I visited the nice folks at Paintball Charleston to get some tanks filled and discuss their filling options.

Got a fancy new Pre-Charged Pneumatic airgun? Thinking about moving into the PCP arena? If so, then you’re going to need lots of compressed air. Without getting into the more unusual solutions, there are five different ways to refill an air cylinder.

  1. Use a high-pressure hand pump. It works and offers the extra bennie of getting you ripped in the process.
  2. Get your own air compressor. While prices are coming down, these ain’t cheap. Yet.
  3. If you’re well-connected to a local firefighter, and if his or her boss allows it, you might be able to get tanks filled at a local fire station. 
  4. Many local dive shops fill SCUBA tanks anyway, so there’s a good chance they can fill your airgun cylinders too for a nominal fee. However, most dive tanks only hold 3,000 psi give or take, so if you need 4,500 psi, you’re out of luck.
  5. Finally, you can go to a paintball center. Those folks might just burn through more air than us, so they’re usually well equipped to provide quick and easy fills. They also like big-time pressure, so 4,500 psi fills aren’t likely to make them nervous and twitchy. 

In previous issues of the airgun wire, we’ve talked about some of the other methods of getting your cylinders topped off. Today, we’re going to explore how easy it is to get your air at a paintball center. 

The folks at Paintball Charleston have geared up to fill lots of tanks at a time. A couple of these multi-point stations are always available.

As a case study, and because I was desperate for big air to charge a Benjamin Pioneer Airbow, Airforce Airguns Condor SS .25 caliber, and Benjamin Bulldog .357 I’m currently testing, I visited my local professionals at Paintball Charleston. This facility is serious, often having 200 to 300 paintballers out there marking up the joint on weekends. As a result, they’re well-equipped to dispense air – lots of it.

So, what do you need to know about getting air cylinders filled at paintball centers? Most paintball marker tanks use the same type of Foster connection that’s common to the airgun world. The only gotcha is that we’re slightly opposite on the whole male / female thing. Unlike airgun cylinders, most paintball tanks have a male Foster connection. That means most paintball center fill hoses end in a female Foster fitting. Fortunately, that’s not a big deal. In fact, the folks at Paintball Charleston were well-equipped to handle the situation. They had a box of adapters pre-configured to connect for their female Foster fill hoses to a variety of things including SCUBA K-valves and 300-DIN connections. 

Most paintball tanks have a male Foster fitting so you'll likely need an adapter to get your airgun cylinders filled.

Since airgun cylinders usually have different fill connection points than paintball tanks, you can take one of two approaches: find a paintball facility that has adapters that match what you have or buy the appropriate adapter to connect your cylinders to the center's female Foster fill hose fitting. At my recent gas up at Paintball Charleston, we ended up using a bit of both approaches. 

It took just a minute or two to top off these two cylinders from 3,000 to 4,500 psi


For 2018, Daisy Outdoor Products, the most-recognized name in airguns worldwide, announces the retro redesign and new products in the famous RED RYDER line of products. The new/old packaging redesign features a representation of the packaging as it appeared when initially introduced in the early 1940s. This classic look represents the “Old West” theme that encompass all things RED RYDER.

To accompany the retro packaging, Daisy introduces a selection of classic and innovative new products in the RED RYDER lineup. Included is a Daisy RED RYDER Shooting Gallery – a self-contained target that catches and saves most shot BBs for reuse. The Gallery measures 14-inches wide and 12 ½ inches tall, and contains a heavy rubber backstop to stop BBs shot at speeds of up to 350 fps without ricochet. 

The 2018 CMP National Three-Position Air Rifle Championships will be held June 21-26, 2017 at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio. After months of intense competition, over 350 hopeful junior marksmen, families and friends will gather to witness who will rise as champions on the National stage

It’s kids, BB Guns, fireworks and our nation’s celebration of independence – it’s the Daisy Nationals. The 2018 National Daisy Championship BB Gun Match (Daisy Nationals) is set for June 30-July 3, 2018, again held at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark. This, the premier BB Gun Championship in the world, brings teams of 8-15 year olds from across the nation to compete for the national championship.

The Men’s Air Rifle competition also awarded medals today with Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) winning the gold by just .9 point over 17-year-old Will Shaner (Colorado Springs, Colorado). 2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia) won the bronze medal.

The last medals of the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol were handed out today at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in the Women’s Sport Pistol, Paralympic Rifle and Free Pistol events.

University of Nebraska Lincoln & Nebraska 4-H will host the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships June 24 to June 29th at the Heartland Public Shooting Park near Alda and the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.

The event will involve more than 675 4-H youth, ages 14-18, from 37 states, competing in nine disciplines.

Brocock America, an industry leader in the worldwide airgun market, is a new Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor, said WTU President Jeff Schinkten. “Modern airguns are not the airguns I grew up with when I was a kid,” said Schinkten. “These airguns are insanely accurate, very powerful, and are a fast growing segment of the shooting sports. They are legal for hunting small game in many states, and an increasing number of states are allowing the hunting of large game with the big bore models. Just this month two more states announced that hunters can use large caliber airguns to hunt deer in the fall. We are very excited to welcome Brocock America as a WTU national sponsor.”

Jake Meyer with Mossy Oak (L), with Pinnacle Award Winners (L to R): Steve Sorensen, Tom Tatum, Keith Crowley, Abigail Casey and Karen Mehall Phillips.

The  Professional Outdoor Media Association's (POMA) 2018  Pinnacle Awardhonorees were announced by Jake Meyer, Public Relations Manager at  Mossy Oak, during POMA's  13th Annual Business Conference in Lincoln, Ne. on Wednesday, June 13. Mossy Oak has been the presenting partner of the Pinnacle Awards since the program's inception.

The Pinnacle Awards honor journalists for remarkable achievement in traditional outdoor sports-focused communications, including writing, photography/illustration/art, and broadcasting as well as content focused on wildlife conservation

June 4 - August 3
3-P Summer Camp 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


June 4 - August 4
2018 SD Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

Humboldt Sharpshooters Junior Club
Pierre, SD


Stranahan New Shooter Match 2018

Stranahan High School
Ft Lauderdale, FL


2018 May Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


2018 CMP May Monthly Match - Anniston

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Anniston, AL


2018 CA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship (2 of 2)

Selma High School MJROTC
Selma, CA


2018 PA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

DuBois Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
DuBois, PA


3-P Summer Clinics 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


American Legion, Dept of Virginia, North Region Championship

Warrenton Rifles
Centreville, VA


2018 CMP May Monthly Match Camp Perry

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


Oxford High School Shoulder-to-Shoulder Rifle Match

Oxford High School Marine Corps JROTC
Oxford, MS


2018 Net Competitor Spring Kick-Off League - Postal Match

2018 NC Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship 2 of 3

Dalton L McMichael HS AFJROTC
Mayodan, NC


Standing Camps Summer 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


American Legion Virginia Eastern Regional Championship

King George High School NJROTC
King George, VA


2018 FL State 3PAR JO (2 of 2) / General Frank Laudano Memorial

Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, FL


2018 June Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


June 23-24
Texas Airgun Show and Field Target Match 2018

Arlington Sportsman's Club
11500 CR 525, Mansfield, TX 76063


June 30
Midwest Airgun Show

June 30 - July 3
2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championships

Rogers, AR

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July 6-8
National Three Position Air Rifle Championships - Sporter Class

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH

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July 20-22
2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Rochester Brooks Gun Club
962 Honeoye Falls 6 Road
Rush, NY 14543


August 8-14
Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

August 19
The 26th Annual Kalamazoo Michigan Airgun Show

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo Airgun Show Website

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