Intro: Paintball Sniper Hopper/loader
if you are any kind of good at paintball sniping, you've spent a lot of time practicing, prepping yourself and your gear, and most importantly, actually playing. and, if you're any kind of good at paintball sniping, you dont need huge 200 round hopper giving the other team more to shoot at. so, since you need a low profile and one (MAYBE two) shots per target, i offer you what i believe to be a good solution that reduces your profile and makes it possible to get lower to the ground and become less visible.
Step 1: Supplies Needed
1.hacksaw or hacksaw blade taped to scrap of wood. (lol)
3.about 4-5 feet of BLACK 9/16" P.V.C. pipe. (so when it gets scratched up it wont have white streaks on it)
4. 24-hour epoxy or P.V.C. glue
5. piece of wood to make plug for end of hopper piping
6.scrap of wood or cardboard to mix epoxy with (if using epoxy) and something to use to mix it.
7.two non-adjustable paintball feed neck adaptors
Step 2: Initial Piece of the Puzzle
put your section of piping in a vice or clamp to a table and use hacksaw to cut off a section that's about one and a half or two inches long. use the utility knife to clean off the burrs on the inside and outside edges of pipe.
now take the resulting piece and push into one end of one of your feed neck adapters.if its not a really tight fit, use some PVC glue or epoxy and glue it together.
Step 3: Finishing the 90
now take that piece you just made and push the other feed neck adapter onto it so that it forms a 90 degree angle with the corner cut off.
Step 4: Cut and Plug the Pipe(s)
cut a piece of piping to the length you want your hopper plus one inch (to account for plug and fitting into feed neck adapter). this will be your hopper tube. clean off any burrs with the utility knife. use the utility knife to whittle the sapling piece down to size and shape, coat it with epoxy and fit it into one end of your hopper-tube (long piece of PVC storing the paintballs), epoxy over and around the edges, being careful to not get epoxy down side of pipe.
Step 5: Combine It All
push hopper tube into one end of the 90 degree bend assembly do NOT glue this joint because this is how you'll reload in-game if you need to. it will look like picture two.
NOTE:if you have a marker with a clamping feed neck, there is one small modification you must make before you can use this hopper, as detailed in the next step.
Step 6: For Clamping Feed Necks...
because you do not need an adapter with clamping feed necks, and you need a normal male end like a regular hopper would have, you must cut another piece of PVC to fit in the second end of the 90 degree angle assembly. measure out another piece about 1.5 or two inches long and cut it. use the utility knife to de-burr the edges and push it into the open end of the 90-degree assembly. attach that to your marker and you're ready to go.
Step 7: To Load...
leave the 90-degree assembly attached to the marker, only detach the hopper-tube from the 90-degree assembly, fill it with paintballs, and re-attach.
Step 8: My Paintball Sniper Marker
custom paintjob, 12 gram quick-changer, soon to be equipped with a custom bi-pod and the sniper hopper i just built. its gonna be awesome.