Tippmann A 5 are good paintball guns
In our years of activity in the paintball sector, we have come across the same questions over and over again. We would like to answer these here in order to support you in making decisions.
Which marker is right for me?
It all depends on how you want to play. Not every marker is suitable for everything. We subdivide here according to game variants.
Woodland / Scenario Paintball
As a beginner, the TIPPMANN A5 is definitely recommended to you. It is an ideal entry marker that can be modified generously as required. Another advantage of the A5 is the integrated CYCLONE FEED HOPPER SYSTEM from TIPPMANN. This system uses the air from the HP bottle and operates the HOPPER of the A5 and ensures that a new paintball is placed in the firing chamber after each shot. So you no longer have to like z. B. shake with a shaking hopper so that the paintballs fall down. This system can be retrofitted for the TIPPMANN 98, TIPPMANN BRAVO ONE and TIPPMANN SIERRA ONE, for example.
If you don't want to commit to the game variant, your first port of call should be PROTO or PLANET ECLIPSE. Here you get z. B. with the Proto MaXXeD RIZE a great mid-range marker that you will have fun with for a long time. You can play this marker in woodland as well as in paintball tournaments. Take a look at our savings packages to see if the right one is for you.
As already mentioned with Woodland, we clearly recommend PROTO or PLANET ECLIPSE markers. Not only the supply of spare parts is assured, but also the service. Both companies are based in Germany with main distributors. Proto is the sub-brand of DYE, which z. B. have their seat for Europe in Offenburg. If you want to play in the tournament area, you should always buy a so-called e-hopper for your tournament marker. This electronically controlled loader constantly supplies your marker with paintballs. This is very important in the paintball tournament, where there is significantly more and faster shooting than in woodland or scenario paintball.
This particular form of woodland game has become a fixture in recent years. In this variant, the role play that always comes with it is in the foreground. The shooting itself tends to take a back seat and is usually done with special ammunition such as First Strike Paintballs. The markers that are used for this type of game are very close to the original models and are only loaded via magazines.
Occasionally it is also possible to take part in games with the LOWCAP Hopper. For example, you can equip an A5 with a LOW CAP hopper. If you want to buy a marker in this segment, you should orientate yourself on names like MAXTACT, FIRST STRIKE and MILSIG, and recently also TIPPMANN with the TMC. The TGR 2 is a great price-performance ratio and is easy to use and maintain. A terrific marker that is used by a large number of special forces around the world for training purposes. Very robust and durable. Few seals make maintenance child's play. The TGR completely convinced us. Incidentally, it is also the only marker that has built in all controls for left and right-handers.
HP or CO2
Clearly HP (High Pressure). Nowadays, CO2 (carbon dioxide) is only used in the form of so-called CO2 capsules, for example for paintball pistols or RAM markers (real-action markers Cal. 43 or Cal. 50). CO2 bottles have largely disappeared from the paintball area. In the past, CO2 systems were often used because they were significantly cheaper than the HP systems, which were still very expensive at the time.
The constant further development of markers and the move towards more and more electronic components make CO2 obsolete. You probably won't find a playing field today that still uses CO2. We therefore strongly advise you not to buy a CO2 bottle. We still offer them to you, mostly these are more bought by hobbyists or lovers of old paintball markers.
Aluminum or composite bottles
This is where the wallet comes into play. HP systems made of aluminum are significantly cheaper than composite systems. Ideal for beginners, as a 0.8 l aluminum bottle is available for just under 50 euros. A composite bottle starts at around 149 euros. Another advantage is that aluminum bottles can do without a TÜV test for at least 10 years from their production date. This is different with composite bottles. The disadvantage of aluminum is clearly the weight and the fact that it can only be filled with 200 BAR air pressure.
For beginners, however, they are exactly the right choice. Sooner or later every ambitious paintball player will switch to a composite HP system. You wonder why The difference in weight alone is huge and your arms will thank you for it. In addition, these systems can be filled with 300 BAR air pressure and can thus store more air than aluminum bottles of the same size. Another advantage: In contrast to aluminum bottles, you can determine your regulator yourself. In the case of aluminum bottles, this is usually firmly glued and can only be removed with brute force.
Here is a brief overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both systems
ALUMINUM HP SYSTEM
- different sizes available
- low acquisition costs
- 10 years TÜV
- high weight compared to composite
- permanently installed regulator
- 200 BAR
COMPOSITE HP SYSTEM
- very many different sizes and shapes
- individually adjustable regulators
- very light weight
- 300 BAR
- can usually be checked after the TÜV has expired
- compared to aluminum bottle, high acquisition costs
- TÜV expired after approx. 4 - 6 years
Would you like to buy an HP system, but you are not sure which one? Then either drop by our shop or just give us a call on 0511 45 95 999 and we will be happy to help you choose your new HP system. The first filling is of course free of charge on site.
Which paintball mask should I buy?
The question of which is the best paintball mask is not that easy to answer, as it is a question of accuracy of fit and of course personal taste. In order to avoid a bad purchase, we recommend that you visit our shop directly. With us you have the opportunity to try out all paintball masks yourself. So you can tell quickly when it pinches and squeezes.
An unreserved recommendation for a beginner mask is clearly the Proto Switch EL mask. This paintball mask has an optimal price / performance ratio and gives you a lot of fun and a clear view of paintball for a long time. You should always buy thermal glasses as an option, as these glasses consist of 2 layers and almost never fog up. Changing lenses is also very easy with the Proto mask. It offers you optimal protection in every situation and is very comfortable to wear.
Which hopper should I buy?
This question also depends on your type of game. For beginners with cheaper markers, for example, the Proto Loader is worthwhile. This loader is actually a classic shaking hopper, which conveys the paintballs into the marker by moving the same. The special thing about it is the built-in level that protects the paintballs from tilting and thus offers a good compromise for beginners.
Would you like to B. supply an electronic marker with paintballs, we advise you to buy an e-hopper. These hoppers are battery operated and use a paddle wheel to push the paintballs into your marker. Here z. B. the VALKEN V-Max Loader has proven itself as a good price / performance system. For us, the DYE Rotor R1 is and remains the measure of all things. Almost indestructible and very economical in terms of batteries, it has defended its 1st place in almost all tests for years. With the introduction of the R2, the price of the R1 has also dropped significantly, making it very interesting for beginners.
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