So you have decided to get involved in the great sport of paintball! Whether you are a tested veteran of the paintball arena or a beginner looking to get their feet wet in this action-packed game, there is one universal paintballing truth: you are only as good as the weapon you carry. This does not mean that you need to spend a fortune to possess an expensive paintball gun. In fact, some of the best reviews of paintball guns are in reference to cheaper models that were well-maintained or used by their owners.
Check Out These Paintball Guns
Our interactive guide of paintball guns below will aid you in choosing the perfect paintball gun, regardless of your situation.
You’ll want a different gun completely based on your own standards. But we can help you find what will fit your standards by providing detailed information about many of the more popular paintball guns on the market.
As you can see, our table has six unique columns for you, the buyer to observe.
- Paintball Gun Make and Model
- Firing Mechanism – See which firing mechanism each gun uses. You’ll probably want an automatic.
- Propellant – See what kind of propellant the gun uses.
- Player Experience – From Beginner to Advanced. If you’re new, try a beginner’s weapon.
- Price – One $ means cheap, while $$ means middle-of-the-road and $$$ is expensive.
- Rating – Our personal rating derived from Amazon to see how much enjoyment people get out of the gun.
In addition, you can sort the columns by clicking on them.
Quick Overview of the Top 10 Best Paintball Guns:
There are so many great paintball guns out there, but these are our personal favorites. Whether you’re going paintballing for the first time, or know everything there is to know about the sport, one of these is going to catch your eye.
The Project Salvo is one of Tippman’s best-selling paintball guns on the market. From its looks alone, it is easy to tell why. The best part is that this paintball gun lives up to its fearsome appearance. With a traditional military appearance and practical efficiency, the Project Salvo is a go-to marker choice for paintball players nation-wide. Take your game to the next level with this tried-and-tested paintball gun from Tippman.
The Tippman FT-12 is a “meat and potatoes” paintball gun designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind. It is extremely lightweight, making it great for long campaign game types and for high-mobility use. It lacks the accuracy and range of some of its competitors, but it makes for an excellent gun for beginners. Make sure you are bringing one of the most reliable markers in the game to the arena!
From price to functionality to field lethality and loaded with features, the Spyder MR5 takes the cake when it comes to practicality for price. Efficient, lightweight and incredibly deadly due to its First Strike capability, this marker will put you in a good place to take on some of the biggest competitors out there from the very start. It couples the stability of the Tippman Project Salvo with the flexibility of the FT-12, and retains a realistic feel with a MilSim magazine which can be exchanged during a round to add to the realism of the game.
This paintball marker is all bite and no bark. Made for simple and effective use, the Tippman 98 Custom is designed from the ground up to be a multi-purpose, upgradable marker with easy, flexible use in mind. It can be upgraded with multiple MilSim parts including barrel, tracks and stock, although I would strongly recommend saving these investments for more advanced markers if you intend to go that route. The 98 Custom functions with both compressed air and CO2, and comes with a 200-ball gravity-fed hopper.
For those paintballers looking to take their game to the next level, MilSim offers a variety of game modes and styles to choose from. It was with this in mind that Empire Paintball released their G36 paintball replica, the Slice G36 Elite. This gun has all the features of a real firearm – semi-auto, 3-round burst and full-auto fire modes, collapsible stock, force-fed hopper and Picatinny rails for a flexible array of upgrade options.
The Planet Eclipse ETEK-4 is a fairly regular marker on the paintball circuit and one I have come to both love and hate at the same time. I love it for its simple design, easy cleaning and complete reliability. I hate it because whenever I come up against players who use them, I always find myself getting tagged more frequently. If I wanted a marker in the middle price range that could play with the big boys, this would be it.
If you want a run-and-gun, rapid-fire marker with excellent reliability, look no further. The X7 Phenom lives up to its name and can pump out as many as 15 shots per second with absolutely no breaks. I have personally witnessed guys go through 2000 rounds without a single break on full-auto, which is simply unheard of. If you want to put the fear of God into your enemies for a relatively low cost, this is the marker for you.
The only thing I can say about the Empire Paintball Axe is that I have never heard anyone say a bad word about it. I know speedballers, woodsballers and arena players who have all used this marker to amazing effect. The people who use this paintball gun are the ones that rental players fear. With a lightweight design and incredible reliability and practicality, you will be hard-pressed to find a better marker anywhere for the price.
Here we go. We are officially into the big boys. The Empire BT DFender is probably one of my favorite markers of all-time. At 3.7 pounds and with no silhouette to speak of, the DFender is my dream come true. Auto-fire, a sturdy design and a real-weapon feel combine to give me chills every time I hold mine. This marker has never let me down, and plays directly into my preferred combat support role. When it comes to field reliability and efficiency, there is no other option. This is it.
A classic marker which has stood the test of time, the Azodin Blitz is a paintball gun that shouldn’t be overlooked. I can always appreciate a marker that gets the job done reliably without too much mandatory maintenance. Unlike many other paintball guns on this review site, the Blitz is a very basic general-purpose marker which is excellent for all modes and styles of play. I believe it is better suited to speed ball or to indoor arenas due to its design and lack of upgradable features, although I have seen people use these to deadly effect both outdoors and during long-term engagements. I would caution against using CO2 with this particular marker as it can freeze the inside of the barrel and cause more ball breaks than usual. That being said, it is a solid beginner’s marker and has an enlarged trigger for dual-finger firing – a feature I always appreciate.
Time to Choose!
By now, you’re probably an expert on paintball guns. You know the ins and outs of each gun above, and you’re ready to make a decision. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. The price, the aesthetics of the gun, what the gun does, and more. Hopefully we’ve provided you with the information you need to make the final decision.
If you feel that we’re missing out on any new guns, or you have a personal favorite that you feel doesn’t get enough recognition, feel free to contact us and we’ll look into adding it on our page!