In-Depth: All About Flatline Barrels

tippmann flatline barrel x7

If you really want to get the most possible distance out of your paintball marker, one of the first places you should look into isn’t the pressure or the caliber, but the barrel. For most paintball markers, your stock barrel is going to be something incredibly basic, just a metal tube that helps you direct your paintballs.

Looking at modern firearms, you’ll find that longer-distance rifles have longer barrels. Naturally, the same thing should be true on paintball markers, right? Actually, no. Getting a longer stock barrel won’t work. the only reason this design works on firearms is because they use rifled barrels, and the longer the bullet is in one of these barrels, the more it spins and the straighter it flies. On a stock barrel, it’s just a metal tube, so there’s really not much benefit to a longer tube. The only surefire way to improve your paintball’s distance is with a specialized barrel.

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What is a Response Trigger? Should I Get One?

Tippmann RT

Players often find themselves with an interesting problem when it comes to their markers. Sure turkey, you may want a marker that shoots better than Pecos Bill’s six-shooter (I hear his markers are awesome for speedball) while ensuring the trigger doesn’t stand out and get in the way. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds by upgrading to a response trigger. We upgraded a Tippmann years ago using the Tippmann Response Trigger Kit. This is one of the easiest ways to give you that speedball performance without getting in the way, so take a look below and learn about what a response trigger is all about, and answer for yourself if you should get one.

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In-Depth: Q Loader 200 Round System

Q Loader

If you’re a serious woodsball or mil-sim paintball player, chances are you’ve seen or heard about the Q Loader system, a spring-loaded hopper substitute designed to up your rate of fire and virtually eliminate chopped paintballs. This great alternative to gravity and electronic hoppers can be bought as standard equipment on such popular mil-sim markers as the Project Salvo, the Tippmann A-5, and the X-7 Phenom, or you can simply buy a conversion kit to use Q Loader pods. However, this system, while effective, has a bit of a learning curve. if you incorrectly load these pods, they will chop paint pretty badly and might sour you on an otherwise great system. Fortunately, we’re here to explain the basics and avoid a few headaches.

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Overview: DYE DM15

DYE DM15

We’ve got another great high-end tournament-grade paintball marker for you guys today, right out of the 2014 World Cup. Straight from the mouth of Billy Wing, the R+D designer over at DYE Paintball, we’re getting a great look at the new DM15, the latest entry in the Dye Matrix line. If you’d like to hear him talk about it personally, we’ve got the video of that right here.

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A Quick Look at Our Efficiency Testing Procedures

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Have you ever wondered how we review our markers? Wonder no more lads, as we’re going to spill the proverbial beans on how we do this. Since we’re going to be talking about a lot of new markers coming out, we think that it’s important that we explain how we review the efficiency of the markers we talk about rather than just telling you what the manufacturers say.

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First Look: UL1 Barrel

UL1 Barrel

We’ve got another great entry in our first-look series for this holiday season, and we at Hustle Paintball were lucky enough to get it right at the PSP 2014 World Cup: the new UL1 Barrel. Another notch in DYE’s great list of hits, these barrels are designed to be as tough as they are accurate. Made from aircraft grade aluminum and anodized all the way through, the UL1 barrel is designed to take both the sudden impact of dropping your marker (tisk tisk) or running into something (slightly better) while remaining light and maneuverable. As an added bonus, your barrel’s threads are anodized as well, meaning they don’t crack or cross-thread when screwing onto your marker, making takedowns, and maintenance is always a cinch.

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Review: Planet Eclipse HD Core Elbow and Knee Pads

planet eclipse hd eblow pads

You might laugh at the idea of wearing elbow and knee pads during a game of paintball as something cumbersome, useless, and a little bit tacky. What you’re missing, however, is all the benefits that a good set of pads can give you on the field. Aside from the most obvious benefit of reducing pain when you get hit, a good set of elbow and knee pads can make sliding and prone shooting on the paintball field that much easier and more comfortable. If you’re looking for a solid set of pads to keep you protected without slowing you down, the HD Core set from Planet Eclipse deserves your attention.

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First Look: Etek 5 Marker

etek 5

We have finally got our hands on one of Planet Eclipse’s most anticipated markers (and one of our most anticipated markers this year), the Etek 5! If you’re on the fence about upgrading to an electronic marker, now is the time to get in on the next big thing. But enough being vague about it; let’s get into the real meat of this marker.

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Review: Planet Eclipse Etha EMC Rail Mounting Kit

Planet Eclipse Etha EMC Kit HDE

If your tournament-ready Etha marker from Planet Eclipse feels out of place in a woodsball or mil-sig game, you have a few choices. Sure, you could buy an all-new marker, but unless you’re willing to pay hundreds of dollars, it doesn’t sound like a great choice. Besides, you bought a high-quality marker in your Etha, and you deserve to use it anywhere.

Fortunately, we have the answer for you by way of the Eclipse Modular Components (EMC) line. Find out why after the jump.

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