Before you start playing paintball, there are a few pieces of paintball equipment that you will need before you can get on the field. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pro, you need reliable equipment that will keep you in the game longer. If you are just getting started with paintball, then there are four pieces of equipment that you absolutely have to have (aside from the paintballs), and those are the paintball gun, a mask, a hopper, and a tank. You will also be better off to wear more protective gear during the game so that you can avoid serious injury.
Before you decide on what type of paintball equipment that you will need, you will have to look at where you will be playing paintball. There are two main types of paintball fields: the outdoor fields (woodsball) or indoor, enclosed areas with bunkers and other manmade barriers (speedball). If you choose to play speedball, you will have a lot more choices when it comes to the color and style of your gun, mostly because you won’t be trying to camouflage yourself behind any trees or other greenery. If you are playing woodsball, then you will need a gun that will blend in with the scenery, and that will also be light enough for you to carry with you while you’re on the move. If it’s possible, you can test other players’ guns to see which one you like best.
The other paintball equipment is just as important as the gun. The mask protects your head and face from serious injury that can occur when a wayward paintball slams you in the face. You may also want to purchase goggles to make it easier for you to see during the game, and you should also wear clothing that will protect your skin.
The hopper and the tank are two other important pieces of paintball equipment. The hopper feeds the balls into your gun, and you want to make sure that you find a hopper that can hold more than a few paintballs so that you don’t have to constantly reload your gun. The tank stores the air or gas used to propel the paintballs from your gun, and you can choose between a CO2 tank or a tank with compressed air.
Choosing the right paintball equipment can make playing paintball a lot more fun, so you should pick out your equipment carefully and find the best supplies for your playing style.