Tippman FT-12: One Of The Most Durable Paintball Guns?

Alright, the Tippmann FT-12 is $129.00 right now at our website.

If you are looking for a durable starter paintball gun—something for your kid, a friend, a brother or sister—or if you just need a reliable marker that you can beat up every weekend, never clean, and expect it to function properly for years…

Do yourself a favor and go get one.

The Tippmann FT-12 is a “flip top” design. That’s what the “FT” stands for.

The flip top makes it easy to get to all of the internal components. Fixing anything should a problem arise is a breeze. Cleaning it is simple and easy.

It looks cool, it’s semi auto, and it has a non-cycling A-5 style cocking handle on the top that helps keep all of the gunk, dirt, and dust you’ll encounter out of the marker.

There are a bunch of other features that will make you happy.

The lockdown feedneck will keep moisture from entering the breech, the 1.5 inch blade trigger has a short, responsible pull, the barrel is decent—not the best you can buy but it gets the job done…it’s got just about everything you need.

Is The FT-12 Durable Marker?

Now, here’s the thing:

Tippmann makes some awesome gear. Quality stuff that is known to last.

The internals of the FT-12 are basically the same as the Tippmann 98, a marker that many players have used and abused over and over again. My own Tippmann 98 is about 13 years old and it still takes a beating. Yeah, I’ve moved on to another marker but if I ever have a friend who wants to play, that’s the marker they use.

There is a reason paintball fields use Tippmann markers for rentals. They work. Flawlessly. All of the time. Sure, things go wrong. But they are little problems—maybe a broken o-ring or something.

Yes. The Tippmann FT-12 Is Tough, Here’s Why

Let’s get back to the FT-12.

Here’s how we tested it’s durability.

Around 8 or 9 months ago, we froze a used FT-12 into a block of ice.

We let the FT-12 sit in a freezer for 9 months. A few days ago, we took it out.

We wanted to unthaw the FT-12 to see if it would still work. The fastest way to get the ice off of it was to drop it about 20 feet from a lift to the pavement. That got rid of the ice pretty quick. Then, we wanted to get some friction going to melt the ice on the inside. So, we attached it to a tow hitch with a nylon tie-down and dragged it around the parking lot.

Watch the video of us abusing an FT-12 below.

As you can see, it stood up to the abuse.

Somewhere along the line—maybe before we froze it—the trigger broke off.

That’s not a problem because the flip-top makes for easy repairs. We popped a new trigger in, and the Tippmann FT-12 aired right up. No leaks, no problems—just like the day it came out of the box.

Go get one. Give it to a friend. You’ll spend more time playing and less time fixing things.

Review: Exalt Feedgate

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Do you own a Dye Rotor? Want a quick-loading lid that will improve your game considerably? If so, then you may want to consider the Exalt Feedgate – a low-profile lid that will not let any (not even one!) single paintball drop out. But is it right for you? That’s for you to decide. Read our review after the jump and find out if it is indeed ideal for you!

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Shopping For Beginner Paintball Gear

It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to the sport, or you are one of the many people who used to play who are just getting back into paintball—you need to know where to start and what to buy.

First tip, strike a balance between function and price. Honestly, we’d love it if you bought every top shelf product we offer but that might not be the best idea. Plenty of people get really excited about paintball only to buy the latest gear and let it sit without use.

Prioritize what you really need and what you just want.

You need a marker, you need a mask, you need a hopper, and you need an air tank.

After that, everything else is a bit of a luxury if you are just getting started.

Buying Used Gear Vs. New Paintball Gear

The first recommendation that I lot of people give new or returning players is to buy used.

That’s not bad advice.

Plenty of people gently use their gear—after all it is expensive. Some people buy an awesome marker that they sell because they aren’t using it and even more people buy an entry level or mid-range paintball run and upgrade quickly.

Use your brain if you are buying used and never buy sight unseen.

Say you order this Planet Exlipse Etha from us. Immediately, you know two or three things about the market. It’s not going to arrive broken, it is complete, and it comes with our support. If something on it is broken when it arrives, you can give us a call or shoot us an email.

Buying the same marker used would be a much different experience.

First, the Etha is a relatively affordable gun. Chances are, it was a young player’s first paintball marker. You might get lucky and find one that was used by a responsible adult who has a “big boy” job and likes to clean it and take care of it. From our experiences, those examples of used gear are few and far between.

So—don’t buy a marker used without trying it out. That’s the moral of the story.

If you can buy from a buddy you trust, that might be your best bet in the world of used paintball gear.

Buy Your Tank New

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Just get a Ninja 68/4500 HPA tank.

Buy it new, buy it from us.

It’s a kick ass tank that will get the job done.

Personally, I am not going to use a used HPA tank. If you get a new tank you know how it has been treated and you know it’s going to work great. If I am going to put a high pressure air tank next to me, I want to make sure it’s going to function properly.

Buy Your Mask New

Your mask is the most important piece of gear that you own.

Spend a little bit more money and get an HK Army KLR.

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If you can, try some masks on to see how they feel. Masks can be a very personal choice.

Remember, they aren’t something that you should skimp on. You’re going to have paint flying at your face. You want to protect it.

Review: Dye Precision Performance Knee Pads

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Do you find yourself getting on your knees often during a paintball match (get the mind of the gutter for a minute, folks)? Bruised knees are no laughing matter. Even though each match may last a few minutes or a few hours (and even though you probably do not land on your knees in hopes of getting a hit often), the reality is that if you play paintball often, those knees are going to bruise, become tinder, and give you problems later in life.

So what can you do? Be proactive! Protect those knees every time you go down on them (what did I tell you about keeping your mind out of the gutter) with some of the best paintball knee pads on the market today. Interested? Read our review to find out just how awesome these knee pads really are!

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Quick Look: Guerrilla Air Digital Camo/Black Carbon Fiber Tanks

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Guerrilla makes some of the most stellar carbon fiber tanks on the market today, and they’re line of camo/black carbon fiber tanks are no exception. Since Tiberius Arms recently acquired Guerrilla, they have made a ton of improvements to Guerrilla Air’s line of carbon fiber tanks over the last year. Here are some of the improved carbon fiber tanks they have released.

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Review: Allen Company Padded Marker Bag

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You love your marker – that’s a given. As a result, you want to protect your investment as much as possible. The thought of anything damaging affecting your marker bag should be enough to send shivers down your spine (and possibly send a tear to your eye in the process). Thus, that’s why we are here today to introduce to you one of the best marker bags at Hustle Paintball, the Allen Company’s Padded Marker Bag. What’s so great about it? Read our review below to find out!

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Dye Resister Paintball Gear Bag Review

Does your gear bag matter?

Short answer—YES!

It matters.

Alright, if you’re still using a Brass Eagle Talon with a 35 round hopper and you’re getting outgunned by autocockers, a gear bag doesn’t need to be on your priority list.

If you already have invested in some decent gear and you want to protect it, it’s actually time to think about looking for the best paintball gear bag you can get.

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Now, think about what you are going to need. The first requirement has to be space. Maybe the second is transportability—or lugging ease. After that, what do you think are the most important features of a gear bag.

Here’s what it is for me—the ability to handle harsh conditions and the “stench” of paintball.

The problem is that I am a lazy person. I get done playing and my gear sits in my trunk for days—usually until the night before I am going to play again. Everything goes in there. Soft goods like clothing, markers, mask, tubes, some paint. All of it.

When I get back from the field, my bag is usually filthy too.

This is where the Dye Resister comes in.

It’s called the “Resister” because it resists everything that you could ever throw at it.

Weather, gallons of paint, the stink of month-old moldy gear—you name it, the Dye Resister can handle it.

On top of that, it has some pretty sweet functionality.

Want to see it in action? Check out the video below…

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Yeah—it’s a gear bag. Sure. But what makes it special? What makes the Dye Resister the best paintball gear bag money can buy?

Well, if you didn’t watch our review video yet, which you should, here is the run down.

First, it’s huge. You can fit every bit of paintball gear you own and more into it.

Next, Dye thought of everything.

In the front, there is a pocket for all of your “nasty” stuff—dirty, paint soaked jersey, cleats, anything that is gross that you don’t want coming into contact with clean stuff. On the other side of the bag is an insulated mask carrying compartment.

Why is the mask compartment insulated?

Originally, I thought that it was for beer…obviously.

Well, it turns out that leaving your mask sitting in a hot bag in the sun or the 120+ degree trunk of your car can actually cause thermal lens failure. At least that’s what Dye claims. You know what? I believe them. Why? They spend a lot of money on research and development.

The Dye Resister also has wheels, a cool handle like a real luggage bag, and rubber sealed zippers. It stands up on its end so it’s great for airport trips.

You know what?

You could get the Dye Resister and use it as a suitcase. It’s the perfect antidote for aggressive baggage handlers.

You really need to check out the video above. We put the Resister to the test by dumping about three gallons of paint on it and soaking it with a tsunami of water. It stood up to that test and it is going to stand up to anything you throw at it.

Do yourself a favor and buy one. A duffle bag isn’t enough. Here’s the link to the Dye Resister on our website.

Remember, you don’t need one unless you have some really sweet gear you have to protect. If you are still using that Brass Eagle from 1997, go get one of these and the Dye Resister.

Review: Dye Precision i4 Mask

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Another awesome product from Dye, the Dye Precision i4 Mask is undoubtedly one of the sexiest masks currently on the market. How sexy (and how awesome) is it? Well, it’s so sexy, so awesome that we constantly run out of stock! Seriously: this mask is one of the finest out there, and if you don’t believe us? Take a look at some of the reviews our customers have given the mask here (and if you’re convinced, simply press ‘Add to Cart’ and buy this beast!).

But as LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow would say: don’t take my word for it: read our review below!

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Seriously, don’t take LeVar’s word for it; he may just cut you.

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Best Electronic Paintball Guns Under $200

Looking for a deal on a new electronic paintball gun?

Are you just getting into the sport but don’t have a lot of money to spend?

We’re about to take a look at the two best electronic paintball guns under $200. You don’t have to break the bank to get a decent marker. These two options are perfect if you are just getting started and you want full functionality in an affordable package.

Option 1: Azodin Blitz Electronic Paintball Gun

The Azodin Blitz is an excellent starter marker. It’s ready to go right out of the box.

The Blitz includes a versatile ZEN Circuit Board it offers NPPL Semi, PSP Ramp, CFOA Semi, and Millenium Ramp. It functions well and you really can’t find a better electronic marker for the price.

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The fit and finish of the Azodin Blitz isn’t completely flawless, but is as close as you can get for the measly $169 price tag.

Included is a Rock Steady Regulator, the Feather Striker System—which is 30% lighter than traditional striker design, an aluminum grip frame with dovetail and direct screw mount, and a 12 inch single piece barrel.

For a full list of specs and the latest pricing information, you should check out the Azodin Blitz on our website. It is one of the most affordable electronic paintball guns you can currently buy brand new.

It handles well and can hold it’s on in both function and look with any paintball gun currently available.

Option 2: COG Paintball eNVy Marker

Coming in right under $200 is the eNVy.

You can only get it in black, but that’s alright because you are saving a ton of money when you buy one.

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The basic eNVy has a top BPS of 11. Once you get one, you will want to upgrade to the completely awesome Blackheart circuit board—electronic internals that will stand up to $1000 markers and beyond. The Blackheart is available in a stock eNVy for around $50 more or on its own for $65. You might as well get the eNVy with the Blackheart already installed, because you’re going to want to do it anyway.

You really can’t go wrong with the eNVy. It’s constructed well, the stock barrel is decent, and with the Blackheart board you get all of the functionality you will ever need.

Because it is designed for beginner players, reliability is not a problem. The eNVy will really take a beating. This is the marker that you buy a friend or your little brother if you want them to get into paintball and have a good time without worrying about something breaking.

Other Options

These are undoubtedly the best electronic paintball guns under $200.

If you have your eye on something else, you might want to check out the used market. When you buy used, however, you don’t always get something that will work well right out of the box.

For beginner players, we recommend buying new markers that are tested and proven to work right out of the box.

Review: Dye Paintball Neck Protector

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Do you feel the need to protect your neck while you play paintball? If you don’t, you should. Nobody likes feeling the sting of a paintball on their neck (or if you’re like me – your neck fat). It hurts, and if you disagree, obviously you’ve never been shot in the neck before. But never mind the neck – what about the throat? Ever been shot in the throat before? Good luck swallowing normally for the rest of the afternoon, because let me tell you – it isn’t fun.

What if there was a way to avoid these risks of paintball altogether and protect your neck? Well, now there is! Enter Dye’s Dye Performance Neck Protector – a neck protector that is comfortable and quite soft. But does it protect your neck? Find out below!

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