Paintball is a fun, recreational activity that a lot of people have turned into a sport, with a lot of serious competitions and tournaments taking place. There are a lot of different types of paintball guns but they can be categorized into three main types: Pump type, mechanical, and electronic.
Pump Paintball Gun
This is the oldest type of paintball gun that you can find. Essentially, paintball guns started with this one. As the name suggests, it needs manual operation in order to fire. It works like a shotgun where the user has to cock the marker and chamber in order to shoot.
Mechanical Paintball Gun
These are the most common types that you can find for recreational paintball. They are semi-automatic, which means that they fire one shot for every trigger pull. They are the easiest type to use.
Electronic Paintball Guns
These types of paintball guns use an electronic solenoid to fire. It is usually powered by a 9-volt battery. Shooting an electronic paintball gun feels like clicking a mouse on a computer, making it easier to fire numerous rounds. They can also be configured into different firing modes.
What are Tactical-Style Paintball Guns?
Sometimes, you will hear the term “tactical gun”. Simply put, a tactical-style weapon is one that is realistic and very similar to real weapons. They not only look real, but they feel and operate realistically as well.
This type of gun enhances gameplay and can make it more enjoyable. However, tactical style weapons are usually only used for tactical tournaments. Some of the best paintball guns are actually tactical-style. And while you may not necessarily need a tactical-style weapon if you are only playing recreationally, having one if you are serious about the sport is a good idea. It will teach you the proper skills and techniques for handling all types of paintball guns.