At this year’s Paintball Extravaganza the Lurker Paintball Paragon was one of the most talked-about products. Check out some of the marker’s features:
- Patent Pending Eigenvalve technology with Clutch system
- Self-compensating, recoil canceling valve
- Dwell insensitive
- Magnetic valve return
- 100 psi operating pressure
- 4 critical dynamic seals
- Autococker threaded Eigenbarrel v.3, 15”
- Among the lightest weight tournament markers available
- Lightweight bolt design
- Soft face
- 2 stage speed, low force bolt action
- Hardcoat anodized bolt
- Integrated feedneck detent
- Popular ridge and groove feedneck mounting
- Asymmetric force nubbin style breech detents with relief
- Tool less disassembly
- All seals off-the-shelf
- Nearly vertical frame
Interview With Ryan Kenaley of Lurker Paintball
Can you give us a brief history of your company?
Lurker Paintball was founded in 2006, when we began selling lightweight rams for the Intimidator series of markers. The response was so tremendous that over the years we accumulated a line of hard parts upgrades that now includes rams, bolts, valves and barrels.
How did you get into the game of paintball?
My brother and I started playing in 2002. I was hooked, and all my friends bought entry level markers to play in the woods. Eventually we got in to airball at the local field. All the time that we were playing, I was fascinated by the technical side of paintball, especially the markers. Why did they make this part this way? Why isn’t it like this. Eventually I started finding there was a lot of room for improvement and the rest is history.
How did the Paintball Extravaganza go for you?
It was a very exciting event for us – the big splash we made with the Paragon really had people buzzing around our booth. We had a lot of interest from players and dealers, and so we’re very encouraged by the state of the game. It was great seeing all the new products, and all the people that are really enthusiastic about the industry. It was also humbling to interact with some of the biggest names in paintball, all under one roof!
What are your best selling products and why?
Our Axe and Mini products, as well as our barrels sell extremely well. I believe that this is because we always aim for performance that is at the top of any class we enter, with a price below the market average. Our barrels have the highest velocity gain of almost any barrel tested due to the 9.3″ control bore, yet a 5 piece kit costs less than $100 shipped.
Anything new in the works that you can tell us about?
Our cards are mostly on the table, one item that didn’t make the cut at PBE was our Luxe Eigenbolt. This draws on our Shocker bolt technology to improve the efficiency of that platform. We’re very excited about releasing that before this season begins in full. Most of our design effort this year has gone into the Paragon, but we also have some Dangerous Power G series upgrades in the works.
What are your goals for 2014 and beyond?
Our goal for 2014 is a successful and punctual launch of the Paragon marker. We’re very encouraged by the technical data we have so far, so making sure the execution of this product happens in a timely fashion is very important to us. We also aim to continue to provide a high level of customer service as we expand.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Special thanks to everyone who helped us get to where we are today – My design partner Steve, Gabe at PB Mechanix and Lurker, PBNation, Simon Stevens of Inception Designs, Cliff at Metal Mods, Jin Oh, John from Ironic Designs, and Trevis from Trevis Meseroll Designs.