The Best Woodsball Paintball Gun of 2021

David McBryan, Paintballer-in-Chief

David McBryan
Paintballer-in-Chief
Updated: 11/21/20
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Looking for the best woodsball paintball gun? You can't go wrong with our top pick. (But you can go broke with #2.)

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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.

11 Best Woodsball Paintball Guns of 2021

1. Empire Axe 2.0
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2. Dye DAM Assault Matrix
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3. Planet Eclipse Etha 2 PAL
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4. Planet Eclipse EMF100
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5. First Strike T15 PDW
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6. US Army Alpha Elite
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7. Tippmann X7 Phenom
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8. Planet Eclipse Emek 100
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9. Tippmann A5
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10. Tippmann Cronus Tactical
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11. Azodin Blitz 3
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The Empire Axe 2.0
The Empire Axe 2.0

1. Empire Axe 2.0

Best for: Anyone.

  • Marker Type: Electronic
  • Loader: Hopper
  • Propellant: Compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Dye DAM Assault Matrix
The Dye DAM Assault Matrix

2. Dye DAM Assault Matrix

Best for: Mr. Moneybags.

  • Marker Type: Electronic
  • Loader: Hopper and mag-fed
  • Propellant: Compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Planet Eclipse Etha 2 PAL
The Planet Eclipse Etha 2 PAL

3. Planet Eclipse Etha 2 PAL

Best for: Beginner/intermediate players who want something better than the basics.

  • Marker Type: Electronic
  • Loader: PAL-enabled hopper
  • Propellant: Compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Planet Eclipse EMF100/MG100
The Planet Eclipse EMF100/MG100

4. Planet Eclipse EMF100/MG100

Best for: Intermediate players who want a reliable mechanical marker with tons of versatility.

  • Marker Type: Mechanical
  • Loader: Hopper and mag-fed
  • Propellant: Compressed air (HPA)

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.

The First Strike Tiberius Arms T15 PDW
The First Strike Tiberius Arms T15 PDW

5. First Strike Tiberius Arms T15 PDW

Best for: Intense close-quarter action.

  • Marker Type: Electronic
  • Loader: Magazine
  • Propellant: Compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Tippmann US Army Alpha Elite
The Tippmann US Army Alpha Elite

6. Tippmann US Army Alpha Elite

Best for: Serious MilSim players.

  • Marker Type: Electronic
  • Loader: Hopper with mock magazine for storage
  • Propellant: Compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Tippmann X7 Phenom
The Tippmann X7 Phenom

7. Tippmann X7 Phenom

Best for: Tippmann fanboys (or fangirls) who want a fully-customizable, high-end woodsball marker.

  • Marker Type: Electronic or mechanical with three-position selection switch
  • Loader: Hopper
  • Propellant: CO2 or compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Planet Eclipse Emek 100 PAL
The Planet Eclipse Emek 100 PAL

8. Planet Eclipse Emek 100 PAL

Best for: Beginners looking for equal parts performance and value.

  • Marker Type: Mechanical
  • Loader: Hopper
  • Propellant: Compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Tippmann A5
The Tippmann A5

9. Tippmann A5

Best for: Beginners or anyone who wants to load up on aftermarket parts.

  • Marker Type: Mechanical
  • Loader: Hopper
  • Propellant: CO2 or compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Tippmann Cronus Tactical
The Tippmann Cronus Tactical

10. Tippmann Cronus Tactical

Best for: Budget-conscious paintballers looking for a reliable, AR-15 style woodsball marker.

  • Marker Type: Mechanical
  • Loader: Hopper
  • Propellant: CO2 or compressed air (HPA)

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.

The Azodin Blitz 3
The Azodin Blitz 3

11. Azodin Blitz 3

Best for: True budget shoppers.

  • Marker Type: Mechanical
  • Loader: Hopper
  • Propellant: CO2 or compressed air (HPA)

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.

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