Military Replica Paintball Guns
Military Replica Paintball Guns can look very intimidating. There are a couple of reasons that fuel the passion for these markers.
Coolness Factor of a Military Replica Paintball Guns is undeniable. You can spend thousands on a military replica paintball guns and if the "coolness" is the only reason to buy this marker, you should re-think what you want.
If Feel and Handeling of a replica paintball gun is important to you then it is an investment well made. For example if you just came from the military and want to use something more realistic to you then get a military replica paintball gun. But don't do it cause it's cool, that will fade and you will be left with wanting a new marker.
As paintball has progressed, more demand has been on creating military replica paintball guns, as companies are meething these needs, they generally are a little more pricy then a standard low end semi-auto.
When the Tippmann 98 became popular, with it came military simulation upgrades. You can spend hundreds of dollars making your stock gun look like something from the battlefield but my advise is don't, Just buy a new marker instead.
Figure out your budget
First figure out how much you are willing to spend on a marker. There are some military replica paintball guns that can cost alot of money, and some that are more affordable.
Find your features
Don't want a hopper? Check out some of the magazine feed systems on the markers. I never liked my hopper sticking up above my head so I opted for a Magazine Feed. It's pricy and doesn't hold that much but remember I came from playing with pistols. Most magazines are spring loaded, however on guns like the AT-85 the magazine mechanics are integrated with the gun's bolt action when firing. Don't be fooled by fake magazines that hold tools!
Is the Co2 on the gun in a comfortable spot? Can it be seen? Is it propriatary with the marker? Sometimes a military replica paintball gun can have a hidden Co2 like Rap4 guns. However with this type of concealment comes serious drawbacks like the size of the chamber and how many rounds you can propell with it.
Alot of the military replica paintball guns that you see in pictures will not have the Co2 or Compressed Air tanks on them. Most players with these types of markers will use a remote hose and locate the tank on back of their waist. This can give you some flexability and make the gun light, but your gun will be attached to you.
If you don't shoot that much, consider a marker like the Tac-8, the magazine is held in the grip of the gun and when it ejects the magazine's 12 gram co2 is sealed for future use. This marker base is a pistol, but has some very neat rifle modifications to it also. You can put a larger tank and hopper on this marker also for flexability of your style.
Some of the military replica paintball guns have laser's mounted on the gun, be aware that some fields do not allow this to be used, more information is in my article about
Paintball Gun Scopes
Consider a marker that can change with your style of play, go light with a few shots or add a hopper and tank for full play. Don't invest on something that you won't use in a few months or just a couple of times.
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