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July 21, 2016

Mid Season Maintenance

As a lot of you know I spent nearly a decade and a half serving in the Armed Forces in a maintainer career field. One thing that was beat into my head on a near constant basis was that the best way to fix things is to prevent them from breaking in the first place. This applies to your paintball gear as well.

Some players obsessively disassemble, clean and maintenance their markers after every game they play. Most of us often don’t have that luxury, so we perform maintenance once every month, or couple of months….once a year, never, or only when there’s a problem.

I fall into the category of about once every month I disassemble, clean and maintenance my [...]

 
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July 7, 2016

Marker Modifications

The paintball industry is one of the few modern industries where you can repair or modify your equipment to your hearts content. There is a plethora of drop-in modifications to change certain characteristics of your marker ranging from the purely aesthetic to changing it’s basic functionality.

Despite manufacturers knowing that you’re going to modify your marker, they design each one to meet a specific set of criteria. In order to meet this criteria, sometimes sacrifices have to be made. The higher end marker you go, the tighter the tolerances are; tolerances being the factors that the marker operates in such as input pressure, spring tension, bolt weight and so [...]

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June 22, 2016

The Ultimate Spyder Hammer 7 Guide

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Paintball has seen a bit of a shift over the last several years as magazine fed marker technology has improved. Parallel to magfed’s increasing popularity is that pump has seen a fierce resurgence as well and is as popular as ever before. So why not combine the two? That, in a nutshell, is what Kingman did with the Spyder Hammer 7 marker: a magazine fed pump action milsim style marker built and priced as an entry level marker.

The Hammer 7’s slim profile, low cost and pump action has encouraged intrepid modders to come out of the woodwork to hack the platform into a myriad of configurations rarely seen on the field. Whole communities have sprung [...]

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June 16, 2016

Rifled Barrels

The debate for rifled barrels in paintball is a long heated debate that I won’t try to enter here. What I will do is discuss rifling and how it could potentially affect the accuracy and velocity of your shots.

But first, a quick refresh on rifling. A projectile is inherently unstable even in high speed flight, to overcome this inherent instability you put a spin on it (NASA even used this principle on their interplanetary satellites). In real steel firearms this is accomplished through rifling. However, in real steel the rifling cuts into the outer portion of the round, leaving behind a fingerprint forensic scientist often use to tie projectiles to a particular [...]

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