We got to check out two exciting new Tippmann products at the 2014 Paintball Extravaganza. The first was Tippmann’s latest mag fed marker, the Tippmann TCR. The other was the Tippmann 98 Custom Mag Fed Conversion Kit which turns the classic Model 98 Custom into a mag fed marker with a 7, 12, or 20 ball magazine capacity. Check out our video where Kevin explains the adapter’s features.
Other manufacturers have made off-brand Tippmann conversion kits that are similar. This one is the real deal—guaranteed to be 100% compatible with all 98 custom, US Army, and TPN markers that utilize the 98 quick-release feed elbow. The conversion kit will ship with two 7-ball Tru-Feed magazines. Tru-feed 12-ball extended magazines and the 20-round Zetamag will also fit the adapter.
This is an exciting product for anyone who wants to get in on the mag fed craze without spending a fortune on a new marker. Just about everyone has a Tippman Model 98—or at least knows someone who owns one. The Tippmann mag fed conversion kit will be on sale in May for under $50. Be use to check out our website when the time comes to order yours.
While Azodin’s KD-II looks like a ray gun from one of old Flash Gordon comics (see what I mean), there’s nothing out of date about their sequel to the Kaos-D (available April, 2014). The first thing you notice when you look at Azodin’s latest offering is that the color scheme for each gun looks sleek. The colors have a slick metallic look to them. Again, they look as if they were ripped out of the pages of a Flash Gordon issue.
Magfed play is on the rise here in North America. Opting to play with a magazine of two dozen balls rather than a hopper filled with a few hundred, magfed play challenges players to make every shot count. Perfect for the player that prefers their paintball slow yet strategic rather than fast and frenzied, quality magfed play demands top-quality magfed markers. Thus, that’s where Tippmann comes in, as they have just announced their newest magfed market, the TCR (Tactical Combat Rifle).
I don’t know about you guys, but I hate lugging a heavy tank on the field. When I started playing in 2000, I used to carry one of those cheap 20oz aluminum tanks from Walmart. I thought I was awesome carrying all of that air, but once I hit the field? I couldn’t run, couldn’t crawl – I couldn’t do anything. I rely on my speed when playing, and without it? I might as well have a target on my back. Suffice to say, I was shot more times than I can count using that tank, and once I got rid of it? It was good riddance forever.
Tank technology has come a long way since then, and the Ninja HPA tank is the proof in the proverbial pudding.
The eagerly anticipated Milsig M17 didn’t merely meet my expectations, it shattered them. I’ve been waiting for something like this from Milsig. The minute you see this marker, you will NEED to have it in your arsenal. Save yourself some time—stop reading this review and pre-order it right now, it is seriously that good.
We got our hands on the whole line-up of new M17 markers at the Paintball Extravaganza just a few days ago. They are hard to put down. Check out the video:
High Efficiency Air Technology (HEAT)
You might already be familiar with Milsig’s new valve system to replace the ”blow-back” valve you see on Tippman-style markers. Just in case you don’t know about it, here is a quick run-down. Traditionally, “blow-back” valves are durable, simple, and easy to maintain. The problem? They completely suck away efficiency.
That’s where the Milsig’s “High Efficiency Air Technology” or “HEAT” core comes in. The Heat core is a “blow-forward” style spool valve that gets rid of the cocking arm. In theory and practice, the Heat core is easier to maintain, more reliable and more consistent than the old “blow-back” style valves.
Milsig claims impressive accuracy improvements due to the heat core—as little as +/- 2 fps. Because accuracy is all about consistency, you need a “blow-foward” style valve if you want to impress with marksmanship skills.
Mechanical Full Auto
No batteries, no electronics, just mechanical fully automatic firing. This is where the Milsig M17 is making the most waves. Combined with the Heat core, the mechanical full auto puts the M17 on a different level. There are no electronics to break. No batteries to replace. It’s completely awesome.
Mechanical full auto and the Heat core make regular maintenance easy. There are only five O-rings in the whole marker and you only need to service two of them regularly. You get to the internals by removing just two pins. It’s fast, it’s easy, and there are no hassles.
Additional Features and Function
The coolest part about this marker for me is the new grip design. You can attach any standard AR-15 grips to the marker, offering a virtually unlimited array of possibilities.The AR-15 style cocking handle is pretty sweet too—they only needed to add it so you could clear a jam. With the First Strike ready 18 round magazine, it looks badass right out of the box.
The Milsig M17 CQC is under $300. Designed to replace the CQB PRO, it comes in at a low price but packs a huge punch. For me, it’s the ultimate close quarters marker. Lightweight, durable, a high quality construction and feel—it’s perfect for rushing in fast and getting out quick. With the short barrel, it looks just like a classic SMG.
The M17 XDC is around twice the price of the CQC, but it has the ability to do it all. It comes with a machined receiver and foregrip and the mid-length Marksman Rifled Barrel System. This is the best all-around marker in the lineup.
The M17 DMR tops off the lineup. It was developed for long range engagements. As a completely dedicated sniper platform, it includes the Milsig 400mm FSR Marksman barrel. The price is higher, but you will find very few out of the box sniper markers that are better.
The only downside that I can see to the Milsig M17 is first, which one should I buy? And second, I am not going to be alone because everyone is going to order one.
T’was over two years ago that Angel Paintball Sports closed its doors forever. To say this was a sad day is a vast understatement. I mourned, as did most other players. Famous for their line of Angel paintball guns and the Angel Eye mask, Angel Paintball Sports was certainly responsible for bringing electronic paintball guns to the forefront. It was terrible timing too, as the company was on its way to revolutionizing masks in the same way it had revolutionized paintball markers. Alas, Tippmann purchased Angel Paintball Sports in late 2011, and as a result, we all wept.
On this counter, Erik goes over Proto’s new PMR, the Maxxed! He also thoroughly compares Planet gearbags and Dye gearbags – what’s best for you?
We also quickly show off Pooty’s new barrel system. Check the link below!
Russell also hops in and talks about some of his favorite pants, The Exalt Thrashers!
The Eclipse Classic Kitbag has two compartments; the main compartment is big enough to cram in loads of gear and also has some handy large internal zip pockets and a clear document holder. A water resistant lining makes removing paint and dirt a touch easier. The side compartment is great for keeping your clean gear separate from your dirty stuff or just fill it with more dirty stuff! Your choice.
Protect your gear from opportunist thieves! The Eclipse Bag Lock System allows you to pass a combination lock cable (not supplied) through the specially designed guide holes on the side of the bag, this then feeds through the trigger frame of your Paintball Marker on the inside of your Kitbag and back out so you can secure the cable to a fixed or heavy object, now no-one can lift your Paintball Marker from inside or tow your kitbag, sweet!
If you’re the type of hardcore baller who throws your gear in a bag after practice, and you don’t touch it again until the next time you’re at the field, the Resister was made for you. It has three compartments, and the main section is massive. The Resister is the first thermal lined bag, boasting the first water-resistant exterior and interior. The Resister’s design keeps your gear cool on hot summer days, and stops your collected sweat from fermenting when the sun heats it up. When your gear has gone past the acceptable level of funk, you can empty it, wash it down inside and out, let it dry, and start the fungus culture experiment all over again. Made with the same durable construction as the rest of the Dye Dry line, you won’t have to worry about wear. It also features a front internal thermal compartment for your goggles (which also doubles as a cooler for cold ones after your victory), as well as plenty of space for the rest of your hard and soft gear.
There is so much to catch you guys up on here at Hustle Paintball! This week’s Hustle Reload is all about the updates, updates and more updates!
This week was pretty straight forward.. All work with very little play.
We talk about a few things that are up and coming and talk about a few things that y’all have been asking us.
Oh yeah, we also rip on Caleb for a few minute.
Double oh yeah, RUBY WEARS SHORTS. Chris’s daisy dukes to be specific!
So you want to hold your own mini paintball tournament, but where do you start? There are several things you can do to create your own paintball field. In this article we will be discussing and providing an overview of some of the simple steps you will need to take to make and open your own paintball field!
Find a Place - This is obvious, but you really do have to find a big enough location that fits all of your basic needs. Your field can be a huge open field, a long and narrow patch of land or whatever you want it to be. There are no guidelines, just that it is a field you would like to play on. Just be careful – don’t just go out and find a random location and “dub” it as your paintball field. If it will be on your own property, then great! But make sure you are not stomping on somebody else’s private property.
Make Some Bunkers - A paintball field isn’t a paintball field without plenty of bunkers to play with. You can literally use anything you find around the house to use as bunkers: trash cans, outdoor lawn furniture, moving boxes, and even mattresses. Anything you find around the house can be created into a bunker and snake.
Get Your Paintball Gear Ready - If you do not already have one, you need some basic paintball gear. This includes a paintball gun, paintballs, protective gear, a CO2 tank (if necessary) and anything else you might think of! If you would like to purchase some paintball items, be sure to visit our website at www.hustlepaintball.com for all the best and lowest prices in the paintball industry!
Invite Friends - Now that you have your paintball field all set up, you have all the necessary gear and items, invite some friends over to have some fun! Play on teams and you can even start your very own tournament right in your back yard (or on the field you decided on). Whatever you do, just simply have fun!
How about you? Have you ever set up your own paintball field or hosted your very own tournament? If so, share your stories and tips for starting your own paintball field. We would love to hear from you!
Are you depressed? Need something to make you perky and happy, all tingly inside?! Boy do we have a solution for you! ANOMALY LV1!!!!!
Check out what Planet Eclipse has to say about their Ego LV1 Paintball Guns:
The Planet Eclipse Ego LV1 is the first new tournament marker from Eclipse since they introduced the Geo back in 2009. The idea behind this particular paintball gun is that it expresses Eclipse’s passion, performance and quality all wrapped up in one. Every aspect of this gun is superior, lacking no flaws that we can find! Planet Eclipse truly pursued perfection and made it a reality for us paintball lovers.
Although we have covered this paintball gun before, it’s important to stress some of the features and why this marker will make you the happiest you have ever been in your entire life! Below are some of the features:
Unique Lever Valve Mechanism
Zick3 Rammer System
Heavy and Light Zick3 Rammer Included
SL4 Inline Regulator
AT Pipe Gas Transfer System
High Flow Onion Valve
Shielded Valve Spring
40% Larger Valve Chamber
65-80psi LPR Pressure
120-135psi Inline Pressure
Contoured Grip and Console
HiGrip Foregrip and Body Sleeve
Adjustable Direct Acting Solenoid Valve
Dual Rammer Speed Controls
Tool-less Bolt, Rammer and Valve Removal
14.5″ Shaft4 Barrel with 0.689″ Back
Infra-Red Break Beam Eyes
Replaceable Transflective Graphic LCD Module
Adjustable Tru-Colour RGB LCD Backlite
16-Bit Microprocessor – 16 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second)
Improved Solenoid Drive Circuitry for increased Velocity Consistency
Menu Driven User Interface
Ultra-Lightweight, Single Billet 3D Machined Body (Machined in the UK)
Deftek Offset Feed Tube
Clamping Feed with Sprocket Wheel Adjustment
Integrated Rammer Housing
Micro-Switch and Opto Sensor Trigger Activation
Dual Instrument Grade Ball-Raced Trigger
Dual Trigger Return Mechanisms – Magnetic and Spring Trigger
Integrated Audible Sounding Device
Ramping and Semi-Auto Modes
Compliant with Regulations of all Major Paintball Leagues
Assembled and Tested at Planet Eclipse HQ in the UK
If you would like to learn more about these paintball guns, feel free to check out this YouTube video produced by Hustle Paintball: