What started with bolt action pistols air pistols in the early 80’s has evolved into paintball guns that can fire twenty shots per second powered by batteries, high pressure air and sporting computer screens and circuit boards – some, like the Luxe X, even talk! Not every paintball player needs a talking paintball gun to enjoy the game with their friends in the woods. Just like some cars cost $10,000 brand new and others $100,000 based on features and performance, some paintball guns offer more features and higher performance than others: this is what a buyer pays for.
Paintball guns like the Valken Blackhawk are simple and rugged, allowing recreational players to obtain a great paintball gun at an affordable price, while tournament competitors playing for money require a lightweight, high-performance paintball gun to shoot the most brittle paintballs available, program electronic modes to fit league rules and strip for quick cleaning between games with only minutes to spare. Those features and capability add performance to a paintball gun, but also increase its cost. A paintball player can enjoy the game with a simple, affordable paintball gun, but serious competitors desire a lighter, faster, more advanced tool to help them win!