30 New Products In 30 Days #6: Lurker Paintball’s Paragon Marker

IMG_6497At 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

lurkerpbCan 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.


30 New Products in 30 Days, #5: Milsig M17

msig-m17-cqc-2The Milsig M17 is one of the most talked-about products in paintball right now and for good reason. The revolutionary mechanical full automatic line of paintball markers are designed to be the finest of MagFed markers on the planet. From hardcore MagFed play to scenario big games, these markers will take your MagFed experience to the next level.

We recently caught up with Aaron Yendall to ask him about Milsig and the M17.

Aaron can you give us a brief history of Milsig?
MISLIG Direct was formed in 2013 to handle the needs of the growing MagFed market and to be the US Distributor for the MILSIG product line. MILSIG is the oldest and most widely recognized manufacturer of MagFed paintball products in the world.

m17-029383Can you give us a few nuggets about your new products? What is unique about them? What are the features?
All M17s feature a mechanical fully automatic operating system with a 3 position selector switch. The CQC features a polymer construction and a $300 price point. The XDC and DMR feature CNC aluminum construction as well as having rifled barrels and many other accessories.  The NODE regulator features a pin valveless design using a twist on off and de-gasses the gun automatically when shut off. The 18 round magazine will feed both First Strike rounds and paintballs.

How did the Paintball Extravaganza go for you?
Very well. We are excited to see all the companies moving into the MagFed market. We strongly believe that through MagFed we can introduce an economically viable new addition to the game of paintball that is not based on ever increasing paint consumption.

m17-7 477474What are your best selling products and why?
The M17 CQC has exceeded our wildest expectations. The combination of lightweight, full-auto, First Strike capability, and a $300 price tag have really struck a chord not only with existing MagFed players but tons of new players as well.

Anything new in the works that you can tell us about?
MILSIG is currently working on a folding air-through stock as well as a tank adapter the FXR carbine kit they make for the Tippmann TiPX and Tiberius T8.1 pistols.

30 New Products in 30 Days #4: Mac/Dev Cyborg 6

MacDev has been in the game of paintball for 19 years, making parts, accessories, apparel and of course, their hugely popular Drone and Cyborg marker lines. But the company has been around much longer than that, getting their start in 1969 in Sydney, Australia.

The Cyborg 6
Cyborg 6 red-black-black.resized And unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere or just heard of the game of paintball yesterday, you have probably seen the incredible amount of buildup regarding the release of the new MacDev Cyborg 6.

Well folks, here it is in all of its glory… and we do mean glory. This shiny new Cyborg 6 is jam-packed with new features and it looks like it’s going to be all that one could have hoped for.

Cyborg 6 gold-silver-white.resizedThe Cyborg 6 is a powerful, feature rich poppet valve marker. Its intelligent electronics will ensure the discerning player will get the most out of this smooth shooting, efficient and elegant design with many industry firsts in technology:. Key features are:

  • Comfortable rubber grip sections on the foregrip and barrel
    Improved, super smooth trigger
  • Digital pressure readouts for both regulators in the gun, to allow for precision gun tuning
  • Full featured, colour OLED programmable board with USB interface
    Quick disconnect frame design – frame can be removed without unplugging any cables
  • Soft turn venting ASA, turn on or off without effort.
    Shift 2 barrel system included.
    Cartridge style tool-less removable drivetrain.

Interview With Bourke Grundy of Mac/Dev

Can you give us a brief history of your company?
MacDev was started in 1969 in Sydney, as an engineering solutions company. The business prospered supplying problem solving solutions to government infrastructure, military, aviation and university research. In 1995 MacDev began designing solutions for paintball air systems, and designing parts for increased marker performance. In 2003, MacDev assembled all of these upgrades into the first completely MacDev manufactured gun, the Cyborg. Since that time, MacDev have expanded the range to a number of paintball guns and barrels.

Cyborg 6 red-black-black.resizedWhen approached in 1995 to develop parts for paintball, or designers went to the field and began playing. As everyone knows, once you start playing, its an adrenaline rush you cannot set aside. MacDev designers James and Bourke joined the pro circuit in Australia playing at the highest level between 2001 and 2007.

What was the best part of teh PBX for you?
We presented the Cyborg 6 prototype at the Extravaganza, which has allowed us to communicate directly with dealers and receive their overwhelmingly positive feedback. It was a great opportunity for our USA based sales team to present our philosophy to the dealers and help them to understand our company. This was absolutely crucial, because the Cyborg 6 is so jam packed with new and innovative features, it must be demonstrated in person to be fully appreciated.

Cyborg 6 aqua-silver-white.resizedAnything new in the works that you can tell us about?
The Cyborg 6 is as new as it gets, and the Shift 2 barrel will also be out soon. Our research department do not really like talking about what is coming up though, because we feel that the best products are those that we develop in our own time. However, MacDev has one of the most active research and development departments in the industry so you can bank on new, innovative products at a steady rate.

What are your goals for 2014 and beyond?
In 2014, our goal is to prove to our customers that through our San Francisco based office, we can provide a superior level of service for the world’s largest paintball market – the United States. We have a long term goal to achieve the market recognition in the USA that we already enjoy in Australia and Europe.

Anything else you’d like to add?
One thing that we think people should understand about MacDev, is that it is a technology based company. More resources are pushed into research and development than any other area of the company. You can see this in the company footprint of advertising and team sponsorship, it’s quite low compared to other companies. However, if you want to own a product that has been carefully engineered, and designed for the enjoyment of use on the paintball field, you should consider a MacDev product.


30 New Products in 30 Days, #3: Paintball Tournament Manager

_I7A0665psOne of the things I love about the Paintball Extravaganza is that I get to see not only a huge number of new products. I get to meet many of the people that created them — and I get to experience the love for the game and for their products first hand.

One such person I met for the first time at this year’s event was Uldis Berzins of PBResults, who was on hand to show his new Paintball Tournament Manager software and hardware. Uldis game me the quick rundown of the product, which is very impressive. The Tournament Manager system consists of an awesome game manager software and all the hardware you need to run any type of event. From the scoreboard to the buzzers, to cases, stands and more…

Here’s is a quick interview I did with Uldis shortly after the event.

Uldis, where is PBResults located?
We are from Latvia. Do you know where that is?

_I7A0562Yes, I do. I have a friend that lived there for many years.
What is your company’s history? Tell us about that.
We originally had started a paintball equipment company that was also participating in organizing paintball tournaments for schools, Latvian tactical Paintball League, National Paintball League as well as organized Baltic Sea Cupments as well as ((judges)). We started the project in 2012 and we presented our drafts to Millennium Series in fall of 2012 which led to testing the system on Baltic Sea Cup Series and later – Millennium Series making various improvements and finally officially launching it in January of 2014.

How did you get started in the game?
We’ve started the paintball company originally in 1998 as a practice for our military. Shortly after that the paintball has gained popularity and we opened recreational paintball, and following the great demand we opened the equipment store.

_I7A9033How is paintball doing in Latvia?
Paintball is slowly recovering after the recession and we hold tournaments regularly now. For example we have student tournaments and Tactical League. The Latvian Paintball Federation is actively promoting the sport including recreational paintball.

Do you play?
I play on Instinct Gemoss Team in Millennium Series at the First Level of Semi-professional SEM League, Division One. I’m very proud of the Latvian team – we placed second in the European Nation’s Cup where only the best teams per country participate. Latvia is a small country with a populations of only 2.2 million people and such achievement makes me proud! I’m a President of Latvian Paintball Federation and I’m in charge of organizing all of the Paintball activities in Latvia as well as in Baltic Countries.

How did the show (PBX) go for you?
The Paintball Extravaganza  was a success! We were very excited about the opportunity to participate in Paintball Extravaganza. It was a fantastic opportunity to present our technology and introduce it to the new market. We were very pleased to see how many different companies from all over the world were interested in the Paintball Tournament Management. We got a lot of great feedback and had an opportunity to better understand the needs of current Paintball Market.

Your software looks really well designed and really well thought-out.  Can you give a brief description of what it offers?
Our software consist of a Basic Version that allows generating different setting for tournaments with different divisions, and of Tournament Software that allows for Companies to plan tournaments and plan the broadcasting.