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Guerrilla Air G3 Paintball Tank: Low Profile, Adjustable Regulator
Guerrilla Air was purchased by Tiberius Arms some time ago. Since then, the good people at Tiberius have really revamped Guerrilla's line of air products. Part of the revamp involved the release of the M4.5 and M3 regs which are some of the best paintball regulators on the market. Guerrilla was the first to offer a round bottom aluminum tank fitted with the M3 - which is an exceptional value. Guerrilla found a way to increase the performance of their reg with next to no increase in price to the player. The finish on each tank is beautiful too. While other manufacturers offer partial camo wrapped tanks, Guerrilla Air's Digi-Camo finish is simply the best. We'd love to see more camo patterns in the future. The latest to come out of the factory is the Guerrilla Air G3 Regulator. One feature Guerrilla missing from their product offering was an adjustable reg. The addition of the G3 Reg completes Guerrilla's line-up which now has something to offer every player, every budget and every paintball gun. The G3 is the lowest profile paintball reg on the market. It features updated, low profile safety burst disks and the PRO fill nipple. Each G3 reg leaves the factory preset at 800 psi (which can be increased to 920 psi). With the use of shims and a G3 Pressure Kit - you can easily adjust the output pressure of the G3 to the specific needs of your gun or application. The top flange is made of brass and replaceable in case something should happen that damages the threading. You can also rotate the regulator so that the fill adapter and gauge are in the position you need them to be. Add in a super fast recharge rate and a design that promotes easy servicing by the user and you have one fantastic tank. Guerrilla Air G3 Paintball Tanks are offered in all the same sizes as the M4.5 fitting tanks. This includes 48, 68, 70, 88 and the monster 100 ci in both black as well as digi-camo. You can also purchase the G3 Regulator by itself and have it retrofitted to another carbon fiber 4500 psi tank. ROCKSTAR Tactical is an authorized dealer for Guerrilla Air Paintball products. We stock all of Guerrilla's products including G3 tanks, G3 regs and G3 pressure kits.
Empire BT D*Fender: Revolutionary Design for the Woods
The BT (Battle Tested) line of paintball products have been around for nearly a decade now. BT has played a large part in the growth of the woodsball market. Their introduction of the BT-16 and BT-4 Paintball Guns along with a complete lines of Digi Camo apparel and soft goods pulled players back into the woods during a time when tournament paintball reigned king. Over recent years, the BT line has been absorbed as the woodsball extension of Empire Paintball. This was quite advantageous for the woodsball market in general because with this came the technology the has made Empire a force in the tournament world. Guns like the BT TM15 and TM7 borrow components from tourney-level guns while staying true to the milsim look and feel. Empire really pioneered this hybrid concept and broke woodsball away from a long standing history of basic, blow-back markers. Now, nearly all manufacturers are taking their best technology and packaging it in woodsball shells. Empire BT's latest release is the D*FENDER. A bull-pup style woodsball gun that allows the paintball to be stored in the buttstock and loaded through the rear of the gun. This a wild departure from the traditional top loader. The internals for the Empire BT Dfender are borrowed from the popular Empire AXE tourney marker and housed in a magnesium receiver (same material used in the TM15). The buttstock loading system is basically a reconfigured Z2 loader and is activated upon trigger pull and self-calibrated via a speed sensor. Empire states that the D*Fender is capable of consistent, constant feeding at 20bps and allows for 5 different firing modes: Semi, Burst, Ramping, Full Auto and Select Fire. The entire marker, including the loading system, runs on 6 AA batteries. Like most high-end guns on the market, the Empire BT D*Fender's price is a little hefty at $1,299.95. Empire packs the DFender full of goodies including a Freak Barrel System with 3 bore inserts along with an Apex 2 which allows you to pull off some crazy curved shooting. Both a standard magnetic lid and quick-feed lid are included as well. The Empire BT D*Fender is available in both Black and Grey. It's now available for pre-order at www.rockstartactical.com and should be in stocked by the 1st-2nd week in November. If you're looking for a top of the line high-end, ultra-fast woodsball gun that's built for speed and designed in a true (load behind the trigger) bull-pup, look no further than the Empire BT D*Fender.
Annex MI-7 Full Coverage Goggles: Super Value Head Protection
Valken has released a new full coverage paintball goggle system under their very popular entry-level line of Annex masks. The new Annex MI-7 Full Coverage Goggle System is a full coverage mask that offers all of the features of the M-7 standard goggle and then some. Only a few paintball manufacturers offer full coverage systems, the DYE Proto and JT Flex 8 have traditionally been two of the most popular options for those wanting more coverage out of their paintball mask. The Annex Full Coverage MI-7 is essentially a standard MI-7 with an extended visor that covers the top and the upper half of the back of the head. The upper full head visor can be removed so you can switch between standard and full head coverage at any time. The Annex MI-7 has been pretty popular for a number of reasons. One reason is because it offers a comfortable fit and solid coverage area for the average face. The Full Coverage MI-7 is no different. Other features consistent between both versions of the MI-7 include a flexible lower jaw area. The jaw area is not as soft as other manufacturers' goggles but not as hard either. It offers a balance of flexibility for comfort and rigidity for protection. The inside lens area features dual layer foam. The first layer is more dense for stability and shock absorption while the outer layer is more pliable for comfort against the face and absorption of moisture. The vent areas are angled for increased airflow which aids in keeping the inside and outside temperatures consistent - the most important concept in fog resistance. The lens is a true thermal unit found in all the MI-7 Thermal Goggles. Sly (Annex) has always made a solid thermal lens that can withstand fogging in some extreme temperatures and the lens included from the factory with the MI-7 is no different. The lens lock and rear strap are joined by a patented quick release that allows you to remove the lens with ease. All the MI-7 Paintball Goggles include an attached instructions/care fold-out that show you exactly how to remove the lens and care for the entire goggle system. Starting at only $54.95, the Annex MI-7 Full Coverage paintball goggle system is the perfect solution for those wanting more head coverage without spending top dollar for a true thermal system. We currently have the MI-7 Full Coverage in two color options: Black and V-CAM (MI-7C).
Tippmann Sale: Save $30 on Tippmann A5, 98 and FT-12
The Tippmann Fall Sale has begun. This time of year Tippmann usually launches a sale in the form or a rebate program during the late fall/early winter. This year's promotion is tough to beat! Purchase any Tippmann A-5, Tippmann 98 or FT-12 and get BIG cash back direct from Tippmann Sports. Now through January 15th of 2014, purchase any new Tippmann A-5 or 98 Custom and get $30 via rebate from Tippmann. Purchase a FT-12 marker and receive $20 via mail-in rebate. This is an exceptional value on some of the most popular markers in paintball. The Tippmann A5 is legendary - one of the best all time sellers in paintball. The A5 as served as the foundation for some of the sickest milsim guns ever produced. The design is tried and true and the aftermarket parts support is massive. The amount of barrels, stocks, rails and mags available for the A5 will make your head spin and it will also guarantee you the ability to customize a truly unique woodsball marker. If you've played paintball, there's a strong chance you've fired a Tippmann 98 Custom. It has served as the number one rental gun for fields all over the world. They are indestructible, very easy to work on and share a similar degree of aftermarket parts support as the Tippmann A5. If you're a younger player or a new player looking for something reliable that we save you from renting - look no further, the Tippmann 98 Custom is your gun! The Tippmann FT-12 is a new release from Tippmann. Designed to be an entry level marker with a true 'no tools required' assembly. Simply split the receiver, do your maintenance and shut her back up. The FT-12 is a great gun for a beginner or someone looking to have a reliable, spare marker in their gear bag. Better yet, if you purchase now - you get $20 back from Tippmann on an already low price of $129. Don't miss out on this special Tippmann Sale. The rebate program runs from Oct 15th through Jan 15th 2014. Tippmann has notified us that all Tippmann A5, Custom 98 and FT-12 purchases beginning Oct 1st also qualify for the rebate.
Milsig FXR Kits: Carbine Conversion for T8.1 and TiPX
Milsig FXR Kit - one product that we've been waiting on for a long, long time. We can't tell you how many inquiries we've had over recent years from people looking to convert their Tiberius Pistol into a rifle set-up. One such kit hit the market years ago which was specific for the Tiberius T8. Some of the changes that occurred with the release of the T8.1 made the body kit non-compatible. The kit slowly went away. That brings us to the Milsig/PSI Ops FXR Kits. The FXR Force Multiplier Kit is a ready to go, factory body kit compatible with all current Tiberius T8.1 (also works with the T9.1) and TiPX pistols. It's offered in a few different versions all of which use special spacers allowing the kits to attach to your pistol without set screws or permanent modification. Each kit features a precision milled aluminum body with enough rail space to customize with just about any combination of picatinny accessories, marker-specific spacers and a carbine collapsible butt stock. We currently have 5 different Milsig FXR Kits available at the time of this post. Here is the breakdown each kit's components: FXR Basic - TiPX FXR body Model 98 Compatible Stock and Stock Rail TiPX Specific Mounting Blocks Extended ASA Remote Line Kit FXR Intermediate - TiPX FXR body Model 98 Compatible Stock and Stock Rail TiPX Specific Mounting Blocks Extended ASA Remote Line Kit 250mm Precision Rifled Marksman Barrel MILSIG Reversible Suppressor FXR PRO - TiPX FXR body Model 98 Compatible Stock and Stock Rail TiPX Specific Mounting Blocks Extended ASA Remote Line Kit 250mm Precision Rifled Marksman Barrel MILSIG Reversible Suppressor Marksman First Strike Breech Block (2) Stark Pursuit ZetaMags FXR Basic - T8.1 FXR body Model 98 Compatible Stock and Stock Rail T8.1 Specific Mounting Blocks FXR Intermediate - T8.1 FXR body Model 98 Compatible Stock and Stock Rail T8.1 Specific Mounting Blocks 250mm Precision Rifled Marksman Barrel MILSIG Reversible Suppressor Hats off to Doug at Milsig Direct for taking the bull by the horns and getting the FXR kits available in the States. If you're a T8.1 or TiPX owner and want the option of converting your pistol to a carbine set-up, the Milsig FXR Kits are for you. Choose from the different version to get the correct set-up for you. Each kit is the basis for an unlimited amount of customizing you can do with the FXR platform, offering an exciting twist to your T8.1 or TiPX.
Tiberius Arms EXO TriCam Vests and Pouches
In late Spring, we received our first shipment of EXO vests and pouches from Tiberius Arms. We were blown away with the quality and durability of the EXO platform. Tiberius' latest release adds an exciting new pattern to the lineup - the new Tiberius Arms EXO TriCam Vests and Pouches. Tiberius' TriCam pattern is perfect for late fall or desert type playing conditions where blending into your environment is a must. TriCam matches well with other popular camo, allowing you to mix your EXO set-up to other brands' pants and jerseys. Given that the EXO is a molle platform, you can add other molle accessories to it allowing you to further customize your rig with specialty pouches. Tiberius offers all their Black EXO products in TriCam, even the 2 factory configured set-ups. Available TriCam EXO Vests and Pouches: TriCam EXO Platform TriCam Assault Vest TriCam Recon Vest TriCam Grenade Pouch TriCam Single Double Mag Pouch TriCam Triple Double Mag Pouch TriCam Single Open Pouch TriCam Triple Open Pouch TriCam Thigh Holster TriCam Admin Pouch TriCam Tank Pouch TriCam Utility Pouch Triple Mag Insert Pouch Looking to get into a new Rig for the fall? Take a look at the Tiberius Arms EXO TriCam line of molle vests and accessories. Complete lines now available in both Black and TriCam. Have an existing molle vests or spare pouches? No problem - the EXO components are universal and will mix and match with anything molle compatible. Experience super quality and durability with the EXO line of vests and pouches. Check the TriCam line at ROCKSTAR Tactical Systems today.
Stark Pursuit ZetaMags: High Capacity, High Quality TiPX Mag
The Stark Pursuit ZetaMags really hit the scenario world hard. After only a few weeks, the magazines have become the 'go to' solution for anyone looking to increase the carrying capacity for their Tippmann TiPX sidearm. The high quality shell and unique straight-loading dual-sided feed design offer (at the time of this writing) the only alternative, non-factory magazine option. There is something about an extended magazine coming from the bottom of a pistol that just looks plain old sexy and the Zetamag does not fail to deliver! Couple that with reliable 20rd feeding of either standard .68 cal paintball or optional First Strike Rounds and how could anyone resist. Add an optional long barrel, remote for constant air, front grip and red dot and your TiPX pistol instantly has an ultra-cool SMG look capable of laying down First Strike rounds with pin point accuracy. The Stark ZetaMags are only available for the Tippmann TiPX at this time. There's been word that adapters will eventually be available for other guns such as the Tiberius T8.1. Each ZetaMag includes a magazine, dust-boot and loading rod. Zetamag Features: Twin-Channel, Extended Paintball Magazine Z-Axis Reversible™ (Feed from either end) High-Capacity, up to 20 Rounds (10+10) Manual lock/release follower for more control over stack pressure No disassembly required for cleaning Stainless steel springs (Water-safe. No Rusting) Tapered main follower springs for maximum compression/capacity Extended detent design to ensure inverted paint retention Speed Bevels on loading ends for smoother reloading Enhanced ribs for better grip Includes FREE Dust Boot and Loading Rod in each package Ideal for Machine Pistol & SMG aesthetic Zetamag Technical Specs: High-impact durable copolymer Weight (Mag): 3.2oz / 0.2 lb / 90.7g Weight (Total Package): 6oz / 0.375 lb / 170.1g Dimensions (Mag): 1.8"x9.5"x0.9" Dimensions (Total Package): 12"x4"x1" ROCKSTAR Tactical Systems is a authorized ZetaMag Dealer. We have units in stock and ready to ship. As an authorized dealer, we'll also carry all the accessories and additional products offered by Stark Pursuit.
DYE Tactical GTG Vest: Factory Equipped Rig
DYE Tactical came on the scene within recent years to cater to the undeniable growing population of Milsim and Woodsball players. Their tactical line of vests and pouches run in parallel with the level of quality DYE has always been known for. 2013 brought about many changes to the DYE Tactical lineup. The DYE Tactical GTG Vest emerged as DYE's factory equipped solution for players who want an RTP (ready to play) Rig with all the important base components. The DYE Tactical GTG Vest uses the DYE Alpha 2.0 Molle Vest for its foundation. GTG stands for 'Good To Go'. DYE includes some of the most popular and useful pouches with the GTG Vest. The left front side of the vest includes an admin pouch and smaller accessory pouch. The left oblique side features a pod dump pouch. The rear comes equipped with a horizontal tank pouch up top and a 3+4 pod holder below. Keep in mind that all the included pouches are integrated into the vest which means that they are sewn-in, not molle-based. The front right side of the vest is all molle webbing. It allows the player some level of customization and will accept any molle-based pouches or accessories. The GTG Vest is 'one size fits most' and offers a fair amount of adjusting via its top shoulder straps. The side and front straps provide more chest width and can also be cinched down for a tighter fit when hauling heavier loads. We've been very impressed with the line of DYE Tactical Vest and Pouches and the changes DYE made for 2013 made the line even better. If you're looking for a quality molle based paintball vest or a ready made solution, give DYE a look. The DYE Tactical GTG Vest retails for $129.95 and provides a solid platform for players who need base vest components but also the ability for some degree of customization. This 'hybrid' tactical vest just may be the perfect solution for you. The GTG Paintball Vest is available in both Black and DyeCam.
Virtue Crown SF Speedfeed Lid
Virtue Paintball has pioneered the development of the speed feed lid. Speed feeds replace the lid of a hopper or loader. By using a speed feed lid, you no longer have to take the time to open and close your hopper. This streamlines the reloading process reducing the time and tediousness of refilling during play. Virtue listens to the feedback of players and the The Virtue Crown SF is the best speed feed yet! The Virtue Crown SF features small spring loaded fingers that move inward allowing balls to pass then spring back into place preventing balls from coming back out. The Crown SF is a spin-off of the finger technology first used in the Crown 2. The Crown SF takes it one step further by adding the spring component to the fingers. A key feature of the finger spring is the ease by which it can hinge down opening the hopper for feeding. The pressure required is feather light! Virtue Crown SF Speed Feed Lids are available for just about every major brand and model of loader out there. The Virtue Crown SF Halo Model offers the most universal fit. It works on the Halo, Invert Halo Too, Reloader, Magna, Revolution, Eye Force, all Pinokios Hopper, Spyder Fasta and Tippmann X-7/A-5 Cyclone Feed Hoppers. They are also available in 9 colors.
Ninja PCP Fill Station: Quick Fill Solution for 13ci HPA Tanks
Ninja Paintball knows HPA technology. They've consistently put out some of the best Compressed Air tanks on the market over the last few years. Thousands of players have trusted them as their primary source for quality tanks, fittings, fill components and other paintball air products. The Ninja PCP Fill Station is the latest release added to Ninja's respected line of filling accessories. The new Ninja PCP Fill Station was originally developed for the air gun market. More air guns are using an internal air reserve instead of manual cocking. These air guns required the user to fill the reserve with a hand or foot pump. This was tiring and time intensive so Ninja Paintball developed a quick system to address this need. They realized that this same system has an application in paintball as well and could be used to fill 13ci tanks. Many players will use a 13ci paintball tank as either a backup, a lightweight primary tank or as part of an air-thru stock system found on many popular milsim paintball guns. The Ninja PCP Fill Station Adapter features a number of components: Universal Fill Adapter, Vent Station, Braided Steel Hose and a Quick Disconnect. One important thing to keep in mind regarding the PCP Fill Adapter is that it requires a special reserve tank. Ninja makes HPA Tanks that may look like their normal 90ci tanks, but these 90's are actually fitted with a special regulator. This regulator has an output pressure of 3000 psi (not the typical 800psi common with their standard regs). This special reserve tank ensures that the PCP system has the appropriate pressure to fill 3000psi reserves and 13ci tanks quickly. In fact, with a gentle, slow fill - most tanks are filled in under 10 seconds. The Ninja PCP Fill Station is an awesome solution for those who use 13ci tanks without having to swab them out when empty. This will be especially attractive to MagFed players running 13ci Air-Thru Stock kits. We offer the PCP Fill Station as a separate component and also as a combo packaged with the Ninja PCP 90ci 3000psi Output Tank.
Tiberius Arms T15: MagFed's Coming of Age
DYE's release of the DAM during World Cup went viral in no time. Tiberius Arms received similar attention when the paintball world got its first glimpse of the T15 during the Extravaganza Event last February. We received calls and emails inquiring about the T15 within minutes of posting it on Facebook. I don't know how Tiberius managed to keep this one under wraps for as long as they did. The Tiberius Arms T15 has been in development for over a year now. We talk to the guys at Tiberius weekly and not a peep was ever uttered! I was blown away when I first saw the Tiberius Arms T15. Holding it was even more incredible. Being a real AR owner, I literally felt like I was holding my Bushmaster. It's lightweight, compact and an exact 1:1 ratio for a real AR. The receiver features a standard top picatinny rail and is equipped with a working charging handle, selector switch and even a dust cover. The dust cover area can be converted to a feedneck for hopper loading. The magazines are slick! They are about the same dimensions as an AR/M16 30rd Mag with means molle pouch selection should be endless. The mags are of course First Strike and standard .68 cal compatible. The rear stock sits on a commercial spec center tube. If you don't like the factory stock, swap it out. It will accept any commercial spec stock body including stocks from real firearm companies such as Magpul, Troy Industries, Tapco, etc. Air-thru stock options will be available. The handguard is standard AR equipment and like the stock, will easily accept alternatives. It's just a beautiful, beautiful thing! In my opinion, the T15 marks a big milestone not only for woodsball but MagFed in general. There's a ton of great realistic markers on the market but my first impression is that none capture the look and feel of an assault rifle like the T15. Paintball guns have always been somewhat limited in their design in regards to their attempt to look as real as possible. Mag-fed pistols had to have wider handles to accommodate the loading of larger .68 projectiles. It's an advantage that Airsoft has always had on Milsim Paintball. It's not hard to replicate a real firearm when the gun is only shooting a 6mm BB. But with the emergence of the T15 and a few other recent Milsim markers, MagFed will get a second look from people who thought that previous models were too awkward or bulky making them uncomfortable to shoot. The latest Milsim guns like the Tiberius Arms T15 and the growing popularity of limited round play will have everyone taking a hard look at MagFed paintball and the realization that a brand new style of paintball is emerging and gaining a foothold. Let's hope it starts to bridge the gap between paintball and airsoft. Bringing over airsoft players into MagFed paintball could be the shot in the arm that paintball has needed in recent years. There is no price or release date on the Tiberius Arms T15 just yet. A full review will follow just as soon as we get our hands on one. Pre-orders will begin once we get a solid arrival date from the good people at Tiberius Arms.
US Army Alpha Black Elite: Original Alpha Black Gets a Facelift
US Army Paintball doesn't seem that old but Tippmann Sports actually launched the line of markers and accessories years ago and just released an update to the brand's flagship Alpha Black Paintball Gun. Tippmann had a big presence at the latest Paintball Extravaganza and the US Army Alpha Black Elite was center stage. Tippmann listened to owners of the original Alpha Black and made some subtle, but important changes in the new Elite model. The US Army Alpha Black Elite borrows the majority of its foundation from the original Alpha Black. Most changes in the Elite came by way of external components. The carry handle in the original Alpha Black has a one piece design with the receiver. You couldn't remove it if you wanted to add a different riser or mount for a scope. The original Alpha Black's carry handle was also an odd width. Not all rails designed to fit inside universal carry handles were compatible. The rails that would work required a hole in the valley of the carry handle to mount which the original Alpha Black did not have. That meant if you wanted to mount a scope or red dot to your carry handle, you'd have to search out one that would fit and then drill your own hole. That was easier said than done. Most people turned to the Project Salvo as an alternate choice to avoid this issue. The New US Army Alpha Black Elite receiver now features a standard picatinny rail with a removable carry handle. The carry handle included is made of durable, composite plastic with two thumb screws for easy removal. It also features a hole in the valley for rail mounting. Now the possibilities are endless! You can add a rail to the carry handle and mount whatever you like. Want a tighter profile? Remove the carry handle and mount a riser or offset rail directly to the picatinny receiver. This is a welcomed change over the previous model. Other updates include a picatinny rail molded into the underside of the shroud. We were the first to offer rails that mounted to the bottom of standard M-16 handguards, a concept borrowed from real firearms. This allows the player to mount a forward grip, bipod and flashlight to the front of the Alpha Black. The new Elite comes equipped. So if you're a bigger person and need a wider stance on the marker or want to achieve better balance, adding a front grip has never been easier. I guess we'll be selling less handguards rails! The last substantial change to the original Alpha Black is the removable front sight. The original Alpha Black's front sight post was molded into the handguard which didn't really matter given that the carry handle was also molded in. Allowing the front sight post to be removed is crucial now that you can remove the carry handle on the Elite. This allows you to swap it out for another barrel mounted sight or none at all if you're running a scope or red dot directly on the top picatinny rail. The US Army Alpha Black Elite retails for $129 and is a welcome update to an old favorite. In our opinion, this marker is not only a great entry level paintball gun, but now a solid platform to build a sick, custom scenario marker. The receiver is all M4 and the handguard, barrel and stock are easy to customize. Just add an optic and you've got yourself a jaw-dropping Tippy at a decent price. Alpha Black Elite's are available in semi-auto, e-grip and power pack configurations.