So you’ve played paintball a few times now with rented equipment and you’ve decided now’s the time to buy your first marker. Now this is difficult with a vast amount of markers available on the market today.
Now we always say the first bit of kit anyone should buy is a mask, so the rest comes second to that.
Before you commit to a purchase ask yourself these simple questions.
What type of paintball do you want to play?
There are two main forms of paintball, “Speedball” and “Woodsball”. The basic distinction between the two is Woodsball is played in the woods, whereas Speedball is played with large inflatable bunkers or manmade objects.
If your wanting your main focus to be scenario games (woodsball) you ideally want a gun that can be carried like a rifle, size doesn’t matter too much as long as it’s both durable and comfortable.
With regards to speedball, you want to look for a gun that is compact and hugs closely to your body when needed and shoots rapid.
It might seem obvious, but how much time do you intend on spending on playing?
You can get a super basic set up that may cost around £114.00+ most sites you can rent out equipment for around £10.00 so you need to consider the ratio of time and money. Markers do age quickly, updated and new models are released regularly.
CO2 vs HPA
Another thing to bear in mind is the compatibility of either CO2 or HPA (high pressure air) for further details into the difference between the two check out www.bzpaintball.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-co2-and-compressed-air-tanks. You want to ensure you buy a marker that is suitable for the field you wish to play at, there’s no point purchasing a marker that only runs on air when the field you play at only uses CO2.
Do you want an electronic or mechanical marker?
Electronic markers run on batteries and circuit boards, whilst mechanical requires no electricity. Mechanical markers are louder and often run slower but are reliable.
Electronic markers are either electro mechanical or electro-pneumatic.
Electro mechanical is a mechanical marker that runs off an electronic trigger frame which fires the marker.
Electro-pneumatic markers are harder to fix and cost more however shoot more consistently. The marker shoots by activating a solenoid valve which allows air to pass through which consequently shoots the ball.
Do you want a low-end or medium-range gun?
Now if you want to commit to buying a marker its best to again take into account time, for the occasional player look at low end and regular players, medium range.
Our guys here at BZ have given their picks and since this blog is aimed for beginners we have only looked at guns below £300. We have also taken into account both tactical play and speedball.
Speedball (Regular Player- Medium Range)
- The Proto Rize, created to perform but built with your budget in mind this high-powered marker provides you with tournament level firepower for a fraction of the cost. For more information click here.
- The Eclipse Etha. Eclipse, one of the only remaining British brands in paintballs aim has always been set high; to produce the very best paintball equipment possible. Unashamedly, their products to date have always been aimed at the higher-end of the paintball market. They are feature- laden and finished to the very highest standard. For more information click here.
Speedball (Occasional Player, Low End)
- The GOG eNMey, this marker offers tournament-proven spool-valve performance at an entry level price. Features include a hammer free pneumatic design, semi-automatic firing mode and multi-gas operation. More information click here.
- The Tippmann Gryphon is reliable, lightweight, and compact in design that is perfect for the new player. More information click here.
Tactical (Occasional Player, Low End)
- The Tippmann Cronus Basic, combines high performance with incredible durability in a milsim body. The Cronus features Tippmanns reliable in-line bolt system in a high-impact composite body with soft over molded rubber grips. More information click here.
- The GOG G-1M, The G-1M brings the power of the eNMEy core to the tactical theatre. With its rugged good looks, and extended tactical platform the G-1M is at home in the deepest woods or the tightest tactical venues. More information click here.
Tactical (Regular Player- Medium Range)
- The Tippmann A-5 is the most popular scenario marker ever produced. The A-5 features a durable aluminum body, inline bolt system, front and rear sling mounts, low profile hopper and 8.5” high performance ported barrel. It is easy to upgrade to the three position E-grip selector switch kit, Response Trigger or the Flatline barrel, for more information click here.
- The Tippmann X7, the X7 Phenom® Mechanical with FlexValve® Technology offers the combination of improved air efficiency, superior accuracy, and the flexibility of CO2 or compressed air usage. The new FlexValve operates below 300 PSI for improved air efficiency allowing you to get over 1,400 shots from a 68 cubic inch 4500 psi tank. Also, due to its Spool Valve design, recoil is virtually eliminated for improved accuracy. For more information click here.
If you’re planning on playing both Woodsball and Tournament paintball, we recommend going with a speedball style marker, ensure this is electronic so that you can still compete. Granted this style of marker won’t look ‘tactical’ in the woods but at the end of the day a good marker is a good maker, regardless of paintball style.
What happens if your marker breaks?
Unfortunately it’s the nature of the sport, paintball guns will break, its part and parcel.
Its best before you choose your gun that you read the manufactures specifications to see whether your gun will need a professional to fix it or whether you can do it yourself.
If you do have an issue’s with your gun we do have in house tech which will assist you, all you have to do is send in your gun to us at 38B Dukesway, Teesside Industrial Estate, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9LT, with a cover note and our tech team will price up the issues and go ahead with fixing your marker.
Before you literally go all guns blazing and spend all your money on a marker, you need to think about the other equipment you will need. You will need paintball clothing (jerseys and trousers), a hopper, a barrel cover, compressed air or HPA (dependant on the gun) and of course paintballs. We stock everything you need on our website www.bzpaintball.co.uk. By factoring in the cost of all the equipment needed, this will give you a good idea of the set up you can afford.
Check out our custom package builder by visiting www.bzpaintball.co.uk/custom-package-builder.