Adam Stout, commonly referred to as ‘Ministry of Fun’ and the ‘Commissioner of Refreshments’ over at Nighthawk Brewery laid down the 411 today on a new side project between a few of the guys at Hustle Paintball and Nighthawk Brewery. Erik, Jay, and Adam are attempting to blend their love of paintball with their love of board and table-top games to recreate the strategy and frenzy of paintball in a table-top format.
Insane? It’s debatable. Find out the details of this new, interesting table-top experience after the jump.
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!
Hand signals in paintball are a very effective way of communicating with your fellow teammates. 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 and 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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
Energy rebounding metal inserts
1 1/2 inch to 2 inches worth of padding
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…
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 Semi-Auto Paintball Marker. Developed with the highest standard in mind, KAOS incorporates the latest technological breakthrough, while providing standard features that are found on $1000 markers. KAOS gives you the competitive edge on the field of battle.
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
Operates with CO2 or HPA
Aluminum Grip Frame With Dovetail and Direct Screw Mount
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 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)
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.
A Pair of Jeans or Paintball Pants – Wearing a good solid pair of pants is critical for protecting 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-Shirtor 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 or 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 more 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 Gear – This 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 locations 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.
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:
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.
Internally – This 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 such 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
SL4 Inline Regulator
AT Pipe Gas Transfer System
High Flow Onion Valve
Shielded Valve Spring
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
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
Assembled and Tested at Planet Eclipse HQ in the UK
“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 dreams! 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!
Some 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!
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
One 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 shoot – 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.
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!