What Paintball Gun & Gear To Buy First 2019

Find out what equipment you should get first to make your way into the sport.

Beginner Paintball Advice from Dan Andreko

What Paintball Gun & Gear To Buy First 2019

(DL) — Every new paintball season new players look to begin their paintball collection. Look no further! Learn where to start and what paintball gun and gear you should buy first with this 2019 gear guide.

So you’re looking into buying your own equipment.

Where to start is the tricky part. Should you go right away for a bad-ass marker? Should you invest in a nice big tank? We will save you from mistakes because the truth may not be what you expect.

You’ve Played Paintball — You Caught The Paintball Bug

Now that you’ve played a few times and have fallen in love, you’re ready to get serious. Gone are the days of renting. It’s time to personalize with your own flare.

What’s first?

Let’s Start With The Biggest No-No!

Walmart? Kmart? Dick’s? All those big box chain stores that sell “value” paintball packages.

Don’t. Just don’t.

You think that rental gun was bad! You had fogging issues with that rental mask! Didn’t like that rental tank! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Your local field’s rental equipment, as troublesome as it may be, will seem like professional-grade next to that ‘equipment’.

The only advantage this value box will serve is that it will be your equipment. But why waste your money on something you’re going to replace after one use?

Let’s recap. You will not be buying any package deals from Walmart, Kmart, Dicks, Modell’s or any other big box seller.

Where To Start For A Paintball Gun & Gear Purchase

The best place to start when looking into any paintball equipment is visit your local field. While there  ask the referees. Talk to the experienced players. Ask all around the field for opinions and advice. Find out what they started with and what they learned. Find out what they did wrong and/or right. Follow accordingly.

Get a normal face you weirdo!

Hold a few markers; maybe the experienced players will even allow you to borrow their marker for a round. Try on a few masks; see what fits your face. This is vitally important if you wear glasses or have a weirdly shaped face. (Also, get a normal face you weirdo!)

Check out some tanks, pod packs, and gloves. Anything you can get your hands on. Remember even if you are the same height or weight has someone  equipment could fit differently to you.

How Much Are You Willing To Spend?

Now that you’ve talked to other players and seen what’s out there, you need to make a budget. How much are you able and willing to spend?

Maybe you can afford to drop $3,000 on day one, but probably not. If you can get everything you want right away, do it! But be sure to do it right and not have buyer’s remorse.

A gun is not the first thing you should buy. It’s not second, either. It isn’t even the top five!

If you’re like most of us, you’ll buy a little at a time. One purchase to get started. Another after some saving and more and more eventually.

Have a specific dollar amount in mind to aim for. Maybe have a range. Definitely have a maximum that you can spend for your first outing.

Let’s Go Get Your New Paintball Gun!

Everyone is always so excited to get their new toy. It feels cool to carry around your very own paintball marker. All the kids stare as you walk past with your own sweet looking face-shooter!

But…Nope, not yet.

A gun is not the first thing you should buy. It’s not second, either. It isn’t even the top five!

Paintball is a sport of looking good, sure. But it’s also a game of good-looking! A corny play on words, perhaps, yet true.

Your Very First Purchase

So what should you really get first? There is no wiggle-room here, yet most new players get it wrong.

Paintball Goggles Are A Vital Choice In Ownership

2Carbon Fiber Tank

This one is going to cost you. These tanks are a significant investment but well worth it!

All rental (paintball players) are equipped with an aluminum HPA tank which can fill to 3000 psi (pounds per square inch). This is a fine amount of air for a new player in a ten minute game, but you’ll soon want more.

When looking at tanks, you’ll notice a wide variety. Which one to choose? This is going to depend on several factors so you’ll need to refer to those notes you took earlier regarding to talking to other players.

The size and weight of the tank will depend on what’s comfortable for you. Personal preference counts here.

Carbon fiber tanks are significantly lighter than aluminum. These tanks also come in cylindrical or spherical shapes. Carbon Fiber tanks are designed to hold 4500 psi. This will allow you to shoot more, run faster, and maneuver more freely.

Time For A Marker Yet? Well… No.


Now you’ve got all the essentials to up your game, save one.


Now you can see clearly. You have all the air you’ll need with less weight. You’re able to shoot as many balls per second as you’d like. Don’t worry about shooting too much because you can carry plenty of paint. And your feet won’t let you down because they’re dressed appropriately. You are ready for paintball in 2019!

You’ve waited a long time for this so let’s get to it! Go ahead and wave those arms and jump for joy. Go ahead and get your paintball gun!

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Dan has been playing recreational paintball for over 20 years and has consistently played since 2014. His main game styles are rec ball and scenario but loves to diversify. Dan's weapon of choice is his KP3 pump but enjoys many different markers including Etek 5, Emek, Gmek, and many others. If he has an opportunity to melee, watch out for his sword.