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.

Review: Dye Precision Performance Knee Pads

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Do you find yourself getting on your knees often during a paintball match (get the mind of the gutter for a minute, folks)? Bruised knees are no laughing matter. Even though each match may last a few minutes or a few hours (and even though you probably do not land on your knees in hopes of getting a hit often), the reality is that if you play paintball often, those knees are going to bruise, become tinder, and give you problems later in life.

So what can you do? Be proactive! Protect those knees every time you go down on them (what did I tell you about keeping your mind out of the gutter) with some of the best paintball knee pads on the market today. Interested? Read our review to find out just how awesome these knee pads really are!

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Quick Look: Guerrilla Air Digital Camo/Black Carbon Fiber Tanks

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Guerrilla makes some of the most stellar carbon fiber tanks on the market today, and they’re line of camo/black carbon fiber tanks are no exception. Since Tiberius Arms recently acquired Guerrilla, they have made a ton of improvements to Guerrilla Air’s line of carbon fiber tanks over the last year. Here are some of the improved carbon fiber tanks they have released.

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Review: Dye Precision i4 Mask

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Another awesome product from Dye, the Dye Precision i4 Mask is undoubtedly one of the sexiest masks currently on the market. How sexy (and how awesome) is it? Well, it’s so sexy, so awesome that we constantly run out of stock! Seriously: this mask is one of the finest out there, and if you don’t believe us? Take a look at some of the reviews our customers have given the mask here (and if you’re convinced, simply press ‘Add to Cart’ and buy this beast!).

But as LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow would say: don’t take my word for it: read our review below!

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Seriously, don’t take LeVar’s word for it; he may just cut you.

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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.

Review: Dye Paintball Neck Protector

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Do you feel the need to protect your neck while you play paintball? If you don’t, you should. Nobody likes feeling the sting of a paintball on their neck (or if you’re like me – your neck fat). It hurts, and if you disagree, obviously you’ve never been shot in the neck before. But never mind the neck – what about the throat? Ever been shot in the throat before? Good luck swallowing normally for the rest of the afternoon, because let me tell you – it isn’t fun.

What if there was a way to avoid these risks of paintball altogether and protect your neck? Well, now there is! Enter Dye’s Dye Performance Neck Protector – a neck protector that is comfortable and quite soft. But does it protect your neck? Find out below!

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Quick Tip: Here’s How to Fly With Your Paintball Gear

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We talk a lot on here (and the official Hustle Paintball YouTube channel) about the best paintball gear that money can buy, and occasionally, we discuss how to maintain the paintball gear you take pride in. That’s all well and good (and clearly, important), but we usually skip one of the most vital steps to getting the most out of our favorite sport: how to properly prepare your paintball gear for traveling.

We all go to our favorite courses all the time, so properly preparing to travel with your gear is essential. Why we haven’t discussed this vital topic until now is beyond me, but luckily, we’ve made a video that details how to prepare your gear for travel the right way. Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!

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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.

 

Review: Ninja Mini C02 Fill Station

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In celebration of the release of Ninja’s 77cu SL tank, it seems proper to provide you guys with a quick review of Ninja’s Mini C02 Fill Station. A ridiculously easy setup to use, this fill station will ensure that you are ready to get back into the game sooner rather than later. Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!

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Ninja’s 77cu SL Tank is Available Now!

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The Ninja 77cu SL tank is available now!

Something legendary just happened today – something borderline miraculous. What’s the news? Oh, it’s only the announcement of today’s launch of Ninja’s 77cu SL tank! That’s right, folks – today. Now. Right now! The latest iteration in the ‘Super Lite’ brand, the Ninja 77cu SL is Ninja’s latest effort in ensuring that when you play paintball, you don’t have to worry about lugging around a heavy tank that’s only going to get in the way, decrease the effectiveness of your game, and generally feel uncomfortable. Everyone wants a lighter tank (and thus, a lighter marker), and the new 77cu SL is going to make it happen. Less fatigue, the ability to perform better ‘snap shots,’ and again, a more comfortable feel when playing, the 77cu SL needs to be in your life.

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