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Can a paintball gun shoot pepper balls

I recently came across an online forum discussion which was arguing on the topic “can a paintball gun shoot pepper balls’. I never had such a taught on this topic never before. Since I always like to experiment with new things in my life, I decided to try shooting a pepper ball using a paintball. To be frank, it was very interesting at the same time and we should be very careful.

A straight answer to the question is: Yes, a paintball gun can shoot pepper balls. For example, a 0.68 caliber pepper balls are the same as that of paintballs except for the ammo. Instead of paint, a pepper ball contains powdered chemicals. US Army uses pepper balls for training purposes.

Before we move ahead to start using a pepper ball using our paintball guns, we must be aware of a few important aspects of it.

Quick Overview – Let me give you an overview of what this post is going to discuss further. Reading this post will help you to understand the complications of using a pepper ball and what safety measures you can take.

What is pepper ball?

A pepper-spray projectile, also called a pepper-spray ball, pepper-ball or pepper-spray pellet is a frangible projectile containing a powdered chemical that irritates the eyes and nose in a manner similar to pepper spray. These projectiles are fired from specially designed forced compliance weapons or modified paintball guns.

As per Wikipedia, pepper balls chemical pellets which can irritate the nose and eyes similar to pepper spray. It is mostly used by the police when they need to control a huge violet population. In a way, it is used to irritate the nose and eyes of people so that they move away from that place.

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Pepper Ball vs Paintball

If you are already into paintball, then you might be knowing that modern paintballs are edible biodegradable substances. Paintballs are nonlethal equipment which at maximum can hurt one person if hit without safety gears.

On the other hand, pepper balls are made from chemicals which can irritate human beings.

I want you to understand that both paintballs and pepper balls are designed for different purposes. But we can use pepper balls using specially designed paintball guns.

Is it legal to use pepper balls

Pepper balls and pepper spray are considered the same when it comes to its legality to use. The restrictions on using pepper spray vary from state to state. In order to avoid any legal complications, it is always good to check whether pepper balls are legal in your state. You may visit this page to check.

Warning – you should be at least 18 years old without any felon conviction to buy a pepper balls

Pepper spray and mace are available through gun shops, sporting goods stores, and other business outlets. California Penal Code Sections 12400 – 12460 govern pepper spray use in California.

How to use pepper balls for your safety

You might be thinking why someone will go for using a pepper ball with these much confusions. You can use pepper balls for self-defense if needed.

For example, if you live in a place with a lot of chance for human or wild animals ( eg bear), a pepper ball will be handy for yours. A pepper spray does the same irritation to animals. Thus shooting a pepper ball from far away using a paintball gun will keep you safe.

Warning: Never use pepper spray at any animals unless you are in the stage of an attack.

How to shoot a pepper ball with a paintball gun

You might be thinking that there are multiple pepper guns available in the market and why should one use paintball gun. Pepper guns are costly as paintball guns.

Thus, when you can shoot both balls using a single gun, then why you should go spent money buying both.

If you already have paintball gun at your home, then you don’t need to spend extra money on buying a pepper gun.

Steps on shooting a pepper balls
  • Upack your pepper balls from the box
  • Connect the CO2 or HPA tank with your paintball
  • Feed the pepper ball to the hopper.
  • Hold your paintball on vertically down postion.
  • Check whether the balls fall out of the barrel.(If it fall, then your marker calliber and pepper ball calliber are different. You cannot use it)
  • Cock your paintball gun
  • Fire the pepper ball at a vaccant area .

Does all paintball guns shoot paintballs

Paintballs warry from each other with their bullet caliber. But if you can buy pepper balls which match the same caliber of your paintball, then you can use it for sure.

Make sure you will double check your paintball gun before you buy some pepper balls.

My experiance

To understand how we can shoot a pepper ball with a paintball gun , I boughts few pepper balls online. It is lagal to buy pepper balls or pepper spray in my state.

I double checked the size of the pepper balls before I placed the order online. One day when I got some free time, I decided to try it in my backyard.

By the way, I have a huge a vaccant backyard which has combount walls and safe to test. I loaded my gun with pepper balls and shoooooot….

Yes, it worked …

Similar to the paintballs.

I decided to keep pepper balls to use in case of any emergency home defense.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can pepper bullets kill you?

No, a pepper bullet cannot kill someone as it is not a lethal weapon. Pepper bullets or pepper sprays are made from chemicals which can irritate eye and nose when exposed.

What are non-lethal weapons ?

Non-lethal weapons are those weapons which will not hurt or lead to the death of a living organism when used. Airsoft guns, Paintball guns, Laser guns are a few examples.


We can use a paintball gun to shoot a pepper ball if its caliber matches that of a paintball gun. Pepper balls are legal in many states with certain conditions to follow. In addition, using paintball for multipurpose is cost cutting too.

Have you tried firing pepper balls with your marker? Please share your experience with the rest of the readers.

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