Author: Galen Adams

Paintball Tech: Cronus with rapid fire issue / won’t stay cocked.

As with any Tippmann and in fact any paintball gun, make sure the marker is properly cleaned and oiled.  This solves many problems.  Having said that, when a marker won’t stay cocked the first things to look at are the sear, bolt, and bolt oring.

The sear and bolt connect together to hold the bolt in the back position.  If one of these is damaged or worn then they won’t connect correctly and the bolt can free cycle back and forth.  If you have to replace one then you should probably replace the other at the same time.

The bolt / hammer oring is what seals between the bolt and the body of the gun.  You need a good seal here so the excess air from the firing sequence can blow back the bolt to the back position to catch on the sear.   If that oring is worn, broken, missing, etc then the air will escape around it and not give sufficient force to get the bolt back.  If the oring is dry or swollen then it might be creating too much drag to allow the bolt to freely move back far enough.

So, rapid fire / won’t stay cocked: Check your rear bolt, sear, and rear bolt oring.

STILL having a problem?  Check your velocity.  On the first shot, do you get a good normal velocity shot off or is it low?  If your gun is rapid firing AND your velocity on that first shot is low then you could have a cracked power tube.  A cracked tube is similar to a bad rear bolt oring in that the air is escaping around to the wrong place rather than forcing the bolt back.  A cracked tube will also cause low velocity as air going forward also escapes out the crack.

Symptom: rapid fire

1. Clean / Oil – check

2. Examine rear bolt and sear and power tube.  Replace worn or cracked items and replace the rear bolt oring.

Tippman Magfed TCR Release Date

Looks like it’s getting pushed back another month or so.  My latest conversations with Tippmann puts a shipping date around mid to late January, 2015.  Although delayed, this marker is still of course going to get released.  We’re still taking pre-orders.  #WorthTheWait


Tippmann TCR – Magfed Tactical Combat Paintball Rifle

The Tippmann TCR should be out in June.  It has multiple air sources and accepts TiPX or Zetamag Magazines.  Read more . . .

Tippmann Tactical Compact Rifle (TCR) Magfed Paintball Gun

Tippmann Tactical Compact Rifle (TCR) Magfed Paintball Gun

Paintball Sights and Red Dot Sights: Learn>Browse>Buy

Paintball Sights and Red Dot Sights: Learn Browse Buy.  We’ve just done a full review of our paintball sights.  We now have videos for every sight and spec lists about their size, reticle type and color, weight etc.  Now you can really choose the right sight for your paintball gun.

NcSTAR 1x42 Tube Dot Reflex Sight

NcSTAR 1×42 Tube Dot Reflex Sight

The Tan TiPX Pistols are Almost Gone

Tippmann has discontinued the tan TiPX pistols and shells citing supplier difficulties.  But lucky you we have one tan TiPX left.

Tippmann TiPX - Tan

Tan Tippmann TiPX

The tan aftermarket shells are also discontinued and we’ve already run out of those.

TiPX Tan Body Kit

Tan TiPX Shells

Can I put the new style A5 grip with selector switch on my older A-5?

Absolutely!  The A5 went through a design change awhile ago.  This is the newer grip with a selector switch safety.  This newer A5 is referred to as the 2011 A5.  So, Yes.   The A5 2011 Mechanical grip shown below is backwards compatible with the pre 2011 A5 markers.  This exact grip shown will also accept the response trigger kits but it will NOT accept the electronic boards.  This grip is the mechanical version and does not have the battery compartment built in.

Tippmann 2011 Mechanical Lower Grip Complete

Tippmann 2011 Mechanical Lower Grip Complete



New Tippmann Crossover XVR Colors – Blue and Bronze

Tippmann has just released some new colors of the popular Crossover XVR marker.  They’re going to be a limited edition run so when they’re gone they’re gone.  This is a great chance to upgrade to the top of the line Tippmann marker and get one that’ll be unique on the field too.  The two new colors are Blue and Bronze.  The color will be on the body, barrel and ASA with the grips and other accents colored black.  This makes for a nicely balanced 2 tone paintball gun.

Tippmann Crossover XVR New Colors

New Bronze and Blue Colors of the Tippmann Crossover XVR Paintball Marker

We should have both colors arriving at our TippmannParts warehouse this week or early next so we’re starting to take pre-orders for the new XVRs now.

Two of the old colors are being discontinued.  The Red and Titanium are officially sold out from Tippmann.  At the time of this post we have only 1 left of each of those colors so if you had your heart set on one of them then now’s the time to pull that trigger.

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Can You Put a Response Trigger (RT) Kit on a Phenom?

NopeNopeNope.  The Tippmann Response Trigger (RT) Kit for X7‘s is designed for the original X7’s with blowback style operation.  The newer X7 Phenom, sometimes just referred to as the Phenom, has a completely different type of valve system that is not compatible with how the RT kits work.  If you want to upgrade your mechanical Phenom trigger you can convert it to electronic with an E-Grip kit.

No Phenom RT. Upgrade to E

Can the US Army Alpha Black Use a Response Trigger Kit?

Yes and No.  The original Alpha Black paintball guns CAN NOT use the Response Trigger (RT) kits.  If you get or have the Alpha Black ELITE then Yes.  The Elites are more upgradeable and they will accept the RT kits.  They use the same one as the 98’s do.  Here it is!

Should I use CO2 or Air / Compressed Air / HPA on my Paintball Gun?

Not sure?  Check out our knowledge base article where we explore the pros and cons of CO2 or HPA.

What kind of barrels does the Tippmann FT-12 use?

Hey Jack!

Just realized we didn’t list on our site yet what kind of barrels the Tippmann FT12 uses.  You might assume that since the FT-12 has Tippmann 98 internals that it would also use Tippmann 98 Barrels and that is indeed correct. The Tippmann FT-12 uses standard Tippmann 98 threaded barrels.

We’ve added a little blurb to our site listing all of the Tippmann paintball gun barrel thread types.

New TECHT Clear/Smoke Cyclone Feed Housing

TECHT Paintball has just released their new EZ View Clear / Smoke Feeder Housing for Tippmann Cyclone Feeds.  It includes the housing and bottom plate (no internals) so you can see if you have paint left and diagnose feeder problems with just a glance.  More info on the housing product page.  They should be shipping out to us on Friday and here by Tuesday ready to ship to you!

Clear/smoke Cyclone Feeder Housing Shell

Clear/smoke Cyclone Feeder Housing Shell

Ninja Paintball Tank Gauge Sizes – What’s the difference between Mini and Micro?

There’s been a little confusion on the size of the Ninja gauges so here’s a quick  rundown.

The Ninja Micro gauge is the traditional small sized gauge that has been around for years.   The face AND body/rim of the gauge has about the exact same diameter as a quarter.  Not larger than a quarter.  Almost the exact same size.

The Ninja Paintball MINI gauge on the other hand is the newer super small size.  I personally would think Micro is smaller than Mini but as the name Micro has been around for a long time this new gauge is called the Mini.  The Ninja Mini gauge face and body/rim is almost exactly the size of a penny.  We’ll try to get a video or picture up here soon to better illustrate.

Micro = Quarter – Traditional small size.

Mini = Penny – New super small size.

Hope this helps!

Other paintball pressure gauges.