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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Paintball Workouts: Take Your Game to The Next Level

Want a way to take your game to the next level? Something you can do to improve in the off season? Before you think about upgrading your gear, purchasing a new paintball gun, or investing in the latest expensive product, upgrade your body. Put some time and effort into making yourself a better player through exercise.

The 2014 PSP season just kicked off and we can’t help but notice how fit some of these teams are. If you haven’t checked out this awesome video from SpantastikMedia take a look:

Fitness is a big key to getting to the next level.

Believe me, we would LOVE it if you purchased more gear to get better. After all, we run a business selling equipment. The honest reality is that the best investment you can make in being a better player—especially after you have the essentials covered—is in yourself and your level of fitness. With improved stamina, strength, and agility you can outrun, outgun, and outflank the competition. Better yet, when the opposing team is gassed you will still be strong and capable of communicating with your teammates. Completely focused on the game objective instead of struggling for breath.

Here are a few simple paintball workouts that will improve your game.

1. Agility Drills

Speed and explosiveness are the key. You need to have the ability to cut, decelerate, rapidly switch direction and explode to full speed running in less than a few seconds.

The easiest way to improve your agility and explosive power is through agility ladder exercises. Here is a quick video with some agility ladder drills.

2. Sprint Workouts

As you get closer to the competitive season, you’ll want to start working on your speed and sprint training. There are a few effective method of developing speed. You’ll want to practice getting to maximum speed and cutting as fast as possible. Shuttle runs are great for this. Run between two lines that are 30-50 yards apart. Practice getting to full speed, stopping quickly, turning around as fast as possible and accelerating to top speed to the opposite line. You will want to do several sets of 5-6 runs with plenty of rest between each.

Hill sprinting is ideal for developing powerful speed. Pick a hill that is steep and at least 50-60 yards long. Run up the hill as fast as possible with an explosive bounding stride. Walk back down and rest for 1-2 minutes. Repeating 6-10 hill runs three times each week will drastically improve your sprinting ability. If you don’t have access to a hill you can also use stairs at a stadium.

3. Core Strength

All of your body’s power is funneled through your core. High core strength guarantees that you remain stable and agile on the paintball field. Incorporate an abdominal strengthen regimen into your daily routine if you want to see gains on the paintball field. Perform crunches, but also pay attention to strengthening your hip flexors and back.

Leg lifts are a simple and effective hip flexor exercise. Lay on your side with your elbow supporting your body. Lift your body off the ground and raise one of your legs. Repeat 8-10 times per side.

Strong hip flexors reduce your changes of injury and improve your ability to cut quickly from side to side.

Put Some Effort In

You’re really only limited by your imagination when it comes to paintball workouts. The best workouts are specific to the demands of the sport. Additional cardio is always helpful to improve your stamina. Your main focus should be on developing speed, strength, and general quickness.

We can’t sell you fitness, but be sure to check out our website for the latest releases. Also friend us on Facebook, and subscribe on YouTube for the latest Hustle updates, tips, and new product releases.

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:

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First Look: MacDev’s Cyborg 6

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‘Twas over a decade ago that MacDev release the first Cyborg. Built for speed and solid performance, the Cyborg was one of the hottest markers on the market. As a result, five models were made – each of them successful. To say this put MacDev on the map is an understatement: Cyborg arguably made MacDev the leader that it is today. The brand has a lot to live up to, so when rumor of a sixth model began floating around, everyone knew that marker had to deliver. The rumors are true, and yes, MacDev is indeed gearing to launch the sixth model of the Cyborg line – the Cyborg 6 – in 2014.

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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.

First Look: Ninja Microbore Remote Line

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There’s nothing worse than playing woodsball with a curled remote line. You know what we’re talking about: those remote lines that for some reason have to be curled. One minute you’re running toward the sounds of gunfire (discreetly, of course), and the next minute? You’re on the ground with a barrel in your face because your remote line got wrapped around a branch, sending you falling to the ground, and alerting everybody to your presence. From there, you might as well take off your underwear, wrap it around a stick, and shout, “I surrender,” because you’re not getting out of this situation that easily.

And it’s all because of your curled remote line.

That’s a scenario full of assumptions, but the fact remains that if you are a big woodball players, you need a remote line that won’t cause you any problems. In a variant of paintball that relies heavily on stealth, you need a remote line that you can depend on. Moreover, a remote line that is light and doesn’t add any unneeded excess weight to your marker would be nice too. Whether you are an avid woodball player or enjoy another variant of the sport we love, a decent remote line is in your best interest – and that’s where Ninja’s Microbore Remote Line comes into play.

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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.

Preview: HK Paintball’s Epic 2014

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“The HK’s are coming, the HK’s are coming!”

That’s what you are going to be saying by the end of this post. Whereas the American colonists heard the variant of this phrase from the legendary Paul Revere during the beginning days of the American Revolution (“the British are coming, the British are coming,” for those unfamiliar with U.S. history) and as a result began to fear for their lives, you are going to be fearing for your wallet when you see what HK has in store for 2014 – British or not! Here is what HK has lined up for us in the coming year.

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