As you know, there are many different types of paintball guns (markers) on the market today. It can be quite confusing for a newcomer whether or not it’s worth it to buy one. Not to mention, you will need lots of equipment too. There are a number of things you should keep in mind when looking to purchase a paintball marker, so listen up.
Consider the prices of rental equipment before purchasing any paintball guns. You can easily figure out how much you spend per year on paintball equipment by taking into account how often you play. Your results might be very surprising. If you are spending around $100-$150 per year, or less, I recommend sticking with rental equipment. This way your gear doesn’t age at all and you end up spending the same amount of money. However, the decision is entirely up to you. The great thing about having your own equipment is that you can play whenever you feel like it.
If you are a paintball fanatic then don’t try and save money on a cheap gun. You want something that is high quality and upgradeable, and you may have to fork over a bit extra for it. If you think you have your mind set on a marker, do extensive research on that specific model before pulling the trigger (I couldn’t help it).
If you are a newcomer then you should try and identify your style of play and how often you will be playing. If you play a lot, then it might be a wise decision to get a high-end or medium-range gun. On the other hand, if you don’t play very much, but don’t want to rely on rental equipment, there are of course few great low-end models to choose from. Your safest bet is a Tippmann 98 custom. It’s a great gun that can easily be upgraded later on. The quality is really unbeatable for the price.
For the more experienced players, there is a wide variety of markers to choose from. There are almost too many to make any recommendations. My word of advice for the expert player is to take into consideration all of the important variables. What type of paintball do you play? What colors would be best for the types of paintball you play? Have you tried both electronic and mechanical markers?
If all else fails, used equipment can save you a lot of money. Local hobby shops sometimes sell them at discounted prices. Or you can always ask around locally and find some stuff through friends.
Remember, there are always new paintball guns coming out. A little research can go a long ways for determining what you are truly getting for your money. Don’t stress though; it’s only a paintball gun. The most important part is to have fun out there.