So, you’ve played paintball a few times, renting equipment from the field, and now you’ve decided it’s time to take things to the next level and buy your own paintball gun (also known as a paintball marker).
Here’s what you need to know.
How Much Does A Paintball Gun Cost?
For a beginner buying your first paintball gun new, you’ll spend around $200-$300 for a higher-end paintball gun and about $100 for accessories—so ~$350 total.
For guns over $300, the differences between models are minimal and you’ll end up spending a lot of money on small differences. These differences will give you only slight advantages, so don’t break the bank on your first paintball marker until you get some more experience and can really make use of those advantages.
As for the accessories, you will need a hopper and a tank for your paintball marker. We’ll talk about those later.
In total, you’ll spend anywhere from $300-$500 for a quality paintball setup. In this price range, spending just a little more will often get you a lot. Beyond that, your return on investment drops off significantly for a beginner as shown on getpaintballgun.com.
What Kind Of Paintball Gun Do I Need?
The kind of paintball gun you decide to buy completely depends on what kind of paintball player you want to be.
Do you want to play recreationally, or compete in tournaments?
Do you like to play woodsball (paintball in the woods, typically slower-paced) or speedball (fast-paced paintball on a specially designed field)?
And do you want to be able to switch between woodsball and speedball?
Those are the three big questions that will influence what kind of paintball gun you buy.
The best way to know what kind of paintball player you are is to go out there and play each style! You might find that you really love the action packed feeling of speedball. Or that you really dig shooting each other in the woods and “playing the hunt” with more realistic-looking paintball markers.