Congratulations on your decision to join the exciting extreme sport of paintball! One of your first tasks will likely involve looking at paintball guns for sale and then making the big decision on which one to purchase. The following 5 considerations may help make this task less painful and much more enjoyable.
1. Consider Where You Will Play
One very important consideration that is often overlooked by many paintball players looking to buy paintball guns is where they are going to spend most of their time playing. Will it be in an abandoned lot, nearby wooded area or at the local paintball course. This important fact needs to be carefully considered as it will help to determine the types of paintball guns you need to stick with due to the air supply. Playing mostly at commercial paintball locations means you will have access to compressed air or CO2 needed to fire your paintball marker. This leads us to the second important consideration.
2. Consider Your Power Source
Most modern paintball markers or guns operate using one of two power sources, either carbon dioxide gas (CO2) or high pressure air (HPA). Depending on where you live and generally play your paintballing games, you may find it easier to obtain refills for your CO2 tank than for a HPA tank. It is extremely important that if your power supply is CO2, that you stick with paintball markers that are made for CO2! Since CO2 is a liquid gas, if it is used in a paintball marker designed for using only compressed air or HPA, the CO2 can seriously damage the gun beyond repair.
So if CO2 is going to be your power source of choice, then when looking at paintball guns for sale consider quality name brand paintball guns especially created to operate using CO2 such as the Spyder line of products which include models like the Spyder Victor, Xtra and Sonic, if you are on a tight budget. If you can afford the higher priced electronic models, then Spyder has ones such as the Spyder Pilot, Electra, VS1 and VS2. Yet another very popular maker of name brand CO2 paintball markers is Tippmann, especially if you like paintball guns with a military look. Popular Tippmann products include the Tippmann 98, A5 and the newer X7 series. Other well-known companies into the C02 paintball market include Smart Parts and Piranha. It should be noted that you can buy some models of paintball guns that will operate with either CO2 or HPA.
As already noted, there is a second source of power used with paintball guns,which is compressed air, known in paintballing circles as high pressure air (HPA). As a rule, the newer and more expensive breed of paintball markers use HPA, (which is more stable than CO2 resulting in better firing accuracy), and generally cost more than the traditional C02 models, sometimes as much as $2000. This helps to explain why there is such as wide range of pricing for paintball markers from less than $100 to several thousand of dollars. Popular name brand high end HPA markers include Bob Long and Dye paintball guns.
3. Consider What Features You Need
The biggest single determiner of price when you are looking at paint ball guns for sale is certainly the number of features that a paintball marker comes with. For example one basic feature is whether the marker is electronic or not. Electronic guns allow you to set firing modes via what is called an electronic trigger or “e-grip” so you can change the paintball marker from a single shot weapon with each pull of the trigger into 3-shot burst per trigger pull, or semi-auto, and finally full auto for continuous firing as long as the trigger is pulled and held. Obviously electronic markers are more expensive than non-electronic ones, and then you have the added expenses of the technology needed to allow your weapon to rapid fire such as anti-chop systems to prevent paintballs from breaking, auto-feed loaders or hoppers to hold the paintballs, and the list goes on and on. These added features are what drives up the prices very quickly when you are looking to buy paintball guns. So it is imperative that you only consider those paintball guns for sale that have just the features that you really need, especially if you are just a beginner. Why pay for addons that you do not need or will rarely use?
4. Consider Ease Of Maintenance
There is nothing more frustrating than to arrive at the paintball course all excited to play only to find your paintball marker is broken and you don’t have a clue how to fix it. Or perhaps even worse, your marker breaks down during a game and you are done for the day. So yet another important consideration when looking to buy paintball guns is your own personality type. Are you a “Mr. Fix-it” who loves to tear things apart and figure out how they work so you can fix them yourself? If not, then don’t consider any paint ball guns for sale that are very complex and complicated with lots of things that can go wrong! Sometime the more fancy features the paintball marker comes with means all the more that can go wrong. Therefore your personality type with respect to “doing it yourself” may help you determine what brands or models of paintball markers you should buy and not buy.
5. Consider Upgrade Potential
Some paintball markers, such as the popular Tippmann X7 series, are designed to be upgrade-able which means as your playing skills improve you can make improvements to your gun as well. This is a really nice feature, especially if you develop a strong loyalty to your particular paintball model or company and don’t wish to change to something or someone different. Many players would rather spend extra money on upgrading their current paintball marker, that they are used to, than paying the same amount to purchase a new marker. Others report that frequently upgrading their paintball marker helps to keep the sport exciting, as you want to keep playing to see how your performance level changes due to the upgrades to your marker.
Advances in paintball technology in response to the rising popularity of this extreme sport means that there are more models and brands of paintball guns for sale than ever before. So it is more important than ever to do some serious thinking and research before making a decision to buy paintball guns, with so many choices now available. Making use of the information provided in this article, combined with some online research of paintball websites will enable you to make an informed buying decision as to the best paint ball guns for your skill level, needs, and price range. We have everything mentioned here and more at Paintballer HQ.