How to Buy a Paintball Gun

Choose your weapon wisely!

If you're a paintball rookie, you may be mesmerized by the selection of guns you're going to see the first time you play. There are all types out there and it's strongly recommended that you try a few guns out before buying one. It's wise to rent a few different styles first or to borrow a friend's, so you have some idea of how to handle one and what to look for. If you want to buy one gun to start out with there are a few things you should take into consideration before signing your name to the credit card slip.

Paintball gun buying tips include:

Size and Weight - First, look for a gun that you're going to be able to handle - size and weight wise. You're going to be hauling this thing around with you all day long everywhere you go, so you should be able to run, jump, crawl, and dodge paintballs with it. Basically, your gun should be part of you, but that would be a hard job, even for Superman, if the marker weighs as much as a shot put.

Precision - The gun's not going to be any good to you if you're aiming five feet to the left and the paintball pellet hits a mark five feet to the right. The gun's precision should be consistent, so make sure you try test the gun out first. Now don't confuse precision with accuracy. If your aim is just plain lousy, then there's no gun in the world that's going to help you - no matter how precise it is.

Easy Operation - A good gun for a beginner should be easy to operate. When you're under fire on the field you just want to pull the trigger. You shouldn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to load, use, and clean your marker, and you shouldn't have to take it apart every time you use it. The gun should have such a basic operating system with a minimum of maintenance.

Paintball Compatibility - Some guns are finicky when it comes to the paint they use, and they'll only play with a specific brand. If you're going to be using different types of pellets you'll want to test your gun with a new brand of paint before hitting the field.

Toughness - If you're running through the woods, diving onto the ground, crawling through bushes, wading through streams, and generally banging your gun around like a sledge hammer - you need to buy yourself a tough marker. It shouldn't stop working or start leaking gas if you drop it or bang it against a tree stump. Paintball can be a pretty physical game, and you need a gun that can handle the action.

There are many other aspects of choosing a gun, such as what type you want (pump, semi automatic, pistol, etc.), the rate of fire, the type of barrel, the hopper, and the grip. Don't just walk in and buy the cheapest or best looking gun in the store. If you're an experienced player you've probably got a good idea what you're looking for, or you may be buying a replacement item. If you're a newbie, you should talk to your friends to get some tips on what type of gun to buy. You should also do as much research as you can. Don't be afraid to ask the salesperson questions. A good salesperson should be knowledgeable enough to answer all of your questions.

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