Congratulations on your decision to join the exciting extreme sport of paintball! One of your first tasks will likely involve looking at paintball guns for sale and then making the big decision on which one to purchase. The following 5 considerations may help make this task less painful and much more enjoyable.
1. Consider Where You Will Play
One very important consideration that is often overlooked by many paintball players looking to buy paintball guns is where they are going to spend most of their time playing. Will it be Guns for sale discreetly UK in an abandoned lot, nearby wooded area or at the local paintball course. This important fact needs to be carefully considered as it will help to determine the types of paintball guns you need to stick with due to the air supply. Playing mostly at commercial paintball locations means you will have access to compressed air or CO2 needed to fire your paintball marker. This leads us to the second important consideration.
2. Consider Your Power Source
Most modern paintball markers or guns operate using one of two power sources, either carbon dioxide gas (CO2) or high pressure air (HPA). Depending on where you live and generally play your paintballing games, you may find it easier to obtain refills for your CO2 tank than for a HPA tank. It is extremely important that if your power supply is CO2, that you stick with paintball markers that are made for CO2! Since CO2 is a liquid gas, if it is used in a paintball marker designed for using only compressed air or HPA, the CO2 can seriously damage the gun beyond repair.
So if CO2 is going to be your power source of choice, then when looking at paintball guns for sale consider quality name brand paintball guns especially created to operate using CO2 such as the Spyder line of products which include models like the Spyder Victor, Xtra and Sonic, if you are on a tight budget. If you can afford the higher priced electronic models, then Spyder has ones such as the Spyder Pilot, Electra, VS1 and VS2. Yet another very popular maker of name brand CO2 paintball markers is Tippmann, especially if you like paintball guns with a military look. Popular Tippmann products include the Tippmann 98, A5 and the newer X7 series. Other well-known companies into the C02 paintball market include Smart Parts and Piranha. It should be noted that you can buy some models of paintball guns that will operate with either CO2 or HPA.
As already noted, there is a second source of power used with paintball guns,which is compressed air, known in paintballing circles as high pressure air (HPA). As a rule, the newer and more expensive breed of paintball markers use HPA, (which is more stable than CO2 resulting in better firing accuracy), and generally cost more than the traditional C02 models, sometimes as much as $2000. This helps to explain why there is such as wide range of pricing for paintball markers from less than $100 to several thousand of dollars. Popular name brand high end HPA markers include Bob Long and Dye paintball guns.