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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.