What Type of Marker?
There are several types of marker available to the prospective player, and each has their own advantages and disadvantages to contend with.
Pump markers are the simplest and usually the cheapest. They have a similar action to pump-action shotguns, requiring you to work the action between shots. The lower rate of fire typically means you’ll need to be more accurate than if you’re using a semi-automatic gun.
Some new players can find these guns rather challenging to use. If you’re playing with friends or on a field where semi-automatic or automatic guns rule the day then it can be a challenge to even get a shot off without getting hit.
Some of these can be “slam fired”, meaning that you can hold down the trigger and work the pump instead of
They’re making a comeback in the market lately, with high powered and highly accurate guns being favored by those who like to snipe on the field.
Mechanical markers are the most common, and also called semi-automatic. In most cases these guns will rely on CO2 or pressurized air in order to increase the rate of fire and each pull of the trigger will fire another shot.
They’re easy to use and maintain, as well as being quite cheap and they’re favored most styles of play. The ease of use and increased fire power over pump markers makes them absolutely ideal for the beginner who wants to get into the sport without breaking the bank.
Electronic markers are the most complex and expensive. They tend to combine the functionality of a semi-automatic functionality with advanced electronics that allow for some interesting features.
For the most part, however, players are interested in the “ramping” feature which tends to set these guns apart from the rest. While automatic guns are pretty much banned on fields, and can be hard to find for that reason, ramping makes for a loop hole in these rules and has become accepted on most fields.
Ramping means that the gun will begin to fire more and more rapidly the more the trigger is pulled. This means that you can maintain the same tempo of trigger pulling of a couple of times a second and quickly find yourself launching ten to fifteen balls per second.
The “trigger” in these guns is most often a micro-switch held under the trigger, rather than requiring the relatively long pull that’s found in most paintball guns. This makes for a short trigger pull and allows easier access to ramping.
Since it’s an electronic control, there’s a few programmed “presets” which are used in competitions, and you should always adhere to the rules presented to you.
Electric guns are more expensive, but in a lot of cases they offer the maximum amount of firepower you’ll be able to use on any regulated field.