Best Mag-Fed Paintball Guns in 2019

Best Mag-Fed Paintball Guns in 2019

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.

Things we like

  • Realistic mil-sim looks
  • Two included magazines that use standard paintballs or First Strike Rounds
  • Ability to use a standard Hopper
  • Integrated air tank in the buttstock which improves ergonomics and looks

Things we don’t like

  • The integrated air tank is small, limiting the number of shots between refills
  • Could be mistaken for a real gun. Use caution in where you play with it

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.

Things we like

  • High-end features not normally found on mil-sim style paintball guns
  • Ability to use First Strike Rounds or standard paintballs
  • The electronic operation, modern high-end paintball gun design – giving a much higher level of performance

Things we don’t like

  • The futuristic look can be a turn off for some players
  • Priced well above all the other competitors in this list

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.

Things we like

  • Compact submachine gun size and styling
  • Ability to use CO2 cartridges or a remote tank
  • Multiple magazine capacity options (7, 12, 20)
  • Ability to use regular paintballs or First Strike Rounds
  • Tippmann reliability

Things we don’t like

  • No option to use a standard hopper
  • 12-gram CO2 cartridges limit the number of shots that can be taken

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.

Things we like

  • Realistic AR-15 styling
  • Ability to use magazines or a standard Hopper
  • Aluminum receiver for durability and pneumatic design for reliability

Things we don’t like

  • Cannot use First Strike rounds without modification
  • Less realistic looking than the Tiberius Arms T15

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.

Things we like

  • Small size
  • Pistol styling
  • Tippmann reliability

Things we don’t like

  • Pistol style limits it to a backup or sidearm
  • Least versatile of the magazine fed options

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the important qualities to look for in a mag-fed paintball gun?

There are many things to consider when looking for a mag-fed paintball gun. You should consider the weight, overall length, air system used, ability to utilize a standard hopper and also compatibility with First Strike Rounds or shaped paintballs.

Weight and overall length are important, as they affect your ability to move, hide and be comfortable while playing paintball for an extended period of time.

The build quality and materials used not only affects the weight but also the durability of your paintball gun as well, so lighter is not necessarily better in all cases.

What is a Shaped Paintball or First Strike Round?

Tiberius Arms invented the First Strike paintball round many years ago. These paintballs feature a normal paintball sphere at the front and a crown looking plastic fin at the back similar to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. These rounds fly much further, straighter and flatter than traditional round paintballs. The only downside is that they cost considerably more and can only be used in mag-fed paintball guns that support them. They are popular in mag-fed paintball due to there increased accuracy potential and distance enabling Sniper type shots.

Why is the ability to use a standard hopper important?

The ability to use a standard hopper allows a mag-fed paintball gun to be used more effectively in non-mag-fed paintball games and also gives the player in some cases, the capability of switching between mag-fed for accurate shots and standard hopper for accuracy by volume. Having this capability gives you more flexibility in how you use your paintball gun and on the fly change capability, such as on the Dye Assault Matrix is an awesome and unique feature.

How many magazines do I need?

The number of magazines you have as well as the capacity of the magazines that your paintball gun uses is something to consider. A 7-round magazine as found on the Tippmann TiPX will require you to change magazines and reload much more frequently. I would always recommend having at least two magazines but four to six may be much more convenient. Also, larger capacity magazine (12-20 rounds) means you should need to carry fewer magazines than if you only had 7 round ones.

Another factor to consider here is the cost of magazines for the paintball gun you choose, as they can run between 20 and 40+ dollars per magazine.

Should I use C02 Cartridges or a standard air tank?

While a CO2 cartridge may give a more realistic look and weigh less than a standard air tank, I would always recommend a standard air tank. A standard air tank gives you more shots before refilling and you don’t have to worry about carrying extra cartridges or changing a cartridge in the middle of play. If weight or ergonomics are an issue running a remote line setup, so the tank is held on your body and not on the gun is a good compromise.

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!

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