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Old 08-02-2010, 04:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Now this is really a no brainer review. This is a simple item,but not a must have for alot of players. Me personally,I had delayed buying one for a few yrs.

Then I saw the Paintball Jug.

I liked the shape of it and the pour spout. I had also never bought anything from our local Paintball vendor,which is very rude since he shows up at all events and gives up personal time instead of playing.

They are easy to make for the budget minded player,but by the time you buy epoxy and clean the jug your using,get all items needed,cut yourself a few times etc etc., this is much cheaper and safer. If your like me and always on the go you really don't have alot of time for a Home Made Version.

That's where a great place like the Paintball Jug company:
The Paintball Jug

and

FirstClass PB, A dealer that is local to me:
FirstClass Paintball

Teamed up to bring our area this fine product.

I couldn't believe how fast these sold. You could actually hear the Money ringing before the register was even set up.

It also helped that these were featured at a Local big game,which only enhanced sales. That was an excellent sales move by the way.

They are made very well. The pouring spout is very user friendly. Even my Wife who is my Pit Crew did not have an issue. She thought it was a great idea having this.

These come in several colors. I chose the Clear,which in my opinion is better. It lets the pit crew know the ammo status and when it needs to be refilled. Even when it was raining, the paintballs stayed dry and water free. It doesn't take up much room in my gear bag,so that is a plus.

Holds a half case of paint at a time. Top lid seals very well without any issues. Spins on and off perfectly.

The lines on this item are very smooth and round. It's well shaped and has a big handle to grasp and pour.


My personal thoughts are:

It's a must need item if you are a team that has a pit crew and you bulk load paint. Fast on pod reloading. It's a great storage container for your paint. It's affordable and sturdy.

So if you have a $20 bill that you need to spend on paintball,I would recommend this product. Just contact the links that I have posted and you will get all the help you need from these fine folks.

I'll include more pictures and info when I get back from Japan. This review does need more added. For now Iam only going off memory.

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Old 08-02-2010, 04:55 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Vendetta Deluxe Pump Kit

By: Blackrain


It’s always good to see Paintball change pace. Sometimes for good and sometimes for bad. Over the past few years the Paintball industry in my opinion has concentrated way to much on the big dollar markers and the big dollar players.

The rec player to me has seemed left behind. All that however has started to change. More and More people are heading back out to the woods. With the introduction of Milsim and all the cool gadgets that you can add on.

Yet there is always that one person out there that defies them all and refuses to change with times, although he must for a time. Yes it’s the pump player!

He’s the guy that doesn’t mind sitting and waiting for his target. Maybe he just wants to build his skill level. The brush and mud are his best friend.

Now there is a company along with others who have evolved for this person. That is Vendetta PB.

I received my Deluxe Pump kit from Paintball Ace.com. (Thanks for answering all the questions Mike). I was really excited when I got it. Upon opening the box, the contents looked as pictured.


It was a nice gill milled Delrin pump handle with Stainless Steel cocking rod, spring and the attaching pump guide hardware. I examined all items carefully and noticed no flaws. Vendetta really paid close attention to detail on this kit. The workmanship is awesome.

So now what to do with this kit. I had three projects going already. Well, why not just start another. So off to look for a deal and I found this nice AIM body at a local PB store.


I’m not really into the 15* ASA so I decided to change it up a little.


I had to rape my other three projects for parts ie frame, hammer.
Now that I was happy with internal choice and parts to be used, I was ready to attach the pump kit.

As you can see from the picture, it is well made. The threads show no sign of miss threading or flat spots. They have nice clean sharp edges as threads should. You will notice that the kit comes with two orings. The first oring seals the pump guide to the stabilizer and the second oring seals the stabilizer to the body. The oring grooves are very smooth and no sign of burs or machine marks.



The guide rod and stabilizer attach to the body via Cresent wrench. It has wrench flats milled into the guide body. This is a nice feature. This is what gets my money. Extra Features like this that are added and make the items user friendly. I did not use any thread tape or sealing compound. I had all the faith in the world that this kit would not leak. I was right!


Here is a nice picture of what it looks like attached. It went on very smooth by hand. I used the Wrech for the last bit of tightening to get a good seal. I added the recoil spring also.


Time to add the rest of the kit.


Let's take a look at the set up that was used for testing. There is no air system pictured. I did however use an HPA bottle with remote line for testing.


The pump action was VERY SMOOTH. I shot about 200 rounds thru the marker. I noticed no binding, side play. The pump was very stable. The side grooves were a nice added feature. I was able to maintain grip with out any slipping. I just wish that I had auto trigger to really test it out. 200 rounds take along time with single pump action lol. I also tried the pump without the recoil spring. I really didn’t like it as much.

One great feature I liked about the pump was the finger groove. This is the groove on the front. I had spoken with Mike at Paintball Ace and he mentioned this to me. I had to try it out. I was able to pump the marker with one finger. Just as smooth using the whole hand. This will be a nice feature for you mud eaters that like to snipe. It will give you a lower profile. The spring is also an excellent feature. Unlike the standard version, the recoil spring is to the out side of the pump and rides on the main guide.




The stabilizer also comes with a Stainless Steel stabilizer bar. Located at the lower portion of pump. This helps to prevent binding and rotational play.
It is very solid for such a tiny bar.


I was very happy with this product. It was well worth the buy. Although it looks familiar to other designs on the market, you really can’t beat the price and craftsmanship. I’m sure if the price were lower, more would be sold. Many people would think that the price is high, but they never figure in machining, programming and everything else in between. As everything in Paintball, competion is really what brings down prices. This pump kit will give just that.

I only had one down fall about this kit. I really like acrylic pump handles. As of this writing, the company did not have any. I’m sure that to keep up with players demands, some will be made.

I would recommend this kit to anyone that plays Pump. Compared to other kits,this one is just as good if not better.
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Donot ask me what I paid for this, I will tell you. What everyone else paid

If you are looking for an SC feed made with quality and craftmanship, then NOXX55 has it. The Cram and Jam is exactly what it is:
Cram or Jam in the 10 rnd feed tube. It can't get any simpler people.

I'm going to write an honest review on what I received. I would like all questions directed to NOXX55. He is the maker, Iam the user. I will comment on how well it feed the paintball.
This item will not be used for quit a while. As it belongs to a project gun that is awaiting a special color that is being made as I write this.

I received it just as you see it in the picture, Raw and unanodized. I like to get my parts like this, that way I can finish them either at the anodizer or Graphic shop.
NOXX55 Does offer these anodized, it's just that Raw Aluminum is my flavor.
Yes I did steal NOXX's pictures.





The Angel threads were cut very nice. I did have a little difficulty trying to screw it in. However that was due to the AIM body I was using. The top of the feed is a little tight.
I was able to work it in and now I don't have a problem screwing it on and off.



Side View:



Front View:


Inside view from the bottom and rear end:
Nicely cut. Very clead channel for the ball to travel down and roll into the feed.
As you can see the inside from the rear view, it is cut very clean and smooth. It's perfect for the ball to hit. Just enough room for the job to get done with out any dead space for it to roll around in.
Also there is a green sleeve in the rear. This give the extra grip to ensure that the tube stays firmly in place.


The Cram and Jam also comes with a set screw to hold in place, once it's attached to the body.
The only problem with the set screw, is that it does not have a plastic tip like the AM Illusion feeds had.
I'm positive this correction is in the works, or mine wasn't replaced before it left.
Either way it's a minor detail to me, but others may feel it will scratch up their anodizing.


It does feed very well. I hand operated the bolt while feeding rounds thru the gun. I did not get any binding nor double feeds. However for a real honest review, I would need to play with it.
If it feeds like it does now, I should not even have a problem.


I did want to make a point here. The body used isn't exactly the best body to use. Nothing can really improve the looks of an AIM body. The feed milling is just weird.
Regardless,it does work.
This feed really needs to be used on a close to the body feed. It would compliment the gun it's used on.
On a side note, This didnot fit my JAKAL Machine Paintgun.
It's not NOXX's fault, It's the JAKAL's fault,feed neck is just to high and threads are down to low in the feed neck.

My overall thoughts:

If you don't buy one, then you are missing out. NOXX has provided a service that has long been needed in the Paintball community.
Players Cried for it, so NOXX stepped up. So show him your support.
I also like the fact,that because I got it RAW, I can shape it a little with my files and buffer.
Give it a more rounder nose and top If I desire. That's just me,it all depends what body I use this on.
I'm kind of obsessive when it comes to matching parts as close as I can.
The big question:
Would you buy another? Why yes I would, because it is a quality part made by a quality person. The price was decent and this should help lower the price of the AM Illusion feeds that are drifting around out there.
I'll give this an overall rating of 9-7/8 due to the allen screw.
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Vest Review:

Ok so everyone has seen my " How To Build a Tacical Vest". Now here is the review.
Total cost was $107.00.
I know you can buy cheaper out there, but those vest are usually "fixed made". Meaning you have to settle for what the manufature offers you, or you have to follow the Paintball popularity crowd.
I bought what I wanted and set my vest up the way I wanted. I care less if I'm set up like a heavy gunner, sapper or what ever else name people brand themselves with.
Technically if you look at it I'm just carrying a basic "COMBAT LOAD" of paintball magazines compared to Military which is six 30 round clips.
Everything is MOLLE. I like MOLLE, but it might not be everyones flavor. However I used it for my guid, reanson being if I'm not happy with the set up I can change it around per my playing style.

So on with the review:

Carry Pouch:
Very well made and worth the money I paid. I knew if I waited long enough and search, I would find one at a great deal. It's dule zippered, came with a velcroed American flag and has many pockets for such items as an ID, multi tool, keys, etc. Your imagination dictates it's use. I really didn't find a need for the two hooked laces, so I cut them out.



Hydration pouch:
Found this way less than the big names sell it for. To be honest half the price. It also comes with a bladder. Once again well made. No loose sewing, no blemishes, very good stiching. Also has MOLLE webbing on back of pack to add more gear. This also has 4 MOLLE straps for attaching to the vest( thanks for the reminder Daryl).


Pod pouches:
These would have been alot less expensive if I would have searched "Cheaper than Dirt" cataloge alot a little longer. I bought these from Opsgear. They were a decent price and on sale so they were what I needed to match my vest. Well made no loose stiching. Velcroed flaps with snaps. Snaps are not hard to pull apart. so you won't need a pair of vise grips to open the flap to get the 100 rnd POD. Since I had 100 RND pods, that was the type of carriers I needed.


The belt:
Picked this up from RAP4 a few yrs ago. Or did I buy it from someone on MCB. Can't really remember. Still brand new. Came with 2ea 9mm pouches.


The vest:
I saved this for last so I could go in depth with it. It is well made. It really exceeds the price I paid for it. The zipper is plastic, just like on my other vest and those that are sold elsewhere. It's sturdy. Has two front clips. The MOLLE webbing was sewn in very well.
I didn't notice and stiching coming undone or any webbing out of line. Weaving in the gear was not a problem.
Perfect spacing for the straps. Has two velcro patches on each breast side. I imagine those are for "Blood type patches or unit patches or other military items of intrest" Maybe it helps certain gear attch better. Either way it's for attachment.
It adjust on the sides. I like this. Iam a ROUND PERSON, so this helps alot. I adjust them all the way out. Still not restrictive.
The soulder straps are adjustable. This will let you make the vest drop lower or pull it up a little more. I like this feature, helps to cover my "ROUNDNESS".


Vest inside:
I imagine if I was really into scenario games the inside would be very helpful. It has to zip up pockets on each side on the vest. Would be good for storing maps, orders, secret agent stuff etc. Mesh is sewn in very well and zippers are too.
The back netting can be used to put in a hydration bag and then put on the vest. Personally if I was going to do that, I would sew down the mesh just to form a nice pocket so the hydration bag is limited in it's movement. Doing this will free up the back of the vest for spare gear, pods or a pack.


Back of vest:
This is really the only problem I see. To me there is not enough webbing on the back. One thing I hate is any gear smacking me on my rear end or just plain riding low. So I will add about 4 rows of webbing to correct this issue. I have 50 yards of the stuff, why not use it.


Webbing:
Like I said, 50 yards of the stuff. lol I'll make a tactical sling with it. I have the correct clips laying around.


So here it is all finished up.
I haven't put on the Hydration pouch till I do the Webbing mod.


So let me know what you think. I know I got my Monies worth. Do I feel that this will work for me? Yes I do. Like I said, I need a vest to travel with, so this is my choice. I hope whatever everyone else buys will fit their wallet and budget.
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AGC Grenade a disappointment:

Well it's a good thing I was in the Army. Because I didn't receive instructions. Instinct just said pull the pin and throw. 5 sec,10 sec.15 sec.finally 20 sec and bang.

Let's start from the begining:
This is what it came in. A butter container of some sort.The packaging was bubble wrap on the outside of this container:



I could tell that the paint was green,because there was a small leak. Wish I would have taken a picture,but I didn't. My fault.

After the long awaited bag here are the results of splatter. Nice thick fill: Pay close attention to the metal frag that blows off.





What it looks like inside. All I see here are a lot of stiches and field owner medical builds climbing. Note the sharp edges on the inside fire mechanism. This can cut open a knee/leg on a diving or sliding player.





My over all view is that of an unsafe item that can cause more damage then good. Field owners would have to police frags on a constant basis.
What you see in the pictures above is the entire distance parts and paint traveled when blown up.
This may sound bias to some,because I make my own paint grenades. However those that know me,know I only tell the truth about products that I have used. I'm more used to an affect such as this:




However I do see a great application for these. They would best be suited for real life military training in a training town (mount site). The feel is close to the real thing. The spoon operates the same way as a normal frag.
If I were this company,I would get the fire mechanism to work properly and push these for military training applications. Cook off time is important in training, and for now it just seems un reliable for even that type of application.
Comments good or bad are welcome. My over all recommendation is to keep these off the field. For the price, they were a little to high,but I just had to check it out. I gave these guys a good feed back on Ebay.For the shipping and getting it to me. It did arrive in one peice. I would buy from them again if the item was better improved on, safer and more reliable.
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FOG DOC Lense cleaner and Defogger

This will be a continuious review. Hopefully I can test this in a number of climates and another country later this yr. 2011.

Fog Doc is not my sponsor nor did I receive this item for free. Any free items that he included in the package will be handed out to players at my local field for evaluation. We have asked Fog Doc if they would like to be a part of our sponsorship for next season,that is completely up to the company.


Let's all be honest here,nothing is completely FOG PROOF. However the better the product,the less fog and longer time it will take. So far I have not found anything that will keep my lenses fog free. It's really bad when you pay $24.00 for a pair of thermal lense and they wont do the job. That says alot of how a product really works. If Fog Doc works the way I want it to,and so far it has,I doubt I'll ever spend cash on another pair of double pane thermal lenses again.I'm not here to prove this product wrong nor any other. I'm just here to show what I think is the best to use and how well they all compare to each other.

Fogdoc - Your Prescription to Clarity - Antifog and Steam Removal

I have been wanting to try this for a long time. Every product that I have used that said Defogger has failed me. I sweat alot.

As soon as it hit's 70* I begin to sweat and fog up my lenses. So I have been kind of putting off on a purchase of Fog Doc.

Well I'm going to trying and see what happens here in the wet cold State of Washington.

Also this is made by a member on MCB and It's always good to back up the local business. So Stupiddogg,thanks for going thru all the trouble of developing this product and releasing it first on MCB .


19 Aug 2010

I received everything as ordered,plus I was sent a few more items to hand out at our local event that will be in Sept.
I also call the owner to let him know I received the items and how I would be using the product. I found out that he has been making this stuff longer than anyone knows and longer than most people have been playing.




The Fog Doc roots started with paintball many yrs ago,and has now expanded into many areas of sports and industry.

I ordered the DELUXE package. Why not,it was very well priced. It had a spray bottle with cleaning fluid, jar of fog repellent and a soft wipe cloth.




The test:

21 Aug 2010

Our first test took place at Super Game XL in Oregon:

http://www.supergame.tv/

It was hot, muggy (West Coast Hot) and in the 80's. As soon as I put on my mask I started sweating and fogging. Now I promised Derrick I would test Fog Doc using my fan and helmet,using the helmet only and no fan use. Promise not kept on day 1.

The area for testing was open field with structure both days. I didn't know the area very well,so I just stayed where I was comfortable.


Hopefully we will get a little woods testing in the next few weekends.
I threw on a little Fog Doc and rubbed it in till a haze formed on my lense. I let it sit for a little over a min. I then wiped it off with the cloth provided. I rubbed some on the outer lense and let it sit the same amount of time and wipped off.

So day one and off to the field. After numerous gun problems and frustration I was finally able to get on the field. Not much testing time,but was able to do a little. So I didn't like the Skate Helmet I had,it just fit to tight,so all I wore was a Bandana.

I don't know why I always choose to test during a big event,but I do. So now that I was able to get a working gun I was off to play and test.

I used my fan out of habit for the first two hrs of play and then the next two hrs I used straight Fog Doc with the fan on the mask covering all the top ventilation it could. Now normally this isn't a good idea. You want to have all the ventilation you can get for a proper air flow. The Fog Doc worked flawless. I ran two hrs without a fan and a little fog started creeping up from the bottom of my lenses near the end of the day.
To me this is a success. Especially since I can put another type of no fog on my lenses and I begin to fog up right away. Usually I will start to fog up as soon as I stop and get bunkered down or have to move slow. However this didn't happen with the Fog Doc. I had a clear view everywhere I went or hunkered down at.


22 Aug 2010:

Next day of event and testing.

Well I got smart and decided to check around the vendor tents and found a nice helmet that fit perfect with my DYE I3 and Fan. I had to keep my promise.



Now I was set. A little Fog Doc and I'm good to go. The helmet fit right over my fan and top mask ventilation. So now Iam completely with out top ventilation. So worse case I'm going to fog up right away. After the first two hours of play,running,stopping and slow walks back to the resurrection point, there wasn't any sign of fog appearing on my lense. I decided to come back out and reload. Went back with the fan on. Same results.

I did have problems both days and it something that both Fog Doc nor my fan could fix. That was sweat. I can say that the Fog Doc helped to bead away the sweat that made it on my lense. I do sweat alot and the foam just retains it. I actually have to ring out the foam when I come off the field. And the DYE I3 foam is thick. So I never get all the sweat out.

So over all with minor ventilation,I had no fogging issues. Now I have to wait for the rain and cold to arrive so I can do some more testing. I'll still evaluate the Fog Doc till then.

Derrick wants to get all the info he can from around the US and world to see what's happening to players on the fields. When you give info,make sure when you send feed back,make it mature. There also is a reason instructions are included and a soft cloth. Wiping away the the solution or repellent with a bath towel or dish towel will ruin any lense we use in our sport.

Bath towels and dish towels are very ABRASIVE and are like SAND PAPER on your LENSE. Use the micro fiber towel provided or just order more micro fiber towels from Fog Doc.











I feel two hr increments are best for testing at this time. As time goes on and weather gets worse I will add more time to the testing periods with and without fan. I'll also write some more about the spray on cleaning solution. For now I can say it does clean up a goggle shot very good nad leaves the lense sparkling if used correctly.

So for now we'll stop. I'm actually waiting for the rain and cold in a wooded/shaded enviroment.


6 Sept 2010

Tub and TV test


Ok this is what's call the Bath tub TV test. My Wife enjoys watching here DVD player while soaking in her large sunk in bath tub. This morning I cleaned her glasses with Fog Doc. After a long day of driving me to the paintball field and shopping,she decided to take a HOT bath and soak for a while, and watching her DVD player.

Now to get the idea of hot water,the mirror with the hot water steam. I don't think she uses cold water at all. We have a big bathroom too.
When she was done,she asked me to post this up and let everyone know that her glasses did not fog up.

So we now know if you watch TV and soak in your tub,Fog Doc will come in handy.


11 Sept 2010

Virginia testing:


So Team Blackrain is now on the East coast. Temp today was in the 80's and a little humid. So last night I decide to clean the mask and switch out to clear lenses. So I rub on some Fog Doc and add the sponsor sticker:



At first it looked like sticker would block my vision. After wearing them,I realized that the sticker is above my line of sight. Perfect!
So I go out for about 3-1/2 hrs of play. I'm still very Jet lagged and got off to a late start today.

Well I decided to test without adding another coat of Fog Doc. What I had on was about 12 hrs old. So that a good start point for testing. Let's test how long this stuff really protects.
Well I went thru the whole day without fogging. I still have my fan blocking and upper ventilation on my mask and still wore my helmet,which blocks any and all upper ventilation.

So I hit the field sweating like a PIG. By this time I'm fogged up and walking off the field to clean my lense. Well not this time. Although Iam blind with out my glasses,I still had clear vision throughout the game. I take one to the googles and head back to clean up. Get out a baby wipe and clean my lense of all the shell and heavy paint. Then I use a little Fog Doc spray and make my lense sparkle.

NOTE:
Baby Wipes are your friend.


So back out for another 3 games. Still no fogging. Now I'm feeling a little breeze, which is perfect for me,cause it won't even go under my helmet to keep me cool. So still sweating like a PIG with no fogging.

We take a lunch break. Now it's time for the real test. Wearing my Glasses under my mask. Now I know many have had great success using glasses under their mask,but not me. I clean the lenses with Fog Doc Spray and then apply Fog Doc. Epic fail for me. I can't blame Fog Doc,because I've been using it on my glasses all week,walking from Air Condition into high humid heat without fogging. I'm thinking the problem lies with the mask. Even when I turned my fan on full max with the helmet off I still get the same results even when I wore a bandana,fogged glasses. I use a DYE I3 with double pain lenses.

Eventually I'll buy a different mask for testing. My recent one is a few yrs old and needing new foam. That can also be an issue is the foam. Or the air pocket that I have between my lenses and glasses.

So off with the glasses and back out for a few more games. Same results as before,no fogging at all. Not even a creep up. I can say I'm having good results in muggy heat. Hopefully I'll have a better OTG (over the Glasses) report in the very near future.

UPDATE 20 Sept 2010:

Field report from I LUV STRATS. Paul is the local gun tech at Northwest paintball in Silverdale ,Wa. Paul also maintains the rental gear from guns to goggles. I left him a jar of Fog Doc prior to leaving on my trip. Here's his response:

"Had the pleasure to use fogdoc for two big games today and it has far surpassed any other anti fog solution I've ever used. Today was very rainy and muggy and had 0 fog on my glasses. With all the running around I did I had no problems. Jim and Kim have been very impressed by it as well. I"ve put fogdoc on quite a few random rental goggles to see if anyone would come looking for anti fog solution and those rental players never came up. I"ve also put fogdoc on regular walk on players goggles and glasses with great results. This is by far the best stuff on the market hands down."


Thanks for the info and please keep me updated. Also what type of mask does the field use?
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Gen X Global Helmet:




http://www.genxglobalinc.com/

I was at a recent Super Game in Oregon:

Supergame

I knew I would need some head protection and decided to buy a Tony Hawk Skate helmet. Well after modifying it and making it fit,it still didn't feel comfortable. So I went out with just a bandana and ended up taking a head shot. Yea it hurt.

So the next day at the event I decided to check out Extreme Velocity venders booth to see if anything new had been placed out.

Extreme Velocity -- Cheap Paintball Guns, evil paintball, Paintball Masks, reloaders

Then I saw it,the GEN X GLOBAL helmet. It was very light weight and just the perfect color,OD Green. This is a Kevlar shaped helmet.

I tried it on with my DYE I3 and it was a perfect fit. The cost to me was just $14.00,but that could have been Event Day Special Price.
The problem I have always had with helmets, dealers couldnot tell me if they would fit with my Mask or not. That's the advantage of being at big events or your local shops selling them. Vendors are your best friends at Big Events.

This is a real nice set up. I was able to use my fan underneath it and even when I didn't use my fan,I didn't fog up for several hours. However I was using Fog Doc

Fogdoc - Your Prescription to Clarity - Antifog and Steam Removal

on my lenses,so that helped alot. I thought that the helmet provided enough air flow to keep me cool. I sweat alot,and I didn't notice an excessive sweating with the helmet on my head.

I did take a few shots on the head and I could hear them instead of feeling them,which made my day more enjoyable. I knew when I was hit in the head,because of the ECHO PING that I could hear. I got a paint check and a few times there weren't any breaks,but Ricochets off the helmet.

Personally I feel it's well worth the price for head protection. I've taken a few that have hurt and for those who are still shooting Monster Ball this might just be your best protection against the painful hit assocciated with the paint.

Head shots aren't nice and I would advise anyone to buy head protection. I finally got lucky finding what really fit and actually worked for me. Plus it gives you that great milsim look.

So just follow links I posted and give the fine folks at Extreme Velcoity a call.

I imagine if I put slits in the bill area I could get better ventilation for my fan system,but it works great for now as is.

Side view:




Rear view of who distributes the helmet,so I take it that GEN X GLOBAL does the distibution to dealers:




Adjustable webbing:




Single strap security:





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Blackrain

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NOTE:
To clear things up, I did not contact B&M,they contacted me. I was offered alot of free stuff,but what was offered I felt wasn't right for me to accept.

Team Blackrain does not try and drain a sponsor nor do we accept expensive items that will cause the sponsor Financial hardship.
I was asked to give an honest review and opinion on what was sent to me.

The Jewelry was something that was not expected. Both my Wife and I were surprised when we saw it. My Wife wears it everyday and to all events we attend.

So here is my honest opinion on these items. Just because B&M is my sponsor,doesn't mean I won't be critical on items. Alot have read my reviews and know that I am very honest when I write. I won't endorse a product I feel is not safe nor worthy for the players.



B&M Chainmaille and Jewelry

Chain Mail Products paintball and non-paintball

bmchainmaille@comcast.net


Now we all have seen Chainmaille in museums and movies. Chainmaille was designed to protect areas of the Warriors body. Thickness determined the area that needed the most protection.

Chainmaille is still used to this day in reenactments to Scuba diving suits. It is a process that requires alot of skill and patience.

Iam not an expert in this field,nor am I familiar with the process,so here is a link to explain it much better then I can:

A History of Chainmaille

Team Blackrain has recently picked up such a sponsor. Now we all know that we do not battle with swords,mace nor battkle axe.
What Bradys71 does do is add a personal touch and different look to your paintball equipment. Using various colors and metal materials to make the type of look you request.

About a month ago I received these items in the mail. Yes I have kind of dragged my feet on this review. Not really knowing what or how to describe them.

Jewelry:




13cui Tank Cover:



These items were very well made. My Wife actually wears the Jewelry on a daily basis. She always gets compliments on the braclet and ear rings.

These were actually made to match a recent Jersey we had made. By that time we had purchased two others. However the items match with every team jersey we have. No worries Brady,you did a great job.


So let's start off with a decription of the bottle cover:

The material used was a variety of silver and red metal rings,with red and black orings. Now I know that orings weren't used back in the day of Knights,but you have to have a way for the cover to grip the bottle.
That's exactly what the orings are for,GRIP!

Let me just say that once this cover is slid on,it's not going to twist off or slip off anytime SOON!

I tried to twist the cover while it was on the bottle. I caused it to twist a little,but with some effort. Once this cover is on,it's staying on till YOU the PLAYER actually want it off the bottle.

The cover has two openings. One end is wide,which is the slip on end and the other end is smaller and tight. This is the bottom of the bottle. It will wrap on the lower end of bottle to form a cusion/protection for your shoulder or bottle end.








How to slip on:

It's a very simple process. Not all that hard. Yea right,I messed up my first time,I put it on backwards, I hear I'm not the only one on MCB that did it.

Fit the wide end around the lower end of bottle. Just slide it on and work it up towards the neck of the bottle.















If your wrong it will look like this. Real self explanitory:




As far as clean up after a hit, I can only reccommend two options.


1- Slip off the cover and wipe off the bottle and rinse the cover.

2 -Just put the bottle and cover under running water till the paint is gone and then let air/drip dry. Dry with a towel.


Protection is offered thru the rings that hold everything together. Will it prevent a chip on your fiber bottle? Possibly. I'm sure if it were hit hard enough against a rock intentionally, then I'm sure force and impact ratio will imply with a chip. In my opinion you would have to,on purpose try and inflict damage to your bottle before it would chip or rub off paint.

What would I like to see done? I would tighten up the top a little more. Make the wide end a little smaller. That way it hugs the top of the bottle as such.




I'm prior Military,so to me everything should be tight and snug. However the way it fits now is just fine TIGHT and SNUG. I'm just too picky when it comes to fit up.




For the price it's worth it. I have seen other sites and to be honest I'm not really that impressed with the workmanship of others. Price varies on bottle size,color and what you want done. Either way the player is going to get more than their monies worth with what they order. The craftmanship is quality and perfection. This is something the paintball community has been missing for a long time.
These items are not something that can be done in a matter of hours,but days to weeks depending on what you need made.
A variety of colors can be used for the players needs,but you really need to CONTACT B&M for that info.





Braclet and Ear rings:



This is known as a Byzantine bracelet on the B&M page. This was intended for my Wife, but I wanted to see how it fit. Guys Ladies have smaller wrist then we do lol.
Well let's say it fit my Wife's wrist perfect. She really likes Jewelry as long as it's "PRETTY". Well it must be pretty,because she won't take it off.



Taking a closer look at the assembly,I can't see how Bradys71 is having a ball making these . To me,just putting two rings together seems to be a pain in the A$$. Oh wait,that why I'm using dollar signs in the word A**. Because he has a skill that people like and can afford.

It's an all metal construction.

It's nice knowing that on MCB we have so many talented people.





Here is how the braclet hooks together. A little close up of the hooking mechanism.:





It's very secure once it's on the wrist. The clip is quality,no corner cutting here. Normally my Wife would be worried about a ring and clip not having some kind of weld for security,but not in this case.

I can say one thing,she was a little HOT under the collar when I had to borrow these for pictures.

The ear rings are a NEW WEAVE design. They have hooks that slip into the ear piercing. My wife said she had no problem with putting them on or taking the off.



She likes the design and color. They are very appealing to the eyes.

A little closer look at the design:

As mentioned before,there is no way I would have the patience to do this sort of work. The Ear rings are of all metal construction. Note how everything over laps evenly. I tride to tangle up the Ear rings and Braclet,but was unable to. My Wife has begun to take a few cards to work on a weekly basis. She hands them out when someone ask about where she got it.

I just hope we are bringing in some business for B&M.









As far as Team Blackrain is concerned,we are thrilled to carry B&M sponsorship into our 2011 season.


As far as Team Blackrain is concerned,we are thrilled to carry B&M into our 2011 season.

Later,
Blackrain

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Oring Monkey.com

Team Blackrain has a new sponsor and it's Oring Monkey:

http://www.oringmonkey.com/

A while back I blew all the orings in my WGP MG7 Pro. Not the best gun in the world,but for $80 it was real reliable. So after a search and being routed to companies that claimed they could help or get anything,I was disappointed. Nothing unusual in paintball.
So I remember this place on line called OringMonkey.com.

I head over to the page and read this:

"Don't see a kit for your marker? Send us your Orings to size up! FREE 5X reuild kit for sending us your orings"

Sounds like a challenge to me. So I give the owner David a call and we talk. Come to find out that he was interested in the marker,but did not have a marker to match up orings with. So we talk and I remove all my orings and send them his way.


Flash Forward:

Well I'm not going to lie,it did take a while for the orings to be found and sent. Then again,he had to measure them,talk with his supplier and then order the orings. In between that time,David had to attend events to promote his items, attend a vendors Expo and be taken from his office repeatedly to attend to their business affairs. It's just life in general. Also the orings are not standard size. They had to be special order.

I can't fault him that would be wrong of me to even think it,because I didn't have a basic standard oring to work with,plus he has to make a living as well. This is not my main shooter and I had another on the way in the mail. I'm a patient person and I wanted to make sure everything could be found. Yes Iam a happy customer. I'm so happy I asked if he could sponsor Team Black Rain.


Flash Back:

While doing a progress check in,I talked with David about a possible sponsorship. As usual I wasn't greedy in asking for items. All I asked was for a jar of Monkey Poo and just some business cards to hand out. I explained my team format of just being a one man team. Let him know my goals and emailed my resume. I was really happy that he agreed to a sponsor us. Let me tell you what I received was way beyond my expectaions.


What Team Black Rain Received:

Orings:

On the left are used orings. On the right are the new kits.





Sponsor Package:




The service I received was top notch. David was very easy to talk with and discuss business. Emails were answered in a timely manner. As time goes on I will add to this review with my findings of Monkey Poo gun lube. Yes it really does smell like Bananas.

I will also be giving away the head band that you see in the picture. It will go to a young player just starting out or shows a promising attitude in paintball. It's going to take me a while to find that player.

I'll also review the grip tape that was sent to me. It's suppose to be wrapped around my regulator/gas thru for better grip and no slip.

The master oring set that's pictured will be used on the field to help out other players. Nothing like having a blown oring ruin your day of play especially if all you have is one gun. So a few things happening for Team Black Rain.

So if you need orings,lubes and other gun parts,give Oring Monkey a call and talk with David.


My over view:

Customer satisfaction is 100%. Oring Monkey was able to supply me with something no one else in the paintball industry could. ORM also saved me a future expense of ordering brass piston housings,just to get the three orings that are needed to seal the piston housing. He provided me with quality orings and and quality products. Team Black Rain will make sure that the orings are put to proper use out on the field.

Later,
Blackrain

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FoxxyFluff Paintball

Our Canadian sponsor Foxxy Fluff:

My paintball e-shop


Will be Team Black Rain's official Mask Foam and Mask Lense provider. We appreciate what they are doing for the team,especially since we are located in the USA.



Foxxy Fluff became our sponsor due to us looking for one more spot to fill on the sponsor banner. We were very happy when they offered to help us out. As with all our sponsors,we donot try and bleed them for anything we can as most players would.

To be honest it was very hard thinking about how they could help us out. Then I looked at my DYE I3. I really like the mask but didn't want to have to buy a whole new lense system just to get new foam and lense. So we discussed what was needed and agreed on it. I only asked for single pain lenses,but Benoit insited on thermal pains. I only felt single pane lenses were enough and thats where we left it.

One great thing about Foxxy Fluff Paintball,they can drop ship with in the USA. Saving alot of freight charges from Canada. You can't ask for anything better. Shipping was fast and he was even nice enough to make sure it all got to me in another state instead of my home state of Washington. I was kept in the loop with a shipping number and with that I didn't even worry about tracking it.


Flash Back:

While I was on a short 4 month trip in Japan,I decided if I was really going to be a team,I might as well travel with my gear. First obstical was the air bottle. So after reading the TSA regulations,I put out on MCB what type of regulator I was looking for.
Foxx Fluff was the first to respond with an instock MYTHE Reg that fit my needs. Even though I was on the other side of the world, he still offered me a return policy once I got back home. Due to my situation,I could not pass it up.

When I arrived home 4 months later,it was there waiting for NIB. I have bought items from Canada before,but only in private sales. Foxxy Fluff was the first ever Canadian retailor I ever bought from in my 23 yrs of playing. I was very happy and the the quality of service was above and beyond. Then again those are really the only type of sellers I like to deal with.


Flash Forward:

Well when the sponsoship was offered,he didn't even have to bait the hook, I just bit the hook and ran. I just couldn't pass up on an offer from a stand up person as this guy.


How was Foxxy Fluff formed:

Well in his own words:

How did it all begin:

My passion for paintball since I was 12

Backstory is I always loved selling items and had a passion for paintball. I wanted to have my own store when I was more of a kid and at the time national paintball was still in business. I was told that unless you have a field and store you could not really generate enough revenue for a living.

I then choosed to study in machinist classes as a compromise wich I stopped after 6month when I found out it wasn't my thing.

I then choosed Commercial representative / sale - council intensive classes wich is a lifetime change on your personnallity.

This gave me the skills I needed to approach manufacturers and distributors into realizing what I wanted to do since I was young and creating a small hobby.

The year it got serious was in 2009.

Before that I was the kind of guy who would try to locate some deals and do some group orders to resell locally which didn't worked right.

I have been official since 2009. I sell to Usa and Canada.

The business is operated by myself. I am only 21 and I have some good relation with other business which we try to do some events together.

This applies to Ico Trading(12grams and pump play, created a Banner for me), 2012 arrive(softgoods).

I'm sponsored thru Point of View Cameras, which I use for recording some of my games(which I will try to do some montage soon but I need to find the right program/converter).

I have distribution thru the following companies and can do drop shipping in the USA thru a few of them:

Distributor:

Valken Paintball
Ans Gear
Paintball Gear

Direct account at:

BobLong
Ninja Paintball
Guerrilla Air
Goblin Paintball
Alumagrips
CCI Paintball
Oring monkey
Rap4 Paintball
TechT



FoxxyFluff also sells:

I can sell Herbalife product but I haven't really started this other than on myself. I lost 30 pounds and staying at an average of 25**


My mission statement is plain and simple:

Offering quality products at a good price.
Having a good relation with my customers.
Making paintball more affordable.
Growing pump play which is a project of mine,that has been slightly delayed.


So if your in Canada or in the USA,FoxxyFluff has you covered. Great person to deal with and fast shipping when having USA drop shipping. If you need to make an order, he can be contacted at the above link.

Later,
Blackrain

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