Some of the markers on this page can even accept a standard loader, like Dye's DAM, Kingman's MR series or Tiberius' rifles, so you can stay in the game no matter the style.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Mag-Fed Paintball Guns.
You've heard all about magazine fed paintball markers and are tossing around the idea of picking one up. If you just can't decide if going the mag-fed route is for you, let us help with your decision by giving a break down of the benefits and drawbacks of mag-fed paintball.
Let's briefly look at the general style of play and some of the changes that will occur when you switch your kit to mag-fed. The first and most obvious difference will be the amount of paint you bring out on to the field - clearly, trying to play a round of speedball with a mag-fed marker would be a bad idea.
With limited amounts of paint, your style of play is bound to change. You will find that your movements to cover are more tactical, and your habits will start to resemble those of a more military style player, for example making sure to reload your marker before moving from each piece of cover.
I have a feeling that if you are contemplating a mag-fed marker, then you are probably looking for that military simulation style of play. We carry a wide variety of markers designed to look like some of the coolest military arms on the market. Everything from the style of the marker to the look and feel of your tactical gear will scream "military". So for those of you who are looking to really immerse yourself in the tactical and military aspects of the game, the mag-fed marker is really the last step in your journey.
Once you have the complete look, you will find that you will be "The Guy" at your local field. You know, the one that draws all the attention and always seems to be the first one chosen for teams - and let's face it, that's a good feeling - you've put a lot of time and effort into your kit.
If you are worried about being at a disadvantage while playing against paint-spewing speedball guns and other woodsballers with 200 round hoppers and aggressive play styles, there are other options. With the rise in popularity of mag-fed paintball,; some fields offer "Mag-fed Only" time slots and events where using a mag-fed marker is mandatory. This evens the playing field a little bit - even though the DYE Rotor Box for your DYE DAM still counts as mag-fed! What you will find with these matches is a lot more coordination and communication as well as tactical movements. The fire fights will not be a wild and sometimes movement can become stalled and require the creative use of your smoke grenades!
Apart from the intimidating looks and militaristic style of play that you will come to adopt, you will also be able to utilize the Tiberius Arms First Strike rounds. This is a huge positive to going mag-fed (assuming you have the right type of marker) as the range and accuracy of these rounds will blow a normal paintball out of the skies, and you will have a legitimate chance to actually hit what you are aiming at with just one ball.
While there are some awesome benefits to the mag-fed paintball markers, there are of course drawbacks. The cons of loading up with a mag-fed kit are generally monetary. The mag-fed markers are frequently more expensive than their hopper fed counterparts. Hopefully within the next few years, mag-fed paintball will become more mainstream, allowing for greater production runs and lower costs, but for now, you can expect to spend roughly $300+ for a higher level mag-fed rifle. With that said, Kingman recently introduced an entry-level option in the sub $150 range in the Hammer 7, and the MR5 is sub-$200.
For a less expensive option than most non-Spyder guns, you may want to look at a pistol set up, such as the TiPX or the Tiberius Arms 8.1. You can also expect to spend money on magazines that range from $10 to $30 each. Depending on your existing vest set up, you may be able to get away with simply adding a few MOLLE magazine pouches, or you may have to fork out some dough for a new rig entirely. The cost of paintballs is a bit of a wash in my opinion - yes, First Strike rounds are more expensive, but you may only need two or three shots to take out an opponent- so you'll go through less paint overall.
And there you have it. If you are looking to increase the realism of your paintball experience and you happen to have a few hundred bucks burning a hole in your pocket, going magfed is the perfect way to satiate your desire to hunt the most dangerous game!
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