Virtue VIO Overview!

On our first stand alone CBTC, Erik shows us what the VIO is all about and of course hands out some tips along the way.

virtue-vio-goggleWith 9 lenses, 12 frames and 30 bottoms, the Virtue VIO offers you 3,240 combinations for customizing your ultimate mask/goggle system.  And that is without the strap option!  If you add in the different straps that Virtue has, then you can make over 113,400 combinations!  These goggles come in every color you can think of – blacks, reds, purples, yellows, oranges and everything in between.

One tip that Erik offers is that when you are doing your color combos, be sure to consider the color of the body first, and the accent pieces second.  This is the industry standard way of combining colors on your paintball gear.  For a VIO bottom, however, it is backwards, and Erik demonstrates this.

If you would like to check out, purchase AND customize your very own Virtue VIO, follow the link here.  If you just want to go straight to the Virtue VIO Mask Customizer, you can find it by clicking the link here.

Have you customized your own Virtue VIO?  If so, tell us what your color combos were and why you chose them.  Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!

How to Replace Your Top Flange/Mini Fill Nipple on Guerrilla Myth Regulator

The Guerrilla Myth Regulator is incredibly simple to rebuild and repair in the event of a blown o-ring or damaged flange. It just so happens that I blew an o-ring then dropped the tank, so I decided to show you just how easy it was to fix it!

The Guerrilla Air Myth Compressed Air Tank Regulator – 3000 and 4500 psi

Guerrilla Air Myth Compressed Air Tank Regulator 3000psiA mere 3/4″ from the bottle to the threads (compared to 2 or more inches on competing regulators), this regulator is not only light and small, but incredibly versatile and high-flow as well. There is no “high-pressure” or “low-pressure” version – instead, Guerrilla Air has a special hybrid version that works with all guns – high and low pressure. The flow rate is so incredibly high that even if you’ve got a gas-gulping, high-pressure Spyder, this regulator will keep up with it on the worst days!


  • A previously un-thought of size and weight.
  • Virtually instantaneous recharge – A Guerilla Air Hallmark
  • Uncharted air efficiency and utilization – Stellar performance, all the way down to 0 psi
  • 3000psi
  • Patented High-Flow Dump Channels – Permits total venting of cylinder contents in case of catastrophic failure. In English? “If your tank becomes unstable, the regulator safely vents the gas”
  • Over-Pressurization Relief Port – Prevents over-pressurization of the regulator’s internals or your paintball gun
  • User friendly & rebuildable
  • Replaceable head tip (for those accidental dings to the o-ring gland).
  • It’s Guerrilla Air! – All the same quality you’ve come to expect is standard equipment on the Myth regulator.

Paintball Chest and Back Protection


Protecting yourself in paintball is important to keep from getting hurt.  Bruises and welts are pretty common when shot at, especially if you do not protect yourself properly.  In this video we discuss and review the two pieces that you will need for your paintball wardrobe.

gen x global chest protector paintballThis inexpensive piece of protective gear from Gen X Global is great for younger and newer players, as well as anyone who doesn’t want to sport a nice series of welts after each day of paintball. We take a closer look at the construction, we talk about the fit, and you’ll even see the president of get shot in the chest (twice!) at close range, just to see if it’s any good.

The Gen X Chest and Back Protectors

The Gen X Global chest and back protector easily fits under any shirt or coat, and it easily fits into your budget as well! Perfect for the protective parent or those of you who are just tired of having paintball welts all over your torso.


  • Durable Foam and Nylon construction – Comfortable, flexible design allows your body to ventilate so you don’t overheat
  • Fully adjustable – Fits most sizes and shapes of paintball players
  • Chest and back protection – Protect yourself from paintball hits on just about every side
  • Available in Black and Camo – Fits any situation

gen x global chest protector camo

How To Care and Fix Your Ammo

We’ve got some very important info in here on how to take care of your Splatmaster Ammo, as well as which ammo canisters you should buy. The Pineapple grenades are something that everyone should have on hand, because you can clip them to your belt or pocket and have extra ammo with you at all times for easy reloading. Then, pick up a case of 1,000 or 500, to have PLENTY of extras available for plenty of SplatMasterin’ fun!

If you would like to check out all of the ammo on our site, be sure to follow the link here!

Paintball Mask Lens Tinting Tips

This is an older video, but has some pretty good information in it if you are wondering about what level of tinting you need or want for your lens.  There are plenty of different tints available – amber, smoke, clear, reflective, and more! We help you choose which one(s) you need to have in your gear bag, and what situations they are good for.  We show examples and explain the pros and cons.

On our website, you can find plenty of options when it comes to finding the level of tinting you desire for your paintball mask lens.

Here are some great choices to get you started on your search:

The Dye i4 Lens in Thermal

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The Sly Profit Thermal Lens in Clear

sly profit thermal lens in clear

The Sly Profit lens is a major part of what makes Profit such an amazing mask. With a revolutionary new gasket between the thermal lenses developed by 3M ensuring that no paint or humidity will get between them, you will never have to worry about ruining your lens again. With 270 degree horizontal and 160 vertical vison your field of view is large and clear. The mirrored gradient lenses are an industry first. All profit lenses are UV and IR resistant as well as ASTM certified.


  • New thermal lens fusion system developed by 3M preventing humidity and paint inside the lens
  • 270 Degree horizontal vision
  • 160 Degree vertical vision
  • UV and IR resistant
  • ASTM Certified

Proto Paintball Switch Lens in Smoke


The Proto Switch goggle system offers some of the premiere lenses in the paintball industry. With a variety of styles and colors available, you will never have a problem finding the best lens for your playing conditions. The tirodial lens gives the ultimate in vertical and horizontal peripheral vision. All lenses have perfect optical clarity and all Switch lenses provide 98% UV protection, insuring you have the best in performance from the first name in paintball.



  • Gives the player the ultimate vertical and horizontal peripheral vision. All Proto lenses have perfect optical clarity setting an improved standard in visual performance.

proto switch lens

Guerrilla Air Pro 3000psi Compressed Air Tanks!

Seriously – if you don’t wanna drop $150+ and you don’t mind a slight weight increase… you can have a fly-lookin’ tank backed by the fine folks at Guerrilla Air! We think these

Guerrilla 48 cu 3000 psi Pro HPA Tank

Guerrilla 48 cu 3000 psi Pro HPA Tank

tanks are pretty sweet, actually – you should check them out.

Get YOUR Guerrilla Air Pro 3000psi Compressed Air Tank from Hustle Paintball today!

The new PRO series aluminum tanks from Guerrilla Air give you superior balance and feel from a 3000 psi tank. Shaped much more like carbon fiber tanks the PRO series is much easier on your shoulder and can now use standard tank covers and grips. Just because you don’t want or need a $150 tanks does not mean you need to lug around a cinder block for a tank.

These tanks can only be filled to 3000 psi.


  • DOT and TC certified
  • Guerrilla Air M3 regulator
  • Standard 850 psi output
  • 48 cu length is 8 7/8 inches or 62 cu length at 9 7/8 inches
Guerrilla 62 cu 3000 psi Pro HPA Tank with M3 Regulator

Guerrilla 62 cu 3000 psi Pro HPA Tank with M3 Regulator

Shooting Positions for Paintball

Shooting during paintball requires you to do so accurately while in different positions, including running, kneeling, standing, lying on your stomach, crouching and while sitting.  The key to shooting is being “on target” and knowing how to shoot in each position.  Because marker positioning differs with each position, you and your teammates will need to practice so that you all can master the skill of adapting to each situation.

Position #1: Kneeling

Typically you will find yourself in a kneeling position when you are behind a bunker and need to see over it.  To position, prop yourself up on one knee.  The knee that is not propped up, be sure that it remains active incase you need to quickly get up and move.  As for your gun keep it at eye level and tight to your body.  Keeping your gun tight to your body or shoulder will help if you ever need to get up and flee from the position you are in.

Position #2: Prone – On Your Stomach

proneIf you ever find yourself lying on your stomach, then mastering marker position is very important.  You wouldn’t want to remain down on your stomach because the accuracy of your shot will be way off.  So while in prone position, come up onto your elbows lifting your upper body and hold your gun up at eye level.  This will give you a better shot and help you to see the enemy much better.  Should you need to move at anytime, you can do so on your stomach.  Practice army crawling prior to hitting the field, this is a good way to get somewhere if you are on your stomach.

Position #3: Standing

If you are shooting at a distance, try to do so standing up simply because your accuracy will be much better.  But you don’t just want to stand out in the open; this makes you an easy target.  While standing, do so behind a bunker or a tree so you can peek in and out.  Holding your gun while standing is more about what is most comfortable for you.

Position #4: Crouching

Crouching is not the most comfortable position to stay in for a lengthy amount of time.  If you find yourself in this position and need to shoot at any time, do so with your gun tight at your body or shoulder.  Keeping your body moving forward is key – lean forward a bit to help you move if you need to flee from your current position.crouch

Final Thoughts 

You don’t have to always stay in one position, constantly be ready to move into another one if you find yourself in danger of getting shot at.  The goal is to find the position that works best for you and practice them regularly before you are on the field.

Do you have any additional tips about shooting from a certain position?  Do you practice shot accuracy from each position before a big tournament or game?  Leave your comments below.

Paintball Hand Signals

Hand signals in paintball are a very effective way of communicating with your fellow fistteammates.  In yesterday’s article, we discussed the three different modes of communication on the field, and today we want to cover hand signals a bit more.  Typically, hand signals used on the paintball field are similar, basic motions that are used by the military.  The key to using hand signals is making sure that everyone on your team knows what they are and when these signals could be used.

How To Effectively Incorporate Hand Signals in Paintball 

As mentioned above, one of the big keys to incorporating hand signals is to make sure that your entire team knows what they mean; otherwise your hand signals are useless.  It would be a good idea to get your teammates together before a tournament or game and give a “crash course” on the hand signals that will be used.  The more aware and educated your teammates are, the better they will perform on the field – keep that in mind!

There are several important hand signals that you may want to use.  The following is a list crouchand some suggestions for how to teach and use them.

  • “Move (direction) way” – With this hand signal, your main objective is to offer directions to all of your teammates, or just one.  Sometimes it may be necessary to move out danger or to work towards a certain part of the field.  To do this, you will hold out your pointer and middle fingers together on one hand and point in the direction that you want them to go.
  • “STOP!” – This signal is important, as are all of the others, but this signal asks your teammates to stop where they are and crouch down and aim in different directions.  The actual hand signal is simple; hold one hand up in the air with the hand open.  The reason why you will want all teammates to crouch and aim in different directions is because they all are on alert and ready to take on the enemy.  So needless to say, the “STOP!” hand signal is more than just a halt, make sure that your fellow teammates understand this and practice this hand signal regularly.
  • “Move to cover” – When you see or sense danger ahead, hold up a fist and your team will know to take cover.  This means that they should all crouch, lay down, or crawl to a safe location where they will be out of sight should the opposing team appear.
  • “I see…” – This hand signal means that you have actually spotted someone (an enemy) and that you are making your teammates aware of this.  Simply put your pointer and middle fingers to your eyes and point them towards the location of the enemy.


Final Thoughts 

Using hand signals on the field is a great way to communicate silently and quickly.  You can make up your own signals if you would like, or utilize some of the signals mentioned above.  Remember, all of your teammates will need to know and understand what each hand signal means and when they will be used on the playing field.  Begin by practicing and simulating an instance when you might need to use each hand signal with your team.  This will better equip them with the knowledge they need to move and act effectively on the field.

What hand signals do you use?  And how do you equip your teammates to know and understand them before a tournament or game?  Share below.

How To Communicate on the Paintball Field

On the paintball field, there are several skills you will need to master, one of which includes communicating with your fellow teammates.  Communication on the field will include verbal, hand signals, and sometimes radio communication.    When playing it is important to try to verbally communicate as much as possibly because it is a quicker means of getting necessary information out to all of your team members.  After you have verbally communicated, hand signals are great because they can be very subtle and might be undetected by the opposing team.  As for a radio, this type of communication should only fourbe used for long distance communication, or for so-called “emergencies”.

In this article we will go into detail each form of paintball communication and possibly provide insights that you and your teammates can practice on and off of the playing field.

Verbal Communication

Verbal communication, as mentioned above, is one of the most crucial and helpful modes of getting the information you need across to all of your teammates.  There are several tips that you will need to remember when verbally communication on the field.

First, if you are a distance away, possibly 10 feet away, you will need to yell; and yell LOUD!  Your teammates are relying on you to be clear and loud enough for them to hear.  And as you may know, a paintball field can be rather loud with people playing, shooting and yelling.  Any information that you have that needs to get to others, be sure it does – scream if you have to.

Communication needs to be straight to the point.  You don’t want to be standing around giving instruction or tips to your fellow teammates the whole game.  Use code words that they will understand and that provide action.

Hand Signals

Keep hand signals simple, and make sure that all of your teammates know what they are for.  It doesn’t do you or your team any good if you are throwing out a “FREEZE!” sign if they don’t know what that means.

Some good hand signals to incorporate include:signals

  • Freeze!
  • Take Cover
  • “I see…”
  • “I hear…”
  • Use fingers to identify numbers
  • Use signals to point out enemies
  • “let’s go”

Radio Communication

When communicating through the radio there are several things to keep in mind for it to be effective.  First, be sure that you are speaking in a clear and concise voice.  Try to avoid yelling, because more than likely, the people on the other end aren’t going to understand you and the enemy will be able to hear and locate your teammates.  You want to try to minimize the use of radio communication because it can be loud and lacks the ability to convey a lot of what you want to communicate about.

Final Thoughts

So, when you are communicating with your fellow teammates on the playing field, be aware of some of the tips and tricks for communicating effectively.  While playing or in a tournament, how do you communicate with other team players?  What hand signals do you use and do you practice them before playing?  Leave your comments below!