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The Paint Is Bright and Valken’s Right, (Clap!, Clap! Clap!) Deep in the Heart of Texas

“Valken Sports is proud to announce the newest addition to our ever-expanding distribution network!

As of today, we are launching a new facility in Irving, TX.

Gino Postorivo states “In order to satisfy the growing customer need for our brands we had to move into Texas. Our customers expect fast service,
quality goods, support, and all at a competitive price!”

The new facility will house all of the Valken paint brands and be able to offer next day shipping services to much of the South Central US.
Contact your rep today to discuss this new option for your paint needs!

Joshua Silverman Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Paintball News

16-year paintball journalism veteran to lead the Paintball News return to print!

Swedesboro, NJ – August 27, 2012 – Paintball News, one of the oldest names in paintball journalism, information and event coverage, will make its redesigned return to print in the coming months and Valken, the magazine’s publishers, are pleased to announce that Joshua D. Silverman has been brought aboard as Editor-In-Chief. Silverman brings years of professional journalism experience, both in and outside the world of paintball, to the magazine along with a special connection to the history of Paintball News.

“This is truly a joyful homecoming for me,” stated Paintball News Editor-In-Chief Joshua D. Silverman, “as I covered my very first major paintball event wearing the Paintball News logo and a great deal of my earliest work was published in the pages of Paintball News. To join the Paintball News organization for its return to the newsstand is a great opportunity and we will endeavor to use our pages for the betterment of the game, sport and industry of paintball!”

With two decades of paintball playing experience and over a decade of full-time work in the paintball industry to his credit, Joshua D. Silverman has spent more than half his life involved in the game of paintball. Starting his paintball journalism career in the pages of PCRI, Paintball News and Action Pursuit Games, Silverman spent four years as the Assistant Editor of Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine and another four as the Associate Editor of Paintball Games International Magazine reviewing equipment, covering events and reporting on the world of paintball. Silverman has also been published, with words and pictures, in the pages of Paintball Sports Magazine, Facefull Magazine, Splat Magazine, What Paintball Gear? Magazine and PaintballX3 Magazine, as well as on websites including and the Catshack Reports. Outside the paintball world, Silverman has edited HuntX3 Magazine and reviewed firearms for HuntX3, and

Greg Muller, Operations Manager for Valken Sports, said “We know talent when we see it, and we’re excited to bring someone with Josh’s experience and abilities aboard to head Paintball News as it returns and puts paintball publishing back on real paper.”

For more information on Paintball News and its return to paintball, contact Debbie Postorivo at

(856) 812-2808

Paintball News
1 Hawk Ct
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Ed note:  I’ve known Joshua for a long time and think he will do a bang-up job for Valken and the new version of Paintball News.  After all, he has confessed that my own articles inspired him to his paintball journalism career – and if that isn’t damning with faint praise, I don’t know what is.

Seriously – good luck Josh – and have fun!

Tippmann Consolidates Operations

Fort Wayne, Ind. (August 21, 2012) – Tippmann Sports announced today that it will close its Buffalo Grove, Ill. office and consolidate all U.S. sales, marketing and administrative activities into its primary facility in Fort Wayne, Ind. Fort Wayne, of course, is the longtime headquarters of Tippmann and the facility there is roughly 100,000 square feet and employs approximately 90 people. It houses sales, engineering, customer service, purchasing and accounting staff in addition to all U.S. manufacturing and distribution operations. The company’s new service and distribution facility in Tournai, Belgium is not impacted by the U.S. consolidation. The transition to Fort Wayne is expected to be completed within the next 60-90 days.


“With the worldwide economies struggling to gain footing and paintball being a highly discretionary purchase, we decided it was prudent to downsize our operating cost structure for 2013,” said Howard Kosick, CEO and President, for Tippmann Sports. “Companies are making tough business decisions every day to better position themselves for the new economic realities in which we all operate. We believe having one U.S. location will make the organization more cohesive and we look forward to continuing our leadership position in paintball for many years to come.”


About Tippmann Sports:

As a paintball leader for more than 25 years, Tippmann Sports is dedicated to quality manufacturing as well as advancing paintball technology and design. The company serves the global paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as its service center and warehouse near Tournai, Belgium. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as national retailers and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

Paintball Extravaganza Announces Major Sponsors For UpComing Conference

Paintball Extravaganza Industry Conference Major Sponsors

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your profit margins, revenue avenues and operational methods for your paintball facility. Space is limited. Go to for more information or to register for conference. Rick may be reached at 269-330-2282 or for information on the Field Conference or Paintball Extravaganza.

Paintball News Set For September Return!

Paintball News is seeking writers, columnists and contributing editors for its inaugural release, scheduled for this September.

Gino Postorivo, President and CEO of Valken, stated, “Paintball News was a staple in the paintball industry for a very long time, and we want to bring it back in full force.”

We are looking for those paintballers, field/store owners, manufacturers , photographers or those with viable contributions and a unique, talented perspective that want to be part of a hard copy and web-based publication.

If you have the skills and talent and would like to join the Paintball News Team, please email The deadline is approaching fast!!



Rick Is At It Again: An Extravagant Field Conference!

ick Chard of Paintball Events/Paintball Extravaganza and Mike “Pev” Peverill of Pev’s Paintball announce the return of the FIELD CONFERENCE, August 21 & 22, 2012. The training event will again be held at the Holiday Inn Dulles and Pev’s Paintball Facility in the Washington DC area.
Over 350 people have attended the Business Seminar, presented by Mike Peverill, at past Paintball Extravaganzas with many expressing the desire and need for more training directed towards field operations. The first session held this past May was termed a success by all attendees and sponsors providing a two day, comprehensive field training session including classroom and on-site training including a meet & greet with many of the industry’s top manufacturers and distributors.
Business training will be provided by Mike Peverill, who has developed one of the most premier paintball facilities in the World, along with specialty training from many representatives in the industry.
The conference will follow the format established at the 2011 event, an all inclusive conference; training – housing – meals – reception, all included in a one time registration fee for attendees. Attendees of the conference will receive:
Housing at the Holiday Inn Dulles on Tuesday night.
Meals on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Over 8 hours of classroom training conducted by Pev and other industry representatives covering
topics such as  marketing, birthday party planning, non-traditional revenues, company picnics, team building and equipment leasing.
4 hours of on-site training at Pev’s Paintball conducted by Pev & other industry representatives
covering topics such as field operation, maintenance, up front operations, compressor investments and rental equipment selection & maintenance
Tour of Pev’s Paintball Facility.
Field Owners Round Table Discussion.
Meet & Greet with Manufacturer Exhibits.
Evening Reception including food & drinks with manufacturers.
To maintain the high level of training that is the goal of the conference registration will be limited to 50 attendees.  Further information may be received by contacting Rick at 269-330-2282 or at .
Pre-register for the Field Conference at  and get the opportunity to learn how Pev has taken his business to a World Premier Paintball Facility.

Great Grand Opening with FREE PLAY! Adrenaline Paintball Opens New Arena

Adrenaline Paintball is proud to announce the grand opening of one of the most exciting and unique paintball & airsoft businesses in the country.

Adrenaline has always been known for offering an incredible experience at its huge outdoor adventure park near Melbourne. Now Adrenalines new complex includes a Indoor Tactical Arena, a brand new retail store with a high-end tech center; as well as a long overdue outdoor paintball field right in the City ofLondon.

The Indoor Tactical facility is for airsoft and reusable paintball play. The local airsoft community is already enjoying the clean indoor environment and realistic streetscape layout. It has also been a hit with new paintball players as they now can shoot unlimited amounts of ammo at an affordable price.

The brand new paintball compound allows for the use of real paint in a Tactical/Hyper ball field. This is an amazing spot for new and experienced players alike to be able to play outdoors with, hyper ball for the speedball crowd, and tactical for the limited ammo players; right inside the city!

To mark the grand opening of the new complex Adrenaline will be offering 2 days of FREE trials for people that want to experience Paintball, Airsoft and Reball. There will also bevendor displays, tournaments, super sale, free tech consultation and half price repair fees.

June 9th 9am – 5pm

  • Free paintball in the compound: admission, rental gear and 300 paintballs
  • Free airsoft at the indoor: admission, rental gear and 300 rounds

June 9th 6pm – 8pm

  • 1 on 1 Iron Man Spectacle for the title of Adrenaline’s Iron Man and $200 cash

June 10th 11am – 5pm

  • Free Reball at the indoor: admission, rental gear and 200 rounds
  • Limited Ammo 3 on 3 tactical paintball tournament in the compound
  • Speedball Style 3 on 4 paintball tournament in the compound




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Ryan Sexton hired: There’s a NEW HPIC In Town!

Ryan got his start in paintball at ten years old helping his uncle at Livingston Suppressor’s.  He got hooked on paintball modifying old PGP’s and PMI3’s that were lying around the shop.  His decades of working in retail sporting goods as well as 5+ years in sales and product development with other major paintball companies are the strong points in his resume’.

“I am extremely excited to join the team at Valken.  They are taking the industry by storm.  Working with a company that truly understands the industry and uses a personal “old school” approach is refreshing.  Grass -roots is what I do, and to see reps at five events last weekend is getting back to where paintball needs to be.  I can’t wait to get involved with the Valken Corps and help turn it into the GO-TO place for teams and individual woodsball and scenario players”, said Sexton.

Valken V.P. Joe Colonese stated, “Ryan’s vast knowledge of regional sales, product and brand development will truly be an asset to the company. We welcome him to the team “.

Valken Sports is a sales, service, manufacturer and distribution company dedicated to serving specific sports communities that has coupled exceptional service with competitive, quality sporting goods. Valken Sports was created to break the stranglehold that mainstream companies had on their dealers. To join the expanding family of fields that have already made the switch to Valken products, email For more information on how to become a part of the Valken Network, and have access to over 50 brands of paintball and hundreds of airsoft products or for SLY product ordering or questions, current and new customers should contact their Sales Representative, call Valken at 1 866-97VALKEN or visit


Why is BOMBER Paintball THE Paintball Store?

Because you CAN’T say BOMBER in the airport or on the airplane when you’re heading out for that next tournament or scenario event.  And when you shop at Bomber THE Paintball store, you’ll save so much you’ll be traveling a lot more!

So remember.  When you’re recommending a paintball shop that’s got some of the most experienced folks in paintball behind it, make sure the TSA isn’t standing around when you say BOMBER Paintball.  Just say THE Paintball store – everyone will know who you’re talking about.

Bomber Paintball recently opened up at PSI New York, the former home of Action Sports Outfitters, paintball’s first and original chain store (If you don’t know about ASO, you’ve got a bit of history to learn!)

Bomber Paintball shares more than just location with ASO.  But why don’t we let the owners tell you all about it?

Bomber Paintball is  Todd Sullivan, Edd Dykshoorn, Kevin Donaldson and Ken Hefferle

So Why’d You Open the Store?

We aim to bring customer service back to it’s peak.  As more consumers get involved with the sport, more questions need to be answered by experienced people from the sport with decades of experience.  We aim to put products in the hands of players based around the player’s individual needs, not just what is hot at the moment or gives the highest profit margins.

We have a proshop at PSI in Plattekill, NY that is open on the weekends, with plans to have a store in the near future that can provide 7-day service to our customers for all of their needs.  We are also located on the internet, for 24/7 sales.

We carry the best brands in the sport…’nuff said!  A huge variety of products ranging from the best markers in the industry to the little clips needed to repair a mask or even almost impossible to find parts that are no longer made.  With our background, you never know what we may be able to get our hands on.  We are always adding new products to the website.  If you don’t see it on our website, just give us a call, email, IM or smoke signal and we’ll answer all your questions immediately!

We also have outstanding teching with the ability to fix almost anything that shoots a paintball.  Our certified techs take the time needed to correctly repair any problem without a runaround of just swapping parts until hopefully finding a solution.  We do teching services at our proshop and on the road at various events around the country.

Our experience goes back to the roots of the sport!  All of the owners of Bomber Paintball play for the infamous Master Blasters.  Two of us  (Kevin and Ken) are original Blasters.  Bomber Paintball collectively brings together almost a century of paintball experience in top-level woodsball tournaments, to scenarios to World Cup victories.  We have deep ties with a vast range of those in the industry so our customers can have faith in us getting them the best products, for the best pricing, with the best shipping and as always, the BEST customer service!

Just remember kids:  It is a FAR, FAR  Better Thing To Do, to go to Bomber Paintball, than it is to get bombed!


Valken Expands! Opens Portland Paint Hub (Move Over Portland Cement)

Valken is announcing further expansion and opening of their newest, strategically placed paint hubs, located in Portland, Oregon.

 This paintball distribution center will better-serve their customer base and will also decrease shipping times and reduce shipping costs to the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

 Valken Vice President, Joe Colonese said, “Customers and players in this region will now have our paint available to them with “next day” service.” We’re listening to what our customers are asking for and stepping up to meet those needs: Our Portland hub will be fully stocked with all of our brands and grades of paintballs and we look forward to opening up another hub in the very near future”   

 Valken Sports is the exclusive distributor of Redemption, Graffiti, Crusade, Fate, and Infinity paintballs. For more details on how become part of the Valken Distribution Network and having access to over 50 distributed brands of paintball products or to have a Valken show vehicle at your event, please call (866) 97VALKEN visit or email .

NPPL & Extravaganza Seminars!

NPPL & Paintball Extravaganza Present Seminars for Field and Store Owners

If you missed the Paintball Extravaganza, then you missed two extremely successful SOLD OUT seminars that will absolutely increase your Field & Store Business.  Mike Pev Peverill, Founder of Pev’s Paintball and Chuck Hendsch, Founding Member of the NPPL bring you two seminars aimed at increasing field/store revenue and participation for both Recreational and Tournament Paintball. Both of the seminars at the Paintball Extravaganza were at MAX capacity and were applauded for being so informative and beneficial to Field & Store Owners that the NPPL has agreed to offer the seminars at each of the NPPL events this year.

The first seminar will take place during the NPPL Huntington Beach Surf City Open, followed by events at the NPPL Chicago Open, DC Challenge, and Las Vegas Championships.  In conjunction with the Paintball Extravaganza Organization, this seminar series is now open for registration. Please visit to register.

This seminar is broken into two parts; 1) Rapidly Growing Your Paintball Business with little or no expense, 2) Hosting Feeder Tournaments that make money.

Mike “Pev” Peverill brings his 29 years of Paintball Experience and over 20 years of running his Fields & Pro Shops.  Pev is consider one of the top experts in the Industry regarding Paintball Parks and Pro Shops.  Not only is Pev the Founder of Pev’s Paintball but he is a public speaker, instructor and consultant in the Paintball Industry for over 10 years and has advised Paintball Dealers all over the world. Pev has been contracted by the Paintball Industry for many industry specific projects such as establishing Procaps Direct U.S. Distribution network.  Pev is currently the President & CEO of Pev’s Paintball and President of the NPPL.  He has also held positions as President of Procaps Direct, VP of Sales for Procaps, and sits on numerous Advisory Boards for groups such as Paintball Extravaganza, PSTA, and POA.  Pev has recently been recruited by Ford as a Motivational Speaker and Expert regarding Customer Service & Satisfaction.  Over 80 Ford Dealerships in the North East attended Pev’s first  speaking engagement for Ford and more than half have implemented his strategies on customer retention with great success.   Pev shares all this knowledge and background in his seminars and you won’t be disappointed.

Chuck Hendsch has been involved in the paintball industry for 26 years. He started his career as a Referee in 1984 and soon owned / operated his own field and store for 5 years in the Northern California area. His experience includes establishing the most professional paintball league in the industry to date, the NPPL Super 7 World Series. Chuck has also worked as the Director of Sales and Marketing for RP Scherer, JT USA, National Paintball Supply, Kingman. He is now VP of Sales for HydroTec. Chuck’s reputation within the industry is impeccable and his experience is vast. Beyond the playing field Chuck has extensive marketing experience and knowledge in the production paintball shows for television shows such as ESPN World Paintball Championships, NPPL Web cast and the series Xtreme Paintball “Beyond the Paint”, which aired exclusively on Fox

Paintball Dealers have paid $1000 to on-site consultation and here is your opportunity to get the “abridged” version for only $99.

For those who attend the seminar have a chance to win One Free Private Business Consultation at their facility by Pev ($1000 value.)*


Thanks for another great seminar and for the field tour. My cookies are already on the way and we have leveraged with a pizza company. Thanks again for giving back to our great sport.
-Doug DeBack The Siege Paintball, LLC Mukwonago, WI

I took your seminar at paintball extravaganza.  It was a great seminar and I have to say thank you for the information.  I am a new field owner and the info I got was a big help.
-Pablo Journet of Stingray OPS in NY and All Star Paintball in NJ  

Thanks for the great seminar.
-Clif Mathews, American Paintball Park

Thanks for all your info, field tour and motivation.  It truly has helped and I am grateful of your dedication to help out the industry.
-Dustin, Pyramid Paintball

*winning business is responsible for the airline travel


The National Professional Paintball League is committed to hosting the highest quality paintball tournaments at the most affordable price. Our vision is to provide you, the player and team, a professional stage to compete on while giving you the best possible experience. We will focus on quality referees and organization while giving you an incredible vibe to have the time of your paintball life.

  Come join the Pros and experience the Greatest Paintball Show on Earth.
 National Professional Paintball League

APX Gear to Sell Agro Pro & Fyre Competition Paint At HB

APX GEAR wil supply paint for 2012 Surf City USA Open.


APX Gear LLC is proud to announce that we will be supplying paint for the NPPL Super 7 Surf City Open in Huntington Beach, California. General Manager Alex Keys had this to say, “We are excited to work with the NPPL to supply paint for the Surf City Open as well as the 2012 season, and we would like to thank the NPPL and staff for allowing us to supply a premium paintball at an affordable price point to players and teams of the NPPL.”


APX Gear LLC was founded in 2008 with the soul purpose of producing high quality American made paintballs. Our mission statement of, “Pure form, Pure function, Pure necessity” ties to our belief in providing quality products at the lowest possible cost.


Both tried and tested and numerous regional events, we believe that our Agro Pro and Fyre Competition lines of paintballs are a perfect fit for the 2012 NPPL season. With that being said, we can’t wait for teams from around the country to try out our paint and use it for the rest of the 2012 season.


For more information on how to get involved with APX Gear, please visit our site

The National Professional Paintball League is committed to hosting the highest quality paintball tournaments at the most affordable price. Our vision is to provide you, the player and team, a professional stage to compete on while giving you the best possible experience. We will focus on quality referees and organization while giving you an incredible vibe to have the time of your paintball life.

  Come join the Pros and experience the Greatest Paintball Show on Earth.
 National Professional Paintball League

Empire Paintball continues Master Sponsorship of the PSP for 2012 Season

Sewell, NJ, February 17th 2012, Empire Paintball. Empire Paintball announces they will continue their Master Sponsorship of PSP for 2012.


Empire Paintball and PSP continue their long standing relationship with Empire signing up for another year as a Master Sponsor for 2012. Empire Paintball will continue to support the events with the best paint on the planet, Empire Evil paint with RPS Advanced Formula. Additionally, Empire will also be rolling in the event truck to show off the new gear and support the players with field and truck techs.


“PSP has always put on professional tournaments with the highest level of execution,” said John Robinson, President and CEO of Empire Paintball. “Their professionalism, combined with some new additions and changes coming from the PSP leadership have us excited for the 2012 season. We look forward to contributing a more active role in creating a grass roots, aspirational tie to Pro Paintball.”


With the first PSP event right around the corner, PSP Galveston on March 9-11 will be the lead off event for what should prove to be an excellent year for paintball.

–         Connect with Empire Paintball on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with breaking news.

Empire Paintball is a brand of KEE Action Sports, LLC.

SMP To Market Paintball Via Broadcast

San Diego, California— In the past few years, with the death of most paintball print media, and the world economic climate limiting what was creatively possible for other media outlets, a content vacuum exists restraining the sport of Paintball’s exposure to both possible and existing fans.


Among a few other bright shining lights, one big exception to this has been the PSP Webcast, which has given fans a vehicle to watch, dissect, and enjoy the game being played at its highest level. Though a great start, and a hefty investment for the PSP, it hasn’t been enough. More must be done to thrust our sport into the world.


To combat this vacuum, the people behind the PSP webcast have formed a new media company, Sports Media Productions. SMP is the brainchild of Pat Spohrer, Matty Marshall, Dave Youngbood and other key industry leaders who came together to focus their diverse talents, because they saw the immediate need for a more intense and comprehensive paintball media attack.


Having been involved with the sport first as a pro player for the Ironmen, then as a team captain and industry business owner, and also as a league executive, Youngblood is intimately aware of what big moves are needed to take paintball forward, and help it grow. The creative team assembled SMP is taking bold, concrete steps to create a media infrastructure which will ensure the paintball story will not only be told and televised, but be done so with the direction and professionalism is deserves.

Dave had this to say about the new project, “I think we are all very aware of the impact that the economic recession had on our daily lives and the paintball industry as a whole. All industries are challenged as one point or another and this is the biggest challenge we as an industry have ever faced. We have lost many great companies that gave so much to our sport and more will follow, unless we as an industry do something about it. Many different organizations (Dick Clark Productions, G7G Productions, Miller Entertainment) to name a few and major media outlets (ESPN, Fox Sports, etc.) have tried to portray paintball in the way they thought the public should see it and the way they thought it would be accepted. History now shows that these approaches did not work and when the industry took a downturn they left us for better opportunities.


There are a lot of talented people in our sport and it’s time we took matters into our own hands. Sports Media Productions is founded by players who care about our sport and are motivated to turn things around. There’s no one better to promote paintball than paintball players themselves; this is exactly why we are embarking on this journey. We need everyone’s help to show the world what our sport is really about, how fun it is to play. SMP will debut a great webcast product at the 2012 PSP Galveston Open and continue to cover paintball events world wide, getting better with every broadcast. We are committed to showing our sport in the best competitive light and to stimulate participation. SMP is a group of long-standing industry members, with over 80 years of combined experience, who are simply trying to do something about the direction our industry is heading. We love paintball and it will show. I hope you enjoy our broadcasts and support us as we strive to do better with every show we produce. Thank you and stay tuned.”


Enter Patrick Spohrer, who moved into paintball filmmaking after falling in love with sport as player for Team Fury and The Family. First spending years in Skate, Snow, and Surf media, he moved into paintball film making full-time, crafting the groundbreaking and seminal paintball films Push, Sunday Drivers, and the Cereal Killers series. The technical mastermind behind the webcast, Pat is excited to bring his talents to bear on the SMP project, “The possibilities of how to broadcast, and showcase our sport is up to us and our creativity. Depending on how good a job we do, we are shaping the way this sport will be seen in the future. That reality, to me, is very thrilling.”


Matty Marshall has been involved with paintball media as a writer, producer, editor, TV host, play-by-play commentator, and narrator for the past 13 years, becoming the face and voice of the paintball media in the process. He had a storied professional paintball career for over ten years, winning two world titles with the Ironmen, and helped change the definition of the modern back player.

Marshall had this to say about the enterprise, “I’m greatly looking forward to covering this sport with the honesty, depth, and intensity it truly deserves. I’ve been there; I’ve been in deepest trenches we have. And what’s going on in this fight, in these people lives on and off the field, is utterly fascinating. SMP is going to bring you a level of paintball coverage, of the people who play it, who make it live, beyond anything that has come before. We have to make people understand. We have a giant soapbox, a giant mirror, so get ready.”


Serious capital expenditures and monetary investments are being made in order to use the best existing technology to bring the world of paintball into your living rooms, onto your computer screens and mobile devices. Look for SMP to launch different media platforms in the coming months.



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If you’d like more information about Sports Marketing Productions, or schedule an interview with the principles, please contact Matty Marshall at

Vanguard Not Working With Vanguard

via ProPaintballer

corona, ca, February 3, 2012:  It is with great sadness that we have to announce that VanguardUS will not be renewing our contract with Vanguard paintball for 2012 and will no longer be acting as the Customer Service or Warranty center for Vanguard in the United States/Canada.

What this means for our customers and Dealers:

Effective immediately the US customer service and warranty center is closed.  Any guns that are currently in for basic repair will processed as normal and you should expect to be getting a call or email from Kat in the next few days.  If your gun is in for Warranty repair you will need to contact the UK office of Vanguard directly for more information as to what is going to happen with your warranty claim and when to expect your gun back.  All markers currently in the US warranty center or on their way in are being shipped to the United Kingdom immediately If you have recently placed an order with you will be receiving your products as normal and our online store will remain open for any parts you need.  The business line will remain open as we use it for other parts of our company and all emails will be active for the time being but any/all questions about customer service or warranty issues need to be sent directly to Vanguard Paintball UK.


Both Eric and I have thoroughly enjoyed running the customer service and warranty center for the past 2 years and all of the interactions that we have had with our customers.  We will now be focusing more on our custom gun anodizing business as well as looking for lots of new products for our online store at  We look forward to providing the same great customer service as we’ve always offered, just in a brand new way!

Kathlynn & Eric Roysdon
Aggressive Sports Distribution
Vanguard US



Less than 6 weeks to Paintball Extravaganza International.  Paintball Events is pleased to announce the 2012 exhibitor list:
Airups ~ Alien Paintball ~ Azodin ~ Bauer Compressors ~Cossio Insurance Agency ~ Critical Paintball ~ Custom Products ~ Dye Precision ~ Empire Paintball ~ Empire Battle Tested ~ Exalt ~ Face-Full ~ Gelkaps Sports ~ Gen X Global ~ GOG Paintball ~ Gold Cup ~ Guerrilla Air ~ Hammerhead ~           HK Army ~ Hostile Creations ~ JT Paintball ~ KEE Action Sports ~ Kingman ~Konkor ~ K Pro Netting ~ KM Straps ~ LAPCO ~ LUXE ~ Marglo Sports ~ Mokal ~ Money Paintball ~ MILSIG ~ Ninja Paintball ~ NPPL ~ NCPA ~ NXe ~ PB Rack ~ Paintball Tickets ~ PaintballX3 ~ Palco Sports ~ Party Center ~ Pinokio Hoppers ~ Planet Eclipse ~ PSP ~ Paintball Training Institute ~ Quickbooks ~ RAP4 ~ Sandana ~ Sly Equipment ~ Smokin’ ~ Sport Smoke ~ Sup’ Air ~ Talonmark ~ Tiberius Arms ~ Tippmann Sports ~ Understood ~ Valken Distribution ~ Vanguard ~ Virture ~ Warrior Sports
Come to the National Conference Center for 3 days of business, training and fun on February 28, 29 and March 1 in historic Leesburg VA outside of Washington DC.

You REALLY Want the ‘Old’ Stuff from Procaps….

In a remarkable turn of fate, Procaps Paintball, DXS® / DraXxus® and VForce Vision Systems® are now officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS under the guidance of their founder, Richmond Italia. As the company’s original President, Richmond launched Procaps in 1998, based on his love for the Game.  Surrounding himself with a staff of Paintball players and enthusiasts who knew and loved the game, Richmond and his management team steered Procaps to become the number one quality paintball brand in the game within a few short years of innovative product launches, strategic acquisitions and a sweep of Championship victories.

In 2005, a venture capital company purchased the majority of Procaps shares, retaining the original management team until the recession caused an industry-wide downturn. Misreading the slowdown, the corporate investment firm dismissed all of Procaps’ founding members. Over the last few years, without the founders’ originating spirit, the interim owners lost touch with the Customers’ core wants and needs. These “suits” piloted the ship into financial distress, leaving their bankers no choice but to offer the company’s assets up for sale. In a successful bid against the industry’s major powerhouses, Richmond Italia succeeded in regaining his rightful place at the helm of his original manufacturing facilities, which he designed himself.

Richmond Italia, (longtime player, former field operator and retailer) is now reassembling key members of his original management and production team, plus some new additions. “Our excitement is once again soaring sky high!” Richmond says. “We’re re-launching the industry’s missing flagship, and bringing in the needed team members to help with the hard work that’s being done by the die-hard G.I. Sports staff, whose customer-focused efforts over the last two years have brought widespread recognition to the G.I. Brand. With input from our Dealer base, we plan to quickly implement everything that’s needed to regain our top position in the industry. We couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s like being a kid all over again!”

Job #1 will be returning paintball production to its highest previous standards; reliable quality formulas and environmentally responsible ingredients that have proven to be what the customers really want.  A key mission will be focusing on EcoFill™ and truly biodegradable paintballs, providing superb alternatives to the dangerously hard-to-clean and environmentally reckless oil-based formulas being offered by the competing distributors.

Many more exciting announcements are coming soon, including additional new acquisitions to bring you more vital products; new markers, masks, and accessory brands – under the Procaps Direct® distribution umbrella.

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WARNING! RAP4 is Looking Out For You!

Real Action Paintball and Tacamo want to protect you from gray-market Mag Fed Conversion Kits that are of sub-standard quality, and can potentially break your power tube or other critical components. RAP4 and Tacamo quality control measures ensure that you get safe, reliable, top-end products when purchasing directly from, RAP4 retail locations, and official RAP4 dealers. But, a recent development suggests there are out-of-spec gray market Tacamo Mag Fed Conversion Kits circulating through peer-to-peer distribution and some shady sources. Here’s what’s going on, and how to protect yourself from out-of-specification gray market products.

Our quality control engineers recently inspected a batch of Tacamo Mag Fed Conversion Kits that were manufactured offsite. They were not up to our strict quality control standards, with problems including deep gouges, scratches, blemishes in the finish, and dimensions that were out of specification – sometimes, to the point where internal parts can be damaged. This is unacceptable, so we sent them back to be inventoried and destroyed while we sought proper replacement units to fill backorders.

But we’ve learned that several thousands of those units were not destroyed, and are now surfacing through unlicensed sources, in peer to peer trades, and the like. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from these defective units, as well as other grey market products in general.

The simplest measure is to buy directly from the source:, RAP4 retail locations, and RAP4-authorized dealers. Look for their “RAP4 Dealer” certification, banners, etc. Products we sell directly, and distribute to our trusted retailers, pass through the kind of strict quality control that weeds out problems like those found in these gray market kits. Also, these retailers and factory showrooms can service your markers, repair them, and assist you in other critical ways.

When buying used RAP4 and Tacamo gear, like from strangers at a field, from, or from peer to peer forums, insist on the seller providing you his or her original RAP4 or Tacamo order number – it’ll be on the invoice or receipt they received when purchasing the gear. Send us the order number, and we can verify if the conversion kit, marker, or other gear in question came through us, or if its origins are suspicious. We’ll be happy to help you authenticate our gear!

When you inspect gear, looking especially carefully at mag-fed conversion kits, look for the aforementioned flaws – deep gouges, scratches, obvious problems with the finish, etc. Also look to see if any serial numbers, model numbers, or manufacturer information was machined off and over-printed – such as a brand name you’ve not heard of appearing on what is obviously a RAP4 product. That’s a clear warning sign!

Play safe this season, and stay safe in purchasing your gear! Keep your wits about you, buy directly from authorized RAP4 and Tacamo sources, and work with us to authenticate gear before you buy it.
Real Action Paintball – As Real as it Gets!


RAP4 Opens Israeli Outlet

Real Action Paintball is proud to announce the launch of RAP4 Israel! With the increasing global demand for RAP4 products at paintball fields, military training sites, and police facilities, RAP4 has expanded its global distribution with a new presence in Israel and a new website dedicated to Israeli customers. RAP4 is currently working to promote the sport and develop a physical presence in Israel, and already the new RAP4 Israel website is up and running!

Products ordered through will ship from within Israel, saving customers lots of money and time. With many police and military units throughout the region issuing M4/M16 – pattern rifles, the award-winning RAP4 T68 markers fit right in with force-on-force training and milsim paintball games! AK-pattern Tacamo markers, available through, perfectly simulate the other popular arms afield in the region, allowing game operators to create the most realistic scenario paintball games ever…

…and allowing military and police units to train with, and against, exact reproductions of contemporary real world military hardware.

Check the website frequently for updates on games, special events, and promotions in Israel, as becomes the thriving new hub of paintball in Israel!

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EDITORIAL COMMENTARY: PaintballME is a web forum serving paintball in the Middle East.  Israel is in the Middle East.  Despite strong suggestions from, PaintballME does not provide a topic for paintball in Israel – doubly wrong because it is the FIRST Middle Eastern country  to introduce paintball.  Several leagues in the region also fail to recognize or acknowledge paintball in Israel, continuing the discriminatory BS.  It is indeed a pleasure to see RAP4 supporting and engaging with Israeli paintball.  One can only hope that other countries in the region – and their paintball communities in particular – will change their attitude.  (Unlikely as, in addition to all of the regional BS politics and religious BS, they all know that the Israeli tournament teams would wipe them off the field in a heart beat, so no more podium finishes for them.)

Changes at OXCC

Delta Paintball, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are moving our base of operations to Outdoor Xtreme Chesapeake City, MD and joining the OXCC family of home teams. We look forward to meeting and playing with and against some of the Mid-Atlantic’s best teams and players. In addition Delta Paintball Productions will be hosting some of the most intense scenario events right here at OXCC; starting with Gangland: A House Divided on May 19th 2012.Gangland: A House Divided is a continuation of our Gangland series of events and has been commonly reviewed as one of the best new scenario events in recent memory.
Why OXCC? Outdoor Xtreme Chesapeake City is a destination field in the Mid-Atlantic region with a host of fields and amenities to cater to all of your playing needs. With constantly changing terrain, a professional and courteous staff, an excellent array of top brand paints, top tier teams and a well stocked pro shop the question should be, why haven’t you played OXCC?

Delta Paintball, Inc. CEO and factory team Captain Josh Foote had this to say, “OXCC is a great fit for our company and team. The field owners have put a lot of effort and care into the field and its staff and it can be easily seen from the moment you drive onto the property. We look forward to helping them solidify their place as the premier field in the Mid-Atlantic region. OXCC is the perfect location for scenario, speedball and rec paintball.”

Outdoor Xtreme Chesapeake City President Rick Carver had this to say, “We are very excited to welcome Delta Paintball, Inc. into our growing family here at OXCC.  It is players and teams of this caliber that help us to reinforce and solidify our goal towards making OXCC the premier paintball field in the Mid-Atlantic region for scenario, speedball and rec paintball.  We are looking forward to this partnership and friendship in the years ahead.”

Delta Paintball Inc. General Manager George Shaffer had this to say, “When we arrived here for our very first visit to OXCC we were welcomed in and made to feel like we were a part of a family. This feeling permeates every aspect of the field. The staff and teams who call OXCC home have made a great place for players to come and play. We look forward to being a part of this experience.”
George Shaffer

Motaz Needs A Job

68Caliber is not ‘Craig’s List’, but, on the other hand, we do admire Motaz’s resourcefulness.  He reached out with an email looking for a job and we see no reason not to help him out.

Motaz is in Jordan, but he told us in an email that he’ll work anywhere.  His resume is below.  (Please forgive the following obligatory disclaimers:  68Caliber does not endorse nor has it done any background check on Mr.  Hiari – you’ll have to do that yourselves when offering him a job.)

This is Motaz Hiari from Jordan and i’m looking for paintball job ..
i was working at Jordan Paintball Field in Jordan  and Saudi Paintball Club in Saudi Arabia as an  Assistant Manager … and i have a Excellent experience about..
*Paintball playing area design
*Repairing a Tippmann,BT Markers,Automatic Loaders 
*Reservation management
*Championships preparation and promotion
*Games design and competition format according to age sectors
*Tournament creation
*Filling gas cylinder and maintenance 
*Preparation more number of players in short time
*Interval training for junior player
*Safety rules training
*Games control and referee
*Handle with all problems during the game and solve it 
*Radar speed limitation

You can email Motaz here