How to Install a Tippmann Cyclone Feed Upgrade Kit

The Tippmann Cyclone Feed System Upgrade Kit is one of the most popular aftermarket upgrades for your Tippmann 98 series, US Army Alpha Black or Bravo One, or Project Salvo paintball gun. It’s a very simply, easy install, but can be intimidating to some people, so we walk you through the process of installing the CFS kit.

The Tippmann 98 GTA Cyclone Feed Upgrade Paintball Gun Parts

Now you can give your 98 or 98 custom marker the same advantages as the A-5! And tippmann 98 gta cyclone feed upgrade paintball gun partsNOW, they will fit the all-new US Army Alpha Black and Alpha Black Tactical Paintball Markers!

Features:

  • Links the feeder sprocket to the air system
  • Synchronized ball feed for reduced breakage and jamming
  • The faster you shoot, the faster you feed!
  • Feeds up to 15 balls per second
  • Includes wide mouthed 200 round low profile hopper (the same as the one that comes with the 2011 A5 & X7
  • Attaches via quick release elbow
  • May require a different power tube: Please call if you have any questions
  • Fits all Tippmann Model 98, 98 Custom, and Custom Pro markers, as well as US Army Alpha Black, Alpha Black Tactical, Bravo One, and Project Salvo Markers!

Some reviews we have received about the Tippmann 98 GTA Cyclone Feed Upgrade:

“This is definitely worth the money. I purchased this for my Alpha Black and I can definitely tell the difference in the performance.” ~Kim

“Works great easy install, if you own a 98 custom buy this” ~Donavon

“This product realy help me and my gun perform better. i have the tippmann alpha black with an e grip and i needed a cyclone for cheap and the man at paintball sphere told me this performs good and it will shoot 15 balls per sec and not clog. and its acted that good ever sence i got it. so i would get it if you are on a tight budget and need a cyclone or if you just like a good upgrade to your alpha black, carver one, project salvo, etc. SO GET IT” ~Denver

How to Choose the Right Size HPA or Compressed Air Paintball Tank

So, the question comes up quite frequently of “How do I choose the right size HPA/Compressed air tank for my paintball gun?”  In this particular video, Erik ninja-paintball-breast-cancer-tankdemonstrates how and what tank is right for you and your marker.  For most people a 68cu 4500psi is the best sized carbon fiber tank there is, but there is so much more to it than that! Erik walks you through all the things to consider when it comes to dropping $150-200 on a killer compressed air or HPA paintball tank.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Compressed Air Paintball Tank

When searching around for the perfect compressed air tank, it is important to understand the difference in a CO2 tank and a compressed air tank.

CO2 is probably the most commonly used air supply in the paintball world, but it is greatly affected by the climate.  To give you an idea of what we are talking about, the colder the environment is, like an outdoor game or a super air-conditioned room, the less distance and accuracy you will see when you shoot at an opponent.  On the other hand, if you are ninja paintball 90 cu 4500 psi compression tankplaying in a very warm climate or in a hot indoor game, the speed of your shot will increase along with your accuracy.  So, you can see why many paintball players around the world prefer not to use a CO2 tank, simply because of the consequences and differences in shots and accuracy.  So with that, that is why things are shifting towards compressed air tanks.

When you are shopping around for a compressed air tank there are several factors you will want to consider.  For example, if you like for your marker to be close to your shoulder then you will want a smaller tank; but if this is not a concern for you then size really should not and does not matter.

Also, you might want to consider what the tank is made of.  Most compressed air tanks are made of either steel, which will make the tank a bit heavier.  Larger psi tanks tend to be constructed of an inner aluminum body and wrapped in a Carbon Fiber outer shell.

A last consideration is that of pressure.  There are two different compressed air tank pressures: high and low.  Depending on your marker the pressure you will want will vary.  For example, with lower end markers you may want to look into a higher pressured compression air tank, helping to create a more accurate and faster shot.  For higher end markers, it is usually recommended that you purchase a low pressure compression air tank.  If you are at all concerned about the difference in the low and high pressured compression air tanks, then feel free to contact us at Hustle Paintball, we would love to answer your questions and guide you a bit more on what compression air tank would be best for you and your marker.

Paintball Knee Pads: Dye Precision 2011

These pads are the best of the best – super comfortable and very well padded – no matter how hard you play, these knee pads will be able to keep up with you!

The Dye Precision Core Knee Pads were designed for the most aggressive player who is willing to risk it all for the love of the game. If you want to make the game winning move without having to worry about your knees, then these are a must. From the abrasion-resistant outer skin, to the energy rebounding metal inserts, Dye Core Knee Pads will give you a sense of protection like no other. Knees are important, so don’t take a chance. Dye Precision Core Knee Pad

Features:

  • Abrasion-resistant outer-skin
  • Energy rebounding metal inserts
  • 1 1/2 inch to 2 inches worth of padding
  • Anti-slip grip
  • Good protection without having to cover a large amount of the leg and shins

What are your thoughts on paintball knee pads?  Are they a necessity in your paintball gear bag?  Do you always wear them?  Just…what do you think?  Share your thoughts below…

Cheap Paintball Guns under $100

At Hustle Paintball we strive to offer you the best products at the lowest price possible.  When it comes to paintball guns, Hustle Paintball is the leading provider of top of the line paintball markers on the Internet.  Maybe you are one of those players who have been playing once every few months just for fun and just decided to take the plunge and buy your first cheap paintball gun.  Or maybe you just want something to play around with.  Whatever your reason for purchasing a cheap paintball gun, we have just what you are looking for.  Take some of these guns into consideration:

The Azodin KAOS .68 CAL Semi-Auto - $89.95

The Azodin Kaos Semi-Auto Paintball Marker. Developed with the highest standard in mind, KAOS incorporates the latest technological breakthrough, while providing standard Azodin KAOS .68 CAL Semi-Autofeatures that are found on $1000 markers. KAOS gives you the competitive edge on the field of battle.

Features:

  • Low Rise Twist Lock Feed Neck
  • Non-Slip Rubber Grip Panels
  • Self Lubricating Delrin Bolt
  • Double Ball Detents
  • 12 Single Piece Barrel
  • Top Cocking Pull Pin
  • Gas-Thru Foregrip
  • Operates with CO2 or HPA
  • Aluminum Grip Frame With Dovetail and Direct Screw Mount

Tippmann Gryphon Basic Paintball Gun - $69

The Gryphon is Tippmann’s proof of what performance is possible, even at a low price tag. The Tippmann Gryphon paintball gun has a cool feature of no external hosing, so you’ll never have to deal with a steel braided line or leaky macro fittings.

The inline bolt system of the Tippmann Gryphon is reliable and requires little maintenance. Tippmann Gryphon Basic Paintball GunTippmann paintball guns have always required low maintenance with high durability, and this is no exception. Tippmann puts their money where their mouth is and backs the Gryphon with a 1-year warranty!

Tippmann Gryphon Paintball Gun Features:

  • Internal Gasline for a cleaner look – No exposed hoses
  • Inline bolt system that is reliable and proven to perform
  • Rigid, ergonomically designed front grip
  • Center feed design to maximize mobility, whether you’re coming out of your bunker to the right or left
  • High-impact composite body that is built to last
  • Blade trigger designed for a smooth trigger pull
  • High performance ported barrel designed to reduce sound and improve accuracy
  • New frame and loader position to provide a more balanced feel to the marker than other entry level markers.
  • Caliber – .68
  • Power – Air assisted blow back
  • Compatible with Compressed Air/High Pressure Air/N2/Nitrogen and CO2
  • Trigger – Manual (Semi-Automatic)
  • Barrel Length – 9.7 inch
  • Weight – 2.046lbs
  • Firing Rate – As fast as you can pull the trigger! 8 balls per second is average
  • Finish – Gloss
  • Overall Length – 19.8″
  • Effective Range – Adjustable. Typical is 150+ feet @ 300 feet per second (fps)

Valken V-TAC SW-1 Marker – $99.99

Features:

  • Corrosion-resistant aluminum and polymer construction
  • Durable powder-coated receiver
  • Stainless steel bottom line hose
  • Removable ported barrel
  • Replaceable barrel thread adapter
  • MIL-STD-1913 Accessory Rail
  • Removable feedneck adapter
  • Valken V-TAC SW-1 MarkerHigh-flow aluminum Air source adapter
  • Modular design for easy customizing and upgrading
  • Designed for use with CO2 or High Pressure Air
  • Meets or exceeds all applicable ASTM standards
  • Caliber – 0.68
  • Action – Semi-Automatic
  • Barrel – Removable 9in ported (A5 thread)
  • power – CO2 or Compressed Air (High Output)
  • Construction – Aluminum & Polymer
  • Effective Range – 150+ feet

What To Wear For Paintball

Wearing the right gear while playing paintball is essential, simply because it acts as a protective layer and is just part of being a true paintball player.  And to add to that, paint is pretty harsh on clothing so you want to make sure you are wearing either really old clothes or clothing designed for paintball specifically.

Some Clothing Recommendations

You will want to dress in layers.  By dressing in layers, you are reducing the impact that the paint shot at you has on your body.  So the layers act as a protective barrier for you.  Also, if it is extremely hot out, you obviously don’t want to pile on the heavy clothing, so what do you do then?  Just be smart and wear clothing that is both protective and can withstand paintballs being shot at it.

Some recommendations:

  • A Pair of Jeans or Paintball Pants – Wearing a good solid pair of pants is critical for Dye Precision Tactical Pant 2.0protecting your legs and backside. Durability, something with pockets and the ability to include some knee pads are some good key points to keep in mind.  Take for example the Dye Precision Tactical Pant 2.0.  These paintball pants were strategically made with you paintballers in mind.  They feature 45 degree pockets for easy access, stretch so you can wear knee pads.  Another great feature is that they are bombproof!  The material and stitching was strategically made so you can slide, dive and roll with confidence.  Check out some other really great paintball pants at Hustle Paintball by following this link here.
  • A T-Shirt or Two – Like we said above, you really want to focus on layering to help protect your body from paintball impact.  So layering with some t-shirts, either short HK Army Tshirtor long sleeve is the way to go.  We have a huge selection of paintball brand t-shirts that you can check out.  The brands we have include HK Army, Propper, Hustle Paintball, TechT Paintball, Tippmann, Valken and Violent Series.  Check them out!
  • Heavier Items Depending On The Weather – If it is cold out, you are definitely going to want something heavier on like a hoodie or paintball jacket.  These are great to keep in your body heat and also add some extra padding, giving you even PROPPER Foul Weather Gore-tex Parkamore protection.  We have a few really awesome hoodies on our website, and a pretty wide selection when it comes to the paintball jackets.  One of our best jackets/parkas that we have in stock includes the PROPPER Foul Weather Gore-tex Parka II, it comes in all sizes ranging from a 2X Extra Long all the way down to an extra small.  The features that are packed into this one parka are amazing!  It is made of 100% nylon, is waterproof, windproof and totally breathable fabric.  And not to mention, it is contamination-resistant!  How cool is that?!  What we love the most about this parka is that it is made in the USA and will never shrink or fade.  You just can’t beat it!
  • Additional Protective GearThis includes gloves, knee pads, elbow pads and even protective head gear.  The more padding you have on, the less the risk of having a huge bruise or welt from getting shot at.
  • Shoes - You are obviously going to need a really good pair of paintball shoes to run in, with some good treading.  The Exalt TRX cleat is a great option because it beats out any other cleats used in any other sport!  They improve your game, offer you high-performance and are very lightweight.  Use them during woodsball, scenario, recreational, tournament and even big games!  These cleats feature 7 Spike Exalt TRX Cleatlocations in the forefoot of the out sole; 3 Spike locations at the heel of the out sole; and flexible out sole design, which allows for better traction especially when you are crawling on the ground.

So, there you have it – the paintball clothing you will need to play and be comfortable out on the field.  Do you have any special clothing or items that you wear while playing?  If so, leave us a comment describing what you wear during tournaments, out playing woodsball or at big games.

How To Buy The Right Paintball Gun For You

To play paintball, you have to have a number of things, actual paintballs, a mask, and of course a paintball gun.  But if you have never bought one before, you may not know where to start, what gun to look at and what to buy with your budget.  But the truth stands – you HAVE to have a paintball gun to play paintball.  So here are some simple tips to help you consider just what kind of paintball gun will meet your needs and the size of your wallet.

How To Buy The Right Paintball Gun

  1. The Price – Obviously the price of the gun is going to affect whether or not you decide to purchase it.  So before you even begin to consider looking at paintball CCM T2 Pump Markerguns, give your budget a quick look and decide on how much you can spend.  There are many guns out there that are reasonably priced in the $100 to $700 range.  On the other end, there are very high dollar paintball guns that reach into the thousands.
  2. The Right Fit – A good thing to do before you get your heart set on one paintball gun is to test them out before you buy one.  This way you will better understand how the gun works and if you even like it or not.  Some things to consider include how the gun fits in your hands, the smoothness of the shot, the volume of the shot, how fast the gun shoots, etc. etc.  This is not required of course, but is definitely recommended; you will want a paintball gun that provides ease and comfort while you are out playing.
  3. The Size – Yes, size does matter when it comes to a paintball gun.  The bigger the gun and the tank, the heavier it will be.  You should want your gun to be easy to handle, but not too easy.  You just want it to be the right size and weight for you, because you will be carrying it around and running with it during tournaments and games.
  4. planet-eclipse-geo3.1-paintball-gun-midnightShop Around – Hustle Paintball has a ton of paintball guns and paintball gun packages for you to check out, and we would love to assist you in your search for the right gun.  But make sure you have checked out all of your options and have decided on the right choice.
  5. Ask Around – If you are a part of a paintball league ask the guys or girls what gun they recommend and why.  Take a poll!  Someone who has been playing for a while can offer the best advice on what to get or what not to get in terms of paintball guns and gear.  We at Hustle Paintball are also available to answer any of your questions or concerns regarding what paintball gun would fit your wallet and your needs.

So there you have it, our top 5 tips for buying the right paintball gun.  Do you have any tips to offer?  What other considerations did you look into when you bought your first, or second, or seventh paintball gun?  We would love to hear from you!

Planet Eclipse Ego LV1 Review

This is by far the finest paintball gun review we have done to date!  So sit back, grab a snack and enjoy!  We will be reviewing the Planet Eclipse 2013 Ego LV1 Paintball gun.

The Planet Eclipse Ego LV1 is the first new tournament marker from Eclipse since the Geo that was introduced in 2009.  This marker is undeniably remarkable and we will tell you why in this article:planet-eclipse-geo-lv1-paintball-gun

The Eclipse passion, performance and quality have been instilled into this particular paintball gun leaving the competition crying in the dust.  The technology that has been used in making this gun has never even been thought of when it comes to paintball markers.  Shooting and holding this gun is just completely different from any other gun you will pick up.

InternallyThis paintball gun, internally as well as externally, is just remarkable.  On the inside there is a profiled lever that can be found between the rammer and the exhaust valve that separates all of the action between the rammer and bolt from the valve.  Another great aspect is that the new technology allows for the valve to be opened much slower, with less force.

When you shoot this gun you just-can’t-stop!  It is suplanet eclipse ego lv1ch a smooth shot, simply because the kick is greatly reduced and the shot is super quiet.  You definitely have to try out this gun; don’t just take our word for it!

Some other really great features of this paintball gun include:

  • Unique Lever Valve Mechanism
  • Zick3 Rammer System
  • Heavy and Light Zick3 Rammer Included
  • Cure5 Bolt
  • Internal LPR
  • SL4 Inline Regulator
  • AT Pipe Gas Transfer System
  • High Flow Onion Valve
  • Shielded Valve Spring
  • AT POPS
  • 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
  • Integrated FRM
  • Offset BoresPlanet Eclipse 2013 Ego LV1 Paintball Gun Poison IV
  • 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
  • E-Portal Compatible
  • Assembled and Tested at Planet Eclipse HQ in the UK

The Hustle Reload #49 – Quick & dirty tour of New Hustle and a CBTC on RDR settings

“Sorry for the delay! Turns out a bunch of 3D graphics were causing encoding issues. Had to scrap ‘em. Bummer.” -Russell

This week we give you a weekly time lapsed update on the move to New Hustle, or Hustle 2.0.  Cromer hosts a long BTC on the new 2014 Dye i4 masks and talks about the new Pulse RDR along with our new T2s
we got in.

Some questions are gone over in a Qn’A which leads us to a quick and dirty tour of the new place!

Some New Products You Gotta Check Out…

Check out the new CCM T2 – Build Your Own Paintball Gun, you know…the one of your CCM T2 Pump Marker Detaildreams!  This CCM T2 pump paintball marker is definitely a sought after gun, and for good reason.  You get to customize and create the look and feel of the ultimate paintball gun you have always wanted.  The only downside is there is a 4-6 week turnaround, but hey the wait is worth it simply because the performance and customization is amazing.  Depending on the features you select, the price may vary but rest assured, your hard earned money will be well spent!

CCM T2 Pump MarkerSome of the features you get with the CCM T2 pump paintball gun:

  • Dust (matte) or polished finish with dust or polished accents – you choose!
  • Auto trigger kit and a grip frame of your choice with CCM custom grip panels and trigger
  • Bottom line kit
  • Pump return spring
  • 11″ barrel with a 3″ sizer insert of your choice*
  • Choice of feedneck style
  • The pump kit has dust OR polished hardware, pump return spring, the new dual rod assembly and T2 pump handle.
  • Diamond honed bolt bore
  • All of the rods are made from stainless steel
  • Aluminum parts are made from 6061 aluminum for improved anodized finish and color match
  • Each marker has been fully tested and adjusted before it is shipped

Visit this link to see what the customizer is all about.  There are many colors, options and features that you can choose from!

The 2014 Dye Precision i4 Mask

We have reviewed the Dye i4 Masks before, but these new 2014 masks are really great and must be showcased!  Just to recap some of the features:

  • The i4 Rapid Lens Change System
  • 290 Degrees of Horizontal and Peripheral Vision
  • Co-Molded Soft Low Profile MaskDye Precision i4 Mask Airstrike
  • Soft Lightweight Ear Protection
  • Comfortable Anatomic Mask Fit
  • Retention Strap
  • Extreme Multi-Directional Venting
  • 20% Lighter Than Previous i3 Pro Goggle System
  • Upgraded with a High Definition Thermal Lens

 

Playing The Snake in Paintball

Do you need some basic understanding of what playing snake means and how to go about it?  If so, then this article is for you.  Basically, “The Snake” is a unique bunker on the paintball field that requires you to understand how to play it and how to utilize it correctly.  In this article, we will go into some detail regarding the snake and what it is all about…Enjoy!

Find The Snake

snakeOne of the most important parts of playing the snake is knowing where it is in relation to other parts and bunkers of the field.  So what you will want to do is walk the field and figure out the layout before the tournament or play begins.  Some of the things you will want to figure out about the snake before you start playing include the following:

  • What angles and shots are associated with the snake?
  • Where should you pop up from in relation to the snake?
  • Where should your gun point to shoot around the snake?
  • Look for blindshots – these are shots from the bunker that basically block you out, kind of like a car having a blindspot; a blindshot is a great skill when it comes to paintball because you are able to shoot at your opponent without seeing him or her from the snake.

How To Play The Snake

Before you can effectively play the snake, you need to walk the field and understand the field layout; otherwise, you will fail at this.  Every field has its own layout and will require you to learn it before you can play it, and you really need to form a game plan.

  • First off, you want to get to the horizontal bunker and check the tape.  Be aware of where other players are and run with your head up so you can have a good view of where others are.
  • You want to get down the snake as far as possible at lightning speed to avoid getting shot at.  After doing this, you will want to take your angle.
  • Communicate with your teammates.  Snake players need to communicate a lot since they are totally blind during play.  Be sure to listen to what others are saying and play accordingly.  If you are told to move from your position – do that!  If you are told to snakeplayshoot – do it!  Listen for your name and specific calls so you know where your opponent is.
  • Look inside for shots; this is where your angle is going to be.  If you have a corner player, let him protect you during play and watch for opponents.
  • Try not to be predictable, you don’t want the opponent to be able to predict your every move – what good does that do?  Never end up in the same place twice in a row – keep moving.  Keeping different positions will throw your opponent off and help to post up on him or her.
  • Avoid Gun Battles at all costs!  And avoid tunnel vision as well, especially on the tape.
  • Stay tight!
  • Keep moving
  • While playing the snake, practice up on your snapshooting – this is a great opportunity to do this!

What other tips and tricks do you utilize while playing the snake on the field?  If you have any insight, please share them with us below in the comment box!

How To Bunker Another Player

Are you looking to find some really good advice on how to bunker an opposing player?  If so, you have come to the right place!  Bunkering is a special part of paintball and takes quite a bit of skill, especially if you are a newbie.  Basically, what you want to do is run up on the opposing team player and shoot a few paintballs at them while they are looking away.  The key here, however, is to fully know where your opponent is at, at all times and follow a few steps to become successful at this particular art form in the world of paintball.

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Here are a few steps on how to bunker an opposing player in paintball:

  • MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE PLACEMENT OF THE OPPOSING TEAM MEMBER!!  This is very important, because you want to be on top of your game at all times.  Also, this is a great time to pull out that snapshooting skill you have been brushing up on while practicing with your teammates.  Pop out from behind a cover, take a few looks around and fire once you see your opponent.
  • Next, you want to make sure you are communicating with your fellow teammates.  Your teammates should know your placement and know what to expect when you bunker the opponent.  Also be sure to let your teammates know which bunker you will be doing the move on and ask for their response.  They may not feel it is the best decision at the time – Communication is KEY in paintball!
  • Once you have gotten the green light from your teammates, perform a few snapshots and drive your opponent behind his bunker.  Once he or she is behind the bunker, shoot him or her out from behind it and fire away!

Bunkering is a special technique to use on the field and can be helpful for getting an edge up on your opposing team.  However, bunkering takes a lot of luck, and skill, but more so luck.  Learn from your mistakes and practice this skill off of the field and before a big tournament.  Bunkering can be very useful, but also a win or lose type situation – so be careful!

Have you ever performed bunkering during a paintball game or tournament?  If so, give us the details in the comment box!  We would love to hear about your techniques, tricks and tips.  Did the bunkering work out for you and your team?  Share with us!