Empire Mini GS w/ 2-Piece Barrel

$424.99

  • Dust Black
  • Dust Black / Aqua
  • Dust Black / Dark Blue
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Empire Mini GS w/ 2-Piece Barrel Entry Level Speedball Package

$569.95

  • Mini GS - Dust Black
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  • Mini GS - Dust Black / Gold
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SP Shocker AMP

From$899.95

  • Black
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  • Gold
  • Green
  • +7
Planet Eclipse GTEK 170R
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Planet Eclipse GTEK 170R

$761.56 $895.95

  • Black
  • Black / Grey
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  • Black / Silver
  • +22
Dye Rize CZR
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Dye Rize CZR

$300.00 $374.95

  • Black / Black
  • Black / Blue
  • Black / Gold
  • Black / Grey
  • +25
Empire AXE 2.0

$549.99

  • Dust Black
  • Dust Black / Aqua
  • Dust Black / Gold
  • Dust Black / Olive
  • +29
Empire Mini GS w/ 2-Piece Barrel Beginner Speedball Package
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Empire Mini GS w/ 2-Piece Barrel Beginner Speedball Package

$759.95 $769.95

  • Mini GS - Dust Black
  • Mini GS - Dust Black / Aqua
  • Mini GS - Dust Black / Dark Blue
  • Mini GS - Dust Black / Gold
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Planet Eclipse Ego LV2 Paintball Gun

$1,599.95

  • Midnight
  • Crusade
  • Havoc
  • Onslaught
  • +32
Planet Eclipse ETHA3

From$549.95

  • Black
  • Earth / Black
  • HDE Earth
  • HDE Urban
  • +4
Planet Eclipse ETHA3 M (Mech Only)

From$399.95

  • Black
  • Black / Blue
  • Black / Earth
  • Black / Red
  • +1
DLX Luxe TM40

$1,600.00

  • Dust Black / Gloss Black
  • Dust Black / Gloss Blue
  • Dust Black / Gloss Gold
  • Dust Black / Gloss Green
  • +54
Empire Mini GS w/ 2-Piece Barrel Limited Edition

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  • LE Zombie Killer
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Tippmann Cronus Tactical

$149.95

  • Olive
  • Tan
Planet Eclipse ETHA 2 PAL

$499.95

  • Black
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  • HDE Earth
  • HDE Urban
HK Army Shocker AMP

From$1,199.95

  • Black / Black
  • Black / Gold
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  • +20
Tippmann TMC

$279.95

  • Black
  • Tan / Black
Empire AXE 2.0 Speedball Package
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Empire AXE 2.0 Speedball Package

$869.95 $879.95

  • AXE 2.0 - Dust Black
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Tippmann TMC Elite

$329.95

  • Black
Planet Eclipse EMF100

From$549.95

  • Black
  • Gold Valour
  • HDE Earth
  • Purple Heart
  • +1
Planet Eclipse CS3 Paintball Gun (Pre-Order)

$1,749.95

  • Midnight
  • Crusade
  • Havoc
  • Onslaught
  • +32
Empire AXE 2.0 w/ Redline Board

$654.95

  • AXE 2.0 - Dust Black
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Tippmann TiPX Pistol

$299.95

  • Black
Tippmann Gryphon FX

$109.95

  • Carbon Fiber
HK Army SABR

$129.95

  • Black
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  • Pewter
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Planet Eclipse ETHA3 Speedster Combo
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Planet Eclipse ETHA3 Speedster Combo

$589.95 $614.90

  • ETHA3 - Black
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  • ETHA3 - HDE Urban
  • +4
Dye M3+

From$1,595.00

  • 007 Gold Polished
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  • Battleship 2.0
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  • +12
DLX Luxe TM40 Limited Edition

From$1,750.00

  • Drive
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  • Guns Grenades & Roses
  • +33
Empire Mini GS w/ 2-Piece Barrel & Redline Board

$529.95

  • Mini GS - Dust Black
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  • Mini GS - Dust Black / Gold
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Planet Eclipse Geo 4

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  • Midnight
  • Amethyst
  • Black/Grey
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red paintball gun

Paintball Guns

Paintball markers have existed for nearly 60 years. While this may be surprising to some paintballers, the paintball marker actually predates the game by almost 20 years. Loggers and cattle ranchers initially used the paintball gun to mark trees for felling and to mark the head of cattle. One might imagine that somewhere along the way, a logger or ranger lost a bet and ended up on the business end of a paintball marker more than once. However, the real birth of the sport of paintball came from friends discussing whether a smart city slicker could hold his own with a woodsman. One day, one of the friends discovered the paintball marker in an agricultural magazine, and the sport of paintball was born! Since then, paintball guns have evolved from single-action markers to pneumatically-powered paintball-throwing powerhouses.

How to Choose a Paintball Gun

The type of paintball gun that you use should be informed by your skill level and the type of paintball you’ll mainly be playing. There are two main types of paintball scenarios: woodsball and speedball.

paintball gun in play

Paintball Guns for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Players

Based on the type of gameplay, players should evaluate whether they need a speedball gun or a woodsball gun. A solid beginner paintball gun can be purchased for around $200-$400. Intermediate paintball guns can cost anywhere from $500-$800, and professional paintball guns can cost up to several thousand dollars.

Tippmann, HK Army, and Spyder all make great beginner and intermediate paintball guns for both speedball and woodsball. HK also makes very high-end paintball markers, so be sure to check the price and the marker specs before checking out.

Empire and Planet Eclipse both produce excellent paintball markers for intermediate players. Usually intermediate players take the sport more seriously and may play several times a month so having a higher quality marker makes sense. The extra bells and whistles that intermediate paintball guns offer make them worthwhile to purchase for intermediate players.

Finally, well-known paintball marker manufacturers like DLX Luxe, Virtue, Dye, and Infamous produce professional-level equipment. These paintball markers are often finely machined and milled with ultra-light and ultra-strong materials like carbon fiber. These paintball markers are most often used by players who are part of a paintball team or paintball association. These paintballers may play a couple of times per week and compete in tournaments with cash prizes which is why the highest quality equipment is required.

Manual, Semi-Automatic, and Automatic Paintball Guns

Most paintball guns are semi automatic, meaning that one paintball fires for every pull of the trigger. However, there are a handful of paintball guns that are manual and others that are automatic. Semi Automatic paintball guns are appropriate for most speedball and woodsball games. However, some games do allow automatic paintball guns with limited BPS (balls per second) settings.

Automatic paintball guns are generally more expensive and fire a stream of paintballs while the trigger is depressed. As a result, many games will not allow automatic paintball guns, but some will. Fortunately, most of these guns offer settings that allow players to select the fire rate.

Manual paintball guns must be pumped every time they are shot. Semi-automatic and automatic paintball guns both cycle automatically using the compressed gasses that shoot the paintball through the paintball gun. Manual paintball guns are normally used by younger players or in scenario-specific instances where all players have pump (manual) paintball guns. Allowing semi automatic paintball guns to compete against pump paintball guns would be unfair in the extreme. Therefore, all players must be in agreement when using pump paintball markers.

manual semi-automatic paintball guns
mechanical paintball guns

Mechanical VS Electronic Paintball Markers

Paintball guns come in two basic types: mechanical and electronic. Mechanical paintball guns are cheaper and only have analog components. Disassembly, cleaning, and maintenance are relatively easy because the internal parts are simple. However, mechanical paintball guns are less accurate than electronic guns and need more air pressure to function than electronic guns do.

Electronic paintball guns are higher-end markers. They are more accurate than mechanical markers are, can shoot farther, and the air lasts longer since they can function on a lower PSI than mechanical markers. However, these markers are much more expensive than mechanical markers, and their inner mechanisms are finer. Any maintenance or upgrade generally must be done by a professional who knows how these guns work.