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June 22, 2016

The Ultimate Spyder Hammer 7 Guide

Introduction

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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June 13, 2016

Barrel Kits and Bore Sizing

Not all paint is perfectly round, no matter what the manufacturer claims. Some are better and more consistant than others (cough valken cough), but even the best isn’t a perfect sphere. This leads to gaps when the ball is in the barrel. When there’s gaps, air escapes through those gaps and provides an uneven pressure on the ball, thus making the ball come out at an odd spin or angle, throwing off the accuracy of your shot.

This is where barrel sizing kits come in. By matching paint to the barrel you eliminate these air gaps, effectively ensuring more consistent pressure on the ball when you squeeze the trigger. A bonus is that because there is a better seal [...]

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April 13, 2016

Cossio Insurance asking for feedback

The insurance company everybody loves to hate posted an email online on Tuesday asking for input from the player base, “both pro’s and con’s”, in order to vote on a ballot with the ASTM. The ballot is for allowing insurance carriers to specifically cover FSR’s at the cost of higher insurance premiums. In turn, these costs could be passed on to players in the form of higher registration costs, higher prices for FSR’s and/or a separate registration fee to use FSR rounds on the field.

In the email they claim that the testing done thus far isn’t representative of real physics due to the fact that a metal impact plate is used to measure [...]

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