8.3.1. Players may carry a single, .68 caliber, pump or semi automatic paintball marker that includes a single barrel and a single trigger.
8.3.2. Prohibited colors – any player found to be using a marker whose color may impede the judge’s ability to make a proper call, may be asked to discontinue the use of that marker.
8.3.3. A marker covered in whole or in part by a material of an absorbent or padded nature is illegal.
8.3.4. A trigger is a movable lever that causes a marker to fire when force is applied directly to the trigger with a vector parallel and opposite to the vector the marker fires paintballs.*27 marker that can be caused to fire by any other means is illegal.
8.3.5. A trigger guard that is unaltered from the grip frame manufacturer’s original form must protect the trigger of the marker.
8.3.6. A marker with any electronic components *28
220.127.116.11. May fire no more than one paintball within 95 milliseconds (10.5 bps).
18.104.22.168.1. A player on the field of play whose marker fires two shots within 15 milliseconds less than the minimum shot interval will be assessed a minor suspension.
22.214.171.124.2. A player on the field of play whose marker fires two shots within 10 milliseconds less than the minimum shot interval will be assessed a gross penalty.
126.96.36.199.3. A player on the field of play whose marker fires two shots within 5 milliseconds less than the minimum shot interval will be assessed a major penalty.
188.8.131.52.4. A player on the field of play whose marker fires two shots within the minimum shot interval *29 will be assessed a minor penalty.
*27 They may operate if and only if the trigger is pulled, and may not fire if it is hit, dropped, or sneezed on.
*28 Batteries, circuit boards, chips, wires, etc.
*29 A measurement of 95.0 milliseconds or higher is acceptable. A measurement of 94.9 milliseconds or lower will be penalized. (80 ms)
184.108.40.206. May fire no more than three shots per press and release of the trigger, and no more than three shots between presses of the trigger.*30 A player who carries a marker onto the field of play that fires more than three shots per press and release of the trigger, or more than three shots between two presses of the trigger, will receive a gross penalty and a minor suspension.
220.127.116.11. May fire no more than one shot per press and release of the trigger unless
18.104.22.168.1. The trigger has been pressed and released four times, *31 and
22.214.171.124.2. The trigger has been pressed and released at least once per second since the first of the four trigger pulls.
126.96.36.199. Any person who carries a marker onto the field of play that will fire more than one shot per press and release of the trigger before the trigger has been pressed and released at least four times after not having been fired for at least one second will receive a gross penalty and a minor suspension.
8.3.7. A marker with no electronic components
188.8.131.52. May not fire more than one shot per press and release of the trigger,*32 and
184.108.40.206. May only fire a shot when the trigger is pressed, and
220.127.116.11. May not increase or decrease the force required to pull or hold the trigger to or at any position without the use of tools.*33
8.3.8. A marker with settings, whether mechanical, pneumatic, or electronic, that may be adjusted without the use of tools to allow the marker to operate in an illegal manner is illegal.*34 A player who operates buttons, switches, valves or other adjustable device on a marker on the field of play without the permission of a judge will be assessed a minor penalty. A player who operates buttons, switches, valves or other adjustable device on a marker on the field of play after being instructed to provide the marker to an official, or prior to being instructed to do so, will receive a gross penalty and that player will receive a minor suspension.
8.3.9. Marker barrels may be equipped with porting, but may not have a sound suppressor attached or integral to the construction of the barrel.
8.3.10. A marker with any valve, expansion chamber, or other item or device except a barrel or screw-in air source *35 that may be adjusted on the field of play to increase or decrease velocity without the use of tools is illegal.
8.3.11. Any person possessing a marker that is attached to an air source, does not have a barrel sock properly installed over the end of the barrel, is not at a designated chronograph station being chronographed and is not on the field of play during, in the 10 seconds prior to, or the
10 seconds immediately after a point, *36 will be assessed a minor penalty.
8.3.12. Any illegal marker is not allowed on the field of play. Players carrying an illegal marker on the field of play will be assessed a gross penalty. A player bringing an illegal marker onto the field of play after being informed by a judge that the marker is illegal will be assessed a gross penalty and a minor suspension.
*30 Shots may not be buffered past trigger pulls – if you pull the trigger, the marker fires, and you pull the trigger again, the marker may only fire three more times, not five.
*31 If the trigger is pulled one, two or three times, the marker may fire no more than the number of times the trigger is pulled. The marker may fire up to three balls per pull after that. If the marker is not fired for a second, the trigger must again be pulled three times before the marker may fire more than one shot per pull.
*32 Once the marker is fired, the player must reduce the force applied to the trigger and allow the trigger to travel forward past the firing point and then reapply the force on the trigger and bring the trigger back past the firing point before the marker may fire again, i.e., no bounce.
*33 No reactive triggers. The trigger force may change as the position of the trigger changes, but the force exerted against the trigger finger at any given trigger position should not change, for example, as a result of the marker firing.
*34 Essentially, anything that can adjust velocity, shot mode, de-bounce, etc, must be locked-down so it can’t be changed on the field.
*35 This exception only applies to screwing in or unscrewing the air source – any settings on the air tank itself must not be adjustable without the use of tools.
*36 Players will be given a reasonable amount of time (10-15 seconds) to install barrel condoms after a point ends.
8.3.13. Any player whose marker has been modified from the manufacturer’s original form to disguise its mode of operation or to allow the player to change the mode of operation on the field without the use of tools will receive a major suspension.
8.3.14. A marker may be confiscated for inspection at any time, and may be kept for up to three days following the conclusion of the event.