Item #: Paintball gun

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP - ███ is to be stored in a clear sealed case with a CCTV camera trained on it at all times. Any changes to SCP - ███'s color while under recorded surveillance is to be documented and reported. SCP - ███ may be taken from its case for testing at a designated firing range while under the supervision of at minimum one individual with Level-2 clearance.

Description: SCP - ███ appears to be a "Paint marker replica" of a standard M4-A2 5.56x45cal firearm complete with S-1-F1 firing modes found on 8/4/200█ at a paintball range in the town of Santa Clara, CA after an incident where one of the visitors, a Mr. E█████ was hit in the chest from a round fired from SCP - ███ and subsequently died due to internal bleeding despite no entry wound. After police investigation it was determined that SCP - ███ was the only firearm fired at the man and thus likely to be the cause of E█████’s death. Police confiscated the firearm and stored the weapon inside a simple box that was filled with other evidence collected from the scene. Upon opening the box at the station to remove the weapon, SCP - ███'s first anomaly was observed and an agent posed at the station sent the weapon for retrieval. Class-A amnesiacs were administered and the firearm was "accidentally destroyed in firearms crime prevention measure ".

SCP - ███ has a white base color instead of the normal black of a M4A1, with colored highlight, muzzle, and ammo magazine. Upon breaking all observations with SCP - ███ the color of the aforementioned pieces will have changed color once placed under observation again. Colors that have been observed are noted as;

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Grey; see Test C
  • Black; see Test C
  • [REDACTED]; see addendum

When SCP - ███ has its trigger pulled, it will fire a single paint filled projectile with the use of an assumed CO2 canister, although no such canister has been found. Upon making contact with a white wall, paint splattered like normal. The reverse side of the wall revealed what ballistic testing showed to be a consistent exit hole matching known 5.56x45nato rounds. No rounds were found. The firearm was switched from single to auto mode and fired an additional 29 times before clicking. After failure to fire the Class-D that was operating the weapon attempted to 'clear the firearm' by pulling on the rear charging handle, and by attempting to remove the magazine but was unable to do so. After an hour the muzzle released a puff of vapor that was assumed to be CO2 and testing revealed the magazine was able to fire another 30 rounds before another failure to fire, with similar inabilities to clear the firearm. No more testing was deemed necessary until incident ███ A1

Following Incident ██ A1 testing resumed with SCP - ███

Test A - 5/2/200█

Subject: Agent ████
Procedure: A wall containing 7 of the currently observed colors was set up in a row. SCP - ███ was changed to a corresponding color by placing it in a box and closing and opening the lid until the desired color was received, then fire at the matching color twice, and all non matching colors twice. Repeat until all colors have been covered
Results: When SCP - ███ paintball hits a corresponding color, no damage outside of being hit by a paint filled gelatin ball is exerted on the wall. All other objects with mismatched colors to the paint inside the rounds have damage starting approximately 0.5 cm beyond where the paintball hit that are consistent with a 5.56x45nato round.
Analysis: As long as the round connects with color that matches the paint it is no more dangerous than a normal paint gun, however it should be treated like a real firearm with live ammunition when handling at all times.

Test B - 5/2/200█

Subject: Agent ████
Procedure: Ballistics test on Gel and Water with slow motion capture.
Results: First shot fired from the firearm was filled with yellow paint and had no effect on the gel. The firearm was then unobserved [looked away from and back at] until the paint was purple, a safe distance on the color spectrum from yellow. The second round fired hit the gel, and like before damage formed roughly 0.5cm behind the impact location and continued through the gel at the predicted speed and distance of a 5.56x45nato round. Slow motion cameras did not show any projectiles appearing where the damage was originating.
Ballistics attempts on water showed a more interesting effect. Rounds fired into the water did not break, and instead came to rest on the bottom of the tank. Agent ████ then pulled one of the rounds from the tank and held it in his hand. After a few seconds there was a loud bang and Agent ████ started screaming and holding his hand. This was fallowed by a few more loud bangs as the bottom of the tank started draining of water. Agent ████ had a hole in his hand that was holding SCP - ███ round.
Analysis: The first round fired at the gel raised questions about the weapon's effect on different hues, which further tests proved that as long as the color isn't too faded it will remain immune to the damaging effects. When the rounds were exposed to water the gel capsule that contained the paint started dissolving quickly, and once paint was able to leak from the shell it proceeded to act as previously observed. Agent ████ is now on medical leave until his hand recovers.

Test C - 5/21/200█

Subject: Class-D 4452192
Procedure: Class-D has Monochromatic colorblindness
Results: With no one else observing 4452192 was allowed to looked at the firearm. The divider was then lowered with the use of a robotic arm, and then removed. When re-observed the weapon then displayed a new color, grey. Subsequent tests revealed black and darker shades of grey were also possible.
Analysis: It's unknown how the observers ability, or inability to observe colors affects what color SCP ███ changes to. Testing with animals that also have a limited range of colored vision produced much the same effects.

Addendum: No more observation based testing is allowed with animals that contain alternative observations to light, such as the Mantis Shrimp and the Cuttle fish