The Hustle Reload #108

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Folks, it’s that time of week again. Not the time when your rent’s due, but the time where you get to see what your favorite paintball crew are getting into with The Reload, Hustle Paintball’s behind-the-scenes look at our product reviews, our crew, and the wacky shenanigans involved in both. If you’d like, you can skip right ahead to the video here, or you can whet your appetite for paintball hilarity by reading on…

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Review: CGS Hand Flare

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Looking for a way to make your next game of scenario paintball a little more interesting? For a limited time, we at Hustle Paintball have just the thing you’re looking for to give your night games a little extra spice. Imagine it; you’re playing a serious game of capture the flag in an abandoned building complex late at night. After a few good pushes, you and your team finally make it across the no-man’s land and overwhelm the last flag defender. You take the flag, immediately turn around, and sprint as fast as your legs will carry you, your adrenaline pumping with every step. You’re aware that the other team’s shooting at you, but you’re too busy running to shoot back or even look. After what feels like an hour of hard sprinting, you’re back at your home base, flag in hand. Breathing heavy, you raise the flag above your head and… pull the drawstring, letting a 15,000 candlepower flare signal your victory.

With our new selection of CGS Hand Flares, we can make that happen for you. If you want to see what these beauties can look like in action, just watch our video here.

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Paintball Conditioning: How To Improve Your Technical Skills


Not that type of conditioning…

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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Beginner’s Guide: Everything You Need To Know Before Playing Your First Round Of Paintball


Starting paintball is a lot like any other sport; you’re not sure what you should be doing, you’re going to get overwhelmed with options, and everybody has their own ideas about exactly what you should be doing. While you can get most of your answers from the team at your local paintball field, we’ve found that there are a handful of questions that keep getting asked by curious new players, almost without fail. We decided to take some time today and knock out a couple of common questions for new players so you can feel a bit more comfortable during your first few games.

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Review: Morph Fire Tippmann A5 Conversion Kit

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If you’re fortunate enough to own a Tippmann A5 paintball marker, you already know just how great it can be for both woodsball and mil-sim play. In addition to its solid stock parts, the A5 platform has become so widely used that it now has a huge aftermarket modification community, providing everything from fire selectors to stocks and literally everything in between. In fact, Morph Fire has just modified one of their products to fit the A5 line. If you haven’t heard of Morph Fire, you’re in for a real treat; this little attachment for your Tippmann A5 turns your paintball marker into a fast-firing BB gun in as little as sixty seconds. If you want to see a (slightly silly) demonstration, we’ve got one for you right here.

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Review: Violent Series Trigger (Plus, Installation!)

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As we’ve covered before, double triggers are some of the first upgrades you should do for your marker. They’re simple to do, give you a host of ways to pump up your rate of fire, and, by spreading the trigger pull across two fingers, make it that much easier to get off quick snap shots. Of course, if the trigger feels bad in your hands, you may be put off by the whole concept. This is a shame, but more importantly, it doesn’t have to be; the guys at Violent Series have a whole line of double triggers, each with slightly different shapes, designed to fit different hands and make shooting your marker as comfortable as possible. If you want to watch the video, it’s right here.

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Installation: Virtue Vio Extend Visor and Fan

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If you are fortunate enough to own a set of Virtue Vio Thermal Paintball Goggles, you already know exactly how comfortable this mask really is. With a design that’s perfect for both protecting your face and keeping it comfortable, as well as a mask that comes in a huge variety of color combinations, this is quite possibly the best mask you’ll forget you’re wearing on the paintball field. If that wasn’t enough, the guys at Virtue Paintball decided that, yes, you can improve on a good thing, releasing a set of aftermarket additions to your mask designed to make your mask even more comfortable. You can watch the video here, but if you read on, we’re going to break down some of their best new stuff and get you links to each piece, as well as how to install them.

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Tier Your Gear: Advanced

Empire E-Flex Goggle - Limited Edition - Skull

Let’s face it: at the intermediate level, you’re simply awesome. You push your gear to the limit, you’re confident maintaining every piece you own, and you spend as much time planning your strategy and staying in shape as you do playing the game. You may even be on a paintball team, competing for cash and sponsorships. You’re a tournament-grade player who needs the very best gear customized to your play style, and price is no longer an object.

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Tier Your Gear: Intermediate

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You’re a seasoned player, so you (think) you know how all of this stuff works.. If it breaks, you can fix it. If it’s slow, you have an idea of how to improve it. While you may not be at a tournament level, you’ve got a decent amount of skill, a fast reaction time, and you don’t have to work against your gear to score hits. At this point, you’re going to be doing more upgrading than purchasing, but there still are a few pieces that you can really benefit from adding to your arsenal.

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Tier Your Gear: Beginner

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If you’re just starting paintball, you’re gonna get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff you can get when you first step onto the field. Because you’re going to (obviously) want it all, you won’t be able to afford everything you want. Fortunately, in this three part review, we’ve tiered out all the gear you should get for your skill level.

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