Getting started, or upgrading your equipment, in Paintball can be a bit overwhelming with so many options out there. If you're looking for equipment on a budget, it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying cheap gear that won't last.
Within this article, we hope to show you some great options for Paintball Guns within the budget of $200 and help to expand your knowledge on some of the things you should consider when shopping for a new Paintball Gun.
For a Paintball Gun under $200, you will often find that the materials used in their construction can differ quite a bit. The materials used the most are those of high-density polymer, metals like steel and aluminum, composites, rubber, and most usually with more than one of these materials in their designs.
At this price point, you will tend to find that the Paintball Guns that are larger in size tend to have more polymer in their construction than the smaller guns. This is so that they can cut down costs as the metal will be significantly more expensive than polymer and the polymers on the market these days are often very strong, so there is a little compromise.
Smaller paintball guns can get away with using mostly metal as they have less mass and use up less material overall. These smaller paintball guns are very durable and will give you a lot of use out them. This is not to say that the polymer ones don't also, as there are plenty of reliable products made mostly out of polymer.
Most designs will use some combination of both, with the internals, such as the barrel, trigger, piston, and other mechanisms often being metal with a polymer outer shell to provide a good balance of durability and low weight.
The type of events you take part in on the Paintball field can have a big difference in the type of Paintball Gun that you should be using. For example, if you were to attend Mil-Sim events you would have to comply with the time period or faction that you are to be simulating or at the very least have a Paintball Guns that resembles a real gun.
There are many options out there for Paintball Guns that are intended to look more like real-life firearms than your typical marker, and so you should have no issue finding an appropriate one.
Most will also have mounted rails for accessories you may be required to have or just to help you out in-game.
At more regular events, just your typical paintball, you will be able to use just about any Paintball gun so long as the FPS is within the site's regulations.
Needless to say, there a whole bunch of options for Paintball Guns in this bracket and you will usually not be too restricted on what you can bring in, but it is worth brushing up on the site's rules before making any purchases.
There are a few different kinds of Paintball Guns that are available and they all work slightly differently and depending on where you play and how you play, can benefit you in unique ways.
These are generally the cheapest Paintball Guns that you can find, not needing anything advanced to operate them, these Paintball Guns are easy and satisfying to use. These products will exchange speed for accuracy and will make a great pick for any Paintball Sniper out there.
For this type of Paintball Gun, either CO2 or Compressed Air is used to propel paintballs out of the barrel. These guns function in a semi-automatic fashion, so a paintball is fired when you pull the trigger.
This makes these paintball guns a good middle ground for people who need to fire quicker than with a pump-action but don't require full-auto from their gun.
If you are wanted a Paintball Gun that has a bit of kick to it, so that it might immerse you into the game just that bit more, then one of these Paintball Guns that uses a blowback system may well be the one for you.
By using the charge stored in batteries, which are often rechargeable and so often cheaper in the long run than CO2 or Compressed Air, these Paintball Guns allow you to fire at great speed and truly overwhelm your opponent.
If you would consider yourself a fast-playing, vanguard type player then you may well find this type of Paintball Gun very useful.
Whilst they may sometimes have a larger initial cost than a canister-fed Paintball Gun might, with the batteries almost always being rechargeable you can offset this initial cost with the money you will save on refilling your canisters over time.
In conclusion, you will find that there are so many amazing options for Paintball Guns that are under $200. Whether you are after a fast-firing electronic gun, an accurate and rewarding pump-action, or an immersive mechanical marker, there is a good option for all.
Hopefully, this article has been useful in showing you some nice products and giving you some pointers as to what you might look out for when considering what kinds of Paintball to buy.