Paintball guns are fun. They can be confusing because there are so many types and manufacturers. To help, we made a list of the different types of paintball guns and how they work.
There are three kinds of paintball guns: pump-action, mechanical-operated, electric, and a few more. Each has its firing rate and price tag. People can mix different types on the field at one time to play with a bit of variety.
Types of Paintball Guns
Pump Paintball Guns
Pump paintball guns are types of paintball guns that require the player to pump air manually. This type of gun is considered a “stock class” because players do not have particular modifications. These paintball guns must be pumped after every shot and can only fire as fast as you can pull back the trigger. It makes them a little outdated and slow compared to the other types of paintball guns out there, so most professional players do not use this type of gun at all.
Pump action paintball guns are suitable for beginner players, especially on a budget, because they can be purchased relatively cheap in comparison to others. However, if you want something more efficient, you can upgrade to a mechanical paintball gun. Pump action guns tend to be the loudest of all types because no electronic parts dampen or muffle the sound. They also have limited accuracy because they only fire as fast as your pumping speed allows them. It means if you’re not a fist-pumper, you won’t have a very accurate shot.
A pump marker has a slow firing rate because you have to pump it every time you want to shoot. If you can fire quickly, it will be able to fire rapidly.
Mechanical Paintball Guns
If pump paintball guns are considered “stock class,” then Mechanical paintball guns must be the “race car” of all paintball guns because they use electronic components to work and fire at much faster rates than either type of gun.
Mechanical paintball guns are considered Class-C because they can fire at high rates of speed which makes them more accurate over long distances.
They can be set up with all sorts of accessories, but you will pay a lot more money for their initial price tag compared to pump-action or electro-pneumatic types of paintball guns. Mechanical paintball guns can be set up with scopes and laser sights, making them even more accurate.
Pump action paintball guns are suitable for beginner players, especially on a budget, because they can be purchased relatively cheap in comparison to others. However, if you want something more efficient, you can upgrade to a mechanical paintball gun.
It is higher than a pump, lower than electric paintball guns. A mechanical marker can fire about 5-6 times a second. The speed of firing depends on what kind of hopper you have. You can’t shoot faster than how quickly paintballs get loaded into the gun.
Electric Paintball Guns
An electric paintball gun is the most complex type of paintball. They combine mechanical parts such as tank regulators, valves, springs, and bolts with working in unison for rapid firing speed without breaking down the mid-game.
It is why electro-pneumatic guns are considered Class-B equipment under tournament rules. They fire at a very high rate and have great accuracy over long distances, so you won’t lose your target no matter how far away it goes when shot correctly. Electro-pneumatic weapons also come equipped with programmable features so you can change or modify your gun’s settings.
Electric paintball guns are the most expensive types of all three because they have an electronic firing mechanism which makes them extremely fast and accurate over long distances. They come with scopes, laser sights, different barrel attachments for accuracy like tight bore barrels and longer length tubes that give it more range than its mechanical counterpart.
Suppose you’re looking to invest in a high-end type of paintball gun. In that case, electric is the way to go if you don’t mind paying extra money on top of what already has been paid for the marker (gun) itself as well as other accessories like tanks filled with air at regular intervals throughout playtime.
Two Types of Electric Paintball Guns
There are two types of electric paintball guns that you can buy, which both shoot multiple rounds with one trigger pull: electro-pneumatic markers and electronic triggers. The main difference between these two is that an e-trigger marker has a mechanical firing system inside it rather than electronics, but they still have high rates.
The electric marker has a reasonable firing rate. A pump marker is based on the person pumping. Mechanical markers can only get to 5-6 rounds a second, but an electric paintball marker can get to 30 rounds a second.
Fully Automatic Paintball Guns
While the term “fully automatic” sounds very intimidating, it means that you can shoot multiple rounds at once with just one trigger pull. Because of this, fully electric markers are considered Class-A equipment under tournament rules. They have quick-firing rates and high accuracy over long distances, making them perfect for any environment or terrain.
What type to use in Paintball fields?
Woodsball Paintballs Field
There are 3 types of paintball guns that you can choose from for woodsball games which are all considered Class-A equipment under tournament rules: mechanical, electric, and fully automatic.
Woodsball is a form of field play where players will be playing on large fields with bunkers or obstacles scattered around to make it harder for the opposing team to shoot accurately.
Speedball Paintball Field
Speedball is played on smaller fields with fewer obstacles and bunkers to help players maneuver around them more easily. You’ll need a paintball gun with high fire rates and quick reload times like the electronic marker for this type of gameplay.
Electronic markers are perfect because they shoot fast, accurately over long distances, and quickly reload time.
Scenario Paintball field
Scenario paintball is a type of field play that includes different settings and terrains to make it more realistic. You’ll need a gun with reasonable accuracy over long distances as well as high rates for this type of gameplay. Electronic markers are better because they can shoot accurately over long distances, but mechanical guns are also good enough.
MilSim Paintball field
MilSim paintball is a type of field play that uses natural military settings, props, and tactics to make it more realistic. You’ll need high rates of fire with quick reload times like the electric marker, so you can shoot fast in this game setting without needing lots of time between shots. Electric markers are perfect.
MFG Paintball field
Fields like MFOG use military settings and props to make the game more realistic. You’ll need a paintball gun that can shoot fast, accurately over long distances, and has quick reloaded times, so you aren’t wasting time when in the heat of battle. Electric markers are perfect because they have high rates of fire and can shoot fast over long distances, plus they have quick reloaded times.
Time Trials Paintball field
Time trials paintball is a field play that tests accuracy and speed in different courses. You’ll need high rates of fire with quick reload times so you can get through the course faster than your opponents. Electric markers are perfect because they have high rates of fire, plus quick reload times to make it even quicker.
Airsoft Paintball Field
The main difference between airsoft & paintball is that you can use an electronic marker for airsoft, but not for paintball because it’s classified as Class-A equipment under tournament rules. Airsoft guns are designed to shoot projectiles made of a plastic lighter than the traditional metal balls.
Zombie Hunt Paintball Field
Zombie hunt paintball is a field play where players will be playing as zombies against humans. You’ll need a marker that can shoot fast with high rates of fire so you can take out the humans before they kill you. Electric markers are perfect because they have high speeds, accuracy over long distances and quick reload times.
Paintballs Guns Comparison
Pump Action Paintball Guns: 12-15 shots per full tank, 75 ft. max range around $130.
Mechanical Paintball Guns: 20+ shots per full tank depending on set up and mods, 100+ ft. max range around $350 – $500
Electric Paintball Guns: 30-35 shots per full tank depending on set up and mods, 150+ ft. max range around $750 – $2000
That’s it for my list of the different types of paintball guns and how they work! If you are looking to buy a new gun, I hope this article has helped you understand what’s out there.
Before purchasing any gun, make sure your local field allows it since some fields only allow certain types on their premises.