If you are planning on playing on a paintball team or entering tournaments, then the type of paintball guns that you choose from may be a huge factor. Guns used for paintball are not all the same; they come in different styles and allow for different rates of speed for shooting the paintballs.

If you are a paintball enthusiast, then you may already own several types of these guns and know how each one performs. However, if you are new to the game, then it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages to each type.

One type of gun that you may see on the paintball field is the stock gun. These are mostly used during stock only games, but can be used in other games as well. The reason why these guns are mostly used in stock only games is because of their inability to shoot the number of rounds that other guns can.

The tube that feeds the gun can only hold 10 balls at a time and it must stay parallel to the chamber, requiring you to tilt it to load your paintballs. If you do use a stock gun in other games, then you must realize that you are most likely going to be out-gunned. Pistols are another type of gun that will need to be reloaded often, also offering about 10 shots before you need to reload. While you can use them in most games of this sport, they are mostly used as a back-up weapon.

Paintball guns that fall under the semi-automatic category are very popular. While they can get rather pricey, they offer players the ability to shoot paintballs at a high rate of speed.

Also, they do not have to be reloaded as often as stock guns. If you are into high speed, fast paced play, then the semi-automatic gun may be the perfect choice for you.

The electronic paintball gun or electronic marker has been dubbed the king of paintball guns. These have different fire modes controlled by computer chips. The different fire modes allow you to choose how many balls will be shot with one pull of the trigger. A few varieties of electronic guns are fully automatic.

This means that if you continue to hold down the trigger the gun will not stop firing until it is released. It will depend on the game and the paintball team, as to whether you are allowed to use an electronic gun on their field. Depending on the other types of guns being used in play, these types of guns can give you an unfair advantage.

If you are into fast paced, action paintball play, then one of the paintball guns that shoot balls at a high rate may be for you. This decision will highly depend on you and the team.

All types of guns offer something different depending on the type of play. Take the time to find out about each gun and also find out what types are prohibited. If you show up at the paintball field with the wrong type, then you may not be allowed to play.