How Much Does Paintball Cost?

If you’re looking at getting into the fine art of splattering people with high-speed projectiles, then you’re probably wondering how much you’re going to end up spending. There’s some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is that it will cost you money, the good news is that entry-level gear isn’t going to cost you a whole lot.

Gregory, Author Paintimpact
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How Much Does Paintball Cost?

The Complete Newbie Package-Rent a Gun and Mask at a Field

If you’re just getting going, then you might want to try things out. Fortunately for you, most fields offer rental guns and masks that’ll let you get in on the action pretty quickly. Pull on a thick sweatshirt or layer up a couple of long sleeve shirts and get down to the nearest field.

This will quickly begin to add up, in addition to the field fee which is generally $-$$ you’ll also have to purchase paintballs and pay the rental fee for the gear. You’ll be looking at a bit less than $$$ in many cases.

If you’re careful about the field you pick you may be able to get everything together for just $$$ or so.

It’s a great way to get your feet wet, but unless you’re made of money it’s really not economically feasible if you plan on going out frequently. So let’s take a look at the gear costs and some of the recurring costs you’ll be facing if you plan on owning your own materials.

The Marker

Your paintball gun is one of the most important pieces of equipment on the field, for obvious reasons.

A beginner will likely want to purchase a lower end semi-automatic gun, and thankfully they’re available at low prices. The Tippman Gryphon for instance, runs for $$$ which is definitely cheap enough for a player on almost any budget.

Keep in mind that in most cases you still need to purchase a hopper, but a cheap one will work just fine and you can make the purchase for around $.

If you’re playing in mil-sim or speedball games, you’ll definitely be spending a lot more and high-end markers can run from $$$ to over $$$$$. They’re really not necessary for those who aren’t planning on playing in these more advanced types of game, however.

Overall, a beginner is looking at about $$ for a decent marker and hopper.

The Face Mask

It’s hard to really call them more essential than your gun, but a face mask is absolutely required to get started. Some people will play with just goggles when they’re not on a field, and those people will often end up missing teeth and having damaged ears, don’t be one of them. Play tough if you want, but don’t play stupid.

A cheap mask will do just fine for the beginner, and they run pretty cheap. Make sure it’s a full face, your ears, nose, and mouth are all vulnerable to some pretty nasty damage if you get smacked hard at close range.

Something cheap like the Empire Paintball X Ray will run you about $ before tax and you can invest in a high-end mask at a later date.

Your total cost here is most likely about $ for a cheap full face mask.

Other Protection

Many people choose to run more protection than just a mask. The most commonly found are armored gloves and chest protectors.

We’d consider gloves to be a bit more essential than the protector, damaged hands hurt for a long time and can affect your performance in the field for the rest of the day. Plastic armored, fingerless gloves are readily available and something cheap like Valken V-TAC Half Finger Gloves will run you about $.

Chest protectors have a wide variety, but even the basic ones can turn a stunning hit into a mere feeling of impact. They’re available relatively cheap as well, the beloved Tippmann Paintball Chest Protector only costs about $ for instance.

At the end of the day, you’re probably looking at an optional $$ to really make things painless but you can certainly spend a lot more for better protection.

Consumables

Paintballs and air are going to cost you quite a bit over time, but if you know where to look you can find some cheap ones and get going with a minimal investment.

For the balls you’re looking at about $ per 500 unless you want something specialized. It’s really not a bad deal, but as a beginner you’re likely to go through a lot of ammo until you get some accuracy and a handle on that itchy trigger finger.

Fortunately, if you’re running a gun on compressed air most fields will have air available along with the rental fee so it won’t cost you anything over the normal rental fees.

If you’re using CO2 on the other hand, or run an adapter so you can play when you don’t have an air compressor nearby you’ll be looking at about $ for 50 cartridges unless you want something specialized. Expect to get around thirty to forty shots at maximum velocity and maybe another ten at lesser speeds.

Adapters are something to look into, even for a newbie. They’re simple to install and they’ll allow you to make sure you can use the gun wherever you might be, a good but cheap adapter will run about $. Keep in mind this will void the warranty on many markers, however, and it can be hard on the internals.

Overall, for an average afternoon you’re looking at $ worth of balls and an optional $ worth of gas. It’s significantly cheaper to use compressed air for obvious reasons, and that might factor into your initial choice of marker.

Total Cost- Roughly $180

Using decent, cheap equipment but nothing extraneous like CO2 adapter you’re looking at roughly $$$$ for a complete kit loadout. That includes your first 500 balls as well, but doesn’t include the field fees which will range depending on where you go.

You can definitely do things a bit cheaper, and if you eschew armor other than the mask it will cost you around $$$$$.

If you’re unsure if you want to go out, try going to a field and using some rental equipment, you’ll be looking at between $$$ and $$$$ depending on the field and the equipment you choose to rent.

It’s not the cheapest hobby, but it’s definitely not prohibitively expensive.

Quit thinking about it, start gathering your gear, and get into the field. It’s a fantastic way to get out there and have some fun, and we bet it costs a lot less than you originally thought it would.

References

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  2. http://www.wolfpackpaintballteam.com/Guides/Basics/how-much-does-it-cost-to-play.html