If you want to get into paintballing (or just want to beef up your own gear), you’re in the right place. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about paintball equipment including what to wear for paintball, supplies which are just fun to have, supplies which will enhance your game and supplies you absolutely need to play paintball.
Plus, we’ll discuss what to look for in your paintball gear so you can be sure that you’re not getting ripped off or buying subpar equipment. Finally, we’ll show you where to get the lowest prices around, so let’s get ready to lock and load!
The Paintball Equipment You will Need
We’ll start off with the most basic and most essential pieces of paintball equipment and then work our way down from there. As a good rule of thumb, the closer the item is to the top of the list, the more essential it is to your game.
- The Paintball Gun. Also known as a paintball marker, without these, you’re just a moving target with no recourse. There are many great paintball guns out there, some with single fire options and some with rapid fire options. Paintball guns run on CO2 or Nitrogen, each having their own benefits. They are also made for heavy-fire front-line play and sniper-style back-line play. Generally, the more you spend on a gun, the better it is going to be. You also have many add-on options so you can build your own paintball gun.
- The Paintballs. What’s a gun with no ammo? The paintballs are the actual pellets filled with paint that your marker fires. If you run out of these on the field, you’re a sitting duck. Paintballs come in different sizes and qualities for different guns. Some are made for rapid fire, some for slower fire. Of course, the better quality paintballs cost more.
- The Mask. An extremely important necessity for paintballing, the mask covers your eyes and most or all of your face/head and neck. Without these, there’s a good chance you could go blind if hit in the eye. The more coverage you have, the better. Some masks are made with thermal lenses which prevent fogging, some with built-in fans that do the same. The more money you shell out, the fewer problems with fog and more protection you are going to have on the field.
- Air Tanks. As mentioned above, paintball guns fire on either CO2 or Nitrogen (some on both). Depending on how much you want to spend and what filling stations you have available to you, you’ll choose which air your gun runs on by that. Air tanks are refillable and the amount of shots you can fire from each depends on their size (16oz, 20oz, 32oz, 40oz, etc.). It’s wise to carry extra tanks with you on the field so that you don’t get caught empty.
- Hoppers and Tubes. The paintballs are loaded into the marker by a hopper, which holds the paintballs. Hoppers load in many different ways including the front and side of the gun. The loading style depends on your paintball gun and your preference. Hoppers come in different sizes to allow you to hold more or less paintballs. Tubes are simply plastic containers that carry more rounds. You’ll want to have enough of these on you at all times to not run out of ammo before the battle is over.
- Cleaning Equipment and Lubrication. Cleaning and maintenance of your gun is essential, but easy. Invest in some oils, lubrication and paintball squeegees to get the job done. This will ensure your gun never jams in the field and that you get a longer lifespan out of it.
- Paintball Armor. One thing you’ll quickly find out is that paintballs hurt when you get hit with them. To avoid this, get paintball gloves and a chest and neck protector (some come with the back protector as well). Also, if you’re going to be diving for cover in the heat of the battle, you’re going to want some elbow pads and knee pads for paintball as well.
- Parts and Upgrades. When you start to up your skill level, you’ll want to upgrade your equipment. Barrels, air hoses, rapid-fire triggers and many more paintball gun parts are available to you. Parts can also come in handy if a piece of your paintball gun breaks and needs to be repaired. In addition to this, you can also add on sniper scopes and picatinny rails that will allow you to upgrade your gun with add-ons.
- Gear Bags. Once you accumulate a nice amount of supplies, you’re going to want a gear bag to lug it all around in. Look for one that is made of rugged material that won’t rip should a sharp part of your gun catch it.
- Apparel and Clothing. If you join a team, you’ll want to get some matching paintball jerseys to strike fear into your opponent while identifying yourself to prevent friendly fire. These jerseys can come with reinforced elbows and knees or even built-in elbow pads and kneepads. If you’re going paintballing outdoors, get some camouflage gear. The most popular types are standard, digi-camo and woodland camo. Some people like to paint their faces as well.
Where To Get The Best Deals
So, now that you know just about everything you need to know, it’s time to start shopping. Keep in mind that there are many different brand names out there and most are geared towards beginners, intermediate or professional tournament players.
Try to find the paintball supplies you like in your own price range and skill level, bearing in mind how much time you are actually going to spend playing. You can always upgrade or trade-in your gun later for a better model so don’t let that stop you from buying the best paintball gun you can afford right now. This will enhance your experience immensely.