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
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.
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.