Here is TradeMyGun’s list of the 5 best high-end tournament level paintball guns for the 2023 season:

1) Planet Eclipse CS3

Domination. It’s what every player seeks over their opposition. Every time you take to the field you seek to exert your will over the opposition. Dominate them. Over Power them.

Your ability to do that relies on many factors. Speed. Skill. Cunning. Desire to win. But true dominance can only be achieved when all of those factors combine with overwhelming technical superiority. When a player has the tools at their disposal to execute their actions, to demonstrate their intent, to impose their will on every single point. Only through that perfect marriage of player and equipment can domination truly be achieved.

Over Power Everything.

For the seriously competitive player, the player seeking total domination, to overpower everything, we present the latest in the CS range of spool markers. The CS3.

The CS2 was highly regarded as one of, if not THE best high-end spool marker ever created and to offer a noticeable set of improvements to it was always going to be tough. But, as always, improve we have.

MORE POWER.

Power can manifest itself in many forms and the CS3 offers more, across many aspects of its design. Let’s start with the NEW OP Core drivetrain. With its Industry First Fully Double Decoupled drive (FDD), and integrated auto dwell dynamics (ADD) it provides supreme consistency, efficiency and reliability, in our most powerful and intelligent spool drive assembly to date. Its 50% increase in valve chamber volume enables the OP Core to operate at an insanely low pressure range of 95-105psi, which not only offers a reduction in sound signature, but noticeably reduces bolt force and recoil and an approximate increase of almost 20% in efficiency over the CS2 that this replaces. The OP Core benefits from the NEW Cure FT bolt that has a higher air flow rate throughout its 3-stage acceleration and completes the truly impressive OP Core drivetrain package.

‘OP Core. Our most powerful and intelligent drivetrain to date’

CONFIDENCE. COMFORT. STYLE

The CS3 prides itself on not only delivering power from its incredible levels of performance, but on the confidence it gives the player when they step under the net. The ergonomics, how the marker feels in the hand and how the player becomes at one with the marker are important to the success of both parties. With a longer grip pitch, a higher rear hand position on the frame, and a reduced overall height from barrel bore to tank centerline, the stance of the CS3 feels instantly more aggressive than its predecessors. But also instantly familiar to those who have spent any time with any Eclipse high end offering. Visually, the CS3 appears more purposeful with its aggressive stance, confident milling, and poise.

The NEW two-piece toolless wraparound textured grips not only make accessing the modular marker electronics package (MME) an effortless task, but the rear section now extends to cradle the rear frame overhang, bringing a level of comfort and completeness to the grip that is difficult to appreciate, until held.

The rear grip also incorporates a sealed push-button console to eliminate paint and water ingress, plus a magnified lens to enhance the crisp OLED display screen. We believe this is our most complete, comfortable and effective grip package of any marker.

At the front, we have the toolless foregrip sleeve which not only protects the toolless lock n’ load battery housing, but provides the player with a comfortable grip with an optimum level of stability, length and space for all playing styles.

THE POWER IS IN THE DETAILS.

The DefTek™ breech system (DBS) incorporated an offset inlet to prevent paintballs from bouncing back into the feedneck. This helps eliminate chops and loading fracture in the breech during periods of low or inconsistent feed from the loader. The feedneck incorporates the latest self-locating locking feed lever to complete the secure and stylish feed interface.

At the finger tips, the 5-point adjustable-rake blade trigger gives the player total control of how the marker feels and fires. The range of adjustability to its operation and trigger angle empowers players to customize the pull to their liking, regardless of gloves or bare fingers.

Accessing the breech sensors and detents, including the spare detents, is effortless with the latest evolution of the toolless breech cover system and locking tabs, and incorporate spare onboard ball detents, just in case.

POWER IS POINTLESS, WITHOUT CONTROL.

At the sharp end of the CS3 is the incredible S63 Pro 3-piece barrel system. Made from micro-honed aluminum, each section of the S63 has been designed to perform at the same consistently high levels as the marker itself. The aggressively styled front and back sections align perfectly with the CS3 design language, whilst the Eclipse PWR Inserts give the player complete confidence when bore matching. The S63 and CS3 are the ideal partnership for delivering powerful performances and achieving greatness.

Inside the CS3 is our modular marker electronics (MME) package which is a user-centric step forward in the development of marker electronics. Its 3-piece modular construction makes maintenance, trouble-shooting and servicing simple and more cost-effective for the consumer. The CS3 MME package also benefits from the upgraded comms board which houses the on-board BLE Bluetooth® module, enabling the user to connect wirelessly to our E-Portal Lite app for refining the operation of the marker or creating custom firing settings to suit playing environments. It also enables connectivity to any other applicable technologies, such as Bluetooth enabled loaders.

OVER POWER EVERYTHING.

We believe the Eclipse CS3 is everything that the seriously competitive player needs to succeed. At all levels. In all conditions. It’s built to dominate. It’s built to Over Power the competition. Are you?

2) Dye DLS


Introducing the new DLS, a collaborative innovation featuring the legendary Paragon Core Bolt System. The DLS goes outside the bounds of what exists. Real innovation, true collaborative engineering – the DLS is the result of DYE’s commitment in listening to players, working with industry leaders and influencers to exceed player expectations. The standout Paragon Core bolt design unifies simplicity, utility and durability with unmatched air efficiency and unprecedented reliability.

The Patented Paragon Core represents tomorrow’s thinking delivered today. Patented innovation allows for an uncompromising level of elegance in its simplicity. The Paragon Core features a dwell independent valve and bolt cycle. The Paragon core boasts incredible efficiency and minimal points of failure to ensure maximum reliability. Continuing DYE’s commitment to collaborative innovation, the Paragon Core creates a unique spreading action between the bolt and the valve while the air is being forced closed by the air firing the paintball down the barrel. The Patented clutch design de-couples the valve action from the bolt cycle. This separation allows for optimized ball handling and valve efficiency. This unique action, combined with DYE’s industry best soft tip bolt design ensures players can put paintballs down field with unrelenting effectiveness.

Designed to meet the needs of players all across the board, DYE’s tried and true features are infused into the DLS, which include but not limited to the Flex Face Bolt Tip, SLAP ASA, MOSair Operating System, Edge2 Mag-Reach Trigger, 4th Gen Eye Pipe, UL 45 Frame, Hyper 6s Pro and much more.

The evolution continues with DYE’s ongoing development and advancement of marker technology. For the player looking for premium features and trusted technology that will keep you out on the field longer, the DLS is ready for action.

QUICK FEATURE VIEW:

● Paragon Core

● Flex Face Bolt Tip

● Quick Release Bolt

● Edge2 Mag-Reach Trigger

● SLAP ASA Slide Lock AirPort

● 4th Gen Eye Pipe System

● MOSair Operating System

● Prism Interface

● Internal Pressure Sensor

● Rechargeable Battery

● e.VOKE Compatible

● Freewire Connectors

● UL 45 Frame

● Gas-Thru

● Sticky Grips

● Hyper 6s Pro

● Lever Lock Clamping Feed Neck

● Colored O-Rings

● Low Profile Design

● DYE UL-s Barrel Back with UL-s 8″ Tip Porting

FEATURE DETAILS:

Paragon Core

● The Patented Paragon Core

● Dwell independent valve and bolt cycle.

● Incredible efficiency and minimal points of failure to ensure maximum reliability.

● Patented clutch design de-couples the valve action from the bolt cycle. This separation allows for optimized ball handling and valve efficiency.

● Incredible air efficiency

● Traps over 50 psi

● Super simple, durable bolt design

Flex Face Bolt Tip

● 2-stage bolt speed

● Soft bolt face

● Accommodates the most fragile paint

● The Flex Face soft tip bolt paired with the Paragon Core ensures the most fragile paint will be gently carried through the breech, and helps protect irregularly shaped paint from being clipped through the firing cycle.

Quick Release Bolt

● Push button

● Quick access

● The proven Quick Release Bolt Assembly is a robust steel gate system that securely holds the bolt in place. A simple push button system allows the user to remove and re-install the bolt kit in seconds. Standard maintenance has never been easier or more accessible.

Edge2 Trigger

● Offset flat face design

● Improved leverage

● Improved sustainable ramping

● The Edge2 trigger uses a flat face design proven by world class comp shooters. The offset parallel faces promotes a lower perch on the trigger that creates greater leverage. The mid-point and tip joints offers positive contact points for increased trigger pull consistency and positive feedback against our fingers. Optimal tuning, unbeatable speed, reaction time and ultimate trigger control is found in the Edge2 Trigger.

SLAP ASA Slide Lock AirPort

● Patent pending design

● Easy to use

● Slide On/Off operation

● Dependable shielded cover and reliable design

● Aluminum construction

● Only adjustable ASA in class

● The enclosed SLAP design provides long term dependability in a rugged and easy-to-operate package. The shielded design has no button to operate, no knob to turn and no lever to get snagged. All critical operations are protected by the Slide Lock Cover. Simply press and slide the lock cover back to engage the air supply with ease.

4th Gen Eye Pipe – Breech System

 DYE’s patented Eye Pipe System moves into its 4th generation of refinement with updated breech geometry and independent detents designed to accommodate a wide range of paint sizes including extremely small paint. There are many important features of the Eye Pipe System. It shields the anti-chop eye system from dirt and broken paint. The thick durable polycarbonate pipe is wiped clean by the bolt tip o-ring on every cycle creating a self-cleaning operation that ensures the eyes are always monitoring the breech. Your marker stays protected from harsh environments eliminating permanent performance hindering breech wear. The new shape of the independent leaf spring detents are integrated into the Eye Pipe preventing double feeds and chopped paint, all while eliminating the need for bulky exterior eye plates.

 DYE’s Method Operating System Air allows you to customize nearly every aspect of the DLS for the ultimate playing experience. The operator gains unrestricted access to precision tuning, and unsurpassed performance. The 5-way Joystick, high definition OLED display screen, and multiple profiles provide an intuitive user interface. The optimized MOS program logic ensures lightning fast response time, and long battery life. The Freewire connector pins ensure communication between performance driving hardware and the MCU, as well as Eliminate awkward wire routing. With customizable features, like power control options, custom boot screens, multiple play screens, shot tracker, Cable Free Charging and wireless Air Sync; DYE’s MOSair is advanced performance in the palm of your hand.

3) DLX TM40

Checkout the new DLX Luxe TM40 Paintball Gun. Packed with the latest and greatest technology, the Luxe TM40 is the latest edition paintball gun and is dedicated to professional paintball player Tim Montresor.

Besides all of the aesthetic updates, the new Luxe has updated TM40 upgrade Core. The bolt chamber has an increased internal volume which gives the Luxe TM40 a lower operating pressure and more shots than any previous edition Luxe. The open face bolt design gives the TM40 a super soft shot while the ICE PLATING gives the bolt low resistance friction.

In addition, the back end of the bolt has a higher flow orifice which also reduces the operating PSI of the gun while improving the reaction speed. The spool of the bolt on the TM40 has also been redesigned to offer greater flow and response. The TM40 will be available in both an electric and mechanical version and has an integrated QEV installed to maximize mechanical performance.

Tim provided feedback and drove product development at DLX Technology. He was instrumental in guiding the Luxe marker brand to the top of the industry and the podium. This marker is the last Luxe that will have the benefit of his guidance and input, we are proud that it will carry his legacy and the TM40 moniker.

Aesthetics

The Luxe TM40 is the physical definition of the Luxe brand, clean and minimalistic yet instantly recognizable. It looks like a Luxe, and that is a good thing because the Luxe is the best-looking marker in paintball.

Ergonomics

Luxe ergonomics have set the industry standard since the Luxe was introduced, and has always been based upon feedback from the top players in our sport. By adapting to playing style changes, tank, loader configurations, and trigger preferences DLX has further optimized the handling characteristics of the Luxe TM40. Ergonomic changes to the trigger-frame, foregrip, and other contact surfaces make the Luxe TM40 the most comfortable Luxe we have ever produced.

Refined Performance

The previous generation Luxe won a World Cup in its debut year in the hands of Houston Heat. Building on that success, we strove to refine the Luxe drivetrain to deliver even greater performance. Nearly every component of the core has been altered and redesigned to improve efficiency, shot quality, and ball handling.

Versatility

With a mechanically optimized core, the Luxe TM40 goes where no Luxe has gone before – mechanical. Featuring an industry-first tool-less mechanical conversion, the TM40 is ready to compete and win in nearly any competitive paintball genre.

4) Field One Force

The Force paintball marker is the product of thoughtful design, professional grade performance goals and extensive testing in some of the most demanding playing conditions on the planet. The Force is simple to use and easy to maintain, making it an obvious choice for paintball players at all levels of the game with all levels of experience. We at Field One Paintball back all of our products with an industry leading warranty and support program to ensure that your equipment keeps up with the demands of your game and exceeds your expectations of performance.

The Force Nucleus engine is the centerpiece of the Force and offers extremely high end performance and efficiency while requiring minimal maintenance to keep it running.

The Force features a dual power source option, Power Select, which offers you the choice of running your marker on AA batteries in the fore grip or an optional rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery (LiPo Battery Sold Separately) that fits within the grip frame compartment. You can also keep both equipped so you always have a back up power source available with the flip of a switch.

GripShift technology offers players of all sizes a way to customize the fit of the marker to their specific needs.

An improved LeverLock feedneck and Cam Drive ASA make setup a breeze while offering a durable and reliable system for attaching the air system and loader to your Force.

The included AccuLock Barrel System gives players an advantage in accuracy and adaptability for a variety of grades and brands of paintballs while staying true to the Force marker’s characteristics of solid and dependable.

All Force markers come with a high quality and highly functional Field One Marker Bag and are covered by a rock solid Field One Warranty and Support program.

5) Planet Eclipse LV2

The Ego. An era-defining marker. Not just for Planet Eclipse, but for paintball itself. The Ego redefined the standards of performance and reliability that became the benchmark for all others to be measured against and still are to this day, 18 years since its original debut.

The relentless pursuit of improvement.

Improving on its predecessor, the indomitable LV1, has not been an easy task. A marker that has stood the test of time in every competitive and recreational scenario it has been subjected to. But improve we must and of course, improve we have.

The Ego LV2 pushes that concept of improvement with an all new body that provides increased internal volume and a new Cure FT bolt design, this generates even lower operating pressures (approx 115psi) and subsequently an even quieter and softer shot than before. The result is without doubt the finest shooting stacked tube marker of all time.

The Ego unleashed.

For Ego fans it’s the hoseless construction that will grab the headlines and has been at the very top of the must-have list for many. But there is so much more to admire. Its tool-less wraparound grips, the stunning new HPR and LPR package not only looks and performs differently, but also dramatically improves the stability of the LV2. The sizeable thumb gap between the foregrip and trigger guard gives players more freedom and maneuverability in the hand, making stance switches effortless.

The grips also allow quick and easy access to some key operational features such as the battery, brand new MME electronics package with USB, optional BLE capability and OLED display, the new tool-less eye covers and of course, the adjustable flow controls in the user-serviceable solenoid.

Tuner-centric.

But what sets the LV2 apart from its rivals is the breadth of its performance. Individually set up in the factory, every LV2 is ready to compete in any environment, in any format, straight out of the box. Just set the velocity and go. But for those that like to tinker, the LV2 is all about its vast scope of adjustment, or more accurately, tunability. We don’t believe there has ever been a marker with more adjustability than the LV line. With HPR, LPR, Dwell, forward and rearward rammer speed control, and even optional rammer weights (included), there are so many ways to tune the feel and efficiency of your LV2 to give you the playing experience you want. And to achieve the results you aspire to.

Generation LV2.

The Ego LV2. The latest evolution of one of the most iconic and enduring marker designs in paintball history. The one that has been so eagerly anticipated by so many, for so long. The one to continue its dominant legacy.

The one to inspire a new generation of Egomaniacs.

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It seems appropriate to begin writing about one driving force behind the rise and fall of paintball gun prices.  Dozens of times each day, our staff will field questions related to the value of a used paintball gun.  This value is highly connected with the Product Life Cycle of a given paintball gun model.

What is the Product Life Cycle?  Just like people, products also have a life span (birth, growth, old age, death).  A long product life span will result in high resale values for used paintball guns.

Five Stages of Product Life Cycle for Paintball Guns:

  1. New Product Introduction.  The manufacturer makes a press release on Pbnation, email blast, website, PSP or NPPL event, paintball extravaganza, etc.
  2. Product Penetration / Growth.  The product begins to hit the shelves of the 1000+ paintball fields in the United States.  Product is limited as everyone is rushing to get in orders for their loyal customers.  Eventually shelves fill up, so new colors or “modifications” are introduced to prop up the sales of a given marker.
  3. Product Maturity.  The hype is gone.  New guns are readily available on dozens of websites and stores.
  4. Product Death.  No new guns are being produced.  Manufacturer is discounting left over inventory to make room for a new model.
  5. The Afterlife.  When new guns are no longer available for purchase from the manufacturer,  you can only buy used guns.  This is a scary but predictable place to live if you are a paintball gun.

So how do these stages interact with the value of a used paintball gun of the same model?  Stages 1 through 4 impact the value of a used gun different from stage 5.

Stage 1 – Stage 4: Impact on Used Gun Prices

  • Stage 1 –  The introduction phase of a new marker is the only time your used gun will be worth what you paid for it.  If the time period between stage 1 and stage 2 is long, anyone lucky enough to get their hands on a new product will be in the drivers seat when selling or trading their new gun.  Rarely do you ever see a used gun for sale during “stage 1”.
  • Stage 2 –  This is the most exciting time to deal in a used gun.  If the supply of used guns are low during this stage, the manufacturer was successful  in launching a innovative new product that will have a good life cycle and a high resale value.  If the supply of used guns are high during this stage, the product failed to meet player expectations and will have a low resale value and a short life cycle.  Resale values of successful products will run about 20% below that of retail price.  Resale values of failed products will run about 40% below that of retail price.
  • Stage 3 – At this point many used guns are available for resale.  This generally has nothing to do with how successful this new product was in the market place.  At this point in the life cycle, players get bored and want to shoot a new gun.  Normally they want to shoot a gun made by a different manufacturer so they trade for a new make and model.  Used gun prices are normally 25-45% below retail price at this stage.
  • Stage 4 – When the retail price of a new gun drops …… the used gun will also drop!  If the Retail price of a gun during stage 3 was $1,250, a used gun would sell for around $900.  If retail then drops to $1095, that same used gun would sell for around $800.
Stage 5 – The Afterlife
  • Once a gun model is no longer in production the gun starts a free fall aging process.  You can expect it’s value to drop 20-30% per year.  Eventually (after 4-5 years) the gun will hit a bottom that is typically 20% of it’s original retail value.  When a gun is 5+ years old it may be sold for parts or in some rare cases GAIN in value for certain collectors (this is very rare but can happen).

The resale value of a used gun follows the product life cycle as described above in stages 1 through 5.  This is proven and backed by years of data.  There are exceptions (like aftermarket upgrades, companies going out of business, etc)  but in general this is accurate for paintball guns.

The big question is:  HOW LONG WILL EACH STAGE LAST?

That’s a good place to stop for now.  Next week we’ll be heading to Galveston, Texas for the PSP event.  I’ll follow up soon with some answers to that question!

If you want to know how much your gun is worth please fill out our request form on our website:

http://www.trademygun.com/t-tmg_request-trade-quote.aspx

Thank you,

Mike Schlemmer

President, Trademygun Inc.

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Posted: August 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Why did we start this blog?  We started this blog to provide you with information related to the changing prices of new and used paintball guns.  Our business is founded on understanding the past and future selling price of paintball guns.  We have 6 years of data that we constantly analyze to make sure our selling prices are in line with the market.

Why read our reviews?  We are experts in the paintball marker industry.  Paintball is our passion.  We have been in business since 2006 and have grown into the largest used gun dealer in the world.  We have completed over 100,000 trades and counting.  We want to provide you with the extensive knowledge that we have gained over the years.

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