or if you want to teach him to play (non speedball), get him a PGP or other good proven pump.
He will become a better paintball player in the long run IMHO. Esp if he understands why he isn't playing with the 20bps gun that his friend is (yet he still flanks and shoots him out)
He'll learn skills that will easily transfer into faster guns and make him a more well rounded player.
Just my $.02 take it for what it's worth.