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#1 OFWGKTA666

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:29 AM

I have seen this and have no idea what they mean.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:35 AM

DOT stands for Department of Transportation, and it is the US department that regulates dangerous materials and products that can be hazardous during shipping, essentially. TC stands for Transport Canada, basically the same thing as the DOT for Canada. Compressed air cylinders must be tested in accordance with standards put forth by the DOT and TC, if they are not tested then they cannot be sold commercially.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:48 AM

Thanks for all the help and info! I'm getting started with paintball and I can use all the help I can get

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:53 AM

I should add that a tank doesn't have to be certified by more than one of those agencies, as long as you use the tank in the place where it was tested for. If it only has DOT stamps, it can only be used in the US; To be used in Canada, it must have the TC stamps, and so on and so forth for the regions/countries with their own set of regulations.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 01:11 AM

Are used tanks a no go when it comes to paintball? So far all of my gear is pre owned but in good condition but I was weary of buying a used tank

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 01:16 AM

Used tanks are fine as long as they are in hydro. Any standard sized paintball tank has a certain lifespan before it needs to be re-hydrotested, typically every 5 years. Fiber wrapped 4500psi tanks have a maximum life of 15 years from when they were made, completely metal tanks do not have a set lifespan as long as they can keep passing hydro tests every 5 years. Aluminum tanks under 2 inches in diameter and under 2 feet in length never even have to be tested again.

 

When buying a used tank look for how old the tank is and how many years it has left before it needs to be tested again, prices usually reflect this. There are many companies that will test tanks, it can be anywhere from $25-50ish depending on who you find and where they are in proximity to you.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 01:20 AM

Cool cool. Any suggestions? I'm kinda on a budget but kind of not? 150$ is the max I'll pay for a tank. and is the 15 year life span on the carbon fiber worth the lighter weight or would a heavier aluminum tank be best?

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 01:21 AM

On a side note tanks in Europe has to be Pi certified to be legally sold commercially and used in tournaments. This is the reason why ninja tanks are illegal over here, although they are sold by a lot of retailers anyway.   


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 01:31 AM

Why all the different types of certifications?

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 01:38 AM

Different governing bodies with different criteria. I don't really know much about the standards in place in the others, but DOT specifications make for tanks that won't fail catastrophically in an explosion (so no shrapnel), but will lose the neck and have a more directed loss of energy which the DOT considers safer.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 02:03 AM

Ahh. Well thanks! And so far my starting gear is the gog extcy and that empire reloader B with a sly mi-7 mask. I spent a good week comparing the extcy with many other guns. I almost got an etha

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 05:18 AM

Different governing bodies with different criteria. I don't really know much about the standards in place in the others, but DOT specifications make for tanks that won't fail catastrophically in an explosion (so no shrapnel), but will lose the neck and have a more directed loss of energy which the DOT considers safer.

 

So that's why they shoot off like bottle rockets when they burst?


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