Best beginner paintball gun

Best beginner paintball gun

I suppose the first question as a new player, looking for the best beginner paintball gun should be, why do I actually need to buy a paintball gun in the first place. All paintball centres in the UK have paintball guns that you can borrow when you play there, in the UK, that’s the norm. Most paintball venues are a bit reluctant to allow people to use their own guns as it can cause trouble amongst the other players there on the day. So if you do want to buy your own paintball gun, you will really only be able to use it at specific paintball walkon events.

A walkon event is where all players use their own guns, so you will be playing against other people of a similar ability to yourself. Always call your local centre to make sure they offer walkon days. It doesn’t matter if you are playing Paintball in Leeds or London, it always pays to get good advice. Read on.

If you still have your heart set on buying a paintball gun, then there Are a number of things to take into consideration. Will you just be playing in walkon events or will you also be playing in competitions. This really does effect which choice of beginner paintball gun that you go for.

Consider this. The best paintball gun for a beginner should be easy to use, reliable, and reasonably priced. While there are many paintball guns available on the market, here are a few that we highly recommended for beginners:

Tippmann Cronus

Tippmann Cronus

The Tippmann Cronus is a popular choice for beginners due to its durability, ease of use, and affordability. It is a mechanical marker that features a high impact composite body, making it both lightweight and tough. The Cronus has an ergonomic design, and it is easily customizable with accessories. Whilst very reliable and really good in the wet and muddy conditions, it will take you half a day to take the gun apart to clean and service it. Now, to be fair, you should only need to do this one a year, so it’s not the end of the world, but do consider this if you are a tinkerer.

Planet Eclipse Emek 100

Eclipse Emek 100

There is a saying in paintball that if you buy Eclipse, you have bought correctly. And that is so true. The Emek 100 is a mechanical paintball marker known for its reliability, consistency, and ease of maintenance. You can literally take the gun apart, clean it and re lube it in less than 1 minute. It is based on the popular Planet Eclipse Gamma Core drivetrain, which ensures smooth performance. The Emek 100 is a great option for beginners looking for a slightly more advanced marker without breaking the bank. If competition play is something you will be looking at in the future, then this is the paintball gun you should be looking at.

Spyder Victor

Spyder Victor

The Spyder Victor is another excellent choice for beginners. It is a semi automatic marker with a simple design, making it easy to use and maintain. It is also an affordable option with a reliable performance, perfect for those just starting out in paintball. The Spyder Victor is known as a blowback semi. Gas is used to re cock the gun. Blowbacks do have drawbacks though, they love oil and hate dirt. If you are a get down and dirty kind of player, then go for the Emek or the Tippmann.

What else will you need?

Whichever gun you choose, remember that you will also need a good hopper, ideally electronic and also a compressed air bottle. These can actually cost more then the guns. If you would like some advice on buying anything to do with paintball, the Yorkshire Outdoor Activity Park has been running paintball events for over 30 years so have a bit of knowledge about them. Feel free to give us a call on 01757 289322 or email me directly at and I will try to help you as best as I can.

Paintball is a superb sport, it’s healthy exercise out in the fresh air and we all need that these days. But be aware that all paintball guns are not the same. Buy correctly and buy once. Getting a bit of advice will save you money in the long term

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