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New Product Introductions
by Bill Mills Photos
by Dawn Mills
Ennis Rustin from Ricochet
Blue Translucent Ricochet
Introduced earlier in 2000, the Ricochet
2K loader has given players a long awaited alternative in the powered loader
market. It uses a traditional agitator concept to stir the paintballs
in the loader each time a ball is dropped to prevent jams before they happen.
Powered by a single 9 volt battery, the Ricochet features an LCD display
on the back and ball counter and game timer features. Rustin announced
new models of the loader with chromed and translucent colored shells, as
well as a soon to be released lower cost version which forsakes the LCD
for a single flashing LED to indicate modes and status. Rustin also
noted that with the varying sizes of feed necks on different paintguns,
the Ricochet is molded oversized and includes a piece of sand paper so
that the player can sand it to a perfect snug fit.
Section 8 Paintball
Section 8 Paintball
Section 8 Paintball which now provides
service and support for the Nova paintguns from the now defunct Air Star
has improved the Nova design into a new paintgun, the Dark Star.
The Dark Star sports an improved, higher volume regulator. Additionally,
the solenoid valve which acts as a pilot for the main spool valve is relocated
to the rear of the grip frame for better protection. An alternate
breech section converts the Dark Star from its articulated barrel system
to allow the use of Autococker threaded barrels. The Dark Star sports
an MSRP of $495, or $595 for the "Lunacy" model with fixed barrel.
Additionally Section 8 is planning a FROG (Field Rental Only Gun) model
built for extreme durability and ease of maintenance with the field name
engraved on the side and a $125 price tag.
Tony Corletto from Bauer
Bauer, a leading manufacturer of air
compressors for SCBA and SCUBA applications is now targeting the paintball
market. Manufactured in both Munich, Germany and Norfolk, Virginia
their player and shop series compressors range from 5,000 psi gas or electric
portable models on up to 6,000 psi electronically controlled fixed units.
Because their primary market is air for breathing, all of Bauer's compressors
feature full filtering systems and moisture traps to deliver clean, dry
Maximus Paintball Video
Nelson Columbano from Maximus Productions
introduced the Maximus Paintball Video. Columbano recognized that
around the US there were paintball stores with televisions and VCRs that
were sitting idle. The Maximus paintball video features paintball
action footage, news updates from WARPIG.com, photo galleries from Paintball
2 Xtremes assistant editor Josh Silverman and more. To top it off,
it is free to paintball store owners who agree to play it a minimum number
of hours in their store. Funding for the video is provided by paintball
companies advertising with onscreen logo placements and 30 second commercials.
Mark Tromm demonstrates
the SNAPP pod
Allen Paintball Products (APP)
APP is one of the paintball industry's
oldest manufacturers of molded products, and they continue to innovate.
Their widowmaker and firestick aluminum barrels represent a new move into
machined aluminum accessories. Their new squeegee holder lanyard
features a c shaped clip that pops on or off of standard squeegees quick
and easy yet holds them securely. They are now producing pods to
order. Fields and stores who want their own 150 round pods can order
them with custom logos molded in the side - minimum order 1,000 units.
Split grips are a new custom molded item. They are wrap-around rubber
grips and can have LCD windows placed in them, position and shape determined
by the customer. Also new was their SNAPP tube. Its side flip
lid stays securely shut, but allows for easy one hand loading.
Laurent announces FAC3FULL
Fabrice Poujade is in danger
of being eaten by a giant
Arroyo from Ground Zero
Laurent Hamet announced the launch of
Facefull Magazine. It has been described as a paintball magazine
with the style of Maxim or other similar men's magazines. The thick,
lavishly photographed magazine is printed on heavy, glossy paper and due
for full distribution in fall of 2001. A pre-release issue was shown
at the tournament.