Ready to stop renting gear and buy a paintball gun you can call your own?
Paintball can be a fun and rewarding hobby. But, like every hobby, there comes a time when you’ll need to stop relying on borrowing other people’s equipment and invest in your own.
That said, with so many different paintball gun options out there, it can be challenging to figure out which gun is right for you.
If you love paintballing but aren’t sure where to start when it comes to buying paintball gear for yourself, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here’s everything you need to know about how to find the right paintball gun for you.
Step 1: Set Some Parameters
If you were looking to buy a new commuter car, you probably wouldn’t start your search by looking at the latest F1 models — and the same rules apply, more or less, to paintball guns.
Before you start looking at paintball guns and gear, there are a few things you’re going to want to consider. Here are the two primary parameters you’re going to have to set before you start your hunt for a new paintball gun.
Create a Budget
Because paintball can be both casual and competitive, paintball gear and guns are available at a pretty wide array of price points.
And while you should expect to drop a moderate amount of cash on all of your gear, you should figure out just how much you’re willing to part with before you buy anything.
Once you analyze your finances, you can start looking into different types of paintball guns and average prices to help you create a better-informed budget.
How Do You Play?
Are you learning how to play paintball, or are you interested in getting into an actual league? If you’re only just getting into paintball or are still at the casual level, you’re probably not going to need one of the latest and greatest high-end electrical paintball guns.
If you’re a slightly more seasoned paintballer, what position do you tend to favor? Are you up in the front running and gunning, or do you hang back picking off rivals from the rear as a sharpshooter? The type of paintball player you are can also affect what kind of gun you should buy.
Step 2: Analyze Your Options
Once you have your parameters in place, it’s time to begin narrowing down your search and analyzing your paintball gun options. Because there are so many options on the market, the best way to start sifting through your choices is by doing plenty of research.
Here are a few tips on how to shore up your search and ensure you find the right gun for you.
Hit the Web
There is a great big world full of experienced paintballers out on the world wide web who are ready and willing to share the expertise with anyone willing to listen. However, there are also quite a few less skilled posers who think they know what they’re talking about, and it can be hard to differentiate between the two.
All that said, the internet is still a fantastic place to connect with other paintballers and start researching the best type of paintball gun for you.
Talk to a Pro
Online research is a fantastic place to start. But when it comes to finding paintball guns, one of the best wells of information out there is at your favorite paintball field.
Odds are, the people running your favorite paintball place are also pretty into paintball — and are an excellent source of information whether you’re looking for beginner tips for paintball or want to take your game to the next level.
Gear shops aside, on any given day, there’s a good chance that you’ll find a die-hard competitive paintball player practicing, or even competing, at the field who would be happy to talk shop and show off their tools of the trade.
Step 3: Choose Your Weapon
Once you have a better idea of what make and model paintball gun you want, it’s time to finish narrowing down your search and make your final selection.
Here are a few final steps in finding a paintball gun that will help you ensure you end up with the best option for you.
Take It for a Test Drive
When it comes to mastering the rules of paintball, research can only get you so far. At some point, you’re going to have to take what you learned out onto the field. The same goes for choosing a paintball gun. No description will accurately be able to capture how it’s going to feel in your hands.
If you’ve narrowed your list down to a few options, your next course of action should be to head over to your local paintball pro shop to get your hands on a few paintball guns for yourself. Some paintball shops may even have a range or field where you can practice shooting a few different guns to inform your final purchase.
When you finally figure out which paintball gun is perfect for you, it can be tempting to break out your wallet and buy it then and there. And while you probably wouldn’t end up regretting your purchase, there’s always a chance you could save a little cash buying elsewhere.
Before making your final purchase, take a little time to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best price for your paintball gun of choice.
Finding the Right Paintball Gun for You
With so many options available on the market, figuring out what type of paintball gun you need can seem tricky. But it doesn’t have to be.
Now that you know how to find the perfect paintball gun for you, it’s time to get researching.
Are you looking for more advice on how you can take your paintball game to the next level, or want to get into a new hobby? We’ve got you covered! Check out the rest of our blog for more helpful articles, tips, tricks, and hacks today!