- Buying Guide
- Determining the Best Paintball Gun for Your Style of Play
- 1. Reliability:
- 2. Accuracy:
- 3. Value:
- 4. Ease of Use:
- 5. Customization Options:
- 6. Sturdiness:
- 7. Co2 Usage:
- 8. Balance when Hopper is Attached:
- 9. PSI Capacity:
- 10. Looks and Appearance:
- 1. DYE M2 Paintball Marker
- 2. Empire Paintball BT Dfender Marker
- 3. ETEK4 – Planet Eclipse Etek 4 LT / AM Paintball Guns
- 4. Planet Eclipse ETEK5 Paintball Marker / Gun – ETEK 5
- 5. Empire Paintball Axe Marker
- 6. Dye Proto Rize MaXXed Paintball Marker
- 7. Proto Rail MaXXed Paintball Gun – Black Lime
- 8. Tippmann A-5 .68 Caliber Paintball Marker
- 9. U.S. Army Project Salvo .68 Caliber Paintball
- 10. Tippmann Cronus Tactical Paintball Gun
There are literally thousands of Paintball Guns or Paintball Markers – ranging from cheap plastic knockoffs to serious paintball rifles with long range sighting capabilities. As avid paintballers, we set out to create a guide of the best paintball guns available on the market from our own experiences.
There are a lot of factors that determine what would be considered the best paintball guns for in the field. Really though it comes down to two factors – reliability and capability. Paintball is the closest thing we can get to real combat, and for many athletes is far more satisfying than hunting as it’s a game of skill – after all the opposition is shooting back at you.
Determining the Best Paintball Gun for Your Style of Play
When I talk with newbie’s about selecting the best paintball gun, I try to get a read on the person themselves and help them determine what type of combat strategy they are most likely to use. For my own tactics I prefer accuracy and stealth tactics – where I have friends that far prefer a more aggressive in your face style of attack and are better served by high capacity automatic weapons.
Personally I love my Tippmann A-5 Sniper Rifle – it’s accurate up to 100 feet with zero arcs in the trajectory, but with practice you learn to work with the elevation to become pin point accurate to 60 yards. But like any marker, you have to pay attention to the rules of the particular range and game you are playing as it may be deemed ineligible.
Many new to the sport of paintballing have either the tendency to be very aggressive or very timid. It’s only when the experience of combat sinks in that you realize there is a time and place for both. I bring this up because when determining what the best paintball gun is – who is using has an impact on that rating and recommendation.
Everyone has their own opinions of what their favorite paintball gun is – but in general we all can agree on the following rating points.
I remember reading a story back about World War One troops that had trouble with their rifles jamming in the middle of combat. Can you imagine in the middle of a life or death struggle your weapon malfunctioning. Although the stakes are a lot smaller in paintball – there is nothing less frustrating than a marker that has malfunctioned or jammed and any experienced paintball athlete will tell you nothing is more important than reliability.
Next to not having a weapon that will fire is having a weapon that can’t hit the target. Numerous factors determine how accurate a paintball gun is including velocity – barrel construction and the accuracy of the sites.
Let’s face it – you get what you pay for and all of us want the most value for our dollar. There are many great deals out there for markers that provide terrific value without breaking the bank.
4. Ease of Use:
There are many factors that can be invisible to a buyer until they are in combat. For example it’s not uncommon for hoppers to interfere with sites – or Co2 containers being bulky or hard to use. Another consideration to consider is that with your mask on will you be able to site the marker?
5. Customization Options:
There are many add-ons you can customize your marker with and you will want to buy a brand that allows you to have options on upgrades and add-ons. It’s ideal if the add-ons come from the same brand/manufacturer.
The less expensive paintball guns have plastic parts and are susceptible to breaking. You want to invest in a weapon that is sturdy and can stand up to the punishment it is going to take in the field where you won’t have time to be gentle.
7. Co2 Usage:
Different guns use Co2 at different rates – and can not only be an added expense – but also a real pain in the field if you’re running low in a game.
8. Balance when Hopper is Attached:
Another area where purchasers sometimes forget to consider is how the weapon reacts with a full hopper which can add substantial weight to the marker. Does it become difficult to use when full?
9. PSI Capacity:
Cheaper Markers typically have poor PSI pressure which affects performance in open combat environments (although many ranges have 300 PSI max rules). Anything under 240 is likely going to disappoint you but anything over 300 is a waste and creates safety issues. Anything over 500 is considered a true firearm.
10. Looks and Appearance:
I put this one last as for far too many people it is the most important. But you know what – in the field or in combat – what you gun looks like doesn’t matter at all – and the entire above factors do. Yes a beautiful mean looking weapon is great to look at and admire – but looks stop the moment the match begins and that’s what paintball is really about.
Check out the 10 Best Paintball Guns on the market right now:
1. DYE M2 Paintball Marker
2. Empire Paintball BT Dfender Marker
3. ETEK4 – Planet Eclipse Etek 4 LT / AM Paintball Guns
4. Planet Eclipse ETEK5 Paintball Marker / Gun – ETEK 5
5. Empire Paintball Axe Marker
6. Dye Proto Rize MaXXed Paintball Marker
7. Proto Rail MaXXed Paintball Gun – Black Lime
8. Tippmann A-5 .68 Caliber Paintball Marker
9. U.S. Army Project Salvo .68 Caliber Paintball