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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The Hustle Reload #104

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Once again, we’ve got a brand new episode of your favorite behind-the-scenes paintball show, The Reload, from your favorite paintball guys, the team at Hustle Paintball. Today, we’ve got a real treat for you in the form of our brand new Havoc Launchers, back in stock and ready to sell. Of course, it wouldn’t be as fun if we just told you, so we’ve made sure that we’ve got a good show to make it interesting. People could probably get hurt, so this might be the last time you see some of your favorite Hustle Paintball employees (heck, anything can happen). You should probably watch this one here.

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Poor Paintball Habits

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Just like any sport, paintball has its share of people who, whether they mean to or not, are actively making the game less enjoyable for everyone else. While in most cases, this is an awful lot like the “defining pornography” debate (“I shall not attempt to define it, but I know it when I see it—Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, paraphrased), there are a few solid types of behavior that are just marks of a bad paintball player. If you find yourself doing any of these things, it’s a good idea to take a step back and correct yourself; whether it’s an accident or not, it’s still bad form that might be making you less fun to play with.

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Spice Up Your Game With These Paintball Variants

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After a certain point, you may find yourself growing a bit bored with your standard paintball games and scenarios. Sure, paintball is a fun game, but after a while, all the team-on-team shootouts start to feel kind of similar. Fortunately, pickup paintball is pretty fluid on the rules and offers a lot to anyone who wants to try something new. Whether you want to make a big change or a small one, mixing your game up a bit can keep you entertained for much longer, and also keep you learning new things about your paintball style. Here, we’ve got a list of some absolutely unique types of paintball game that you can try the next time you and your team are out of ideas.

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Managing Your Paintball Gear

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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.

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How To Stop Mask Fog

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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.

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Should You Use A Double Trigger?

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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.

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Tinnin Brothers’ 2014 Marker Collection

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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.

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Making Your Own Paintball Field

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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.

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Weird Paintball Products

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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!

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