Do you want to intimidate every player on the battlefield with your A5 marker? Of course you do – and one of the best ways to do that? With the MP5 SD A5 Shroud! But is it functional; and most importantly, is it worthy of a purchase? Read our review to find out!
If your marker manufacturer has told you that you need to use paste-style lubricant – then you better do it! Grease is literally the lifeblood of paintball markers: without it, it’s going to dry up, stop working, and die a slow, miserable death. That’s why we have tested TechT’s Gun Sav Paintball Lube, as it’s supposedly one of the best lubes out there for paintball markers. But is it? Read our review to find out more!
Want a powerful, completely-metal 3-watt flashlight for your paintball marker? Then does NCStar have the product for you! A high-output flashlight that mounts to any weaver or picattiny rails, NCStar may have another hit product on their hands. But do they? Keep reading to find out for yourself.
If you find this post, I hope it’s because you are thinking about being a paintball sniper. Chances are—if you are thinking about it—you are a new player looking for all of the paintball sniping tips and tricks you can find.
Here’s the deal…
If you are a new player just getting into paintball, there is a good chance it’s not going to work out. You are not going to be a paintball sniper.
First, let’s talk about sniper-style paintball markers.
We’d be happy to sell you a Milsig M17 DMR. Go ahead, go over to our website right now and buy one.
It’s a pretty slick marker, it’s first strike ready and it has rails to mount your favorite long-range scope.
Chances are, however, that you aren’t going to get one. Even if you do, you’re going to have to shell out $1,300 and you might end up disappointed at sniping performance, even with first strike rounds.
First Strike rounds are expensive. At $20 for 40 rounds on our website, you’re going to end up spending a premium for accuracy. You’re not going to find them much cheaper elsewhere.
They are a definite improvement over traditional paintballs. Beyond the cost issue, however, they are likely not accurate enough over long range to make sniping viable as a paintball strategy.
If right now you close your eyes and picture long-range engagements over 80 or 100 yards—sitting and waiting, firing one shot and delivering a single hit—you are in for a real awakening when it comes to playing as a paintball sniper.
Another problem you will run into is with the Ghillie suit that you’re interested in. I’m guilty of it. I was a younger player when Tippmann released the Flatline barrel for the 98—I was excited to put on a Ghillie suit, get the cammo face paint from the army surplus store, get my jungle boots on and sit. I was excited to wait for 20 minutes out in the woods at our home game to get the perfect shot.
I never got that Ghillie suit or the Flatline.
But, if I had, there is a good chance I would have been disappointed.
The first problem is that other players and organized fields HATE Ghillie suits. Paint doesn’t like to break on them. People get upset if you are wearing them and some fields ban them. Plus, unless it is a massive open woodsball course, you’re going to have trouble finding the range to engage people as a sniper anywhere. All of this drama happens before you get sick of wearing it because it’s too warm.The point is, paintball—even scenario woodsball or milsim—is a game of speed and tactical movement. Long range players can fit in in some situations, but the romanticized idea of move-style sniping—laying back 100 to 200 yards away from the field and slowly picking off players one by one while you are out of range, just isn’t that realistic.
If you are an experienced player and you enjoy the novelty of a sniper style paintball gun, go ahead and get the M17 DMR or a similar marker. Buy about $1000 of first strike rounds, and have fun.
If you are a new player, you are better off with a less expensive marker and setup for close quarters engagements. You learn more about the sport, more about teamwork, and—in my opinion—you end up having more fun running and gunning up close and making fast-action tactical decisions while working and communicating with your team.
If you have been looking for some extra screws for your Tippmann (A5 and Model 98 only), then do we have the deal for you! The best way to have some extra screws on-hand at any time is to make the smart decision and choose the Trinity Tippmann Screw Kit today! Learn more about it after the jump.
T’was nearly four years ago to today that we gave a review of the Metadyne Havoc Launcher Breech Upgrade Kit – an awesome upgrade for the awesome Metadyne Havoc Launcher. It’s still one of the most fun reviews that we have ever done, and today’s flashback review? It’s showcasing one of the best upgrades for the Metadyne Havoc Launcher. Without further ado, here’s our review (but you already know you have to have this upgrade, right?).
Want a military style paintball marker?
Don’t quite want to spend the money to get a newly released CQC?
The Tippmann Project Salvo is for you.
It’s a great entry-level military style paintball gun that’s perfect for a beginner or anyone who just wants another marker kicking around.
Like most of the Tippmann paintball guns you see—the Project Salvo is really a Tippmann 98 on the inside. They just did some work to make the exterior look cooler. The advantage is that you get the awesome reliability of Tippmann 98 internals. That means that this marker will last forever and you’ll be able to beat the hell out of it.
The scenario-style doesn’t stop with looks.
The Project Salvo stock is adjustable and it folds away for tactical maneuverability and the 4 Picatinny rails accept any variation of AR-style accessories. Tippmann built a magazine under the marker that is visually appealing and functional. It acts as a tool storage area.
One of the best parts about the Project Salvo is it’s upgradability.
You can add an e-grip later if you want to as well as a custom response trigger, cyclone feeder, or a flat line barrel. Upgradability makes the Salvo perfect for beginners.
If you want to check out more details, click here for our video review.
You’re also going to need a remote line, so we’re going to give you one for free if you come in and pick up a tan Project Salvo.
With a tank attached to the marker, the adjustable stock isn’t exactly useable. This is a problem with all milsim style paintball markers. Using a remote line for your tank will make it so you can actually hold and use the marker like a military issue AR.
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Looking for a convenient way to carry your paintballs? Want a convenient way to store your paintballs and feed them into your hopper/pod with relative ease? Then do we have the answer for you! It’s the Gen X Global Paintball Hauler, and it’s one of the best ways to store/transport your paintballs with you. Is it worth buying? Find out after the jump!
I primarily used CO2 as a beginner.
There were two reasons. First, the auto shop down the street for me filled my tank for $2. Second, they sold CO2 tanks for paintball guns at my local big box retailer. Growing up, I had to travel 60 miles to get to a paintball specialty store and this was exactly the era of ordering things online.
Now you have the benefit of ordering from us. If you are looking for a high pressure air paintball tank, all you have to do is head over to our website. You can just get it over with right now and order the Ninja SL HPA Tank, or you can continue reading to learn a bit about the differences between CO2 and HPA in paintball.
CO2 In Paintball
It used to be all we had. Until the late 1990s, if you wanted to play paintball, you were using a CO2 tank.
You’ll see CO2 in two formats—tanks and 12 gram cartridges. My first paintball gun was a Brass Eagle Talon pump. I got it at Wal Mart. It used 12 gram cartridges. I got a 12 gram adapter for my Brass Eagle Stingray too. You could shoot like 30 rounds out of your 200 round hopper before you had to reload the 12 gram cartridge.
CO2 tanks and cartridges are filled with a liquid that expands into a gas that operates your marker’s bolt mechanism. The expansion from liquid to gas makes the tank cold to the touch. On certain days, my tank used to get frosty.
Your Paintball Gun Doesn’t Like CO2
Plain and simple—your marker isn’t “happy” when you run CO2 through it. Your o-rings don’t like the changes in temperature. It’s just not awesome unless you have an old marker designed to run CO2 only.
Yeah. There are plenty of things you can do to make it easier on your marker. You can add an expansion chamber like the one my Kingman Spyder Shutter from 2002 had. An expansion chamber gives CO2 some room to expand from liquid into gas before it freezes the insides of your paintball gun. You can also get a regulator designed for use with CO2 and a remote line to allow for even more expansion room.
But CO2 Is Cheaper
It’s inexpensive. It also takes up less space. You aren’t storing gas to fire your marker, you are storing a liquid that expands into gas—that takes up less room. That means that for tank size, you’ll get more rounds per fill out of your tank. Also—everyone and their brother can fill CO2 tanks. At least it seems that way. Like I mentioned before, I used to be able to walk 30 seconds to get a fill from an auto shop.
High Pressure Air: Better For Your Marker
Go ahead and buy an HPA tank.
It provides more consistent gas, more stability with temperature changes, and it doesn’t freeze your paintball gun up.
HPA is better for high fire rates and electronic markers.
You also get a gauge on the tank regulator so you know exactly when you are about to run out of air.
Yes. You have to pay more. Likely above $200 to get a quality, durable tank that doesn’t weigh a ton. You can’t bang an HPA tank around—they are fragile and they will break.
Just Get An HPA Tank
Seriously. Unless you are shooting an old-school marker from 1993, you should be using HPA in your paintball gun.
Just about everyone started with inexpensive CO2 tanks.
Now’s the time to move on up.
Go ahead and make the investment. Head over to our website and check out one of the Ninja HPA tanks. The 68cu 4500 PSI Ninja SL Carbon Fiber Tank is a great choice.
If you do not need a full size backpack, yet you want the same quality that you have come to trust from Gen X Global, then it is in your best interest to take a look at the Mini Tactical Backpack. Larger than you would expect with lots of capacity for your favorite paintball gear, it’s one of the roomiest little backpacks around. But is it worth your money? Take a look at our review below to find out for yourself.