Paintball is a dynamic, fast-paced sport that can be played individually or with teams. There are many different types of paintball guns and brands to choose from. Finding the right paintball gun will ensure your success on the field.
Paintball guns, or markers, come in three different styles – pump action, semi-automatic, and mag-fed.
Pump action markers were the very first pieces of equipment to be used in the sport. They require CO2 cartridges, and work like pump shotguns, in that the pumping action loads a new paintball into the chamber and readies the marker for its next shot. Pump action markers are still the go-to for methodical athletes.
Semi-automatic markers are now the most common type of paintball guns guide in the sport today, and require less work and skill to operate. Their rate of fire is drastically faster. These guns can be purchased with electronic triggers or mechanical triggers. The electronic triggers are easier to operate and increase the rate of fire even more.
Mag-fed markers the direct descendants of pump action markers. These guns offer the most realistic military simulation because paintballs are loaded and fed into the gun by using a magazine. Mag-fed markers have limited capacity, so every shot counts, and they need to be reloaded more often than guns with pump or semi-automatic action.
With the most precision, awesome features like bipods, red dots and long barrels, sniper guns are essential for players looking to keep distance between themselves and the action.
For fast pace games, medium to short distances, tactical guns work well to keep the opposing team behind cover and on the move. They have high firing rates, shorter barrels to give good spreads, and are able to be modified multiple ways for customized playing.
If you’re looking for a backup plan, a paintball pistol on the hip can save a game if your primary gun fails or needs to be reloaded. Looking for a challenge? Leave the big guns at the gate and take to the field with a pistol or two.