Fredericton Aggression Win MXL

Fredericton Aggression win Canadian Championship the NAX Finals at Commando Paintball in Ottawa

Shock Featured in News

Great article about Atlantic NAX team Charlottetown Shock! Who placed third at NAX Championship

Anthraxx Wins ATWL

Team Anthraxx wins the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Championsip

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Anthraxx - 2012 ATWL Champions

Exciting Finish to ATWL Season



The 2012 woodsball season in Eastern Canada came to an exciting conclusion with the crowning of the Tippmann X7 Phenom - Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Champion.

The final battle for woodsball supremacy was played on October 13, 2012 at the official field of the ATWL, Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia.


The four top woodsball teams in Atlantic Canada gathered to battle for the ATWL Cup, and bragging rights as the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Champion.

Teams advanced from the first playoff round to event four and a battle for the championship represented fields from across the region; Mersey Road Predators from Mersey Road Paintball, Nova Scotia Mercenaries from Splatter Island Paintball, Team Anthraxx from Hypersportz Paintball, and the Strict Union Militia from Mission Paintball.

The day started with Anthraxx going up against the SU Militia. All season both teams played an aggressive style of paintball so the first match up was expected to be a high scoring affair.

An ATWL match consists of the teams playing two 20 minute games. The teams play, switch start points for the second game to eliminate any advantage in the field layout. Teams fight for three capture points. Five points are awarded for every minute a capture point is held with a 25 point bonus for holding the center capture point at the end of the game.



The Anthraxx and SU Militia match lived up to expectations. The teams gave their all and each won a game. Anthraxx came out on top of a 310 to 245 capture point score and advanced to play for the championship with the SU Militia battling for third.

The next match of the day was the regular season winners Predators against the Mercenaries. The outcome of this match would to decide who would play Anthraxx for the Championship. The match was a closely fought affair with the Mercenaries winning both games by a slim margin.

The afternoon matches were set, Predators against the SU Militia for third place and Anthraxx would play the Mercenaries for the Championship.

The Predators returned to their regular season form in the afternoon match winning both games to capture third place.

Anthraxx continued their aggressive play, won both games against the Mercenaries to be crowned the Tippmann X7 Phenom - Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Champions.

“We had a tough season this year but the boys pulled it together when it counted.” said Eric Vail, Captain of Anthraxx. “They fought hard and pulled out the second ATWL Championship in three years. I am really proud of my team.”

“As the season draws to an exciting close the league would like to thank Tippmann Sports and PBL Action Sports for making 2012 the best in the history of the league.” said League Commissioner Bruce Johnston. “We are looking forward to even bigger and better things for the woodsballers of Atlantic Canada in 2013.”

Tippinators on Cover of APG


originally published October 2012 issue of Action Pursuit Games
The Tippinators were excited to see that one of the team was featured on the October 2012 cover of Action Pursuit Games (APG) - 2013 Paintball Buyers Guide. Action Pursuit Games is the largest and most respected paintball publication on the planet.

The 2013 edition of the APG Paintball Buyers features Tippinators player Bruce Johnston shooting the new Tippmann Crossover. "It is a great honour to be on the cover of APG." said Johnston, "To be able to represent Tippmann Sports, the new Crossover and our other sponsors in such a prestigious publication is a once in a lifetime experience for the average player."

The action photo was taken by Tippinators team member Mark ‘Tinman’ Miller during play at the CXBL Atlantic Division, MXL event 2 at Mission Paintball in Moncton New Brunswick.

Miller took the photo with a Canon 400d with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens. See the rest of Miller’s amazing photos in the Tippinators Gallery

Fredericton Aggression Canadian Champions

Fredericton Aggression - 2012 MXL Canadian Champions

Fredericton Aggression takes first place in the MXL. Charlottown Shock takes third place. Wow is all I can say. This has been a great weekend of XBALL for Atlantic Canadian players in the CXBL. I would like to take the time to once again congratulate both organizations for a job well done. This is a great representation of Atlantic Canadian Paintball talent.

I would like to take a bit of time to reflect back to all the people who are involved behind the scene in both Atlantic Canada and throughout the CXBL organization across Canada. None of this could be possible without the help of everyone involved. There is no job big or small that is not important to the one end result. The best organized league for all players throughout Canada including Atlantic Canadian players.

I would like to thank everyone at PBL ACTION SPORTS for everything that they have done to bring Xball to Atlantic Canada. Thank you for all the support and confidence in all Atlantic Canadian Players. Without PBL this could not be possible.

I am looking forward to the CXBL in 2013 to be the best we have ever offered to Atlantic Canadian players. I look forward in seeing all the players back for another fun filled summer. I wish all the players the best of luck in the 2013 season.

Mike Bourque

Sure Shots

Published on September 5, 2012
theguardian.pe.ca

by: Mitch MacDonald


Kevin Curry often finds it difficult to describe the sport of speedball to those who have never witnessed a match

After being dismissed as a fringe sport for years the game, and often referred to as the umbrella sport paintball, it is more structured than many would assume and has a growing popularity in North America.

"Paintball has always been considered a fringe sport," said Curry, adding  the notion is usually abandoned once an individual sees the sports. "Once they do it's ‘ah it makes sense now. It's not (played) in the woods.'"

There was previously only one paintball facility in P.E.I., Spike's Paintball in York, until a couple years ago.

The province now boasts at least six paintball facilities.

However, it would still surprise many Islanders that P.E.I. has a competitive paintball team, the Charlottetown Shock, in the RXL Atlantic Division of the Canadian Xtreme Paintball League (CXBL).

It would surprise even more to know the team, which Curry coaches, will be representing P.E.I. on a national stage next month when it competes in the NAX Finals from Sept. 15 to 16 at Commando Paintball in Ottawa.

The tournament will see four divisions in the multi-tiered league compete for the national championship.

The RXL division is the third tier, after the Elite and MXL divisions.

Currie, who previously played Elite, said the division can see players travel from areas as far as California to compete.

The Shock secured a place in the tournament after winning the Atlantic Division in its inaugural year.

The team will compete against the Niagara Aces, Stittsville Hired Heros, Mississauga Hate, Saguenay SPK and Essex Distortion

For many players, the team's inaugural season has been a learning experience with many sacrifices for a new sport they now love, said Curry.

"Some of the kids had never even played before when we were recruiting (last winter)," he said. "They've come a long way, they put a lot of hours of practice in . . . and it's not a cheap sport, either."

While the effort and sacrifice put in has been huge for some of the players, so has the payoff.

"It's probably the most exciting year I've had in paintball ever," said Adam Cole.

The 27-year-old Charlottetown resident is a veteran of the team, having played paintball since he was 12 and having played competitively for nearly as long.

Cole has also seen the growth of the sport take off  in recent years.

Along with that, he's also seen how the structure of the sport has evolved into maturity.

While rules previously followed a "hit an opposing player, earn a point" format, the game is now much more of a team sport requiring strategy.

However, paintball still has a bit of a stigma attached to those unfamiliar with the competitive and tightly structured side of the sport.

"A lot of people when they hear paintball, it means ‘go out in the woods and have some fun'," said Cole. "Everyone starts out like that but it builds into more of an actual structured sport."

Actually, paintball is similar to many other more mainstream sports.

"There's stands, there's a scorecard, there are pits for the players just like hockey benches," said Curry, adding that even some parents of his players were taken back when they realized how much there was to the sport. "(A parent said) ‘I've had no idea it was this structured, this organized' and that there was a chance that her son could compete on a national level.

"If it's not hockey, soccer or baseball it's hard for a parent to connect . . . it's just that initial perception."

The Charlottetown Shock will be looking to change that Island perception at the national tournament, after posting a 7-1 record through their eight regular season matchups.

"It's amazing to know how we played (all year) and how we came together as a team," added Cole.

An Outsider's Perspective

At one time or another everyone wonders how they perceived by other people. Is my team any good? How am I doing? What do they think of this? Because people are genetically predisposed to be pack animals, asking questions and seeking the approval of others is human nature. Paintball players are no exception.

Every team owner / manager knows the frustration of running a paintball team. Paintballers are independent and tough minded; managing paintballers is like herding cats - difficult at the best of times. There are a lot of days when a manager feels like he is ice skating up hill. He wonders if all the time, effort, and money spent on the team is really worth it. To have feedback from an experienced player outside the local community is invaluable in letting the Manager know he is on the right track.

Andrew Konoff The Tippinators are fortunate to have Andrew Konoff, a “from away” (the colloquial name for a person born and raised outside the Maritimes) join the team in 2012. Andrew came to the Tippinators from western Canada and brought a fresh insight to the team.

Andrew was kind enough to spend a few minutes answering some questions to let the team know their strengths and the areas which need more attention. Plus Andrew shared his views of the state of paintball on Canada’s east coast.

Tippinators: You are new to Atlantic Canada where did you live before coming east?
Andrew Konoff: I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. It was a big trip out here!

 Tipp: What do you do away from the paintball field?
AK: I work in online marketing – I’m a jack-of-all-trades, but I’m especially happy when I get to think up marketing strategies.

Tipp: You are a blogger, about what do you blog?
AK: You can check out my site at dangerpoint.net and see for yourself, there is a little bit about the tech world, philosophy, literature, travel, and a lot of funny YouTube videos.

Tipp: Where did you play prior to this season?
AK: Anywhere that had an airball field. Things are a lot more spread out in Saskatchewan, so we’d usually have to drive three hours to get to practice.

Tipp: In what leagues did you play out west?
AK: Most recently, I played in the MXL. Before that I played division 1 7-man in the MR league. Our crowning achievement was to beat Impact and then not get the flag hang.

Tipp: How did you come to join the Tippinators?
AK: The Tippinators are really visible in the Nova Scotia paintball community, so I decided to fire off an e-mail. One tryout later and I had a spot on the team.

Tipp: What did you think when you found out you had to use a Tippmann?
AK: I thought I might have flashbacks to when I first started playing! That didn’t happen, though. The Crossover is a really modern gun, and I’m really happy with its performance.

Tipp: What did you think when you tried the Crossover?
AK: Personally, I loved it. It felt solid and dependable, which are the two main things I look for in a gun. It’s really hard for a gun to stand up to a day full of X-Ball in rainy weather, and our first event proved that – even my Ego broke down. The Crossovers kept killing it, trouble-free.

Tipp: You have Atlantic Conference MXL events under your belt. How do the players on the east coast compare to the players out west?
AK: In the west there’s not as strong a sense of community. Every province is its own silo, every city has its own scene and group of players, that usually don’t keep in touch with one another. On the East coast, friends of the team were coming out to help in the pits and on the sidelines, and when they need help, the Tippinators deliver. That never happened when I played out west – you’d have to drive three hours to help anyone!

Tipp: How does the paintball compare?
AK: Impact was just such a distorting influence on the whole scene in the West that it brought up the level of ball an impressive amount. Having that many world-class professional players around can be really beneficial. However, it didn’t help all the teams. It really only helped if you lived in Edmonton or Calgary, which we certainly didn’t. We got our butts handed to us after the first season of the MXL.

Tipp: What was your first impression of the Tippinators?
AK: I didn’t know what to think – you guys rocked at X-Ball but shot Tippmans?!? Then I slowly realized that I’ve seen this before. People used to mock Saskatchewan for not producing any good teams. We stepped it up and won a lot of tournaments, and eventually people started respecting us. It’s great to prove that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you shoot, or what type of ball you play – if you can bring it, you’ll bring it.

Tipp: What do you think of the team after two events?
AK: I think there isn’t a more disciplined and kinder group of players in the league. I was really nervous about playing again, and I worried that I’d get in a funk before I kicked my rust off, but everyone made sure I had the chance to prove myself, and eventually I got into the swing of things.

Tipp: You have said that the Tippinators are the most professional team on which you have ever played. What made you say that?
AK: Well, because it’s true! Everyone thought it was hilarious when I said it, but I truly believe it. Every player on the team is on the ball and interested in doing as best as they can, but nobody’s so worried about winning that they forget about how much fun paintball should be. It’s really a great dynamic, and a great group of guys.

Tipp: What does your paintball future hold?
AK: That’s a really good question. I’ve got a lot of growing to do - a lot of learning to work with my team-mates, a lot of learning to be patient, a lot of learning how to calm down and stay focused. I think the Tippinators are going to help me learn those lessons, and I think I’m going to enjoy it immensely.

Tipp: Thank you your kind words and for taking the time to give the team feedback. Best of luck to you for the rest of this season and in all of your future endeavours.

Andrew Konoff

M7 and 3 Man Rookie


ATWL Expands to New Brunswick

The <a href="http://atwl.ca/" target="_blank">Tippmann X7 Phenom Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL)</a> is excited to announce that, for the first time in league history the league is expanding outside Nova Scotia. The ATWL has come to an agreement with Mission Paintball and Outdoor Adventure in Moncton, New Brunswick where ATWL Event 3 will be played on September 22, 2012.
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League Commissioner Bruce Johnston couldn't be happier about the move to a neighbouring province. "From its inception the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League was meant to be a league for all of the players in the Maritimes." Johnston continued "This is the second season teams from New Brunswick have played the league. The support from New Brunswick is there so it makes sense to expand our list of official fields to include Mission Paintball."
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Josh Gastelum Manager of Mission Paintball and Outdoor Adventure was glad an agreement could be reached and the ATWL brought to Moncton. "We feel that the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League is making all the right moves in both the format of play and the expansion to New Brunswick." Gastelum continued "We hope that this is the first event of what will be a long relationship between the ATWL and Mission Paintball."
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Mission Paintball has long been a hot spot for tournament play, producing some of the best players and teams in the region including the 2011CXBL Eastern Conference Champion Strict Union. Moving toward a tactical /scenario play is new for Mission, but the scenario field created will make for new and exciting play for ATWL teams.
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Josh Gastelum is sure the players of the ATWL will enjoy the new field, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our dynamic urban village to the players of the ATWL. The environment we have created is like nothing the players have encountered in Atlantic Canada."
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The ATWL is currently in the sixth season of play. The league has proven its value to the players, because of the stability brought by a dynamic management team who are willing to listen to and give the players what they want.
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Thanks to the generous support of <a href="http://tippmann.com/" target="_blank">Tippmann Sports</a>, <a href="http://buypbl.com/" target="_blank">PBL Action Sports</a>, the team owners and most of all the players, the Tippmann X7 Phenom Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League is excited to expand to Mission Paintball in Moncton and become a true league of Atlantic Canada.
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Crossovers Break Into Tournament Paintball

Tippmann Crossover The Tippinators Paintball Team from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, are very proud to be the Canadian Factory Team for Tippmann Sports. As such the Tippinators are asked to test prototype markers and give real world feedback to the design team at Tippmann.

Tippmann Sports has produced high quality paintball markers like the 98, SL68, Pro Carbine, A5, Phenom, and FT-12 for over 25 years. These markers are some of the most rugged and reliable on the market. Now Tippmann ruggedness, reliability and quality have been put into the first paintball marker designed for any style of play with the all new Crossover.

The Crossover a sleek, lightweight, center feed marker that embodies woodsball durability with tournament speed and agility was most recently tested by the Tippinators. The marker is smaller than any other made by Tippmann and is of comparable size to other tournament markers.

After the testing was complete, the team received an order of Crossovers just in time for the start of the tournament season. The Tippinators planned to put these first production run markers to the ultimate test and to be the first team to take the Crossover into rigors of league xball.

Crossover In Action The fast pace of each point, and the chaos in the pits between points, over the course of a 50 minute xball match puts stress on seasoned players, and proved equipment. The Tippinators planned to take the untried Crossovers into competitive xball play after only one practice to get familiar with the new markers.

Canadian Xtreme Paintball League’s Atlantic Division MXL Event 1 held on June 23rd, 2012 at Armymans Paintball in Truro Nova Scotia was the first opportunity for the Tippinators to give the Crossovers a real test.

Tippinator Ken Gardiner a six year xball veteran of the CXBL, AXBL and MXL was impressed with the performance of the Crossover. "I have had the opportunity to have used a wide variety of markers from all of the leading manufacturers over the past six years. This year I was handed a Tippmann Crossover right out of the box with only an adjustment to fire mode and rate of fire." Gardiner said "The marker chrono’d consistently within 7 fps and ran smoothly, point in and point out, for the entire day."

The markers preformed magnificently for the entire team. CXBL event paint for the 2012 season is GI Sportz 4 Star Tournament Grade, in the past the Tippinators would not be able to shoot such brittle paint in their high pressure 98s. Ten players used Crossovers for the day, shooting a total of 22 cases of paint without an issue. Every Tippinator who played with a Crossover was impressed with the markers performance.

Chris Landry Battling with a Crossover Gardiner summed up the feelings of the entire team, "The performance of the marker allowing me to make eliminations early in points, shoot tight lines and hold lanes to lock down zones. The Crossover performed as well, if not better than, markers valued at over $1000."

The Tippmann Crossover’s first step into the world of tournament paintball was an unqualified success. Tippinator Captain Bruce Johnston offered a different insight into the Crossover, "If this marker can keep an average player like myself in the game a little longer, I shudder to think what a truly talented player would be able to do with a Crossover in their hands."

NPPL All Star Voting


Voting for your Favorite Pro Player for the NPPL 3rd Annual East vs. West All-Star Challenge Begins June 15th!

Vote to see your Favorite Pro Player compete in the East vs. West All-Star Challenge. The West has dominated the East in the first and second Pro All-Star Challenge, but who will come out on top this year? Vote to see if the West will reclaim their championship title or will the East comeback with a vengeance? Stay tuned for further details and check out website at

www.nppl.com. For further questions please email info@nppl.com
 

Geo 3?

A photo surfaced today which appears to be the GEO 3 Paintball Gun. In typical Planet Eclipse style, the company has yet to publicly mention that a GEO 3 paintball gun project was underway. Can’t say we blame them, as it would kill the sales of current GEO paintball guns. This photo did not come from official sources and may or may not resemble the production model.
Geo 3 Paintball Gun
Geo 3 Paintball Gun
Is this the GEO 3 Paintball Gun? What feature are you most looking forward to?

ProPaintball.com 

What's in a Mask?


Paintball masks are pretty simple things. They consist of just a clear piece of plastic hooked to some more plastic and strapped to your head which keeps your eyes safe. They are necessary but uncomfortable, frustrating and often a hassle to care for.

Or are they?

A challenge many beginner players face is that their time playing paintball is spent either with a mask that came as part of a package or a cheap rental mask from the local field. These masks not only are uncomfortable and have limited range of vision, but they tend to fog at the most inopportune times (despite all you try to do to prevent it). That's why I recommend that one of the first upgrades players make is to purchase a nice mask.

Sure, a nice mask can cost as much as a beginner gun, but the increased comfort, in my mind, makes it worth it. If you don't want to go for top-of-the-line or high-end masks, I would recommend at least choosing a thermal mask that costs closer to the price of a case of paint ($40+). If you spend any time playing in hot, cold or humid weather, you will be grateful for your indulgence all day long. Plus, the improvements in visibility may actually make you a better player.

ATWL Event Two Played Rain and Shine

ATWL Event 2 Photos
The second event of the 2012 Tippmann X7 Phenom Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League was played June 9th at Hypersportz Paintball in Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia.

Rain overnight and all game day morning left many players disheartened that once again they would be playing in boot sucking mud, with players afraid that an inadvertent marker drop would result in a gun never being seen again. Although the ATWL had visited this location in previous seasons, this woodsball field had not been seen by players in the past.

Hypersportz Paintball (formerly Overkill Sportz) has been taken over by a new owner who is making considerable field improvements. Teams that are visiting Hypersportz for the first time since last season were very impressed with the changes.

Thousands of dollars invested by the new owner in improved drainage, clearing firing lanes, leveling the ground and reposition bunkers will make the field play faster and put a premium on communication plus coordinated fire and movement.

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Often the first game can set the tone for the entire day. The cold rain didn't dampen the excitement as the Nova Scotia Mercenaries went up against the SU Militia. The fighting was so fierce that at times it seemed there were more paintballs in the air than rain drops. If this game was an indication event two would be an exciting day.

As the day wore on, the weather improved but there was no improving on the already top notch paintball. The matches between current and former champions, plus epic battles between two new teams to the league all the games were back and forth fights went down to the wire.

The SU Militia from Moncton, New Brunswick went on a tear at event two. They kicked their game up a notch since event one, and were the team to beat at event two. The Militia won all four of their games with a total combined 790 flag capture points.

ATWL Event 2 Photos
Another surprise of the day was the improved play Green Acres Goblins. First year teams in a very competitive league can sometimes get overwhelmed. The Goblins showed they were able to adapt their play and fight toe to toe with the best teams in the region.

No one team is breaking away from the pack. The top of the leader board is tightening. The new teams are improving quickly. The 2012 Tippmann X7 Phenom Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League has reached the half way point and who will be crowned champion is anybody's guess. This may turn out to be the most exciting finish in ATWL history.


Event 2 Results
Place Team Games Played Capture Points Win Loss Points
1 SU Militia 4 790 8
2 Anthraxx 2 555 4
3 Mersey Road Predators 2 310 2
4 Nova Scotia Mercenaries 4 310 2
5 Green Acres Goblins 4 75 0

Season Standings
Place Team Games Played Capture Points Win Loss Points
1 Mersey Road Predators 6 1320 10
2 Anthraxx 6 1115 10
3 SU Militia 8 970 8
4 Nova Scotia Mercenaries 6 535 4
5 Green Acres Goblins 6 105 0

Black Friday Launches Atlantic Season

The event that many players consider to be the unofficial opening of the Atlantic Canadian paintball season, Black Friday, was held on Friday April 6th, 2012 at Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia.

Black Friday is a special kind of event where after a winter of being able to only play the occasional game of indoor reball, woodsballers, speedballers, milsim teams, xball teams and rec players gather for a day of fun before players gravitate back to their preferred style of play.

Black Friday is a non competitive event. ‘Event’ may be to strong a word. Black Friday is a one of a kind paintball gathering. It is a gathering where players of any skill level and experience can play together, and against each other, as long as the players only want to have fun.

Another aspect of Black Friday that makes the game special is there are no landmarks to be taken, no points awarded, no commanders yelling orders, and no winners announced at the end of the day. The players break into two teams and go play paintball just for the fun of it.

The game was immediate respawn broken into 90 minute halves. The teams switched ends of the field at the lunch break. The non stop game made for non stop action all over the field. On the field you could see ghillie suits next to colourful speedball jerseys, high end electros playing side by side with pump guns.

Players of all sort come out to Black Friday to bang the rust off skills that lay dormant over the winter. Many players don’t even look at their markers until game day. Fortunately Eastern Paintball and Supply made the 3 hour trip from Moncton to set up a pro shop offering players a low flat rate to repair malfunctioning markers.

At the end of the day players had run the field, shot paint, been hit and come back for more with no other objective in mind other than to have fun. The on field action a prize filled pod toss by Eastern Paintball and Supply plus a Tippmann and PBL prize raffle by the Tippinators made for a day that left smiles on all players faces.

In many areas paintball participation has been in decline. The exact opposite is true for paintball in Atlantic Canada. The official attendance of nearly 300 makes Mersey Road’s Black Friday the most successful annual event in Eastern Canada. The high attendance at Black Friday, the continued growth and expansion of the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL), and Minor Xtreme Paintball League (MXL), proves that paintball is as strong as ever.

Black Friday once again showed paintballers, be they prefer woodsball or speedball, can come together in the spirit of the game and play for fun. If Black Friday is any indication of what is in store for the remainder of the 2012 paintball season will be one to remember.

Check out the Black Friday image galleries at the Mersey Road Paintball Facebook page

Tippmann Expands Support

Tippmann Expands its Support of Paintball Games and Events Worldwide
X7 Phenom selected as the official marker of more than 30 scenario events


Fort Wayne, Ind. – Tippmann Sports is expanding its support of major paintball games and events around the globe with the launch of a new, far-reaching grassroots sponsorship program. Throughout 2012 and beyond, the company will proudly stand behind some of the most anticipated and widely-attended events in paintball as an official sponsor, including the Tippmann World Challenge Series, Greg Hastings’ Tour of Duty, Oklahoma D-Day, and numerous others throughout the world.

“We’ve always received such terrific response from players who appreciate our continued support of paintball events and games around the globe, said Ron Goldblatt, director of marketing for Tippmann Sports. “These events really offer us an invaluable opportunity to connect firsthand with loyal Tippmann players, so we’re certainly pleased to be expanding our support and participation this year.”

In conjunction with the company’s new event sponsorship program, the X7 Phenom has been named the official marker of the following events worldwide. In the United States: Oklahoma D-Day; Living Legends; Invasion of Normandy; Tippmann Big Game; Long Island Big Game; Monster Game; Decay of Nations; Super Game; Wayne Dollack 24-Hour Scenario Games; Pev’s Big Game; MPP Games; and Viper Paintball. The company is also proud to stand behind the following international games: Veckring, North vs. South Big Game; European Big Game; Wasaga Beach Big Game; Paintugal; and many more.
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ADD ONE: Tippmann Expands its Support of Paintball Events Worldwide

Finally, in an effort to build additional awareness and generate even more excitement for the games supported by the company, Tippmann has decided to feature many of them prominently on the packaging for its popular X7 Phenom marker.

For additional details about Tippmann’s expanding grassroots sponsorship program, please call the company at 1-800-533-4831or visit www.Tippmann.com.
About Tippmann Sports:
As a paintball leader for more than 25 years, Tippmann Sports is dedicated to quality manufacturing as well as advancing paintball technology and design. The company serves the global paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as its warehouse near Tournai, Belgium. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

Where Paintball Takes Us Thailand Day 2




Where Paintball Takes Us : On the second day of this paintball adventure, the teams acclimatise to the local time and temperature; they sample some of the culinary delights and get a taste for how Thailand relaxes with a trip to the beach.

About Paintball: The Report of Paintball's Death Is Exaggerated

It's a topic that continues to come up at fields and in forums: some people believe that paintball is a dying sport. They claim that more people are leaving than coming, that fields are closing and that the sport is going to decrease to the point of irrelevancy.

I disagree.

Paintball is not dying. It is changing. The past decade and even the past five years have lead to significant changes in the sport. I've seen a greater split between the tournament crowd and the recreation/woodsball crowd. I've seen the end of established fields and the focus on smaller fields or outlaw play. I've seen many small stores close and purchasing moved, almost completely, to the internet and big box stores. I've seen a decreased emphasis on the newest equipment and more focus on learning to use existing equipment. I've seen greater mainstream acceptance of the sport while it still remains on the fringe of traditional pass times.

Paintball is not the same as it was a decade ago. I would agree that the paintball world from a decade ago is dying if it is not already dead. The sport, though, is continuing to grow, adapt and expand as new players are introduced to it all over the world. Paintball is not dying because, at its base, it is an extremely fun activity that can be enjoyed by millions. Nothing is going to stop that.

CXBL Elite Jerseys

The CXBL in conjunction with Style Supply is pleased to offer the CXBL Elite teams the possibility to further enhance their 2012 Official league Jersey.

For the 2012 season, similar to other pro sports, all CXBL Elite players will have the opportunity to have their last name displayed on the back of the CXBL Elite Pro Jersey. Furthermore, players will now have the ability to select a number of their choice to follow them throughout the season.

In order to have players’ names and numbers on the 2012 CXBL Elite jerseys, team owners must have contacted brian at xball.com and completed the order form online prior to March 1st, 2012. The CXBL has decided to increase the number of Elite custom jerseys to 18 per team, thus giving every rostered player the opportunity to have their own jersey. Players must be officially rostered in the xball.com system to their respective team to receive a custom printed jersey.

For more information on the Xtreme Paintball League, visit www.XBALL.com




PBL Action Sports

New Video From PBL


BuyPBL.com is pleased to give you the second installment of WHERE PAINTBALL TAKES US – PALS Thailand Edition.

Please find below some info about this episode of our web-series. If you can spread the word about this video we would appreciate it.

The BuyPBL YouTube Channel can be seen at : http://www.youtube.com/buypbl and the link to the video directly is : http://youtu.be/dCtUdv1XcTY 

PBL Action Sports

Etha is Evolving

Don’t Dream It, Be It! Win Cool Gear!


RAP4 is proud to celebrate your victories with a bold new contest and an awesome prize. Show the world your best action photo via our Facebook contest page, and while you’re visiting, take a look through the awesome photos posted by other RAP4 players around the world. “Like” us on Facebook, then vote for the pics that grab you…and check back frequently to see how your photos fare. The picture with the most points when we close the contest on April 15th at
11:59pm will win!

The winner will receive an exclusive, clear set of RAP4 Hawkeye Goggles! These goggles cannot be purchased in stores or anywhere online…they can only be
earned by winning one of our contests. That way, you’ll be the only person at your field with a pair of these unique goggles. Everywhere you play, people
will ask about your gear, and recognize your accomplishment.

But you’ve got to earn it.

So when you hit the field with your T68 or Tacamo Mag Fed Conversion Kit this weekend, bring along your camera. Capture your opponents throwing their hands
up as a RAP4 Landmine detonates at their feet, or the splash of color left on your opponents’ goggles as you take them out with one-shot eliminations. Show
us what you’ve got, artistically and tactically, and we’ll reward the best paintball photographer with those clear Hawkeye Goggles!

Here are a few of the rules: Photos must be submitted in JPEG, GIF or PNG format and cannot exceed 8 MB in size. All online entries must be received by
04/15/2012 at 11:59pm PST to be considered. All photos are subject to approval by RAP4 Staff. The full rules can be found online right here.

Real Action Paintball – As Real as it Gets!

Valken Appoints Another One

Swedesboro, NJ – Valken Paintball is proud to announce DJ “Honu” Fox has been installed as the Valken Corps’ Great Lakes Regional Commander (GLRC).

DJ “Honu” Fox, is the Captain of Hellions Paintball Team, based out of CPX in Joliet, IL. and has been with the team for over five years. DJ and his Hellions average 8-10 large events a year, with a majority of those in the Midwest and Great Lakes areas. “My team is a constant award winner at games and myself I have won Victorious Commander for LL3 and I was the MVP of LL4. I would like to thank Valken for the chance to represent them in the Valken corps. Valken’s commitment to scenario and the overall growth of the sport is something I’m proud to be a part of”, stated the newly appointed GLRC, DJ “Honu” Fox. For more details on the Great Lakes Region of the Valken Corps or to coordinate regional games, practices or events with DJ, please visit his Facebook page.

The Valken Corps is a band of paintball players who reach out beyond their own team or group, to unite with other like-minded individuals and come together on a larger scale to enjoy the game of paintball. The goal is to give paintball players what they want – more paintball – by creating a network of players that share advice, support local fields and shops and contribute to the growth of the game. The Valken Corps highlights the fields, stores, events, teams and individuals that help make paintball the obsession we all know and love.

The U.S. Corps is divided in to 10 regions to help players connect with other locals and to help organize fields, teams and events. There are also Canadian Provincial Corps and European Corps countries, as well. Each will have a Regional Commander (RC), whose duties include leading Valken Corps players on the field and organizing Valken Corps players and teams off the field. Valken Corps Regional Commanders are a dedicated group of volunteer players with leadership experience both on and off the paintball field.

Valken Paintball will be announcing more Regional Commanders in the coming days. For more information on Valken, visit www.valkenpaintball.com and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ValkenSports or Twitter at www.twitter.com/ValkenSports

Your Paintball College Scholarship Awaits

Old Hickory, Tennessee – March 20, 2012 – The Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Foundation has announced deadlines for players and industry to get involved for this first annual award program. The foundation is an organization dedicated to providing America’s paintball-playing young adults with opportunities for higher education. Deadlines have been set:



- April 15 for player scholarship applications

- May 1st for donation checks from the industry at large



According to Foundation president Jim Lively, “we’ve had an overwhelming favorable response to this program, now we just need everyone to make their contributions for 2012 so we can kick off this program in style! Everyone should let their customers know about these fabulous scholarships – being granted in May! “



Field and Store Owners simply have to contact the office to get a poster for your location. A $500 donation also gets you a link to the website. www.PaintballScholarship.com



Jim went on to say, “The NPPL has been an awesome supporter with proceeds from poker tournaments coming in our direction. Fields like Three Rivers Paintball are scheduling a “Pay it Forward Day” and donating the admission fees. Lots of field are thinking of ways to run fundraisers for the future!”



Supporters of the Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Awards include Tippmann Sports, Procaps, CPX Sports, Three Rivers PB, Xtreme PB Park, Stiffi Barrels and the National Professional Paintball League, with many more influential companies and brands signing on daily! For more information please visit the official website of the Scholarship Awards at www.PaintballScholarships.com.

New Photography Policy Places Strict Limitations on Photographers

Originally Posted - http://socialpaintball.com/ By Byron Woodfork

It’s a sad day for freelance photographers within the paintball industry. Due to a recent quarrel between PSP’s Chief Operating Officer, Lane Wright and freelance photographer Skip Hickey; there will be strict limitations on photographers at all future PSP events.

For several years, photographers have been allowed to photograph players during tournament matches. The only requirement to photograph divisional and professional games was a Press Badge, which was easy to come by for freelancers. Now, the PSP organization looks to make the opportunity to film/photograph their events more exclusive. Lane Wright had this to say, “We will hold the copyrights to all photos of the events. We will license the photographers to sell these photos on their websites. But we will maintain the right to use the photos of our events in any manner we choose.”

Without the possibility of paying a freelance photographer to take pictures, this of course sheds a dark cloud over divisional teams that do not receive top notch media coverage from official PSP photographers, as professional players do.

The full quoted statement from Lane Wright:

This is to let all photographers know there will be a new policy released very soon regarding how PSP will handle photograhers at our tournaments.

Today we were threatened with legal action over a photo taken by a photographer and supplied to a players Facebook page. The player gave us the photo to use in an article about his team. The photographer claims we “took” it, owe him for “damages”, and started quoting copyright laws and threatening court dates.

That’s just too much for me.

We will now be allowing far fewer photographers at the events. Far fewer!! We will hold the copyrights to all photos of the events. We will license the photographers to sell these photos on their websites. But we will maintain the right to use the photos of our events in any manner we choose.

For the few photographers who are given access, you will have a very captive client base. It will be much easier for you to get good shots. It will be much easier for you to recoup your expenses. The sidelines will be less chaotic. The photographers will be less likely to interfere with players, referees, and the running of the games.

For the magazines and websites that cover the events. PSP will now provide you with all the pictures you will need of the events. We will provide them to the genuine promotional outlets for free or at most for a nominal amount to cover our cost of providing them.

For the teams – Do not book any photographer for the event until they appear on the PSP approved photographer list. You do so at your own risk. No matter what they may tell you, they are not granted access until they are on the PSP Approved Access list that we will generate prior to the events.

I have tried to put aside my disdain for the self righteous and cavalier attitude of amateur photographers posing as the “media” in paintball. Most only take pictures and sell them on their website. Once they start to threaten legal action for our using a photo of a player provided to us by this player, things have to change.

To the few photo guys out there with genuine interests in the sport, I apologize. I tried to maintain the silliness for as long as I could. But when these PhotoMob guys start to threaten lawsuits and court dates over a photo on a website promoting a team on a webcast that I’ve spent $350,000+ on and give to the community for free, and his photo buddies want to champion his litigious behavior, I have to go another direction.

It will take a week to sort out the details. When the details are sort WE will get in touch with the people we WANT on the fields. There is no need to start sending emails. They won’t be responded to.

I hate that it has come to this. But I have more important things to deal with than being threatened with civil action by a damn photographer. Again, I apologize to the few of you that are good guys. We’ll try to include you in the new access policy.

Lane

To view the discussion, please visit: http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.php?t=3772709

MSXL 2012 Season Sponsors


The MSXL is proud to announce the 2012 season sponsors. The MSXL has grown to be one of the nation’s top regional championship series as a PSP Affiliate. Our ability to provide top caliber events, with some of the best divisional competition anywhere, and keep the teams cost of participation remarkably low is a direct result of industry sponsorship and support.

Registration is over capacity for the season opener, though spots still remain, as all teams have not paid. Get your entry paid to assure your teams participation. Registration closes Monday, March 19, 2012.

Our Strategic Partners for 2012
PSP, DXS, DYE

RaceTo X Divisional Sponsor
Planet Eclipse

2012 Approved Paint Vendors*
RPS, Empire, DXS and G.I. Sportz
*Only paint allowed at MSXL events for sale or use

Thank you for playing the MSXL

Storm Hits PSP Galveston, Paintball Delayed

The PSP Galveston paintball event was hit by a bad storm. Yesterday afternoons webcast was cut short by a rain and wind storm delaying and in some cases cutting games short. This morning PSP event staff and paintball teams arrived to complete a damage assessment. The fields were flooded, the polls damaged and the ez-up’s destroyed. Check out this video taken earlier this morning.



This is not the first time that the PSP has suffered environmental damage. Those previous events have proven that thte PSP is very skilled in making quick repairs and getting back on schedule. However, weather forecast for the area show 15-20mph winds and more rain are on the way. This might make field repairs difficult. Neither time or weather seem to be on paintball’s side this time around.

As of writing the PSP webcast has been delayed as the event crew works through the storm. Stay tuned for further updates.

Originally Posted - ProPaintball.com

Stick Tech - Planet Eclipse Etek3 vs Dangerous Power FX



In this installment, sticktodrum puts the Planet Eclipse Etek3 and the Dangerous Power FX paintball markers (guns) side by side to see the features and aesthetics of each.

From:
http://socialpaintball.com/2011/12/19/stick-tech-planet-eclipse-etek3-vs-dangerous-power-fx/

Blue Sponsors Red

BLUE’S CREW, LLC has just entered into an incredibly unique marketing partnership to cover all things “GREG HASTINGS”. BCTV will be managing and producing a multitude of Hi-Def Multi-Media covering Greg’s 2012 TOUR OF DUTY, the R7 REPLAY XD/HD, GREG HASTINGS PAINTBALL VIDEO GAME Series, and anything and everything GREG HASTINGS.

Together, they open up an exciting new view of the world of Paintball and other sports and adventure activities, utilizing Point of View(POV) video, Live Streaming, Photography, and lots of Pure Sports Action.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on Facebook pages www.Facebook.com/BluesCrewTV and www.Facebook.com/NJNinja plus view all broadcasts and videos at www.BluesCrewTV.com .

“This is an incredible way for me to get fans excited about playing paintball, and entertain them with action and shenanigans from events all around the world. Maybe even get a few to start traveling to events they may not have known much about.” Says Greg Hastings. More about Greg at www.GregRedHastings.com and www.Facebook.com/NJNinja

“It was perfect timing with Greg’s projects coming on line, just as our super high tech media team headlined by Chris Hanse and Anthony Bove, came on line. Wait till you see what we produce and especially how we deliver this kind of entertainment to Greg’s and our fans. We are excited about our ability to generate professional innovative media for Greg and his Sponsors, such as Tippmann, where we’ll be highlighting their new products in all the action we shoot!” Says Michael “BLUE” Hanse”

Behind the Scenes: Galveston Island Paintball

What did it take to build the the host venue for the PSP Galveston Island Open? Stacy Young (Owner) tells his story.

Follow along as we dive into the story behind Galveston Island Paintball as owner and opperator Stacy Young tells us what it took to put togther this field…

1 Year

“The Story of Galveston”

By Stacy Young

March 13, 2010, my 37th birthday, and I decided I wanted to play paintball. It had been over two years since I had last played; I was ready to shake the rust off and shoot people. I talked my older brother into coming with me and playing. My brother had never played organized paintball, just a renegade game or two with me in the local woods.

After driving off the Island, we arrived at one of the local fields. First appearance, I was impressed. I could see people everywhere; I noticed they had an Airball field and woodsball. “Not bad”, I said to myself.

After dropping over $120 for two people entry and a case of paint, I was not as impressed, but I was ready to shoot people. After reporting to the Staging Area to form up teams we waited almost 30 minutes until somebody finally showed up and we finally got started.

This turned out to be the worst day of paintball play in my life. We spent around four hours at this field and played only four games. To me paying around $20 a game is a horrible experience. As we left the field and headed back to the Island I called the wife. “Let’s open a Paintball Field”.

The following Monday I drove around Galveston looking for a suitable piece of property. Tuesday, I found my current location on the airport. By the following Monday I had signed the lease with the city and by the end of the month, with Federal and State Tax ID’s in hand, I was receiving goods.

Galveston Island Paintball(GIP) officially opened its doors on May 28th 2010, Memorial Day weekend. GIP had many soft openings the month prior to work out any problems that might arise. The opening was riddled with problems from City Permitting, and still is, but the doors did open, on time.

Three months after opening GIP announced its first tournament dubbed, “Warm-up for World-Cup”. Offering prize packages of cash and trophies served as a great incentive. The tournament field 12 teams, from Texas, Louisiana and Missouri. This was just seven months after opening and the city’s Convention Visitor’s Bureau(GCVB) recognized me as an attraction and cut GIP a check for bringing business to the Island.

The Original Bunker Set

In November, two months later, GIP received a phone call from my contact at the GCVB and she asks, “What is Paintball Sports Promotion(PSP)”? She goes on to inform me that they contacted the city and wanted to know if I would take the lead since I was the “Subject Matter Expert”. My response? “Absolutely”. Ten minutes later GIP was in negotiations with the Chief Operations Officer(COO) of PSP for him to make Galveston a stop during the 2011 PSP Season.

Numerous Phone calls and E-mails later Lane Wright, COO of PSP, arrives in Galveston for negotiations. Little did I know I was in direct competition with the University Of Phoenix. Lane wanted to come to Galveston if we could come to terms. This is the largest league in the world, and here I am with the boss having a drink on the front porch of my paintball field. A few drinks later, hands were shook and Galveston was the host of the 2011 PSP Season Opener. Mickenzy Trexler, GIP team member replied, “Are you serious, we got the event? We got the event? WE GOT THE EVENT!”

At this Point Galveston Island Paintball had been open 10 months and had achieved something that most field owners would love to have- a PSP Event. When the news hit the Internet my website went from an average of 100 hits a day to 3000 an hour after the Press Release went out, and 25,000 hits, for the week. The same thing was happening on my social media outlets Facebook, and Twitter. I knew at that moment my little paintball field had made it to the International stage.

I loved the fact that Sunday, the final day of the event was my birthday. I looked around and couldn’t believe what had been accomplished in one year. GIP was started up with a $9,000 tax refund check, volunteers, and savvy negotiations. In “after-action” meetings with the GCVB it was estimated that around $2M of revenue was brought to the Island. Not bad for the first year.

Review: Tippmann Crossover

For over 25 years Tippmann has produced high quality paintball markers like the 98, SL68 and Pro Carbine that are the most rugged and reliable on the market. Over the last 10 years Tippmann has produced the benchmark scenario and military simulation markers with the A5, X7 and Phenom. Now Tippmann ruggedness, reliability and quality have been put into the first paintball marker designed for any style of play with the Crossover.

The Tippmann Crossover is a sleek, lightweight, center fed marker that embodies woodsball durability with tournament speed and agility. The marker is smaller than any other made by Tippmann and is of comparable size to other tournament markers. As they have done so many times in the past Tippmann is set to redefine the gold standard in paintball markers again, with the Crossover.

At the core of the Crossover is the proven FlexValve. FlexValve Technology makes the Crossover the first electro-pneumatic speedball style marker to offer the winning combination of improved air efficiency, superior accuracy due to the spool valve design, manual or electronic mode firing, and the flexibility of CO2 or High Pressure Air (HPA). Although the Crossover will work on CO2 it needs to be setup properly, such as using a remote line and using a low rate of fire so marker internals do not freeze.

The ruggedness of the FlexValve and the ability to operate below 300 PSI will give all players the competitive edge on the woodsball or speedball field. The low operating pressure greatly improves air efficiency allowing you to get up to 1,400 shots from a 68 cubic inch 4500 psi tank.

The Crossover’s searless trigger design incorporates fewer parts to wear, making maintenance easier than ever. Because this new marker is built around the existing Phenom internals and can accept an A5 threaded barrel the look may be a little foreign to die hard Tippmann users but the feel, reliability and performance are undoubtedly Tippmann.

Like the Phenom the Crossover has a lightweight aluminum body with internal gas line and no cocking handle. Unlike the Phenom the Crossover has sleek lines with custom body milling and all excess metal shaved back.

Like other tournament markers the Crossover is a center feed and comes with a clamping feed neck that will adjust to fit any loader without tools. The center feed system also uses beam break style eyes to prevent ball chopping and dual ball detents to hold the most brittle paint without barrel breaks.

One thing players will immediately notice about the Crossover that makes it different than any other tournament marker is a manual thumb safety on the left side of the receiver body with three settings; Safe, Semi, Electro. As the name implies Safe prevents the marker from firing. Semi means the marker will fire one shot with each pull of the trigger, because of the FlexValve Semi will work without a battery in the marker. Electro setting activates the markers electronics. The stock board will fire up to 15 balls per second, full auto, PSP, NXL, response and three round burst. A single button on the back of the grip is used to program the board or turn the eyes on and off.

In the past, Tippmann markers have angled the Air Source Adapter (ASA – the thing the tank screw into) at an angle so liquid CO2 would not be drawn into marker when fired. The Crossover is the first Tippmann marker to have a 90 degree ASA that brings the marker down to eye level and in closer to the body when shouldered.

The Crossover will run on CO2 or HPA. Most HPA tanks put out 800 pounds per square inch (PSI) pressure, because the Crossover operates at 300 psi Tippmann has designed an ASA that regulates the pressure from the tank down to a useable level for the marker. To lighten the marker the regulator for the Crossover is built into the ASA with a velocity adjustment on the front of the regulator.

The engineers at Tippmann have thought of players who want to degas the marker when not playing but not remove the tank. With the Crossover players have the option to remove the factory installed regulator ASA and front grip and install a vertical regulator and on / off ASA. In only minutes with a few off the shelf parts and a macro line the unique appearance of the Crossover can be changed to look like more traditional tournament markers.

Unlike other high end tournament markers the Crossover has kept woodsball players in mind. The gap between the front grip and trigger guard is wider to leave room for gloved hands. The same is true of the oversized trigger guard that allows players to easily roll the trigger while wearing bulky milsim gloves.

Tippmann has created the perfect marker for which the Tippinators have been searching.” said Tippinators Super-tech Mark ‘Tinman’ Miller. “The Crossover is fast and light enough for tournament play yet tough enough for woodsball and reliable enough for league xball.”







True to the name this new marker can crossover from woodsball to speedball to xball and back again. “This is the marker I have wanted for years,” said Tippinator Captain Bruce ‘Charon’ Johnston, “Tippmann has really listened to players; the Crossover is an incredible marker for any style of play.”

Johnston continued, “The Tippmann Crossover is the perfect choice for players of any experience level, it is the only marker you will ever need.”

For more than 25 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

RAP4 Wows ‘Em At Extravaganza!

Real Action Paintball just returned from the Paintball Extravaganza 2012, where our hot new gear was the talk of the industry! It will take weeks to clean all the fingerprints from our new mag-fed Barrett M82A1 marker – which is officially licensed by Barrett, so we can reproduce it for paintball as an exact replica – and all of the Tacamo Mag-Fed Conversion Kits. People couldn’t get enough of this new gear, and dreaming of all the possibilities our latest mag-fed technology will bring to life this year!

Our 100 round, spring-fed drum magazine was especially popular. Designed to work with any of our mag-fed markers by simply installing it like a magazine, it can hold 100 conventional paintballs, or accept First Strike and other shaped projectiles.

We displayed some extremely popular paintball squad machineguns, like the RAP4 M60, RAP4 M240, and RAP4 M249 markers, and outfitted them with the hot RAP4 Box Magazine! This motorized magazine replicates the ammunition box found on many squad machineguns in the field, but contains internals that are specifically suited to paintball: a Nautilus Drive motor that pushes paint from the 250 round reservoir into your marker via the magazine well. This gives players the true-to-life ammunition capacity to feed these paintball squad machineguns, while also giving the reliability, dependability, and anti-chop protection only found with force-feed technology!

That same idea – of pushing a stack of paintballs into your marker and holding them under consistent tension so they don’t roll out of the chamber or get chopped by the bolt – is part of what is powering our industry’s magazine-fed revolution. Even more excitement comes from the thrill of playing with the most realistic paintball guns available, which we make possible through our extensive product line of mag-fed markers that reproduce the look, feel, natural point of aim, and controls of military-spec arms.

Which is why we were flooded with people at Paintball Extravaganza who came to check out the Tacamo MKP markers and see how we utilize RAP4 Flexi-Air technology to get rid of external steel braided hoses, get air tanks off of markers and safely onto your back (connected via a remote line discretely interfacing with the mil-sim stocks), and create the most realistic mag-fed experience possible…

…while retaining the internal parts of trusted markers like the Tippmann X7 Phenom and Tippmann A5.

We even unveiled the new direction for mag-fed paintball: the D-Mag, which is designed to interchangeably accept First Strike and other shaped rounds, as well as standard paintballs…in an all-new magazine that holds paint in a vertical column for utmost reliability. The D-Mag has a unique activation mechanism that means you won’t accidentally spill any more magazines while tucking them into your vest…and you won’t feel as bad dropping them on the field as you charge, with how little this new technology costs per magazine!

How’d we make a better product that’s a fraction of the cost of the established technology? Our engineers are awesome…and they’re players, too!

Check out the latest news, product releases, and giveaways at www.rap4.com. That’s also where you’ll hear even more about our new products for 2012!

Real Action Paintball – As Real as it Gets!

Tippmann Unveils a Bevy of New Product – Crossover, Flip-Top Rental Marker & Googles


Unique .68 caliber electro-pneumatic marker combines new lightweight design with company’s legendary durability

Fort Wayne, Ind. The leader in paintball marker durability and reliability is taking its game to a whole new level – introducing the Crossover from Tippmann Sports. This new lightweight, high performance electro-pneumatic marker is designed to perform for players regardless of conditions or style of play. At the heart of the Crossover beats the latest iteration of Tippmann’s FlexValve – the exclusive industry technology that allows players to switch from electronic to mechanical mode on the fly, with just the flip of a switch. A variety of other key features are also integrated into the Crossover to give players the ability to go harder than before, while traveling lighter than ever.

“We’re excited about the new Crossover because – in many ways – we’re covering new ground and reaching out to an expanded group of players with this product advancement,” said Denny Tippmann, Jr., chief technology officer for Tippmann Sports. “The Crossover was designed for the hybrid player, someone who needs a durable and reliable marker that will deliver – regardless of the style of game. As implied by its name, it’s a marker that will successfully cross over to any game, anywhere, any time. While our existing modifiable and easy-to-upgrade markers remain extremely popular, we also wanted to reach out to those players seeking legendary Tippmann durability in a sleek, lightweight and bold new design.”

Some of the features incorporated into the new Crossover marker include the following:

  • New, compact design with a total weight of less than 2.5 lbs.
  • Integrated break beam anti-chop eyes
  • Tournament lock switch
  • Internal gasline
  • Bottom regulator with the ability to convert to a front regulator
  • Adjustable clamping feedneck with vertical feed
  • Magnetic hall effect trigger switch
  • Multiple adjustable firing modes, including: semi-auto; auto-response; 3-shot burst; PSP; NPPL; and Millennium
  • Ability to work in both electronic and mechanical modes
  • Machine-milled upper body

· Low pressure operation under 300 PSI

“We believe player interest in the new Crossover marker will be very strong,” said Patrick Ehren, vice president of sales and marketing for Tippmann Sports. “It’s the only marker of its kind that combines the benefits of FlexValve Technology – including low recoil, low pressure operation, and the ability to switch from electronic to mechanical operation – with Tippmann durability. Throughout our 25 plus years of paintball leadership, we’ve proven that our products are designed to stand up to the rigors of woodsball and scenario play while providing dependable performance over the long-term.”

The Crossover is expected to be available to players in spring 2012. For additional details, please call 1-800-533-4831or visit www.Tippmann.com today.

Tippmann Introduces Revolutionary “Flip-Top” Rental Marker

Innovative new design integrates modular internals to significantly reduce maintenance time

Fort Wayne, Ind. For more than 25 years, Tippmann has dominated the paintball rental market. Today, the company is advancing its leadership position with the introduction of its FT-12 Flip-Top Rental, a groundbreaking new marker with modular internals that can be serviced in less than 60 seconds without tools. The FT-12 is the most durable, reliable, and easy-to-maintain rental marker ever created. Developed based on feedback from paintball field owners around the world, this new-look marker has been specially engineered to reduce maintenance time by as much 75 percent.

“Our markers have always been designed to be reliable and durable to minimize necessary maintenance,” said Denny Tippmann, Jr., chief technology officer for Tippmann Sports. “But, over the years, we have heard from field owners looking for a rental marker that further reduces maintenance time. We listened closely, and then went to work on developing a marker that not only accomplished this goal, but also incorporated other features that will ultimately create a better rental experience for the players. And, today, we’re excited to introduce the new FT-12 Flip-Top Rental.”

The FT-12 is a compact marker with an ergonomically-positioned front vertical grip, which is ideal for players of all ages. The marker’s patent-pending design makes gaining access to the modular internals significantly easier – simply remove the barrel, unscrew the collar and flip open the top. No tools are required. Once inside, the modular layout of the FT-12 allows for incredibly fast and worry-free access to all key parts.

Other significant features incorporated into the FT-12 include the following:

  • An easy-to-remove modular trigger assembly that is designed to help reduce pin wear
  • A top non-cycling A-5 style cocking handle with built-in cover to keep dirt and debris out of the marker
  • A new lockdown feedneck, which keeps moisture from entering the breech
  • A 1.5 inch blade trigger with a short pull for faster firing and a more responsive feel
  • An 8.5 inch high-performance barrel for greater accuracy
  • A built-in sight and offset feedneck for easier targeting
  • An internal gasline, offering an enhanced look while minimizing the potential for gasline damage
  • A recessed safety, which is easier for first-time time players to engage
  • A riveted-on nameplate
  • An ergonomic grip for enhanced comfort
  • Yellow grip cheeks for quick visual identification

“Just by looking at this new marker, you can see that we’ve literally reinvented the rental to deliver a more positive experience for field owners and players alike – it’s an exciting advancement for us,” said Patrick Ehren, vice president of sales and marketing for Tippmann Sports. “As an industry leader, we remain dedicated to incorporating the ideas we get from our loyal customers and consumers into innovative product and marketing solutions that help drive the evolution of the industry, which is certainly illustrated by the introduction of the FT-12.”

The new marker has already been endorsed by more than 20 major paintball fields around the world and will be utilized in the rental fleet of USA’s Skirmish, CPX Sports, Cousins and Hollywood’s Sports; Canada’s Mirabel, Flag Raiders and Wasaga Paintball; and Veckring and Mega Campo.

For additional information about the time-saving new FT-12 Flip-Top Rental, paintball fields are encouraged to contact their Tippmann sales representative today. Of course, more product details are also available online at www.Tippmann.com.

Tippmann Introduces High-Performance Goggle Line

New design with C-Max Technology offers players enhanced clarity, comfort, and coverage

Fort Wayne, Ind. As part of the company’s ongoing effort to enhance paintball play, Tippmann Sports is proud to introduce its new Valor goggle. The redesigned goggle was developed around three key performance upgrades – improved visual clarity, greater coverage, and enhanced comfort. The most notable feature is the high performance toroidal scratch and fog resistant lens and quick release system. The toroidal lens focuses more light directly onto the eye to provide better clarity in a variety of light conditions, while the quick release system allows for fast and easy lens removal and attachment.

Other features incorporated into Tippmann’s new goggle design, include: extended coverage to protect the chin, jaw and ear; additional ventilation to optimize airflow and reduce fogging; a premium woven strap for ultimate comfort and fit; an adjustable, fitted visor; and the use of compression-molded comfort foam wherever the goggle touches the face. On the rental version, the foam will be incredibly easy to replace, so field owners can simply switch out the foam insert instead of replacing the entire goggle.

The goggle will come in several versions, including: black, U.S. Army camo, Tippmann camo, and a rental version – all sold under the Tippmann and U.S. Army Paintball brands. In addition, this newly-designed goggle will also soon be available in all Tippmann and U.S. Army Paintball PowerPacks, providing a better performing goggle to those players purchasing kits.

“We’re very pleased with our new goggle and how the enhancements will ultimately help players have a better overall paintball experience,” said Ron Goldblatt, director of marketing for Tippmann Sports.

The goggles sold at retail will have a MAP of $24.95 and $39.95 for the black and camo versions, respectively.

For additional details about the new goggle design from Tippmann Sports, field owners and paintball dealers should connect with their Tippmann sales representative today. Players, on the other hand, are encouraged to call the company at 1-800-533-4831or visit www.Tippmann.com to learn more.

About Tippmann Sports:

As a paintball leader for more than 25 years, Tippmann Sports is dedicated to quality manufacturing as well as advancing paintball technology and design. The company serves the global paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as its warehouse near Tournai, Belgium. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world

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