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.

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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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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