You’re Not Going To Be A Paintball Sniper

If you find this post, I hope it’s because you are thinking about being a paintball sniper. Chances are—if you are thinking about it—you are a new player looking for all of the paintball sniping tips and tricks you can find.

Here’s the deal…

If you are a new player just getting into paintball, there is a good chance it’s not going to work out. You are not going to be a paintball sniper.

First, let’s talk about sniper-style paintball markers.

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We’d be happy to sell you a Milsig M17 DMR. Go ahead, go over to our website right now and buy one.

It’s a pretty slick marker, it’s first strike ready and it has rails to mount your favorite long-range scope.

Chances are, however, that you aren’t going to get one. Even if you do, you’re going to have to shell out $1,300 and you might end up disappointed at sniping performance, even with first strike rounds.

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First Strike rounds are expensive. At $20 for 40 rounds on our website, you’re going to end up spending a premium for accuracy. You’re not going to find them much cheaper elsewhere.

They are a definite improvement over traditional paintballs. Beyond the cost issue, however, they are likely not accurate enough over long range to make sniping viable as a paintball strategy.

 

If right now you close your eyes and picture long-range engagements over 80 or 100 yards—sitting and waiting, firing one shot and delivering a single hit—you are in for a real awakening when it comes to playing as a paintball sniper.

 

Another problem you will run into is with the Ghillie suit that you’re interested in. I’m guilty of it. I was a younger player when Tippmann released the Flatline barrel for the 98—I was excited to put on a Ghillie suit, get the cammo face paint from the army surplus store, get my jungle boots on and sit. I was excited to wait for 20 minutes out in the woods at our home game to get the perfect shot.

 

I never got that Ghillie suit or the Flatline.

 

But, if I had, there is a good chance I would have been disappointed.

 

The first problem is that other players and organized fields HATE Ghillie suits. Paint doesn’t like to break on them. People get upset if you are wearing them and some fields ban them. Plus, unless it is a massive open woodsball course, you’re going to have trouble finding the range to engage people as a sniper anywhere. All of this drama happens before you get sick of wearing it because it’s too warm.The point is, paintball—even scenario woodsball or milsim—is a game of speed and tactical movement. Long range players can fit in in some situations, but the romanticized idea of move-style sniping—laying back 100 to 200 yards away from the field and slowly picking off players one by one while you are out of range, just isn’t that realistic.

If you are an experienced player and you enjoy the novelty of a sniper style paintball gun, go ahead and get the M17 DMR or a similar marker. Buy about $1000 of first strike rounds, and have fun.

If you are a new player, you are better off with a less expensive marker and setup for close quarters engagements. You learn more about the sport, more about teamwork, and—in my opinion—you end up having more fun running and gunning up close and making fast-action tactical decisions while working and communicating with your team.

Order A Tippmann Project Salvo, Get A FREE Ninja Remote Line

Want a military style paintball marker?

Don’t quite want to spend the money to get a newly released CQC?

The Tippmann Project Salvo is for you.

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It’s a great entry-level military style paintball gun that’s perfect for a beginner or anyone who just wants another marker kicking around.

Like most of the Tippmann paintball guns you see—the Project Salvo is really a Tippmann 98 on the inside. They just did some work to make the exterior look cooler. The advantage is that you get the awesome reliability of Tippmann 98 internals. That means that this marker will last forever and you’ll be able to beat the hell out of it.

The scenario-style doesn’t stop with looks.

The Project Salvo stock is adjustable and it folds away for tactical maneuverability and the 4 Picatinny rails accept any variation of AR-style accessories. Tippmann built a magazine under the marker that is visually appealing and functional. It acts as a tool storage area.

One of the best parts about the Project Salvo is it’s upgradability.

You can add an e-grip later if you want to as well as a custom response trigger, cyclone feeder, or a flat line barrel. Upgradability makes the Salvo perfect for beginners.

If you want to check out more details, click here for our video review.

You’re also going to need a remote line, so we’re going to give you one for free if you come in and pick up a tan Project Salvo.

With a tank attached to the marker, the adjustable stock isn’t exactly useable. This is a problem with all milsim style paintball markers. Using a remote line for your tank will make it so you can actually hold and use the marker like a military issue AR.

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Why You Need To Buy A HPA Tank For Paintball

I primarily used CO2 as a beginner.

There were two reasons. First, the auto shop down the street for me filled my tank for $2. Second, they sold CO2 tanks for paintball guns at my local big box retailer. Growing up, I had to travel 60 miles to get to a paintball specialty store and this was exactly the era of ordering things online.

Now you have the benefit of ordering from us. If you are looking for a high pressure air paintball tank, all you have to do is head over to our website.  You can just get it over with right now and order the Ninja  SL HPA Tank, or you can continue reading to learn a bit about the differences between CO2 and HPA in paintball.

CO2 In Paintball

It used to be all we had. Until the late 1990s, if you wanted to play paintball, you were using a CO2 tank.

You’ll see CO2 in two formats—tanks and 12 gram cartridges. My first paintball gun was a Brass Eagle Talon pump. I got  it at Wal Mart. It used 12 gram cartridges. I got a 12 gram adapter for my Brass Eagle Stingray too. You could shoot like 30 rounds out of your 200 round hopper before you had to reload the 12 gram cartridge.

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CO2 tanks and cartridges are filled with a liquid that expands into  a gas that operates your marker’s bolt mechanism. The expansion from liquid to gas makes the tank cold to the touch. On certain days, my tank used to get frosty.

Your Paintball Gun Doesn’t Like CO2

Plain and simple—your marker isn’t “happy” when you run CO2 through it. Your o-rings don’t like the changes in temperature. It’s just not awesome unless you have an old marker designed to run CO2 only.

Yeah. There are plenty of things you can do to make it easier on your marker. You can add an expansion chamber like the one my Kingman Spyder Shutter from 2002 had. An expansion chamber gives CO2 some room to expand from liquid into gas before it freezes the insides of your paintball gun. You can also get a regulator designed for use with CO2 and a remote line to allow for even more expansion room.

But CO2 Is Cheaper

It’s inexpensive. It also takes up less space. You aren’t storing gas to fire your marker, you are storing a liquid that expands into gas—that takes up less room. That means that for tank size, you’ll get more rounds per fill out of your tank. Also—everyone and their brother can fill CO2 tanks. At least it seems that way. Like I mentioned before, I used to be able to walk 30 seconds to get a fill from an auto shop.

High Pressure Air: Better For Your Marker

Go ahead and buy an HPA tank.

It provides more consistent gas, more stability with temperature changes, and it doesn’t freeze your paintball gun up.

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HPA is better for high fire rates and electronic markers.

You also get a gauge on the tank regulator so you know exactly when you are about to run out of air.

Yes. You have to pay more. Likely above $200 to get a quality, durable tank that doesn’t weigh a ton. You can’t bang an HPA tank around—they are fragile and they will break.

Just Get An HPA Tank

Seriously. Unless you are shooting an old-school marker from 1993, you should be using HPA in  your paintball gun.

Just about everyone started with inexpensive CO2 tanks.

Now’s the time to move on up.

Go ahead and make the investment. Head over to our website and check out one of the Ninja HPA tanks. The 68cu 4500 PSI Ninja SL Carbon Fiber Tank is a great choice.

Paintball Selection Tips For New Players

Even for experienced players, buying the right paint is a tedious process.

Choosing the right paintballs for your desired application, marker, and game environment is one of the biggest components of your game. The right paint in the right marker, applied in the right situation can make a big difference in game outcome.

Go down to a local paintball shop and take a look at what’s offered. Don’t have a local shop? Head over to our website and look at all of the different choices.

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Starting them down is tough. Are the most expensive paintballs better than cheaper alternatives? What does “Tournament Grade” mean? Here are some tips you can use to help decide which paintballs are the best for you.

Think About What You Are Going To Do With It

Are you playing a PSP match or are you introducing your little brother to paintball in your backyard?

This part is simple. If you’re just using your marker in a situation where accuracy doesn’t matter or the stakes aren’t high, you’re better off saving money and going with the cheaper stuff.

If you’re new to paintball, you’ll have to realize that paint is going to be your biggest investment over the course of your career. Regardless of how much your marker cost—or anything else you spend your money on—you need paint to play. Save money when you can.

Can Your Paintball Gun Handle Brittle Paint?

This gets to the “Tournament Grade” or “Professional Grade” paintball question.

Here’s the tip, before you go and spend $75.00 on Empire Evil Tournament Grade Paintballs ask yourself if your marker can handle fragile paint.

The difference between run-of-the-mill stuff and Tournament Grade paint is in how easily it breaks on contact. You pay more for more fragile paint.

The problem is that your Tippmann 98 is going to tear Tournament Grade paint apart. You’ll need a more expensive marker that’s easier on paint if you want to shoot expensive paint. Even then, you don’t need Empire Evil when you want to shoot a tree in the backyard.

Weather Considerations

How hot is it?

How cold?

This one is simple. Avoid the expensive thin-shell paint in the colder months. It’s going to expand with the cold, become brittle and break.

Thin paint is great for hot and humid days. Humidity will make the shell of a paintball softer and harder to break on impact.

Sourcing Paint And Age

Paintballs are not like wine. They don’t get better with age.

You want fresh paint.

Paintballs that sit around for a long time deform under their own weight. That alters how they shoot and the chances of breakage in your marker.

This is why you should always buy your paintballs from a source that you trust. Go ahead and order from our website—you can even give us a call if you want to ask how old the paint you are getting is.

Better yet, head down to a trusted local shop and ask them about the age of the paint you are buying.

Whatever you do, don’t get your paintballs from a big box retailer. Chances are that it’s been sitting around in a warehouse for months or maybe even a year before it even hit the shelf. Big retail stores that don’t specialize in paintball don’t know how to properly store it, don’t understand how delicate it is, and order in huge quantities to save on cost.

Azodin KD II Video Review

The Azodin KD-II is an improvement on the Kaos-D. It uses a stacked tube blowback system and a revamped Zero-D low pressure system to increase efficiency and be gentler on paint.

Check out our most recent video review of the Azodin KD-II below.

We’re fans of the KD-II.

It’s relatively inexpensive—less than $200—and extremely reliable.

Additionally, the KD-II is easy to disassemble. We actually had a competition—check out the video—and compared the disassembly process to a Tippmann 98.

Based on our field testing, it’s not likely that taking the marker apart in the field will even be necessary. It was easy on paint in a variety of situations. We did have some breakage, but it was likely due to paint storage conditions rather than marker trouble.

Every shot was also consistent.

We definitely think that the Axodin KD II is one of the best paintball markers you can get for under $200. It’s the perfect upgrade to the Kaos-D and if you are looking for your first marker or a reliable “backup” you really can’t go wrong.

Check out the KD-II on our website. You should also friend us on Facebook.

Tippman FT-12: One Of The Most Durable Paintball Guns?

Alright, the Tippmann FT-12 is $129.00 right now at our website.

If you are looking for a durable starter paintball gun—something for your kid, a friend, a brother or sister—or if you just need a reliable marker that you can beat up every weekend, never clean, and expect it to function properly for years…

Do yourself a favor and go get one.

The Tippmann FT-12 is a “flip top” design. That’s what the “FT” stands for.

The flip top makes it easy to get to all of the internal components. Fixing anything should a problem arise is a breeze. Cleaning it is simple and easy.

It looks cool, it’s semi auto, and it has a non-cycling A-5 style cocking handle on the top that helps keep all of the gunk, dirt, and dust you’ll encounter out of the marker.

There are a bunch of other features that will make you happy.

The lockdown feedneck will keep moisture from entering the breech, the 1.5 inch blade trigger has a short, responsible pull, the barrel is decent—not the best you can buy but it gets the job done…it’s got just about everything you need.

Is The FT-12 Durable Marker?

Now, here’s the thing:

Tippmann makes some awesome gear. Quality stuff that is known to last.

The internals of the FT-12 are basically the same as the Tippmann 98, a marker that many players have used and abused over and over again. My own Tippmann 98 is about 13 years old and it still takes a beating. Yeah, I’ve moved on to another marker but if I ever have a friend who wants to play, that’s the marker they use.

There is a reason paintball fields use Tippmann markers for rentals. They work. Flawlessly. All of the time. Sure, things go wrong. But they are little problems—maybe a broken o-ring or something.

Yes. The Tippmann FT-12 Is Tough, Here’s Why

Let’s get back to the FT-12.

Here’s how we tested it’s durability.

Around 8 or 9 months ago, we froze a used FT-12 into a block of ice.

We let the FT-12 sit in a freezer for 9 months. A few days ago, we took it out.

We wanted to unthaw the FT-12 to see if it would still work. The fastest way to get the ice off of it was to drop it about 20 feet from a lift to the pavement. That got rid of the ice pretty quick. Then, we wanted to get some friction going to melt the ice on the inside. So, we attached it to a tow hitch with a nylon tie-down and dragged it around the parking lot.

Watch the video of us abusing an FT-12 below.

As you can see, it stood up to the abuse.

Somewhere along the line—maybe before we froze it—the trigger broke off.

That’s not a problem because the flip-top makes for easy repairs. We popped a new trigger in, and the Tippmann FT-12 aired right up. No leaks, no problems—just like the day it came out of the box.

Go get one. Give it to a friend. You’ll spend more time playing and less time fixing things.

Shopping For Beginner Paintball Gear

It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to the sport, or you are one of the many people who used to play who are just getting back into paintball—you need to know where to start and what to buy.

First tip, strike a balance between function and price. Honestly, we’d love it if you bought every top shelf product we offer but that might not be the best idea. Plenty of people get really excited about paintball only to buy the latest gear and let it sit without use.

Prioritize what you really need and what you just want.

You need a marker, you need a mask, you need a hopper, and you need an air tank.

After that, everything else is a bit of a luxury if you are just getting started.

Buying Used Gear Vs. New Paintball Gear

The first recommendation that I lot of people give new or returning players is to buy used.

That’s not bad advice.

Plenty of people gently use their gear—after all it is expensive. Some people buy an awesome marker that they sell because they aren’t using it and even more people buy an entry level or mid-range paintball run and upgrade quickly.

Use your brain if you are buying used and never buy sight unseen.

Say you order this Planet Exlipse Etha from us. Immediately, you know two or three things about the market. It’s not going to arrive broken, it is complete, and it comes with our support. If something on it is broken when it arrives, you can give us a call or shoot us an email.

Buying the same marker used would be a much different experience.

First, the Etha is a relatively affordable gun. Chances are, it was a young player’s first paintball marker. You might get lucky and find one that was used by a responsible adult who has a “big boy” job and likes to clean it and take care of it. From our experiences, those examples of used gear are few and far between.

So—don’t buy a marker used without trying it out. That’s the moral of the story.

If you can buy from a buddy you trust, that might be your best bet in the world of used paintball gear.

Buy Your Tank New

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Just get a Ninja 68/4500 HPA tank.

Buy it new, buy it from us.

It’s a kick ass tank that will get the job done.

Personally, I am not going to use a used HPA tank. If you get a new tank you know how it has been treated and you know it’s going to work great. If I am going to put a high pressure air tank next to me, I want to make sure it’s going to function properly.

Buy Your Mask New

Your mask is the most important piece of gear that you own.

Spend a little bit more money and get an HK Army KLR.

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If you can, try some masks on to see how they feel. Masks can be a very personal choice.

Remember, they aren’t something that you should skimp on. You’re going to have paint flying at your face. You want to protect it.

Dye Resister Paintball Gear Bag Review

Does your gear bag matter?

Short answer—YES!

It matters.

Alright, if you’re still using a Brass Eagle Talon with a 35 round hopper and you’re getting outgunned by autocockers, a gear bag doesn’t need to be on your priority list.

If you already have invested in some decent gear and you want to protect it, it’s actually time to think about looking for the best paintball gear bag you can get.

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Now, think about what you are going to need. The first requirement has to be space. Maybe the second is transportability—or lugging ease. After that, what do you think are the most important features of a gear bag.

Here’s what it is for me—the ability to handle harsh conditions and the “stench” of paintball.

The problem is that I am a lazy person. I get done playing and my gear sits in my trunk for days—usually until the night before I am going to play again. Everything goes in there. Soft goods like clothing, markers, mask, tubes, some paint. All of it.

When I get back from the field, my bag is usually filthy too.

This is where the Dye Resister comes in.

It’s called the “Resister” because it resists everything that you could ever throw at it.

Weather, gallons of paint, the stink of month-old moldy gear—you name it, the Dye Resister can handle it.

On top of that, it has some pretty sweet functionality.

Want to see it in action? Check out the video below…

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Yeah—it’s a gear bag. Sure. But what makes it special? What makes the Dye Resister the best paintball gear bag money can buy?

Well, if you didn’t watch our review video yet, which you should, here is the run down.

First, it’s huge. You can fit every bit of paintball gear you own and more into it.

Next, Dye thought of everything.

In the front, there is a pocket for all of your “nasty” stuff—dirty, paint soaked jersey, cleats, anything that is gross that you don’t want coming into contact with clean stuff. On the other side of the bag is an insulated mask carrying compartment.

Why is the mask compartment insulated?

Originally, I thought that it was for beer…obviously.

Well, it turns out that leaving your mask sitting in a hot bag in the sun or the 120+ degree trunk of your car can actually cause thermal lens failure. At least that’s what Dye claims. You know what? I believe them. Why? They spend a lot of money on research and development.

The Dye Resister also has wheels, a cool handle like a real luggage bag, and rubber sealed zippers. It stands up on its end so it’s great for airport trips.

You know what?

You could get the Dye Resister and use it as a suitcase. It’s the perfect antidote for aggressive baggage handlers.

You really need to check out the video above. We put the Resister to the test by dumping about three gallons of paint on it and soaking it with a tsunami of water. It stood up to that test and it is going to stand up to anything you throw at it.

Do yourself a favor and buy one. A duffle bag isn’t enough. Here’s the link to the Dye Resister on our website.

Remember, you don’t need one unless you have some really sweet gear you have to protect. If you are still using that Brass Eagle from 1997, go get one of these and the Dye Resister.

Best Electronic Paintball Guns Under $200

Looking for a deal on a new electronic paintball gun?

Are you just getting into the sport but don’t have a lot of money to spend?

We’re about to take a look at the two best electronic paintball guns under $200. You don’t have to break the bank to get a decent marker. These two options are perfect if you are just getting started and you want full functionality in an affordable package.

Option 1: Azodin Blitz Electronic Paintball Gun

The Azodin Blitz is an excellent starter marker. It’s ready to go right out of the box.

The Blitz includes a versatile ZEN Circuit Board it offers NPPL Semi, PSP Ramp, CFOA Semi, and Millenium Ramp. It functions well and you really can’t find a better electronic marker for the price.

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The fit and finish of the Azodin Blitz isn’t completely flawless, but is as close as you can get for the measly $169 price tag.

Included is a Rock Steady Regulator, the Feather Striker System—which is 30% lighter than traditional striker design, an aluminum grip frame with dovetail and direct screw mount, and a 12 inch single piece barrel.

For a full list of specs and the latest pricing information, you should check out the Azodin Blitz on our website. It is one of the most affordable electronic paintball guns you can currently buy brand new.

It handles well and can hold it’s on in both function and look with any paintball gun currently available.

Option 2: COG Paintball eNVy Marker

Coming in right under $200 is the eNVy.

You can only get it in black, but that’s alright because you are saving a ton of money when you buy one.

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The basic eNVy has a top BPS of 11. Once you get one, you will want to upgrade to the completely awesome Blackheart circuit board—electronic internals that will stand up to $1000 markers and beyond. The Blackheart is available in a stock eNVy for around $50 more or on its own for $65. You might as well get the eNVy with the Blackheart already installed, because you’re going to want to do it anyway.

You really can’t go wrong with the eNVy. It’s constructed well, the stock barrel is decent, and with the Blackheart board you get all of the functionality you will ever need.

Because it is designed for beginner players, reliability is not a problem. The eNVy will really take a beating. This is the marker that you buy a friend or your little brother if you want them to get into paintball and have a good time without worrying about something breaking.

Other Options

These are undoubtedly the best electronic paintball guns under $200.

If you have your eye on something else, you might want to check out the used market. When you buy used, however, you don’t always get something that will work well right out of the box.

For beginner players, we recommend buying new markers that are tested and proven to work right out of the box.

Smoke Grenades For Paintball: CGS Smoke Grenades

Looking for paintball smoke grenades?

We’ve got them.

You’ve got a few choices too.

If you are looking for a specific color and about 20,000 cubic feet of smoke, you’ll want to consider the $6.00 Enola Gaye Wire Pull Smoke Grenade. If you want a bunch of them, head over to our website and buy 10 at once—we’ll give you one for free.

Why Do You Need Smoke Grenades For Paintball?

Because of the smoke!

There are a million uses for these things. Set them off for cool photographs and video effects, use them to obstruct view while playing, ad some more sim to your milsim games—just get them and set them off because they are cool!

Want More Smoke?

If you want more smoke than you can handle—70,000 cubic feet of it—you need a CGS Smoke Gernade—or a few.

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CGS stands for Coast Guard Surplus. CGS also stands for “the real deal.”

The supply we just got in are perfect for paintball—especially if you like the color orange.

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Whatever you do with them, don’t set them off near the water. Orange smoke is a universal maritime distress signal.

A Bunch Of Choices (Really Just One)

The CGS smoke grenades you see on our website come in a variety of forms. There are twist top versions, pop off tops, big and small—they all look different, but they all do the same thing. That’s let off about 70,000 cubic feet of vibrant orange smoke.

Don’t let the different names confuse you. You’ll see different names for each of the CGS grenades on our site. “Eurosul” means it’s an orange smoke grenade. So does “HuaHia” and “red MK8.”

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All of them are orange. Don’t like orange? Take a look at the Enola Gaye.

How Do They Work?

Twist or pull the top off and pull the wire inside.

Set them on the ground!

They are classified as “cool burning” which means that they won’t set flammable substances like gasoline fumes on fire. The metal body of the smoke grenades do get warm and they will burn your hand. We don’t recommend trying to hold on to them.

Burn time is about 90 seconds to 2 minutes. When they are finished burning, they are still going to be warm.

They are non-toxic, water resistant, and—most importantly—orange. Very orange.

If you want us to pick which one to send to you, order from our website here. If you want a CGS smoke grenade with a cool name like HuaHia, do a search or click here.

Want to see them in action?

Check out the video below.