Best Paintball Gun for Self Defence

Choosing the best paintball gun for self defence

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Why choose a paintball gun for self defence. 

There are many makes, types and styles of paintball guns available to use as a defence weapon, with costs ranging from under £50 right up to over £1000 for competition and tournament enthusiasts.

But for a prepper the main reason for having a paintball gun is purely self defence and to ward off, would be, looters and intruders.

Remember folks, these are not toys, and can do more than enough harm to make someone think twice about trying to get past you.

At close range [10 – 20 mtrs] getting a direct hit anywhere on your body will cause injury and will hurt, big time.

A paintball gun is NOT A TOY. man with tooth missing

Don’t be fooled into thinking that these are toys. They can do some serious injury – if fired at the face they will take an eye out with ease and teeth shattered like popcorn – and you don’t even want to think about the damage they can inflict if they are fired at the groin area..!

So we are talking a serious self defense, non lethal, weapon that is both very effective and LEGAL to own in the UK.

Yes a paintball gun is considered a legal weapon in the UK and you are perfectly within your rights to own one.

But remember the law – you face serious consequences if used as an actual weapon.

We are talking SELF DEFENCE ONLY here.

What are the important factors when choosing a paintball gun for self defence.  

  • The number one most important factor when choosing a paintball gun is Reliability – buying cheap will mean inferior parts and a chance of the gun jamming up.
  • Also paying top price for a top end gun can also cause problems as they will need constant tweaking and maintenance to keep their high standards of performance.
  • Durability – again cheaper models will not be robust enough to cope, with cheap plastic bodies and inferior metal parts. 
  • Always buy from a reputable and well known Manufacturer – someone who has been in the paintball business for many years

What is the best paintball gun for survival defence in the UK.

paintball tippman a5There are, of course, many to choose from and like everything, it boils down to getting the best value for your money.

I have, and also highly recommend, a Tippmann A5 as my preferred defence weapon – Amazon sell these at a very good prices – this is a link to the Tippmann A5 paintball gun on Amazon if you want to see reviews and prices – The Tippmann A5 meets all the requirements of a survival preppers needs.

It is reasonably priced at around £170 for the basic gun with paintball hopper.

 There are loads of add-ons if you wish, but the basic model shown here is more than good enough for a preppers survival weapon.

In addition to the basic gun you will also need a propellent bottle. I find the 20oz CO2 bottle to be about the right size and weight for the gun. Amazon sell these as well and here’s their direct link for the  20oz CO2 bottle. It easily screws onto the back of the gun. This will set you back around £20. I would suggest having two and make sure they are always fully charged.

One thing to be aware of is the paintballs themselves – don’t buy cheap – always buy boxed and sealed and keep them at a constant temperature, that way they will be perfect for use every time. I keep a box of 2000 unopened and sealed and also another box which is opened but the balls are divided into packs of 200 and resealed.



With the main criteria for this survival weapon is the fact that it is 100%  Reliable –  

This gun has never let me down.

The complete mechanism is very strong and durable and just works well all the time.
It will fire a .68 cal paintball at at rate of over 300 feet per second which can be ramped up to even more if you wish. 

As a survival weapon, this paintball gun is a must for any UK prepper and when SHTF you will be glad you have it.

A survival knife is fine for close protection but one of these gives you distance to fend anyone off. 


Having owned this paintball gun and used it many times, I know exactly what it can do and have seen it out perform many of the much more expensive competitors  – for complete reliability and durability you won’t go far wrong – as a defence and survival weapon it is certainly up the top as the perfect deterrent for would be looters.

I think it is perfect for any UK Prepper looking for a cost effective means of giving good protection where necessary.


 for more info and prices on the Tippmann A5 click here for more info and prices on the approved Air Bottle click here for more info and prices on Diablo Heat 0.68 Cal 2000 Paintballs

…. Happy Prepping Folks …..


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  1. Hello,
    I found your blog very interesting. I like the way you explain all the skills related to paintball.
    Best Regards

  2. the most powerful 68 caliber self defense projectiles available to civilians. And the most accurate and most damaging of any 68 caliber projectiles.

    • Mark on December 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Hi Guys, with some modifications to the valve of a modern paintball marker or with a replacement valve (higher operating pressure) you can have your paintball marker shoot much faster than standard velocity. There are valves that are intended for pcp air rifles but will fit a paintball marker with almost no issue at all. Just make sure that the max operating pressure of your marker will handle the higher valve pressure.

    Several people have experimented and have achieved blistering high speeds even when using heavy solid rubber or ceramic (skull breaker) paintballs. You can probably shoot thru a laminated car window with this kind of setup. Just imagine a lightweight robust marker that shoots heavy solid balls at 700 fps with 200 balls capacity launched as fast as you can pull the trigger. Very effective (less) lethal home defence setup. But be aware that this is absolutely not save and most likely ilegal in many places. Modifications to anything that runs at high pressure air seems fun and interesting but is very dangerous! Don’t become a statistic, stay save.

    • carl on September 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm
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    Is the tippmann tmc compatible with solid rubber balls and breaker balls??

    • Mark Watts on August 28, 2018 at 5:17 pm
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    Get a Tiberius pistol and use Breaker balls ammo…there is NOTHING on the market that even comes close to its power. Also a DOG German shepard and get him guard dog trained!

    • John on April 14, 2018 at 3:09 am
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    The Tippmann TIPX is a good pistol because you can load a CO2 gas cartridge and it will only puncture when you fire the first shot, so you can always have it ready. As paint rounds swell when they absorb moisture (making them unsuitable to be left in the gun) I recommend purchasing some nylon rounds to go with it, these make for an excellent deterrent without the potential lethality of glass (skull cracker) or capsicum rounds. A couple of these as an attacker’s thigh will be agony for them without any permanent damage. It will also mark the thigh with distinctive purple bruises making them easier to identify if they flee the scene and are apprehended by police later.
    And if the worst happens and they take the weapon from you and use it against you, you will be hurt, but not permenantly damaged or killed.

      • Mark Watts on August 28, 2018 at 5:08 pm
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      The Tiberius t8.1 pistol has twice the power of the Tippmann pistol 30 joules for the Tiberius and 16 joules for the Tippmann. = thats is both using Breaker Balls = 0.68 cal marbles

    • George on April 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm
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    Can you get pistol paint guns. I have lost all of my right arm and am getting threatened by some big men and would like one incase they try to enter my property.

    1. Hi George,
      Yes you can.
      I have an old article here:
      Paintball Pistol.
      Unfortunately it’s a very old article and the product links are not updated as yet, but you can see what is probably t he best pistol in the range here.
      I will get around to updating it one day..!!!
      All the best, Steve

    • Mark Watts on October 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm
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    I have a T8.1 tiberius PISTOL that shoots a solid 6.3 gram ball at 340fps twice the weight of a paintball and so over twice the power of a tipp A5

    • Dean on October 1, 2016 at 11:51 pm
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    A tippmann 98 is a good robust marker too.

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