If you are ready to move out of rental paintball guns, or are just looking to pick up a cheap loaner paintball gun to let your friends use, this is the list you have been looking for!

We have 13 paintball markers for under $100, $200 and $300 dollars listed here.

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TOP 13 Best Cheap Paintball Guns 2022

Planet Eclipse EMEK Paintball Marker

At right around two hundred dollars give or take, this fully mechanical marker is a HOT deal! You get a lot of gun for a little money, including the Planet Eclipse Gamma Core drivetrain found in their mid-level and high end markers.

As if that’s not enough…

This gun is PAL enabled, feels well balanced when you load the tank and hopper, and plays forever without breaking down or chopping paint.

Don’t hesitate to pick one up, you won’t be disappointed.

Pros

  • Mechanical, easy to maintain, withstands crap weather and won’t break.
  • Gamma Core drive train.
  • Won’t chop paint or break.
  • Pal enabled.

Cons

  • Since it is so popular, supplies of this gun run out from time to time.
  • The PAL hopper not included.

Takeaway

Hands down, the best cheap paintball marker for speedball.

Want to see more awesome paintball markers? Don’t miss this list of the best paintball markers in all budget ranges.

GOG New GEN2 eNMEy Paintball Marker

The GOG eNMEy is one of the best budget paintball guns on the market. It is extremely affordable, has a simple design, and is easy to maintain.

It’s mechanical, so there are no batteries or electronics to worry about, and it can used compressed air or Co2, so it’s pretty versatile.

It is a smaller marker, great for smaller people OR if you want to maneuver fast. It’s also really light, this marker will not weigh you down or get in the way.

Pros

  • Bolt engine removes from the back, easy to maintain.
  • Lightweight, smaller marker for teens and tweens.
  • Low pressure, very little recoil.

Cons

  • Barrel is really short, but upgradeable.

Takeaway

I highly recommended this paintball marker for beginners. It’s a great gun for an insanely low price.

Tippmann A-5 .68 Caliber Paintball Marker

The Tippmann is my choice for the best paintball gun under $300 for woodsball. It is built like a tank and lasts for years. I know people who have been playing with theirs for almost 10 years!

It’s also accurate and easy as all get out to mod, upgrade and accessorize.

This gun holds up under all weather conditions, it’s simple to maintain, it won’t chop paint or leave you stranded, and you are going to love it.

Pros

  • Comes with Cyclone feed so it’s FAST.
  • Tool-less disassembly.
  • Die cast aluminum frame is indestructible.

Cons

  • Gun is not as light as other cheaper guns. Would be great with a remote feed line to a tactical vest.

Takeaway

This excellent woodsball gun will be a favorite gun in your paintball marker lineup for years to come.

Looking for more great woodsball guns? I have what you need! This list of the best woodsball guns has a little something for every budget.

Valken Blackhawk Paintball Gun

This Blackhawk mechanical MilSim blowback paintball marker is one of the best deals out there. It is accurate, fast and durable, and will not give you any trouble.

This gun has a rail up top to add accessories and it includes an up front site, plus the gun is quite accurate so you will enjoy hitting your intended target with ease.

It has several nice features for a low priced paintball marker including an aluminum ASA, adjustable grip, and clamping feedneck that has an adjustable position so you can place the feeder in a position that suits you.

Pros

  • Tough aluminum/polymer reciver.
  • Fast and accurate.
  • Picatinny rail up top for accessories.
  • Includes front sights.
  • Adjustable front grip.

Cons

  • Exposed gas line.

Takeaway

Destroy your enemies on a budget with this awesome MilSim mechanical woodsball marker.

Tippmann 98 Custom Platinum Paintball Gun

The Tippmann 98 Custom is a well known classic mechanical marker that has been around so long because people love em’ and they last forever.

I said it before, and I will say it again, Tippmann is known for reliability. The Custom 98 is a testament to that.

It is about the same price as the Cronus, and the internals are virtually identical, but they look different on the outside.

Pros

  • Easy to modify, maintain and upgrade with split receiver.
  • Semi-auto mechanical marker.
  • Virtually indestructible.

Cons

  • It’s got a short barrel, but there are a ton of upgrade barrels for this gun on the market.

Takeaway

Best paintball gun for the money for years running, Reliable and affordable woodsball gun.

Tippmann Cronus Paintball Gun

The Tippmann Cronus is an excellent mechanical woodsball gun in this price range. While it does not have the cast aluminum body of the A5, it has a much lower price tag, so it’s a tradeoff.

Still, this gun is quite durable and can withstand abuse, handles paint without breaking, shoots with reasonable accuracy, and has a killer price.

One of my favorite aspects of this marker is that unlike other guns in this price range, the Cronus has an internal airline that stays outta your way. Nice!

Pros

  • Internal air line.
  • Cool looking two tone design.
  • Comes with adjustable stock and mock suppressor.
  • Resembles an M4 Carbine.

Cons

  • It’s reasonably fast, but not the fastest out there.

Takeaway

Tippmann guns are known for reliability, and this Cronus lives up to the reputation, at a great price.

Empire BT Omega Paintball Marker

Pick up this good looking MilSim woodsball marker by Empire for under 200 dollars. It’s a great price for a durable gun with an aluminum body.

It’s one of Empires’ newest, and lowest price paintball guns, and it is a GREAT mechanical woodsball marker you can be proud to own and feel secure taking into the field knowing it will not break on you.

Pros

  • Uses compressed air or Co2.
  • Adjustable stock, removable carry handle and picatinny rails.
  • Lots of upgrade, modification and accessory options.
  • Compatible with APEX barrel and Rip clip.

Cons

  • Exposed gas line.
  • A tad heavy – use a remote line with a tactical vest to lighten the load.

Takeaway

Hard to find an aluminum frame gun at this price, this gun is a steal for the woodsball player looking for a good deal.

Azodin Blitz 3 Paintball Marker

The Azodin Blitz 3 is an electronic paintball marker that is perfect for beginners.

It is very light and nimble, for smaller players or those who want to move FAST without being weighed down.

Pros

  • Great price, also less than the Blitz 4.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Co2 and compressed air compatible.
  • Feather light.
  • Beautiful gun, very sharp design.

Cons

  • Regulator is preset, cannot adjust.
  • Trigger has been known to stick.

Takeaway

Fun, accurate, low priced beginner speedball marker.

Azodin Blitz 4 Paintball Marker

The Azodin Blitz 4 is an electronic marker where you can change firing modes just like the Blitz 3.

The new Blitz 4 has an upgraded asa, feed neck, and barrel, so that’s what you get for a few more bucks when you buy the Blitz 4 instead of the blitz 3.

I love that this gun is lightweight and nimble. It is truly a great speedball gun for beginners, one of the best paintball guns under $200 if you ask me.

Pros

  • 12 inch honed barrel.
  • Adjustable asa regulator.
  • Easy to maintain.

Cons

  • External gas line.

Takeaway

Perfect choice for beginning speedball guns, or as a loner if you bring a friend along.

Looking for more speedball guns? I have a list right here that may be of interest. Here are the best speedball guns for all budget levels.

Spyder Victor Paintball Marker

If you are buying a gun as a loaner to get friends into the game, or a spare to keep in the car, or you just have a REALLY limited budget, this is the cheapest gun you can get that I would dare to recommend.

This gun is popular and well-loved and is made by a classic paintball brand, Spyder. (Learn more about paintball brands here.)

Pros

  • Cheapest paintball gun for beginners that is not crappy.
  • Lightweight and small – allows you to be nimble and quick.
  • Easy to maintain, great for first timers who do not know how to maintain a gun.

Cons

  • No front grip.
  • The grip and hopper feedneck are plastic, so this is NOT a gun for MilSim, combat or rough play.

Takeaway

The cheapest mechanical paintball gun I would recommend.

Azodin KP3.5 KAOS Pump Paintball Marker

The Azodin KP3.5 is a great pump marker for under 300 dollars. Unlike the predecessor, this marker uses dual pump rods instead of one pump rod, so it’s much smoother.

This marker also comes with two barrel backs, that’s a nice touch. It’s got an aluminum body, aluminum feed neck and aluminum trigger, so it’s really durable.

If your down for the challenge of playing with a pump marker, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, pick up the Azodin KP3.5 KAOS pump marker and add it to your marker collection. You will be glad you did.

Pros

  • .681 and .685 bore barrel backs included.
  • Aluminum construction, very rugged.
  • Dual cocking rods are much smoother than the single cocking rod of the previous model.

Cons

  • No Autotrigger.
  • Compressed air only.

Takeaway

Great price and smooth performance for a pump action paintball marker.

Looking for a paintball sniper rifle? I have a list of the best paintball sniper guns, right here.

Azodin KAOS 3 Paintball Gun

There is a lot to love with this new Azodin KAOS 3 mechanical blowback paintball marker, most importantly, the price.

This gun has a nice honed 12 inch barrel, and adjustable regulator, a new glass reinforced nylon frame so it’s light and durable, and all this for well under 150 dollars.

This paintball marker is a great buy! It is easy to use, simple to maintain and makes a great first time paintball marker ownership experience.

Pros

  • 12 inch honed barrel.
  • Well under 200 dollars.
  • Sleek, streamlined, and lightweight.
  • CO2/HPA compatible.
  • Glass reinforced nylon grip frame – strong and light.

Cons

  • Exposed gas line.

Takeaway

This mechanical paintball marker looks cool, is reliable and easy to maintain and is priced under $150 dollars, what a deal!

Tippmann Gryphon .68 Paintball Marker

The Tippmann Gryphon is THE gun for the baller on a budget. My favorite part about this gun is the internals are the same as the classic and RELIABLE Tippmann 98, so you can go wrong there.

It is a very basic, streamlined mechanical gun, easy to maneuver and move fast with this gun.

But since it is so basic, there are not a lot of ways to upgrade or add accessories. It’s great for beginner speedball and easily one of the best paintball guns under $100.

Pros

  • Slimmer sleeker profile than the Custom 98, with a smaller price tag too.
  • 10 inch ported barrel.
  • Switch the bolt and you can switch this to a .50 caliber gun (this version is a .68 caliber).
  • Same internals as the dependable Tippmann Custom 98.

Cons

  • Not much in the way of mods and upgrades.
  • Loud.

Takeaway

For beginner speed ball players, this is THE best paintball gun under $100.

paintball players playing woodsball and aiming by markers

Buying Guide to the Best Cheap Paintball Guns

PRICE. Pretty obvious, right?

If you are here reading this, it’s for one reason, right? You are looking for a marker on the cheap.

So let me be real with you. All the paintball markers on this list are good, and I would not hesitate to recommend each one.

But…

I do have a favorite for each price range, so here goes:

My Top Pick Paintball Gun Around 100 Dollars

I say around a hundo because this gun may be slightly over 100, and as you know, prices in the marketplace vary.

OK, so the Azodin KAOS 3 Paintball Gun is the best low budget gun I would choose. It’s streamlined and very light weight so it’s easy to carry, great for smaller players, and is comfortable to use for all day play. It’s reliable and it looks good. Not bad for the price.

My Top Pick Paintball Gun Around 200 Dollars

Words cannot describe how much I love the Planet Eclipse Emek Paintball Marker.

Truly, you get more than you pay for with this gun. Just ask ANYBODY who owns one or has played with one. The gun is slightly more than 200 dollars, but close enough, and it’s worth every extra cent and more.

This planet eclipse EMEK mechanical marker features the Gamma core drivetrain which makes it worth in right there.

My Top Pick Paintball Gun Around 300 Dollars

My pick for under $300 dollars is a gun which is well below $300 dollars, and it happens to be a favorite, classic, woodsball marker, the Tippmann A-5 .68 Caliber Paintball Marker.

The Tippmann A-5 is one of the most reliable, well-built woodsball paintball guns around and it is a small investment that will last for years. You cannot go wrong with the Tippmann A-5.

paintball player in goggle mask and camouflage holding paintball gun

Speedball or Rec Ball or Woodsball?

It helps if you know what type of paintball your cheap paintball gun is for.

Most speedball guns work just fine for woodsball, but woodsball guns are often too heavy and clunky for the adrenaline-packed fast pace of speedball.

The truth?

All the markers on this list of the best cheap paintball markers work well for woodsball, so you are covered there.

But…

Some are geared towards speedball, while others are conventional woodsball guns.

My top cheap picks in each category? So glad you asked! Here they are:

Best Cheap Woodsball Marker

I admit it! I could not choose just one.

The Valken Blackhawk Paintball Gun is just over a hundred dollars for a rugged, aluminum receiver gun that looks really cool, shoots well, and is CHEAP. It’s a total winner!

But…

I cannot neglect a time-honored favorite paintball gun brand, Tippmann. While I really love the A-5 its time to show the Tippmann Cronus some love.

The Tippmann Cronus is a .68 caliber MilSim gun that is a favorite with woodsball players. The Cronus is reliable and combat ready. It can withstand the rigors of tough play, take a hit like a champ, and last for years.

It won’t break down, chop paint or any of that funny business that comes with more finicky markers and space guns.

To be honest…

Anything by Tippmann is reliable and tough. They have a great reputation and have for years. The guns they make today are as good as the classic guns that earned then the reputation, they are a player in the paintball industry that is here to stay.

Best Cheap Speedball Marker

All the cheap markers on this list are mechanical markers, which plenty of ballers use to play speedball.

Here is the deal…

With mechanical markers you need to learn to get trigger happy. You need to get those fingers moving, because mechanical markers shoot one paintball per trigger pull.

A mechanical marker is as fast as you are on the trigger.

It’s not a downside, it’s simply a limitation of the gun and tons of speed ball players play using mechanical markers.

They just learn to shoot so fast you think they are full auto even though they are semi-auto. Its skills, baby!

Having said that, my pick for best cheap speedball marker is the Planet Eclipse Emek Paintball Marker. Its right around 200 dollars, has the rapid cyclone feed system, and shoots of 15 balls per second if you have a fast trigger finger, and sports the Planet Eclipse gamma core drivetrain.

I simply cannot show this gun enough love, I really like it! And so will you!!

man holding paintball marker and playing woodsball

Weight and Size of the Paintball Marker

You would think all cheap paintball markers were light and small, but that is not the case. Some Tippmann guns and other MilSim woodsball guns on this list are a bit bulky and a tad heavy.

The weight and size of your gun is player preference.

If you are buying a paintball gun for a smaller player who might not want to lug around a large bulky gun, the super cheap Spyder Victor Semi-Auto Paintball Marker or the really lightweight streamlined Azodin KAOS 3 Paintball Gun are good choices.

If you are marching into the battlefield with your budget beauty, you may want a gun with some heft, in case you fall, or the gun gets hit and banged around.

If you need a gun that can stand up to abuse, the aluminum body Valken Blackhawk Paintball Gun and the virtually indestructible Tippmann Cronus (or anything by Tippmann) are solid choices.

Is it Possible to Find Good Paintball Gun Under $300, $200 or $100?

Yes, yes and yes!

Under $100 is the hardest to find, but the Tippmann Gryphon .68 Paintball Marker is a solid choice.

The Gryphon is basically the same internals as the Custom 98 and Cronus, but the externals are not as tough. But the price is also lower, and it is plenty durable. ALL Tippmann paintball guns are reliable and the Gryphon is too.

Article Summary

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