Getting Into Mag Fed Paintball

Magazine Fed paintball is changing the game.  Over the last few years, the magazine fed and milsim paintball market has expanded rapidly. We’re going to see plenty of AR-styled paintball gun releases in 2014. The Tippmann TCR, Milsig M17, the Tiberius Arms T15 (expect a review soon), and several others are poised to capture the attention of players looking to get into the world of mag fed and milsim style play.

As it gets more popular, I hear people asking all the time, “What’s the best gear for mag fed paintball” or “What’s the cheapest mag fed paintball gun?”

Try a Friend’s Mag Fed Marker

Try it before you buy it. It’s easy to offer affordable suggestions. Kingman’s Spyder Hammer 7 is under $100. If you want something new and revolutionary, the Milsig M17 CQC is about to ship and is only $299. Both options seem fairly affordable, but by the time you add a few extra magazines and maybe some first strike rounds, even the least expensive markers are going to put a dent in your wallet. Your best bet is to go to a local facility with people that play mag fed games and ask to try someone’s marker.  For people accustomed to speedball it’s a different game.

Mag Fed Adapter

We already talked about the new Tippmann Mag Fed Adapter—an upgrade for the 98 Custom that uses Tru-Feed magazines or a 20-round Zeta mag. The 98 Custom adapter will start shipping in May. At just under $50, this might be the cheapest mag fed paintball option. There are plenty of 98 Customs out there waiting for a quick conversion.

MOLLE Vest and FazMag

If you get into mag fed paintball, you’ll quickly learn the importance of fast reloads. Effective equipment is just as important as a quality mag fed paintball gun.

A MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) belt or vest and magazine holders like the Milsig FazMag magazine speed pouches are the foundation of an efficient tactical reloading system. Check out our video and post on the FazMag:

There is a certain cool to mag fed that has everyone’s attention. Maybe it’s about having a badass AR style paintball gun. Personally, I think it is about the simplicity. Around 15 years ago, I started playing paintball in backwoods games with a Brass Eagle Talon and 35 round hopper. There was an excitement to the game brought on by the challenge of a simplified style. Magazine fed paintball returns me to those simple roots.

First Look: Inception Designs Axe Bodies

Inception Designs is doing something awesome: they are offering new custom bodies for their Axe marker! At Paintball Extravaganza 2014, we had a chance to meet up with the legendary Simon Stevens to discuss the new bodies you can expect in the foreseeable future for Inception Design’s Axe.

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J4 Torque Paintball gun (Stacked-Tube Spool-Valve)

The J4 Torque is almost here! We tested one of the prototypes in November at PSP World Cup. Since then, J4 Paintball has been hard at work testing and revising the marker to perfection before release time. Many people have been excited about this one for a while and we think it will definitely live up to the hype.

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This is J4 Paintball’s first marker and, right from the start, they promised to set off on a brilliant innovative path. The Torque is the first Stacked-Tube Spool-Valve (STS) paintball gun anyone has seen. Traditional spool valve markers are quiet and smooth, but they lack the efficiency and reliability of poppet-style valve configurations. Years ago, J4 had a vision to combine the reliability and maintenance ease of a poppet valve with the quiet operation and precision of spool systems. They got some designers together back in 2005 and filed the patent for the Torque’s STS valve in 2009.

It’s been a long time since development of the Torque started. J4 Paintball took their time getting it right. Their diligence shows.

The J4 Torque is reliable. The STS system drastically reduces the o-ring wear you see on traditional spool-valve markers. The drive train of the J4 is a piston that drives a standard stacked tube pull pin style bolt with an Exalt bolt tip. The piston only has three replicable o-rings that require lubrication and maintenance. The entire drive train pops right out of the back on the gun. It proves robust enough to function properly under a variety of conditions—cold, wet, hot weather—the  J4 cycles consistently through everything.

J4 is still working on finalizing the firing modes. Currently, they plan for semi-auto, PSP, NPPL and Ramping. The board is LED powered—it doesn’t have one of the new OLED style displays.

The marker is auto-timed so you don’t need to worry about dwell. A Hall Effect Sensor that measures the position of the bolt and adjusts timing. The dwell really doesn’t matter. As long as you have enough dwell the gun will fire. The Hall Effect Sensor is only there to guarantee the cycle is completed before the bolt returns.

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Custom Exalt grips ship with the marker, however J4 plans to release CAD for the grip, fore grip, trigger and grip panel. This will allow anyone to design their own parts so you can customize the gun to your own style. That’s a pretty sweet feature that you won’t see with many other designs. The stock barrel is a custom 14″ barrel threaded with autococker-style “Quick” threads. The gun is powered by a rechargeable CR123 battery. It was tested to 100,000 shots per charge. The feedneck is a solid mount to KEE ‘Sniper’ specs and has a cam lock lightener.

Initially, the J4 Torque will come in four colors—blue, green, red and all black. J4 plans to release more radically painted markers in the future. Right now they are keeping it basic for launch.

We’ve waited long enough for the J4 Torque to become available and now the time is finally here. It’s their first marker, the first Stacked-Tube Spool-Valve design, and an overall awesome package that took a decade of development. All of the prototype models we saw and tested—both at PSP World Championships and the 2014 Paintball Extravaganza impressed and delivered on J4 Paintball’s long promise that this marker would be a game changer.

Be on the lookout for the new J4 Torque at our website, check out our Facebook and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Preview: GOG’s 2014 lineup

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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:

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HK Army KLR Mask Review

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.28490112-0-1

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.

Additional Features

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.

Preview: Tippmann M4 Airsoft Rifle

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When you think Tippmann, you don’t necessarily think ‘airsoft.’ That’s because Tippmann has never released an airsoft gun – that is until this year. Yes, Tippmann is taking the plunge into the airsoft world, and they are doing so with their debut gun, the Tippmann M4. Sporting the same durability and awesome warranty (one-year like Tippmann’s other products) and of course made right here in the good ol’ US of A, at first glance you will notice that the Tippmann M4 resembles an actual M4.

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Preview: Alien Deception

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We had the pleasure of looking at Alien Paintball’s new Alien Deception marker at Paintball Extravaganza 2014, and thus far, it is looking quite impressive. Complete with a green alien head near the bottom of the marker’s grip, Alien’s Deception marker looks futuristic, bold, and dare we say – out of this world (no pun inten….okay, it was totally intended). So what’s new about Deception? Here’s what we learned.

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Shooting Demo: Milsig M17 CQC

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We know you guys have been waiting a long time to get your hands on the long-awaited M17 CQC from MILSIG Industries like we have. With that being said, it’s quite the understatement to say that we were ecstatic when we finally got the chance to shoot one of these beasts. Whether you want to play magfed or tactical scenario games, this fully automatic marker is fully mechanical. Impressive, right? Well, get ready to be impressed even further.

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Preview: Lurker Paragon

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The newest gun from Lurker Paintball, the Lurker Paragon, is shaping up to be one of the most exciting markers we have seen in recent memory. Still in development over at Lurker Paintball, the Paragon will sport a vast array of features that could very well make it the ‘total package’ marker when it launches in the (hopefully) near future. Focusing on the ergonomics of the marker, Lurker PB’s goal with the Paragon is to allow players to hold their marker as tight as possible. Their trick? To make the Paragon as light as possible – and boy is it ever light!

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Review of the C2 Eyon Mask

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.