FreeFlow Lockout Matrix
1 of 20 made for Team Lockout of Rochester, New York.
Shocktech Trauma Matrix
1 of 25 made for the professional team Baltimore Trauma (one of my favorite teams ever). Milling work on these guns were done by Danny love, who was also responsible for the Westwood and Shocktech's legendary autococker tuning. Tadao's first board and eyes were designed specifically for the Trauma guns and were marketed as the Trauma Eye Board.
Tez Patel's (owner of Roughneck Paintball and Team Demonic) personal Matrix. 1/1(?). Tez is responsible for the creation of the uber rare Demonic autocockers, as you can see by the design resemblance's.
KAPP Flame Matrix
1 of just 24 made by KickAss Performance Products, each with different anodizing.
'The Gator' Concept Ironmen Matrix
Presented to Duane and Rich as one of the possible styles for the Ironmen Matrix that didn't follow through. Not much else is known about this 1-off gun.
The Flagged Ironmen Matrix Prototype
The ORIGINAL #1 Ironmen Matrix. Milled by Duane Parsons in collaboration with Rich Telford. Has 'Flags' milled on the side instead of the typical 'tear drops' seen on all the other Ironmen's. Custom frame, bolt, breech, etc.
The original design had something that looked like flags on the side but, after producing that, the team came up with the 3 teardrops instead for the production guns.
- Duane Parsons
Aardvark F1 Matrix Prototype
Aardvark's test bed guns and precursors to all the Entity, Tequila, and Tequila Sunrise guns. 1 of 5, each uniquely designed. This F1 has never been anodized.
1 of 17 made for the pro team Los Angeles Ironmen. 14 of them were given directly to the team, thus never publicly sold. The last 3 were kept with the company and the employees.
1 of 3 Entity Matrix guns in Silver. Previously owned by Andy Kopcok of the Ironmen.
The only gold Entity Matrix of the 17. Previously owned by Yosh Rau of the Ironmen.
Only one of its kind. I don't think Sacramento XSV was ever sponsored or formally required to use Matrix markers, so this is a pretty special specimen. Made by Duane Parsons for Rich Telford as a present from his wife, Gina. Duane is the same man responsible for the original work on the Ironmen Matrices. His nickname, Mr. 2tenths, represents the measurement of two ten-thousandths of an inch. A ten thousandths of an inch is as small as machinist measures by hand and is the amount that the machines that make the pieces can hold parts to. That is to say the machines themselves can hold no better than 2 ten thousandths of an inch. What he is saying by using that name is that he machines to perfection.
Thanks to Jack Rice (of Alien Paintball) for that nickname information.
A grizzly bear milled on the passenger side, representing California's state animal.
XSV is milled into the trigger guard.
The gun is real. The wheat grass is fake. Props to Dye Paintball for somehow managing to make the world class IM9 even classier. Titanium suited.
Shoutout to Greg for hooking me up with enough Ironmen badges to last a lifetime.
Thanks to Wolf13 and Thomas for providing some of this information.
An actual piece of art, this one. The body and metal shroud are both airbrushed by hand, then clear coated for protection. Finding one with a matching shroud is an even greater challenge.
Hand Air brushed Spanky's are not to be confused with the FBM Graveyard line of autocockers.
Cousin's Paintball RF
There are only 5 of these bodies made. They were custom made in our Mt Kisco store by Mike Oneto. The guns came as custom bodies and were assembled out of custom parts. There were 5 bodies made; 1 green, 1 blue, 1 purple and 2 black. The guns were very limited edition custom guns. This is as much info we here at Cousins Paintball know about them. It was a long time ago and no one remembers the exact date we got them in. I hope this helps.
'99 WGP Prism
Ever since I saw the Prism at the '99 AM Open, it's stuck with me as one of the nicest looking autocockers ever made. Not enough markers (and even other Prisms for that matter) have anodising that actually compliments the milling like this one does.
In '98, WGP had begun producing and selling aftermarket autococker kits in their attempt to claim a piece of the high-end 'cocker market pie. Such kits included the mass produced STO. But in the very rare case, WGP seemed to have offered a few other very diverse 'cocker kits such as this one. Digging through wolf's and other old information, I've come to understand that this particular Prism was assembled by Shocktech/Warped Sport's Chris Cole. His signature twist-lock bolt / back block combo (also later found on some Freeflow markers) and other preferred pieces would not have normally come stock to WGP kits.
I have only ever seen one or two other Prisms for sale, so it's likely that these were a very limited run.
Early Jason Chipley Team Pump
Jason Chipley's one-of-a-kind, early team gun he built and milled before he founded CCM. Supposedly the pump that started it all. Has a Kapp slider, dual pump rods, a custom pump guide rod, a delrin tipped AKA Lightning Bolt, and beautiful milling. After contacting Mel @ CCM to see if she knew more about it, she excitedly replied with this:
That is an o-l-l-l-d gun!!
Jason Chipley did the machining on it for sure, but I do believe that was Garett Maxwell's gun. He was our (CCM's) first tech and design guy who worked and played forever with Jason. ...where did you pick that up at?
This explains why it's one of the nicest shooting and feeling guns in my collection, no contest.
1999. Right feed.
'95 Belsales Predator
The autococker line of the Predators, one of the UK's top teams during that time. WGP was the US distributor for Belsales' Predator, but later was switched to Smart Parts for Evolutions.
These are Merlins done by Powerlyte as prototype/show guns. 1 of ~10. If you're old school, you'll notice that these are nearly identical to the FoN Merlins (Force of Nature), which are also very rare (about 13 FoN Merlins were made for the team).
Information on these is very scarce.
Jimmy Wood Merlin
While it's taken years to track the right one down, and although yellow isn't my favorite color, this one was the creme of the crop. Jimmy took five V2LE style Merlin bodies and did some of his own additional custom milling to each of the markers. But the main attraction of these machines were his overly excessive tunable P&P frames he made specially for them. There is an incredible amount of set screws in this gun's frame, providing ways to tune the trigger at obscene amounts of precision. Couple this with AKA frame internals and you've probably got the most customizable autococker slider frame ever made right here.
Unfortunately, I've seen two of them were Ebladed and another had an Eclipse hinge frame. The incredible feature of Jimmy Wood Merlins are largely the frames, and why anyone would toss them in favor of anything else is beyond me.
Aces High Merlin
Young Choi, owner of Aces High Paintball in Washington (circa 1999) was responsible for making these. Now, this marker was one I sold a long time ago and one of the few I regretted doing so. As luck would have it, it's come full circle and is now in my possession again in the same condition I sold it in. I'm really glad to have this one back.
I tracked down Mr. Choi to ask him a few questions about these, since I've only ever come across this one and Wolf's yellow/green one- and here's what he had to say:
There are a total of 17 floating out there. 10 of the first run, 7 of the second. Wolf13 owned one from the first batch, but yours is one of the second batches that we made. Everyone loved the color scheme and they sold quite fast. We used different parts as far as the front block goes and used a screw to balance the sear spring better. We did away with with trying to polish the trigger plate and went with ANS trigger plates as we tried to get the shortest and snappiest trigger pull. We also did more extensive milling on the second batch guns.
Un-numbered Rudy Dean Prototype
A custom 1-off Rudy Dean autococker made by an employee for himself. This particular one was left un-numbered, with Rudy himself the only other person who owns the un-numbered Rudy Dean autocockers. His would very likely be prototypes. These were built by Rudy Dean with the idea of creating the ultimate low pressure autococker. The LPR is located where the HPR would typically be, so this requires the use of an adjustable regulated tank (Max-Flo, Conquest, etc.) or a preset screw-in tank coupled with something like a Palmer's female regulator. The Air then gets shot directly into the valve chamber through the elongated LPC looking part in the front block. About 150 numbered Rudy Dean Autocockers were made. An easy way to tell a Rudy Dean Body from anything else is the lack of any sort of detent system on most of his creations.
Chris Shanks Spine V (1 of 6)
A small private run of autocockers made by Chris Shanks of Planet Eclipse. All 6 bodies were milled to look different. This is #5 of those six, the lightest body out of the bunch.
This is another nearly unobtainable gun. The Wraith was a limited run by Dragon Designz, circa '03-04 . 'Like so many other custom cocker startups, this one made a very limited run and disappeared.'
This gun is LIGHT. It's on par with a twister, if not lighter. Only 7 exist.
Black to Red fade
Shades of Orange. Light orange -> dark orange -> light orange fade w/ reverse splash
Inception Designs Kryptonite
Made special to order for the staff here at PBNation! Thanks, Simon!
Here are some very cool vintage posters and pictures I've had hanging in my paintball garage for a long time, lots of great memories here.
I was the photographer for a few of these, but most of the cool looking ones were done by very talented friends.
The ever elusive Thunderstruck Bushmaster. 1 of 6, and 1 of 3 that are accounted for.
1 of 12 Zero Tolerance Bushmaster (Only one accounted for).
Murder Inc. Flame
1 of Limited (1 of 1 known) Murder Inc B2k (NOT a BKO).
Shocktech SFL Concept
Danny Love's personal 1-off concept SFL Bushmaster he used in the 2002 NPPL World Cup with Aftershock. Custom made carbon fiber eye plates. Sports an LCD. Hidden away in the BBT/Shocktech vault to never make it to production.
Sandridge Tiny Tornado F5 (Version 2) built on a Freeflow Millennium body
Sandridge offered this conversion for autocockers in the late 90's. The way these markers operate is probably the most unique in paintball history, and is the only gun to do so, ever. Nearing the same time period as the PMS M3, this was the first electro-pneumatic autococker system, ever. These were also the first markers to utilize electronic eye sensors in order to prevent chopping, ever. Dual solenoids on the front block are utilized for re-cocking as well as tripping the sear which is housed in the Angel frame with another ram making the gun fully pneumatic (the first Close Loop Control System). Meaning, there is no 'pancake' style solenoid like E-Blades, RaceFrames, etc. They also had one other key component that no other marker, to this very day, has ever used. A system that uses a magnetic field (Hall Effect Sensor, or H.E.S.) in order to time and help prevent chopping even further. Using two H.E.S. sensors on the ram, the electronics are able to determine the position of the back block and recognize whether or not it was fully cocked or still traveling. There is no 'bolt delay' or 'board settings' that the user needs to adjust, this system makes this autococker self-adapting.
TL;DR- This autococker TIMES ITSELF and adapts itself to changing conditions in how paint is being fed, the amount of air going into the marker, and how fast the user is firing. Absolutely mind blowing and unique in design.
Jackal Phase II
These were machined by Jeremy Garrett of Jackal Machine, son of Terry Garrett of G3PB. G3PB at the time set the bar for customer service, but just a few years later left the Paintball scene to pursue other endeavors. The company also made other cockers (more commonly seen: RDL), but Phase IIs were mainly showpieces, many of which came as kits instead of a full marker. These are pretty cool, as you may notice that the back block spans in towards the center overlapping part of the body. It's not often that bolts are match ano'd either!
RMP Pro Series Kryptonite
Built in collaboration with a customer and Frank Watson, owner of the late RMP, around 2000-2001. RMP would eventually carry DYE and Works 'cockers, but before all of that, they hand-made three high-performance Pro Series Kryptonites. One blue, one orange, and this green one. Hand picked pneumatics, internals and milling all done in house, these were meant to compete with the bigger names in autocockers; and were competitively priced at $1,500 as well. Performance is above solid, the ano is beautifully done, and the craftsmanship is of the highest quality. It's too bad that RMP didn't make more of these. Frank had to even be coaxed into making these three alone. The paintball world definitely missed out.
BPS Twister w/ Reflex Kit
One of the last Twister bodies to leave BPS. A full mill, P-Block, Vertical Feed, Sponge Wash model that had all the right criteria for me to buy it. It has a very rare BPS reflex kit installed on it (essentially turning it into a full-auto autococker), which never gained popularity due to its high price (around $500 for just the kit itself) and tournament illegality. The kit was rapidly banned at many fields.
The Reflex Kit on an autococker finely demonstrated by Mr. Firpo:
Micro mini, Clamshell, convertible, P-block, left feed!
'99 BBT SFL Prototype
Before the legendary SFL autococker line even existed, BBT's legendary Danny Love built 5 pre-SFL prototypes, each one slightly milled and ano'd differently: A polished finish, flame ano, all black, Billy Ceranski's yellow striped, and this one: BBTs signature black/blue/clear fade with reverse splash commonly seen on the Westwood (though Westwoods are by no means common at all). The full body, dual wire detents of different length (which prevented the ball from rolling forwards AND backwards in the breech), and extra high smokestack feedneck all scream old school. Danny Love's autococker tuning was regarded as the best in the industry, and to own a prototype that he built from the ground up is certainly something special. Unfortunately after he built and tuned the early SFL's, he hardly touched the later generations. BBT/Shocktech decided to focus on branching out into other, newer platforms and products which included the autococker E-blade frame, rendering great mechanical slide frame tuning somewhat of a lost art.
Gary Noblett's BBT Custom Aftershock
This is one of those pieces that is so unique in history and what its accopmlished, that one can't help but feel a little 'starstruck' or 'empowered' while holding it.
This is Gary Noblett's '98 Team Aftershock BBT Custom he used to help Aftershock become one of the most prominent and dominating teams in paintball history, winning the '99 NPPL World Cup and appearing in the video PUSH (where Gary is regarded as 'the best cover fire player to have ever played the game').
Built from the ground up by BBT's Danny Love, the trigger on this is perhaps the culmination of the Shocktech philosophy, it is incredibly smooth and light. I have to say, this is probably the fastest mechanical 'cocker trigger I have ever shot. The anodizing fades from a blue to a dark purple at the back, and the match anodized stock continues the fade in full extension. The little logo does not say "Shocktech" like the rest of their autocockers, instead it says "Team Aftershock" on both sides. The .685 Boomstick is also custom milled to match the front block. This was a performance piece that emphasized performance; note the brass ram, extra high smokestack and vented milled feedneck, and dual wire detents both in front of and behind the ball (Just like the BBT SFL Prototype): A novel concept at the time.
Anyone who doubts the difference between a normal autococker and one built by a master for a teammate, this is the gun that should be spotlighted.
'The Two-Face' Evolution X
This Evo X was milled as a historic piece to show the diference between a stock cocker and evo, and is the only one Belsales ever 1/2 milled, so it needed a 1/2 ano job, too. Dubbed "The 2-Face". An early (and internally 1-of a kind) Evolution Angry frame in two-finger slider form was made for it, along with other 1-off features not found on other Evolution Xs. It's regarded as the Grandfather of the Evolution X line of autocockers. A matching half blue, half black Halo was also made to be used with it. It's creator was "DB" of Belsales. If it's an Evo or Belsales part made in the last 10 years, chances are he had a hand in its design, assembly, and fruition.
Its HALF tourney and HALF recball, you should have seen peoples confusion when DB played out of both sides of the same bunker - everyone thought there were two people in the bunker lol.
- DB's Girlfriend
Planet Eclipse Aurora
Planet Eclipse made 12 of these Aurora autocockers. The process called spectrum physical vapor deposition(?) causes a very high and narrow amount of electricity to pass through the metal to give it its prism finish. It is NOT the same as "oil slick". I have yet to confirm the rumors that of the 12 made, 5 left the factory as undrilled mechanicals. Planet Eclipse stopped doing this process because it was just too expensive for the return they expected.
But I digress..
This one is UNDRILLED
Cesare Pizzo's Westwood killer, the LE supercocker is an absolute beast of a high end cocker. Built completly to order, with a heart attack price of $1850 ($1975 with black ice unireg) without HPA system or loader, the LE is one of the most expensive paintball guns ever to hit the market. Using some of the best parts on the market (including P&P's excellent 45 frame (front and rear trigger guide screws) that even BBT adopted), it could be had with virtually any option for pnuematics and internals. I have only seen pictures of four of the LE's (the lesser super's are far more common, though still very rare), and only two for sale in the last few years (by the same seller). Finding an Aurora is easier then finding one of these, especially in mint condition.
P&P also used some of the most distinctive annoes for their supercockers including a multicolor acid wash or splash with a faded splash over top. For anyone keeping track, typical price for something like this could easily approach $500. Like all P&P cockers, this has the edition engraved just in front of the feedneck "SuperCocker 99" on one side and "limited Edition" on the other. Trust me when I say this is a beautiful anno, and well ahead of its time.
2001 P&P Super Cocker Limited Edition
According to the original owner, this special order Super Cocker ran him nearly $4,000 out the door.
There are several variations of Works autocockers that exist. Manufactured by CCM before they took up that name as a business. There are three generations of this marker, all easily identified by the number and shape of the 'ovals' on the lower tube. They also came in P-block and normal back block versions, ball spring detent and wire detent, hinge or slider, and mostly Angel threaded feednecks (some were Merlin threads). This particular one is a second generation, ball spring detent, and interestingly Mini'd. I haven't seen too many mini Works at all, and the anodizing on this piece is very high quality and is the fanciest of factory ano schemes (nearly all other Works autocockers are solid color from the factory). It wasn't until later that Works autocockers came with their 'signature' skeleton trigger plates, as you can see in the picture. undoubtedly one of the coolest and most stand-outish features of this gun. It ranks up there with the likes of BBT/Shocktech and Evolution trigger quality, which is no surprise having come from CCM. One other interesting feature about all P-block Works is that they have custom length bolts - between STO/Evolution length and 2k+. Not a big deal at all, but probably not a smart design decision on their part.
This V1 is one of the rare full body models. Most all Revenge V1s were mini'd from birth. I can safely say that I've seen 4 or less full bodies. There were a handful of small shops that put out differently milled bodies to those common V1s with two "swoosh" like lines. This one was milled by one of the small shops and the lines are very very intricate, which couples with the camo ano in a very interesting way. Also, notice that the front block was milled to match the rest of the gun- a feature very uncommon to the Revenge line.
The Revenge V3
Some guns are so unique and rare that their existence is nearly legendary, and to own one is a dream. Satco 700, Pheonix, RTP Auto-Viper, Revenge V3; all names that make the knowledgeable sit up and take notice. To a fan of AKA, cockers or oddballs in general, the V3 has a mystique all its own. Although two or three are rumored to exist, according to a former owner; Mike at Splat Attack built only a prototype and this one. The prototype was then destroyed. I have heard a lot of opinions and rumors stating otherwise, but I know I have never seen another one, though it would not surprise me if Mike kept one.
Although the the rear mounted ram is not new (Eyeball, Whither's and Nestle's work predated it by a few years), it does feature a few interesting evolutions, namely the internal air passage as well as the enhancements of the Revenge line. The roundbody Revenge V2 LE's introduction at the same time became the cap of the Revenge line and the V3 became just a footnote in history.