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SCUBA tanks for PCP rifle

Discussion in 'Air Guns' started by hk940, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. hk940

    hk940 Member

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    I am thinking of getting a PCP rifle. I would like to use a SCUBA tank to fill it,as I can get one for nothing (It is certified) do I need a dive certification to get the tank filled?
     
  2. George P

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    tagged for response as I am thinking of that as well.
     
  3. bikerdoc

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    Call refill station and ask.
     
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    I have a PADI cert. and Scuba but my PCP air rifle has an on-board pump (FX Independence .25 cal.) bc. I didn't want to mess with going to a refill station. Personally, I don't see any technical reason you would need to be certified. Basically, the only instruction involved with filling a tank while getting a PADI cert. is that

    1. Pressure can hurt so stay within limits,
    2. Have your equipment (incl. tanks) periodically inspected and
    3. Use certified refills to avoid noxious gasses.

    However, laws and financial interests may require you to be certified.
     
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  5. Gadsden2A

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    Legally no, but it depends on where you live and who you know. I live in South Florida where scuba diving is very common. You would probably have a hard time getting your tank filled at a dive shop without your card. If you can convince the person where you trying to get it filled that you are not a scuba diver then you might be able to get it filled. Scuba certification is strictly voluntary, there are no statutes mandating it in Florida, but all of the dive shops, probably for liability purposes will only fill tanks if you have a card. You can get tanks filled by people who are in the paintball business, without a dive card. That might be your easiest path. I have also heard of people who live in rural areas or small towns they get their tanks filled at the local fire departments. They have compressors for their air tanks.
     
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    It all depends on the store. Find one, and ask before you buy....
     
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  8. hk940

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    Thanks for all the info. I just moved to the western part of NC so I don't know how many dive shops are here. I do have two very large lakes close by. If there are none I will check into the paint ball shop.
    One thing I just remembered is there is a welding supply real close to me, don't know if they would fill air tanks though.
     
  9. jmorris

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    I don’t use scuba tanks neither the aluminum or steel ones can hold as much pressure as the carbon fiber SCBA tanks.

    This is a good resource to have if you are looking for a place to fill.

    http://www.warpig.com/forums/fields/

    Click on your State and you can go through the list, pay attention to the legend/what they offer.
     
  10. joed

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    I was involved with scuba for 15 years and my best friend owns a shop. Some will not fill them if you can't present a cert card. There are also yearly inspections and pressure tests that need to be done to the tank every 5 years. I noticed many shops will also not want to fill a tank if some other store has their inspection sticker on it.

    Best advice I can give is call them and explain to them what you want to use the tank for. My friend would fill the tanks for those that wanted to use them for what you want.
     
  11. LoonWulf

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    I've had no issue getting tanks filled, but like @jmorris, I switched to scbas just because they are smaller and will comfortably take more pressure.
    Eventually I started looking at getting aacompressor of my own, at which point I got out of pcps lol.

    Larger Paintball fields, and shops may also have on site hpa, or if not they will know where to get fills.


    Ya know, I think I still have a couple scbas I bought a year or two ago when I was considering getting back into pcps.
     
  12. jmorris

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    I went a couple of differen directions on that as well.



     
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  13. LoonWulf

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    Yeah u need to be my neighbor......
     
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  14. Chevota

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    Even when I filled actual scuba tanks to go diving I wasn't carded, but since pcp and painball are big now I think they'd do it no prob. Plus they don't generally use carbon fiber for diving b/c they can get destroyed pretty quickly if salt water gets between the alum and wrap. So I'm told, but the point is that if filling a cf tank you're using for non scuba use, as a general rule
     
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