Brass Eagle's Charles Prhudomme
JT's Chuck Hendsch
Nathan Greenman demonstrates
the features of MyBrasseagle.com
to Bill Mills
The Revolution is improving
the XBoard and the polycarbonate
Installing the X Board,
or opening the Revy for cleaning is very simple
Bending the agitator paddles
The Revelation will come
with a coupon for a free jersey
The Genesis will include
a coupon for a free JT IZE mask
Brass Eagle is now more than just Brass
Eagle, it is the Brass Eagle companies. That includes Brass Eagle,
ViewLoader, JT, Challenge Park Xtreme, Pursuit Park fields, and more.
Brass Eagle is working on changing its focus from the mass merchandising
to bring players into the sport to supporting the dealers and players who
stay in the sport.
Brass Eagle is now providing unparalleled
support for their dealers through MyBrassEagle.com. The new web site
allows a dealer to have full access to their records, invoices and orders.
24 hours a day they can place orders (including knowing what is in stock)
change orders, call up their history files, track orders. This all
works because the web engine accesses the company database directly.
The system is so easy to use that company rep Nathan Greenman commented
he uses it instead of their traditional database interface because it is
faster and simpler.
The ViewLoader Revolution is being improved.
Newly manufactured Revys are being built with the X-Board, and the board
is available as an inexpensive upgrade for existing Revolution loaders.
When electronics design changes were made to the Revolution in 1999, a
delay was introduced between the time a ball jam was detected and the agitator
spun. This was well documented in a WARPIG
Ballistic Labs test. The X-Board addresses this issue and has
been well received by players trying it in the field. It also features
a waterproofed coating to protect the electronics from damage if they get
wet. In the fall of 2001, Revolutions will be manufactured from polycarbonate
(the same material as goggle lenses) which will greatly improve their strength
and durability. A couple of extra Revy tips from Nate Greenman -
A large percentage of Revy problems come from hits in the front of the
loader and paint dripping through the front seam in, then down onto the
eyes, and the "repair" is as easy as opening the Revy and cleaning it thoroughly.
Also, bending the paddles of the agitator upward so they do not rub against
the sides of the loader increases battery life and prevents them from blocking
the feed neck if the batteries die.
Additionally Brass Eagle is adding two
new blowback paintguns to their lineup. Feature wise they are comparable
to many of the leading blowbacks available. It is their marketing
features that make them unique. Both will be sold under Brass Eagle's
new Minimum Advertised Price plan designed to be more dealer friendly.
The Revelation will include a coupon redeemable for a jersey. The
Genesis will include a coupon for a JT IZE goggle system.
JT, Also is expanding its product line
with the Excellerator paintguns, the JT Maxim series paintball, and the
Avalanche series barrels - the same barrels used by the pro team Avalanche.
Josh Donahue with the new
Hyperframe for the Autococker
The Hyperframe installed
on a Black Magic Autococker
The internal solenoid actuates
both the sear and the 4 way valve
Centerflag has built on the reputation
for their air systems, adding electronic upgrade triggers for the Automag,
Spyder and Piranha and other blowback paintguns. Adding to that lineup
is their new electronic grip for the Autococker, expected to be released
in fall of 2001. The design uses a single electro mechanical solenoid
to release the sear and actuate the Autococker's existing 4 way valve.
According to Centerflag's Dennis Ashley this does not achieve the same
maximum rate of fire as other conversions which use solenoid valves and
pneumatics to achieve the automation. The actual maximum rate of
fire depends on the Autococker on which the frame is installed, and
its pneumatics. Typical MROFs are from 11-13 balls per second, which
well exceeds the 9 pulls per second he has measured many players as capable
of pulling on an electronic trigger. The advantage of the single
solenoid design is that all of the electronics fit within the standard
sized frame, and because the Autococker's existing pneumatics are used,
the look and general aesthetics of the paintgun are retained.
PowerLyt's GripStyx frame
The GripStyx frame has slightly
less angle than traditional frames
Two piece barrels
Two piece barrels
PowerLyte is a new manufacturer that
is coming on strong. Their new line includes two piece barrels in
a variety of bore sizes and lengths with a patented "side by side" porting
pattern. The barrel front ends are interchangeable to adapt lengths.
Their GripStyx grip frames have slightly less of an angle to them compared
to traditional 45 frames. At first glance it is almost not noticeable,
but the difference can definitely be felt, allowing the shooting hand to
turn a little further upward. The frame itself includes a "mini drop
forward" to balance bottle placement. PowerLyte jerseys compliment
the lineup with strong logo graphics and vibrant colors.
ACI's Jerry Sullivan introduced the
Griffin XP - the low priced Griffon with the additional flash of ACI's
exclusive patterened anodizing. The Sonic electropneumatic conversion
transforms Griffons, Spyders, or Pirranhas, coverting them into electropneumatic
paintguns. The Bulldog II compressed air system features the removeable
top valve access found in their CO2 valves, along with a 10-15% increase
in flow volume.
The air systems from down under are
now more than air systems. The Mac Development line has been expanded
to include the Sonic accessories. Primarily for the Bushmaster, these
include a new grip frame, feed neck, low pressure regulator, and more.
Two piece barrels
"Rock" is easily the most recognized
name in aftermarket pneumatics regulators for the Autococker. Over
the years the Rock regulator has evolved. It has gone from the Rock
to the Mini Rock, and now the Micro Rock. Realizing that the relatively
weak pneumatics hoses used to day act as an effective safety blow-out,
Palmer has removed the relief valve from the Rock design resulting in a
much smaller reg. Rounded ends give the reg an ergonomic look, and
threaded disassembly for easy maintenance. Laser engraving indicates
not only the Palmer name but even which way the adjuster screw needs to
be turned to change output pressure.
Mike Clark announced the Power Booster
II, booster pump designed for rugged performance with lower maintenance.
Timberwolf paintball announced that
not only were their drop in defiant/bushmaster fully programmable circuit
boards available (programming cable included) but that their design and
manufacture services were available for paintgun developers. Their
board features include anti-chop eyes, intellifeed, and drawing power from
the paintgun's hopper. Boards are in development for the Angel LED,
Matrix, Excaliber and other paintguns.
The Comfort Pad in action
Redz Comfort Cover
A product the generated a lot of hubbub
- one that some industry people predicted would be one of the best money-makers
at the show - had nothing to do with paintball. Redz Comfort Cover,
makers of the Comfort Pack, and all sorts of Neoprene accessories is now
making the Comfort Cover - wrap around neoprene pads for video came controllers.
Having just landed a deal to place the Cover in the Electronics Boutique
chain of stores, Redz product - and literature about their paintball product
line - is going into the hands of video gamers across the country.