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Advice For Paintball Beginners

OK, so you've played paintball a few times with borrowed or rented equipment, and you've decided it's time to buy your own kit. Now, though, you must decide what to get. At BZ Paintball Supplies our staff have over 50 years playing experience between them, so we have the expertise to be able to help you get the exact kit you need.

Paintball Mask

The very first piece of equipment we would always recommend is a decent paintball mask/goggle. Everybody remembers that time they played paintball first and the rental goggles kept fogging up. Buying your own mask means that you will be the only person wearing it and it will be looked after properly. The most important part of your kit, a paintball mask will protect your face, eyes and ears, and one with good vision will keep you seeing more than your opponents. We stock all major brands of goggles at BZ Paintball, including DYE, Proto, VForce, JT, Empire and HK Army. What you should look for when buying a paintball mask is the quality of the lens (thermal lenses are less prone to steaming up than anti-fog single lenses), the availaibilty of spare lenses, field of view, how easy it is to change a lens, how good they look, and the most important thing is how comfortable they are on your face.

For helop on how to prevent your fogging check out our "Prevent your paintball mask from fogging" blog post. If you are unsure what to go for please just give us a call on 01642 605000 for some friendly, impartial advice.

Paintball Gun

The next thing you might consider buying is your first paintball gun (marker is the correct term). We stock a huge range of paintball guns/markers, with a wide variety of brands and standards. There are a few things to consider when buying a paintball marker - build quality/reliability, how easy is it to service or get serviced, fire rate, accuracy and the gas efficiency.

One of the first things to consider when buying your first marker is what gas is readily available wherever it is you plan on playing. There is no point buying a marker that only runs on compressed air if the venue you play only uses co2. Check out our "The difference bewteen CO2 and HPA for paintball" blog post for more information.

If you plan on using your equipment three to four times a year, it is probably worth it to buy your own lower-end equipment. Something in the price range of £100-£200. If you are going to be playing paintball twice a month or more, we would recommend getting something that's either easily upgradable or has better performance to begin with, something in the £200-£400 mark. If you are regularly playing big games or tournaments you would probably want to consider a higher end marker. Competent tournament markers are avilable from around £350 upwards (to over £1000!).

Should you get a mechanical or electronic marker? Mechanical markers are typically slower, louder and less efficient (meaning you get less shots per gas fill), but more reliable. Electronic markers are either electro-mechanical or electro-pneumatic. Electro-mechanical markers are mechanical markers with an electronic trigger frame that fires the marker, often in 3-round burst or full auto modes. Electro-pneumatic markers shoot by activating a solenoid valve which allows air to pass through and shoot the ball. They can fire more consistently, ar more efficient and are quieter than mechanical markers, but they cost more and are harder to fix. Check out our "Electronic vs Mechincal Markers" blog post.

Before you use up all your money to buy your dream gun, figure out what else you will need to make it work. A super-fast electro-pneumatic gun won't do you much good if you only have a gravity fed hopper. Learn if your gun will require you to buy a compressed air tank or co2 tank. By factoring in the cost of all other equipment before you buy your gun, you will have a better idea of what kind of setup you can afford.


At BZ Paintball we have a large range of paintball hoppers or paintball loaders that are suitable for all different types of play and compatible with all differnt types of paintball gun. Some loaders are specialist and only compatible with one type of marker, for example the cyclone or rip clip but most have a universal fitting so will work with all guns. As the loaders get more expensive the main differences will be the increased feed rate, ease of dissassembly and battery life.

Where Can I Play Paintball?

After you've played at your local site rental day or a few walkons, you might be considering the next step in your paintball adventures. Depending on your preferred style of play there are a whole host of options. There are scenario or 'big' games all over the UK regularly, as well as established Tournament Series like the CPPS or UK Masters. For a list of games we recommend please visit our events page here.

What Paintballs Should I Use?

In terms of paint, more so than any other paintball product, you do get what you pay for.

Cheaper or poor quality paintballs are:

  • less likely to be completely round
  • have a poorer quality shell (either really hard causing them not to break on target, or really fragile causing them to break in your marker)
  • not likely to have a bright fill
You should consider buying paintballs appropriate for the conditions and planned usage. For example, in winter you should use a winter formula, for tournaments you should use the best paint your budget will allow for, and for practice the fill or fragility doesn't really matter. 
Please bare in mind, regardless of the quality of paintballs you buy - good storage is paramount. You should always store in dry, room temperature conditions. Even the best paint can look like the worst after a few hours of bad storage.
For further information check out the following blog posts - "The different grades of paintballs" and "How to store your paintballs".

Where Can I Read More About Paintball?

For the latest paintball news you should take a look at these Forums and Facebook pages

Welcome to BZ Paintball Supplies UK - The UK's Leading Paintball Shop For Paintball Guns & Paintball Equipment.

BZ Paintball is the leading paintball store/ paintball shop for all your paintball equipment and needs. We have the largest walk-in paintball shop in the UK where you can browse all the latest paintball equipment, we can take orders online and over the phone, making it easy for you to get hold of whatever paintball equipment you need.

If you’re new to paintball or an avid player we have all the paintball supplies you could ever want and need. We stock all the latest paintball gunspaintball masks, paintballspaintball hoppers and paintball gear/accessories, from all the top brands including Dye, Eclipse, HK Army, Virtue, Shocker Paintball, DLX, Empire, Vforce, Tippmann, Ninja, GOG, JT and many more at competitive prices.

We carry a huge amount of stock in our paintball shop and dedicated warehouse so 99.9% of our orders can ship for delivery next working day. We are the only paintball store that displays whether an item is in or out of stock, other online stores might tell you they carry lots of stock, but it will generally only be of the most popular paintball items.

What's more, we have dedicated certified technicians for Tippmann, Dye, Proto, Planet Eclipse, Empire, BT, MacDev, Luxe and Shocker so we always have expert paintball knowledge on hand to help you with any problems. We have new stock arriving daily, so if there's anything you can't see on the website, please give us a call or drop us an email to see if we can help. All of our paintball supplies are of the highest standard and with our after sales help and technicians you can be confident buying from BZ Paintball!

Paintball for Beginners

If you're just starting out in paintball check out our Advice for Paintball Beginners guide, providing you with vital insight to what to look for with regards to paintball guns and paintball masks. We also have some great blog posts addressing some beginner questions such as '"What's the best paintball gun for a beginner?", or "What's the difference between air and co2?". We cover many more topics asked by beginners in our blog here.

Paintball Guns UK

Since paintball became a popular recreational activity there has been an increase in avid paintball players buying their own equipment. The main part of any kit bag is the paintball gun, which may also be referred to as a paintball marker (some people don't like to refer to paintball markers as guns at all), this is the most basic element of any game of paintball. We have hundreds of paintball guns for sale to suit all budgets and needs.

Paint ball guns use one of two propellant's (either co2 or High Pressure Air (HPA) to power a firing mechanism which pushes a ball out of the front of the paintball marker via a barrel. There are many brands and styles of paintball gun available.

When buying your first paintball marker you should stick to a recognised brand so you know you’re buying a quality piece of kit which is going to be covered by Warranty. For more information you should check out our blog on 'What's the best paintball gun for a beginner?' You can get an entry level blowback paintball gun at an affordable price and then most guns can be enhanced by adding paintball gun upgrades.

 If you're after some serious firepower, contact us either on 01642 605000, by email on info@bzpaintball.co.uk or on the Live Chat to explore the best available options to suit your needs.

Paintball Masks

Paintball masks may also be referred to as paintball goggles, for obvious safety reasons you cannot play paintball without one. If you're just starting out taking paintball up as a hobby, we would recommended a paintball mask as the first bit of kit you should buy, check out The First Piece Of Paintball Kit You Should Buy”.

All paintball masks come in one universal size with straps to adjust the fit, though some do provide more coverage, vision and protection than others. Different brands and models of paintball mask have a different fit, so it really is a good idea to try some on before you buy. What fit's one person well might not fit the next person and a poorly fitted goggle can cause even the most expensive models to steam up - look out for models with thermal lenses, these are dual paned and are the ones less likely to steam up. If you’re having issues with your paintball mask steaming up check out our How to Prevent Your Paintball Mask from Fogging blog post. For more help check out our "Paintball Mask Buying Guide".

You can be confident buying a mask from BZ Paintball because we only stock models that are CE approved to ensure your safety.

Paintball Hoppers

The paintball hopper is the 'tube' that sits on the top/side of your gun and stores the paintballs and feeds them into the marker, this may also be referred to as a 'paintball loader'. The standard capacity for a paintball hopper is around 200. At first you may get away with a cheap gravity fed hopper, but if you tend to fire fast or buy an electronic marker (which fires fast)  then you will need an electronic loader to be able to feed as fast as you can fire. For more help check out our 'Paintball hoppers - what you need to know' blog post.

Paintball Barrels

Upgrade your paintball gun with our vast range of paintball barrels – perfect to improve your gun range and precision.

For further insight check out our "What you need to know about paintball barrels" blog post.

Paintball Gas Tank

Paintball gas tanks/bottles hold the propellant that powers the firing mechanism on the paintball marker. This can be one of two sources - Co2 or High Pressure Air (HPA). Co2 was once the standard, but air is fast becoming the most common due to its consistency in comparison to co2.

The choice of tank you go for will mostly depend on which gas your local field can refill (no point buying a HPA tank if the place you go to play can only fill Co2 for example). Also, your choice of gun can be impacted on what gas is available to you as a lot of the electronic markers are not compatible with Co2. If in doubt, check out our blog 'Which paintball guns can use air and co2?".

You should be aware the most of the tanks are supplied empty when bought as couriers will not transport pressurised tanks.


At BZ Paintball we have a vast selection of paintballs available for purchase, stocking Paintballs from brands such as HK Army, GI Sportz, DXS and Proto. Interestingly despite being called 'Paintballs', they are not actually filled with any paint! They contain a mixture of ingredients that are easy to clean off once a player is hit.

Paint balls vary in quality and the quality is determined by your main purpose. As a general guide the more expensive the paint is the more brittle it will be, breaking easier. However to use high grade paint you will need a high end paintball gun. We do suggest trying out a variety of paintball brands and grades until you find the perfect paint for your style of play. For more information on paintball grades check out our 'Different grades of paintballs' blog post.

Paintballs must be stored correctly until your next game, to perform properly.  By properly maintaining your paintballs this will ensure they're ready to go whenever you want to play – to ensure you store your paintballs correctly check out our “How To Store Your Paintballs” blog post.

Paintballing Equipment/ Paintball Gear

We have a vast selection of paintball gear from all major paintball brands. Whether your after Pants, Jerseys to Tac Vests and Kit Bags, we have it all.

Check our paintballing equipment for yourself at our walk in paintball store – the largest in the UK. All of our products from paintball guns to soft goods are available for next day delivery so there's no delay!