Cromer’s Behind The Counter #7: Tippmann TCR, Exclusive Kohn Gear, More!

tippmann tcr

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.

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Paintball Conditioning: How to Improve Your Mental Skills


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.

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Review: Stella Barrel System

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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.

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Review: Valken MI-9 Paintball Mask

Valken MI-9

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.

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Overview: Tank Covers

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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.

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Review: Exalt Paintball Pod Swab

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Getting broken paintballs anywhere can really affect your paintball game. A broken ball in your marker’s barrel can mess up your aim, a broken ball on your visor can mess up your vision, and a broken ball in your hopper can mess up feeding. However, the one part of your marker that nobody’s come up with a viable solution for cleaning is your pods; a broken paintball in your pods can coat all of your remaining paintballs, your marker bolt, and your hopper with a layer of paint that messes up your accuracy and ROF, seizes up your marker when it dries, and is incredibly difficult to clean out in the middle of a firefight. While you can still wash your pods after your day of paintball is done, wouldn’t it be better to have a solution that you can use on the paintball field? Enter the Exalt Paintball Pod Swab, a simple swab with the power to save you a lot of broken paintball headaches. If you’d like to see the video, it’s right here.

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Review: Kohn Sports Gear

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Any good game of paintball is going to involve a lot of fast sprints, split-second draws, and a few incredibly tense moments as you round corners or check over obstacles. What do all these have in common? Sweat. If you’re going to be sweating for long periods of time, it’s going to fog up your mask, get in your eyes, and, honestly, make everything you own smell horrible. What you need is a headwrap that stops sweat right at the source, all while looking good for years (and hopefully washes) to come. Fortunately, Kohn Sports has a great line of headwraps, headbands, and even barrel covers to keep your head and your marker clean and stylish both on and off the field. If you want to see all the styles that Kohn has to offer, just check out our video here.

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Review: AIM Sports 10-round Tube/12-gram Bandolier


With the ever-expanding popularity of mag-fed paintball, it’s no surprise that even long-time woodsball players are trying to mix up their games with some limited ammo paintball games. One of the most common ways to bridge this gap is with modified stock-class paintball, using woodsball markers with limited paint in smaller ten round tubes and run through a stock class feed neck adapter to add a new element of challenge. Of course, new players to this style might find that their old harnesses, which were designed for 100 round pods, won’t hold the ten round tubes at all. Fortunately, there’s a simple, effective solution, and it’s AIM Sports’ 10 round tube/12 gram CO2 cartridge Bandolier. If you want to see the video, you can check it out here.

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Review: Planet Eclipse Etek 5

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After too many years of waiting and too much teasing, it’s finally here. Planet Eclipse has finally released their newest mid-grade electropnumatic marker, the Etek 5, and we at Hustle Paintball were quite literally blown away. While we did have some advance notice on this marker, we still weren’t sure what to make of it; after all, the Etek line had always been considered the stripped-down version of Planet Eclipse’s Ego, so we really kind of expected to be getting a new Etha model. However, after taking some time to shoot this marker, we’re pretty convinced that the Etek is bridging the gap between amateur and pro markers. If you want to see the full video, you can watch it here.

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Review: Sport Smoke Tactical Smoke Grenade Pouches

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If you’re going to play a good game of paintball, your best friend, besides your marker, is going to be your MOLLE vest. These vests look and act like the real thing in the middle of scenario games, and there’s a reason they’re the combat standard for armies today; the MOLLE setup is infinitely customizable, yet still keeps all of your gear centered on your torso. Of course, if you fill your MOLLE vest with low-quality pouches, this useful setup can become more of a hassle than an asset on the paintball field. You can stop this problem dead in its tracks with a set of Tactical Smoke Grenade Pouches from Sport Smoke. To hear all the benefits of these pouches, you can either watch the video here, or keep reading.

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