Paintball Guns, also known as Paintball Markers are the devices that actually propel the paintball. They come in a variety of styles, colors and price ranges. Paintball guns can be grouped into two main categories, MilSim Guns or Speed Ball Guns. MilSim Paintball Guns are ones that are modeled or scaled to look like the real thing. Speed Ball Guns are small and lighter guns great for fast and intense play. Mechanical paintball guns will have a long pull and will fire one shot for every trigger pull. Electronic paintball guns will have shorter, lighter trigger pulls and are capable of firing at high rates of fire. They generally also come with burst and/or full auto modes! All paintball guns need a tank, or an air source to actually propel the paintball.
There are two types of Air Sources, CO2 or Compressed Air. CO2 is a cheaper choice, and the choice of most beginners. The down side to CO2 is that it is in liquid form in the bottle and is extremely cold. CO2 is also affected by temperature. Compressed Air, referred to by some as HPA, Nitro, or Nitrogen is a higher end, higher performance Air Source. It is pretty much the air that we breath. Compressed Air is not only cleaner, but much more consistent. The higher consistency yields better accuracy for your paintball gun.
Paintball loaders are the devices that actually hold, and then load the paintballs into the paintball guns. They are also called paintball hoppers. They come in a variety of styles and made by most manufactures. Gravity Fed hoppers are the cheapest but also the slowest. Essentially they are just a holding unit for paintballs and rely on gravity to pull the paintballs down the neck and into the paintball gun. Electronic hoppers will come in a variety speeds. Some simply just agitate, helping paintballs enter the neck and then into the gun. Others are force fed, and physically push the paintball down the neck. These hoppers, like the Dye Rotor Paintball Hopper or the Halo Paintball Loader are capable of reaching extremely high feed rates.
Paintball Goggles and Masks:
Paintball Goggles and masks are the most important piece of equipment you will buy for paintball. They protect your face and eyes. Paintball goggles come with two different lens, single and thermal. Single Paintball lens are just a piece of plastic that will protect your eyes. The down side to single lens are that after a few games they can fog up, making it difficult to see. Thermal Paintball Lens are two panes of plastic separated by a layer of foam. Dual Pane Thermal Paintball Lens are the best for reducing fog!
Paintball Barrels are a great way to increase performance on any paintball gun. Increase accuracy and looks with an after market paintball barrel. Barrels are made by a variety of manufacturers and come in a numerous lengths. When shopping for a barrel, keep in mind that some manufacturers make barrels for guns other then then for just their own. So always make sure you get a paintball barrel that is threaded for your paintball gun!
Paintball Packs and Harnesses:
Paintball Packs and Harnesses allow you to carry extra paintballs in pods onto the field. They generally carry the Pods full of paint, on your back and come in a variety of sizes depending on how much paint you want to carry out into the paintball game with you. Some Paintball Packs will allow you to put your tank in them and lighten the load on your gun (you will need a remote line.) Paintball Pods or tubes are the objects that actually hold the paintballs and slide into your paintball harness! The standard size for paintball pods are 140 round capacity.
Paintballs come in all kinds of colors. Lower end paintballs will have thicker shells with thinner fills. Higher end paintballs will have very thin shells, ensuring they always break on target, and will also have thick fills making it difficult for someone to wipe a hit and cheat.
There are two main kinds of paintball lubricants, Paintball Oil or Paintball Grease. Consult your manual for the recommended lubricant and stick with that. Putting the wrong oil or lube in certain guns can cause numerous problems.
Speed Feeds or Quick Feed Systems:
With the higher rates of fire that paintball guns are capable of achieving, being able to reload your hopper in the middle of the paintball game has become important. Speed Feeds, also known as Quick Feeds take the place of your stock loader lid and allow you to refill your loader without opening up a traditional lid. A few companies like Virtue Paintball, Dye and Empire make Speed feeds for a large selection of paintball loaders!
Paintball Squeegees are devices that allow you to clean out your barrel. There are a few different kinds, including pull through squeegees in which you have to remove your barrel to use, straight shot squeegees which can be used with the barrel attached or detached, or paintball swabs that fold up and can also be used in the middle of the game.
Paintball Gear Bags:
Paintball Gear Bags help transport your gear to and from the field while protecting it at the same time. They come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors. Some of the higher end gear bags, like the Dye Navigator Gear Bag, Eclipse Classic Gear Bag, and Empire XLT Rolling Gear Bag will have separate and specific compartments made specifically for certain paintball items and will come with a variety of other amenities!.
We stock a large selection of all kinds of paintball gear, including paintball guns, loaders, hoppers, masks, goggles, air tanks, clothing, barrels and accessories from almost all manufacturers.
Kee Action Sports:
Kee Action Sports has a few different lines to bring some of the best paintball gear at all prices, and skill sets. Kee Action Sports produces BT, Invert, Empire, Pure Energy, RPS and Diablo Products. Some of the longest running and most successful lines are produced by Kee Action Sports.
Tippmann Paintball brings some of the best MilSim Paintball Guns to the market. Guns like the Tippmann 98 have been around for years, and continue to perform. Tippmann's newest line, the Tippmann X7 Phenom has the same quality as a Tippmann 98, however is a higher end, higher performing paintball gun for those die hard scenario players. Tippmann also produces NXE soft good products like Tank Covers, packs, and other accessories that have continuously proven themselves!
While a newer company (only a few years old,) Azodin brings plenty of history and knowledge to the table. Azodin Guns are great for any beginner to mid range amateur player. With their stylish looks, great customer service, and extremely reasonable prices, Azodin has exploded onto the paintball market with their guns like the Azodin Kaos, Blitz and Zenith!
Tiberius Arms produces paintball guns and accessories that are perfect for any scenario fanatic. With Paintball Pistols that are clip fed, and capable of firing First Strike Paintballs, nothing is closer to the real thing! Use a T8.1 Pistol as a back up firearm or, a T9.1 Rifle as a one man army, sniper paintball gun!
Dye has always been known as the leader in high end paintball gear. From their Dye NT to the Dye Rotor Paintball Loader, Dye produces some of the best paintball gear on the market. Recently Dye has expended into the Mid Range market with their Dye Reflex Rail Paintball Guns. The Reflex Rail Guns have performed better than anyone would have expected and are becoming a force to be reckoned with! One thing is for sure, Dye's quality is rarely matched!
GOG Paintball, while a new company, is brought to you by the folks that built Smart Parts and brought you the Smart Parts Ion. They have a track record of producing quality paintball gear, guns and their Freak Paintball Barrel System. The newest gun from GOG, the GOG Extcy has taken fields by storm!
Luxe Paintball is the luxury paintball maker. Their Guns, the Luxe 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 are like owning a custom Bentley! With tool-less bolt removable, internal gas through line, and a circuit board that will talk to you, the Luxe Paintball Gun is in a class of its own!
Virtue is a leader in after market paintball equipment. Long known for their excellent and advanced paintball gun circuit boards, Virtue has expanded and now produces a wide range of products like Virtue Paintball Crowns, soft goods, and goggle spray!
Custom Products produces after market hard parts. Items like their Advantage Paintball Barrels, Bottom line ASA's and squeegees are some of the best in the paintball industry!