were taken by Jake Berenyi from the facebook AirStar Nova group. Just a little bit of battery acid leeched out into this marker's grip frame. Reportably the marker was repaired under warranty. Bent foregrip mount on an Eclipse CS1. Falling damage to this 06 Dynasty Shocker SFT. The vertical adapter hole was stripped out, and the regulator caused some damage to the trigger guard. Picture from Scott Shredlife. Bent ram on this Autococker. Picture from J. Berenyi.
Falling Damage / Twisted Frames / Core Samples:
This usually occurs after the "core sample" maneuver (see the first picture below for the perfect example). Core Sample is the joke name that describes falling forward against the back of your marker's tank, driving the barrel into the ground like a stake. If the physics are correct, the player puts his/her full momentum directly onto the tank, which exerts a LOT of force onto the marker, sometimes causing it to destroy itself at its weakest location (usually the grip frame).
Good news. BOOM player, Chris Jansen is resting at the hospital after the bad dive he took resulted in some internal bleeding. He says doctors should be clearing him soon, hopefully within the next 24-48 hours. Get well soon bud! ..And for you folks wondering..Yes, that is his barrel, snapped in two as a result of the dive he took. Ouch! =0
(originally posted on PBNation) Twisted and broken OLED display screen (due to falling on the tank) Massive damaged on this Luxe. As the story goes, the person that took these pictures had recently bought the marker secondhand, only to find it was cracked. After using it, the frame fell apart. Pictures are from g$hocker. This player stuck his barrel into the ground, broke it off, and was professionally photographed the whole time! (thanks to Paintcheck Photography). Pictures were posted by xToxicTide. Here's a Shocker RSX that underwent a core sample dive, with an impressive amount of damage as a result. (I'm not sure where these photos originated.)
Only an idiot keeps this stuff lying around. Most of this were parts I accumulated after a few years of marker repair (although a lot of other parts were simply thrown out).
After a few years, I actually sold these damaged spools one by one as a cource for replacement spool gaskets. However, the obvious problem is that you can't really tell which of the gaskets led these to be removed in the first place, so you don't know which good gaskets remain. Regardless, I ran out of these in about a month. Other assorted junk. Popular items include Ion solenoids with broken barbs, damaged pressure gauges, and scratched valve housings. I tend to toss stripped screws into this box as well, but most of the time I just throw them across the room in anger so they don't make it to the pile here.