The best thing you can do for yourself when you’re a beginner is to actually play the game a few more times – maybe you’ll dislike paintball, maybe you can already determine that you need e.g. a gun that fires more rapidly, or, if you’re a sniper type, you can even get a gun with a scope.
However, if you’re that you like the game enough, you really should buy a paintball kit – that means that you won’t have to run around the woods when you’re bare handed or, even worse, without a paintball mask, until you actually buy the items separately. A paintball kit includes a gun; a mask; some paint; gloves and a hopper for your paintball marker.
As for the actual guns, there is a stunning lot to choose from. One of the most popular paintball markers for beginners on the market is the Tippmann 98 Custom. It costs somewhere around $100-$150, depending on where you buy it. The popularity of the Tippmann 98C relies hardly on the fact that the gun is upgradeable to the bone – you can replace virtually any part of the marker. It doesn’t cost too much and is a fine choice for any beginner.
If you prefer even lower prices, the Piranha GTI Plus Mechanical Paintball Marker can be a great choice. It costs from $60-$80 and is a reliable lightweight gun. If you are new to the game, its low velocity problems aren’t as noticeable, and if you replace the barrel for a fraction of the cost, the GTI Plus can become even more accurate than some of the Tippmann series. The GTI Plus can be used in almost every type of game and it’s considered to be really good in Capture the Flag.
Overall, the more experienced you get, the more you’ll know what’s best for you. When you’ve finally decided what type of player you are, you can either upgrade (in case you bought the Tippmann 98C) or buy a new gun (in case you bought the Piranha GTI Plus). Choosing the right gun isn’t too hard, if you’re a beginner, just don’t overspend your money and enjoy the actual game.