Although they have been around for a number of years, the paintball pistol is starting to grow in popularity.
In tournaments where the one marker per person rule isn’t in affect, some players choose to carry a handgun as a side piece. In situations where your main marker malfunctions or runs out of air, you still have your pistol to keep you active in the match.
A lot of manufacturers have made cheap paintball handguns that are basically toys. If that’s your intended purpose, great, but if you’re looking for a real sidearm for competitive paintball matches, you’ll want to avoid them.
Here are the top 3 handguns that we recommend.
Tippmann is one of the leading manufacturers of paintball markers and has created some of the most popular firearms for over 20 years.
The TiPX features two 7 ball magazines that use the common .68 caliber balls.
It uses a CO2 cartridge that is punctured by the initial trigger pull.
The CO2 is easily loaded by a 1/4 turn cap located under the barrel on the front of the firearm.
Overall, my favorite pistol of the group. It has a solid construction we had zero misfires while testing.
RAM X50 Sig Sauer
This pistol is a replica of the Sig Sauer P226.
This model is referred to as a training pistol because it’s often used by police officers during training situations.
It comes with one 9 round magazine that uses .43 caliber balls.
The X50 is powered by a single 12 gram CO2 cylinder located in the grip of the firearm.
This is another quality sidearm that we really enjoyed using and do not hesitate to recommend.
Umarex Walther P99
Similar to the X50 above, the Umarex is an exact replica of the Walther P99.
It uses .43 caliber paint balls powered by a 12 gram CO2 capsule.
This is a popular milsim hangun and is often used in police and miltary training
Overall this is a quality firearm, but we did experience a few misfires during testing.
We had two balls break inside the gun, but that could have been the result of low quality ammo.
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