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THE ONGOING HISTORY OF PAINTBALL
How paintball started, and the timeline of paintball guns / markers and equipment.


Mid 1960s Charles Nelson is the creator of paintball. The Nelson Paint Company was founded in 1940 by Charles and Evan Nelson. Nelson had patented a number of devices that foresters could use to mark timber. One of those was a squirt gun that sprayed paint. But the paintball was invented because the Nelson Paint Company was asked by the US Forestry Service for a reliable way of marking trees from a distance. The problem was the tree was sometimes across a stream or thick brush. The idea behind paintballs was that they could shoot them out over the obstruction, and a ball from a gun would shoot farther than a stream of paint. Or ranchers could also use the balls to mark stray cattle. Charles Nelson played around with the idea and invented a paint pellet that could be shot out of a gun. It was actually created by squirting paint into gelatin capsules normally used then for horse pills. Nelson Paint then approached Crossman to design a pistol to shoot the paintballs, after 1-4 years of production with poor sales. Crossman no longer found it financially sound to produce the marker. Nelson then moved to Daisy, the airgun manufacturer to produce a paintball pistol. Obviously not owning the design of the Crossman 707, Nelson was not able to simply pass the design to another manufacturer, a new design needed to be created instead. Which is exactly what Daisy did by creating the Daisy 'Splotchmarker' which became known as the now famous 'Nel-Spot 007' The paintballs were also mass produced. Under contract by Nelson, RP Scherer produced the encapsulate oil based paintballs for the makers.
I say Charles Nelson is the inventor of paintball because the marker was his idea. I think if Bob Gurnsey, Hayes Noel, and Charles Gaines hadn't bought that Nelspot 007 and organized the very first game of paintball, someone else eventually would have done something similar. There are stories of ranchers and forestry workers shooting them at each other, but none of the stories are verified . Gurnsey, Noel and Gaines played a game with the paintball pistols, but it wasn't anything like we play today. The Game was invented a little later by Charles Gaines, he marketed paintball as a game of capture the flag with teams using the pistols.


Mid to Late 1960s Crossman is approached to produce the FIRST ever paintball marker The Nelspot 707, for the Nelson Paintball Company. Using an existing design of a currant pellet gun the Crossman 150, now the Crossman 2240. There is no new patents with the design, Crossman originally patent the stacked tube (which has become on the most popular types of paintball gun) in 1921 (Patents only last approximately 25 years). And the firing mechanism was the same as the pellet gun it was derived from. Click on link for more information on the Crossman / Nel-Spot 707. The Gun is Blued steel and was only manufactured for 1-4 years. Crossman declined to continue producing the marker, finding it not financially feasible to do so.
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At top the Crossman / Nelspot 707 Paintball Gun,
beneath it is the Crossman 150 .22 Pellet gun Paintball Gun
Notice the identical grip, trigger and lower tube.

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A pair representing the FIRST EVER

1972 Daisy Manufacturing Company patented and manufactured the SECOND paintball marker the Daisy 'Splotchmarker', which Nelson marketed as the famous 'Nel-Spot 007'. This marker is important because it is THE marker that was used for that first ever game of paintball in June 1981. The 'invention' of the "paintball gun" is sometimes mistakenly credited to James Hale because of a patent (US 3,788,298) filed for "compressed gas gun with trigger operated hammer release latching structure" in 1972 by James C Hale of the Victor Comptometer Corporation. Daisy Manufacturing Company, the airgun manufacturer, was owned by Victor Comptometer who's primary business was making adding machines, and early calculators. Notice that the patent is not for a compressed gas gun that fires paint pellets. The patent was filed because the Daisy 'Splotchmarker' was designed from the ground up to shoot a paintball, not modified from a previous air gun design. Because of this fresh approach to design it featured a different valve, hammer, trigger design than any existing pellet, bb, and the CROSSMAN 707, so was patented.


Hale said his bosses handed the job to him. It wasn’t a particularly glamorous project, he recalled, or one that Daisy thought would make much money. After all, how big could the market be for marking fallen trees and roaming cows be? He tried using an existing model of Daisy’s air pistol. It was made for tiny BB’s, so it wasn’t a surprise that the pistol didn’t shoot paintballs hard enough to make them burst on impact. Hale decided to design a gun from scratch. He tried different designs, but nothing worked. His heart wasn’t in it. Daisy was a day job that he worked as he saved money to start his own business.

Hale graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as a mechanical engineer. He went to Colorado and worked for Beech Aircraft Corp. designing hydrogen fuel tanks to be used in the Apollo space missions. In 1970, He and his wife decided to move back to Arkansas in search of the quiet life. There wasn’t a smorgasbord of engineering jobs in the area, he recalled. While Daisy was a fun place to work, he yearned to do something more challenging. The key innovations Hale produced that Christmas Eve 1971 were a simplified mechanism to load the chamber and cock the gun and a set of hollow tubes that delivered compressed carbon dioxide directly to the paintball when fired. The patent for Hale’s paintball gun was registered June 19, 1972, with Hale’s name listed as the inventor. But the Daisy company owned rights to the device since Hale developed it on company time. (Pretty common, employment contracts give financial rights to the company on all inventions created on company time)

Hale said Nelson contacted him in the mid-1980s and told him people were using the paintball gun for sport. Hale’s mind instantly returned to the days when he tested the gun by shooting pellets at a wall in the Daisy factory to see if they would explode.
"I can remember the smack of those things hitting the wall and pitying the poor cows that might be hit with it," Hale said. "We never imagined that people would ever shoot each other with it." For James Hale, there is just the framed patent of his paintgun in his tool shop. He said he never got involved in the paintball industry after leaving Daisy.

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Stock Nelspot 007
note the brass bead ended cocking knob

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Early 1975 Nelspot 007 - APG/Roy E. Hardy of Oregon

May, 1976-77 It was either in the spring of 1976 or 1977, Hayes Noel and Charles Gaines were drinking gin and talking, when they thought it would be fun to start some type of stalking game, as a challenge to their friends. They were wondering if being able to survive in the woods is a product of environment or deeply buried instinct. George Butler saw a Nelspot in a farm catalogue. Bob Guernsey and Hayes Noel wrote up the rules for that first game.

May, 1981 Paintball begins in Henniker, New Hampshire. The principal creators, Bob Gurnsey, Hayes Noel, and Charles Gaines, discuss the idea of finally having their game. The argument had went on for a few years. The Nel-Spot marker was located and tested on a volunteer, Shelby, Charles son, who said it didn't hurt much


June 27, 1981 The first paintball players. The first game is played with 12 players competing against each other with Nel-Spot 007s pistols. They arrived at Charles house the day before: "Bob Jones, a novelist, staff writer for Sports Illustrated and an experienced hunter; Ronnie Simpkins, a farmer from Alabama and a master turkey hunter; Jerome Gary, a New York film producer; Carl Sandquist, a New Hampshire contracting estimator; Ritchie White, the New Hampshire forester who had told Hayes he could cut his neck in the woods; Ken Barrett, a New York venture capitalist with lots of hunting experience; Joe Drinon, a stock-broker from New Hampshire and a former Golden Gloves boxer; Bob Carlson, a trauma surgeon from Alabama and a hunter; and myself [Lionel Atwill], a writer for Sports Afield, a hunter and a Vietnam vet, who had had the unpleasurable experience of leading reconnaissance missions in Vietnam in 1968, a decidedly poor year."

The prediction the night before the game? That the hunters would do well, and that the city boys were worth less than a case of beer. Atwill had the most respect due to his Special Forces experience. In alphabetical order the players were: Linoel Atwill, Ken Barrett, Bob Carlson, Joe Drindon, Charles Gaines, Jerome Gary, Bob Gurnsey, Bob Jones, Hayes Noel, Carl Sandquist, Ronnie Simkins and Ritchie White. (Possibly Gaines' son, Shelby played too, he was present.)

The game was capture the flag on an 80 acre cross-country ski area filled with second growth woods. There were 4 flag stations, each with 12 flags of the same colour, one for each person playing. At 10am the game started with players equal distance apart around the field, and each flag station had a REF with a whistle. the Refs blew their whistle every 15 minutes so players with poorer map reading skills would be able to find the flags. In summary, the first player to die was Barrett. He surrendered to Gary. Simpkins hand marked Gurnsey. Dr. Carlson shot five people, one being Noel when Noel had three flags and was headed for a fourth. Atwill "hurled a moldy onion" at Gaines, charged and tagged Gaines in the leg--but the ball bounced off. The tables turned, and Gaines tagged Atwill.
The winner? Ritchie White, the New Hampshire forester. "No one ever saw Ritchie, and he never fired a shot. He crept through the woods from station to station, gathering flags as easily as a schoolgirl gathers flowers." Atwill wrote, "The play was less than spectacular compared to some Games I've seen since, but there was a spirit to that first Game that will be hard to capture again. The weekend bubbled with humor, honor, fun and obnoxiously friendly, yet intense, competition. Those feelings, I believe, reflected the dispositions of the founders of the Game." - from the book "The Official Survival Game Manual" 1983

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1982 Charles Gaines invented paintball as the game we play today. He markets paintball as the National Survival Game (NSG), selling franchises and dealing the markers, paint, and the promotional material.

Also in April 1982 Caleb Strong opens the first outdoor playing field in Rochester New York.

PMI (Pursuit Marketing Inc.), was founded by Jeff Perlmutter and David Freeman. The founders had tried paintball and thought is was a winning idea, after unsuccessfully trying to deal with NSG, PMI felt they could do a better job on their own. There was no brand recognition to NSG yet, so PMI created a competing business, where PMI created partnerships with new field owners, who would set up the first paintball parks and then be their suppliers of the equipment they needed. PMI never dealt directly with the customer instead they had dealers and stores to sell their product. For their first marker they went to the Benjamin Sheridan Air Rifle Company, who had a reputation for being the highest quality air gun manufacturer in the United States, and had them manufacture, exclusively for
PMI, a paintball marker for commercial use that was very durable and reliable. The PMI-1 was the result, very similar to the later marketed Sheridan P68sc stock class marker.


Also in 1982 Paintball went international when one of the first group of NSG paintball fields opened is in Canada - London Ontario by Steve Ingles

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1983 The first NSG National Championship was held in Grantham New Hampshire at a up-country farm and restaurant called Gray Ledges. Despite the title it was actually an International Championship. Two of the eight teams of twelve people were from Canada. A NSG field in Ontario Canada, and the other from Vancouver Canada. These eight teams had survived the regional championships, and had progressed to this point. A capture the flag game on a 30 acre patch of forest that became the field of victory for "The Unknown Rebels" A team from NSG London Ontario. The Prize $3000 to the winning team, and $1000 to the runners up "12-Man Jury" the Miami team. People Magazine (Oct 24, 1983) hailed the Canadians as the first world champions.

Also in 1983 Sheridan introduces the PG (A side tube non pump version of the PGP).
People started adding pump handles to their Nelspot pumps to make recocking easier. Extending magazine tubes, and doing the first modifications to their guns.
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Nelspot 007 with after market pump handle

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Sheridan PG

June, 1983 Lionel Atwill, one of the original 12 players, writes "The Official Survival Game Manual" - the first paintball publication.

1983/1984 Constant air (CA) came out. Almost immediately banned from tournament play. The argument was that the game was to be driven by tactics rather than guns.
Gravity feeds came out end of 1983, with 45 degree angle elbows and a PVC pipe for the balls.
Check out the Warpig article on how to make an old school PVC stick feeder - cheap and easy with a trip to home depot!
(Despite what the article says, if you have a 1" inch feed like a Trracer you just need to dremel the 90 degree PVC joint,
not buy a paintball elbow)
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Old School Paintball, note the oil can loader

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Crossman 3357


1984 The sport is introduced to Australia under the name of Skirmish Games. Also this year the NSG Splatmaster was the First successful mass produced paintball specific marker produced solely for the sport of paintball. Prior to the Splatmaster, markers were adapted for use in paintball, or borrowed from other applications. Manufactured and Marketed by "The Survival Game" also known as "National Survival Games" or NSG. Another competitor of the Splatmaster was the Mark-4 produced specifically for paintball and quite successful but not marketed by NSG.

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Splatmaster

Also in 1984 Barrel extenders became the next big thing, turning the compact handguns into a rifle, cleaning kits and harnesses also came out. Caleb Strong of Buffalo New York opened the first indoor paintball field. Sheridan introduces the PGP adding the pump handle to their PG's.

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Sheridan PGP

1985 The first outdoor playing field is opened in England.
Fields started to change, getting smaller, the field owners were eager to change from the 100 acre games lasting 2 hours and low paint volumes, to faster games on smaller fields.

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APG/Debra Dion Krischke.

MID 1980s Silencers start to appear, home made silencers from PVC tube really worked. Eventually companies started to build and sell silencers as well, but the home made worked just as well. The paintball sniper is truly born! (See Mid 1990s for ATF's word on silencers)

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A typical Sheridan pump gun mid 80s, with working silencer!


1986 Dennis Tippmann, Sr. founds Tippmann Pneumatics. Originally a manufacturer of collectible, half-scale replica machine guns, family-owned Tippmann entered the paintball industry in 1986 when gun law changes forced them to re-evaluate their business. Their first paintball product introduced the first full auto paintball maker you could buy (The SMG-60 came out back in 1986 but was originally full-auto only. Not select fire. The select-fire started at the 2nd generation of SMG with the Internal line. As the external line was the first style.) - The Tippmann SMG-60 a .62 caliber fully automatic featuring a side feed using a 'stripper clip' held in a magazine out the side of the marker and used the newly introduced CA or constant air tanks that had just been introduced this year. Other semis had been made from converted pump guns, and other manufacturers had working models, but this was the first to the market This marker was later converted to standard .68 caliber in the SMG-68

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LATE 80's Tippmann invents the Pin Valve for CO2 tanks, they decide it is in the best interest of the sport not to patent the idea, thereby promoting it's acceptance as the standard. And because it is much safer than the home built alternatives that were in use at the time.

1987 Marked the advent of "Action Pursuit Games", a feature format magazine about paintball and laser tag. Also that year, the first commercial video about paintball, entitled "The Winning Game", is filmed and released. January of this year Nelson paintball's George A Skogg was grated a patent for the first washable paintballs (No more Oil based paint, that had to be washed out with turpentine.) Also in 1987 was the introduction of barrel plugs

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APG 1st Cover

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1988 APG ad Splatmaster Rapide

1988 IPPA (International Paintball Players Association) is founded as a non-profit association dedicated to the education, growth and safety of the sport of paintball. Russ Maynard, founding editor of APG, led the way toward establishing the speed limit of 300 fps. At the International Paintball Players Association (IPPA) in 1988, 300 fps was standardized as the maximum speed limit. It is the worldwide limit on how fast a paintball leaves the marker, and is now in the ASTM standards for paintball.

Also in 1988 Speedball makes its debut at Sat Cong Village, a paintball field in Southern California. Also called "arena ball", this revolutionary new variation of the game is an instant hit and was soon being played at paintball fields all around the globe. And Pro-Star Labs, Inc. introduces the "Bouncing Betty" paint grenade. Straight shot Inc introduced the 'Straight Shot Squeegee"

MAY 2 1988 Top Gun Paintball Games' owner, Raymond Gong, founded and legalized paintball in New Jersey on May 2, 1988. Prior to winning his lawsuit, paintball play was considered illegal in New Jersey. The NJ State Police, considered paintball guns to be firearms. Even if a player followed all the firearm rules for the purchase or ownership of the paintball gun, it could be considered Assault and Battery if the "firearm" was discharged at another player. Any would-be paintball player in New Jersey ran the risk of being arrested. New Jersey was the last state to legalize paintball. (Read the rest of the story by clicking on the underlined text above.)
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1989 - Bud Orr introduces the Autococker.

November 1989 - 20 year old, Gino Postorivo started National Paintball Supply as a small retail operation out of the pizzeria's back room. It began with $1,000 from his own pocket. Unlike many paintball supply companies, Johnny Postorivo (NPS' chief operating officer and Gino's cousin) said NPS is not hung up on exclusive deals with the brands it carries. "Everybody has proprietary items. Me, I'll buy anything someone will sell to me," Johnny Postorivo said, adding that he views it as an advantage because all brands can be found in the showroom.

1990 - The first national tournament to allow 12 gram and constant air is held in Nashville. The tournament, called the Music City Open, is also the first national tournament to allow carry-on paint and the first major event to be sanctioned by the I.P.P.A.

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APG ad June 1988

1991 Tom Kaye (the inventor of the Automag) and the staff at Air Gun Designs developed the first nitrogen system for paintball along with fiberglass tanks. It was not marketed, as the industry felt high pressure nitrogen was simply too dangerous. Today however, it's hard to find players in large tournaments still running CO2. Tom refused to patent the regulated nitrogen system for the sake of the sport, since he felt it was a superior power source over CO2. Also in 1991 Paintball begins in France, Denmark and other countries in Europe

April 15, 1992 Rec.sport.paintball passes its vote for creation on a vote of 195 to 43 and is announced as an official newsgroup.
Sheridan VM-68 / PMI - 3 introduced, one of the early very popular semi automatic guns. A prototype had been used in 1990 at a tournament

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June - July, 1992 Team Internet is formed as players prepared for the World Record Game at Jack Frost Mountain, PA.

November, 1992 NPPL (National Professional Paintball League) is founded in Chicago and the NPPL Pro-Am Series starts with events around the US.
1994 Warpig (http://www.warpig.com) introduced the first internet paintball site.

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1995 Paintball makes its cable TV debut on E.S.P.N. with the airing of the 1995 World Championship Games held in Orlando, Florida. Later that year, in television newscasts all across America, a videotape of four teenagers using paintball guns in a drive by shooting is aired and paintball players in every corner of the world voice their outrage over the incident. Also paintball fields are opened in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Also in 1995 Brass Eagle owned by Aldo Perone Toronto (currently XO industries, Skyball), sold Brass Eagle to Daisy Manufacturing Co.

MID 1990s The ATF makes a decision about paintball silencers, they are now illegal, they have decided that they are able to silence real firearms, so are illegal to posses

1996 Paintball playing fields, stores and tournaments can now be found in Canada, the United States, Australia, England, Scotland, Denmark, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Africa, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, Venezuela, Israel, Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

Also in 1996 the Shocker, manufactured by PneuVentures Inc., and distributed exclusively by Smart Parts (patent Oct 19, 1999) is the first electroneumatic paintball marker, PneuVentures and Smart Parts soon parted with PneuVentures in 1997 producing the Shocker, and PneuVentures producing the very advanced Cyber 9000 the first marker with built in LCD screen, also featuring built in chronograph!

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1997 Brass Eagle Large enough to split from parent company Daisy

Also in 1997 The WDP Angel V6 was introduced as a prototype at the 1997 Zap International Amateur Open. Though argued as the first electroneumatic, they were a over a year behind, and several years behind getting to the patent office.

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WDP Angel V6


1998 First Agitated paintball hopper patented

Also in 1998 Big chain stores like WALMART, started carrying Paintball. First it was low end Brass Eagle like the Blade, Tiger Shark, Samurai. Standard equipment on these markers were 12gram adapters, and 40 round AMMO BOX loaders, behind the times with the magazines and the local paintball stores to be sure but soon the higher end Brass Eagle was available like the RainMaker (essentially an Autococker) Prices were high and quality was low, but it was a start to getting paintball from an obscure sport nobody knew to one that people had at least heard of.

1999 - Concerns regarding paintball guns and rate-of-fire spark another major debate, ultimately leading to a decision to limit the b.p.s. (balls-per-second) of any gun manufactured from the year 2000 on.

Jan 1999 Brass Eagle buys Viewloader from CM Support (Dave and Rhoda Bell)

2001 The last year for the Sheridan PGP, the 2001 was a slick stock handgun used as a backup gun, it is one of the few stock class markers to survive in the mainstream paintball stores amongst the semi automatics. (Phantoms and others continue, but few people buy 'stock' makers without specifically playing stock class) Also this year due to the Sept 11th terrorist attacks, there is a real push to change 'paintball GUN' to 'paintball MARKER' as the politically correct fad spreads, the word 'guns' bring negative publicity where marker is 'safe' and 'sport' There is a real push to be aware of paintball's image as the sport becomes more popular.
Also this year Smart Parts introduces the ON/Off tank valve.

Also in 2001 NPPL requires Barrel Bags instead of Barrel Plugs, first referred to as Barrel condoms, now commonly known as BBD (Barrel blocking Device) The change was due to two reasons, the bag was far easier to see, tournament players were commonly not using plugs, or getting plugs made of metal the same color as their barrel, making it hard for refs. Second the bags are able to handle multiple shots that could occur from tournament electro makers with very light triggers, that would blow the barrel plugs out.

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PGP 2000 aka 2k1


Game Face Paintball is created as a joint venture of Crossman Corporation/Sheridan, and leading paintball manufacturer Procaps Inc. known for the DraXxus paintball brand.

March 2002 Brass Eagle announces that they are acquiring JTUSA from owners John and Rita Gregory

April 2002 National Paintball Supply (NPS) completes acquisition of Diablo Direct, Diablo is not the only brand NPS has bought. It also owns Unique, Psychoballistics, Empire and 32 Degrees.

Aug 2002 Richmond Italia starts the NXL (National X Ball League) It's a new format of speedball paintball, designed for TV, Two 5-man teams go at it in a center-flag format game. They get a point for hanging the flag, and then go at it again, with a constantly running game clock the game ends when the clock runs out. Instead of just pulling players for penalties, the offenders would serve time in a penalty box, much like in hockey, so a team could come back after a flag hang and start one or more players short It recruits a lot of speedball players from NPPL and PSP leagues and demands that they play exclusively for NXL events.

NOV 2002 DURTY DAN, one of the greats of paintball knowledge, and a great Canadian player closes his site.



2003 Big news from Smart Parts as they drastically reduce the size and air usage on their top tournament marker. The 'Shocker', but
Smart Parts backlash from paintball players begin -Smart Parts has been applying for new patents on existing designs, and threatened lawsuits against companies such as PMI, Planet Eclipse, Indian Creek Design, DYE Precision, Inc. and others who build markers with an "electro-pneumatic valve to operate a bolt assembly" to which Smart Parts owns a patent. Patent agreements are signed as companies loose lawsuits or agree to pay license fees. The players see it as Big brother style control, and a grab for money by Smart Parts. See article and article for more examples of why people feel this way. Interestingly two individuals currently associated with Smart Parts were involved in an "invention submission" business, offering to patent ideas, then charging huge fees to have it marketed. The Federal Trade Commission shut it down for "deceptive practices".

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Tippmann Introduces the FLATLINE barrel, back spin on the paintball produces a flatter trajectory and able to shoot 80ft-100ft further! Lots of controversy on this, does it break that far out? And snide comments about the banana barrel shape. But it really works!

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In the paintball magazines, there is a huge focus on speedball. Although less than 2% of paintball players play speedball, it is the focus because it's considered the more politically correct image of paintball. Bushball, with the camo and army tactics is considered bad press in a post 9/11 world.

There is also a major shift from CO2 to HPA/N2 tanks, prices are dropping, the speedball centered articles and advertising explains that speedball b.p.s shooting speeds is too fast for CO2 to recharge, and Co2 users will suffer 'shoot-down' from the lack of pressure. Despite the fact that few players are playing speedball or shooting that fast to make it matter, the switch to HPA is increasing. It does have some benefits or working better in cold weather, for people living in the North of North America. But also rumours that HPA makes your marker more accurate also circulate, (Because HPA operates at 3000+ psi and doesn't self regulate like CO2 it requires a regulator that controls pressure. The regulator makes better consistency not the gas, Co2 with a regulator is also just as consistent.)

Dec 2003 K2 Sports Inc. the well known ski and snowboard company buys Brass Eagle. K2 now owns Brass Eagle, JT, and Viewloader. Also Dec 2003 PMI buys R.P.Scherer Paintball Manufacturing Division From Cardinal Health, Inc

2004 Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball comes out for XBOX. It seems paintball has made it to the masses with this sleeper hit. Greg 'Red' Hastings formerly the creator of REDz comfort packs, and current speedball player with team XSV creates a fun fast pace game that is sure to be in every paintball player's XBOX game collection.
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APRIL 2004 K2 Sports Inc bought out Worr Games Products (WGP). They are also the owners of other paintball companies Brass Eagle, View Loader, JT

June 24, 2004 Tippmann Pneumatics, Inc., has completed a financial recapitalization with Summit Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm. The Tippmann family will continue to have a significant minority interest in the business. Dennis Tippmann, Sr., Founder of Tippmann, will serve on the company’s Board of Directors and provide ongoing consultation to the management team as needed. Dennis Tippmann, Jr. will also serve on the company’s Board and continue full-time as a member of the senior management team to lead the company’s product development effort. Mr. Tippmann, Sr. commented on the partnership. “...By partnering with Summit Partners as our first professional investor, we can now take our business to the next level and seek complementary acquisitions within the paintball industry to expand our product offering and market share.” In connection with this transaction, Howard A. Kosick has joined Tippmann as President and CEO.

Mr. Kosick has held a number of senior management positions in consumer goods and sporting goods companies, including Bell Sports, Arctic Zone, and Thermos. While he was at Bell Sports, the company became the market leader in bicycle helmets and accessories during the industry’s high-growth period in the 1990s. In his most recent position as CEO of Bell Automotive Products and Bay Travelgear, Mr. Kosick served the mass merchant, sporting goods, and specialty channels—the primary distribution outlets for Tippmann. As part of the recapitalization, the company plans to change its name to Tippmann Sports, LLC, to better reflect the company’s participation in extreme sports.

Late 2004 A major shift has begun again, back towards Bushball and MIL-SIM (military simulation games), sites like Special Ops Paintball, and OPS Gear make it cool to play in the woods again. Markers by RAP4 (Real action paintball), Tippmann, Ariakon look like M16's and M4's and MP5's more than speedball guns. The paintball magazines respond by featuring far more bushball and scenario game articles than they have had in years.



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The New Look of Paintball

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Special Ops A5A2


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RAP4 T68




Dec 2004 Tom Kaye inventor of the power feed, regulator, HPA for paintball and designer of the Automag, retired from Air Gun Designs (AGD) his Vice President Dave Zupan took over as president and owner of the company.

2005 The Tippmann C-3™ with PEP (Propane Enhanced Performance) technology is the world’s first propane powered paintball marker. With more than 50,000 shots per 16-ounce tank! That's probably less than a tank per season for most players. Is the bigger news that it uses combustion to fire the ball, or that it's a pump? A semi auto with PEP is apparently on the way.

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Greg Hastings is back with Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball Max'd looks like another hit game for the XBOX, as the game now launches on multiplatform out to the Playstation2. Greg himself has started another company having left REDz he created, he's now starting a new company R7 (his jersey number is #7), also featuring a well built pod pack system with separate belt and pack.
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Also 2005 The bushball revolution continues as Smart Parts are getting back into bushball, with their new SP8 marker, and bringing back the Renegade line of Camo gear. While JT is coming out with JT Tactical line of gear and their new Tac-5 paintball gun.

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Smart Parts SP8

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Late 2005 The Canadian XBall League is founded, bringing XBALL style paintball to Canada. There are four proposed regions across Canada including Ontario, Quebec, Eastern and Western territories.


SEPT 2005 Tippmann, the manufacturer of paintball markers and related accessories, has purchased Straight Shot,Inc., manufacturer of the Straight Shot squeegee.

JAN 2006 Spyder has joined the bushball revolution
with their new MR1 and MR2 "Military Style Markers", tactical black with removable stock, and sight rail. Available in electro or standard blowback.

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Feb 2006 PMI no longer distributing Tippmann products. PMI says lack of margin, and the introduction of their new PCS - Pursuit Combat System milsim line of gear (extremely similar to Tippmann A-5 and Tippmann 98 in this writers opinion)


Nov 2006 PMI and NPS combining. Two of the giants in the paintball business PMI - Pursuit Marketing Inc, and NPS - National Paintball Supply will be joining into one larger company. Between the two companies they supply the majority of paintball equipment to most stores and fields. PMI is such brands, as Piranha, Evil, Pure Energy Tanks, Extreme Rage gear, RPS paintballs, and PCS milsim gear. NPS is Diablo paintballs, Empire, 32 degrees, Vents, Paintball 2Xtremes magazine, and distributors of Bob Long, and BT Paintball gear.


Also Nov 2006 Tippman Sports and Special Ops Paintball team up to produce the Tippmann X7 milsim style marker. Designed together, and launched with an array of customizable parts from Special Ops. The X7 is being launched in conjunction with more than 30 different integrated mods – making it easy to give the marker thousands of different milsim looks.

Jan 2007 AJ Holdings LLC, successor to National Paintball Supply and Pursuit Marketing, Inc, has been renamed KEE Action Sports. KEE Action Sports will use the slogan “Adrenaline Delivered” to emphasize its commitment to providing innovative, high quality, exciting products to the paintball industry.
Feb 2007 Tippmann Sports sponsors Special Ops Paintball Brigade. Bringing Special Ops and Tippmann closer together




Aug 2007 K2 Inc. Has been bought out by Jarden Corporation. That includes all of K2's Paintball subsidiaries: JT, Brass Eagle, Viewloader, and WORR Games Products. Jarden describes themselves as a leading provider of niche consumer products used in and around the home. They own such brands as First Alert (smoke alarms), Rawlings (baseball), Shakespeare (fishing rods etc), Bicycle (playing cards), Coleman (Camping equipment), Crock-pot Sunbeam and Mr Coffee.








Original Document by Colin 'SunyJIm' Wells, 2005 some information adapted from Paul "Stryder" Kloehn's history of paintball, "exerts from The Complete guide to paintball", "The Official Survival Game Manual" and many many websites, that are all too quickly disappearing. As well as patent info from Airsoldier. SunyJim claims no rights on the pictures shown here, they are a collection strictly for history purposes.


Autres site interessant :

E.M.R.'s INTERNATIONAL PAINTBALL MUSEUM

http://www.emrpaintball.com/museum.html


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si tu es capable de retrouivé se texte en francais tu serais gentil ou le traduire parce je ne comprant pas tou


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Vraiment une belle pièce d'histoire.
Big up pour le mec qui a investit son temps pour faire sa ;).


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un classique ce post :P

C'est fou de voir a quel point le paintball évolue si rapidement !!


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Ses fouu de voir comment la technologie a évoluer depuis les anner 60! Les fameuse sixties! On est passer des fusils a 1 balle par minute(exageration mais bon!:P) A 15 balles seconde!


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remarque que les ''Handguns'' étaient vraiment nice, moi j'aime ben mieux les crossman 3357 que des tibérius 8!


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Le nelspot me fait tripper maudit que j'aurais aimé sa avoir sa comme handgun lol


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Tippmann devrais refair la production du smg-68 yer trop nice 8-)


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DT-Dog a écrit:
Tippmann devrais refair la production du smg-68 yer trop nice 8-)

il aurait tout simplement jamais du arreter :cry:

mais c'est markeur sont tjr accessible suffit de vouloir payer et d'etre un peu débrouillard 8-)


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DT-Dog a écrit:
Tippmann devrais refair la production du smg-68 yer trop nice 8-)

il aurait tout simplement jamais du arreter :cry:

mais c'est markeur sont tjr accessible suffit de vouloir payer et d'etre un peu débrouillard 8-)


Premièrement il faut en trouver 1 a vendre,a date j'ai faite plin de site ou il vende des marqueur et 0 smg a vendre de trouver !


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C'est fou comme les shockers on pu changer en une année :o


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sa se ressemble assez depuis 2003 parcontre...


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DT-Dog a écrit:
Cop3rZ a écrit:
DT-Dog a écrit:
Tippmann devrais refair la production du smg-68 yer trop nice 8-)

il aurait tout simplement jamais du arreter :cry:

mais c'est markeur sont tjr accessible suffit de vouloir payer et d'etre un peu débrouillard 8-)


Premièrement il faut en trouver 1 a vendre,a date j'ai faite plin de site ou il vende des marqueur et 0 smg a vendre de trouver !


je c'est pas ou tu chercher mais jai du en avoir une 10aine a vendre mais sont cher vraiment cher


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un smg-68 on parle de 400-500$US+ tout dépendant de ce qui vien avec. Rare a trouver aussi, peut trouver moin cher, mais faut qu'on regarde les craiglist car il y a des personne qui connaise pas leur valeur.

un smg-60 ses moin cher, mais les balle sont rare. 200-250$US E-bay(les moin cher la pluspart du temps), certain forum.


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alex7798.....cest pas le gros char mais cest mieux que tous en anglais si tu ne comprenais,a noter que la traduction est bizzare mais ca cest pas de ma faute ;) cest le programe!!!

http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... 9%26t%3d15


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xXDarkSeedXx a écrit:
Ses fouu de voir comment la technologie a évoluer depuis les anner 60! Les fameuse sixties! On est passer des fusils a 1 balle par minute(exageration mais bon!:P) A 15 balles seconde!

X2


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things have changed in paintball lol big time


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C malade comment sa me rappel des souvenirs.......des marqueurs que je rêvais d'avoir quand j'était tout jeune !!!!!


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alex_7798 a écrit:
si tu es capable de retrouivé se texte en francais tu serais gentil ou le traduire parce je ne comprant pas tou
http://www.le-dictionnaire.com traduction en ligne et tu le traduit aussi simple que sa :P


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Le Automag n'a pas été mentionné... :?: :shock:


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il en parle un peu, ce qui est drôle c'est que le filtre du forum à changé le nom de la compagnie
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1991 Tom Kaye (the inventor of the Automag) and the staff at Air marqueur Designs developed the first nitrogen system for paintball along with fiberglass tanks. It was not marketed, as the industry felt high pressure nitrogen was simply too dangerous. Today however, it's hard to find players in large tournaments still running CO2. Tom refused to patent the regulated nitrogen system for the sake of the sport, since he felt it was a superior power source over CO2. Also in 1991 Paintball begins in France, Denmark and other countries in Europe


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Naby a écrit:
Le Automag n'a pas été mentionné... :?: :shock:


Exactement,airgun design ont inventer le low pressure sur les marqueurs,grosse innovation qui leur a couter cher quand les autre compagnie (smartpart) les on actionner et voler leur idées...

AGD c'est un gros pas en avant pour le paintball,p-ê pas ici,mais au USA cette compagnie a été tres présente,p-ê plus que wgp.
Les autocokers ont eu le gros avantage d'être fabriquer par de multiples compagnies s'qui leurs as fait dominer le marché tres longtemps...


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AGD c'est probablement ce qui est arrivé de mieux au paintball seulont moi.
j'ai un splatmaster qui s'en viens, j'ai tellement hate de l'essayer!


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