If you are free to spend a little bit more on your first paintball marker, you will find a greater variety of options available to you. A reasonable budget will allow you to invest in basic options like pump action markers and mechanical models with more features than the standard variety. If you scour the market for long enough, you might also find some entry-level electronic markers available for a low enough price. To help you find the best value model for your budget, we have outlined what you should be keeping in mind when looking for the best paintball guns under 300.
Mechanical markers are the most familiar variety of paintball gun. You will have encountered this type of marker before if you have rented equipment in the past. Mechanical paintball guns are designed to suit the beginner, with straightforward operation. These affordable gun require CO2 tanks in order to fire paintball rounds, although compressed air is also commonly used. Both types of gas can be found at most paintball fields. If you are not yet clued up on the ins and outs of paintball marker design, a mechanical gun should appeal. These markers can be stripped to their composite parts with ease, making for straightforward maintenance.
Pump Action Markers
Pump paintball guns have been around for a long time now. Mechanical markers have become the norm in recent years, replacing pump action paintball guns as the industry standard. However, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of the humble pump action paintball gun largely. The reason for this resurgence is that pump paintball markers are incredibly reliable. Modern pump action paintball guns use compressed air tanks to improve accuracy when firing, giving them a huge advantage over older models. You will find pump action markers limited as far as firepower is concerned, however. You will only be able to fire a single shot at a time with a pump action paintball gun. More expensive models do include auto-trigger functionality, boosting the amount of firepower you can unleash.
Although you will not struggle to find a decent paintball marker for around 300, you will want to take into account things like build quality to ensure you are getting the best value for money. At this price point, you are unlikely to find markers made from premium materials like carbon fibre. Instead, you should think about guns made from things aircraft-grade aluminium. Many paintballers avoid everyday aluminium as it is distorts very easily. Should you fall when carrying an aluminium marker, you are likely to dent it. However, the aircraft-grade form of the material is considerably more durable, providing you with a lightweight build that will handle heavy-duty paintballing.
Accessories & Bundles
If you have more of a budget to shop with, you can think about investing in a marker that comes kitted out with extras. Paintball guns retailing at around the 300 mark will likely come with a few mounted accessories like sights and grips. Picatinny rail will give you more scope for personalisation down the line. You might also want to think about splashing out on a complete paintball bundle. As well as a paintball marker, these affordable packages will also include extras like hoppers, paintball harness and pod holders, C02 tanks, visors and more.
Looking to upgrade from a basic marker but don’t want to spend too much money? Below you will find our selection of some of the best paintball guns under 300.
The Tippman TMC is a reliable choice of paintball marker and an ideal option for those looking to enjoy MilSim paintball scenarios. This .68 calibre marker utilises magazine-fed loading and boast an authentic finish that makes it the perfect choice of paintball gun for those looking for military-grade aesthetics. Although this marker is promoted as a MagFed model, it does in fact support dual feed options. For more challenging military simulation games, paintball magazines can be used. For regular games, you can use the conventional hopper for access to more individual paintball rounds.
This semi-automatic paintball marker is well suited to players looking for impressive rates of firepower. The firing is also adjustable from 250 to 325 FPS. An internal stainless steel gas lines makes this paintball gun a very reliable performer, while a 12-inch barrel provides you with good levels of firing precision. Other stand features include front and rear adjustable sights. If you are looking to spend this a decent amount of money on a paintball marker, chances are you are looking to customise it in the future. The Tippmann TMC allows for that, with built-in accessory rails so you can tailor your marker with various accessories.
The Tippmann A-5 is a more compact marker than most options on this list, but do not discount it purely based on its pared-back build. This .68 calibre marker is surprisingly effective and delivers first-rate firing performance. This paintball gun utilises the Cyclone Feed System, meaning you can expect first-rate firing rates. This marker will unleash up to 15 balls per second, even without the use of batteries. This makes it an effective weapon for speedball games.
The Tippman A-5 is definitely something to consider if you are less experienced with the ins and outs of marker design. The less experienced paintballer will have no trouble carrying out essential maintenance and cleaning of this marker. The A-5 can be stripped down in the field in less than a minute, with no tools required to do so. Advanced ergonomics are also on offer here. A longer front grip allows you to maintain a firm hold of your marker as you fire, while a lightweight build means you carry it for long stretches of time without tiring.
If you want more for your money than a simple marker, this Tippmann US Army Alpha Elite Foxtrot package offers excellent value. The real draw of this great value package is the Tippmann US Army Elite marker. This quality paintball gun boasts some serious aesthetic appeal, with an outward design inspired by genuine military weapons. This first class marker also comes with red dot sight and carry handle, making it more user-friendly and enhancing the overall finish. If you want a marker for military simulation gameplay, this paintball gun will not disappoint.
Along with the marker itself, you will find a huge variety of essential extras included in this package. This set includes an Action Village 20-ounce CO2 tank, as well as a folding grip that can be attached to your marker. Also included is a 4+1 paintball harness that provides carrying capacity for up to four 140-round paintball pods, along with your C02 tank. Four pods are also included. A GXG 200-round hopper is also thrown in, along with a pull-through squeegee. This affordable set will also bolster your collection of protective gear, with a GXG XVSN paintball mask also included. If you have little to no accessories in your paintballing arsenal, this inexpensive set is worth thinking about.
The Planet Eclipse EMEK 100 might look basic, but it is a very reliable choice of marker that will give you a leading edge in the field. This mechanical marker has been designed for those who regularly play paintball and need a gun that will hold up well to heavy-duty use. A robust GRN construction means this marker will survive regular combat, even if you prefer more aggressive combat in tough conditions. It is also very easy to clean and maintain. A Gamma Core bolt system drives exceptional levels of performance here, while the mechanical operation ensures consistent results, without the need for batteries.
The EMEK 100 comes with essential extras to ensure you get the most from your marker. You will fin an EMEK spares kit to replace damaged components, along with a tool kit so you can strip down your paintball gun to access the interior. Eclipse grease is also included in the package to ensure your marker is sufficiently lubricated for optimal performance. A Planet Eclipse barrel and barrel blocking device round off this very affordable paintball marker package.
If you want a paintball marker that is both functional and versatile, the Valken M17 is a good option. This heavy-duty paintball gun can utilise both FSR and .68 calibre ammo, making it suitable for a wide variety of play scenarios. Fans of MilSim gameplay will also appreciate what the Valken M17 has to offer. This mean looking marker is incredibly realistic in its outward appearance, while the magazine-fed loading system makes it as true-to-life as possible. A high-quality construction is also standard here, with a polymer CQC shroud ensuring the M17 is very hard-wearing.
You can choose between semi-automatic and full auto action here, giving you plenty of options when it comes to selecting the right type of firepower for any given setting. A smooth bore bull barrel will also help you maintain good levels of firing accuracy. This mechanical marker will also appeal with its simple design. The 2-pin construction means it can be stripped down in the field in no time at all. If you time-consuming maintenance doesn’t appeal to you, the Valken M17 is ideal.
The Azodin KP3.5 Kaos Pump marker will genuinely impress with its superb performance. This third-generation marker model stands apart from previous guns from Azodin, with a heap of design refinements to help you excel at paintball. One of the biggest draws of the KP3.5 is its internal ZeRO Assembly, which is new and exclusive to this model. It also features an innovative Acoustic Bolt that brings down the overall operating pressure of the marker to approximately 230 PSI. This makes it much quieter when firing, making it well suited to stealth scenarios. The lower operating pressure also makes the marker more precise when it comes to firing.
Even the standard marker features on offer here are of a high standard. A 14-inch two-piece barrel delivers reliable firing performances and maintains good levels of accuracy, while two barrel backs are included so you can select one that best suits your requirements. This marker also takes into account ergonomic design, with the clamping feedneck, single trigger frame and pump handle all combining to produce a paintball gun that is incredibly easy to operate and comfortable to handle.
If you are looking for a reliable marker for military simulation paintball, the Tippmann Stryker XR1 is something to consider. This first-rate paintball gun has a programmable board and boasts a selection of firing modes to suit all situations. You can choose between semi-automatic and full auto firing, as well as burst and ramping firing modes. As the Stryker XR1 requires you to use an Allen key to change settings, it falls in line with tournament regulation.
The Stryker XR1 is threaded to accommodate the vast majority of marker barrels out there, making it a versatile paintball gun option. This electro-pneumatic marker also boasts an impressive spec, with premium housing and hard-wearing stainless steel internal components to ensure it consistently performs and requires minimal maintenance. Should you need to carry out any maintenance, this paintball gun is easy to strip and care for. It is also an obvious choice for those who want the freedom to personalise their paintball gun with accessories. Integrated rails allow you to add all types of accessories to the main housing of the marker, including lights, lasers and scopes.