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I play for the scenario paintball team Pub Crawling. We have more than 20 members on the team and over the years we have come up with ideas to make keeping the staging area better organized. One of the items we get asked about a lot is the paintball gun and mask rack. We are currently on version 5 or 6 of the rack and have made many improvements along the way.

Requirements for the rack would have to be: holds as much gear as possible, hold the gear neatly and safely, break down for travel into as small a size as possible, easy to put back together and be light for travel purposes. Each rack is designed to fit on 1/2 of a 6 foot table so we can put 12 guns and masks per table. We currently have four of these racks for all the players on the team to use. 

This version of the rack we will be building was built and designed by Chuck "Chucky Cheese"  Canesi. I just reverse engineered it and posted it here.

You can find out more about the paintball team Pub Crawling at www.PubCrawling.Org.
 
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Step 1: Material List

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6 Player Paintball Gun Rack
32 1/2 inches Tall
16 3/4 inches deep
36 inches wide

Material List
3/4 inch schedule 40 pvc pipe Approximately 24 feet
(8) T connectors
(6) 90 degree elbows
(3) Crosses
(6) pipe Caps
(6) 9/16 nuts
(6) Barrel Holders
(6) Tank holders
(12) 3/4 inch screws
60 inches of weather stripping
(1) 5/8 inch dowel rod 30 inches long


Step 2: Building the Base (tank holder)

Lets start with the piece that holds the tanks. 
Cut 1st piece of PVC pipe 32 3/8 inches
Cut 3/4 inch Dowel Rod to 30 inches
You may have to sand the dowel rod so you can insert it into the PVC pipe we just cut.
As you can see in the picture, the top of the dowel was sanded flat where the screws for the tank holder would attach.
Insert the Dowel into the 32 3/8 long piece of PVC pipe, We centered it with about an inch of space in either end. Really i think the dowel and the pipe could be the same
length but we used a piece we had laying around.

Next We will attach the Tank holders to the PVC.This piece started off as a flat piece of metal that we bent to shape.

Drill Two holes into the Tank holders near the bottom where it will attach to the PVC. You can see originally we tried with one center hole but it spun too much so we went with two holes on the side. We counter sunk the screw heads into the metal tank holders.
We used (12) 3/4 inch wood screws to attach all of the tank holders to the PVC and dowel rod.

Spacing for the tank Holders. Measured from the end of the pipe to the bottom center of the first holder. 2 1/16, 7 9/16, 13 1/2, 19 3/16, 24 15/16, 30 3/4 inches.
Use the (12) 3/4 inch wood screws to secure the tank holder into place. Then cut (2) 5 inch pieces of weather stripping per tank holder and attach both to each one. We used the kind of weather stripping with adhesive tape backing to make it easy.  

Step 3: Building the Base (side pieces)

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Two Sides of the base:
You will need (4) 6 1/2 inch pieces Of PVC pipe. 
Between 2 of the pipes attach a T connector and to the ends of the pipes (2) of the 90 degree elbows. 
Repeat process to build other side.  

Step 4: Building the Base (gun barrel holder)

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You will need (6) T connectors, (2) 1 7/8 pieces of pvc pipe, (5) pieces of 4 inch pvc pipe.

Starting with a 1 7/8 pieces of pipe connect a T connector then a 4 inch piece of pipe and keep going until you finally finish with the last piece of  1 7/8 pipe connecting to the last T connector.  In the pictures you see then upright barrel holder pieces in there but they are glued in and I couldn't take them out for the picture. I will describe how to make those in the next section. 

Now you should have all of the pieces to put together to make the base. 



Step 5: Building the Gun Barrel Holders

For the Barrel holders you will need (6) 8 1/2 inch pieces of PVC pipe. They will fit into the T connectors.

Take the (6) PVC pipe caps and drill a 3/8 inch hole into the Top center of the cap.

For the barrel holder itself this was a metal ring piece that we cut in 1/2 and then dipped in liquid plastic.
Insert the threaded piece of the U shaped barrel holder into the cap and attach with the 9/16 nuts.
Put the completed Caps onto the PVC pipe.  Then the other end of the pipe into the T connector in the back base piece. 

In the photo section you can also see an alternate barrel holder I used for one since Lowes and Home Depot near me didn't have the part used on the other rack. 

Step 6: Two Uprights for the Mask holder

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(2) 29 1/2 inch pieces of PVC pipe.
(2) 90 degree elbows

Put one of the elbows onto a pvc pipe and the other end onto the T connector on the base. 
Repeat for other side. 

Step 7: Building the Mask Holder Section.

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(8) 5 5/8 inch pieces of PVC pipe
(2) 8 1/2 inch pieces of PVC pipe.
(4) Cross connectors

Assemble (2) of the 5 5/8 pieces of PVC pipe into the 90 degree elbows from the uprights.
Attach (2) of the crosses to those end pieces.
Attact the (2) 8 1/2 inch pieces of pipe to the Crosses and attach the last Cross pieces in the center of those.
Attach the (6) 5 5/8 pieces of PVC pipes to the crosses to make the mask holders.

You should now have a fully assembled 6 person Paintball gun rack and mask holder.  

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Step 8: Customize

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In the pictures below you can see another rack I made for our friends on the PA Brew Crew. Their colors are Black and Red so I painted this one up a bit for them. Since I couldn't find the same Barrel holder and Tank holder brackets I used some alternate parts. (see pics in the other steps) and coated them with Perfomix's Plasti Dip.  I used Vaspar Plastic spray paint on the PVC pipe.

The question came up about linking this rack with another. I think if you replaced the two bottom 90 degree elbows on one side  with a 4 way connector (like we used in the top center if the rack) you should be able to connect another rack to this with two small straight pieces of pipe. 
imorgan1 year ago
How much did you pay for all the parts?
Byoung4now (author)  imorgan1 year ago
Tough to say since I usually have lots of PVC pipe pieces laying around from other projects like water rocket launchers and stuff. Ian below said his was about $26 bucks. I would say that is probably a good estimate.
iandouglas4 years ago
Thanks for the great, detailed plans. With some slight modifications, I made one for about $26 in parts from Home Depot and several hours of labor (most of it measuring/cutting the PVC tubing).

The few notes I'd make on the process:

I used two 10' PVC tubes. The vertical bars were only 29 inches, and the mask holders were slighly shorter (maybe by an inch or so) but in the end I had literally a one-inch piece of tubing left over. Not sure where you'd use the extra 4' of PVC tubing your instructions called for, but happy I decided to chance it and only get 20 feet.

For tank holders, I got two 4" PVC coupling sections, and cut them down the middle horizontall and vertically, giving me 8 possible tank holders. I drilled out three holes like you did to attach them to the PVC/dowel combo (nice trick with the dowel btw, very clever!), and after leaving just the two outer screws in (not the third), the 4" diameter spread out slightly wider, since 68ci/4000psi compressed air tanks are 4.3" in diameter. 

I picked up some pipe clamps which came in 4 pieces (two sets, top/bottom), and folded the 'flaps' over. I used a steel drill bit to drill out a single hole, put a nut/bolt combination on them, and fastened everything tightly. I bought a bottle of "liquid electrical tape" but decided against it and just covered them with the same 3/4" weather stripping I used on the tank holders. I had seen some plastic-coated tool clips for about $2 each for hanging tools on a wall, but decided they were too expensive.

The weather stripping is nice and padded, though the 4" PVC was slightly wider (almost 2" wide) than two strips of the 3/4" stripping I bought (should have bought 1" stripping).

The only addition I'm going to make is to pick up something to cap the ends of the mask bars. Either 6 more caps, or 30-degree elbows for a 'hook' so masks don't slide off since the bars are slightly shorter than the instructions called for.

Can't wait to try it out this weekend.

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Byoung4now (author)  iandouglas4 years ago
Thanks for the feed back, Looks great. Since writing the original instructions I have since made two more racks and offered suggestions for alternate parts from the original. See customizing step. :-) I added caps to the ends of the mask holders as well since I noticed the masks fell of too easily. The original estimate for how much pipe to get was just a guess since not everyone will cut the parts from the right length of pipe and could run short. :-) Good luck with your gun\mask rack and hope to see you in the field someday.
Byoung4now (author)  Byoung4now2 years ago
If you check out Step 8 where I make some mods to the design. Those tank holders don't fit the tank snug. Basically the rubberized coating holds the tank in place. It works better when they have a tank cover on the HPA bottle but good enough grip for when they don't. Most player are running a 68/4500 tank so they are all about the same size. The CO2 tanks if they are 20oz tanks fit in there because they are smaller than the HPA tanks. This rack works with most paintball guns. There are some Milsim ones out there that won't fit but that is more about the length and shape of the marker than the tank. HTH.
I had started making notes on how to cut the 10' lengths to where I literally ended up with 1" left over from two 10' pipes. I'll see if I can find that and post it up here as a reply. If I have some free time, I'll see if I can go make a list of which areas I found everything, actual costs, etc.

In general, Home Depot staff were insanely helpful to find parts once I described what it was I was trying to build. A few of the older guys looked at me funny about how to find something to hold the tanks. They sell strips of sheet metal which you could bend, but that would require (a) bending the steel, (b) not slicing your fingers in the process, and (c) maintaining the shape.

I also recommend picking up the 20' of PVC tubing LAST so you have have to wheel that stuff all over the store.
Quick follow-up ... the instructions called for a 5/8" dowel rod, but I used a 3/4" dowel rod which fit way more snugly within the 3/4" PVC tube. Less sliding around while getting things screwed in where they belonged, etc.