Paintball Guns - Tips For Paintball Beginners

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New paintball players often have a lot of questions about how to buy
their first paintball marker. This article is meant to help new players
quickly get up to speed. The better fit your gun is for you, the more fun
you will have.
General Advice
The biggest mistake new players make is to buy a paintball gun too early.
Take time to borrow or rent a variety of markers to see which styles you
like, which features are important to you, the size of gun you want, and
what feels comfortable to you. You will see that markers come in a
variety of types, customized for a variety of players.
Marker Categories
A paintball gun, also called a marker, is the primary piece of equipment
used to play paintball. New players may wonder what the difference is
between a speedball marker, an X Ball marker, recreational paintball
marker, sniper marker, scenario paintball marker, tactical paintball
marker, woodsball marker, and other common terms.
The answer is based on the two general game types: speedball and
recreational paintball.
Speedball paintball markers are used in a small field, normally filled
with colorful bunkers. The games generally take only a few minutes
because players are so close to each other. Since speedball players can
easily see each other in the small field, speedball guns do not need to
be camouflaged. As a result, the markers offer many cool colors and
designs. X Ball is simply a type of speedball game, so speedball markers
can be used in X Ball. X Ball is a trademarked by the NXL.
Recreational markers, sometimes called "scenario paintball guns," are
used to play a variety of paintball games over large areas including
fields and woods. Recreational games have a number of variants. Woodsball
is paintball played in the woods. Scenario paintball is played in an area
that is similar to the landscape of the particular scenario that is being
recreated. Tactical paintball includes a variety of game rules or
configurations that reward strategic maneuvers over raw speed.
Recreational paintball markers normally operate the same as speedball
markers on the inside. However, they have some external differences.
Recreational markers are often dark colors or camouflaged. Also,
recreational markers are often made to look like real guns. This means
they are sometimes bigger and heavier than speedball guns. In fact, some
scenario markers are designed to appear exactly same as guns in historic
battles, but the inside of the gun is exactly the same as a speedball gun
Sniper paintball markers are for recreational players who want a marker
that shoots and remains more accurate over long distances. Sniper markers
often have longer barrels than regular markers. These barrels may also
have a texture that causes the paintball to spin, helping the paintball
travel greater distances.
Paintball Gun Firing
In addition to general categories of speedball and recreational
paintball, markers can be categorized by their firing and trigger modes.
Some markers are fully automatic, most are semi-automatic, and some
players still enjoy the classic pump action markers that must be re-
cocked after each shot. Some markers have a ramping feature which shifts
the gun from semi-automatic to fully-automatic when the trigger is pulled
at a specified pace.
Marker Features
A marker's performance can be affected by a number of other factors.
Loader Types. The loader on a marker feeds paintballs into the chamber.
Loaders come in a variety of types, including stick fed, gravity fed,
agitating, and force fed.
Air Types. Paintballs can be propelled in a variety of ways. Markers
typically used CO2 tanks, high pressure air, or gas.
Barrel Types. Barrels come in a variety of types distinguished by their
length, bore, and whether they have a texture that causes a paintball to
Prices. Markers can be purchased for as little as $50 or for over $1,000.
Most new players pay $150 to $250 for their first marker, which provides
sufficient quality and performance for low to moderate competition.
Once you are aware of the marker types, features, and options presented
here, you can start considering what marker would be best for you. Try
out of few markers to experience how different they are.
Author Information: The author publishes a paintball gun blog that
provides paintball gun reviews, paintball commentary, and paintball news.
Professionally, the author serves as a licensed Minnesota attorney,
assisting businesses and individuals in a variety of legal areas.

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