Many people who start playing paintball games rent their equipment. But as they gain more experience and find themselves playing more frequently, they decide it’s time to buy their own equipment. Not only can owning a paintball gun be less expensive than renting in the long run, there’s the added prestige of ownership. Learn the differences between paintball guns and then buy one.
1. Decide on a price range. The amount of money available for a paintball gun purchase will narrow down the choices of a paintball gun. The best paintball guns, also called markers, can cost hundreds of dollars. Saving for a paintball gun purchase later can be justified because a better paintball gun will last longer and have reduced repair costs.
2. Look at the paintball guns available in your price range and narrow down your choices. It’s better to visit an actual store instead of just looking online. The weight and feel of a paintball gun play important roles in how satisfied you’ll be with your purchase. You also want a paintball gun that is visually appealing to you. If you play in woodland areas, a camouflaged paintball gun can be helpful. People have different tastes, and find what works for you by comparing models.
3. Compare specifications of the remaining paintball guns on your list. For some paintball games, rate of fire is important. For some paintball guns, the rate of fire can be adjusted. This can be important for players who tend to run out of ammunition too quickly. Also, it’s better to have a paintball gun that can be easily switched from automatic to semi-automatic and back.
4. Ask store employees for more information about the particular paintball guns you’re considering for purchase. Most people who work in stores that carry paintball guns also play. They can provide information not normally found on the gun’s packaging or specifications. They also often know about a particular gun’s reliability, and nobody wants a paintball gun that is known to jam often.
5. Search the Internet for information about the paintball gun models you’re interested in. You can sometimes find personal stories in blogs about players who use those models. This information can help you make the final decision on purchasing a paintball gun (see Resources below).
6. Purchase your paintball gun.