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Forum: Custom Projects / Custom Questions 08-22-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 916
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Brass hardlines have been used since the 80s. ...

Brass hardlines have been used since the 80s.

But with better fittings, like compression, or banjo style. Push/pull fittings are not really sutable because the pressure rating is FAR too low, and...
Forum: Ask The Experts 08-18-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 522
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I've run only co2 since the 80s. Since 1990,...

I've run only co2 since the 80s. Since 1990, all I've owned is siphon co2 tanks.

When used properly, running siphon co2 is generally better then HPA. Like HPA, there is no shootdown from rapid...
Forum: New To The Sport 07-26-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,032
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Its not just that, but there is a throwaway...

Its not just that, but there is a throwaway culture in paintball.
You use the gun until it breaks down, or you get bored, and sell it off on ebay or craigslist.

So there is no real incentive to...
Forum: Ebay Oddities 07-26-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
322 rejected offers. I've never seen that many. ...

322 rejected offers. I've never seen that many.
On face value, that is dramatically over valued. Lots of 100pc lots going for $100-200.

Sure, having a complete set of anything raises the value...
Forum: New To The Sport 07-26-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,032
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
True story- I was hospitalized because of...

True story- I was hospitalized because of Firebase Gloria.

I played with the Devil Dogs from 89 to 2008, as one of the 2 home teams. (The other being Nyborg). I never cared for the Firebase...
Forum: New To The Sport 07-24-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,032
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
When I started playing in the 80s, the local...

When I started playing in the 80s, the local field was built entirely in a swamp.... on purpose.

The owner was a vietnam vet, and wanted to simulate the vietnamese rice patties that he fought...
Forum: Ask The Experts 07-12-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 621
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
The local tester told me that paintballers are...

The local tester told me that paintballers are far more gently on the tanks, compared to other groups, like divers, or industrial uses (ie welding, construction, etc).

Usually, the only reason for...
Forum: Ask The Experts 07-09-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 300
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Plus lots of tank valves over the years. First...

Plus lots of tank valves over the years. First the thermo valves in the 80s, then the Tippmann and Shraeder pin valves. Tippmann also had that QuickValve, and Smartparts had its SmartValve in the...
Forum: Ask The Experts 06-25-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
The companies that make 3.5oz and 4oz tanks still...

The companies that make 3.5oz and 4oz tanks still make them. There is a wide variety of applications for tanks like that, from food service, to auto/bike mechanics.

The only thing specific to...
Forum: Ask The Experts 06-25-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 145
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Those holes came drilled from the factory, but...

Those holes came drilled from the factory, but are normally reversed (facing inward).

You faced them outward if you wanted to use an accessory. There was a huge variety of stocks back then....
Forum: The Dead Zone 06-23-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Both the PG and PMI1 predate the Splatmaster by a...

Both the PG and PMI1 predate the Splatmaster by a year. PMI was formed to compete with NSG, which was selling "Survival Game" franchises (including everything needed to start/run a field).

PMI...
Forum: New To The Sport 06-23-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,032
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I think the milsim aspect is the biggest...

I think the milsim aspect is the biggest difference from 10 years ago.

The technology has not really changed, and has been very stagnant. The trends have moved around a bit, from hammer-driven...
Forum: The Dead Zone 06-22-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,541
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I found it a good satire on how the "Old Gun"...

I found it a good satire on how the "Old Gun" facebook group has turn rotten. Originally, it was an amazing place full of industry celebs telling anecdotes from 20-30 years ago.

But within the...
Forum: Ask The Experts 06-21-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 171
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
The Sheridan PMI-2 guns were all huge in the late...

The Sheridan PMI-2 guns were all huge in the late 80s. If it has wood grips, then its the Pirahna LB/SB. If its black grips, then its either the PMI-1DF, or the 68AT?

All mostly the same guns. ...
Forum: The Dead Zone 06-15-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 478
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I can see a few websites that show them in stock....

I can see a few websites that show them in stock. Total Paintball Gear (http://www.totalpaintballgear.com/3.5oz-elite-tank-cylinder-empty.html)
Pneudart.com...
Forum: The Dead Zone 06-13-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 5,938
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I've used to use RSP and ASP in the 90s, but by...

I've used to use RSP and ASP in the 90s, but by the late 90s, they became flooded with spam, trolls, etc. and I lost interest. Around 2000 or so, you started seeing the bigger forums, like pbdojo,...
Forum: Custom Projects / Custom Questions 05-23-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 369
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I've always just used the compression fitting...

I've always just used the compression fitting from the local hardware store. I'll try a bunch until I find the size that fits.

Then I'll put one on the other end, to act as a weight, and place a...
Forum: Ask The Experts 05-21-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Before I started playing in 87, we played war...

Before I started playing in 87, we played war using those plastic replicas that shot sparks out the barrel. They looked almost exactly like an M16 and AK47.

Those were the "high end" guns, not...
Forum: The Dead Zone 05-16-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,049
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I played most of the 90s with just goggles. ...

I played most of the 90s with just goggles.

Originally, it started out as a tournament thing. I was more likely to get bouncers off the face then a mask. It improved communication and reduced...
Forum: The Dead Zone 05-09-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 429
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I always assumed that the company just changed...

I always assumed that the company just changed its name at one point, or maybe the design was sold?

It was that era of paintball where designs were all floating around.
Forum: Sidearms 05-07-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 481
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
The valve was pot metal, but it was very common...

The valve was pot metal, but it was very common in the 80s to use aftermarket quick changers, or co2 tanks. Like the nelsons of the era, they used a dummy 12gram, with a passthru grip knob.
...
Forum: Ask The Experts 05-07-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
The first barrel was the standard J&J hardchrome...

The first barrel was the standard J&J hardchrome of the era. Probobly has straight rifling.
The second looks like one of the early Dye knockoffs of the Carter barrels.

It was a funny era for...
Forum: Sidearms 05-05-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 481
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I absolutely loved the Rapide I had in the 80s. ...

I absolutely loved the Rapide I had in the 80s.

It was the first gun that I bought "new". I had rented up to that point. I ended up getting every possible option. ie Back bottle C/A, Direct...
Forum: The Dead Zone 04-15-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 504
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I remember they were somewhat popular around...

I remember they were somewhat popular around 89-90. TASO was selling them as the "Might Max", and "Mini Max" system. For 70grams and 30grams? Something like that.

It sorta made sense at the time....
Forum: Ask The Experts 04-05-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,225
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
That was a very good read. Nice job. One...

That was a very good read. Nice job.

One side story I forgot about was the oddball Splatoons in the UK. In the 80s, co2 was regulated as a propellant, making it difficult to use. To work around...
Forum: The Dead Zone 04-03-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,548
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I've been looking for one. Its a Montneel...

I've been looking for one. Its a Montneel knockoff. The only one I don't have. Everything CMI made was all knockoffs. But I'm not looking that hard...
Forum: Ask The Experts 04-03-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
At one of the fields I worked at, we would dunk...

At one of the fields I worked at, we would dunk them in a bucket, then shake the water out. The screws seemed to rust out the fasted, but otherwise worked fine.

Same method for prolites. Dunk and...
Forum: Ask The Experts 04-01-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
The manafacturer recommends 40 ft/lbs, and NOT to...

The manafacturer recommends 40 ft/lbs, and NOT to use loctite.
Forum: VM Empire 03-30-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 394
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Those orings were always a source of trouble,...

Those orings were always a source of trouble, even when new. It didn't take much for them to swell, then you had cycling issues. Skanline and proteam had oring kits not that long ago, but you can...
Forum: Ask The Experts 03-25-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 321
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Were you using a siphon tank? (not anti-siphon)

Were you using a siphon tank? (not anti-siphon)
Forum: Ask The Experts 03-22-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
The thing in the back is an NSG Rapide Comp...

The thing in the back is an NSG Rapide Comp Shroud.

But is that a hinge on the lower receiver? Is that to hold the trigger? Is it an inline semi, or a crosman-based pump? My first thought was a...
Forum: The Dead Zone 03-16-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,781
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Another way to look at it was the tournament...

Another way to look at it was the tournament "rules" that classified you as either pro, amateur, novice, etc. They had specifications that classified you based on previous history. ie what classes...
Forum: Ask The Experts 03-16-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,225
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
At some point around 1992, APG (or maybe...

At some point around 1992, APG (or maybe paintcheck?) did a huge article on Nitro/HPA, Co2, and liquid CO2.

For most of us, thats when we first heard of it. I looked through the scans, but didn't...
Forum: Ask The Experts 03-16-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I do remember at one point the NPPL made a stink...

I do remember at one point the NPPL made a stink about it. THey claimed it violated DOT regulations, and banned it. But that might have been an rumor.

Regardless, the "ban" happened right...
Forum: Ask The Experts 03-14-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,225
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I've always run siphon tanks, but I do remember...

I've always run siphon tanks, but I do remember when they started showing up at the local field I worked at-

Like said above, Tom Kay started pushing for HPA back in 1992, but there was no...
Forum: Ask The Experts 03-14-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
Short answer: yes. This was done very...

Short answer: yes.
This was done very commonly in the late 90s for use with the super-ineffecient Smart Parts Shoebox Shockers.
Forum: The Dead Zone 02-19-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 983
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I don't blame him. It caused endless problems in...

I don't blame him. It caused endless problems in the early days. Hot gun penalties were so common that we started calling them "Mag penalties" at tournaments. Tom pushed to have tournaments to...
Forum: The Dead Zone 02-17-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 983
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
He has always said that the "shoot down" effect...

He has always said that the "shoot down" effect found on all blowbacks was a failure of the design. He was not able to correct it, and sold off the design to Direct Connect, and decided to work on...
Forum: The Dead Zone 02-16-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,606
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
This sums up how I feel about the old days: ...

This sums up how I feel about the old days:

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When I started playing in the mid 80s, that was my favorite era- We did consider it a military simulation, and acted the part. But like...
Forum: Ask The Experts 02-15-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 430
Posted By HP_Lovecraft
I give them credit, much the same way that the...

I give them credit, much the same way that the Stingray or ION did when they came out.

Paintball can be very expensive. And often the gap between entry level, and "good" equipment can be very...
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