by David McBryan
Woodsball Markers for Every Budget
Compared to speedball, woodsball is a slower, more strategic game that demands players be flexible.
You need to be just as comfortable stalking your prey from across the field as you are rushing in frenzied close-quarter combat.
That's why you need a reliable woodsball marker.
Actually, scratch that.
That's why you need the best woodsball marker.
Luckily for you, that's exactly what you'll find here.
The Best Woodsball Paintball Guns
Best for: Anyone.
The Empire Axe 2.0 is a smooth, accurate, reliable, and lightweight marker that sits in the mid-to-high price range. It's a better out-of-the-box marker than guns like the Tippmann A5 (which is always highly recommended) but it doesn't have the sky-high price tag of the true "best woodsball paintball gun" appearing next on our list.
Best for: Mr. Moneybags.
If you thought the Empire Axe 2.0's price tag was high, shield your eyes when you click on the product button below. At nearly $1,500 - yes, you read that correctly - the Dye DAM is triple the price of the top-ranked Axe 2.0 above. Of course, that price tag buys you what's truly the undisputed "best paintball gun for woodsball" with an aluminum body boasting seemingly infinite customizability and compatibility with myriad paint calibers and shapes.
Best for: Beginner/intermediate players who want something better than the basics.
The Planet Eclipse Etha 2 isn't the cheapest woodsball gun, but it's Planet Eclipse's best option for players with intermediate or beginner skill who want a high-performing electronic marker without paying up for Planet Eclipse's top-end Geo series. The Etha 2 is easy to disassemble for cleaning and powers through nearly 1,000 full-velocity shots before needing a refill. This model comes with a PAL-enabled hopper, which is a faster-loading gravity-fed hopper that helps you catch up with the rapid load speeds of electronic hoppers.
Best for: Intermediate players who want a reliable mechanical marker with tons of versatility.
Planet Eclipse is a major name in paintball - they're dominating these rankings - and the EMF100/MG100 might be their most revolutionary marker yet. It's one of the best woodsball paintball guns because it offers the ability to switch from hopper to mag-fed loading (and vice versa) at a moment's notice, all while delivering Planet Eclipse's usual high-performing play.
Best for: Intense close-quarter action.
Compact and rugged with an awesome MilSim design, the First Strike Tiberius Arms T15 PDW is an ideal marker for close-quarter combat. It has a 7" handguard, collapsible carbine stock, and mimics the look and feel of a real AR-15.
Best for: Serious MilSim players.
The Tippmann US Army Alpha Elite is designed for a realistic MilSim experience right down to its authentic real-weight feel (10 lbs) that mimics the US Army M4 small arms rifle. Most other contenders for best woodsball marker weigh under 4 lbs with some as light as 2.2 lbs. The only real knock on this gun, realism-wise, is the mock magazine, which functions as storage and not for loading.
Best for: Tippmann fanboys (or fangirls) who want a fully-customizable, high-end woodsball marker.
Tippmann markers are synonymous with two things: reliability and customizability. The X7 Phenom is no exception (in fact, it may be the best Tippmann woodsball marker out there). This .68 caliber marker has a 9.5" barrel and 5 firing modes (including PSP, Response, and NPPL) with a Cyclone feeding system that allows up to 15 bps firing.
Best for: Beginners looking for equal parts performance and value.
If you liked the 3rd-ranked Planet Eclipse Etha 2 PAL or 4th-ranked Planet Eclipse EMF100/MG100, then take a long look at this Emek 100 PAL by the same industry-leading brand. It's lightweight, easy-to-use, and comes with the faster-loading, PAL-enabled hopper at a more palatable price point.
Best for: Beginners or anyone who wants to load up on aftermarket parts.
Google "best paintball guns" and you'll come across a bunch of articles giving high praise to the Tippmann A5. Heck, I'm guilty of it too. That's because Tippmann knows their markers, and while they don't make tip-top, high-end paintball guns, they make reliable and customizable guns. The Tippmann A5 is their signature model and one of the best woodsball paintball markers ever.
Best for: Budget-conscious paintballers looking for a reliable, AR-15 style woodsball marker.
Sticking with Tippmann, the Cronus Tactical is their budget-friendly woodsball marker with an AR-15 design that scores above average marks across the board.
Best for: True budget shoppers.
Look, I won't sugarcoat it. The Azodin Blitz 3 isn't the best paintball gun for woodsball. It isn't the best woodsball marker by any stretch of the imagination. But it's very inexpensive and will get you on the field with either CO2 or compressed air compatibility.
Our pick is the Empire Axe 2.0
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