The paintball craze has snowballed in the past 20 years, with more and more people becoming interested, and in some cases obsessed, with all things paintball. With so many people looking to purchase their own paintball equipment, numerous manufacturers have gotten into the paintball gun market. But not all guns are created equal, and it takes a little knowledge about paintball guns to know exactly which one is right for you.
According to many paintball gun experts, one of the most important things to look for is a quality gun that is durable, yet light, and is easy to use. The Tippmann A5 is one such gun. The size and weight of a gun are truly important to the performance you will get out of it. If you are unable to handle your gun, your accuracy will certainly suffer.
How the paintballs move through the chamber is also important to pay attention to. Some paintball guns require batteries to push the balls through the chamber. Other guns, such as the Tippmann A5, use the excess air from the gun to move the balls through the chamber. If you use a gun that requires batteries, remember that you will eventually need to change them while shooting, and this could affect your performance, as you will be unable to shoot while changing the dead batteries. Your opponents will definitely like the advantage they have when you are busy fiddling with your gun.
Paintball gun experts also agree that the mechanics of the gun are crucial to high-performing machines. Look for whether the gun uses compressed air or CO2 to run. There are advantages and disadvantages to both elements. Compressed air is much more reliable and efficient than CO2, but it can take a toll on the mechanics of the gun. CO2 is easier on the internal parts and gears of the gun, but can be unreliable in colder weather and is widely considered to be less consistent than compressed air. Most paintball gun experts recommend a gun that uses both CO2 and compressed air, such as the Tippmann A5. Using such a model will ensure that your gun is always performing at its highest level. Also, how the paint is fed through the chamber matters. Many guns use standard gravity fed hoppers that can easily jam the paint in the chamber. The Tippmann A5 uses a Cyclone feed, which feeds the paint through easily and is consistent at always having an available ball in the chamber.
Remember to shop wisely when buying a paintball gun and to focus on durability, reliability and quality mechanics.