I remember one afternoon after finishing a day of paintball, a friend and I began sword fighting with our squeegees after cleaning our barrels. The fight consisted of the usual moves: sword fighting from behind, the ‘spin attack into throat’ move, the ‘belly stab,’ and of course the ‘stab to crotch,’ move. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to spin around and grab my squeegee with both hands and attack my friend like I was King Arthur using the legendary sword Excalibur. I hit him in the back so hard, the squeegee broke in half.
Have you been interested in the new Tiberius Arms T15 MagFed paintball marker? If so, let us fill you in on what makes this marker so unique for MagFed players. Check out our preview from late last year, and decide for yourself if you the T15 is right for you.
Have you ever broken paint while firing out of your ZetaMag? It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? Nobody wants to deal with that – especially if you break paint in your magazine. It’s a terrible time – regardless if the paint in question is high or low quality. When it comes to cleaning your ZetaMag’s magazine, you need to have a game plan. The first place to start? Your kitchen sink.
First off—check out Hustle Reload #60 on YouTube and see what’s brewing at Hustle Paintball. Spoiler alert: there will be beer. An order of hops came in, grain is starting to get staked on the storage shelves, and for the first time you can begin to see the scale of our industrial brewing operation.
Last week we made some modifications to the Dangerous Power G3. Our previous edition of Reload. Please take a brief moment to visit dictionary.com before you continue reading. Reload #60 features an overview of the improvements you can find on the Hustle PB-Modified G3.
We believe that our complex modifications drastically improve the G3. No offense if you already own one and it works for you—if you are happy with your G3, we are happy for you. Let’s cut to the key improvements we made to the gun:
1. Custom Milled Body
Our first step was to use an old fashioned hand-operated milling process to custom tool the marker body (threw it into a dumpster from a distance of 50-100 feet). The result is an exposed metal finish with jagged edges that improves the ascetic form of the gun. The addition of sharp edges on the rear of the gun increase the likelihood of injury. This is an important element of paintball—you have to bleed if you want to look like a badass.
2. Slim Profile No-Rise “No Feedneck”
We designed a new No-Rise “No Feedneck” feedneck. The Hustle-Modified G3 is the first paintball gun in history for feature the sleek “No Feedneck” profile. Our complex tooling technology (dumpster throw) was used to crush the feedneck to make it inoperable. We believe that the ascetic design improvements and slim profile of the design trumps any possible functionality loss caused by the lack of a usable feedneck.
3. Improved Barrel Tip
Most custom barrels get larger over the length of the barrel. One example is the Inception Designs Setlla interchangeable system. It increases in diameter throughout the length of each section. We decided to revolt against current design trends and created a “crush-tip jagged edge” barrel tip. It puts some sort of spin on paint—sort of like a flatline-type barrel. We think it’s better, mostly because it has a tendency to break paint into smaller pieces for a shotgun effect. It’s perfect for close quarters engagements.
4. SST Grip Frame
Hustle “Snap Shot Technology (SST)” is a new feature that allows for ambidextrous grip frame barrel rotation. The SST grip frame makes rolling out from cover to shoot an opponent obsolete. Twisting the grip frame rolls the barrel out, reducing your profile and improving your ability to deliver rounds downrange.
More information about ordering the Hustle Modified G3 is available in our video review. Here is a direct time link to the overview of this exciting new product:
We recently caught up with Stark Pursuit to see what they are working on in the mag fed paintball world. These guys are serious about mag fed play. For them, it isn’t just about milsim. It’s also about the form factor that mag fed delivers. Small, light, unobtrusive—there is a slimming sleekness to markers that utalize paintball magazines and the 20 round ZetaMag. Tactically, magazine-based paintball is an entire new world that offers a variety of exciting tactical considerations and equipment options. We learned some exciting things about upcoming Stark Pursuit releases and ZetaMag projects that are in development. Check out our video interview with Ian from Stark Pursuit:
If you don’t know about the ZetaMag, you should. It’s a versatile twin-channel, 20 round capacity, reversible magazine originally designed for use with the Tippmann TPX/TiPX pistol. Operation and reloading is slick—it’s a neat idea—you reload from the same magazine by releasing it and flipping it over in the marker. Both sides of the mag hold paint. The ZetaMag is truly one of the most innovative products in magazine fed paintball. They essentially took a standard Tippmann magazine, improved weather and dust sealing, the feed channels and doubled capacity while only adding 4-inches of length.
Stark has been working hard to develop and release a ZetaMag compatible with the Tiberius T8.1—Tippmann’s direct competitor in the paintball pistol market. They’ve already developed an aftermarket grip for the T8.1 that accepts ZetaMags. The grip includes an ambidextrous safety switch and release points as well as removable back grips. The idea is to create a grip that uses the ZetaMag but also provides the ultimate in fit and customization. If you aren’t into pistol play, the same grip works with the Tiberius T9.1.
Currently, the development phase of the T8.1 aftermarket grip is complete. Stark Pursuit doesn’t have the resources to tool and produce the product yet. Be on the lookout for a crowdfunding campaign to get the grip off the ground. Stark indicated that they might rely on potential customers to get the new grip into the production phase. We’re excited to see if this product takes off.
Here’s something we didn’t realize. The Tippmann 98 mag fed adapter that is about to come out? It turns out that Stark Pursuit was vital to the development process. Stark began the design in 2011-2012 and brought it to Tippmann for production. It’s the perfect idea for one of the most popular paintball guns ever produced.
They are also working on a mag well for the Milsig M17. We got to see the “experimental” version along with a clear ZetaMag that currently isn’t in production. If you want to see the clear ZetaMag, Stark is open to suggestions—contact them and let them know you are interested.
Stark Pursuit also showed us the “Menace Adapter”—a ZetaMag attachment for the CCI Phantom. The adapter removes the hopper system and allows for a magazine attachment in the rear of the marker. The whole system makes the CCI Phantom’s form factor tighter. It just looks cool!
Another product that should be out soon is a magazine well for the Empire Trracer. A ZetaMag full of 20 first strike rounds will be the perfect complement to the legendary Trracer.
Be on the lookout for other releases from Stark Pursuit. We were excited to see them and encouraged by the level of communication, teamwork, and rapport they obviously have with developing products with larger companies like Tippmann.
Designed for maximum consistency, efficiency, quiet operation, and complete customization, the Stella Barrel system by Inception Designs is one of the best deals we have available right now. Each element of the three piece system is sold separately or as a complete kit. We can’t get enough of the Stella. Innovative, modular, and executed to perfection—Inception Designs hit this one out of the park. The entire barrel kit as well as individual components are available for sale on our website right now.
It might not look revolutionary—after all inserts help do match your barrel to your paint, right? The Stella is different. Pressure is one of the biggest problems associated with barrel inserts. The Stella Barrel’s patented pressure reduction porting system is one-of-a-kind and completely reduces the noise and inconsistency we’ve experienced with some insert-based custom bore designs.
Stella starts with an 8-inch control bore machined from 6061 aluminum. It’s available in a variety of custom bores (0.675″, 0.680″, 0.685″, 0.690″ 0.695″) and it is “insert ready.” Three custom bore fronts are also available (0.683″, 0.689″, 0.697″). When configuring a custom barrel, the control bore needs to be larger than the barrel front section. The front section is threaded for a tip end attachment. A variety of lengths are available.
The control bore uses autococker standard threads. The quick-threaded design uses fewer threads than most barrel systems. We anticipate that this will increase durability—more threads means an increased chance of stripping. The spacing of the control bore o-rings prevent metal on metal contact and further improve long-term durability.
Control Bore Specifications
- O-Ring Seals at All Interfaces
- Autococker “Quick Threads”
- Machine Engraving for Size Marks
- Available in Matte Black or Raw
- Six Sizes and Insert-Read
Four port holes are milled into the front of the back piece. These four holes are in front of the threads; They are covered when the front barrel section is attached. The ports act as an exhaust system, emptying air before the paint reaches the front barrel attachment. The exhaust points combine with extensive front porting to reduce unnecessary pressure and deliver accurate, consistent rounds downrange.
Noise reduction is an added advantage of porting at the front of the control bore and the front barrel system. This is one of the quietest barrels currently on the market. Front bore sizing dramatically improves accuracy and consistency. Many manufacturers make custom control bores and inserts. Few take the time to design custom bore front pieces.
Barrel Front Specifications:
- O-Ring Seals at All Interfaces
- Porting to Maintain Efficiency and Reduce Noise
- Machine Engraved Sizes
- Open-Source Tip Sizing (Compatible with Variety of Tips)
- Available in Matte Black or Raw
Total barrel length is only controlled by tip size. The tips are .70″ bore and available in a variety of sizes. Any Apex tip will fit the end of the barrel. Additionally, each Stella component comes with firm packaging that can be reused—this helps keep your barrel parts protected in your gear bag.
Inception Designs got everything right with this barrel. With a patented porting and exhaust system, the Stella is consistent, quiet, and accurate. It’s completely customizable; You can even use an insert with the largest control bore. For the price, there is nothing else like it available right now. Check out our website to order the barrel backs, front sections, and tips. For the ultimate in customization, the entire kit is also available.
We don’t have to tell you that Paintball Extravaganza 2014 showcased some of the hottest new products coming out in 2014 and the year following. What we saw at Extravaganza ’14 made us excited for what is to come in 2014, and the awesome freakable carbon fiber barrels from GOG are no exception. This exciting barrels may just rock your world in the coming year (and hopefully, the years to follow), so without further ado, here is what you can expect from GOG’s exciting new carbon fiber barrels:
HK Army teased the release of the KLR goggles at World Cup 2013 and we just saw them again at Paintball Extravaganza 2014 a few weeks ago. They are available for pre-order right now and they should be shipping out very soon.
The KLR spent four years in the development stage with HK Army consistently claiming that they would be the “most technically advanced goggle system ever released in the sport of paintball.” When it comes to style, visual appeal, and customization, HK Army’s innovative claims might be right. The KLR has a sleek profile and list of customization features that dominate other goggles on the market right now.
PVT Lock System
HK Army’s PVT Lock System is the soul of the new mask. The KLR is the first goggle system designed to incorporate a completely interchangeable lens, strap, and hinge that can be easily switched out and customized in seconds. HK’s patent-pending PVT lock is easy to use. To switch out the lens you simply unclip the strap, open the strap-retained PVT lock hinges, replace the lens and clip the PVT lock hinges back in place.
One of the best elements of the PVT lock system is color and lens customization. There are 10 total lens options for every situation, 15 different strap colors, and 16 PVT lock color options. Between the different color straps, masks, hinges and lenses you can create over 15,000 unique combinations. Aesthetically, the KLR is one of the most advanced goggles we have seen.
3D Memory Foam
The foam system HK uses contains the layers. At the base of the mask is a high-density SBR memory foam designed to absorb impacts. This is where most goggle systems stop. On top of this foam layer, is an open-cell EVA foam that matches the contours of the user, improving overall fit. Both layers are covered by the third layer—a velvet microfiber liner engineered to absorb sweat and insulate to prevent fogging. The foam system is
The EVA form earpiece (KLR soft-ear) helps protect the outer and inner ear from impacts and mask abrasion. Other mask systems have attempted to integrate earpiece foam into their designs, but the KLR is one of the only goggles that does it while maintaining a high level of comfort and a low profile.
Customization is where the HK KLR goggle system shines, but all of the other features you would expect are still there. The lenses are made of a dual-paned UV and infrared shielded composite (they block wavelengths of light that cause eye damage and provide glare resistance). The overmolded face shield is a dual density thermoplastic elastomer (a fancy name for rubberized plastic). A complex ventilation system promotes breathability and the overall design offers a wide freedom of movement.
The KLR is a well designed mask that HK Army spend years developing. At just under $125 for basic colors, it is a little expensive. In our opinion, it’s totally worth it. There aren’t many masks on the market that can match the KLR’s customization options, comfort and style. Pre-order yours now because once your see these in action you’re going to order it anyway.
Everyone is talking about the C2 Eyon. Tiberius Arms acknowledges that the Eyon is strikingly similar to Angel Eyes but insists that this is new mask. They are definitely downplaying the Angel Eyes pedigree. When Tiberius Arms acquired Guerilla Air, the original developers of Angel Eyes approached them with the idea of creating the Eyon. One of the obvious challenges was to improve on the Angel Eyes design—one that many people loved, but was unable to pass ASTM testing.
We got to see the C2 Eyon mask at Paintball Extravaganza 2014 and they are definitely impressive. Let’s take an in-depth look at the C2.
The entire Tiberius Arms C2 lineup is going to focus on close quarters, speedball, and cross over products. Creating a full wrap around view is where they started with the Eyon. When you put the mask on, you definitely get a full unobstructed field of view that is essential for fast-action play.
Cross over products need adaptability. It’s a new trend that we are seeing as different play styles, scenario situations, and rules develop. The C2 Eyon includes an easily removable lens. Taking the lens off is a “snap.” You fold the lens tabs 90 degrees and it slides right out. Lens adaptability and ease make cleaning simple, but also make it easy to switch play styles quickly. Switching lenses between a bright speedball match with a ton of glare potential to a dimly lit woodsball game is a breeze.
We didn’t get the opportunity to fully test the anti-fog properties of the C2 Eyon, but Tiberius Arms claims that they don’t fog up. The full thermal system is designed to ventilate properly and a lens coating helps avert the buildup of distracting moisture.
They are a comfortable set of goggles and completely customizable. One of the features we love is the lack of foam covering the noise bridge. This improves breathing dramatically and also reduces voice muffle that some masks are notorious for. The rest of the foam padding is fully customizable. You can move it around to improve comfort or replace it with a different density foam.
Tiberius says that the C2 Eyon mask is “revolutionary.” We aren’t so sure they are—they strike an uncanny resemblance to Angel Eyes, not to mention the same developers worked on the project. What they do offer is safety that Angel Eyes couldn’t.
The original Angel Eyes could not pass ASTM testing. Working with the developers, Tiberius Arms discovered that the shape, angle, and thickness of the lenses was at fault. As a result, the lens shape toward the back of the lens was altered and thickness was increased. The result is a mask that can pass ASTM testing.
We are excited about the C2 Eyon mask. They offer improved safety, excellent comfort, and the adaptability needed in today’s fast-moving paintball world. With so much talk surrounding the C2 Eyon and their similarity to Angel Eyes, orders should come in fast. Be sure to check out our ongoing pre-order.
We got to check out two exciting new Tippmann products at the 2014 Paintball Extravaganza. The first was Tippmann’s latest mag fed marker, the Tippmann TCR. The other was the Tippmann 98 Custom Mag Fed Conversion Kit which turns the classic Model 98 Custom into a mag fed marker with a 7, 12, or 20 ball magazine capacity. Check out our video where Kevin explains the adapter’s features.
Other manufacturers have made off-brand Tippmann conversion kits that are similar. This one is the real deal—guaranteed to be 100% compatible with all 98 custom, US Army, and TPN markers that utilize the 98 quick-release feed elbow. The conversion kit will ship with two 7-ball Tru-Feed magazines. Tru-feed 12-ball extended magazines and the 20-round Zetamag will also fit the adapter.
You don’t need to make any permanent marker modifications. The Tippmann conversion kit is designed to use the same fasteners as the standard Tippmann 98 quick release feed elbow. It takes seconds to install and it’s easy to switch back and forth between hopper and magazine fed paintball.
The Tru-Feed magazines are identical to the ones that come with the Tippmann TPS Pistol. They utalize a low tension spring system that allows you to use a wider variety of paint compared to other magazines. We’ve had good experience with Tru-Feed magazines. Lower tension springs are less likely to damage paint on hot and humid days.
This is an exciting product for anyone who wants to get in on the mag fed craze without spending a fortune on a new marker. Just about everyone has a Tippmann Model 98—or at least knows someone who owns one. It will definitely get more people into magazine fed paintball.
The Tippmann mag fed conversion kit will be on sale in May for under $50. Be use to check out our website when the time comes to order yours.