Barrel Break: Filling Your Paintball Pods

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Filling your paintball pods sounds simple, right? Just pour paintballs in, shut the lid, and you’re good to go? Well, the answer is yes and no; while you will be able to move paintballs easily from your pods to your hopper in the middle of a firefight, a poorly filled pod can cause more problems for your paintballs and, if the problem doesn’t get fixed quickly, your marker as well. What you’re looking at with a poorly filled pod is a lot of broken paintballs, which not only mess up your pod, but the loose paint can also coat the rest of your paintballs as well, leading to a decrease in accuracy and a lot of paint clogging up your marker’s internals. While you can still shoot your marker this way, it’s going to lead to a lot of extra cleaning for your bolt, your barrel, your hopper, and your feedneck that you shouldn’t have to deal with. If you want to play at your highest levels, having a properly filled paintball pod can keep your paint safe and your marker firing clean. Watch our view here.

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Review: Stella Barrel System

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When you play paintball, you want to be sure that you mark the targets you aim at, and while there are a lot of factors that make for a successful straight shot, one of the easiest for you to improve is your barrel. A properly sized two-piece barrel can keep your paintballs rolling right down the barrel, port off excess gas to make your marker a little quieter, and keep your paintballs from wobbling around, ensuring they fly straight and true. Fortunately, the folks at Inception Designs have finally released a solid system that’s both incredibly accurate and incredibly customizable, the Stella system. This system is designed to fit any size of paint and give you a marker that’s customized to your shooting style, all for an affordable price. If you want the full review, you can check it out here.

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Review: Valken MI-9 Paintball Mask

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As we’ve said before, a paintball mask will keep you from being shot in the face; a good paintball mask will feel like it isn’t even there. For intermediate level players, it’s awfully difficult to find a “good” mask, simply because there aren’t a lot of choices between your low end and high end masks, where the former get in the way and feel uncomfortable and the latter cost hundreds of dollars. Rather than buy a tournament-grade mask and be afraid of scratching it on every dive, what you really need is a solid mid-grade piece that can take abuse and work at a higher level than your standard rented fare while still staying in your budget. Fortunately for you, Valken Sports has come out with such a piece, the MI-9 Paintball Mask. If you want to hear AJ talk about it, we’ve got that video Here.

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The Barrel Break: Check Your Batteries!

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Not surprisingly, one of the major components of your electropnumatic markers is going to be… well, electricity. What is surprising, however, is the fact that checking your batteries, one of the easiest things you can possibly do on your markers, is one of the first things that just doesn’t get done, as people move right past this and onto much more serious problems. It’s actually pretty easy to tell when you’re out of juice, especially when you’re ramping or shooting full-automatic; you’ll start getting drop-off, you’ll get misfires, and your paint just won’t go where you’re aiming. While this could be a number of things, one of the most likely candidates, especially on your electro markers, is going to be the batteries. This edition of The Barrel Break sheds some light on the importance of checking your batteries.

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Overview: Tank Covers

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If you’re going to have a good marker for paintball, it really helps to have the right gas tank. Whether your choice is an HPA compressed air tank or a CO2 model, a built in regulator, or even a remote line, having the right kind of tank can help your marker shoot at it’s highest possible levels. With an aftermarket paintball tank cover, however, your tank can improve your paintball game even further, both by giving you a sticky grip surface to balance against your body, as well as added protection from all the natural bumps and scratches that come with a good game of paintball. If you want to see our full video buying guide, you can check it out Here.

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The Hustle Reload #111

The Hustle Reload #111

Is it that time of the week again? Why, yes, yes it is. It’s time for yet another installment of our favorite paintball crew doing the things they do while the cameras document it all, the Hustle Reload. This week, we promise nothing but trivial hilarity designed to keep you from doing all the stuff you should probably be doing. Bright colors! Loud noises! Shiny stuff! And, for the ladies, we’ve got some sexy dancing that was deemed “too hot” for network TV (probably)! It’s what the Internet was made for! If all these exclamation points have you ready for this, you can watch the Reload here! If you want to get some idea of what you’re getting into, than read on…

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Review: Exalt Paintball Pod Swab

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Getting broken paintballs anywhere can really affect your paintball game. A broken ball in your marker’s barrel can mess up your aim, a broken ball on your visor can mess up your vision, and a broken ball in your hopper can mess up feeding. However, the one part of your marker that nobody’s come up with a viable solution for cleaning is your pods; a broken paintball in your pods can coat all of your remaining paintballs, your marker bolt, and your hopper with a layer of paint that messes up your accuracy and ROF, seizes up your marker when it dries, and is incredibly difficult to clean out in the middle of a firefight. While you can still wash your pods after your day of paintball is done, wouldn’t it be better to have a solution that you can use on the paintball field? Enter the Exalt Paintball Pod Swab, a simple swab with the power to save you a lot of broken paintball headaches. If you’d like to see the video, it’s right here.

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Review: Kohn Sports Gear

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Any good game of paintball is going to involve a lot of fast sprints, split-second draws, and a few incredibly tense moments as you round corners or check over obstacles. What do all these have in common? Sweat. If you’re going to be sweating for long periods of time, it’s going to fog up your mask, get in your eyes, and, honestly, make everything you own smell horrible. What you need is a headwrap that stops sweat right at the source, all while looking good for years (and hopefully washes) to come. Fortunately, Kohn Sports has a great line of headwraps, headbands, and even barrel covers to keep your head and your marker clean and stylish both on and off the field. If you want to see all the styles that Kohn has to offer, just check out our video here.

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The Hustle Reload #110

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You just can’t get enough, can you? Even after one hundred and ten episodes, you folks are still curious about the Hustle Reload, our little behind-the-scenes project that shows you all the best bits from your favorite crew at the Hustle Paintball warehouse. For those of you tuning in for the first time, take note: it’s hip, it’s now, and it stays crunchy in milk. While it may not be a complete part of your daily balanced breakfast, it does keep you up to date on everything we’re doing, shows you all our hilarious out-takes from our videos, and it would really make our day if you’d watch our video here and leave a comment. If you want to know what you’re getting yourself into first, just keep on reading…

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Review: AIM Sports 10-round Tube/12-gram Bandolier

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With the ever-expanding popularity of mag-fed paintball, it’s no surprise that even long-time woodsball players are trying to mix up their games with some limited ammo paintball games. One of the most common ways to bridge this gap is with modified stock-class paintball, using woodsball markers with limited paint in smaller ten round tubes and run through a stock class feed neck adapter to add a new element of challenge. Of course, new players to this style might find that their old harnesses, which were designed for 100 round pods, won’t hold the ten round tubes at all. Fortunately, there’s a simple, effective solution, and it’s AIM Sports’ 10 round tube/12 gram CO2 cartridge Bandolier. If you want to see the video, you can check it out here.

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