If you are looking for a more realistic style of paintball, you have probably looked into a mag-fed paintball gun. These paintball guns typically feature more realistic military styling and operate more like real firearms. Mag-fed paintball guns utilize a magazine to hold their paintballs instead of a traditional paintball hopper. The magazine is a rectangular box that inserts into the bottom of the gun, typically holds 7-20 paintballs and is spring operated.
Once the player fires all of the paintballs in the magazine, they must remove the magazine from the paintball gun, store the empty magazine and reload the gun by inserting a new magazine. The player would then at some point, reload the empty magazine with paintballs either during or after the game.
Due to the small capacity of the magazines, this forces the user into a more realistic style of play where strategy and accuracy are more important than in standard paintball where accuracy by volume rules.
Some mag-fed paintball guns also can utilize standard hoppers, giving the player the ability to play in non-mag-fed games with the same paintball gun, or in some cases switch back and forth during a game.
If money is no object, the Dye Assault Matrix is going to be your best choice in 2019. My pick for best value and features would be the Tippmann TCR.
If you are looking for the best mag-fed paintball gun in 2019, keep reading for in-depth reviews and important facts about mag-fed paintball guns.
Best Mag-Fed Paintball Guns Reviews
Tiberius Arms First Strike T15 Review
The Tiberius Arms First Strike T15 is unique in that it is a 1:1 replica of an AR-15 assault rifle. For players looking for the most realistic scenario or mil-sim paintball experience, the T15 is a fantastic option as it certainly looks the part. The buttstock has an integrated 13 cubic inch compressed air tank, which blends in perfectly with the AR-15 appearance.
The T15 uses magazines that hold 20 normal paintball or 19 First Strike paintball rounds and can also be used with a standard paintball hopper if desired. Tiberius Arms is also the maker of the First Strike Rounds so it is practically a guarantee that those rounds will work flawlessly in the T15. The T15 also features cast aluminum build quality and a functional charging handle increases the realistic AR-15 styling. It also features a front handguard with multiple tactical rails for attachment of a variety of accessories, such as bipods, lights and sights. The T15 is an excellent choice when it comes to mag-fed paintball guns.
Dye Assault Matrix – DAM Review
The Dye Assault Matrix is a high-end Tournament level paintball gun in a mil-sim looking package. It incorporates high-end features such as anti-chop eyes, selectable firing modes: single shot, 3 shot burst, and full auto, tool-less maintenance and the ability to switch between magazine-fed and hopper fed on the fly. The DAM is capable of firing up to 20 balls per second, which far exceeds all other competitors in this article.
The Dye Assault Matrix has a more futuristic design, looking like something out of a Halo game then something from today’s military. However, it’s still clearly a military design and will fit in fine in a scenario or mil-sim style paintball event. The DAM also features over two feet of picatinny rail on the handguard to attach a huge variety of accessories such as vertical grips, lights, and sights.
The DAM brings the features that standard paintball players have come to expect in competitive paintball guns to the mil-sim market. It also offers easy maintenance, great design and very high level of performance.
Tippmann TCR Review
The Tippmann TCR is a modified version of the Tippmann TiPX, with the main difference being a different body style, giving it the appearance of a subcompact rifle or machine gun. The Tippmann TCR includes a standard 7-round magazine that uses standard paintballs and also includes a 12 round magazine that can function with regular paintballs or First Strike Rounds.
The TCR functions off of 12g CO2 cartridges, but also has a built-in remote line adapter, so a remote air tank can also be used. It is also possible to purchase separately and install a different stock with a built-in air tank, similar to the Tiberius Arms T15 rifle.
The TCR features an adjustable buttstock, built-in front and rear sights, a front vertical grip and picatinny rails for adding accessories such as lights or lasers. A 20 round extended magazine is also available for purchase separately.
The TCR is a pretty cool mag-fed paintball gun, having a unique look that will draw attention. It blends the size of a pistol such as the TiPX with the capability and features found on larger mag-fed rifles. This allows for better maneuverability and a lighter weight making it a very solid choice.
Tippmann TMC Review
The Tippmann TMC Features a fully pneumatic design and aluminum build quality, guaranteeing the durability and reliability that Tippmann is known for. The ability to use 20 round magazines or a standard Hopper and standard air tank add to the versatility of this mag-fed paintball gun.
The TMC offers realistic styling that mimics an AR-15, including an adjustable stock, functional charging handle and Picatinny rails for mounting accessories such as vertical grips, sights, and lights. The TMC is set up for a full sized air tank, but it is not integrated into the stock so a remote line or directly attached tank must be used. An aftermarket air-thru adjustable stock is available for purchase if desired for better looks and ergonomics.
The TMC cannot use First Strike Rounds without modification and is not as true of a replica to an AR-15 as the Tiberius Arms T15. It’s still a very good, reliable and affordable option when looking for a mag-fed paintball gun.
Tippmann TiPX Pistol Review
Tippmann TiPX is a magazine-fed, pistol style paintball gun. It operates on 12-gram CO2 cartridges and comes with two seven round paintball magazines. It features small picatinny rails for adding accessories such as lasers or flashlights.
The TiPX is not designed for use with First Strike Rounds, but a conversion kit is available if a player has a strong desire to use them.
A remote line adapter is not included but can be added so a remote air tank can be used if desired.
Based on the style and design of the TiPX, it is really meant as a sidearm, not a primary paintball gun for scenario or mil-sim style paintball. A longer barrel could be added, but without a buttstock, it would still be less effective as a primary gun than the other options in this article.
If you are looking for your first and only mag-fed paintball gun, I can’t recommend the TiPX since it is much more limited in versatility than the other options in this article. However, if this is a backup or side-arm paintball gun, it’s a very fun and cool option.
Frequently Asked Questions
So, what is the best mag-fed paintball gun in 2019?
What’s best for you is going to come down to both your budget and style preferences. If you have the money, you can’t do better than the Dye Assault Matrix, but it’s likely out of the price range for most players.
Moving down to a lower price point, you can’t go wrong with the Tiberius Arms T15, Tippmann TMC or Tippmann TCR. My personal choice for the best value and the coolest looking option would be the Tippmann TCR. I love the sub-compact machine gun styling and the stock features, size, and versatility make it a great option. I would definitely recommend running the TCR with a remote line setup though as the 12g C02 cartridges are a bit of a pain to deal with.
Now that you’ve got all the info you need, go out there and have some mag-fed fun!