The Stingray Paintball gun is a product manufactured by a company that goes by the name of Brass Eagle®. The Stingray paintball guns are open bolt, semi-automatic, blow-back markers, that feature an indestructible polymer frame. The “Ray” comes in two versions, which includes the Stingray 1 (no longer in production), and the current version known as the Stingray 2.
The Sting Ray paintball guns are inexpensive, entry-level guns made for novice players. Even though this model is regarded as the most affordable when it comes to semi-automatic pistols, they are still functional and robust. Like any of the markers, the “Ray” does require regular maintenance. If it is oiled and cleaned after every use, it can be as reliable when compared to other paintball guns that cost a lot more.
The Stingray which also goes by the name of a “tinker’s gun” is simple to upgrade and modify. With virtually no added expenses, it is possible to set up a Stingray with a crisp and short trigger pull, a rapid-fire rate, improved gas efficiency, and to be just as accurate as some of the most high-tech markers of today.
The parts for the Stingray are also inexpensive and also readily available. The polymer body also accepts paintballs very readily. Many Stingers are known for customizing their guns using a granite look or camouflage paint jobs.
Many of the standard aftermarket add-ons made available for other paintball guns are also readily available for the Stingray paintball guns. These items include bottom-line setups, barrels, sights, power feeds, hoppers, and more.
The Stingray paintball gun is the most verbally abused and misunderstood paintball pistol when it comes to the paintball industry. Many of the complaints which include that it is inaccurate, unreliable, made out of cheap plastic and more, are either spoken from ignorance, or they are untrue, or the problem could be easily fixed.
Stingers are never boastful or arrogant, yet rather extremely helpful and friendly. The Stingers are in fact out of all the paintball groups understand what “Newbies” go through when they first start out with the sport of paintball. If you happen to be a novice or a new player, and you find a player using a Stingray, you have found yourself an immediate friend. You should not feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for advice or questions. The only questions that are stupid would be the unasked ones.
The first Stingray which goes by the name of the Stingray 1 is a product that is no longer produced. Yet, there are still thousands of the Stingray 1’s that are still in use today. Every part needed for the Stingray 1 is also still available.
The most noticeable and main difference between the Stingray 1 and the Stingray 2 would be the barrel shroud and the barrel. The Stingray 1 has a barrel that is slightly longer, which happens to be enclosed entirely by a durable shroud made from a robust polymer. It also features a feed port that is odd-sized which will need a specialized elbow in order to accommodate one of the aftermarket hoppers. You could also file or sand the interior diameter on a 1″ aftermarket elbow, to a 1-1/16″.
The Stingray 2 is a paintball gun that has a thicker and shorter barrel, that doesn’t come with a shroud The barrel shroud featured on the Stingray 1 comes with a ventilated-rib, along with the integral front-sight.
Most of the players that own a Stingray Paintball gun 1 or 2 power their guns with a CO2 cylinder that attaches to the gun’s “CA” adapter. The CO2 cylinders come in 3.5, 4.5. 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, and 20-ounce sizes. Some of the owners of the Stingray Paintball guns use the “bottom-line” setup. This setup attaches the cylinder directly underneath the grip. The Stingray also operates with ease with nitrogen and compressed high-pressure air.
Most of the “Stingers” use CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) as a gas source for their Stingrays. When CO2 is placed under pressure it converts into liquid. When the CO2 tank fills up, it contains a liquid. As the pressure releases momentarily each time the gun is fired, small amounts of gaseous CO2 will go into the pistol which is what expels the paintballs. The Stingray Paintball gun along with most of the other paintball guns can work with liquid CO2 or gas.
The Stingray also operates on the latest high-tech nitrogen (N2) as well as HPA (High-Pressure Air) systems. These are the systems that utilize gaseous compressed nitrogen or air under extremely high pressure (3000 to 4500 psi) to operate these guns. A regulator of some sort forms a part of these systems to lower the pressure to a level that the gun is able to use safely.
The 2 primary drawbacks to N2 and HPA systems are the filling and the cost. These can cost anything from $300 upwards. You could fill a 12 oz. CO2 cylinder around 100 times for this price. They are also complicated to maintain and use. In addition, it can in some cases be hard to find a place that will fill these tanks. Not all the paintball stores or fields are geared to fill these.
The Stingray 2, which is the latest version, happens to be mechanically similar when compared to the previous Stingray 1 version. The main difference between these two versions is their barrel’s. The Stingray 2 has a thicker and shorter barrel without the shroud. This version also does not come with a front sight. It does still have a rear-sight, which is somewhat useless if it does not have a front-sight for correct alignment. The integral sight-rail, however, easily accepts any of the standard “point-sights”, pistol or rifle scopes, and even the laser sights provided these sights have standard-sized feed ports, and they will also accept the standard 1″ elbow to use with one of the aftermarket hoppers.
Any mechanical modification that was possible with the Stingray 1 is also possible for the Stingray 2.