We all know that paintball is not exactly the cheapest of sports.
With Christmas right around the corner we know a lot of us are looking at a Christmas wish list, or writing one up to give to someone. With the vast selection of markers to choose from, how do you know which one to pick? Are you into Call of Duty on your 360 or PS3 and looking for something realistic that will be reliable while crawling through the trenches, or are you looking for that tournament marker that out performs the rest regardless of where you play? Well, ultimately it depends on how much you are willing to spend what you are looking for and what uses you hope to get out of your new marker.
Now we know some of our readers may not agree with our choices and there are tons of incredible markers out there but we here at Paintball.com had the epic opportunity to check out and play with a few of these paint slingers that will run your pockets under $300..
Our first choice would be for the player who loves Call of Duty, tactical scenario, a wants a realistic looking marker: enter the 2012 Kingman Spyder MRX Elite. Sure the MSRP may run a bit over the range but if you shop wisely, their are tons of awesome local and online stores that can make it easier on your wallet. The Spyder MRX Elite is a tactical powerhouse featuring the brand new "DLS" Dual Loading System. This unique patent pending system enables you to interchange your loading system with a quick turn of the barrel; allowing the user to switch between a traditional upper load feed system and all new 10-round lower magazine feed system during play. The extensive list of included MRX Accessories delivers a realistic military look allowing the player to experience a true Mil-Sim feel making it a must-have marker for scenario paintball players.
Next up on the "chopping" block (no pun intended) we have the Azodin Zenith for players both interested in playing recball and speedball. Going beyond the limitations of traditional paintball marker technology, the ZENITH has brought the blow-back design into the realm of super markers. Utilizing the Zero Recoil Operation System, the blow-back marker has never shot so smooth and as result of an unprecedented level of shot on shot accuracy.
Lastly we have the The GoG eXTCY paintball gun w/ Blackheart Board which is specifically designed for any intermediate paintball player who wants the most up-to-date technology without spending a fortune. You will notice that the GoG eXTCY has a light weight design that is very durable and can take some serious abuse on the field. Anti-Chop eyes come standard in the GoG eXTCY paintball gun. This means no chopping paintballs/cleaning and more time on the field playing. If you do need to clean your marker's eyes, the eye covers can easily be removed to get everything cleaned out. Firing at 20+ balls per second out of the box, the GoG eXTCY paintball gun has the fire power you will need in a serious fire fight. The Blackheart board is included with the GoG eXTCY and has adjustable modes which include semi auto, fully auto, 3 shot burst, PSP and Billy Ball! A standard 9-Volt battery is the heart behind the GoG eXTCY paintball gun. With just one fresh battery you should expect to get at least 20,000 shots. Compatible with either HPA or CO2, the eXTCY is guaranteed to perform for any level paintball player. The gun comes stock with a Max-Flow R vertical regulator which controls the pressure going into the gun and will give you consistent readings over the chronograph. Maintenance has never been easier than the Bolt Out Back design that is built into the GoG eXTCY gun. Now you can have your gun taken apart in a matter of minutes instead of hours.
When it all boils down to it, all three guns we've provided are almost equal in value. There will be pros and cons to each marker provided, but for the price you are paying....they will all perform and won't let you down. It really boils down your user preference, and what style of paintball you are aiming to play. If you only would like to play scenario ball, the Kingman Spyder MRX Elite is an excellent choice. If you are more looking to get into a fast past close quarter combat like speedball, the GoG eXTCY would be a perfect fit. However if you are looking for the best of both worlds, the Azodin Zenith is sure to satisfy paintball enthusiasts alike during the Holidays.