Paintball has the reputation of being an expensive sport because of all the gear you need to play. But the reality is that it does not have to be expensive if you do your homework and set expectations. If you are a new player and don’t know if you want to play long-term yet, it is best to rent as much equipment as you can. The last thing you want to do is buy a bunch of gear and then decide that you don’t want to play anymore. This is a very common occurrence with newbie paintballers who then decide they don’t want to play.
Once you decide that you like the sport and want to play on a regular basis, you should still be cautious. Buy entry-level gear that is durable and will last while you are learning the ropes. They key is to start small and don’t get overexcited buying expensive markers. When you improve your skills after a year of playing, you can focus on buying expert level supplies.
Should You Rent or Buy?
The answer to this question depends on the kind of person you are what goals you have for the sport. Most paintball fields will have everything that you need available for rent. It is a good idea to do this for at least the first 2 or 3 times you go out to play. Once you are sure that you like playing, I would go out and buy some high-quality entry-level gear. A lot of the equipment the fields rent out are old and don’t have the best smell.
Once you have played a few times and are sure you like the sport, read below about everything you need to buy. I only discuss the bare minimum you need and leave out the extras that you don’t need as a newbie.
How Should You Pay for A Paintball Gun?
Your paintball marker will be your best friend on the field and you will grow to love it. It is for this reason that you need to be thorough about your research to get the best possible one for a beginner. Something on the lower end that is affordable would be a solid semi-automatic marker. My favorite brand that I recommend for every single player starting out is Tippmann. Their entry-level weapons are the best in the industry and will last you a long time. No matter how low or high your budget is, these guys have something for you and have been around for years.
Please keep in mind that you will have to buy a paintball hopper to go with your gun. You don’t need to go all out for this. There are a lot of cheap hoppers out there that work well.
In the beginning, you should stick with the Woodsball style games. For speedball, an entry level marker might not be enough. This game demands that you buy one that shoots fast which will cost a bit more. It is also an advanced level style game so you should steer clear of it until you get comfortable with your skills.
When you are out shopping for a paintball gun, expect to pay anywhere from $ to $$ at the beginner level.
How Much Should You Pay for a Paintball Mask?
Your face mask is the most important piece of equipment when it comes to safety. There is no way you can step foot on a field without one and you would be foolish to do that anyway. Playing paintball is not as dangerous as you think. The horror stories usually come from players who decide they don’t want to a paintball mask. The result is missing teeth and or damaging their eyes permanently.
You can avoid all this by purchasing a mask. There lots of quality ones for very low prices. Do your homework to be positive that will cover up your entire face, ears, nose, and mouth. These are your most sensitive areas that can be damaged if you do not protect them.
You will not spend more than $ if you are careful and do your homework.
What Other Paintball Equipment Should You Consider?
There are some players that like to be safer than sorry. Instead of wearing the bare minimum on the field they opt to wear as much as they can to increase safety. If this sounds like you, consider buying some paintball gloves and a chest protector. They give you that peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to come home without an injury.
Gloves are great when it comes to protecting your hands from bruises and welts. Nothing hurts more than getting hit square on the fingers and you can no longer pull the trigger. Don’t go all out for this and buy expensive name brand paintball gloves. A pair of gardening gloves will do just fine and are comfortable.
There are different types of chest protectors and not all paintball players buy them. Getting hit on the chest while wearing one of these doesn’t matter because you feel nothing. They can be affordable as well. Tippmann has their own chest protector that is worth checking out.
The two costs that you will have to incur every time you play are paintballs and air. Your only option to save money is to find the cheapest way to buy them by doing the proper research.
On average paintballs go for about $ per 500 which is not bad if you are not blasting away for the hell of it. Keep in mind that in the beginning, you will spend a lot on ammo until your aim improves. Get your accuracy up as soon as you can and it will save you a lot of money.
Compressed air is the best option when it comes to choosing how to power up your marker. If you rent your gear, most paintball fields will include the air with it so you don’t have to pay any extra fees. It is definitely something that you ask on the phone before you arrive.
CO2 is different from compressed air and will cost a bit more money. The plus is you don’t have to keep an air compressor nearby but the con is that it will cost about $ for 50 cartridges. If you are new, stick to compressed air and save some serious money.
Now that you know how much paintball costs to play, you can make an informed choice as to whether you want to play. Ge the initial costs out of the way and it will be an affordable sport that allows you to get out there and have a good time. The relationships you build and the adrenaline pumping experiences are worth it. If you have any other questions or if there are costs I missed, please let me know below.