State of the Paint! Issues with paintbullets abound.

Well, at least we are getting another blog up and it isn’t taking a month.. or two.

With that said, we here at Hustle Paintball have something to gripe about. Paintballs! As you all know, we are not just a retailer, we are players too. Because of this we are very big activists on only stocking and selling good paint. The problem with this is that it is difficult to find a brand of paint that is consistently reliable. We have been trying all kinds of paint lately and needless to say we just have not had the results that we are looking for. I mean, we have gone through boxes of paint that is “brittle” that does not break worth a crap, and does not shoot straight. We have also gone through a period where an entire skid of paint was rendered pretty much useless because it stained (no, this was not generic brand paint).

The thing is, we are not just looking for one factor. We here like to stock two types of paint – one mid-grade paint at $39.99 with a thick enough shell for un-regulated blowback style markers. As well as one high-grade brittle paint anywhere from $45.00-55.00 depending on the case. You would think this would be simple, but the variables we are looking for just differ so much between brands!

Our faces, when we think of what used to be.

Really, I think the problem stems from the manufacturing. We have had batches of a particular kind of paint that has been absolutely godly. We have then gotten a batch of the same kind at a later time and it is some of the most awful paint we have ever used. All of you guys out there thinking in your head “Do you store it correctly? How old is it?” – We play, we run a store, we’re knowledgeable people about this stuff. The paint on our temperature controlled showroom sits at most 3 weeks before it is sold.

So, the search for paint continues. We just got in a skid from one of our manufacturers that looks quite promising. However, only time will tell if we have found the right paint or if we need to continue looking. What paint has been the most reliable for you guys? Do you seem to have this issue yourselves? What is your personal favorite paint? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Thanks so much for reading! – Trevor

Jason’s Hustle Paintball Guest Blog – August 14th, 2012

Hey Everyone!

Yes, it has been some time since we have written a blog. Turns out we’re not as good at it as some people out there. Hopefully we can pick up a notch or two in the coming months, however until then we would like to introduce you to a new series of blogs that we will be adding to slowly over time. Guest blogging! Our first in this series has been written by Jason who was a customer first, and has since become a friend and volunteer at the shop. So, without any further ado, take it away Jason!

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I’ve had some pretty terrible experiences attempting to buy paintball equipment in my local area. After going to some paintball shop in Denver and feeling like I did not get the best deal possible; I started looking for another place to buy my paintball gear. Hours of searching was done on the Internet looking up other paintball shops in the Denver area. I then found a place called Hustle Paintball. They are in an odd and difficult location it seemed at first, but being right by the Flatirons crossing mall is just the icing on top of the cake. Above all else is the customer service I received on MY VERY FIRST VIST. I must have spent well over an hour with Jay talking about all the options for paintball markers, gear, and what would work best for my family’s needs; I immediately decided that Hustle Paintball was our best bet. A week later I took my wife, our three kids, and a friend into Hustle and we walked out with four markers, four masks, and four air tanks.

Working hard or hardly working?

I was so impressed with the level of customer service we received that I knew I had to be a part of this great Colorado company in some way. I asked Ethan if I could come in and volunteer my time to help with the day to day operations at Hustle Paintball, and Ethan agreed. For the past month I have done everything from the tedious job of putting together O Ring packs, helping with shipping & receiving orders, to plumbing a refrigerator. I was also used as Russell’s “third hand” in the TPX First Strike round mod video.

I’m constantly learning new things about the game of paintball, paintball products, and how to tech my own markers. I think above all else what I have learned is that Hustle isn’t like most other companies in our area, or even the U.S. – They are taking that extra mile to make all of their customers feel as important as they truly are to them. They are transparent, friendly, helpful people that are just looking to support their community and their families. I can say without a doubt that it has been one of the greatest all around experiences I have ever had with any company.

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There you have it! Our first guest blog; we hope to have more in the future as we are really working to build a community in the paintball world. What better way to build a community than for everyone to share their voices and opinions! If you would like a guest blog featured, email us at Support@HustlePaintball.com and let us know what is going on in YOUR paintball world. By no means does the blog need to be about us, or what you think of our company, it just so happens that the first guest blog was written in that way. Thanks for reading everyone, look out for more in the future!

Hustle Paintball is doing a Tippmann Crossover Giveaway! (Rules)

Hey everyone!

It has come to our attention that some of you are having issues finding the rules for the contest. So we wanted to provide them somewhere accessible for you. Remember, like us, go here and then share the specific (Facebook)  post to get a second entry.

If you haveanyquestions, feel free to call us at (877) 298-8188 or send us an email at Support@HustlePaintball.com! Good luck to all of the contestants!

We like the Tippmann Crossover here at Hustle, quite a lot. So much so that we wanted to share the love; with that in mind, we are having a giveaway for a Crossover!  All you guys have to do is go and like us on Facebook. Paintball is a family, while that sounds lame, we mean it in the most serious way. I am sure you all know how these things work so without further ado, the rules!

Please read these Official Rules before entering this promotion (the “Promotion”). By participating in the Promotion, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements below.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS PROMOTION. THIS PROMOTION IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH, FACEBOOK.

1. Eligibility. The promotion is open to individuals who are at least 18 years or older (or the age of majority in entrant’s state of residence), and who, upon entering the Promotion, at the time of the drawing, and if asked to provide an affidavit of eligibility following the drawing, have either: (i) a user account on Facebook and “like” Hustle Paintball on Facebook. The promotion is open to any residenst of any country where the promotion is legal. Winners outside of the United States will be responsible for paying for shipping of the prize. If you do not meet any of these requirements or any other eligibility requirements in these Official Rules, you are not eligible to win a prize, and Hustle Paintball. (“Sponsor”) reserves the right not to award prizes to you. Employees, directors, officers and contractors of Sponsor and Sponsor’s advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to win. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

2. Promotion Period. The Promotion starts at 5:00 p.m.EDT on May 21st, and ends at 11:59 p.m.EDT on June 3, 2012 (the “Promotion Period”). All entries must be received during the Promotion Period to be eligible to win a prize.

3. How to Enter.
(a) On Facebook. “Like” Hustle Paintball through your Facebook account, if you have not done so already. Fill out the information requested by the Promotion entry form (the “Entry Form”) provided under the sweepstakes tab on the Hustle Paintball Facebook page (located at http://www.facebook.com/hustlepaintball), and submit the Entry Form by clicking the “submit” button.
(c) Bonus Entries.
a. On Facebook. By clicking the “share” button for our promotion announcement you will receive an additional entry into the Promotion.

Only one (1) entry per person,per platform, during the Promotion Period, provided however that a person may earn Bonus Entries as set forth above. Entries become the property of Sponsor. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address connected to the Facebook or Twitter account that is used to enter will be deemed to be the registrant or player. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.

4. Prize: One (1) winner will receive: (i)Tippmann Crossover paintball marker. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.

5. Random Drawing: The winner will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries to be held by June 4, 2012. The winner will be notified by email (at the address provided in the Entry Form) by June 4, 2012. Prize will be awarded within thirty (30) days after winner verification. If a prize notification is returned as undeliverable or if the winner does not respond to the notification within seven (7) calendar days, it will result in disqualification, and the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing. The prize winner may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within seven (7) days following the date of attempted notification. Prizes are not assignable or transferable, except to a surviving spouse.

The prize is awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose), except that the prize will be subject to its manufacturer’s standard warranty (if any). No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prize will be permitted, except that Winner is responsible for all federal, state, local, sales and income taxes associated with receipt and/or use of any prize. Entry and acceptance of any prize constitutes permission to use winner’s name, prize won, office affiliation, hometown and likeness for online posting and promotional purposes without further compensation, except where prohibited by law.
6. General: Sponsor will not be responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, damaged or misdirected entries and accepts no responsibility for any injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from an entrant’s participation in the Promotion. By entering the Promotion, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and waives, and releases Sponsor and Sponsor’s parents, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Promotion, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each, from, all claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Promotion or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use the prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory. Sponsor reserves the right to amend these Official Rules or to terminate this Promotion.

Any provision of these Official Rules deemed unenforceable will be enforced to the extent permissible, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain in effect. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of any Promotion materials, administration of the Promotion or in the announcement of any prize. The Promotion and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the state of Washington. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.

7. Winner List; Rules Request: For a winner list, email support@Hustlepaintball.com May 21, 2012 and before June 30, 2012). To obtain a copy of these Official Rules, visit support@Hustlepaintball.com.
Sponsor: ZILLOW, INC., 999 Third Avenue, Suite 4600, Seattle WA 98104

Confidentiality: By entering, you may be contacted by Sponsor with future promotional offers. Information provided by you to participate in this Promotion is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy at http://www.hustlepaintball.com/privacy-security


The Next Three Weeks are Non-Stop Balling! :)

Hey everyone!

We were just sitting around the office realizing that we hadn’t written a blog in about 10 days, this is unacceptable! So a thought came up on what is heading it’s way for the factory team, Anomaly. Over the next three weeks the schedule is going to be absolutely nuts! Starting this weekend we are kicking off Blitz Paintball’s Novice Tournament league for the 2012 season with the first 5-man tourney of the year! Last year in Rookie we took 1st place twice on 5-mans; so we are pretty stoked to kick off the year with one.

Continuing on to next week we have the first big scenario game of the year in Colorado! DMS Scenario’s “Band of Brothers: Assault on the Eagle’s Nest” It is a multi-day event that we will be camping out for and generally just having a good time. This is especially awesome for me because I have not played paintball in months due to my deteriorating knees and alltogether resigning as a core member of the team. Scenario’s are where I truly get to embrace the sport and our culture fully with hundreds of people on each side working together towards the same goal. I cannot wait! Hopefully we should have our freshly designed team jerseys by then.

Ta-Da! What do you all think?

After a weekend filled with paintbullet slinging, destroying the opforce and all together childish debauchery among men we move on to the next tournament in Blitz Paintballs novice bracket. A 3-man, the bane of our teams existence. We have embarrassed ourselves twice in 3-mans and look to make up for it this year.. well.. guaranteed we will at least do better about HAVING FUN this year during the tournament. That’s why we all play anyways, right?

That’s what we are all going to be up to over the next few weekends, what about you? Needless to say, as all of us are super excited that the paintball season is getting back into the full swing of things.

- Trevor

State of the Hustle – 3/14/2012

We have expanded!

No,  seriously. We haven’t written a blog in a little while and we want to let you know what is going on in the world of Hustle. So, since January we have been coming in at 7:00 AM and leaving at 6:30 PM – With four people it is kind of tough to keep up with all the love you guys have been showing us lately (thank you for supporting your favorite retailer!) so we had to hire a new underling. Everyone say hello to Russell.

The Elusive Russell the Muscle.

Until recently Russell was just a member of Team Anomaly that packaged cookies for a living (yum!). When Ethan and I went over to D.C. for the Paintball Extravaganza we left Jay and Jeff all by themselves to handle Mon-Fri. This was smack dab in the middle of February where the four of us were having a hard time trying to keep up, let alone just two. So, we asked Russell if he would be interested in helping out throughout the week, just to help get some of the weight off of the guys. He accepted and then the gauntlet promptly started on Monday.

There was a subtle hope between the crew that Russell would succeed and be an asset to our team even with little to no training, just by having the heart we all do about our jobs. Every day Russell impressed Jeff & Jay with his drive to do well for Hustle, and desire to learn everything he could. Needless to say, after a week through the PBE onslaught Ethan and the Hustle crew felt like we found the guy who could come in, lighten the load, lighten the mood and add to Hustle’s team in a way that improves the experience not just for our team, but for you guys as well.

With Russell on the team, we are now 5. A team of 5 experienced, active paintball players that have the same love of the sport all of you do, and we have the knowledge to help you out to boot. This is a great step forward for Hustle and I’m hoping with our newest addition we can get back on track with all of the projects that we need to finish!

With that said, look forward to these things coming in the next few months.

As always – More videos! Reviews, How-To’s, Random Shenanigans, all things about our channel you have come to know and love (I hope!)

Patches! Physical Military style patches for both Hustle Paintball and pbRIOT that you guys can put on your gear and support us! (you know you want to!)

Shirts! We have found ourselves a great company to make our shirts with; I just need the time to design some shirts for you guys. Look out for a post on the RIOT in the next month or so where you guys get to vote on the shirts we get made!

And finally, I have already mentioned videos, but paintball season has officially started and we are going to be filming more paintball and posting up videos of that as well. Look out for more playing videos this summer!

That is the state of Hustle as of March 2012 – Thanks for reading everyone, you are the reason we do this.