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Shocktech
Bad Boyz Toyz
17913 S. Torrence Avenue
Lansing, IL 60438
Phone: (708) 418-8888
Fax: (708) 418-8890

Paintball Inc.
155 Verdin Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (866) 722-5462
Fax: (864) 458-7611

LAPCO

R&D Paintball
Phone: (407) 672-1376
Fax: (407) 673-3301

Tec Laboratories, Inc.
615 Water Avenue NE
P.O. Box 1958
Albany OR 97321-0512
Phone: (800)-ITCHING

G-Force Racing
1661 Denison St., PO Box 76614
Markham, ON L3R 4N5
Phone: 905-477-1338
Email G-Force

Pursuit Marketing Inc.
55 Howard Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: (800) 334-0502
Phone: (847) 233-9900
Fax: (847) 233-9901

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Paintball Games International Shorts for "Dope": November 2000

Shocktech Parts

The boys at Shocktech (ie Danny Love) have been hard at work bringing us more cool and clever new bits of kit to enhance your paintball experience.

Shocktech FGP pressure regulator for AutocockerFGP Regulator:

This pressure regulator is designed to replace the stock Sledgehammer at the front of your Autococker much like a Rock or Jackhammer. This one comes with a host of nifty features that will be appreciated by players and airsmiths alike. The FGP reg comes with an easily replaceable Schraeder valve that you can get to by simply unscrewing the front end of the unit. This reg is an absolute durability monster, able to work up to 900 psi output and leak free over a temperature range that dips to -80F and climbs into the several hundreds. Worried about dirt or grit from your air source fouling the valve? Don’t. The FGP reg comes with an integral filter to keep it clean and clear. Shocktech’s FGP also comes with an adjustment knob and teflon locking screw to ensure it doesn’t back out but is still easy to adjust without tools whenever you like. In use, I found the FGP reg to work extremely well. Some other regulators output pressures tend to wander a bit, requiring you to crank the pressure up higher than needed. I did not find this to be the case with the FGP. Turn it up until the ’gun is just cycling correctly and leave it. The pressure does not wander and it recharges at lightning-speed to keep your Autococker running perfectly at the lowest possible pressure. Available in chrome ($54.99) and colors ($49.99) A real winner - this one is staying on MY Autococker.

"The Bomb" 4-way valve:

Everyone and his brother has come out with his own aftermarket switch valve for the Autococker’s front-end. Even Budd Orr has gotten in on the act by installing superb new stock valves on the STO and Stock ’gun from the factory. What differentiates one aftermarket valve from another and from the new stock valves? Not much. Every aftermarket 4-way uses the same basic design to switch the low pressure air flow between the two ends of the ram. Every one was the same until now, that is. Danny Love has come out with one of the coolest, cleverest ideas I’ve seen in ages. The Bomb is the first truly new design in 4-way switch valves for the Autococker. On the outside it doesn’t look all that different - three standard hose-barbs on a nifty bomb-shaped body. If you look closer though, you’ll find a ring of holes in front of and behind the hose barbs. Pull out the piston and you’ll find a long shaft with 3 O-rings rather than the standard two. Hook up the hoses the way you’re used to and it won’t work - the Bomb has to be hooked up opposite to the way you’re used to: front barb to the front of the ram, back to the back. Every other 4-way valve on the market works by switching the two O-rings back and forth across the two outer hose barbs to direct the constant flow of air in to one end or the other. The Bomb works by switching the center O-ring back and forth across the center barb to direct the air flow, and the two outer O-rings across the rings of holes to vent or seal each end. The end result is that the timing rod only needs to move as far as the diameter of the hose-barb hole to switch the valve - something less than 1 mm. The long shaft and widely spaced O-rings allow them to make its action extremely smooth, but at the same time virtually impossible to twist the shaft far enough to make it leak. Got a Minicocker? The shaft pulls straight out the back of the valve so you can pull the timing rod out without having to disconnect the collar. At $34.99 for color and $39.99 in chrome, it isn’t the cheapest 4-way on the market, but in my opinion it is the best.

Milled STO front-block:

To match their cool new front-end components, Shocktech has come out with a cool new chrome front block for the Autococker. It’s just like the STO block, but with a counter-sunk face for lighter weight and a more stylish look. No improved function here, but a stylish cosmetic upgrade for the frumpy, flat-black stock part. $44.99.

Superfly Autococker bolt:

If you liked the Shocktech Alien bolt, you’ll love the Superfly. This new bolt offers the same 3-hole concave venturi face and angled inlet found on the original Alien. Added value comes from the composite mid-shaft sleeve to protect the inside of your ’gun body and the very cool Evolution-style push-pin which locks in place but doesn’t break. The Superfly also features more O-rings than any other Autococker bolt in existence: eight to be exact, all clustered at the back of the bolt where they do every bit as much good as the head of any other bolt. Awesome performance, added features, and extra-stylish new looks now available from Shocktech at $49.99.

Shocktech Cocking Rod:

You’d think the Autococker’s cocking rod was just about right the way it is. It’s a knob with a rod, what’s the big deal, right? Wrong. Anyone who shoots an Autococker knows the frustrations that the cocking rod can cause. If it backs out your ’gun can stop cocking correctly. If you screw it in too tight to keep it from vibrating loose you need pliers or vice-grips to get it back out to adjust velocity. If the knob isn’t on tight, using that wrench just might unscrew the knob rather than the whole rod. Enter Shocktech with the first truly perfect cocking rod for the Autococker. The Shocktech rod comes with the rod, a knob, and a bumper (don’t laugh - most don’t include a proper bumper). The magic is all in the knob. The knob has a hole drilled and tapped in the side for a locking screw. Loosen this screw to shorten or lengthen the rod, then tighten it down to lock the knob in place on the rod. To make things even better, the back of the knob has an allen screw fixed in place. The allen screw takes the same size allen wrench that you use to adjust the Autococker’s velocity. When you want to adjust your velocity just stick the wrench into the back of the rod and use that to unscrew it - no more pliers needed. When you’re done adjusting the velocity, use the same wrench to tighten the rod back down so it won’t back out. The fashion-conscious will be happy to hear that the Shocktech cocking rod comes in a variety of colors to match your paintgun. It’s an inexpensive, genuine improvement over the stock part.

RAT Valve 3:16:

The RAT valve was the original high-effiency aftermarket valve for the Autococker. The RAT valve 2 improved on the design by opening up the airflow further and offering an original seal design that has been much copied since. Now enter the RAT valve 3:16. My understanding is that the name is some sort of wrestling reference. Whatever. The important thing is that the latest iteration of the RAT valve offers all of the high-efficiency, low pressure performance of the last RAT valve, but at a lower price ($39.99) thanks to the new aluminum construction of the valve body. As before, the stem of the cup seal is narrowed down for higher flow and has an O-ring to minimize wasted air. The valve seal is an inexpensive-to-replace plastic ring that sits in the front face of the valve body and can be flipped over if one side starts to leak.

Shocktech Bottom-line system:

Shocktech is now offering a whole new integrated bottom-line system that offers huge flexibility in mounting your bottom-line air system. The heart of the system is the drop-forward. Most drop-forwards are frumpy, blocky parts that get the job done but look butt-ass ugly on a high-end paintgun. The Shocktech’s sexy curves simply embarrass the competition. The Shocktech drop-forward ($29.99) is more than just a pretty-face. It is cut with an Armageddon/Apocalypse compatible dove tail to fit these two hugely popular air systems. Don’t use an Air America nitro system? No problem. This drop forward also has a standard pair of bottom-line holes to allow you to mount any standard cradle or bottom-line mount. If you want to shoot CO2 or a screw in air system? No problem. Shocktech has a matching bottom-line adapter ($19.99) cut to fit the drop-forward’s dove tail mount which includes three outlets (left, right, and front) for any hose and gauge combination you like. If you want to use a big 114 ci nitrogen tank, Shocktech sells a small block spacer for $8.99 that gives enough space below the grip to fit one of the wide diameter tanks. If you like the bottom-line but don’t want all that drop forward they’ve also made a small, inexpensive ($9.99) block that puts the bottom-line ASA right below the grip for a super-tight package. No matter how you want to run your air system, Shocktech has a setup that should fit your needs nicely.

Alien Bolt for the Spyder/Piranha:

Have you been waiting for Shocktech to come out with their stylish 3-hole Alien bolt for your Spyder or Piranha blowback? Wait no longer. They’ve made it. This slanted-inlet, 3-hole venturi design should allow most blowbacks to reduce their operating pressure and increase efficiency. At $24.99 the price isn’t bad either.

Shocktech Paintgun Display Stand:

Store owners take note, Shocktech has a slick new paintgun stand that holds your display ’guns at a rakish angle. Any paintgun with an Apocalypse/Armageddon compatible dovetail mount can be slid into the angled block and can be set out to be admired on any table or shelf. Truly a unique display stand for $39.99.

Paintball Inc. (formerly National Paintball Supply, SC)

Vortex Paint - Quake & Armageddon:

NPS South has come out with their own line of paint called "Vortex." Of the three grades they plan on selling, they sent me a case each of Quake and Armageddon. Quake is their budget grade paint that comes at $64.99 for a 2000 round case. The paint comes in two-tone shells with a variety of fill colors. Armageddon is their mid-high grade paint and comes for $5 more than Quake. Armageddon comes in metallic shells with bright, thick fills. I took both cases out to play. Quake is clearly their budget brand paint and simply wasn’t as round or straight-shooting as more expensive, high-grade tournament paints. For the price, it’s a fair deal, but I’d rather spring the extra $5 for Armageddon. Armageddon is round, consistent, shoots like darts, and breaks on target. If Armageddon is consistently this good, it’s going to be a winner with players in short order.

Bluez Packs:

If you make a popular product and don’t (or can’t) protect it with patents, it will be copied. National’s Bluez packs are a perfect example of just that. Redz packs have become one of the most popular ball-hauling systems on the market despite steep prices. In response, National Paintball Supply has jumped into the market with their unsubtly-named "Bluez" packs. Like their Redz counterparts, Bluez packs come in two components: a wide belt that fastens with velcro and which has elastic straps that tighten down for a snug fit, and the pack which can be attached with the flaps opening up, down, left, or right. The material in Bluez packs is made of heavy, durable material, but lacks the thick padding found in Redz packs. The result is a lighter and softer, but possibly less durable pack. In use, I found Bluez packs to be every bit as comfortable as Redz’s offerings. The wide belt and Velcro closure hold the pack firmly in place while the adjustable elastic straps provide that final bit of perfect fit and help keep the pack from bouncing around when you run. The only downside is that the pack doesn’t fit as tightly to the belt in the Bluez pack, leaving gaps between the pack and belt on the sides. These nit-picking complaints are more than made up for by the price: $25.95 for the belt and $32.95 for a 5-pod pack.

Pro-Line NPS Eliminator Gloves:

Comfortable, soft gloves with grippy palms, armored backs, and a velcro closure at the wrist for good fit. Not as fashionable, but every bit as functional and much cheaper than JTs at $24.95.

Wicked Mpulse Ref Jersey:

Refs can have style too. The Wicked Mpulse ref jersey carries through with current paintball styles while clearly identifying the wearer as a ref in words as well as bright orange and yellow graphics. $48.95.

Chrome Pro-Line Z-Drop forwards:

Available in both short and long lengths as well as with standard and Kingman Spyder bottom-line fittings, these thick drop-forwards should be sturdy enough to hold any air system you choose. Chrome plating provides for a slick custom look and locking nuts ensure a tight fit. A stylish and heavy-duty option at $19.95

Pro-Line CO-2000 pressure regulator/pin-valve:

Nitro not available in your area but you still want the consistency and compactness of a regulated system? No problem. National Paintball Supply Inc. now carries the Pro-Line CO-2000 pin-valve regulator. This reg replaces your CO2 tank’s pin-valve and is fully adjustable just like the high-end nitrogen systems. Includes a pressure adjustment tool and locking ring to cover the adjustment screw during play. $42.95.

Aluminum, color-anodized 90º elbows:

Not too much to say here. They’re aluminum 90 degree elbows that have been anodized in a variety of pretty colors. For $4.50, they’re affordable too.

Taso Stone Cold II Diamond Barrel:

NPS sent me one of these barrels for the Autococker. It’s 12" long and has three stages: a tight-bore back, ported aluminum front, and muzzle brake end. The three sections are screwed together and can be taken apart easily. In use, it shot quite a bit better than the stock Autococker barrel and looked a good bit more stylish too. At $99.95 it’s rather expensive compared to some of the competition, but still cheaper than most top-end two-stage barrels.

LAPCO 0.697" BigShot

Are you a fan of the Galactic Systemz Z-body for the Automag, but are having a hard time finding quality big-bore barrels to use with it? Terry Garret at G3 Paintball feels your pain and in response asked Colin Thompson at LAPCO to make a run of his very excellent BigShot barrels with a gigantic bore for use with Z-body ’mags. The result is the LAPCO 0.697" BigShot. Like standard aluminum BigShots, this one comes with a perfectly round and consistent bore from stem to stern and is coated in a gorgeous, durable, glossy black finish. The end had LAPCO’s original tight end-venting and laminar flow chamber. Best off all, you can get this barrel for the exact same price G3 sells the standard BigShot: $47.50! You simply can’t find barrels of this exacting quality at anywhere near this price from anyone but LAPCO. And if you want this huge-bore mutant for your Z-body, you can’t get it from anyone but G3 paintball on the web at www.g3pb.com.

R&D Paintball

Mach II Rail:

Need more versatility in your drop-forward bottom-line mount? Can’t find a drop-forward with just the right length for your system and tastes? R&D Paintball might just have the solution to your problems in their Mach II Rail. This drop-forward comes with four parts. The first part is a grip attachment that mounts to the bottom of your grip. Two parts are rails of two different lengths that extend forward and down when attached to the first part. The final bit is the bottom-line wedge that fits in one of the rails and can take any standard bottom-line fitting. The versatility in this system comes from the fact that the bottom-line wedge can slide up and down along the rail to whatever position you prefer for your tank. Versatile, slick, and beefy to easily handle even the biggest, heaviest air systems without flexing or bending.

R&D Barrel Plugs:

Barrel plugs that actually work! Let’s face it folks, most barrel plugs aren’t worth the plastic their molded from. Poorly fitting o-rings and cheap plastic make for plugs that drop right out of the barrel the moment it tips down below the horizontal. Some have tried making them tighter-fitting, but then they’re a pain to cram in and pull out of your barrel. R&D have come up with some stylish new plugs that actually stay in the barrel, yet are easy to insert and remove when you need. They come in two basic forms. One has a two-section stem that goes into the barrel. When you screw down the back end of it, the overlapping sections slide past each other, widening the whole apparatus and wedging it in the barrel. The other kind has a rubber bit that jams down in your barrel. When you flip a lever on top of the plug, the rubber is mashed out to form a tight seal in the barrel. Both work extremely well. R&D have gotten a bit creative with their plugs, carving the protruding ends into shapes like grenades, bombs, bullets, and flying saucers. They cost a bit more, but if safety is your bag (and it should be important to everyone!) these are a nice and stylish option to the generally useless plugs that come with most paintguns.

Tec-Labs Products for outdoorsmen

Tecnu is an outdoorsy type company that makes products for those who spend a lot of time out in the sun and woods. Their products are designed to protect your skin from the harsh ravages of the elements and nature. All this stuff was sent to me by Twilight Zone Captain and PR man, Rick Martin who thinks this stuff is simply the tops.

  • Tecnu: It is a rare paintball player who has not at one time or another fallen afoul of a patch of poison ivy or poison oak. Some unfortunate sorts have a particularly nasty reaction to their highly allergenic oils, breaking out in nasty, itchy, weeping sores that can last for weeks. Try to wipe it off? Sorry, you’ll just spread the nasty stuff and increase your suffering. The friendly folks at Tec-Labs have come to the rescue with Tecnu, a product that cleans these toxic oils before the allergic reaction can start. Use it to clean skin, clothes, even pets when they’ve come in contact with poison ivy or oak and save yourself days of misery. Available in a 4 oz bottle and individual packets.
  • CalaGel: Didn’t get to the Tecnu fast enough? These guys don’t leave you out in the cold. CalaGel is a medicated anti-itch gel with antiseptic (to prevent infection of the sores), skin protectant, and a topical analgesic to numb away that maddening itch.
  • The 10-Hour Insect Repellent: Why are all outdoor paintball fields built on or near swamps? Come mid-summer you are invariably overrun by mosquitos and horse-flies. As if those nasty, biting critters weren’t bad enough, large sections of the US need to worry about ticks and the sometimes-deadly diseases they carry. Tec-Labs insect repellent comes to the rescue, providing 10 hours of protection from ticks, fleas, chiggers, mosquitoes, sand fleas, horse-flies, and no-see-ums. Don’t hit the field unprotected. Apply this stuff once and play bug-free all day.
  • Solarepel: Are concept fields more your thing? Tec-Labs have you covered here as well. No need to worry about sunburn on the back of your neck if you use their spf 25 Solarepel sunscreen. It comes in a pump-spray for easy application and includes skin-softeners to keep your skin from drying and cracking.

G-Force Paintball Products

Colored .45 frame grip-screws:

Ever wish you could match the color of your grip-screws to your paintgun’s anodizing? G-Force has you covered with these nifty colored grip-screws. Made of plastic, these screws come in a variety of colors and work just like the stainless originals.

MegaLine Hose Kit:

Just like Macro-line, but with the "Mega" moniker instead. Comes with two 90 degree elbows and two lengths of clear, high-pressure line that can be trimmed to your desired length.

Autococker Trigger-Stop Screw:

If you have a pre-98 Autococker .45 frame, you probably have a nice little tapped hole behind the trigger plate. This is where a trigger-stop screw can be installed. This screw allows you to stop the trigger’s backward travel wherever you like. G-Force’s screw is tapered at the front to fit nicely through your trigger spring.

Brass Autococker Ball-Detent:

Yes, the stock one can break or get jammed up. G-force makes a nice plastic-bearing replacement that shouldn’t damage your expensive aftermarket bolt.

Rock Regulator locking adjustment screw:

Tired of your Rock regulator’s screw backing out and forcing you to readjust? Worry no longer. G-force has placed a teflon insert in the side of one of these screws to prevent it’s backing out.

Shocker power switch and light:

If you have a pre-2000 Smart Parts Shocker, you probably have to take off the grips and disconnect the very expensive battery to shut the ’gun off. That sucks. G-force makes an easy-to-install switch that doesn’t take much more electrical know-how beyond knowing how to drill and solder.

PMI Regulators

PMI Pure-Energy in-line regulator:

PMI’s regulator is now available in an in-line system to use in your vertical ASA. The Pure Energy reg is available in black ($79.95) and chrome ($89.95). These nice regs are finger-grooved for use as a forgrip and have a swivel-base so you can orient the inlet hole to wherever you want to bring in your hose. Fully adjustable, lightweight, and stylish, these regs are now in use by Aftershock on all their Autocockers and come on all Shocktech Autocockers as base equipment.

PMI Pure-Energy nitrogen systems:

PMI has a whole new line of nitrogen systems called Pure Energy. These fixed-output systems (850 psi) have small regulators that keep the systems compact. The regs are made of Navy Brass with chrome plating. PMI claims it makes a stronger metal less likely to seize or strip, and less likely to be damaged if dropped. These systems are available in 68 ci and 88 ci (same length as the 68, but with the diameter of a 114) tank sizes, as well as 3000 psi and 4500 psi pressure ratings. Perhaps most interesting is the new stainless steel 68 ci 3000 psi Pure Energy system. This diminutive tank has the same capacity as the equivalent fiber-wrapped tank, but is about an inch shorter, though a tiny bit heavier. It’s also $25 less expensive! Costs for these new systems are: Steel 68 ($199.95), 68/3000 ($225), 88/3000 ($249.95), 68/4500 ($399), 88/4500 ($399). These are also in use by Aftershock and I’ve had good luck using a 68/4500 on my Dark Angel LCD. Nice, reliable, well-priced systems.

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