Sep 30, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
President and CEO Tippmann Sports
Dear Tippmann Customers
At the recent Paintball Extravaganza in Atlanta, both my staff and I were asked numerous times about Tippmann launching a .50 caliber paintball marker.
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
From December 27, 2008
Sep 25, 2009
Thanks to my latest follower- Simpsons Paintball. Check the sign up link down at the bottom and join the team.
I'm a note taker. I recycle scrap paper by cutting it into quarters. There's a pile of these clean on one side, quarter size scraps of paper setting on the corner of my desk and by the end of the day ten or twelve or more of these scraps are scattered around the pro shop covered with cryptic, nearly undecipherable scrawl.
Sep 24, 2009
A fellow paintball blogger has suggested tournament ball can be saved by paying the pros a pro salary. I had to jump in here.
Sep 23, 2009
Words that should never be used in a paintball team name:
Sep 22, 2009
I just looked at about 300 or more pics from the Atlanta Paintball Extravaganza. I didn't see anything worth stealing and bringing here so maybe you want to go over to TechPB and look through them yourself. I wonder why Smart Parts wasn't there?
Sep 21, 2009
Why not? Here's one for the boys to pass on to the girls - From The Cat Shack!
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
From June 6, 2008
Try this with your EGO/Shocker/DYE/MINI!
Sep 18, 2009
The "Paintball Extravaganza" is going on in Atlanta this weekend.
Sep 17, 2009
Way back in May I mentioned I was going through a paintball writing dry spell. 13FT suggested I throw a few none paintball related posts at you all. So, on that note, here's a movie review.
First this - In any relationship there has to be some give and take and the occasional compromise so I found myself at a chick flick - "All About Steve". My lady friend and I both like Sandra Bullock (for different reasons, of course) so we figured it would be a safe bet.
So, as a service of T-Square Paintball Paintblog, here is a review of "All About Steve."
Next week, Inglourious Basterds, I hope (but more likely "The Time Traveler's Wife")!
Sep 16, 2009
If you have been considering an X7 purchase now might be a good time. Tippmann is offering a $50 mail in rebate. Stop by your local pro-shop for details.
Sep 15, 2009
TIPPMANN Sniper 16" Barrel (For 98 Custom and Custom Pro Markers)
Sep 14, 2009
Thanks for the follow NoMercyIcey. C'mon folks. Show some love. Go to the bottom of this page and sign up as a Paintblog follower.
About 14 years ago two things happened that surprised me.
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
From July 29, 2006
Just when I think I have every item concerning safety covered I have a player come up with something brand new.
There he is, sitting at a table in the Pro-Shop working on his electronic Spyder. No big deal. I have guys working on guns in the Pro-Shop all the time. He's got the grip cover off and he's poking around the insides with something when suddenly the gun fires, sending the gun plug and the remnants of a paintball into the side of a counter.
Now, the gun was turned off mind you but I let him break the first rule of gun maintenance. NEVER WORK ON A GUN WITH CO2 OR HPA STILL ATTACHED. That's the number one NO-NO of all!
Turns out he was poking around inside with a screwdriver. He shorted something out and made the gun go off. Now I have to make another sign: Don't poke around the inside of your electronic gun with a screwdriver!
I'd ask, "What's next?" but I really, really, really don't want to know!
Sep 11, 2009
What's back? What's that? A new gun? The SL-68 is where Tippmann earned their "tougher than nails" image. The original was made out of some kind of indestructible, cast, alien world carbonite. It was the gun of choice for nearly every paintball field in the world. It was the last "HURRAH" for pump action markers followed soon after by the first mass produced semi - The VM-68. It's fun. It's cool. It's retro. And it's back.
and our worst weakness. Bring the boys home.
Sep 10, 2009
"Thumper" over at the mcarterbrown.com forum came up with an interesting question - "If you could rewind time, and make one change in the game, technology, people, or industry of paintball .. what would it be??"
Some suggestions include:
Make the penalties for cheating uber severe,
Get rid of all turbo/ramping modes,
...create a movement to standardize feednecks.
and my favorite - No batteries in the sport.
Go here to see more.
Sep 9, 2009
This is a list of the "Field Fees" for the five player teams that are going to World Cup 7 Oct thru 11 Oct. The fee does not include paint and if you show up with less than $1500 worth of gear (each) you are in for a hard go. A majority of the teams will play a total of less than eight minutes. Airfare. Hotel. Food. The things we do for our sport. Good luck to all.
Professional - $4250
Semi-Pro - $3250
DI RaceTo - 5 - $3150
DII RaceTo - 5 - $2900
DIII RaceTo - 4 - $2750
DIV RaceTo - 4 - $2750
DII RaceTo - 2 - $1200
DIII RaceTo - 2 (Fri-Sun) - $1350
DIII RaceTo - 2 (Sat-Sun) - $1550
DIV RaceTo - 2 (Fri-Sun) - $1150
DIV RaceTo - 2 (Sat-Sun) - $1350
DV RaceTo-2 -(Fri-Sun) - $1150
DV RaceTo-2 -(Sat-Sun) - $1350
Masters - $1700
Sep 8, 2009
People often ask me what I shoot. I think they are hoping I will show them an Angel D7 ($1550) or a DLX Luxe ($1665) or a Planet Eclipse SL74 ($1995) or these days maybe a Breda M37 8mm Machine Gun replica by Real Action Paintball ($4999).
When I drag out my pride and joy I can almost sense the disappointment. But as they say, beauty (and functionality) is in the eye of the beholder.
Basic black 2002 vertical feed body
WGP chrome Swing Trigger
WGP ERGOnomic in-line reg
Chrome front block with WGP Tickler LP reg and 32 degree mini gauge
JAM Enterprise anti-chop bolt
Shocktech beaver tail
Custom Products Razor Drop w/ Mini on-off
13 inch ACI Zero Gravity Barrel
JT 12 volt Revolution hopper
Topped of with what ever HPA tank is available and has air
Everything else is stock. It all weighs in at just over 7 pounds without paint. When I run out of paint I can use it to knock down bunkers. I think it's silly when I see this kind of "picture and attributes" post in forums and such. Usually my reaction is, "So what. You spent $800 on a $200 gun that still shoots like a $200 gun."
I guess I could spend $1500+ on guns that still shoot like a $200 gun. But where's the fun in that.
Sep 7, 2009
Sep 6, 2009
A few "Key Paintball Indicators" by Durty Dan
YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT BAD PAINT WHEN ...
the balls break -- when you pour them into your loader.
every bag of 100 come(s) with a free barrel swab from the manufacturer.
a three hundred round loader only holds one hundred when it's full.
a three hundred round loader holds five hundred when it's full.
like snow flakes; no two are alike.
(I will have more about Durty Dan soon.)
Sep 5, 2009
Check out The Cat Shack for a bit of hopper history.
From Oct 11, 2007
Maybe I put to much emphasis on GETTING OFF THE FIELD IMMEDIATELY when hit; to much urgency. Every weekend I see players, down in a crouch, who get hit and then STAND UP to scurry off the field, exposing themselves to stray rounds and crossfire.
It's like I tell people. If you get hit while running off the field with your gun up and yelling "HIT" I can go yell at the person who hit you. If you're strolling along, with your gun down, whispering your opponents position to your friends and get hit it's your own dumb fault.
Sep 4, 2009
This is a Strange Ordinance grenade. The M-69 has a 10 second delay to give you time to throw it. I'm not even sure if it's still made. Many years ago I bought a couple of Strange Ordinance M-72's that look the same as the one pictured here only it did not have a delay. To check it out before considering putting it out on the field I taped it to a small tree, ran about twenty feet of fishing line out and yanked away.
It made big bang. But I couldn't find the paint. What's a grenade for if it doesn't spray your opponent with paint? On closer inspection I found what looked like little green snot balls (sorry) clinging to anything it found within it's 20 foot blast range. Not very big balls but they were green and sticky and... well, they looked like snot balls.
My apologies to Strange Ordinance if they have since improved the M-72. I'm not even sure they are still around. I haven't purchased one again since the test. (Picture stolen from VintageRex.com)
Sep 3, 2009
I'm curious. Does the Babel translator work? The one over in the left column.
I had a "white out" call yesterday. A white out call is when someone calls to schedule a group and then calls 5 minutes later to change the date or time. Out comes the white out to correct the schedule. I think the record for white outs for a group stands at 5.
Sep 2, 2009
PaintballX3 reports that a major paintball manufacturer/distributor has laid off it's work force and will be closing the doors in a couple of weeks. They didn't want to say who it is right now but I could hazard a guess. I'll type the name right here>>_______ << in invisible computer ink and when the time comes I'll make it visible so that you can see I was right.
Hard times. Hard times indeed.
Phew, that was close. I was afraid someone knew something I didn't and T-Square was on the block! So it seems the rumor started when Smart Parts laid of some employees. From there the internet took over and chicken little about had a stroke running around the paintball field. Smart Parts will survive. Anyone who knows Smart Parts' history can tell you that.
There are a bunch of numbers on a CO2 tank. The two that are most important are the two numbers separated by a symbol (sometimes a @). The first number is the month your tank was "born". The second number is the year. CO2 tanks are out of date, can not be filled and must be inspected five years from that date. For example, this tank is out of date and can not be filled on the last day of January, 2014.
I am not trained nor do I have the elaborate testing machine to test them myself. There is a testing location in Little Rock that will test CO2 tanks for $29. Back when a 12 ounce tank cost over $45 it was worth the $29 to have it inspected. Now you can buy nearly any size CO2 tank for less than $29 so basically what you have after the inspection date is a handful of scrap aluminum (and a bit of brass).
Keep this date in mind when you find a good deal on EBay or locally. Nearly every CO2 tank you buy from EBay is out of date or very close. When you see a "great deal" always figure in the cost of a new tank and then do the figures again.
The only exception to the inspection date rule is CO2 tanks that are 2 inches or less in diameter. They, along with certain chrome moly tanks, are exempt from inspection at this time. Keep in mind the person you ask to fill your tank can refuse to fill any tank, even those within inspection date, if they feel the tank is not safe in anyway.
HPA tanks also have an inspection date but they are a bit more difficult to read. Some have a 3 year date while others have a 5 year date, which isn't always noted on the tank. Bring it in if you are not sure and I can try and figure it out for you.