When it comes to paintball, having the right weapon in your hands is quite a big deal. In the end, it’s what determines whether you and your team win or lose. If you’re looking to change your game for the better, purchasing a new marker is certainly something to consider. But, with the paintball marker industry as saturated as ever, it can be challenge in itself to choose the right one. That’s why we here at Go Ballistic have highlighted some of the best markers that are out there right now. So, without further ado…
AKA: The Sharp Shooter
The A-5 model from Tippmann makes it onto the list because of its reliability, accuracy and speed. One of the most important features of this marker is its Cyclone Feed System, which enables the marksman to fire as quickly as possible – we’re talking up to 15 paintballs per second! In addition to that, a 16” barrel length makes for better accuracy out in the game zone, making this gun ideal for the sharp-shooter.
As this marker is known for its sturdiness and reliability, it also means that the gun weighs in at 2.5kg – a weight which is heavier than most other markers out there at the moment. Another slight negative about the marker would be its price point. At £209, this marker is at the higher end of the pay scale when compared to other models. But, with its greater overall capabilities, is it only a small price to pay?
AKA: The All-Rounder
Sticking with the ever-reliable Tippmann brand, we’re moving onto one of the cheaper models – the Tippmann Cronus. This model is without doubt one of the most popular Tippmann models out there. This isn’t surprising due to its simplicity, reliability and durability. It’s also easy on the wallet, making it a perfect marker for beginner and intermediate players who are looking for a comfortable marker which has good accuracy.
Based on the legendary Tippmann 98 model, this updated model has retained some of the classic elements, while modernising some features such as a rail system used to attach accessories such as red dot sights, lights or grips. Unlike the A-5, the mechanical trigger system means that the Cronus will only be firing seven balls per second. However, at only £90, this marker more than makes up for it with its good range and accuracy.
AKA: The Sleek Machine
As one of the most compact markers out there, the Empire Mini really does live up to its name. Its small size means that it is extremely lightweight and easy to control when running around the paintball arena. The Empire Mini also has a number of fantastic features including a two-handle design and a pressure gauge on the air connector, meaning that you can check your remaining air at a glance.
One of its most significant features however, is an electronic trigger system – which makes it easier to fire as fast as your fingers can pull the trigger! Ideal for intermediate players who are looking for a high end paintball marker or those who are new to tournament paintball, the Empire Mini could well be the marker for you. But, because of all of the premium additional features, this marker will set you back nearly £350 – you’d better get that penny jar out.
Dye Proto MaXXed Rize
AKA: The Professional
Despite being on the higher end of the price scale for most players, Dye’s Proto MaXXed Rize is a great marker for the more experienced player who is looking to upgrade their weapon of choice while not breaking the bank too much. Dye have really focussed on production quality for this model, and it shows throughout. From its electronic trigger, to it’s autococker firing mechanism and sticky grips, this well-designed marker ticks the boxes in nearly every department.
It’s hard to find any negative aspects for this marker. Even the price (£220) is on the healthy side for a tournament-level piece of equipment. From its straight-shooting 14” barrel, this marker has the capability to shoot up to 15 balls per second without chopping paint – everything about this high end marker screams quality.
AKA: The Long Ranger
Another great all-rounder, this time from the guys at Spyder. Known for its durability, the MR100 features a long barrel and sturdy stock – guaranteeing a greater accuracy out in the field. Whether you’re using this marker in the woods or for speedball, the default double tap trigger makes it one of the most versatile weapons of choice at the moment.
The longer barrel and composite grips makes sure that your range will be on point, too. If you’re a beginner who is looking to get into the game seriously, then this is the marker for you. What’s more, at just over £110, the price is right for this seriously reliable marker.
So there we have it, folks. Five markers which will (hopefully) up your paintball game exponentially! Of course, there are plenty of other brands and models of markers out there, but these five are a good place to start. With a marker featured here for all budgets and player levels, you’ll be sure to find the right marker for you.