I'm known for having Rippers. Lots of them. There's something about them that's amazing. The milling has always been impressive, they look great on the field and the Classics in particular, catch people's attention. The classic rippers are nearly 12 years old and have held a consistent value and those in good shape still fetch decent prices. I've been fortunate to find several in really amazing condition and with minimal wear. All of mine are the original anodizing/color schemes including some of the more uncommon ones.
Ripper 1 - Ironman
The Black-Clear Fade was a custom design for Bob Long's Ironmen. A few months back in the Intimidator of the Month thread, there were some really awesome pictures posted. It was good to see that so many have survived and are in great shape. I got this guy about five years ago, gutted it and rebuilt it from scratch. It has a Techna Scythe, AKA 2 Liter, and an Empire Gripframe that was anodized to match the marker. It's an impressive marker.
Ripper 1 - Black and Blue
This is the first Ripper that I bought. I love the striking color of the Black-Blue fade. I've toyed with several configurations for it. I had dualies on it for about two years but they didn't work well with the Empire frame as it put too much pressure on the barb. I eventually had the underside milled, the body tapped and put in an Alias front block/LPR, Alias Ram Sleeve and fully 2K5'd it.
Ripper 1 - Black
This is the latest acquisition to my collection of Classic Rippers. It's been owned (at several times) by two friends of mine (McGyver and Tabris17). McGyver owned it back in 2005/2006 and made it Black with Lime accents. The parts, unfortunately, were over anodized and the marker never worked quite right. It eventually went to Tabby and he got it back up and Ninja'd it out. He sold it and then got it back. Now it's in my hands. It's a great marker and compliments my other Ninja'd markers well.
Ripper 1 - Under Construction
My last two Ripper 1's are still under construction. They're also two of my favorite markers. I picked the Black-Green one up last year. It's barely been used. Ever. When I bought the gun it was covered in a layer of dust indicating it hadn't been touched in many years. It's so new, there's no wear in the breach. It's been tapped for a 2K5 block and milled underneath to facilitate an Empire frame. Once I get an anodizer to color match a frame and accent parts to the marker it's going to look damn sharp. The last marker is a chrome plated Classic. I've been told that there were only two of these done and I've been told that there were five done. Regardless there weren't many. The chrome polishes up very well. I'm going to have the accent parts done in lime, and a gripframe done in chrome as well. It should look incredibly sharp when it's done.
This was my workhorse marker for several years. I bought it the week it hit the market in 2004. I loved the milling and other than a few o-ring changes, I've never had to do any major maintenance on it.
I was bored in the winter a few years back and snagged the 2.5 for a good price. It had accents that sucked so I ninja'd it out. I love this milling pattern. It's a nice mix between the Classic scheme, the 1.25 and the 2.
This marker, my Ripper 2 and my Vice have the distinction of being my workhorse markers. Of the last 10 years these have been my primary marker for about 7 of those years. Terry was kind enough to give me dibs on a Ripper 3 as they hit the market in 2006. This was the first one released and was built by Terry. Not surprisingly I've never had any issues, and have yet to change an o-ring in it. It's still one of my fastest markers.