Review: Gunhead TiPX First Strike Conversion Kit

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Yo, Tippmann fans! Have you been jonesing to shoot the legendary Tiberius First Strike rounds out of your Tippmann marker? If you have (and we know that you have), then keep reading, because we have one exciting product! Seriously – stop now and you’re going to miss out on one of the most awesome additions you can add to your Tippmann marker!

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Maintenance Tips: How To Take Care of Your Paintball Gun

Don’t forget to take care of your equipment. Basic paintball gun maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you are like any of us at Hustle Paintball, your gun is your biggest budget item. If you’ve done all of your research, saved your money, and planned properly, you likely have a paintball gun that’s going to last—as long as you take care of it properly.

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Here are some basic maintenance tips that beginners need to know. Go ahead and gloss over them if you’ve been playing for a while.

1. Clean, Clean, Clean

Before you do it, take the air source off. Sorry, I had to include that part—always remove your Co2 or HPA tank before cleaning your marker.

Cleaning is inevitable because dust, dirt and grime kill. It goes beyond just running a squeegee down the barrel and calling it a day.

Step up a cleaning routine. I just use a rag and some warm water to clean dirt, paint, and paint chips off my marker every time I use it. It’s part of my routine. When I get home, my gun comes out, gets disassembled, and every part gets cleaned with a damp cloth and dried with a dry towel. I squeegee the barrel again with a second Exalt Barrel Maid that I use only before I put my gun away (I keep two because I like to have one that is as clean as possible).

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You don’t need to use chemical cleaners. You just need a damp cloth.

2. Check O-Rings

While you are cleaning, visually inspect your O-Rings. You’re looking for cuts, tears and abnormalities that look like air could slip past. Check the manual that came with your marker to determine where all of the o-rings are.

3. Lubricate—Less is Often More

You need to lubricate your marker. Don’t just use any grease or oil you find. I shudder to think about people using 3-in-1 oil or WD40 in $1000 paintball guns. It’s crazy. Specific paintball lubricants are inexpensive and can improve the life of your marker.

Again, manuals usually specify what type of grease or oil to use in your paintball gun. Read the thing. That’s why it’s there. Some people have specific preferences. When I use grease, I like Pathogen Super. It’s cheap and the little tub lasts forever. An inexpensive bottle of Planet Eclipse Oil is good for situations where grease isn’t called for.

Don’t over lubricate your paintball gun. Using too much lube will only hurt performance.

4. Be Careful  

Don’t put your paintball gun underwater. Don’t get it covered in mud and dirt if you can avoid it. I seriously think about not playing in the worst conditions so I can avoid corrosion and additional cleaning problems. If I have to play in heavy rain, sometimes I cover my marker with a plastic bag. Even if I don’t play with the bag on, I still have it on me so I can keep the gun dry between rounds.

That’s it. It’s simple. Read your manual. Clean your marker every time you use it. Keep it out of the muck. Lubricate but don’t overdo it.

When you are done taking care of your paintball gun, subscribe to our YouTube Channel, like us on Facebook, and buy some more gear from our website.

Review: Morphfire for Autocockers

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You have probably seen our review of the Morphfire (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for turkey?). We had a ton of fun firing the Morphfire, so you may be wondering why we’re back plugging it all over again. Well, the team responsible for the Morphfire has finally made the Morphfire for markers with Autococker threads. Excited? You should be!

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Hustle Reload 62

Sun’s out? Guns out. Winter is over and we are excited for better weather. This week on the Hustle Reload we have an arm wrestling competition and a rap battle. Between we assemble a Milsig M17 DMR that just arrived, take a look at some Custom CCM T2 pump markers and take out a FedEx delivery driver during an orange smoke grenade test. Here’s the video:

Custom CCM T2

Let’s start by talking about the custom CCM T2 pump marker. CCM makes the best pump paintball guns you can buy. Many people already know about the advantages of the CCM T2. To us, they are less like paintball guns and more like works of art. The T2 is smooth, the action is satisfying—there is really nothing else like it. If you don’t want one, you’re crazy.

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Check out a couple customized CCM T2s in this week’s reload. Lust after them for a few seconds, and then think about how cool it would be to have your own custom T2. They take a while to come in, but you can get a T2 built exactly the way you want it. Virtually everything is customizable. Check out our T2 order page for more info.

The CCM customizer tool can help you figure out exactly how badass your T2 can look. You’ll probably want to call to order—because when you do you’ll get to pick everything.

M17 DMR Arrives

We also received the M17 DMR from Millsig. Finally. We aren’t sure if it is completely ridiculous or cool—likely it is a match between the two. If you want a well-built sniping machine that is completely outrageous the M17 is for you. Your likely going to do plenty of your own research before buying it—but here is one thing that Milsig didn’t tell us that you should know before you order: You’ll have to pick up a ladder to attach the 400mm barrel. We haven’t seen a Little Giant ladder infomercial in a while but it seems like the best choice—a nice compact design that will fit right in with your sniper kit.

John Dresser of PbNation

You should check out our exclusive interview with John Dresser where we asked all of the tough questions the community at PbNation have been waiting to hear. We discovered that he prefers hand dryers, can’t remember Home Alone 3, and that PbNation is really a peanut butter forum. Check out the interview:

In-Depth Look: Squirrel Tail Squeegee

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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.

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Properly Cleaning the Magazine of Your ZetaMag

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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.

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Reload #60: Custom Modified Dangerous Power G3

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:

Be on the lookout for more from Hustle Paintball and stay updated by liking us on Facebook and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Stark Pursuit: ZetaMag Developments

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.

Crowdfunded Release?

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.

Additional Releases

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.

Inception Designs Stella Barrel

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.