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.


30 New Products in 30 Days #2 – Ninja PRO V2

prov2_webThe name Ninja Paintball is synonymous with quality paintball air systems and accessories. Their tanks, regulators and accessories have become the go-to gear of not only the pro circuit, but much of the scenario, rec-ball and rental world. At this year’s Paintball Extravaganza Ning introduced several new products including their SL Tank (Super Light Tank), Ninja PRO V2, Ninja Microbore and Ninja LPR.

The name Ninja Paintball is synonymous with quality paintball air systems and accessories. Their tanks, regulators and accessories have become the go-to gear of not only the pro circuit, but much of the scenario, rec-ball and rental world. At this year’s Paintball Extravaganza Ning introduced several new products including their SL Tank (Super Light Tank), Ninja PRO V2, Ninja Microbore and Ninja LPR.

Let’s have a look at the new Ninja PRO V2:

Ninja PRO V2: This new regulator features all the same great features of our very popular Ninja PRO regulator but now also features the new Ball Valve seal. This new ball seal and seat innovation on the PRO regulator replaces the standard pin valve which the industry has been used to and innovated to. This new ball seal and valve will allow up to 30% increased air flow output and improved valve seal integrity for your Ninja PRO V2 regulator. This new high flow rate will make sure that your marker is getting the air that it needs to perform its very best. ? New Ball Valve Seal ? 30% Increased Flow  ?  Improved seal integrity ? Rotational 360 degree ? Pressure adjustable with Included shims ? Available in PRO V2, PRO V2 SLP, PRO V2 SHP ? Made in USA.

A Interview With Nate Nissen of Ninja

natenX3: Nate, can you give us a brief history of your company?
Nate Nissen: Ninja Paintball is a division of Pressure Specialist Inc (PSI). PSI has designed and manufactured paintball products for the past 20 years and owns (12) patents covering various paintball products. PSI designs and manufactures regulators, fill stations, hoses, and many other air related products. PSI has manufactured more regulators for paintball over the past 20 years than any other company. Ninja products are MADE IN THE USA. Ninja products are manufactured and tested in the USA with the goal to provide a defect-free, QUALITY product. Ninja provides an unprecedented level of customer and technical support by phone, Skype, email, online paintball forums, instruction manuals, parts diagrams, and video repair services. Ninja products are manufactured to D.O.T. (Department of Transportation), TC (Transport Canada), C.G.A. (Compressed Gas Association), and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) specifications and standards.

How did you get into the game of paintball?
PSI first customer in 1992 was AIRGUN Design.

How did the Paintball Extravaganza go for you?
Paintball Extravaganza is always a great event for us each year because we love having the chance to chat with our dealers and meet face to face. This year we rolled out 4 new items which were immediately available at the show and were a huge hit.

What are your best selling products and why?
The Ninja regulator and Air Systems due to quality, customer service, and MADE IN USA.

Anything new in the works that you can tell us about?
Yes we are always working on new innovative products, being a made in USA manufacturer  gives us the opportunity to quickly make prototypes and perform new product testing and development.

What are your goals for 2014 and beyond?
We plan on continuing to offer the great products, support and customer service.

Anything else you’d like to add?
To learn more about Ninja Paintball check out our factory tour video located at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYc3ZEi4OVM&feature=share&list=UUZgKwu3OFHp4f_QJf-BE1XQ

30 New Products in 30 Days #1 – Alien Paintball Deception Marker

alien_dec_closed.47The anticipation level for the release of the new Alien Paintball Deception marker was as frenzied  as we’ve seen for a paintball gun in a long time. It’s been one of the hot topics in online forums and on paintball fields for several months and we finally got to see, touch and hold one at this year’s Paintball Extravaganza. And it looks amazing!

Rather than have us tell you about the Alien Deception we went right to the source, Jack Rice of Alien Paintball.

Jack, what can you tell us about the Deception?
It is the best looking Alien gun by far, but the first really totally new Alien in 10 years. We had made 4 step up versions of the gun  with the “Independent Ram” and the poppet valve.

Deception started with a clean sheet of paper, keeping only the bolt concept that adds some rotational stability.

Alien guys-IMG_6369From there we designed around the new valve. First came the super light Actuator instead of a rammer. Then we narrowed the bottom chamber from what everyone else in the industry does, changed to new lower profile eyes that we have ever used, got a new board, slimmed down that sides of the gun and went through 4 versions of the body to get what we think is the best looking gun a player can get. We made the Rammer a cartridge the width of a AAA battery to keep the ease of service (and the lack of needing to service) of the Independent Ram, made our rubber grips from last year wrap around grips, and for the first time since ’08 we are including a Caron Fiber Barrel, but this time it takes the poplar inserts that so many players already have.

It does look amazing! How did you get into making paintball guns?
We really started in 2003 when Scott – my son – played the whole season with our rotating door gun as a young guns Player. He played with Anthony “ant” Parsons, the original machinist for Alien guns and Eddie Tomao. Both Ant and Eddie went on to play with XSV.

That pivoting head gun seemed to have the teardrop look of an Alien Head, which is where the company name came from. The air flowing under the ledge in the door that pushed the ball into the barrel is where the concept came from to limit the air flow to the bottom half of the bolt.

How did you get into the game of paintball?
I first started playing in 1986 east of Sacramento at a field called Sam’s Paintball. However I didn’t really get started until my son started playing. I was very fortunate to have some really good players help and encourage me early. I played at Rich Telford’s field in Modesto almost every week and in the summer often twice a week. I was told to try that field by a young player who worked at the local paintball store and played on a local team call “Outta Control.”  After a while he started going with my son and I to Wednesday night practice. His name is Dave Baines. I also met and then crewed for the Ironman that regularly practiced at Rich’s field and they would shoot my prototypes and give me feedback – not all of it positive. Then in 2005 their second squad, XS NRG shot the first guns Alien made.

How did the Paintball Extravaganza go for you?
This year’s Extravaganza was especially  fun for us. The response we got was usually Wow. Actually 3 wows. One for how light the gun was, Because it is so narrow and its low profile, a second for how light the Actuator is. Then a third for how the Morf Valve works. Players like the low maintenance and the narrow feel of a double staked gun. What they don’t like the sound or the extra kick. By equally the sound signature of a spool and cutting the moving mass down to below that of a spool it give players saw that it was the best of all the features.

What new products did you show at the Extravaganza?
The gun, the vale for the gun, some hats, some t’s and the new grease we have “Alien Slime” that is  a green Teflon wax, instead of silicone.

What are your goals for 2014 and beyond?
We have always been about great shooting guns. That won’t change. Our real goal is to make this our breakthrough year. We kid that our support is a foot wide and a mile deep. Those that like Alien guns sometimes post that they are the only guns they will never sell. We feel the new Deception gun has the looks and performance to take that solid base of support and extend it so that enough guns are out there that most every players has one on his field. Make it so players can see in person exactly what an Alien gun is. Once that happens, players will choose Alien as now, more than ever, the gun speaks for itself.

How do you feel about the state of paintball right now?
We feel that paintball is becoming more polished now.  The early crazy days are behind us. The booming economy bought in a lot of big heads and demanding players, some of who partied a bit too much, trashed venues at times and weren’t as professional, thoughtful or inclusive as they might have been. It seems that now more of the Pros and players understand that we have to care for our sport, be good representatives of paintball, and look at it from a standpoint of where we want it to be in 5 or 10 years. We keep our eye on the result and paintball has a bright future. Chess with guns, nothing is more fun than that.