Here is my post from PBRiot that should serve a very good foundation with some modification just cause I care about TechPB more than PBR
1)A GOOD Mask!
Paintball as you said earlier is funner and safer if your mask is comfortable! Go into your local brick and mortar store and try all the masks on! Everyone is different so you have to take you time and find one for you! Normally a paintballer would just buy one until its wrecked, if you don't buy a crappy budget mask then you will be set until that one breaks! There is also an option of picking up a GOOD mask for uber cheap and then replacing it with new lens (Thanks for that tip filphil!) . Buy New or Gently Used
My recommendation: VForce masks (I own a set of used Grill) I highly recommend trying the ProVantage if you are on a budget.
Other popular choices include Dye i4, JT Proflexes, and Sly Profits. Buy New or gently used
Mike's Vid from 2008 (yikes but still pretty current)
2)Squeegees and swabs
The Squeegee and Swab are very important items. These two cleaning supplies will help you with cleaning your barrel. If you were to break paint in your barrel or breech, then your paintballs will be very inconsistent due to extra paint and can break more balls. So these two are created to resolve that problem. Use a squeegee to quickly get gunk out of your barrel and use a swab to polish your barrel. During a gun fight you should use a squeegee as a quick fix, and then run a swab afterwards when you are back at the rest area.
Here is Mike's Video:
Here is a better one from HustlePB, I think :
Like I said earlier Paintball is funner and safer if your mask is comfortable! This can be extended further into paintball is funner and safer if you in general feel comfortable and protected. If you feel more protected your mind will let you unleash your full potential and let you play longer and harder. Soft goods are really up to you but I would recommend: gloves, beanies, knee pads, long sleeves, running shoes or cleats, and slider shorts (to put in to your coveralls but if you really want to get a jersey and pants those would be great options too). Also might want to get a gear bag too, remember as long as all your stuff fits in it it doesn't matter what bag you use (luggage bags ares good and so are smaller sized hockey bags. Like then said himself GET YOUR KNEE PADS! Buy New or used.
Mike's vid from 2009 (2.5 years man!)
4) Hard goods
So You have a pod pack but no pods! Well You have many choices from 10 ball tubes to 140+ balls. Paintball caddys provide protection to your additional balls when you are off-field and its a bit more easier to pour balls into your pods this way too!
Do you ever have moments where you should've gotten a kill but didn't cause your hopper jammed? Yea I had that happened way too much! A good loader will enable you to get ball into your marker to get your shots! Buy New or used
Here are my recommendations: 9bps or less (VL Revolution[non CAT, will probably have to get one used], 9+bps (Invert Halo TOO hands down).
Other newbie friendly choices may include: the VLocity.
Popular choice among more experienced players would include: the Dye Rotor, Pinokio and Empire Prophecy. Buy New or used. And dont buy a GXG pocket hopper (trust me)
Mike's Vid (Notes its from 2009, most of these hopper has seen new versions since then, and only compares the Rotor, Prophecy, and Pinokio , Mike you need to do a supershow on this plz)
6)4500 psi tank
You might as well future proof while you are at it, 4500psi tanks give you more shots than its 3000psi counter parts. Dont even consider C02, just no. But pick a tank in the size that feels right for you (comfort baby, comfort!). Now only if they can mass produce a 4500 tank under 20cui. Mike can explain what size you should ideally get. 68cui is what the average person buys, but there has been an increase in people buying smaller tanks for a tighter setup. You should try these tanks in store with what will be your potentially new marker to see if you are comfortable with it (comfort peoples, comfort). Buy NEW! You don't know if used tank are 100% good or not, even a bit of oil on your fill nipple can cause catastrophic failure!
Mike's Vid from 2010 (yea still pretty good reference)
7)Finally Your marker!
So you've been rocking the field with your upgraded rental marker! Congrats! Now time for you to invest. Do you like pump? Semi? or even Tourney style? Which ever you pick find one that you are most comfortable with! Buy NEW! Usually if you buy new from a local store they will give you lifetime warranty so you can get it maintained any time you need or repaired for cheap or free as much as you want for as long as you own the marker!
For a beginner pump I would recommend a KP2011, or if you can get your hands on them you can also invest in a older sniper (WGP).
For a beginner semi automatic mechanical the good old 98 Custom with ACT, anything with 98C internals, autocockers(used ones), or even a Kaos.
A good starter electro would be a Invert Mini (with version 3 parts of course), or a GoG eXTCy.
Mike needs a more general marker Mega show
8)Upgrades and accessories
Basically get what you feel you need, but know extra stuff can add on to the weight of your marker. Buy new or used if at all
Trustworthy sites to buy gear:
Paintball Gear Canada
TechPB Deal Hunter
If you decide to to buy from the BST from here or anywhere -ORaNGe- provides a 3rd party service to keep you protected!
-ORaNGe- 3rd party service
Here is Mike's PSA that we should heed as well
I'm willing to add more stuff to this with your credit unless I find more deets myself ;P Most of my PB knowledge is thanks to Mike
Other useful threads to check out:
Cookybiscuit's Accuracy Thread
Paintball Gear Sizing Charts for Dye, Valken, Empire, Invert, BT, PE By blckninja
Sticker Removal by -ORaNGe-
-ORaNGe-'s PSA about gifting money while using BST
Lens Color Choice by blckninja
The VS thread
Best $300 marker subforum
Edited by get.lit.up!, 10 January 2012 - 05:53 PM.