One of the great things about paintball is the fact that, unlike other sports, you can really load yourself up with huge varieties of fancy equipment, all designed to give you a situational edge. You can specialize, you can generalize, you can set up your market to fire exactly the way you want, and you can anodize it to give you a distinct style. Of course, the same thing that makes this sport so cool can really work against you if you’re not careful; with the huge variety of aftermarket pieces and instructional know-how on the internet, it’s incredibly easy to spend a lot of money on cheap pieces you don’t understand and don’t work. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran paintball player, here are a few solid rules of thumb to make sure your gear doesn’t get in the way of your game.
Hello to our fellow Paintball Connoisseurs! Here we are at our Hustle Reload #40 and man is it full of some greatness. Erik goes over almost all of the new 2014 DYE gear in detail so that you guys can have an up close look instead of drooling over them through boring stock photos. You can thank him later…
New Gear for 2014!
Dye Precision i4 Mask System
In a nutshell, the Dye Precision i4 Mask is the smallest, lightest, lowest profile and best field of vision mask available. Below are some of the really great features that have been incorporated:
- The i4 Rapid Lens Change System – A revolutionary patent pending rapid lens change system allows you to change the lens within 10 seconds or less. It is the quickest and easiest lens changing system in today’s paintball world. The unique design of two tabs allows you to remove the current lens and replace or clean it with ease. There are no separate parts that need to be taken off, and no extra pieces in your hand to make changing difficult.
- 290 Degrees of Horizontal and Peripheral Vision – The i4 offers more vertical and horizontal peripheral vision than any other mask system on the market. Clear unobstructed vision both up and down allows you to clearly see all of the field details without constantly moving your head. This makes movement much easier to recognize and provides you with a clear visual advantage. Combined with this is
their optically correct tirodial impact lens that provides optical clarity and sharpness while protecting your eyes.
- Comolded Soft Low Profile Mask – The i4 goggle system provides you with comfort, rigidity and lightweight protection with this one piece, dual infected mask.
Check out all of the colors that the Dye Precision i4 Mask comes in, all available on our website:
Dye Precision UL Pants
Check out these Dye Precision UL Pants! According to Dye, these pants make you FASTER! How? You may be asking, well here is their answer:
“These pants were created with the athlete in mind, providing the perfect combination of flexibility, durability, and style. We know that paintball players need more flexibility, more breathability, and less bulkiness to reach their highest potential on the playing field. Only Dye Ultralite Pants can provide athletes with all three. Play a tournament with Dye Ultralite pants and watch how much faster you make it to your bunker off the break, notice how much easier it is to stay alive on the field, and stay cooler and perform better when every second counts.”
Dye Precision 2014 DM14 Paintball Marker
Man are we loving this Dye Precision 2014 DM14 Paintball Marker! You demand perfection, so that is what this company delivered. The DM14 represents over ten years of paintball marker evolution. It is smaller and more air efficient than previous DMs, with a streamlined design, nearly half an inch shorter than the DM13. It is also easier to clean and maintain than ever before.
Some noteworthy features include:
- Low Profile Design
- Quick Release Magnetic Bolt
- Reach Airport
- Hyper 4 Regulator
- Eye Pipe Plateless Enclosure
- Sticky Grips
- Fuse Bolt System
- Reach Trigger
- Ultralite 45 Frame
- Low Pressure Regulator
- Color Coordinated O-Rings
- Quick Release Magnetic Bolt
Other Dye 2014 Products
Be sure to check out some of these other Dye 2014 Products that you just do not want to miss out on. Including:
Your High Pressure Air (HPA) tank can last for years and work great with minimal upkeep. But, you must keep them protected in order for them to work properly; even a tiny dent can force you to retire your tank.
As you may know, tanks are typically made from two different types of material: metal or carbon fiber. Metal tanks are known for durability and usually do not need a cover, though it is always wise to be on the safe side. As for our favorite, carbon fiber tank, you may want to consider some cushion on the outside to protect it from any damage. A naked carbon fiber tank can easily become scratched during play, or even worse, dented and could make it unsafe to use on the field. As a precaution, you should never use a tank that has any deep scratches, dents or bare threads.
Since your compressed-air paintball tank is super important for playing and battling it out on the field, you want to protect it with your life – well, kinda. Since these types of tanks are fragile, they should at least be protected with some sort of padded barrel cover at all times. The damages made could cause the bonnet to not sit properly and cause pressure loss, or even worse, air leaks. Using some sort of cover will keep you at ease and you will never have to worry about the scratches, dents and exposing threads.
There are several options out there to protect your tank, take these into consideration:
- Try out a CP thread saver and then cover the tank with a black sock, a cheaper and semi-efficient protective barrier
- You could tape the tank to prevent it from slipping
- Or you could check out a tank cover. The Ninja Universal Tank Cover is a great product to try out, and you won’t be disappointed you did!
Be sure to check out our website, www.hustlepaintball.com, to find all of your tank protection needs. You won’t want to miss out on all the amazing deals and steals we have for your ‘protection needs’.
New to the paintball scene? Don’t worry; we are going to provide you with a pre-paintball game checklist to make sure you know exactly what to bring with you to the field. You will definitely want to try and take everything you can to a tournament. The last thing that you will want is to show up without all the essentials. Print this page and check it off while you pack.
- Your gear bag to hold any and all personal equipment
- Paintball Marker
- Marker Oil/Lube
- Paintballs – if the game is Bring Your Own Paintballs (BYOP), so plan to bring at least 1 case
- Air Tank/Tank Cover
- O-Ring/Parts Kit
- A Goggle System with extra goggle lens
- Jersey and Pants or Camo Set
- At least 2 Squeegees/Spray Bottle/Microfiber Towel
- Pods/Pod Pack/Jug
- Barrel Kit
- Shoes with really good traction, maybe a pair of cleats
- Knee and Elbow Pads
- Playing Gloves
- 9-Volt and AA Batteries for your Loader, Marker and anything else
- BBD Barrel Blocker – at least 2 per Marker
- Tech Needs - Tools and such
- Clothing to change into at the end of the game
And you may want to bring any of these miscellaneous items, just to cover your bases:
- Towels for wiping paint or sweat
- First-Aid Kit – you never know…
- Bug Spray
- Something to drink
- Garbage Bags
Pretty sure that just about covers everything. Make sure to check out our website where you can find all of your paintball gear, supplies and equipment needs; all in one place – www.hustlepaintball.com Oh, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube Channel where you will find all of the latest happenings, videos and excitement from the Hustle Paintball team.
Yes, it is true! Paintball is now the 4th most popular Extreme Sport in the world. This is not because it is one of the most fun and exhilarating sports around, but it is also extremely safe to play. “But how can people running around, shooting at each other with paintballs travelling 205 miles per hour be a safe thing to do”, you might be asking? Well, we will explain all of this to you.
According to the American Sports Data, Inc. (ASDI), Paintball is on the bottom of the list when it comes to the number of injuries compared to other Extreme Sports. Boxing came in at the top with 5.2 injuries per one thousand participants, Racquetball came in at 1.5, and Paintball pulled up the rear at 0.2 following after Running at 0.6. One of the major reasons why Paintball is so safe is because there are set rules that insure the players’ safety during playing time. These rules are set by Paintball Insurance Companies and strictly enforce them at the fields. Thanks to the American Paintball League and the National Paintball Association, players around the nation are protected and safe from harm!
Rules and regulations apply to many aspects of game play and equipment. Two of the most important rules at all parks are to keep the face mask on during playing time on the field and your barrel cover and safety must be on outside of the field. Your safety is the priority to everyone – the insurance companies, the referees, and (well, sometimes) the players and the opposite team.
Other rules include:
The Velocity of Paintballs – how fast the paintball is traveling in feet per second. The typical range of velocity is about 270 to 290 fps, which this of course depends on the field and who the referee might be. Getting your velocity checked prior to walking on the field is a great thing to do. Obviously you don’t want to be removed from the game if your shooting is faster than legal limits. So, have the ref check your marker and avoid the painful and embarrassing call to leave the game.
No Firing in the Dead Zone! Yea, if you do this you are done-zo. All fields have what is called a “Dead/Safe Zone” where players meet to hear all the rules, divide into teams and prepare for play. It is highly against the rules to fire your marker if you are in this area. Goggles are not enforced in the Dead Zone, so it is definitely a no-no to shoot around for fun here.
Check Your Air Tank Dates – All tanks have dates on them that expire at some point. Get your tank tested and approved prior to game day to ensure safety for you and others. Plus you want to get it filled again at some point, right?
By following these rules, and other rules mentioned on the field by refs or others, you will ensure ultimate safety for yourself. You can even check out some safety gear that can be worn if you are a still a little weary of it, but to be honest, there is no need to fear. Check out some elbow pads, gloves, kneepads and neck protectors just to add a little bit more protection.
Time is fast approaching the year of 2013 – and with it comes next years designs of cool and new stuff! Personally I have a bit of a gripe, and I have a question for you all.
Now, instead of a Lime Tiger i4 I can get a Lime Atlas one! Admittedly, Dye’s patterns this year look a helluva lot better than last year. Seriously, the mottos plastered all over the gear was lame. Honestly though, do any of you get excited about the “new” stuff every year?
Clearly there are some differences between the C12 and C13 soft goods but nothing big that is going to actually change perception on the quality of goods or if you should buy them.
This issue even goes beyond the soft goods. The Ego no longer has a number associated with it because Planet Eclipse made a smart move of letting us all know they have nothing they can/want to change on the platform. Unfortunately for most other markers, they are treated just like the soft goods. Milling changes, colors change, the box design changes; but in reality nothing really changes.
Look at the DM12 compared to the DM13 – Aside from the trigger and some milling absolutely nothing changed. NOTHING. Does it bother you at all? I know it does for me. I get WAY MORE excited when there is a brand new product (I.E. DAM) that is announced. I like new, I like different, I like out of the ordinary.
I don’t know about you, but I care about the 2013 version of all of this stuff about as much as I care about the upcoming 2014 Toyota Camry.
See what I did there? I actually don’t. I feel like in a way, some manufacturers are just complacent with changing some colors and rolling out “new” gear every year and I just don’t like it.
There is of course a flip side to this argument that if nothing “changed” in the industry year by year, if things were not created for you to purchase because they are just ever so slightly different than the rendition that came before it — would you get bored?
Personally I wouldn’t - but then again I am not a gun/gear whore of any kind. I have three pairs of pants I have gotten through seasons of sponsorship, and I am happy with those pants until they fall apart. I don’t need to run out and get the new Slash Blue Redemption pants because that pattern is calling to me like my one true love.
The difference for me between this, and when the E-Flex came out last year is absolutely huge. My mind was so blown I thought about getting arrested for knocking Simon the ‘eff out and running off into the sunset with my stolen E-flexes never to be seen again.
That is the thing though, the E-Flex is a mash-up of two currently existing masks that was something absolutely brand new and different. It did not make the Proflex a waste of money, or the E-Vent even more of a waste of money, because it was always awful. The E-Flex came into the fold as an instant contender that did not directly compete with the other two masks it was related to. It was an extremely smart decision and I am still excited that the mask released in the first place.
I am looking forward to seeing what new and different things come in the years to come, I am not excited about if I will be able to get C14 Pink Hack pants or whatever they decide to make their patterns next year.
My question to you is, do you get excited at all? Is my opinion off base from the rest of the ballers out there? Will you go out and buy a jersey just because it is the next years version? Do you appreciate the fact that the jersey you own currently is no longer on the market and no one else can get it now that the year has passed?
Really, as a consumer the only true advantage I see is that as soon as the new stuff comes out, the old stuff goes on sale because it is no longer under the MAP umbrella. The whole thing just frustrates me.
We work in an environment when you have to care about what you do more than the compensation you are getting. It is just a reality of this business and what we are trying to achieve.
Like any business, good people are hard to find – but because of the nature of this job and what it must mean for the employees for them to truly succeed and feel accomplished; good people are even harder to find. We do not have the time, resources or patience to have a revolving door for employees. Where some places are able to have a high-turnover rate and it just doesn’t matter, for us it would be like shooting ourselves in the foot with a cannon.
I kid you not, back in August 2009 when I was hired, there were two other employees on the team (aside from Ethan). Within a month, just myself and Ethan were left. He had cleaned house and was no longer interested in those who don’t have any drive to learn, and work hard for something bigger than themselves. Don’t get me wrong, Ethan is not a slave driver, he is just a realist with no room for bullshit.
Even so, it’s tough to find good people – I have seen 14 people come in and out of these doors since then. For a company that was 2 people in the back-half of 2009 and is currently 5 people in 2012 – That is a pretty awful turnover rate. Especially considering that other than myself, the only person who has been here for 2 years or more is Jeff. Jay just passed his one year mark, and Russell is going to be hitting his one-year around February.
I bring this up, because we are hiring two new people and have decided to move on from actively trying to find them. Honestly, with our pay grade and work style, more often than not we attract younger people. Not to say this is bad, I am 23 and was hired at 19 – but in general someone who is younger works purely for the paycheck and does not have the maturity or drive to do or be more than a 9-5-time-filling-paycheck-collection-employee.
Our most recent Employees were friends first and then became a part of the company because they had been around us, watching what we are working for and wanting to be a part of that. They WANT to be a part of Hustle Paintball and our mission to take the paintball world by storm with our knowledge and helpfulness. Seriously, Jay and Russell were Team Anomaly members first, and then became Hustle Paintball employees. We are so happy to have trusted and taken the plunge into hiring them, because we would not have had the video and creativity surge we have had lately were it not for them.
It is because of Jay & Russell’s success that another Anomaly Team member will become a part of the company, our good friend and brother in arms, Erik Cromer.
Erik has been on the team for a little over a year now but he has been a friend for much longer than that. We are excited to have someone like Erik joining the team. Not only does he care about us as friends, but he cares about the company and our mission. Coming up shortly he will be answering phones and emails just like the rest of us, so look out! Welcome him to the company if you interact with him at all :) .
Now, we do not just hire directly from the team.. even though the last three have been and still are team members. We just changed our outlook and went searching for those who we KNOW that we can trust, that have expressed a care and love for this company and what we are meaning to accomplish. The second employee we are hiring will not be starting until February or March, but those of you who read this blog regularly will know of him.
Jason was originally a customer who just showed up in our showroom one day because he wanted to purchase a paintball marker and some gear. However, he did not know much about the sport and had heard about how we like to educate our customers and allow them to make their own purchasing decisions. (Contrary to experiences he had with other places who prey on lack of knowledge and just shovel expensive products your direction, pressuring you into buying them.)
Jason liked the way we treated him and his familiy so much when he came in here that he decided he wanted to volunteer in his free time, just to help us out.
Fast forward to today and Jason has become a close friend of ours who we miss when he is not around. So we are extremely excited to be able to have him be a part of our team after the new year.
Really, all of you should be excited as well. With this post you can know that Hustle is expanding, and thanks to you. However we are expanding the in correct way, we are making sure that as this company grows it does not lose its mission or its soul. Our customer service is only going to get better, our video channel is only going to get better. Honestly, thanks to all of the support you guys have given us – we are able to focus on making everything better for all of you.
Thank you for watching our channel. Thank you for buying paintball gear you need at HustlePaintball.com. Thank you for reading these blogs. Thank you for posting on pbRIOT.com! Thank you for being a part of us, trust me, not a single one of us goes to sleep without knowing and feeling that we would not be where we are, where we are headed without all of you.
Thank you for making this expansion possible.
I like to draw parallels between the paintball industry and the snowboarding industry.
At first glance this may seem a little odd, but they both started in a similar time (around the 1980s) and they are both represented by an older group and a much younger group of folk. A group who in some form or another has been full of misfits of sorts, cut from a different cloth. In essence, those of us who play paintball, and snowboard in a sense, often can have a problem with uptight blowhards.
This brings me to the subject of this blog. Apparently, a few of our neighbors around town don’t like us too much *gasp!*. You see, in the DAM video review/efficiency test we built up this sweet shooting range. OMG SAFETY PATROL! Now there is no netting, but there is a natural safety feature built in. We have a huge distance of open area for the paint to fall that is closed off to the public, thus eliminating the need for netting. Being that we spent all this time building the target range up; we are obviously going to be the children that we are at heart and just want to shoot paint at it. I mean, why not?
It’s post 5PM and we are outside just messing around with our newest toys the Dye DAM, GOG eNMEy and Valken Proton. We have some older paint we bought a long time ago that ended up staining, and we are not going to sell that to customers so it has been kept as tech/shooting/boredom paint in the office. We’re having a grand old time having target competitions & shooting the crap out of our new range when big blue shows up.
This wasn’t in the “tap you on the shoulder I have a question” type of way, no, this was a legitimate Hollywood moment. Ethan turned and at that exact moment *BOOM* all of the lights on the cruiser turn on and blind us all. Sweet eye squinting interrogation room vibe, if you catch my meaning.
Now, we’re a business, we have had to work with the police on a few occasions in our time at Broomfield. Truth be told, the Broomfield Police are absolutely spectacular individuals and we have always had a good experience with them. This experience was no different :). So, after the lights were turned down and we were able to see, the police just asked us what we were doing. They could see we were clearly product testing, and that we were within the guidelines of the law and.. honestly, that we weren’t dumb kids with dangerous tools acting all foolish. They informed us that someone had called about “gunshots” – more specifically, a revolver. I’m not sure how many of you have shot firearms before.. but a revolver does not really have a specific sound signature. It certainly does not compare to a paintball gun, by any stretch of the imagination.
At any rate, this was not the first time this had happened, and we could clearly tell the cops had the attitude that they knew they were checking in on something that did not need to be checked on. The best part about the entire experience is that the officers informed us that if they were to be called on to our location like this again, they would politely inform the caller that we were within the guidelines of the law and they can cool their jets. In parting, one of the officers said that they were quite jealous of us being able to just sit out back and shoot paintballs at stuff for fun. And I quote “Ok, you guys enjoy yourselves, it looks like a lot of fun… I’m jealous” *wistful look*
Bringing this right around back to my original statement. How often as paintballers do you all have to deal with some ignorant ass who thinks you are just some dumb kid shooting the town stop signs? What are some of your stories of having to deal with a little guff because you like to shoot gelatin filled with food product at inanimate objects.. or most importantly other ballers!
Most importantly, to keep these stereotypes from continuing, play paintball responsibly and safely. Don’t give people a reason to dislike us, make them envy us! Just like the Broomfield police :).
It is that special time where we giveaway another sweet product to give a thanks back for all the support we have been receiving on all of our different mediums that we interact with you all. Thank you for being our customers and supporting all of us being able to pay our mortgages and make more videos for you all!
So, watch the video below, follow the directions, read the rules and good luck!
Contest Runs from Nov 5th, 2012 – Nov 30th, 2012.
Step 1 – Subscribe to us on YouTube (www.youtube.com/hustlepaintball)
Step 2 – LIke us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hustlepaintball)
Step 3 – Fill out Sweepstakes Form on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/hustlepaintball/app_194975693850063)
You can get up to 2 bonus entries.
1. Retweet on Twitter
2. Share on Facebook
Hustle Paintball’s Dye DAM (Dye Assault Matrix) Sweepstakes 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 Faceook and subscribe to Hustle PaintballYouTube Channel. The promotion is open to any residents 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 12:00 p.m.EDT on November 5, 2012, and ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 30, 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. (b) On YouTube. Subscribe to the Hustle Paintball YouTube channel. (c) Bonus Entries. a. On Facebook. By clicking the “share” button for our promotion announcement you will receive an additional entry into the Promotion. You may also earn an extra entry by Retweeting our announcement, for a total of 3 entries per person.
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) Dye DAM (Dye Assault Matrix) 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 November 30, 2012. We will then verify that all steps have been followed including subscribing to Hustle Paintball’s YouTube channel. The winner will be notified by email (at the address provided in the Entry Form) by December 1, 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.
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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.
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It has been almost a year since I first saw these. I am not sure what took so long for them to be released but to be honest I am actually excited about an Axe for once. The price is a little hefty, but at least you are getting a true high end marker when it comes down to it. There is a lot of support for the Axe in the industry, which I do not necessarily agree with, but this Axe is actually legit.
Out of the box the bugger comes with a two-piece freak kit that includes bore sizes of .675, .680, .685, .690, and .695. Now, some of these sizes are a little odd, which throws me off and bums me out a little bit. .695?! who makes paint that size anyhow?
The largest I have ever had to bore my paint is when it has swelled beyond .690, and that was a few years ago before paint got smaller. But I digress, the fact that it does come with a barrel kit is really quite cool.
What really sets this apart is that it comes with the Redline already installed on the marker, something I believe all Axes should come with out of the gate, but whatever. The Redline brings the design of the Axe full circle and makes it a true contender. Those of you who like to mess with your settings to get it tuned just right for you, now you don’t have to deal with one blinking LED and having to sit with your manual on your lap. Lastly, I think we can all agree that this is easily one of the best looking Axes to ever be produced, I mean just look at that color combination!
Aside from these improvements over the standard Axe it comes with all the things people have come to love about the platform. The Relay ASA, hoseless design, light and compact. It is also backed by Empire so you know that you will be taken care of if something goes wrong.
Did I mention what they did with the threading on the Freak Kit that comes with this marker? Seriously, I have NO CLUE why anyone has not done this before but I hope everyone starts to follow suit. Proper paintball guns are Autococker threaded, right? This is true, except as you all know it takes an eternity to thread AC barrels on and off, so, why not shorten them? That is exactly what Empire did with the threads on the Freak Kit that comes with this edition of the Axe. It is so excellent to get that barrel off/on in 1 1/2 turns. That is not a typo 1 1/2 turns! It sounds so inconsequential at the moment, but seriously try it out for size and you WILL NOT want to go back. No, this does not affect any barrels you currently own that are Autococker threaded, they will thread into this Axe just like they normally would.
I think the main bragging right about owning this marker though (I mean, we’re paintballers, a lot of us are trashy guys that just want to have something you DON’T) is that it is extremely limited. They made these markers to order, only as many as were ordered by dealers at Kee Action Sports Premier Dealer Day last February are getting these. They are not a marker that is going to be in production and very few people will have them. As it stands we only have 3 total.
So, if you are an Axe fan, which we know a lot of you are, I mean look at some of the hurt feelings in the comments on our versus video and you will see what I mean :).
We only have a few of these and we are not going to be getting anymore, snatch them up and you will easily have the best and prettiest Axe to be produced that all the other fans of this marker will drool over.
My two cents? It is the only Axe worth spending money on if you are going to buy one. This is a legit marker that I would not mind shooting – against or with my friends and their Egos.