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Planet Eclipse release CSL EGO Line – Panther, Prestige & Spekta

Planet Eclipse steps up their 2011 line of markers




ECLIPSE CSL EGO

 “Enriched with Carbon and Gold, the CSL is both striking and beautiful. From the seamless flow of the barrel and frame to the intricate detail and craftsmanship of the body. The new CSL is the epitome of class and performance with a distinctive pedigree and history that is only found in the SL mark”…

 The CSL is all about the detail. Gold screws clamp the gold-detailed grips onto the new flush fitting and screwless frame. Gold Thumbwheel and Screw on the silky smooth, bushed and re-designed C-Lever Clamping Feed. Gold LPR Torpedo and Bolt Pin. The bespoke CSL POPS system with coded gold latch pin. All co-ordinated with that lustrous carbon fibre and gold threaded weave in the all-new SL Shaft 4 Barrel Tip.

 The SL has always offered something a bit special. A bit “extra”, if you like. And this year is no exception.

 The gold accenting lifts the general appearance of the CSL into another league. All of the stainless steel parts that could be colour-coded have been, also the grip badge and body badge carry a gold chrome finish in place of the silver chrome found on the standard Ego11.

 But of course it is the new SL Shaft4 Barrel that takes the limelight. The gloss finished Carbon Fibre 14.5” and 16” tips contains a delicate gold weave, a polished gold collar, and ample porting. The backs have been stepped down a size in their range (now 0.681”, 0.685” and 0.689” bores) in order to better suit the current paint sizes around the globe. The threading and rear section use the same geometry as the Shaft4 Barrel with its increased control bore length, offering higher average velocity and improved consistency over the older Shaft SL barrels. Of course the internal bore is precision honed, as you would expect.

 In order to make the most of the stunning detailing all of the CSL the colours for this year have been designed to complement the gold theme, picking up the colour in their accented parts, but each with their own unique combination of base and contrasting elements.

 Mechanically the CSL is driven using the same solenoid with integrated Flow Control Devices as can be found on the Ego11. The Ego11 has altered perceptions on what is possible both in terms of adjustability and outright smoothness from a poppet platform. And the CSL is no different with the adjustable solenoid making it possible to dial in the marker for supreme spool valve rivalling smoothness or outright firepower at the twist of a control.

 But in other areas around the marker it’s easy to spot where those improvements that you expect to see in an SL have been made. For example the F-F or Flush Fitting Frame. Take a look and you will see that there are no longer any unsightly screw heads at the rear of the frame or inside the trigger guard. Instead, the frame is attached using a single captured free-spinning screw at the rear, and on a discrete and hidden cam-hinge at the front. The result is quicker and easier disassembly, smoother lines and improved ergonomics.

 The CSL will be shipping with the excellent Cure3+ bolt. But currently in the final stages of development we have an all-new Cure4 Bolt System. Developed with the intention to reduced stack clipping and bolt strike (where the paintball is damaged by the bolt accelerating forward and striking the stationary paintball) the new bolt includes a removable and replaceable cushioned tip. The tip is locked into position by the contoured bolt insert that is in turn held in place by the bolt pin. Complete disassembly requires no tools whatsoever. The Cure4 bolt will be made available free of charge to all CSL owners who register their marker (see inside CSL box for details).

 Continuing the long tradition of the SL range, the CSL offers a multitude of options to the owner. Electronically there is the same option of Opto or Micro trigger actuation on the board, as well as magnetic and/or spring return on the trigger. The CSL also offers the option of both a High and Low Pressure exhaust valve system which allows you tailor the efficiency and feel even further. The HP valve guide gives increased efficiency while the LP guide delivers a more gentle blast of air to the back of the ball. There is also the inclusion of the standard Ego-shaped “S” style, as well as a brand new retro “Blade”-shaped, trigger. The options included as standard with every CSL mean that there should be a set-up to suit every taste without ever the need to purchase potentially flawed aftermarket parts.

 And of course these days the options do not just stop at the hardware. Every CSL comes complete with a full E-Portal system, including software and link cables meaning that everything from the start-up splash screen to the software version can be adjusted and uploaded from a PC.

 As you can see, there is little that has been left untouched on the New CSL. And after all, The devil is in the detail, as they say…

 UNIQUE CSL FEATURES:

 Bespoke CSL Body
 Bespoke CSL F-F (Flush Fitting) Trigger Frame

 Bespoke CSL Cure4 Soft Faced Bolt With Gold Bolt Pin

 Bespoke CSL 5-Piece SL Shaft4 Shaft Barrel Kit

 Bespoke CSL Carbon Fibre Tips With Gold Weave

 Bespoke CSL Contoured dual density Grips with Gold Logo

 Bespoke CSL Gold Hardware

 Bespoke CSL Circuit Board With USB Interface – Cable and Software Included

 Bespoke CSL Dual Triggers – “Blade” and “S” Style Triggers Included

 Bespoke CSL Dual Valve Guides – HP and LP Valve Guide Kit

 Bespoke CSL Zick2 Rammer Kit

 Bespoke CSL POPS Assembly

 Bespoke CSL Smooth Clamping Feed Assembly – With Gold Sprocket Wheel

 Bespoke CSL Contoured Eye Covers

 Lazer-Eyes Red BBSS System

 Exclusive PBNation CSL Badge

 EGO11 CROSS OVER FEATURES:

 Bespoke MAC Solenoid with Adjustable Flow Controls

 Fully Adjustable Bolt and Rammer Speed for reduced Kick

 SL3 Inline Regulator With Angled Swivel

 Dual Density Rubber Console and Frame Grip

 Cure3+ Bolt

 Zick2 Rammer Shaft and Cap

 Increase Longevity of Internal Components

 New LP Supply Protection System

 92% larger transflective LCD Display

 Adjustable Tru-Colour RGB LCD Backlite

 16-Bit Microprocessor – 16 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second)

 Improved Solenoid Drive Circuitry for increased Velocity Consistency

 New Graphical User Interface

 Ultra-Lightweight Monoform Body

 Deftek Offset Feed Tube

 Integrated Rammer Housing

 Integrated FRM

 Offset Bores

 Micro + Opto Switch Board

 Dual Instrument Grade Ball-Raced Trigger

 Dual Trigger Return Mechanisms – Magnetic and Spring Trigger

 T-Slot Rail Mounting System

 Integrated Audible Sounding Device

 LAUNCH COLOURS

 Panther, Spekta, Prestige

 WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

 Length: 540 mm

 Height: 211 mm

 Width: 31 mm

 Weight: 828g/1.82lb

 All Measurements include Barrel (14.5”), POPS, Battery, Ready-to-go:

 SL SHAFT 4 BARREL KIT SPECIFICATIONS

 1 x 14.5” Carbon Fibre Front Section 0.700” Bore

 1 x 16” Carbon Fibre Front Section 0.700” Bore

 1 x Rear Section – 0.681” Bore

 1 x Rear Section – 0.685” Bore

 1 x Rear Section – 0.689” Bore



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PSP Supporting League Program

Paintball Sports Promotions Is Teaming Up with Local and Regional RaceTo Leagues

Last month, the PSP announced its affiliation with six regional leagues forming the Unified National & Regional RaceTo Format.  These affiliated leagues are working together to provide a consistent experience for players across leagues and divisions, as well as creating a universal player ranking in conjunction with the APPA that fits both the regional and national levels.

Now the PSP would like to announce a program for local leagues; the PSP Supporting League program.

PSP Supporting Leagues are committed to further establishing the RaceTo Format as the standard in tournament paintball.  These leagues abide by PSP Rules (with minor modifications) and use the UCP Classification System in association with the APPA.  The PSP assists Supporting Leagues with prize packages, league promotion and offer assistance with improving and establishing a solid reffing program.  If you are a tournament operator who believes in promoting the RaceTo format and are interested in assistance with prizes as well as promoting your league, please email Camille Lemanski at camille@pspevents.com for more information on how you can become a 2010 PSP Supporting League.

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Planet Eclipse Releases The Ego Ten

Planet Eclipse Ego Ten

The Eclipse Ego10. This 6th Generation Ego is the start of a new direction for Planet Eclipse and the focus of the engineering behind the marker. For the first time since the inception of the Ego model, the Ego10’s main design brief and focus has been placed on smoothness of shot and even finer resolved paint handling. Every previous Ego has been developed with the express intent of maximizing the cycle speed of the Ego design, speeding up rammer and bolt movement and minimizing pneumatic and electronic delays wherever possible. Whist this has produced arguably the fastest under-and-over poppet paintball marker on the planet, it can equally be argued that the Ego has not been one of the smoothest shooting.

Well that is all about to change. Paintball is changing. No longer is the perfect marker the one that will shoot and cycle the fastest. Today, more than ever, players want and need to be able to shoot the most fragile paint, with the smoothest shot. And this is the direction that the Ego10 will start taking us in.

Using some of the very latest Ultra High Speed Video recording facilities, as well as micron-accurate, 50,000hz sampling speed, laser displacement sensing equipment, the Ego10 has been developed to produce bolt speeds that are more gentle on the fore-stoke so that paint is handled in a much more gentle manner when being loaded, and that opens the poppet valve in a way that helps reduce sound signature, and then returns in a way to help minimize the recoil imparted into the body by the rearward motion of the bolt and rammer and reduce rear-stop rebound.

Yet even though the cycle has been significantly slowed down, due to the unique design of the direct-mounted solenoid, the Ego10 still has extraordinary pneumatic responses that mean no time from switching on the solenoid to the bolt starting to move is wasted. The result: Still 28+bps fire rates, but smoother, quieter, better-handling feel.

With a smoother cycle, come other benefits. Wear and tear are significantly reduced. Bumpers, valves, and all other dynamic components suffer less brutal forces on every cycle hence longevity is added to each of those components.

Mechanically the Ego10 incorporates some of the technology of last season’s SL94. The Zick2, which is an intrinsic part of the pneumatic drive system, is designed to both have a softer initial kick-off on the forward stroke, which helps load the ball more gently and helps minimize bolt-strike breakage of the paintball, but also cushion the system on the return stroke into its rear-stop position. Both these attributes are key to helping achieve the fundamental goals of the Ego10.

Sitting above the Zick2 kit there is now a body-cut contoured Cure3+ bolt. The main body of the bolt carries the same upper profiling and cupping as the standard Cure3 bolt, which massively reduces both bolt-strike impact on the ball being fired, but also ensures that the bolts leading upper edge has the least amount of impact possible on the second ball in the stack. Impact fractures from the bolt on the second ball are common place when using force-feed loaders, and the Cure3 ensures those fractures are kept to an absolute minimum. But what is new on the Cure3+ bolt is a new 2-piece design. The new second piece sits inside the main body, is held in place with the bolt pin, and is removable and interchangeable without the need of any tools. The standard Cure3+ found in the Ego10 comes with a ramped insert that gives the air path from the valve to the face of the bolt a nice smooth transition through its 90 degree turn. But the real beauty of the design means that the insert can be quickly and easily removed and replaced for any future upgrades that may be developed for this bolt design.

Up at the front of the Ego10, below the lightened LPR cap, there is now an additional vent in the main body. This little vent hole is further testament of the desire to make the Ego10 the most reliable high-end marker out there. The little hole is nothing more than a vent, but its simplicity is its beauty, in that it makes it impossible for any kind of HP air from the valve chamber to bypass the internal LPR body seals and contaminate the LP air that feeds the Solenoid and Rammer. This added protection for the solenoid further enhances the durability and reliability of the whole marker.

Electronically the Ego10 has also had a complete overhaul. Of course the key features that have kept the Ego at the top of its game, such as Opto and Micro switch trigger actuation, are still there. But the heads-up display, GUI, microprocessor, solenoid drive circuit and expansion socket have all seen some major changes.

The four layer circuit board is home for a 16-bit, 16mips PIC microprocessor, running at 3V and with advanced power saving features. The increased number-crunching power of the processor allows for much more sophisticated control algorithms, leading to a smooth and seamless operation of the marker, and the 64K of internal program memory provides ample space for future firmware expansion.

The solenoid drive circuitry has been optimised with a focus upon the consistent and repeatable operation of the solenoid and multi-level prioritised interrupts within the control firmware ensure that timing fluctuations are virtually non-existent.

Standards have traditionally been a problem within paintball’s manufacturing community and so the Ego10 expansion connector supports UART, SPI and IIC interfaces, providing flexible upgrade capabilities. Planned expansion boards from Eclipse include USB and RF interfaces.

The liquid crystal display module (LCM) has been completely redesigned from scratch. This is not a commercial display, made to fit into a paintball marker but a custom unit

engineered specifically to withstand the rigours of the modern game. The chip-on-glass design is completely sealed against the ingress of paint, water and aggressive lubricants and is further protected by a plastic surround which also serves as a rigid mounting system. Transflective LCD technology means that the display doesn’t wash out in strong sunlight, contrast actually improves in brighter conditions whilst using significantly less power than OLED technology. When light levels are lower, a tru-colour RGB backlight can be configured to the user’s colour of choice via software.

The viewing area of the LCM has been increased by 92% over the previous model, improving the resolution while maintaining dot pitch and the Graphical User Interface (GUI) has been overhauled in order to take advantage of this larger viewing area. Readability has been improved with increased font sizes; Windows pop-up with useful status information; Range bars indicate the adjustability of parameters; Smart Menus reduce clutter by removing parameters when not required. Usability has been improved in a number of subtle, but important ways. It is now possible to scroll through the run screens with a single button press, allowing the user to quickly access all of the available information; The tournament lock can be quickly toggled with the press of an internal pushbutton; All of the user adjustable control parameters have been grouped into a single menu and can be easily viewed regardless of the state of the tournament lock. Along with the instant and peak ROFs the two Rate of Fire screens display historical data in the form of histograms allowing the user to monitor rate of fire consistency and thus analyse the way in which the trigger is being pulled. The Shot Counter screen features an adjustable and selectable Shots Remaining Gauge which allows the user to quickly estimate how much paint they have remaining.

All together, the changes made to the Ego10 have been entirely player-focused. It’s been designed to be easier to shoot, smoother to shoot, more reliable, more consistent, require less day-to-day maintenance, easier to adjust and just generally nicer to live with. What you won’t find different with the new Ego10 is our industry-leading levels of customer support, our commitment to support the players in the locations they use Eclipse products, and our commitment to educating and training technicians and service centres the world over.

An Eclipse Marker is more than just a collection of metal and wires. It is the Complete Package.

Weight – 903g/1.98lb Including 14″ Shaft3 Barrel, Battery, Feed Tube, OOPS
Length – 531mm Including 14″ Shaft3 Barrel
Height – 208mm
Width – 26mm

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Dye Precision Presents: Ollie Lang And The Dye NT

A quick preview of the new Dye NT following Oliver Lang at the Dye Precision headquarters.

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Is The Industry Finally Getting On The Free PR Train

Social Networking & Growing The Sport Of Paintball

(Originally Posted on PBGossip.com)

Strangely I think that it finally has happened, maybe it took the recession and the terrible hit to the paintball industry to get some of the largest companies in the sport to have a OMG type of realization and decide that they should be promoting themselves and the sport on the many available social networking sites that have some of the largest audiences on the internet. Let the year of 2009 not only be a low point in the history of the sport but hopefully the start of a new age of how paintball is promoted.

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While I will commend some companies like Planet Eclipse who have had committed a large amount of their time and resources to creating some of the best exposure in the sport so far on their Planet Eclipse ETV YouTube Channel or even displaying their newest products on Flickr. I also want to send a message of warning to many companies who will jump into things without having the correct knowledge or understanding on how this type of technology will help you grow your brand, increase consumer relations or just help you understand who your main demographic of customer support is.

Having operated ThisISPaintball.ca for a few years now and taking the initiative to ensure the proper operation of Facebook Fan Pages for companies like Planet Eclipse, Virtue Paintball, Smart Parts, Exalt Paintball, major paintball leagues like Paintball Sports Promotions and the Millennium Series and of course any team that I have played in what you could loosely call my paintball career combined with working for tech organizations and even the UN  you learn a few tricks along the way.

If you do decide do use Web 2.0 profiles please follow some of these suggestions to ensure that you are not creating more harm than good. Make the profiles consistent across all platforms so it is easily noticed that they are officially representing your brand. Don’t use a RSS of content that is available other places online it comes off as slightly lazy and does not allow for additional interaction to those who are members of that network. Allow interactive and creative ways to interact with your audience, creating contests are one way to help increase exposure and can range from prizes of stickers or t-shirts to going all out and using some of the companies air miles to fly the winner to attend one of the major events of the season. No matter how large or small of a prize you offer it will be greatly appreciated by whoever receives it.

The bottom line is that if we are to keep the sport alive and hopefully make it back to where things used to be a few years ago we need to bring in some new people to the support and to also help retain those who are still currently playing. While many PR campaigns use traditional methods of print media and advertising at paintball fields the biggest problem with using that route is you are preaching to the converted. Which is still not a bad thing but with seeing that Facebook alone currently has more than 250 million active users worldwide that would seem like a good place to try and grow the sport.

Examples of Paintball Companies Using Social Networking

JT Sports is yet another company who has been using social networking to interact and even give back to the players in the sport. They recently held a contest where anyone following JT Sports on Twitter could Win A Custom JT Flex Mask.  All by doing what you might ask? By just sharing some information on their 40 years of being around as a company. The cost of providing one of your products to the market place for free can easily be well worth more than the amount you would have made in the retail sale of that one item.

Dave and all those smart folks over at Dye Precision Inc recently hopped onto social networking with great force that only a company of their size can do. They have pro players contributing on many of the networks and will be announcing the winner of a Ollie Lang Ironmen DM9 contest that they ran which is one sure way to kick off stepping into using Web 2.0 as a marketing tool.

While there are many more examples that could be thrown out there aside from the companies above there also is a great amount of exposure that you can do for sponsors of your team. Some great examples would be Dynasty, XSV or Explicit all which are providing content on the major networking platforms. The key to the best interaction goes way beyond keeping fans up to date but tearing down the barriers which are in other sports. Paintball seems to be one of the few sports that those at the professional level interact with anyone and everyone at the events, so why not also extend that to the online platforms to showcase your sponsors and share the sport with others.

The list of paintball related profiles, channels and pages on Facebook, YouTube, Myspace and Twitter is always growing so don’t be the last to realize that this is one of the biggest and best ways to promote the sport of paintball. If your a company or team that is looking for help with using Web 2.0 to improve the knowledge of your paintball brand get in touch with Adam (adam@pbgossip.com) with any questions or if you need help setting yourself up properly on these networks.

Editors Note: Adam Actually Won The JT Sports Twitter Contest And Proudly Owns The Custom JT Flex

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Paintball Sports Promotions Releases The 2009 World Cup Field Layout

PSP Events proudly presents THE event of the year, the 2009 World Cup. The largest professional paintball tournament on the planet will debut at a new location this year, Fantasy of Flight, October 7th – 11th.

Home to over 40 rare and vintage aircraft, Fantasy of Flight is the world’s greatest aviation attraction. The facility offers a variety of guided tours including visits to their working restoration and maintenance areas. You can climb inside the cockpit of a Corsair fighter for a battle over the Pacific and then take a spin on their state-of-the-art hang glide simulator in the Fun with Flight area.

Located in Polk City, FL, Fantasy of Flight is conveniently located between the Orlando International Airport and the Tampa International Airport. Servicing over 52 million passengers a year with over 1,000 arrivals and departures daily, the two airports offer a multitude of flight options for everyone traveling to the event.

The World Cup is the crown jewel of tournament paintball; more players, more spectators, more vendors, more buzz, more significance than any other event in the industry. The event also hosts the year’s largest tradeshow where everyone that’s anyone comes to debut their latest and greatest gear for the upcoming season. It is the must attend event of the year for teams and paintball enthusiasts around the globe.

Visit www.pspevents.com for more information about the event including host hotels. Stay tuned as we add additional properties, rental homes, and tons more details for the event.

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Paintball Sports Trade Association Offers Free Young Guns Event At PSP Chicago Open

Cross Posted From PaintballSportsMag.com

Paintball Sports Trade Association to Host Free Tournament at Chicago Open, the Paintball Sports Trade Association (PSTA) continues on its mission to help “increase awareness, acceptance, and participation” at the PSP Chicago Open. The PSTA plans to host a Young Guns Tournament with free entry and a Target Range during the Chicago Open event in June. At the beginning of this year, the PSTA showed its full support of the 5th Annual Paintball Extravaganza held this past February. Thanks to the PSTA and its board members comprised of industry veterans like DYE Precision’s Dave DeHaan (Chairman); Rick Chard, President of Paintball Events Unlimited LLC; Craig Miller; and PBNation’s President, Ed Rieker, just to name a few, this past February’s Paintball Extravaganza was a complete success. In fact, it was such a huge success that there will be another trade show specific to paintball business owners in September of this year (details of this next tradeshow to come soon).

Free Entry Young Guns Tournament

Newly appointed PSTA Director, Russell Maynard, said, “We want to do something different that’s never been done before by hosting a free tournament for players 12-18 years old who have never played a PSP event.” This PSP 5-man format, double-elimination format will take place on June 28th only and will be on a PSP field officiated by PSP referees. There will be only one division with a maximum of 24 teams. Young Gun aged participants will be supplied with DYE and Smart Parts paintball markers, hoppers, and air systems free of charge; even the air fills and their paint will be supplied at no cost to them! Players only need to bring their goggle systems and appropriate attire to play in the tournament.

“Young Gun aged participants will be supplied with DYE and Smart Parts paintball markers, hoppers, and air systems free of charge; even the air fills and their paint will be supplied at no cost to them!”

Both Paintball Sports Promotions and the PSTA are joining forces to sponsor these young players to give them a chance to experience what it’s like to play at a PSP event. There are special limitations as the rate of fire is restricted to semi-only and only 150 rounds per player for each game is allowed. Players will have to chrono at 270 fps, as well.

Target Range

There will also be a target range where PSTA Manufacturers’ paintball markers will be available to shoot for free. Representatives of each manufacturer will be there to explain the marker’s features. The Target Range will be open from 10AM until 4PM on June 27thand 28th during the PSP Chicago Open. This target range will be equipped with real life targets for players to shoot at! “PSP Pro tournament players from PSTA member sponsored teams will be on the range for kids to shoot at,” said Maynard. He continued, “What the PSP and the PSTA are attempting to do is create a better interaction between the consumer and the industry.” Since there will be no charge for air and marker usage at the Target Range, a small fee of only $3.00 for 100 rounds of sponsored paintballs. The reason for the cost is to help offset the cost of paint given to the Young Guns teams.

“PSP Pro tournament players from PSTA member sponsored teams will be on the range for kids to shoot at,” said Maynard.

It is the PSTA’s hope to bring the Target Range to places like traveling car shows where people will have a chance to get a feel for the markers, comparison shop, and get a hands-on look at the latest marker technology. To see a list of the PSTA Manufacturers that will feature their guns at the PSP Chicago Open, visit their website at www.Paintball.org.

Maynard said, “If the Young Guns Tournament and Target Range are as successful as we anticipate, we will be offering this again at all the remaining PSP events this year.” As the PSTA adds more events to their schedule, it is their hope to have local field/store volunteers to help run the Target Range. For more information about the free Young Guns Tournament, the Target Range, and the PSTA, please contact the PSTA Director, Russell Maynard, via their website atwww.Paintball.org.

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