Fixing HK Army KLR Fogging Issues

We’ve heard about KLR fog issues and we think there is a solution. The HK Army KLR is an excellent mask—and, for many users, the fog shouldn’t be an issue after removing a small section of black plastic that shipped on many of the masks. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take a look at the top of the mask to see if it shipped with a piece of plastic above the vent area. Without the plastic, your mask should look like the picture below.

Top Mask

2. If the piece of plastic is already removed, you shouldn’t have fogging problems. If it’s still there, you need to remove it for better ventilation. To remove the plastic vent cover, peel the forehead foam off the mask carefully.

Peel Foam

3. Use a pick or small flathead screwdriver to remove the plastic. It is anchored in the center of the vent area and to the sides. It should come right off.

4. Reattach the foam. The forehead foam should reattach well if you use a hairdryer to get the adhesive warm.

Reattach Foam

Give us a call or drop an email if you are having any trouble. If you break the forehead foam we have replacement foam available.

If you haven’t seen Reload #63 yet, video instructions for fixing KLR fogging problems are included. Check out the video below

Additionally, we are considering another Hustle Paintball game night, so head over to PbRiot and vote on the game night thread.

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Review: Morphfire for Autocockers

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You have probably seen our review of the Morphfire (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for turkey?). We had a ton of fun firing the Morphfire, so you may be wondering why we’re back plugging it all over again. Well, the team responsible for the Morphfire has finally made the Morphfire for markers with Autococker threads. Excited? You should be!

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How to Fill a CO2 Tank via a Bulk Tank

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If you play a lot of paintball (you’re reading a paintball blog so you obviously do, right?), then you have probably found yourself interested in filling your own tanks at home. Traveling to your nearest fill station can get expensive, time-consuming, and an inconvenience. Moreover, if you currently live in the middle of nowhere like I used to, then it becomes unfeasible to drive dozens of miles round trip to fill up your tank. I know where you’re coming from: I used to have to drive 80 miles round trip in my younger years just to get a tank refilled. Believe me when I say I would have seriously considered giving away one of my body parts to be able to fill up my tank at home.

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Tippmann Cronus Review: The Best Paintball Gun for Beginners?

What’s up with the Tippmann Cronus? We took a quick look at it in CBTC #3 a few days ago, now you can see Jeff giving you the full rundown. Check out the video below.

A lot of people have been calling and emailing to ask what this new paintball gun is all about. As we mentioned a few days ago, it doesn’t have revolutionary internals—it’s a Tippmann 98 in a new body. We aren’t encouraging you to hate it. That’s actually a good thing. It’s actually the best paintball gun for beginners. Here’s why.

Reason 1: Reliability of Tippmann 98

Every paintball field everywhere rents Tippmann 98s. Reliability is the reason. Paintball fields want people to get into paintball; they want renters to have a good time. The Tippmann 98 is one of the most popular paintball guns of all time because it reliably produces good experiences.

They are actually hard to break. With limited maintenance they will run forever. The best paintball gun for beginners is the one that will work every time and is easy to take care of. The Cronus doesn’t require advanced mechanical knowledge to use or take apart. It will stand up to abuse. It will work weekend after weekend. The internals are proven—that’s why they rent 98s at every paintball field you go to.

Reason 2: Customization

The Cronus is the best paintball gun for beginners because you can customize it to suit your needs. The biggest problem we see with many entry-level paintball guns are simplistic “what you see is what you get” designs. Most inexpensive paintball guns come in one-size-fits-all packages that can’t be easily modified.

The Cronus is different. The tactical design can be customized to fit a variety of play styles. We’ll talk more about how we like it setup later—for now consider this important point: You don’t want to match your play style to your equipment, you want equipment that matches you. The Cronus includes more modification features than any inexpensive marker we’ve seen.

On top of being customizable, the Cronus shoots comfortably. The grip fits “right,” balance is good with the stock attached running remote, or with the stock removed and a tank attached.

Reason 3: Price

We don’t need to say more about this. The price is right. It’s a $79.00 paintball gun that you can extract much more than $79.00 of function from. My Tippmann 98 is 13 years old. It still works. Don’t knock something that is built on a reliable design.

How Should I set It Up?

Do you need the tactical version? Should you run a remote? These are the types of questions people have been asking alongside comments about the Tippmann 98 internals. The answer depends on your play style and the model you buy.

Removing the stock from the tactical version and attaching a tank places the marker at a perfect height for using the sights. Using the stock and tank is problematic—together they just get in the way. Another problem is that with a mask on, you can’t really see down the sights while using the stock. If you want to use the sights, take the stock off and use a tank. If you’re going to use the stock, run remote. Jeff provides a more extensive explanation in the video review.

The Best Beginner Paintball Gun?

Sure. If you are looking for something flashy the Cronus isn’t it. For a new player who wants something that is going to be fun, comfortable, customizable, and work every time you pull the trigger, the Tippmann Cronus can’t be beat. The people that will knock the Tippmann 98 internals are likely to already own a flashy expensive electronic marker. This paintball gun was built for beginners who want quality, reliability, and functionality at a rock bottom price.

Order the tactical or basic version now from our website. We think you should run it with HPA using NInja’s 48 cu tank for the best affordable results. If you’re going to run remote, get a good harness like the NXe 4+1 (at $25 it can’t be beat) and a decent remote line with disconnect.

Guerrilla Air Pro 3000psi Compressed Tanks – Less Than a PS4 Game

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Yeah, we get it – that new PS4 game is looking pretty fly (or that Xbox One/PC game, whichever army you’re in). But come on guys, what would you rather have? A video game that’s going to get stale after a few weeks, or a gift that will keep on giving like a 3000psi compressed air tank?

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Hustle Reload 62

Sun’s out? Guns out. Winter is over and we are excited for better weather. This week on the Hustle Reload we have an arm wrestling competition and a rap battle. Between we assemble a Milsig M17 DMR that just arrived, take a look at some Custom CCM T2 pump markers and take out a FedEx delivery driver during an orange smoke grenade test. Here’s the video:

Custom CCM T2

Let’s start by talking about the custom CCM T2 pump marker. CCM makes the best pump paintball guns you can buy. Many people already know about the advantages of the CCM T2. To us, they are less like paintball guns and more like works of art. The T2 is smooth, the action is satisfying—there is really nothing else like it. If you don’t want one, you’re crazy.


Check out a couple customized CCM T2s in this week’s reload. Lust after them for a few seconds, and then think about how cool it would be to have your own custom T2. They take a while to come in, but you can get a T2 built exactly the way you want it. Virtually everything is customizable. Check out our T2 order page for more info.

The CCM customizer tool can help you figure out exactly how badass your T2 can look. You’ll probably want to call to order—because when you do you’ll get to pick everything.

M17 DMR Arrives

We also received the M17 DMR from Millsig. Finally. We aren’t sure if it is completely ridiculous or cool—likely it is a match between the two. If you want a well-built sniping machine that is completely outrageous the M17 is for you. Your likely going to do plenty of your own research before buying it—but here is one thing that Milsig didn’t tell us that you should know before you order: You’ll have to pick up a ladder to attach the 400mm barrel. We haven’t seen a Little Giant ladder infomercial in a while but it seems like the best choice—a nice compact design that will fit right in with your sniper kit.

John Dresser of PbNation

You should check out our exclusive interview with John Dresser where we asked all of the tough questions the community at PbNation have been waiting to hear. We discovered that he prefers hand dryers, can’t remember Home Alone 3, and that PbNation is really a peanut butter forum. Check out the interview:

Review: Ninja Universal Tank Cover

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Just like us humans need clothes (some certainly more than others), so too does your tank need to cover up. Most of us prefer to wear at least some sort of clothing when we’re out in public, and your tank is the same way. Besides, if you were playing in a game of paintball, wouldn’t you want to wear some sort of clothing? Of course you would (and if you think otherwise, you’re crazy). Your tank is the exact same way. It wants covering, it wants to be warm, and it wants to be protected from stray paint in the event that it’s smacked.

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Tippmann Cronus Tactical Paintball Gun

The Tippmann Cronus is available and in stock now. It comes in two versions—the Cronus Tactical and the Cronus Basic. The tactical has a kick ass design—it’s the model you want if you order this marker. We’re going to get to a full video review later on, but for now you can catch a glimpse of the Tippmann Cronus in CBTC #3 on YouTube:

So, what’s the deal? Is obvious that milsim is popular and the tactical style is “cool” right now. Tippmann is picking up on it and released the Cronus Tactical to tap into the market with an inexpensive milsim paintball gun.

The Cronus is made from a high-impact composite black and tan boy (we might just spray paint ours all black). The tactical version includes a mock silencer, 6-position stock, vertical grip, and a carry handle with built-in sights. There are four rails for attaching AR-style accessories. The barrel is ported on the end. The gas line is internal and the bolt is an in-line design.


Bottom line: The Tippmann Cronus is basically a Tippmann 98 crammed into a new shell. It’s a proven design that some people love and other people love to hate. Like it or not—it’s still a quality marker. It shoots paint, it’s durable, and—for $109.00—it does it in affordable style.

The body on the Cronus Tactical adds a good amount of functionality and a cool look (as soon as we paint it all black). It’s comfortable and it feels well-balanced.

The Tippmann Cronus is the perfect marker for a friend who wants to give paintball a try. It has the “look” everyone is after, the price is right, and with proven internals it will be durable enough to stand up to some good abuse. Some of us still have Tippmann 98s that are over 15 years old and still chugging out paint like the day they were new.

Visit our website to order the Cronus Basic or the Cronus Tactical. They both shoot paint. Buy it for your little sister, get her into paintball, it’s only $109.00.

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In-Depth Look: Squirrel Tail Squeegee

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I remember one afternoon after finishing a day of paintball, a friend and I began sword fighting with our squeegees after cleaning our barrels. The fight consisted of the usual moves: sword fighting from behind, the ‘spin attack into throat’ move, the ‘belly stab,’ and of course the ‘stab to crotch,’ move. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to spin around and grab my squeegee with both hands and attack my friend like I was King Arthur using the legendary sword Excalibur. I hit him in the back so hard, the squeegee broke in half.

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Virtue PF Pod Review

Virtue’s new PF Pods—the “PF” stands for Press Flick—are innovative and excellent. We understand what you are thinking: “How can a paintball pod be innovative? It just holds paint.” Trust me, we thought the same thing at first. Check out our review video where we ran these new pods through a series of “unique” tests:

The biggest advantage to the Virtue PF Pods is durability. We performed a number of tests to compare the Virtue pods to a standard pod. We dropped them from shoulder level to concrete. We dropped them from 35 feet to our warehouse floor.  We even put the Virtue PF in a vice and turned it until we couldn’t turn it anymore. Even flatting the pod in a vice couldn’t shatter the durable plastic. The Virtue PF didn’t crack and it returned to an altered albeit useable shape.

It only broke once and that’s after we abused the hell out of it.

Two Sizes

The Virtue PF Pod comes in two sizes—135 and 165. The 135 is 2-inches shorter than a normal pod, but it holds the same amount of paint. The 165 is the same length as a normal pod—it holds 20% more paint. The difference between normal pods and the Virtue PF is in the shape of the cylinder. The Virtue pods don’t taper over the length of the tube, allowing for higher capacity at the same length.

The “Press Flick” tab is a fast opening top that will press or flick open. It works great, however we did notice that it can open itself when dropped from 35-feet to our warehouse floor. The top is just as durable as the plastic tube.

Which One is For Me?

It really depends on your play style and hopper size. If you like to shoot paint and you have a large hopper, get the 165—especially if you already have a normal sized pod. The 135 has a slimmer profile. If 2-inches of pod height makes a difference for you and you enjoy “slimming” your profile to reduce hit area, the 135 is a good choice. Both sizes come in a variety of colors.

The only downside we saw with the 135 was pack eject compatibility. Because it is shorter than a normal pod, it doesn’t eject as well when you release it from a pack. You can still get it out, it just doesn’t eject as smoothly as the 165.

Buy a Set

You need the Virtue PF Pods. You can buy them as single pods on our website (135 or 165) or as a six-pack (135 six-pack or 165 six-pack). At under $6.50 each they aren’t expensive. They’re more durable than any pod we have seen. If you don’t believe us, check out our Virtue PF Pod review video and watch us crush it with a vice.

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