Speedball: it’s the fast-paced, extra challenging variant of traditional paintball, and it’s been gaining popularity over the last few decades.
Speedball is a subcategory of paintball, played on an open, symmetrical field where the teams start within shooting range of each other and must contend with additional obstacles to capture the opponent’s flag(s).
Because speedball is derived from paintball, the terms are often used interchangeably for convenience. This can be misleading, however, because speedball has some very specific, individual requirements for both the gameplay itself and the equipment used.
Speedball shouldn’t, for instance, be played with just any paintball gun. Speedball guns (also known as markers) should be lightweight and compact to allow for the increased pace and risk of being hit.
Different leagues have different rules concerning the acceptable rate of fire, but speedball markers are usually electro-pneumatic, enabling high-speed firing where permitted.
Today, we have a selection of the 9 best speedball guns to help you outperform the competition in this adrenaline-pumping sport.
Spyder Victor Semi-Auto Paintball Marker
- Lightweight and durable
- Compact profile
- Non-slip grips
- Adjustable velocity
- No tools required
OUR TOP PICK
OUR TOP PICK
Spyder’s Semi-Automatic Victor Paintball Marker could be used for just about any variant of paintball because of its universally ergonomic build and high functionality. However, this model especially stands out in the speedball field.
The aluminum construction of the Spyder Victor (complete with a high-impact polymer trigger frame and anodized finish) makes this a durable yet amazingly lightweight marker.
The benefits of the design don’t stop there, though. The rubber grip panel is comfortable and non-slip so that you can maintain a solid grip on your marker for hours if need be.
Something you might have noticed about this marker just from its appearance is that it’s very slimline. This means that it’ll be more difficult for your opponent to hit you.
The micro-porting down the length of the barrel helps to ensure quieter shots, which can help to compensate for the high visibility allowed by the speedball field.
The single 20 oz CO2 tank built into this gun can produce up to 1600 shots thanks to the Eko-valve system. The rate of fire can be adjusted using the external velocity adjuster, so you can tailor this marker to the speeds allowed by your league or tournament.
No tools are required for assembly, so this marker is as easy to put together as it is to use.
Best of all, the Spyder Victor is much more affordable than many of the other high-performing paintball and speedball markers on the market.
- Durable, anodized aluminum
- Short profile
- Non-slip grip
- High air-efficiency
- Adjustable velocity
- No-tools assembly
- The 10-inch barrel might not suit all players
The Mini GS Paintball Marker from Empire is a model you’ll probably have heard about if you’ve been involved in either the paintball or speedball scene in the past few years.
This electro-pneumatic gun is made from a combination of aluminum and nylon composite, so it’s built to last but also won’t slow you down at crucial moments.
But simply being light and compact doesn’t necessarily make an efficient speedball gun. Luckily, Empire has built a lot of highly useful features into the design of the Mini GS to make it a superior choice.
The Mini GS has a comfortable, wrap-around rubber foregrip, and all of the attachment points of the Mini GS’s construction have been reinforced for extra durability.
The Mini GS comes with a 12-inch barrel to maximize accuracy without creating too large a target.
The barrel has also been micro-honed and ported, which, combined with the self-lubricating bushing of the trigger, makes for reduced friction, faster and quieter shots, and better accuracy.
Break-beam eyes have also been built into the barrel to prevent your paintballs from being damaged in the chamber.
This gun is fully weatherproof thanks to the positioning of rubber over sensitive electronic components, so you can use it confidently whatever the weather.
For extra convenience, Empire has even reduced the number of screw sizes this gun needs to 2, so adjustment and accessibility are greatly simplified.
- Aluminum and nylon composite construction
- 12-inch-long barrel
- Self-lubricating trigger bushing
- Reinforced attachment points
- Wrap-around rubber foregrip
- Built-in break-beam eyes
- Easy 2-screw design
- Some reported quality control issues
We would highly recommend Dye’s Rize CZR Paintball Marker to any speedball players looking for a gun that minimizes most of the typical inconveniences that come with the territory of the sport.
This is another lightweight model with a lengthened body and slim profile. It’s comfortable to hold securely for long periods of time thanks to the sticky grips, and the adjustable trigger makes shooting more ergonomic. But comfort is only part of what this marker is about.
The Rize CZR uses a spool valve engine that helps to minimize the noise of each shot and also reduces kickback, allowing for better accuracy and stability.
The accuracy and ease of use of this speedball gun model are further enhanced by the anti-chop eyes.
With a nylon-reinforced neck and aluminum trigger, the Rize CZR is actually quite a heavy-duty marker, despite its lightweight build.
One of the features we really love about this gun is the self-cleaning eye pipe, which allows this marker to work with even the most fragile of paints without requiring extra maintenance.
The barrel is 14-inches long, which is great for achieving consistent accuracy over long distances.
However, at close range, this barrel may become awkward or cumbersome, especially for speedball players who are used to playing with a shorter profile.
A tool kit is included with this speedball gun, along with the 9-volt battery you’ll need to start using it.
- Reinforced nylon/aluminum construction
- Adjustable trigger
- Sticky grips
- Self-cleaning eye pipe
- Anti-chop eyes
- Includes tool kit and battery
- The 14-inch barrel may be cumbersome at close range
Planet Eclipse’s Etha 2 paintball gun is perfect for speedball because its build prioritizes both ease of use and superior durability.
One of the big selling points of the Etha 2 is how well it handles inhospitable environments, from freezing temperatures to desert-level heat, thanks to its durable composite external construction and equally tough aircraft-grade aluminum internal construction.
Despite its rugged build, the Planet Eclipse Etha 2 is very lightweight, and the wide-spaced grips are easy to maneuver quickly and efficiently.
Another great thing about the grips is that they don’t require tools to adjust or remove them, so you can get to your gun’s interior components easily. The on-off ASA regulator, meanwhile, makes it easier to detach the tank as required.
The Etha 2 uses a gamma core drivetrain, which is undoubtedly one of the most powerful drivetrains on the market. This core delivers thousands of high-velocity shots without that annoying first-shot-drop-off.
There’s no porting on the barrel of this gun, however, which means it may fire more loudly than other models.
- Durable composite/aluminum construction
- Resistant to low and high temperatures
- Spaced out grips for maneuverability
- Toolless grips
- On-off regulator
- Gamma core drivetrain
- No porting on the barrel
Dye is back again, this time with the M3+ Paintball Marker. If you’ve been looking for a highly technologically advanced speedball gun that’s still intuitive and ergonomic, this is the one for you!
This marker is made entirely of aluminum for maximization of durability and a lightweight feel. Like Dye’s Rize CZR, the M3+ features a self-cleaning eye pipe for use with all paint consistencies. It also has anti-chop eyes and sticky grips to improve the practicality of using this marker.
Where the M3+ differs from the Rize CZR is in its additional features, such as the Slide Lock AirPort, which allows easy accessibility to the air supply without any fiddly screws or levers.
The barrel length of this model is 8 inches, which may feel very short to some players, but does ensure a small, inconspicuous profile.
Meanwhile, there are multiple advanced settings built into this gun to help you tailor your play to any situation. These include 3 training modes, 5 player modes, and 7 play screen options.
Unfortunately, this high-end marker comes at a high price. For this reason, we’d mainly recommend it to experienced players who are committed to the sport and seeking a long-term investment into the optimization of their game.
- Durable aluminum build
- Lightweight construction
- Short profile
- Self-cleaning eye pipe
- Sticky grips
- Slide Lock AirPort for accessibility
- Anti-chop eyes
- 3 training modes
- 5 player modes
- 7 play screen options
- Very expensive
Empire’s Axe 2.0 paintball gun model is ideal for speedball players looking for a slightly more high-end version of the Mini GS.
For a slightly higher price point, the Axe 2.0 includes most of the best features of the Mini GS plus some exciting extras.
Features we’ve seen before include the compact, lightweight build, the On/Off ASA regulator for air tank removal, and anti-chop eyes.
Additionally, the shockwave board boasts multiple firing modes, including automatic, semi-automatic, burst, and ramp.
And the firing modes aren’t the only things that are adjustable. You can also adjust the position of the trigger to fit your natural grip for more ergonomic play.
The 14-inch barrel ensures easy aiming but doesn’t guarantee a small profile. What this gun does guarantee, though, is easy, toolless maintenance thanks to the push-button bolt removal function!
Sadly, the otherwise optimal design of the Axe 2.0 is marred by inconsistent quality control, as some buyers have found that their gun leaks air from the chamber.
- Compact and lightweight
- On/Off ASA regulator
- Anti-chop eyes
- Adjustable trigger
- 4 firing modes
- Toolless maintenance
- Some reports of air leaking from the chamber
Unlike most of the guns typically recommended for use in speedball, the Planet Eclipse EMEK 100 paintball marker is mechanical rather than electro-pneumatic. That doesn’t make it any less functional, though!
The EMEK 100 features a gamma core drivetrain like the one we saw in the Etha 2 for high efficiency, low noise levels, and durability in all weather conditions.
Moreover, the gamma drivetrain system is easier to maintain than most because it’s quite intuitive to take apart.
Despite its lack of built-in anti-chop eyes, this gun is remarkably good at not chopping paintballs in half, thanks to all the fine-tuning that went into the design process. As a result, the EMEK 100 shoots with impressive smoothness and with minimal interruption.
Something else worth mentioning about this marker is that it’s highly adaptable to player preferences thanks to the wide range of adjustable and/or upgradable features.
It can be paired with various loading systems and guards, for example, depending on what you prefer to work with.
Definitely at the lower end of the price scale for such a high-performing speedball gun, this is a great choice for players of all abilities and budgets, and it’s equally good for traditional paintball and woodsball!
- Gamma core drivetrain
- Highly durable
- Smooth shots
- Easy to clean
- Performs well in all paintball variants
- Relatively affordable
- No anti-chop eyes
We’re fairly confident you won’t be mad at what the Maddog Azodin Blitz 4 has to offer - but we do think you’ll go mad for it!
Like all of our recommended speedball guns, this one has a compact, lightweight build. Even the barrel is optimally sized at 12 inches for easy aiming and a modest profile.
Where the Maddog Azodin really shines, though, is in shooting performance. With multiple adjustable firing modes, an adjustable feather regulator, and a thoroughly micro-honed barrel, you’ll easily be able to change your firing rate and air pressure while delivering smooth, consistent shots.
The CO2 tank that comes with this marker is capable of firing up to 800 - 1100 shots when full. This is more than sufficient for most speedball tournaments, where firing rates are often regulated.
Best of all, this gun comes with pretty much every accessory a speedball player needs in their inventory!
You’ll receive an empty CO2 tank, a loader, an anti-fog mask, a padded paintball harness, paintball pods, and a squeegee for cleaning!
- Ergonomic and lightweight
- Adjustable firing modes
- Adjustable regulator
- 12-inch micro honed barrel
- 800 - 1100 shots per tank fill
- Includes functional, protective, and maintenance accessories
- Additional battery not included
It’ll be no surprise to anyone that Planet Eclipse has yet another paintball marker in the top 9 speedball gun category, but very little else about this gun is predictable.
Planet Eclipse’s GTEK model uses a gamma drivetrain with an innovative hoseless system that manages to be highly air-efficient.
It fires at low pressure (a humble 135 psi), which not only means that your air tank will last longer but also reduces the noise produced with each shot.
The hoseless construction of this gun leaves you with one less component to worry about in terms of maintenance, and it also minimizes the profile of the marker.
Already very slimline and weighing just over 2 lbs thanks to its composite/aluminum construction, this is one of the best markers for keeping a low profile on the field.
However, this model may actually be too lightweight for players who are accustomed to larger builds.
As far as maintenance and adjustability are concerned, this gun has a quick-release, push-button bolt mechanism that will save you more time and energy that you can then put into your game!
If you’re a speedball player who doesn’t have a lot of time on their hands, we definitely recommend this gun to you as a low-maintenance, efficient, and user-friendly option.
- Lightweight and durable aluminum/composite
- Hoseless system
- 135 psi (low pressure)
- Quick-release bolt mechanism
- Possibly too compact for some players
Best Speedball Guns Buying Guide
There are so many incredible speedball gun models to choose from here!
If you’re struggling to pick one, why not read through our buyer’s guide for a breakdown of our recommended features.
Size and Weight
As we mentioned right off the bat in our introduction, one of the main features players should look for in a speedball gun is a lightweight design. For the most part, this will be a compact build with a small profile.
A compact build minimizes your profile and provides less surface area for your opponent to aim that. This is even more important in speedball than in other paintball variants because, in speedball, players start the game within shooting distance of one another.
Therefore, your chances of being targeted are increased, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re as difficult to hit as possible. One easy way to ensure this is to use a slim, compact marker that won’t be easy to target.
Additionally, because speedball is a more aggressive, fast-paced, and agility-based game than traditional paintball (mostly due to the extra obstacles and reduced field distance), you’ll need a gun that will allow you to move faster.
Therefore, a short profile and lightweight build are essential features in a speedball gun. With that being said, it is possible to go too far in this direction, especially if you’ve been used to heavier or larger models up until this point.
Additionally, while a short profile can definitely help you to avoid being hit, using a shorter barrel may impact your accuracy in a negative way, at least until you get used to it.
If you’ve played paintball or speedball before, it’s worth taking into account the dimensions you normally work with. If you’re a beginner, we would recommend a barrel of about 12 inches since this is an optimal length for both accuracy and profile reduction.
Because different tournaments and leagues have different rules concerning shooting modes and rates of fire, it helps to have adjustable shooting functions built into your speedball gun.
The main shooting modes for speedball guns are automatic, semi-automatic, ramp, and burst. If you want a lot of flexibility or are planning to compete in a lot of different tournaments, we recommend a model that can deliver all 4.
You can also regulate the air pressure on some mechanical or electro-pneumatic guns using a regulator. This will impact your shooting efficiency, so if you want minimal air loss in various shooting modes, make sure your pressure is adjustable.
Finally, some marker models have additional training and play models built-in, as well as screen-play options. If you want to really be able to tailor your experience to your needs at any given time, we would recommend making this a priority.
If you’re looking for a speedball gun, there’s a good chance you might be new to the game, and in the process of sourcing all the equipment you’ll need to get started.
If this is the case, it’s a good idea to consider some of the additional features or pieces of kit you can get alongside your new speedball gun to maximize the value of your purchase as well as your gameplay.
Some good features to look out for include anti-chop eyes (for minimizing ball-chop) and a self-cleaning eye pipe (for when ball-chop and other paint-related issues do occur).
You could even go all-out and invest in a gun that comes with a paintball/speedball kit. This will likely include your air tank and loading system as well as protective gear (mask), apparel (harness), and cleaning tools such as a squeegee and tool kit.
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