Paintball Hand Signals

Hand signals in paintball are a very effective way of communicating with your fellow fistteammates.  In yesterday’s article, we discussed the three different modes of communication on the field, and today we want to cover hand signals a bit more.  Typically, hand signals used on the paintball field are similar, basic motions that are used by the military.  The key to using hand signals is making sure that everyone on your team knows what they are and when these signals could be used.

How To Effectively Incorporate Hand Signals in Paintball 

As mentioned above, one of the big keys to incorporating hand signals is to make sure that your entire team knows what they mean; otherwise your hand signals are useless.  It would be a good idea to get your teammates together before a tournament or game and give a “crash course” on the hand signals that will be used.  The more aware and educated your teammates are, the better they will perform on the field – keep that in mind!

There are several important hand signals that you may want to use.  The following is a list crouchand some suggestions for how to teach and use them.

  • “Move (direction) way” – With this hand signal, your main objective is to offer directions to all of your teammates, or just one.  Sometimes it may be necessary to move out danger or to work towards a certain part of the field.  To do this, you will hold out your pointer and middle fingers together on one hand and point in the direction that you want them to go.
  • “STOP!” – This signal is important, as are all of the others, but this signal asks your teammates to stop where they are and crouch down and aim in different directions.  The actual hand signal is simple; hold one hand up in the air with the hand open.  The reason why you will want all teammates to crouch and aim in different directions is because they all are on alert and ready to take on the enemy.  So needless to say, the “STOP!” hand signal is more than just a halt, make sure that your fellow teammates understand this and practice this hand signal regularly.
  • “Move to cover” – When you see or sense danger ahead, hold up a fist and your team will know to take cover.  This means that they should all crouch, lay down, or crawl to a safe location where they will be out of sight should the opposing team appear.
  • “I see…” – This hand signal means that you have actually spotted someone (an enemy) and that you are making your teammates aware of this.  Simply put your pointer and middle fingers to your eyes and point them towards the location of the enemy.

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Final Thoughts 

Using hand signals on the field is a great way to communicate silently and quickly.  You can make up your own signals if you would like, or utilize some of the signals mentioned above.  Remember, all of your teammates will need to know and understand what each hand signal means and when they will be used on the playing field.  Begin by practicing and simulating an instance when you might need to use each hand signal with your team.  This will better equip them with the knowledge they need to move and act effectively on the field.

What hand signals do you use?  And how do you equip your teammates to know and understand them before a tournament or game?  Share below.

How to Install a Tippmann Cyclone Feed Upgrade Kit

The Tippmann Cyclone Feed System Upgrade Kit is one of the most popular aftermarket upgrades for your Tippmann 98 series, US Army Alpha Black or Bravo One, or Project Salvo paintball gun. It’s a very simply, easy install, but can be intimidating to some people, so we walk you through the process of installing the CFS kit.

The Tippmann 98 GTA Cyclone Feed Upgrade Paintball Gun Parts

Now you can give your 98 or 98 custom marker the same advantages as the A-5! And tippmann 98 gta cyclone feed upgrade paintball gun partsNOW, they will fit the all-new US Army Alpha Black and Alpha Black Tactical Paintball Markers!

Features:

  • Links the feeder sprocket to the air system
  • Synchronized ball feed for reduced breakage and jamming
  • The faster you shoot, the faster you feed!
  • Feeds up to 15 balls per second
  • Includes wide mouthed 200 round low profile hopper (the same as the one that comes with the 2011 A5 & X7
  • Attaches via quick release elbow
  • May require a different power tube: Please call if you have any questions
  • Fits all Tippmann Model 98, 98 Custom, and Custom Pro markers, as well as US Army Alpha Black, Alpha Black Tactical, Bravo One, and Project Salvo Markers!

Some reviews we have received about the Tippmann 98 GTA Cyclone Feed Upgrade:

“This is definitely worth the money. I purchased this for my Alpha Black and I can definitely tell the difference in the performance.” ~Kim

“Works great easy install, if you own a 98 custom buy this” ~Donavon

“This product realy help me and my gun perform better. i have the tippmann alpha black with an e grip and i needed a cyclone for cheap and the man at paintball sphere told me this performs good and it will shoot 15 balls per sec and not clog. and its acted that good ever sence i got it. so i would get it if you are on a tight budget and need a cyclone or if you just like a good upgrade to your alpha black, carver one, project salvo, etc. SO GET IT” ~Denver

Paintball Knee Pads: Dye Precision 2011

These pads are the best of the best – super comfortable and very well padded – no matter how hard you play, these knee pads will be able to keep up with you!

The Dye Precision Core Knee Pads were designed for the most aggressive player who is willing to risk it all for the love of the game. If you want to make the game winning move without having to worry about your knees, then these are a must. From the abrasion-resistant outer skin, to the energy rebounding metal inserts, Dye Core Knee Pads will give you a sense of protection like no other. Knees are important, so don’t take a chance. Dye Precision Core Knee Pad

Features:

  • Abrasion-resistant outer-skin
  • Energy rebounding metal inserts
  • 1 1/2 inch to 2 inches worth of padding
  • Anti-slip grip
  • Good protection without having to cover a large amount of the leg and shins

What are your thoughts on paintball knee pads?  Are they a necessity in your paintball gear bag?  Do you always wear them?  Just…what do you think?  Share your thoughts below…

Cheap Paintball Guns under $100

At Hustle Paintball we strive to offer you the best products at the lowest price possible.  When it comes to paintball guns, Hustle Paintball is the leading provider of top of the line paintball markers on the Internet.  Maybe you are one of those players who have been playing once every few months just for fun and just decided to take the plunge and buy your first cheap paintball gun.  Or maybe you just want something to play around with.  Whatever your reason for purchasing a cheap paintball gun, we have just what you are looking for.  Take some of these guns into consideration:

The Azodin KAOS .68 CAL Semi-Auto - $89.95

The Azodin Kaos Semi-Auto Paintball Marker. Developed with the highest standard in mind, KAOS incorporates the latest technological breakthrough, while providing standard Azodin KAOS .68 CAL Semi-Autofeatures that are found on $1000 markers. KAOS gives you the competitive edge on the field of battle.

Features:

  • Low Rise Twist Lock Feed Neck
  • Non-Slip Rubber Grip Panels
  • Self Lubricating Delrin Bolt
  • Double Ball Detents
  • 12 Single Piece Barrel
  • Top Cocking Pull Pin
  • Gas-Thru Foregrip
  • Operates with CO2 or HPA
  • Aluminum Grip Frame With Dovetail and Direct Screw Mount

Tippmann Gryphon Basic Paintball Gun - $69

The Gryphon is Tippmann’s proof of what performance is possible, even at a low price tag. The Tippmann Gryphon paintball gun has a cool feature of no external hosing, so you’ll never have to deal with a steel braided line or leaky macro fittings.

The inline bolt system of the Tippmann Gryphon is reliable and requires little maintenance. Tippmann Gryphon Basic Paintball GunTippmann paintball guns have always required low maintenance with high durability, and this is no exception. Tippmann puts their money where their mouth is and backs the Gryphon with a 1-year warranty!

Tippmann Gryphon Paintball Gun Features:

  • Internal Gasline for a cleaner look – No exposed hoses
  • Inline bolt system that is reliable and proven to perform
  • Rigid, ergonomically designed front grip
  • Center feed design to maximize mobility, whether you’re coming out of your bunker to the right or left
  • High-impact composite body that is built to last
  • Blade trigger designed for a smooth trigger pull
  • High performance ported barrel designed to reduce sound and improve accuracy
  • New frame and loader position to provide a more balanced feel to the marker than other entry level markers.
  • Caliber – .68
  • Power – Air assisted blow back
  • Compatible with Compressed Air/High Pressure Air/N2/Nitrogen and CO2
  • Trigger – Manual (Semi-Automatic)
  • Barrel Length – 9.7 inch
  • Weight – 2.046lbs
  • Firing Rate – As fast as you can pull the trigger! 8 balls per second is average
  • Finish – Gloss
  • Overall Length – 19.8″
  • Effective Range – Adjustable. Typical is 150+ feet @ 300 feet per second (fps)

Valken V-TAC SW-1 Marker – $99.99

Features:

  • Corrosion-resistant aluminum and polymer construction
  • Durable powder-coated receiver
  • Stainless steel bottom line hose
  • Removable ported barrel
  • Replaceable barrel thread adapter
  • MIL-STD-1913 Accessory Rail
  • Removable feedneck adapter
  • Valken V-TAC SW-1 MarkerHigh-flow aluminum Air source adapter
  • Modular design for easy customizing and upgrading
  • Designed for use with CO2 or High Pressure Air
  • Meets or exceeds all applicable ASTM standards
  • Caliber – 0.68
  • Action – Semi-Automatic
  • Barrel – Removable 9in ported (A5 thread)
  • power – CO2 or Compressed Air (High Output)
  • Construction – Aluminum & Polymer
  • Effective Range – 150+ feet

What To Wear For Paintball

Wearing the right gear while playing paintball is essential, simply because it acts as a protective layer and is just part of being a true paintball player.  And to add to that, paint is pretty harsh on clothing so you want to make sure you are wearing either really old clothes or clothing designed for paintball specifically.

Some Clothing Recommendations

You will want to dress in layers.  By dressing in layers, you are reducing the impact that the paint shot at you has on your body.  So the layers act as a protective barrier for you.  Also, if it is extremely hot out, you obviously don’t want to pile on the heavy clothing, so what do you do then?  Just be smart and wear clothing that is both protective and can withstand paintballs being shot at it.

Some recommendations:

  • A Pair of Jeans or Paintball Pants – Wearing a good solid pair of pants is critical for Dye Precision Tactical Pant 2.0protecting your legs and backside. Durability, something with pockets and the ability to include some knee pads are some good key points to keep in mind.  Take for example the Dye Precision Tactical Pant 2.0.  These paintball pants were strategically made with you paintballers in mind.  They feature 45 degree pockets for easy access, stretch so you can wear knee pads.  Another great feature is that they are bombproof!  The material and stitching was strategically made so you can slide, dive and roll with confidence.  Check out some other really great paintball pants at Hustle Paintball by following this link here.
  • A T-Shirt or Two – Like we said above, you really want to focus on layering to help protect your body from paintball impact.  So layering with some t-shirts, either short HK Army Tshirtor long sleeve is the way to go.  We have a huge selection of paintball brand t-shirts that you can check out.  The brands we have include HK Army, Propper, Hustle Paintball, TechT Paintball, Tippmann, Valken and Violent Series.  Check them out!
  • Heavier Items Depending On The Weather – If it is cold out, you are definitely going to want something heavier on like a hoodie or paintball jacket.  These are great to keep in your body heat and also add some extra padding, giving you even PROPPER Foul Weather Gore-tex Parkamore protection.  We have a few really awesome hoodies on our website, and a pretty wide selection when it comes to the paintball jackets.  One of our best jackets/parkas that we have in stock includes the PROPPER Foul Weather Gore-tex Parka II, it comes in all sizes ranging from a 2X Extra Long all the way down to an extra small.  The features that are packed into this one parka are amazing!  It is made of 100% nylon, is waterproof, windproof and totally breathable fabric.  And not to mention, it is contamination-resistant!  How cool is that?!  What we love the most about this parka is that it is made in the USA and will never shrink or fade.  You just can’t beat it!
  • Additional Protective GearThis includes gloves, knee pads, elbow pads and even protective head gear.  The more padding you have on, the less the risk of having a huge bruise or welt from getting shot at.
  • Shoes - You are obviously going to need a really good pair of paintball shoes to run in, with some good treading.  The Exalt TRX cleat is a great option because it beats out any other cleats used in any other sport!  They improve your game, offer you high-performance and are very lightweight.  Use them during woodsball, scenario, recreational, tournament and even big games!  These cleats feature 7 Spike Exalt TRX Cleatlocations in the forefoot of the out sole; 3 Spike locations at the heel of the out sole; and flexible out sole design, which allows for better traction especially when you are crawling on the ground.

So, there you have it – the paintball clothing you will need to play and be comfortable out on the field.  Do you have any special clothing or items that you wear while playing?  If so, leave us a comment describing what you wear during tournaments, out playing woodsball or at big games.

Planet Eclipse Ego LV1 Review

This is by far the finest paintball gun review we have done to date!  So sit back, grab a snack and enjoy!  We will be reviewing the Planet Eclipse 2013 Ego LV1 Paintball gun.

The Planet Eclipse Ego LV1 is the first new tournament marker from Eclipse since the Geo that was introduced in 2009.  This marker is undeniably remarkable and we will tell you why in this article:planet-eclipse-geo-lv1-paintball-gun

The Eclipse passion, performance and quality have been instilled into this particular paintball gun leaving the competition crying in the dust.  The technology that has been used in making this gun has never even been thought of when it comes to paintball markers.  Shooting and holding this gun is just completely different from any other gun you will pick up.

InternallyThis paintball gun, internally as well as externally, is just remarkable.  On the inside there is a profiled lever that can be found between the rammer and the exhaust valve that separates all of the action between the rammer and bolt from the valve.  Another great aspect is that the new technology allows for the valve to be opened much slower, with less force.

When you shoot this gun you just-can’t-stop!  It is suplanet eclipse ego lv1ch a smooth shot, simply because the kick is greatly reduced and the shot is super quiet.  You definitely have to try out this gun; don’t just take our word for it!

Some other really great features of this paintball gun include:

  • Unique Lever Valve Mechanism
  • Zick3 Rammer System
  • Heavy and Light Zick3 Rammer Included
  • Cure5 Bolt
  • Internal LPR
  • SL4 Inline Regulator
  • AT Pipe Gas Transfer System
  • High Flow Onion Valve
  • Shielded Valve Spring
  • AT POPS
  • 40% Larger Valve Chamber
  • 65-80psi LPR Pressure
  • 120-135psi Inline Pressure
  • Contoured Grip and Console
  • HiGrip Foregrip and Body Sleeve
  • Adjustable Direct Acting Solenoid Valve
  • Dual Rammer Speed Controls
  • Tool-less Bolt, Rammer and Valve Removal
  • 14.5″ Shaft4 Barrel with 0.689″ Back
  • Infra-Red Break Beam Eyes
  • Replaceable Transflective Graphic LCD Module
  • Adjustable Tru-Colour RGB LCD Backlite
  • 16-Bit Microprocessor – 16 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second)
  • Improved Solenoid Drive Circuitry for increased Velocity Consistency
  • Menu Driven User Interface
  • Ultra-Lightweight, Single Billet 3D Machined Body (Machined in the UK)
  • Deftek Offset Feed Tube
  • Clamping Feed with Sprocket Wheel Adjustment
  • Integrated Rammer Housing
  • Integrated FRM
  • Offset BoresPlanet Eclipse 2013 Ego LV1 Paintball Gun Poison IV
  • Micro-Switch and Opto Sensor Trigger Activation
  • Dual Instrument Grade Ball-Raced Trigger
  • Dual Trigger Return Mechanisms – Magnetic and Spring Trigger
  • Integrated Audible Sounding Device
  • Ramping and Semi-Auto Modes
  • Compliant with Regulations of all Major Paintball Leagues
  • E-Portal Compatible
  • Assembled and Tested at Planet Eclipse HQ in the UK

The Hustle Reload #49 – Quick & dirty tour of New Hustle and a CBTC on RDR settings

“Sorry for the delay! Turns out a bunch of 3D graphics were causing encoding issues. Had to scrap ‘em. Bummer.” -Russell

This week we give you a weekly time lapsed update on the move to New Hustle, or Hustle 2.0.  Cromer hosts a long BTC on the new 2014 Dye i4 masks and talks about the new Pulse RDR along with our new T2s
we got in.

Some questions are gone over in a Qn’A which leads us to a quick and dirty tour of the new place!

Some New Products You Gotta Check Out…

Check out the new CCM T2 – Build Your Own Paintball Gun, you know…the one of your CCM T2 Pump Marker Detaildreams!  This CCM T2 pump paintball marker is definitely a sought after gun, and for good reason.  You get to customize and create the look and feel of the ultimate paintball gun you have always wanted.  The only downside is there is a 4-6 week turnaround, but hey the wait is worth it simply because the performance and customization is amazing.  Depending on the features you select, the price may vary but rest assured, your hard earned money will be well spent!

CCM T2 Pump MarkerSome of the features you get with the CCM T2 pump paintball gun:

  • Dust (matte) or polished finish with dust or polished accents – you choose!
  • Auto trigger kit and a grip frame of your choice with CCM custom grip panels and trigger
  • Bottom line kit
  • Pump return spring
  • 11″ barrel with a 3″ sizer insert of your choice*
  • Choice of feedneck style
  • The pump kit has dust OR polished hardware, pump return spring, the new dual rod assembly and T2 pump handle.
  • Diamond honed bolt bore
  • All of the rods are made from stainless steel
  • Aluminum parts are made from 6061 aluminum for improved anodized finish and color match
  • Each marker has been fully tested and adjusted before it is shipped

Visit this link to see what the customizer is all about.  There are many colors, options and features that you can choose from!

The 2014 Dye Precision i4 Mask

We have reviewed the Dye i4 Masks before, but these new 2014 masks are really great and must be showcased!  Just to recap some of the features:

  • The i4 Rapid Lens Change System
  • 290 Degrees of Horizontal and Peripheral Vision
  • Co-Molded Soft Low Profile MaskDye Precision i4 Mask Airstrike
  • Soft Lightweight Ear Protection
  • Comfortable Anatomic Mask Fit
  • Retention Strap
  • Extreme Multi-Directional Venting
  • 20% Lighter Than Previous i3 Pro Goggle System
  • Upgraded with a High Definition Thermal Lens

 

Playing The Snake in Paintball

Do you need some basic understanding of what playing snake means and how to go about it?  If so, then this article is for you.  Basically, “The Snake” is a unique bunker on the paintball field that requires you to understand how to play it and how to utilize it correctly.  In this article, we will go into some detail regarding the snake and what it is all about…Enjoy!

Find The Snake

snakeOne of the most important parts of playing the snake is knowing where it is in relation to other parts and bunkers of the field.  So what you will want to do is walk the field and figure out the layout before the tournament or play begins.  Some of the things you will want to figure out about the snake before you start playing include the following:

  • What angles and shots are associated with the snake?
  • Where should you pop up from in relation to the snake?
  • Where should your gun point to shoot around the snake?
  • Look for blindshots – these are shots from the bunker that basically block you out, kind of like a car having a blindspot; a blindshot is a great skill when it comes to paintball because you are able to shoot at your opponent without seeing him or her from the snake.

How To Play The Snake

Before you can effectively play the snake, you need to walk the field and understand the field layout; otherwise, you will fail at this.  Every field has its own layout and will require you to learn it before you can play it, and you really need to form a game plan.

  • First off, you want to get to the horizontal bunker and check the tape.  Be aware of where other players are and run with your head up so you can have a good view of where others are.
  • You want to get down the snake as far as possible at lightning speed to avoid getting shot at.  After doing this, you will want to take your angle.
  • Communicate with your teammates.  Snake players need to communicate a lot since they are totally blind during play.  Be sure to listen to what others are saying and play accordingly.  If you are told to move from your position – do that!  If you are told to snakeplayshoot – do it!  Listen for your name and specific calls so you know where your opponent is.
  • Look inside for shots; this is where your angle is going to be.  If you have a corner player, let him protect you during play and watch for opponents.
  • Try not to be predictable, you don’t want the opponent to be able to predict your every move – what good does that do?  Never end up in the same place twice in a row – keep moving.  Keeping different positions will throw your opponent off and help to post up on him or her.
  • Avoid Gun Battles at all costs!  And avoid tunnel vision as well, especially on the tape.
  • Stay tight!
  • Keep moving
  • While playing the snake, practice up on your snapshooting – this is a great opportunity to do this!

What other tips and tricks do you utilize while playing the snake on the field?  If you have any insight, please share them with us below in the comment box!

Playing Paintball Tips

There is a lot that goes into playing the sport of paintball, maybe more than what you might think.  You need to fully understand the skill and dedication that it takes to be a “good paintball player” these days.  Not to mention, if you want to become a pro or move up in the world of paintball, you need to possess some certain skills.  In this post we will be discussing some of the top tips that we believe make a paintball player a “good” or even “great paintball enthusiast”.

1. Snapshooting

Snapshooting is one of the most important skills you will need to possess while playing paintball, and is a skill that we talked about in a previous posting on our blog.  To quickly snapshootgo over this skill, basically, you are behind a bunker or a type of cover and you quickly do some pop-outs where you shoot a few rounds at the opponent and pop back behind the cover.  It seems easy, but truly, you need to work at this to get good at it.

2. Communicate

This is a biggie when it comes to playing on a team of paintball; you have to communicate and have code words or some kind of language that you use on the field to talk with your teammates.  To win paintball games you have to function as a team; it’s like they always say, “there is no ‘I’ in the word ‘TEAM’”.  You need to always know where your teammates are on the field and communicate with each other on strategies and how you plan to make your next move.  Practice, and we are serious when we say this – PRACTICE communicating on the field so that this is never an issue on your team.

3. Consider Your Health

Seriously!  You need to be in good standing, in good health and be physically capable to be a good player on a paintball team.  If you don’t workout and stay up with your physical self, you will eventually slow down and become a hindrance to your team (just sayin’).  Don’t be that guy, or girl, who is lagging behind and causing the team to lose simply because you are not an active trainer.  Adopt some simple workout routines, such as jogging or hitting the gym a few times a week to build up your endurance.  You can do it, we have faith in you!

4. Use Good Paint

It’s as simple as that – you need to use good paint in your gun, because if the shape or JT Splatmaster 1000ct Ammodesign is off, your shot will be off and you almost always will miss your target.  Buy quality paint, which you can find on our website from many of our awesome brands.  This is a no-brainer!  Just do it!  Use good paint and you will almost always have a good shot.

 

What are some good tips you can offer to everyone for becoming the best paintball player you can be?  Share with us below in the comment box.

How To Keep Your Marker Running Like New

Keeping your paintball marker running like new is essential for keeping up with everyone out on the playing fields.  If you don’t maintain, clean and keep your marker up, it will more than likely start running like…well…you know, not so good.  Not to mention, the risks of leaks, it stops shooting all together or ends up needing much more fixes than normal.  Most good paintball markers are expensive these days, so to avoid having to buy a new one, maintain it and do some of the following tips to help keep it running like you just bought it!

  1. While playing in a tournament or some sort of paintball game, if you happen to jab your marker into a stream of water or puddle of mud be sure to clean it out after you are finished playing.  You wouldn’t want mud to harden inside your marker.
  2. NEVER use any oil or lubricant that is not made for paintball guns.  If you end up planet-eclipse-geo3-paintball-gunusing the wrong oil, you might hurt or destroy your o-rings, so be cautious.  If you need some paintball oil, visit this link here.
  3. After you are done playing, wipe down your marker.  If you don’t then mud, residue and even paint can become REALLY hard to get off after it dries and hardens…just saying.
  4. Your barrel will also need some regular maintenance.  Anytime you play in a tournament or paintball game, use a squeegee to clean the inside of your barrel.  If there is any leftover paint inside of the barrel after playing it can cause your marker to become inaccurate…and no one wants that.

    Exalt Paintball Barrel Maid Swab/Squeegee Combo

    Exalt Paintball Barrel Maid Swab/Squeegee Combo

  5. Always check your CO2 to make sure that you aren’t empty.  Also, check the valves to ensure that there are no problems with them.
  6. If your marker uses a battery, replace them often or check for corrosion.

Regular maintenance on your marker is super crucial to keep it running like new.  If you have any additional questions or have any other cleaning tips you have found helpful in maintaining your gun, leave them below in the comment box.