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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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CO2 Paintball Tank CGA 320 Adapter

anyone used this with success on a paint ball tank?

http://www.amazon.com/AQUATEK-CO2-Pa.../dp/B004M49QDC

I'm looking to purchase one. That way I can use my dual stage regulator. this is what I'm looking to do.

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Yeah they work fine. Unless you anchor the tank well, you'll have to pull off an amazing balancing trick with the dual to keep the pb can upright
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I'll secure the tank. that isn't hard to do. Now, to open the valve to let the CO2 out, that's the small screw on the side of the tank at the top right? I know the pin needs to be pushed on the valve in to release the co2. but how will I be able to connect the reg and adapter with out the co2 coming out?


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nonononono...

Don't mess with the safety valve (that's the screw) on the pb cylinder.

Attach the adapter securely to the reg, then screw the whole thing onto the pb cylinder. It will hiss briefly as you tighten it down. Just make sure your solenoid is off and your working pressure is at zero when you attach it. For as long as the adapter is attached to the pb cylinder, the cylinder will be "open". That depressed pin is the equivalent of the on/off valve at the top of a standard industrial cylinder.

I'd still recommend a 5, 10, or 20# cylinder over a pb cylinder any day, but I assume you have a reason for it.
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I'll secure the tank. that isn't hard to do. Now, to open the valve to let the CO2 out, that's the small screw on the side of the tank at the top right? I know the pin needs to be pushed on the valve in to release the co2. but how will I be able to connect the reg and adapter with out the co2 coming out?
Yes, I believe the screw is an on/off valve.

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The screw is NOT an on/off valve.

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ok so add the adapter first then the reg? or attach the adapter to the reg and then to the tank.

Which way?

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I don't know why people mess around with an adapter when they are just going to build their own reg to use with a paintball tank. They do make 1/4 NPT to paintball tank fittings.

Check it out:





It just seems like I've read so many folks having issues with those cga-320 to paintball adapters. (operator error...) With this, you just screw the paintball tank directly to your reg.

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ok so add the adapter first then the reg? or attach the adapter to the reg and then to the tank.

Which way?

Thanks.
OP's forgot to answer you question

If you do use one of those adapters, you connect the adapter the regulator first. Make sure you use the washer between the two. Make it as tight as you can without damaging anything. Then connect the whole thing to the paintball tank.
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The screw is NOT an on/off valve.

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My apologies, I thought it was something like this:



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ok so add the adapter first then the reg? or attach the adapter to the reg and then to the tank.

Which way?

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OP's forgot to answer you question

If you do use one of those adapters, you connect the adapter the regulator first. Make sure you use the washer between the two. Make it as tight as you can without damaging anything. Then connect the whole thing to the paintball tank.
As oldpunk78 mentioned, the easiest way is to add the adapter to the regulator first, and then screw the whole thing into the paintball cylinder.

I would imagine some CO2 loss is inevitable, however. Just screw it on quickly, perhaps?

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i used one of those for a while. you have to replace the o-rings with a thicker one or else it will hiss and blow off through the safty valve. autozone had a box of assorted ones that worked well for me. i since switched to a 5# tank. one 20 oz paintball tank only lasted me a month, got tired of refilling.
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I don't know why people mess around with an adapter when they are just going to build their own reg to use with a paintball tank. They do make 1/4 NPT to paintball tank fittings.

Check it out:





It just seems like I've read so many folks having issues with those cga-320 to paintball adapters. (operator error...) With this, you just screw the paintball tank directly to your reg.

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Wait, so you can just buy these adapter and install them to an 1/4 port on your regulator?

Any advantages or disadvantages over a CGA320? I google that and they call it an ASA fitting?



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Wait, so you can just buy these adapter and install them to an 1/4 port on your regulator?
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Any advantages or disadvantages over a CGA320? I google that and they call it an ASA fitting?
Sure. There's always some kind of trade off...

Advantage - You just buy one fitting. It's simpler.

Disadvantage - Can't hook up to a standard a standard CGA-320 cylinder. (without the reverse adapter) This part needs a strap wrench for the install.
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I got that exact adapter and haven't had any issues. I went with PB cylinders because the price per oz. on CO2 refills was cheaper that way. $20+ for a 5lb swap versus $3.75 for a 20oz refill. Granted I do have to refill more often but it's not too bad.

As everyone has said, attach the blue adapter to the reg first, then screw on the cylinder.

@Oldpunk: That's pretty sweet. I got a used reg so it already had the CGA-320 otherwise that's a nice solution.
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Yeah they work fine. Unless you anchor the tank well, you'll have to pull off an amazing balancing trick with the dual to keep the pb can upright
yeah, I sure lucked out with a Vicker Dual Stage. It balanced perfectly.

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