Today’s feature on the Barrel Break came about from our beloved commander in chief AJ, and came about entirely by accident. After a particularly rough game of paintball, AJ found that, while wearing his Planet Eclipse HDE pants, he found that one of his knee pads seems to have disappeared. To his surprise, he learned that this wasn’t because his pants were broken, but rather because the pads on HDE pants can be removed. All you need to do is simply turn your pant legs out and you’ll find a pouch on the knees; the pads simply pull out. After a little more digging, AJ also found that the same is true for the hip padding, although this one has a Velcro closure. If you’d like to hear AJ talk about it, you can check that out here.
If you’re looking for an authority on some of the best new gear on the market today, why not ask your guys at Hustle Paintball? After all, that’s one of the reasons we have Cromer’s Behind The Counter, Erik Cromer’s weekly show about the latest and greatest in paintball today, told from the point of view of a real professional. Not only are you getting a solid review from a reliable source, but you can easily find all the products that Erik is talking about on Hustle Paintball’s website; if one speaks to you, you know exactly where to get it. We’re just going to give you the highlights here; if you want to see the full video, as well as past episodes of Behind The Counter, just click here.
Have you ever wanted to really improve your paintball game? Paintball is a sport and, like any other sport, requires a rigorous amount of conditioning. When we say “conditioning”, we mean a whole program of exercise, technique training, and getting your mind straight to play at the peak level of your gear. In this three part series, we’re going to talk about the three most important aspects of a paintball player’s conditioning and exactly how you can improve them.
Are we still doing these? You bet we are! It’s that time of the week again for the Hustle Reload, your favorite variety show about what actually goes on at the Hustle Paintball warehouse with your favorite paintball crew. Because you asked for it. So, you’re kinda obligated to watch all of our scripted and unscripted hilarity, because we did it with you in mind. We’d feel sad if you didn’t. Please don’t make us sad; watch the video here. Or, if you want some idea of what’s going to be in this installment (that we did for you), just read on…
Filling your paintball pods sounds simple, right? Just pour paintballs in, shut the lid, and you’re good to go? Well, the answer is yes and no; while you will be able to move paintballs easily from your pods to your hopper in the middle of a firefight, a poorly filled pod can cause more problems for your paintballs and, if the problem doesn’t get fixed quickly, your marker as well. What you’re looking at with a poorly filled pod is a lot of broken paintballs, which not only mess up your pod, but the loose paint can also coat the rest of your paintballs as well, leading to a decrease in accuracy and a lot of paint clogging up your marker’s internals. While you can still shoot your marker this way, it’s going to lead to a lot of extra cleaning for your bolt, your barrel, your hopper, and your feedneck that you shouldn’t have to deal with. If you want to play at your highest levels, having a properly filled paintball pod can keep your paint safe and your marker firing clean. Watch our view here.
When you play paintball, you want to be sure that you mark the targets you aim at, and while there are a lot of factors that make for a successful straight shot, one of the easiest for you to improve is your barrel. A properly sized two-piece barrel can keep your paintballs rolling right down the barrel, port off excess gas to make your marker a little quieter, and keep your paintballs from wobbling around, ensuring they fly straight and true. Fortunately, the folks at Inception Designs have finally released a solid system that’s both incredibly accurate and incredibly customizable, the Stella system. This system is designed to fit any size of paint and give you a marker that’s customized to your shooting style, all for an affordable price. If you want the full review, you can check it out here.
As we’ve said before, a paintball mask will keep you from being shot in the face; a good paintball mask will feel like it isn’t even there. For intermediate level players, it’s awfully difficult to find a “good” mask, simply because there aren’t a lot of choices between your low end and high end masks, where the former get in the way and feel uncomfortable and the latter cost hundreds of dollars. Rather than buy a tournament-grade mask and be afraid of scratching it on every dive, what you really need is a solid mid-grade piece that can take abuse and work at a higher level than your standard rented fare while still staying in your budget. Fortunately for you, Valken Sports has come out with such a piece, the MI-9 Paintball Mask. If you want to hear AJ talk about it, we’ve got that video Here.
Not surprisingly, one of the major components of your electropnumatic markers is going to be… well, electricity. What is surprising, however, is the fact that checking your batteries, one of the easiest things you can possibly do on your markers, is one of the first things that just doesn’t get done, as people move right past this and onto much more serious problems. It’s actually pretty easy to tell when you’re out of juice, especially when you’re ramping or shooting full-automatic; you’ll start getting drop-off, you’ll get misfires, and your paint just won’t go where you’re aiming. While this could be a number of things, one of the most likely candidates, especially on your electro markers, is going to be the batteries. This edition of The Barrel Break sheds some light on the importance of checking your batteries.
If you’re going to have a good marker for paintball, it really helps to have the right gas tank. Whether your choice is an HPA compressed air tank or a CO2 model, a built in regulator, or even a remote line, having the right kind of tank can help your marker shoot at it’s highest possible levels. With an aftermarket paintball tank cover, however, your tank can improve your paintball game even further, both by giving you a sticky grip surface to balance against your body, as well as added protection from all the natural bumps and scratches that come with a good game of paintball. If you want to see our full video buying guide, you can check it out Here.
Is it that time of the week again? Why, yes, yes it is. It’s time for yet another installment of our favorite paintball crew doing the things they do while the cameras document it all, the Hustle Reload. This week, we promise nothing but trivial hilarity designed to keep you from doing all the stuff you should probably be doing. Bright colors! Loud noises! Shiny stuff! And, for the ladies, we’ve got some sexy dancing that was deemed “too hot” for network TV (probably)! It’s what the Internet was made for! If all these exclamation points have you ready for this, you can watch the Reload here! If you want to get some idea of what you’re getting into, than read on…