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Is it a battle getting your paintball tanks refilled?

It seems like every Academy I've been to in this area acts like it is a huge inconvenience for them. Either they don't have anyone that knows how to use the refilling equipment, or they come back and tell me something is wrong with my cylinder (there isn't).

Tonight I had a manager tell me there was only one person in the store that new how to use the machine and he was working the gun counter. This was after I bought a new 24oz tank and paid for a refill on a separate tank I brought. Basically he tried to tell me I had to come back. After arguing with me for 5 minutes he reluctantly covered the gun counter and sent the dude off to fill my tanks. 15 mins later that manager gets a call that the dude (only one certified in the store) couldn't figure it out and blamed it on my hydro test date (it is stamped 2013 but that is the manufactured date). When he came back he actually couldn't figure out how to fill the brand new cylinder (2019 hydro date) I had just purchased and could barely filled my old one. Long story short I got a full refund and dipped out of there.
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Is there no actual paintball store around you or possibly a field(some only fill co2 at their fields)? I gave up trying to get tanks filled at larger stores when I used CO2 for paintball, they were cheaper but having to deal with them and replace tanks they messed up made it much cheaper to visit actual paintball stores.
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I've never had a problem at either place I've gone (only two, sorry). Sports Authority, a big chain store: Twice there hasn't been someone there who knows how to operate the machine. Once I had to wait 20 minutes before the only guy who knew could get there and fill it. Once the machine was down. But otherwise, no actual problems or attitude. The other, a paintball-specific store, was zero problems, and they did the best fill, too.


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I've had a few endeavors at the big box stores as well. Mostly, no one ever knows how to use the equipment. One time the employees were scratching their heads trying to figure out why their refill tank wasn't working when I could clearly see cold CO2 gas leaking from one of their lines. I think next time I'll try the paintball store as suggested.


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Closest paintball store is 20 miles away and they have super limited hours
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I go to a paintball store, they fill my 5# tank too. The few times I've gone to ##### sporting goods it's been a nightmare, waiting 20 min or guy telling me he can't fill my tank for blah blah blah reasons..
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I had the same problems with sports authority, i had a less than 50% success rate getting tanks filled. I went out and bought a 5lb tank and regulator because of it.


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I had the same problems with sports authority, i had a less than 50% success rate getting tanks filled. I went out and bought a 5lb tank and regulator because of it.
I have two 20 oz paintball tanks (they're cheap!), and with a small tank like mine, they last 6 months or more. When one is empty, I swap in the new one, and get the empty refilled at my leisure.


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I found a paintball shop close to work that will also do a 5lb tank. He was super cool on the phone, I'll be stopping by tomorrow.
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I thought I was the only one about 2 years ago before I switched over to 5lb co2 tanks I used to use paintball and the only place close to me (within 20 min) was sports authority and same ordeal. It was a battle to get it filled either nobody could do it or their tanks were empty and would be empty for weeks.
Ugh just thinking back it drove me crazy, I got a little punch card for each refill and by the time I got it filled 3 times I called it quicks and just upgraded and now I drive about a half an hour to a welding supply store every couple of months.
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Funny, all the stories of employees not knowing how to work the tank filling "machine." All it is is a 50lb. CO2 tank with a valve attached that has a lever on it. I used to be a paintball airsmith many moons ago, and it's super easy to fill a little paintball tank. Takes all of about a minute or so, depending on how much was left in the tank in the first place. Sounds like employee laziness for the most part.

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David,

That is what I assumed and that is why it is extra frustrating when it is such a hassle.
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Try Ace or do it best hardware stores, sometimes they have paintball stuff and will do them too. Tractor supply Co may do it too.
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All this talk.. inspired me to take 2 empty 20oz. Bottles to the sporting goods store and give them a shot at redemption. I like to have a couple filled for backup when my 5# is empty.. thing about the paintball shop is they keep funny hours.. closed sun-tu. If I go dry on sat. I'd be in trouble.. another point I forgot to add before was the $10 for a lightly used filled 20 oz. At the paintball shop is pretty inviting
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Big chain stores have lots of rules regarding liability, especially when it comes to doing things like filling a metal canister with enough compressed gas to take out an entire room if the tank had a failure. I'm a certified PSI tank inspector (mostly for scuba tanks), and air tank explosions are nothing to sneer at.

I have no doubt that it is drilled into every employee that only employees who have been specifically trained on the machines are allowed to touch it. Technically they need to check to tank, know what to look for, check the inspection and hydro dates stamped into the tank, etc., to make sure it's safe to fill. It's not as simple as Rose the checkout girl sticking it into the slot and pulling the handle.


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