So, you’re tired of being pegged as a newbie whose rented rig looks like a slingshot next to the serious players’ weapons? Great. You’re ready to own your own paint-ball gun. But if you are like most of us, money is an issue. What should you do? Buy used, but be warned that buying a used paint-ball gun is a lot like getting a used car.
Do Your Homework
Gearheads of all sorts want the best, newest, lightest, coolest, whatever-est stuff they can get and paintballers are no different. This is good news if you are in the market for a used paintball gun. New paint-ball guns, like new cars, lose a big chunk of their value once they are used a few times.
The quality of used paintball guns depends quite a bit on who owned it before you. Take a look at the paint-ball gun. You would expect some solid wear and tear, but if it looks like a rabid weasel got a hold of it, take a pass. The hopper, canister, and trigger should all work smoothly together. If the paintball gun rattles and the pieces have to be “gently urged” into place with a few select whacks of your fist, you might want to move on to the next offering.
Another advantage to buying used paintball guns is that if someone is getting out of the game, you can probably pick up a good bundled bargain. Consider negotiating for not only the used gun, but any helmets, pads, and other protective gear. If the seller hasn’t passed them on to a friend, see if they will throw in whatever unused paintballs they have laying around.
With a little research, you can find deals on used paintball guns all over the web. Buying over the web has a lot of advantages if you know what kind of gun you want and are familiar with all of the equipment that should come with it. Sellers are likely to have a big selection and you can find plenty of bundles.
Avoid buying on price alone, though. There may be a reason that equipment is priced so low. You’ve probably noticed some models you are interested in, so find the manufacturer’s information, and then set out to find it.
And speaking of paintball fields, they may be your best bet for finding used paintball guns from solid sellers. Chances are good that if you have established a network of paintballing friends and acquaintances, they can steer you to some decent equipment at a reasonable price.
Try Before You Buy
The standard reselling sites like EBay and Craigslist will have lots of selection, but make sure the party you are buying from is reputable. EBay sellers commonly have ratings and reviews, so that works in your favor. Craigslist vendors can be all over the map. Try arranging a try-before-you-buy meeting at a local paintball field.
Buying used paintball guns, as well as the accessories that really make a satisfying paintball experience, makes a lot of sense for budget-conscious paintballers who are ready for their own next big thing. So do your homework, test drive a few and buy from a reputable dealer.