Geo IV Core Upgrade
Aug05

Geo IV Core Upgrade

In a surprise move Planet Eclipse has introduced their first core upgrade for the entire GEO line up. You read that right the IV Core Upgrade is backwards compatible with the entire Geo line. The IV Core upgrade (Pronounced IVy) is a complete bolt assembly which comes with two bolts, the firing can, propshaft, and valve chamber. It important to note that since the 3.5 and GSL have the “bonnet” type bolt removal system they have a screw together propshaft while the IV Core upgrade does not. Planet Eclipse has provided two bolts with the IV Core, the ST1 all metal bolt you see in the photos and the soft tipped bolt found originally in the GSL, and now standard equipment in the 3.5. Additional adjustment on the bolt kit is provided through a spring tension screw on the rear cap. Players installing the IV core will benefit from the extreme amount of development that went into the GSL. The new IV core will provide a lower sound signature, softer shot and an over all smoother feel. Current 3.0 and 3.1 owners will see efficiency on par with the 3.5 and GSL markers, while older models will see a smaller although noticeable improvement.   This is exciting news for a lot of players that own any of the GEO line of Planet Eclipse paintball guns. It is really impressive to see a company not only look forward in developing new ideas and platforms, but also look back as to not abandon the supporters they have gained along the...

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Paintball Barrel Porting
Jun26

Paintball Barrel Porting

Our customers often come to us with technical questions, and barrel porting is a big one. What does barrel porting do? Barrel porting does several things, but its base function is to vent excess air from the barrel as a paintball is fired. As with all moving objects, paintballs displace air as they are accelerated into motion. Because of this the paintball must push the static air in the barrel out of the way as it moves down the bore. Without porting, all of the static air would exit the end of the barrel exactly as the paintball itself would. You can experiment with this by removing the front of a two piece barrel and using the un-ported back. By having no porting you will notice a very loud sound signature and a very heavy direct puff of air – Make sure you are pointing the barrel away from yourself and anyone else when testing this. What porting does is to vent that static air in an effort do preform several actions: 1- Quiet the sound signature of the paintball gun – By dissipating some of the air out of the porting the sound signature is reduced, making the gun quieter. 2- Reduce turbulent or compressed static air pressure – By porting the barrel we reduce the “back pressure” that exists in the barrel.  Reducing this back pressure is important because paintballs are much softer than many other projectiles and their surface deforms as the ball is accelerated. You can think of the paintball like a tiny water ballon, as you rapidly accelerate the ball air pressure on the front of the ball will “cup” the face of the ball which can cause the ball to catch turbulent air upon exiting the barrel. This can be seen often with older or poorly stored paintballs. Because the balls are softer a player can observe them flying straight then suddenly taking a sudden hook in an unpredictable fashion. This happens because the ball’s surface has caught air, and acted upon the ball pushing it away from a straight path. 3- Manage efficiency – Barrel porting also effects the air behind the paintball, more porting allows air behind the ball to escape more quickly and  can reduce the air’s ability to propel the paintball reducing efficiency. This is why most barrels have a 6inch to 8inch “control bore” which is the solid part of the barrel toward the paintball gun. This area acts as the acceleration zone for the paintball making sure all the air that the paintball gun puts out is put to good use before it is allowed to escape...

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CO2 versus Compressed Air
Jun25

CO2 versus Compressed Air

48ci/3000psi Compressed Air Tank We get a lot of questions and one of the most common is “What is the difference between CO2 and Nitrogen?” or “What is the difference between Co2 and Compressed Air?” To start, lets look at the terms and how they relate to paintball. Nitrogen – You will often hear players that have been around paintball for awhile refer to compressed air bottles as “nitrogen” bottles. The reason for this is simple, back in the early days of paintball it was difficult to find bulk compressed air bottles or compressors that could reach the 3000psi or 4500psi mark used in paintball. So paintball players would purchase larger bulk nitrogen bottles from welding supply stores to fill their paintball tanks. Welders use nitrogen to pressurize tubes or other sealed vessels to expel other gasses that might contaminate their welds. This is one of the reasons nitrogen is such a good source of propellent for paintball, it is very stable and clean. Nitrogen does not react to temperature changes the way some gases do, and remains very stable even in high temperatures. Compressed Air – With the growth in compressor technology and the popularity of paintball, high pressure compressors and bulk compressed air bottles are very easy to find today. So one might ask “Isn’t nitrogen better?”, well the answer is a fairly simple “nope”. The air we breath, and the air we compress into our paintball tanks today is composed of 70% nitrogen and is nearly as stabile as pure nitrogen, at least when used in the application of propelling a paintball. CO2 –  Is a carbon based gas, and when compressed it becomes a liquid, which is how it is used in paintball. We use bulk tanks to put liquid Co2 into our bottles, this is why CO2 tanks are rated by ounces rather than cubic inches (ci) when measuring capacity. When CO2 is expanded back into a gas (like we use in paintball) it has a cooling effect and will chill the bottle, gun and anything else that comes into contact with the gas. When expanded rapidly Co2 will convert into its solid form, known as dry ice, an issue we will address later. Furthermore, CO2 is a highly temperature sensitive gas, in paintball applications Co2 will range in pressure from 700psi to 1100psi based upon temperature and other atmospherical conditions. So which is better? Each has its advantages, but the short answer is – Compressed Air As with all ballistic situations, consistency is key, and since compressed air will always be a more consistent source of propellent we would always prefer to use compressed air....

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C2 Paintball Mask – Eyon
Feb25

C2 Paintball Mask – Eyon

If you think the new Eyon goggle from C2 looks familiar, your right. The infamous Angel Eyes of WDP fame have been reborn and this time C2 promises they are coming to market. The goggles feature a unique wrap around lens that can easily be removed and replaced by bending the ear pieces at a 90* angle and pushing forward on the “wing” of the lens. There are a number of finishes coming for the lens, including smokes and chromatics. The unique multi-piece design makes for a super flexible frame, making it very comfortable. Multi surface foam evenly distributes the goggle’s weight across multiple points on the players face making it feel very lite when worn. C2 says the goggle should start shipping in the fall, and we are very excited to see this new addition to the market    ...

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Virtue VIO – Paintball Mask – Review
Jan27

Virtue VIO – Paintball Mask – Review

The Virtue VIO paintball mask has been one of the most anticipated new products of 2014. Since its announcement just before World Cup 2013 there has been a great deal of interest around the Virtue goggle and how it would stack up against the competition. PunisherPB.com has long been one of the biggest supporters of the Virtue product line and has dove in with both feet stocking a huge assortment of the goggles and its accessories. Here we are going to take a look at the goggle and how it looks against the market. The VIO sports a number of unique features, starting with its customization ability. Using the customizer players can fully customize the goggle to their unique style or tactical objective. This means that when you purchase a VIO goggle you can get the exact color and lens combination you want without buying things you do not. This comes in handy as a lot of player’s first purchase is a new lens for their goggle and they may never actually use the lens that comes with the goggle. The color combinations are seemingly endless, and with VIRTUE promising to continue to add new color-ways and potentially (unconfirmed) special editions, the options only grow. The VIO paintball goggle’s innovation does not stop with the customization aspect, they have brought new and unique safety features as well. The lens mechanism on the VIO is incredibly simple as well as incredibly safe. By pinching the strap latch and pulling on the strap you can disengage the lens lock, this exposes a unique “unlocked” tab (pictured above) that tells the user that the lens is no longer secure. This feature also aids in lens installation as the “unlocked” notification does not go away until the mechanism is properly re-engauged. It is important to note that Virtue has brought the goggle to market with MANY strap options that all include this safety feature. The VIO also ships with a padded chin strap, the strap is well made and the clasps are thoughtfully held on top of the padding, meaning no pinching or wearing should occur during use. The chin strap is also removable should the user decide to take it off, with simple Velcro. The Virtue VIO has exemplary construction, there where question marks about a hopper/board company producing their first goggle, but VIRTUE has knocked those away confidently. Pictured above shows the statement of quality Virtue has used on their VIO paintball goggle, the hinge plates that secure the lens and anchor the ear flaps and strap are held in place by a bolt, with a locking nut. This is a...

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