Month: February 2009

Smart Parts Max-Flo S.I.S HPA Bottle Released 2/9/2009

Smart Parts Max-Flo SIS Preset Regulator

Smart Parts Max-Flo SIS Preset Regulator

Finally it’s here. Smart Parts has released a Screw-In version of their high performance Max-Flo regulator. S.I.S. stands for Screw In System. The high flow Max-Flo regulators have had various gun mounting systems in the past. Finally they’ve been able to develop a system that’s consistent, high flow, safe, easy to use, AND affordable for today’s players.

This is just a beautiful regulator that everyone should pick up. You can get the regulator all by itself or it’s available mounted on the following bottles: 47 Cubic Inch 3000psi Capcity, 45 Cubic Inch 4500psi Capacity, or 68 Cubic Inch 4500psi Capacity. The 45ci and 68ci tanks are available in a 3 or 5 year hydrotest version.

“As a player, I understand the appeal of screw-in systems,” said Smart Parts President, Bill Gardner, Jr., “It’s just so convenient to screw it in and go, then unscrew it and put it in your gear bag at the end of the day. We’ve talked about making screw-in systems for years, but there was no way we would release a system until it was done right. We knew it would need to have all of the flow-rate performance, consistency, reliability and safety features associated with the name Max-Flo. We would have to build this regulator at a price that is affordable in today’s economy. We are so proud that our engineering and design teams did that with the Max-Flo SIS.”

You can read the full version of the feature details on our website but let me mention just a few here.
*Preset Convenience: This is your standard preset style tank. It screws in to any ASA of any gun and delivers about 800psi output.
*Stainless Steel ASA Threads: These threads simple won’t be damaged by a poorly machined ASA. Even if you have a poorly machined ASA (bottom line), you don’t have to worry about these threads getting bent or dinged and not working.
*Increased Diameter Fluted Valve Pin: Stainless fluted pin mean high durability and high flow. Leave it to Smart Parts to come up with this ingenious tid bit.
*Anti-Launch Neck: Have you heard the horror stories of tanks being launched off of their regs? Maybe you’ve seen it happen? These SIS tanks have a QUADRUPLE redundant safety system to keep the regs on the tanks. BUT you can still easily remove them for TSA air travel compliance without voiding your warranty.
*Low Profile Fill Nipple: Uses and INTERNAL allen wrench for installation and removal to reduce it’s overall height. The reg will still accept standard fill nipples if needed for repair.
*High and Low-pressure Burst Disks:In the event of a catastrophic reg failure this tank WILL NOT send 4500psi to your gun. The low pressure burst disc will blow before that happens. Another nice safety feature.
*Made In the USA:The Max-Flo regulator was designed in the US. The raw parts are machined in the US. Its assembled and tested in the US. Enough said, or you can read this.

You can buy the new Smart Parts Max-Flo S.I.S. regulators and bottles here at TippmannParts.com.

Free X7 Response Trigger or X7 Flatline Barrel with Tippmann X7 Paintball Gun Purchase

Tippmann X7 Paintball Gun with Free Response Kit or Flatline Barrel

Tippmann X7 Paintball Gun with Free Response Kit or Flatline Barrel

Tippmann Sports has another great promotion going on. It starts now and is good through the end of March, 2009.

With any Tippmann X7 Paintball Gun purchased you can get a FREE Tippmann X7 Response Trigger or a FREE Tippmann X7 Flatline Barrel. Now here’s the cool parts. This is a mail-in rebate program from Tippmann which means you buy the gun, and then fill out paperwork, and then send it in, and then wait for Tippmann to send you your upgrade. But at TippmannParts.com there is no wait and no mail-in rebate. Just choose the upgrade you want when you purchase the X7 gun. We’ll ship it at the same time a your gun. If you want, we can even install the Flatline or RT kit and test the gun before it ships out so you’re guaranteed to have everything working properly and ready to play when you take it out of the box.

This special is good on any of the Tippmann X7 guns including our already cheap packages and X7 gun Kits like the X7 M16. Just choose your free accessory. It’s that easy. Now just so you know . . . Since we’re taking care of the rebate part for you, you will NOT receive a mail-in rebate form and the UPC will be removed from your X7 Gun box.

The Tippmann X7 is one of the most versatile guns you can get.  You can make it look anyway you want.  This promo is a great way to get the gun and some cheap upgrades.  If you’ve been thinking about an X7, now is the time to buy.

Enjoy!

You can purchase Tippmann X7 Paintball Guns here at TippmannParts.com.

Virtue Crowns Now In Multiple Colors

Yellow Cab

Yellow Cab

Arctic White

Arctic White

Ruby Red

Ruby Red

Pink Fabulous

Pink Fabulous

Green Slimer Translucent Virtue Paintball Crown - Ultra Soft

Green Slimer Translucent Virtue Paintball Crown - Ultra Soft

Blue Ocean Translucent Virtue Paintball Crown

Blue Ocean Translucent Virtue Paintball Crown

The Virtue Crowns are now available in UltraSoft Grey, Blue, Green, Pink, Red, White, and Yellow.

The Virtue Crown Lidless feed system is the best way to get paint in to your paintball hopper and keep it there.  The hinged finger design lets the paint in but not out.  You don’t have to open a lid, just pour the balls straight from you pod and in to the hopper.  You can even shake the hopper upside down and the balls stay put. 

Virtue Crown Spec Sheet

Virtue Crown Spec Sheet

The Crowns are available in 3 styles:
Halo Style: Fits Odyssey Halo, ViewLoader Revolution, Empire Reloader, Empire Magna, Pulse, ViewLoader Force, or ViewLoader Eye Force Hoppers.
VLocity Style: Fits ViewLoader VLocity paintball hoppers.
VLocity Jr Style: Fits the ViewLoader VLocity Jr paintball loaders.

Each of these styles comes in a Standard or UltraSoft version.  The standard version lets the paint in and lets NO paintballs out.  Even with a vigorous upside down shake of your gun, you’re not going to lose any paint.  Perfect for player’s that dive in the snake or do a lot of moving and don’t want to waste that paint.  The UltraSoft version offers the fastest possible reload time by having slightly softer elastomer fingers.  Shake your hopper hard though and you might lose a few balls but much less than competitive lidless feeds.

Here are a few videos to see these awesome lids in action:
Ultra Soft Vs. Standard

Virtue Crown Ad – Where Oh Where Did My Paint Go?

7 Minute Walk Through – Review

You can buy the new colored Ultra Soft Virtue Crowns at TippmannParts.com

Paintball Gun Review: Tippmann A-5 vs Tippmann 98 Series

Lord Odin from the A5 Operator’s Group wrote this well thought out and thorough paintball gun comparison pitting the Tippmann A-5 against the Tippmann 98 Series guns.

Tippmann A-5 vs Tippmann 98 Series Paintball Guns
Tippmann A-5 Paintball Gun

Tippmann A-5 Paintball Gun

The Tippmann A-5 is the next generation of markers after the Tippmann 98 with a few major differences.  On average, they cost a bit more, but for about $50, you get a superior marker.

The first major upgrade is the Cyclone feed system built into A-5 marker.  Tippmann has done away with the vertical feed and have added a pneumatic force feed system that virtually eliminates jams.  Unlike electronic loaders, there are no batteries and force is only applied to the balls when the gun cycles.  Due to the large opening of the Cyclone, it eliminates jams in the feedneck that can happen on the 98 Custom and any other small feed neck gun.  The Cyclone has a lower profile than traditional hoppers, which is ideal for woodsball because players will mostly pop up over something than off to the side.  Reducing your silhouette reduces your chance of getting shot.

Tippmann A-5 E-Grip

Tippmann A-5 E-Grip

Tippmann has also made the gun more accessible by including pushpins for commonly removed items.  Rather than completely disassembling the marker like on the 98’s, you can now remove pushpins to access your optional E-grip, remove your internals to lubricate or fix a problem, or change stocks.  The A-5 lets you completely remove your trigger and grip.  This is important if your trigger is malfunctioning or if it starts to rain and you want to switch back to a mechanical grip.  The front grip is also removable, which gives you more options of style and placement on the marker.

The internals of the A-5 gun are very similar to the 98 Custom with one major exception.  The A-5 now makes use of a tombstone.  This is a piece that slides into the gun from the outside and is locked into place but is easily removable.  On the 98’s, a braided hose was screwed directly into the valve body and was not easily removed unless in the staging area.  The Tombstone on the A-5 allows for easier disassembly and gives you more upgrade options.  Now you can mount a regulator directly to the gun, move locations of your gas line, or even connect a remote line directly.   And all of this is done easily by attaching it to the tombstone with your hands.  No tools are necessary to connect components to the tombstone or the tombstone to the gun.

Tippmann 98 Custom Platinum Series ACT Paintball Gun

Tippmann 98 Custom Platinum Series ACT Paintball Gun

The A-5 now has completely enclosed internals.  The 98 Custom had its cocking handle connected to the hammer, which exposed your internals to dirt, paint, and other debris.  On the A-5, the cocking handle has been relocated and the internals closed off, which will make your gun operate better and cleaner.  Parts such as o-rings will need less replacement, as well.

The A-5 comes with a different barrel threading than the 98 Series guns.  One of the complaints of 98 users was the barrel twisting loose on them due to the steep threading.  The gradual threading of the A-5 barrels requires more turning to remove the barrel.  This creates a tighter fit and it is much less likely to unscrew.

Lastly, manufacturers are producing many more upgrades and accessories for the A-5 instead of the 98 series, which seems to be taking a back seat to the A-5.  This gives you many more upgrade options when you choose the A-5 and many of them are easy to install with the quick release pins. 

For the little extra money, the A-5 is big step up from the 98 and is well worth price.

 

-Thanks for the review Lord Odin!  An abbreviated version of this comparison has been incorporated in to our Tippmann A-5 Buyer’s Guide.  TippmannParts.com carries the full line of Tippmann A-5 and 98 Series Paintball Guns in stock at the best prices.