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The Best Ultimate Paintball Markers Under $100

spyderWhether you have recently discovered the sport of paintball or have just finally made the decision to purchase your own equipment instead of renting; choosing paintball markers can seem fairly confusing. Not everyone can afford expensive weaponry or they just prefer not to invest that much money into a side hobby. Elite models can cost  hundreds of dollars or more. There are a number of decent, inexpensive guns on the market that give users a chance to gain skill, develop a style of play and offer versatility, while not emptying out your wallet.

Spyder Xtra Paintball Marker Gun-Black

These lightweight paintball markers feature quality construction while offering respectable performance. Designed for ease of use, the upgraded Xtra version comes equipped with clamping collar feedback. The tool-free striker plug also makes maintenance easier. Recreational users approve of this gun for fun outdoor environments. The many features of the Spyder Xtra include:

* Hard matte finish
* Aluminum construction
* Standard thread foregrip expansion chamber and a vertical adapter
* Pull pin cocking Delrin bolt
* No-slip rubberized grip panel
* Velocity adjustment
* Steel hose line
* Uses CO2 or compressed air
* One-year warranty

 

Azodin Kaos Semi-Auto Paintball Marker Gun – Black or Red

Though priced at well under $100, the Kaos offers impressive features commonly found on paintball markers costing hundreds more, which makes the gun perfect for beginners or experienced veterans alike. The Azodin quickly transitions from single shot to semi-automatic mode. The gun provides optimal performance whether competing in speedball or tournaments. Lightweight, easy to use and decently constructed, the Kaos features:

* A low-rise twist-lock feed neck
* Non-slip rubber grips
* A self-lubricating Delrin bolt
* Double ball detents
* A one-piece 12-inch barrel

 

Tippmann Gryphon Paintball Marker Gun – Black or Red

Though smaller in size, having a mere 10-inch barrel, and extremely light in weight, this is one of the inexpensive paintball markers that delivers ultimate power. The blade trigger provides smooth pulling action. A well-designed internal gas line offers a sleeker, cleaner overall appearance. The Tippmann does not disappoint and proves versatile whether engaged in Capture the Flag or Woodsball. Appropriate for indoors or out, the Gryphon performs well and features:

* An ergonomic front grip
* An inline bolt system
* Center feed design
* Durable composite body construction
* A ported barrel that enhances accuracy while muffling sound

 

Rap4 Tornado Paintball Electric Marker Black + Tacamo Arc Hopper

The Rap4 was designed for versatility as modifying from one conversion to the next takes under a minute’s time. All of the attachments are designed as plug-and-play, making the gun easy to use, upgrade or operate. Pulling maintenance is also a snap. Fieldstrip, clean, oil and reassemble just as quickly. The Rap4′s velocity adjusts from 250fps to 350fps and provides a maximum shooting range of 300 feet. The optional electronic trigger system enables the user to shoot in semi, burst or full-auto modes. With the number of accessories and attachments that are available, the Tornado is one of the most economical paintball markers around. The gun’s many standard features include:

* Uses CO2 or N2
* A vertical feed with a closed receiver and CNC processing
* Durable, corrosion-resistant aluminum body
* External and internal Teflon finish

How to Keep your Paintball Marker Running Like New

clean paintball marker

A high quality paintball marker is not a cheap investment and like most expensive items, you want to ensure it lasts for a long time. Proper paintball marker usage, maintenance, and cleaning are the key tasks to keeping your gun working efficiently for years to come. Whether you’re a professional paintball player or just a weekend warrior, following these simple tips will keep your paintball marker operating at peak condition.

Important Note: Always remove the air source from you paintball gun before performing any maintenance or cleaning.

Clean Your Marker

Mud, dust, and dried paint are like a disease that will slowly kill the performance of your marker. A dirty marker is less accurate, jams frequently, and will not re-cock properly. A little bit of routine cleaning will make a huge difference in the reliability of your paintball marker. First, always make sure to wipe down the marker after every use. Pay attention to removing all mud and dust from any moving parts. The increased friction from dirt will cause premature failure to those parts. Next, disassemble the marker and wipe down each piece with a water dampened cloth. Make sure that you do not use any chemicals or cleaners that may hurt the finish or integrity of the gun material. Finally, the barrel is an essential part to clean. Take a squeegee and make sure all wet or dried paint is removed from the inside of the barrel. Residual paint in the barrel will decrease accuracy and may even cause paintballs to break apart. Remember that a clean paintball gun is a fun paintball gun.

Properly Lubricate Your Marker

The most important thing to do before lubricating you marker is to read the instruction manual. The instruction manual will identify what type of oil or grease is specifically needed for your marker and the interval frequency suggested for lubricating your marker. Paintball markers all have moving parts and need this lubricant to function properly. Remember to use lubricant in small increments. Too much lubricant is just as bad as no lubricant. Excess oil and grease will attract dirt to the moving parts of the marker. A properly lubricated marker will be more accurate and experience fewer failures during game time.

Always Check the O-Rings

Compressed air propels the paintballs from your marker. The o-ring seals that hold the compressed air in the paintball gun are essential to achieve peak performance. Listen for any audio cues coming from your gun. If the marker is consistently hissing, it probably has a busted o-ring. Before removing and inspecting the o-rings, please read your owner’s manual. It is important to identify the location of each o-ring on the marker for reassembly. Visually inspect each o-ring for any cuts or tears and replace as needed.

Change Your Batteries Regularly

Sometimes you marker will just not work properly – this is a good hint that your battery may need charging or replacement. A marker that has enough battery power to fire may not have enough power to work at its best. Many times the fix to the problem requires a simple battery change. Having sufficient power in the paintball gun will save you many headaches on game day. Make sure to check your batteries before every usage and to keep a spare set of batteries while playing.

Keep It Out of the Muck

A clean paintball gun makes a happy paintball player. Unfortunately, paintball is always the most exciting when enjoyed in not-so-clean settings (such as the mud and rain), conditions that can wreak havoc on maintaining a properly working marker.  When playing in these circumstances, try to avoid fully submersing your gun in the water or mud. A good idea is to use a plastic wrap over the top of your paintball marker to keep it out the elements. It isn’t always easy to keep your marker completely free of mud and water, but doing so will keep it running smoothly for years.

Pick Your Style/Position. Then Play!

two paintball guns

Purchasing a paintball gun is a bit like buying a car. Do you want slick and fast? How about large and powerful? The same considerations hold true with paintball guns.

Style

There are as many different styles of play in paintball as there are personalities, as well as different setups for paintball guns. Will your style require an electronic trigger and loader to increase the rate of fire? Will you plan on spending most of your time waiting for that “perfect shot,” which would require greater accuracy? Matter of fact, how is your accuracy, depending upon where you are shooting from?

Upgrades

There are many paintball guns pre-packaged or pre-designed for specific positions or shooting types, but they’ll be more expensive than the base model, since they’ll include the necessary upgrades for the look and function of that style. If you don’t have a large budget, keep your style in mind and be sure to ask about possible upgrades.

Use your Resources

If you need help determining which type of paintball gun is right for you, contact Ultimate Paintball and we would be more than happy to help guide you in the right direction!

A Beginner’s Guide to Paintball Gun Shopping

paintball gun

With the huge amount of paintball products that are currently on the market, it can often be confusing for new players that are looking to purchase their first paintball gun. Luckily, we have put together a few simple things to consider when purchasing your first paintball gun that will make the process much easier.  By following this guide you will be able to determine your perfect gun and be able to enter the game as quick as possible without spending an arm and a leg or finding yourself with a second-rate gun.

Determining Play Style

One of the most important questions that the paintball enthusiast will have to ask themselves is the type of game-play that they will be participating in. For those that are very new to the game and will most likely only be a casual player, entry-level guns are typically sturdy, affordable, and easy to use. Options such as the Tippman 98 Custom are durable enough to be played in even the harshest of conditions and provide versatility for nearly any style of play.

Moving up from entry level guns, players can decide if they will want to engage in competitive tournaments or focus on casual games with other enthusiasts. Traditional tournaments are held on smaller fields and games are typically called ‘speedball’ due to their fast-paced nature. Smaller guns with compact upgrades are more suited for this style of play as players will need to navigate through inflatable bunkers and other obstacles. Larger and heavier guns are generally reserved for larger scenario or ‘woodsball’ games.

Main Components of a Paintball Gun

When choosing a paintball gun, it is important for players to understand the major components of a marker and how each will affect the overall quality. Many entry-level guns cannot be upgraded, but mid to high-end electronic markers can be slowly upgraded as one becomes increasingly skilled. Small additions such as upgraded springs, lighter barrels, longer barrels, new o-rings, remote tanks, and nitrogen tanks work great with brands such as Spyder and Tippman that offer very common and interchangeable parts.

Other Considerations

For those that are ready to make a purchase, it is also important to take a closer look at some of the other costs that will be associated with the game. No matter the types of games that will be played, essentials such as gun lubricant, paintballs, and tank refills will need to be purchased along with safety and maintenance gear. Other products that should be purchased alongside the gun itself include a mask, barrel cleaners, barrel plugs, pads, and harnesses. For those that would like to save money, some of the top gun manufacturers typically sell entry and mid-level packages that include the gun itself along with all other required gear at a reduced price.