One of the great things about paintball is the fact that, unlike other sports, you can really load yourself up with huge varieties of fancy equipment, all designed to give you a situational edge. You can specialize, you can generalize, you can set up your market to fire exactly the way you want, and you can anodize it to give you a distinct style. Of course, the same thing that makes this sport so cool can really work against you if you’re not careful; with the huge variety of aftermarket pieces and instructional know-how on the internet, it’s incredibly easy to spend a lot of money on cheap pieces you don’t understand and don’t work. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran paintball player, here are a few solid rules of thumb to make sure your gear doesn’t get in the way of your game.
For one of the first videos of 2015, we’re gonna go behind the scenes of some of our recent videos, namely the Etek 5. Also, there’s desk building! Odd twerking! Nut Punching! A call for videographer capes! And that’s just in the first two minutes! If you want to get into the funny side of Hustle Paintball, you can watch this video, and the other one hundred and two Reload videos here. For those of you who want to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into, please read on; it will only prime you for the horror that is to come…
The fifth time must be the charm, as the Hustle Mystery Box is back! Hustle Paintball is giving you a way to surprise yourself with a grab-bag of completely random paintball goodies. It’s really very simple: buy one of three size boxes, and we fill it up with a random assortment of paintball goods from our warehouse, and a chance to win one of two brand spankin’ new Anomaly Edition Planet Eclipse Geo 3.5 markers (valued at $1,500 each).
Wanna know how? You can either read on, or you can check out the video here.
We’ve all been there at one point or another; right in the middle of an important game, your visor goes all white and you can’t see anything but blurs of color before you get tagged. It’s called mask fog, and it’s a natural part of wearing a mask in paintball. When you sweat or breathe in your mask, little bits of water get out and condense on your lenses, which mess up your vision. Unfortunately, you can’t simply get rid of the mask, because playing without one is incredibly dangerous. Rather than simply putting up with the occasional mask fog and getting tagged out, you can actually do something about it. We’ve got a list of some of the best techniques here, but if you’d like to see the whole video, it’s right here.
Option 1: Keep It Clean and Dry
First off, having the right after-market equipment makes all the difference. While most of the masks you’re able to buy right now have some kind of anti-fog coating on them, no coating can completely prevent fog. This can be fixed by the Pathogen AR Kleen Goggle Cleaner Spray, which, in addition to cleaning the lens off, will also keep it dry and slow down fogging in the future. Simply spray a bit on a micro-fiber cleaning cloth (to prevent scratching and protect the coating) and rub it on the inside of your visor. This is probably the simplest way to keep your mask from fogging up, and all you need to do is clean your lens up between rounds.
Another option you can consider is putting a small fan inside your mask (in the video, they use the JT Vortex II model). While it may cost some money and not move a lot of air, it will move enough air through your mask to keep condensation out. If you find it works for you, it’s a really great investment.
Option 2: A Better Lens
If the first options aren’t working well enough for you, you can try moving up to a better double-pane lens. Most companies make these, and the premise is actually pretty simple; a strong outer pane to stop paintballs, a flexible inner pane to fit to your mask, and a cushion of air in between. While it may not seem like much, this sealed pocket of air keeps the temperature on both lenses a little more constant which, as you know, is one of the reasons your mask fogs up in the first place.
Option 3: Some Home Remedies
Feeling creative? Try some of these home remedies that we’ve heard at Hustle Paintball:
- Put a little foam shaving cream inside your lens, then wipe it off. The remaining residue should be easy to see through and prevent condensation.
- Do the same thing, but with soap or Vaseline.
While nothing can completely stop fog, using any or all of these techniques will certainly make it much less of a problem for you, particularly in the middle of a good paintball game.
While paintball markers tend to replicate a firearm in most respects, new players may initially be confused by one thing above all others the double trigger mechanism. Instead of a single curved trigger for your index finger, you’ll see a much longer trigger indented for both your index and middle fingers. This model, much more common on tournament-grade markers, is an easy way to increase your rate of fire, reduce fatigue on your trigger finger, and generally make your marker easier to fire. But why? If you want to see the video, we’ve got a link for that here.
We’re going to take a little break from our usual reviews of paintball gear and goodies to explain some new changes to our website structure. Some of our more astute readers might have noticed that there is now a website called HustlePaintballGear.com, in addition to HustlePaintball.com. Don’t worry, we’re aware of it, and it was actually our idea. We’ll explain here, or if you’d prefer to watch the video, we’ve got a link to it here.
With 2014 already wound down and 2015 just getting started, we at Hustle Paintball thought it’d be a good idea to see just what we’d accomplished over the year on our YouTube show, The Hustle Reload, where we talk about… well, stuff. And do things. And paintball’s involved, part of the time. Fortunately, we’ve got a whole forty minute video of our greatest stuff of 2014, in all its raw, unedited glory. You can watch the video here, but just to get your primed and ready, we’ve got a list of some of the highlights that made this year as cool as it could possibly be.
Have you ever wondered what a real, professional paintball player’s collection looks like? Not just of the most current markers for each style of paintball, but a real honest-to-God collection, pieces that are both works of art and representatives of their age. Fortunately, as one of the first posts of the new year, we’re going to show you what a real professional collection looks like by showing you the forty-five marker collection of two professional paintball players, Eric and Matt Tinnin. These two twins are members of Team Odyssey, a Viper team based out of Houston, TX and LaFayette, LA, with over twenty years apiece worth of paintball experience, so you know that when they say something is “professional”, it literally is. We’ve got the highlights of this video here, but if you want to see the whole collection, you can see the whole thing right here.
If you live out in a rural area, you’ve probably toyed around with the idea of making your own paintball field. After all, if you have the land, you’re halfway to making your own field anyway. However, once you get started, you could find that your project, while fun in the beginning, has turned into an irreparable money sink that you can’t even play on. Whether you want a small private field for you and your team to practice on, or you’re going to try something ambitious and open your own commercial field, here are a few good tips on how to do it affordably.
Paintball is big – I mean really big. And like all sports that get big and incredibly diverse, you occasionally get some weird ideas for markers. What starts out as a project in some guy’s backyard has become a real passion for some paintball enthusiasts and, special thanks to the Internet, we all get to enjoy and buy these wonderful products of a slightly twisted imagination.
For the sake of believability, we’ve only included paintball weapons that you can actually buy. True, there are some great plans on the Internet for everything from paintball flamethrowers to a remote controlled helicopter that drops paintballs – that, unfortunately, is true for everything the Internet touches. Let’s get to the list!