Paintball is an exciting sport (some might call hobby) and over the past two decades has evolved into a major industry. There are literally thousands of paintball guns on the market – which in the sport are called Markers. Each marker has its own characteristics and in this article we will discuss which are best for people new to the sport.
The first thing that will determine your style of play is the type of game you plan on participating in – also known as format. There are two primary types of formats: woodsball and speedball. Woodsball is played outdoors and is the closest to simulating true combat conditions. Speedball usually is in a more confined space with matches lasting as little as 2 minutes.
The type of format you are interested in is going to determine also the type of weapon you choose.
In addition, there are numerous types of games played that can also have an effect on your choice of marker.
For instance, if you want to take up the role of sniper in woodsball you will want to choose a different type of marker than you would if you were playing speedball in a close combat building environment.
The key considerations for a beginner in paintball are as follows:
- 1) What type of game do you think you will be most drawn to?
- 2) What is your budget – paintball markers can start at $50 and go up to several thousand dollars.
- 3) How important are aftermarket accessories to you?
- 4) How long do you intend to use marker before you upgrade?
Where to Buy a Paintball Marker?
There are numerous places you can purchase a paintball marker including most sporting good stores and department stores such as Walmart – but if you are looking for something that is going to last and not break down on you in the middle of combat then chances are you will want to got to one of the better known online retailers.
The largest paintball gun manufacturer in the world is called Tippmann and they produce some excellent markers ranging from $50 up to $2000 and beyond. A good place to start your search is through Amazon who has most online paintball sellers all under one roof and gives you the security of knowing you can purchase from them with Amazon backing you up.