The breakdown of a high powered paintball gun.

There are several types of paintball guns on the market today. Everything from Paintball shotguns and paintball pistols to semi-automatic paintball guns and all out paintball machine guys. Keep in mind, for recreational use you’re probably not going to need anything too drastic, but having a high quality paintball gun definitely helps when it comes time to hone in on your target. Here is a whole slew of paintball guns that you might find in the average Paintballer’s collection.

You may recognise such brands as Angel paintball guns, Spyder paintball guns and the infamous Tippmann paintball guns.

How a Tippmann A5 Works

This video shows how a Tippmann A5 paintball marker works. Many other models are similarly designed and this video illustration applies to most of them.

All in all, these are high quality guns that usually don’t yield much elbow grease minus the routine cleanings that all guns require. However, there some differences. Some will argue than the Tippman paintball guns shoot hard and further than Angel paintball guns. Some prefer the Spyder paintball guns because they are lightweight and don’t get as tiresome to carry for those lengthy afternoon in the field. Personally, I have never bought anything but Tippmann paintball guns because pack a good combination of being relatively light, while being extremely accurate. (And not being the best ‘shot’ in the world, I need all the help I can get).

A whole slew of standard Paintball guns. These are examples of some of the most common paintball guns.

It’s hard to tell some of these apart. Would you be able to do it if someone asked you to indicate which are Angel paintball guns and which ones are Tippmann paintball guns? If you can tell the difference, you might need to pick up another hobby or check in to some sort of Paintball support group because the differences are pretty minute.

Most of the above pictured Paintball guns are somewhat dated, but they work just fine. However, if you’re just getting into the game of Paintball and want something that most current, there are several options for you to choose from as well. There are single shot paintball guns with easy to fill hoppers. There are sleek paint ball guns that look futuristic and there several paintball guns on the market that are hard to distinguish from the real deal. This can be a problem in some cases, and that is why it’s always a good idea to transport your guns carefully to and from the playing field. Keep this in mind when it’s time to pick out your favorite Paintball sniper guns. Here are some of the options that are on the market.

Gravity feed single shot paintball gun. Another type of Gravity feed paint ball gun.

Also keep in mind that when you do buy a high quality paintball gun, you’ll need to stock up on the all the accompanying paintball gun accessories in order to keep the gun functioning properly. Having the right Paintball gun accessories is important to players of all skill levels. You’ll want enough paintballs to keep around so you don’t run the risk of running out! Each paintball gun requires certain tools to break it down and keep it clean in between uses. This is very important, much like real guns need cleaning, in order to keep the gun firing accurately and avoid jamming. Here is an example of a complete setup, from the Paintball gun itself to the tools and Paintball gun supplies you can expect to bring with you whenever you play your new paintball game.

A very accurate shooting paintball gun. One of the best paintball guns on the market accompanied by its paintball accessories.

As with all things competitive, people take it overboard. In most paintball games and competitions there is no need for some of the things people bring to the match, regardless of the game they are playing or what’s on the line. You need your paintball gun, the ammo and proper protection. That’s pretty much it. Some people take it a little overboard. There are some pretty wild paintball guns out there that are pretty much for novelty use only. There are AK-47 paintball gun replicas, full automatic paintball guns and yes, even the infamous Steven Segal shotgun has been transformed into a paintball gun. Most matches and Paintball games, you’ll be just fine with the standard paint ball gun. However, for your viewing pleasure, here are some outrageous paintball guns that have hit the market recently.

One of the sickest Paintball markers ever; a Steven Segul-style paintball gun. Coolness factor = priceless. AK-47 Replica Paintball gun.

I can’t stress enough how important a quality gun is. Again with the basketball reference – a “ball isn’t a ball” in this case. All guns shoot and feel different than one another, not to mention some high powered paintball guns shooting much harder than others. You should choose a gun that you can carry around easily, feels comfortable in your and is relatively accurate. You will always come across someone who has a bigger, better and harder shooting gun than you, but that doesn’t matter. Pick what’s best for you and your Paintball needs. And of course, never mind this maniac who is completely out of control. There is absolutely no need for this Paintball Machine gun. Ever. I can’t imagine any Paintball course even allowing such a thing. However, I do admit it’s pretty cool.

Lunatic shooting a full automatic Paintball gun.

Please Note: Paintball guns should only be used after you have fully read the instructions and been shown the proper way to operate a paintball gun by a professional. Wearing the necessary protective Paintball Gear at all times is strongly recommended.