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Mag-Fed Paintball What You Need To Know

Playing with magazine fed markers is the fastest growing style of paintball attracting tactical players.

But what exactly is it?

What is it?

While Mag-fed follows the basic format of paintball, the guns are a little different.

Mag-fed paintball guns are fed via a magazine as opposed to a hopper, this creates a more realistic style of play.

Magazines hold up to 20 paintballs in contrast to a hoppers 200. Generally speaking those choosing Mag-fed are more tactical players due to frequent ammo refills.

Those that choose to play Mag-fed tend to play Mag-fed specific games/events, so the playing field is levelled in terms of reloads.

What do you need?

You’ll need a Mag-fed marker for starters, check out our best sellers below.

BZ best sellers;

Tippmann TMC - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=tippmann+tmc

Tippmann TiPX Pistol - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tipx-pistol-black

Tippmann TCR - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-tcr

It’s worth mentioning the guns above can use both HPA and CO2 plus the TMC has hopper and magazine capability, perfect for those starting out.

For further information on HPA and CO2 check out https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-co2-and-compressed-air-tanks/

If you already own a Tippmann marker that uses the 98 quick release feed elbow then you can use a Tippmann Mag Adapter Kit - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/tippmann-mag-adapter-kit as an alternative for forking out on a new marker.


If you’re solely going to rely on magazines, you’ll need a fair few. Remember you’re at a disadvantage of 20 paintballs to a hoppers 200.

You then need to consider how you’re going to carry all these magazines, you can choose from pouches to vests.

It’s always a good idea to consider a system so you know which magazines are empty, for example put those in upside down to avoid confusion.


One of the biggest draws to Mag-fed bar the realistic aspect is the cost. Granted the cost of purchasing extra magazines needs to be factored in but you can expect to lower your paintball use.


Expect to refill a lot more frequently that hopper fed paintball.

For those who like to be trigger happy and shoot a lot of paint Mag-fed doesn't cater for this.


Whilst it’s not a style of play for everyone if you’re looking for something a little more realistic, tactical and challenging then perhaps you should consider Mag-fed.

If you need any additional advice don’t hesitate to call us on 01642 605000