Paintball Gun Turret


[Jared Bouck] has been sending in his projects for a couple years now. We’ve enjoyed his heavy-duty DDR pads, LCD backlight repair, and ion cooling projects. His latest, an RC paintball gun turret, is our favorite though. He actually rates this as one of the easier projects he’s published; it just took a while to assemble. Several design decisions were made to keep the project simple. Two 32 Degrees Icon-E paintball guns were used. The guns already have electric solenoids for firing, so a special trigger mechanism didn’t have to be fashioned. Q-loaders were used to prevent any ball feed problems. The motors, driver boards, and RC components are all borrowed from combat robots for reliability. He’s hoping to produce a small number of kits based on this design.

Related: We’ve got quite a few sentry gun projects in the archive.

39 thoughts on “Paintball Gun Turret

  1. He could have used other hoppers that are just as jam free and load just as fast, although it wouldn’t have looked as sleek. It would be ridiciously awesome if he had a big magazine on the top that houses several of those q loader pods, and had a mechanism for loading fresh ones and dropping the old ones. That’s a lot more complicated though.

  2. This is awesome. Consistent ball loading has always been a problem for this purpose. I just went to the q-loader website, but they don’t tell you anything about the product or how it works – I guess they only sell to people who already know about them.

    It does look like it could be some kind of multi-start helical loading system though. Anyone know for sure?

    Anyone have either other products or DIY solutions to the problem of large capacity automatic ball feeding?

  3. The q-loader is just a spring loaded helical feeding system. There is a spring going down a center tube that pushes out the balls. The pods only hold 100 balls so you wouldn’t get too many shots before having to reload.
    A high capacity feeder could easily be made by modifying existing force-fed paintball hoppers. Just about all of them will be more than adequate to consistently feed paintballs.

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