If you enjoy other fun shooting games like laser tag and airsoft, then the likelihood is that you’re going to enjoy paintball too. But like airsoft, one of the main drawbacks of paintball can be the high prices that you have to pay for equipment.
Fortunately, paintball guns have gotten cheaper and cheaper over the years, giving us more paintball guns available at lower prices. This is largely due to competition, and with more and more paintball guns being produced, it’s a lot easier to get your hands on one at a reasonable price.
But just how much do paintball guns cost? Well, it really depends on the paintball gun itself. Lets look at the cost of paintball guns and whether they are worth purchasing.
How much are paintball guns?
Generally, the cost of paintball guns varies a lot. You can find them for as low as $100 and as high as thousands of dollars. The real cost in paintball is not the gun itself, but the accessories that you need to keep using it on a regular basis.
A half decent paintball gun will set you back between $100-200 bucks. If you’re interested, you can check out my list of recommended paintball guns. There’s a few in there that are a good price, and you don’t need to overspend if you’re a beginner.
The main expense with paintball comes with the ton of other equipment that you are going to need. Let’s run through some of the other equipment you might need and the average prices you’ll find them for available online.
Paintball Gun – $150
On average, a cheap paintball gun will set you back around $150 bucks. Of course, this can be as low or as high as you want, but under this sort of price you’re not going to get much quality.
Hopper – Included or Extra
When you purchase a paintball gun, you also need to consider the hopper. Usually, this will come with the gun itself, but this isn’t always the case and it can be extra. The hopper is just the part on top of the paintball gun where the balls are stored, feeding the balls into the gun itself.
CO2 tank – Included or Extra
You’ll also have to think about the gas tank that you need for your paintball gun to fire properly. This can be included, but also can be extra from the paintball gun itself.
Paintball Mask – $40
A paintball mask is another essential part of paintballing. If you’re going to be paintballing at all, then you need to make sure that you get a half decent mask. There have been numerous cases of people being blinded after being shot in the eye with a paintball (1, 2). If they were wearing a mask, this would never have occurred.
Paintball Gloves – $30
The equipment for paintball certainly adds up, and gloves are another necessity to protect yourself from the impact of paintballs.
Tactical Vest – $40
Depending on the amount of paintball equipment and other stuff that you have to carry, you also might want to consider getting a tactical vest. A good tactical vest will give you enough space to ensure that you can carry all of your stuff, so look around and make sure you purchase the correct one.
Paintball Ammo – $20 per 1000
When you’re purchasing paintball ammo, it’s usually best to buy it in quantities of at least 1000, if not a lot more than that. This can give you the ability to get a lot more paintballs for your money, which is definitely a necessity for anyone looking to save a little cash.
Total Cost – $300
Adding all of this equipment together and assuming you’re purchasing 2000 paintballs, it adds up to around $300. This is about the average that you want to have before you invest in paintball, because you’re going to run through paintballs faster than you think – believe me!
Overall, this is just a rough estimate of the amount of money that you will need to have to get started with your paintball journey. Whilst just the gun can cost as low as $100, this isn’t going to be enough to let you play paintball properly. You want to take care when playing paintball to ensure yours and others safety.
Once you’ve purchased a decent gun, the costs generally add up with the amount of paintballs that you use. It can be really difficult to limit yourself when you are playing paintball, especially if you get on a roll and you’re aiming well. So, make sure that you have plenty of ammo before you head out to play paintball.
As well as a gun, there are other things that you’ll want to consider as I’ve mentioned above. If you cover all of your bases, then you can ensure that you have all the right equipment to play paintball safely.