Reviewing the Best Paintball guns for Beginners

A common question around the paintball field is what is the best beginner paintball gun? After players feel the adrenaline rush of a paintball game, they are often interested in getting their own equipment to be able to play more frequently and for better performance. We have put together a list of the top 4 beginner paintball guns that we recommend for new paintball players.

Our Picks for the Top 4 Beginner Paintball Guns

Tippmann Cronus


The Tippmann Cronus paintball marker is a great gun for someone just getting into paintball. This paintball gun comes from one of the most trusted brands in the game for durability and ease of use. The Cronus from Tippmann is a lightweight, easy to maintain paintball marker that will help you stop paying those rental fees and have a gun to call your own! This model has two different versions. The tactical version shown in the picture includes a stock, barrel shroud, handle and an M16 sight rail that the basic version lack. Both models have the same parts and work the same way. In other words, you can’t go wrong with the Tippmann Cronus. This paintball gun is durable, easy to play with, and a great option for a marker at $150 bucks.

Spyder Paintball Guns

Spyder Paintball-Gun

Spyder has done a great job at making beginner paintball guns for over 20 years – at least! These paintball guns are lightweight and feature a stacked tube design. This is a common style for players that want to get into a speedball or sporty style of play. There are many different models of Spyder paintball guns. Some are electronic and others are not. Depending on the model you are looking at, getting yourself a Kingman Spyder will range from less than $100 up to $200. These guns are a great option for someone who wants to get started with speedball or more competitive play. These paintball guns are made with the beginner in mind and allows entry level players the ability to play with something that is light, agile and offers good performance.

Tippmann Alpha Black Elite


If you love paintball and really want the more tactical look, then the Alpha Black Elite from Tippmann is a great pick. It is constructed to have a realistic M16 look with a shroud, handrail, and adjustable stock. Tippmann worked in collaboration with the U.S. Army so they could be used for training. You know you’re getting a durable paintball marker with the tactical feel of the real deal. This is perfect for the woods, or scenario paintball fields. The magazine also doubles as an on the field toolkit. Mag fed paintball guns have also gained popularity recently. For a mag fed paintball gun option, we would recommend also seeing the Tippmann TMC. If you want reliability & style of the real thing then the Alpha Black Elite is the one for you.

Planet Eclipse EMEK


For our final pick and probably our favorite beginner paintball gun on the list is the Planet Eclipse EMEK. For around $300, this marker offers great reliability, great accuracy, and a very comfortable gun to play in any style of paintball. The EMEK shoots by moving air around different parts of the internal bolt assembly. This gun also has the ability to attach aftermarket parts for a tactical/scenario style. The shot is quiet, accurate and efficient. For a great on-the-field experience the EMEK wont let you down.

All of these beginner paintball guns can be purchased in store at American Paintball Coliseum facilities depending on availability. Our staff is always happy to talk gear picks, so, if you have questions we invite you to come in to play. We want to help you get the equipment you need to win on the field. Our stores are packed with other gear too. If you are looking for more advanced or other equipment, we have that too. Visit the nearest APC location near you and we will see you on the field!

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