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The New Direction Of The Sport Of Paintball

Many Are Asking “Where Is The Sport Of Paintball Headed?”

While there is much online buzz about the new project 

GI MILSIM by Richmond Italia, Adam & Billy Gardner who are both some heavy hitters in the paintball industry the recent announcement that they are going to be reintroducing the .50 Caliber paintball (see Press Release Below) has caught some individuals off guard. Many players instantly think of the thousands of dollars in equipment that they have invested in which is configured for the .68 Caliber paintball size. While not all the details to this new venture are reveled yet there are many players who are automatically seeing this as a negative for the sport of paintball. While the track record of Richmond and the Gardner brothers and their group of trusted employees is very long one and has been  a key part of the shape the sport of paintball so far be it the format of Xball to the long standing markers that almost any paintball player has used at one point in time. There still seems to be the feeling that the sport as it stands now will change over to the .50 caliber size and the current players will be stuck with equipment that will no longer be usable. While the verdict is still out on what GI MILSIM’s Pantball 2.0 revolution will mean for many players we here at ThisISPaintball.ca know that this move from Richmond will easily be added to the Eighty Moments That Shaped Paintball.

With a  project this large requires a great team for it to work. So why not call upon some players who have defined the sport of paintball and so bring into the GI MILSIM picture Pete “Robbo” Robinson & Chris Lasoya.

Pete “Robbo” Robinson who has a long standing history in paintball in Europe as well in North America while playing for AfterShock, the All Americans and coaching London Nexus just to name a few. Robbo who has won multiple world titles and is a co author of “The Complete Guide To Paintball” and has also written endless amounts of articles for Paintball Games International Magazine. He is a staggering force in the paintball industry and will have a key role in the new direction that GI MILSIM will be taking paintball.

Chris Lasoya who is a much more familar name to newer tournament paintball players due to the long list of teams he has played for from Miami Effect to the LA Ironmen, the popularity of his private line of Bob Long markers the Lasyoa Timmy, to being featured many paintball DVD’s and being profiled on Xtreme Paintball: Beyond the Paint. We all know that Lasoya lives for the sport of paintball and will help bring his dedication to the sport of paintball in the work he will be doing with GI MILSIM.

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search yesterday.

A Short Walk Down The Paintball Marker History Lane

The Pursuit Marketing’s PGP. While this photo looks nothing like the original PGP after all the modifications.  The top tube was removed to allow for direct feed with a 40rd Ammo Box, a sight rail was added, a 12″ barrel extension was also added along with what looks like a suppressor.  Other additions: shoulder stock with tank mount (shown here with 10oz tank attached), Constant Air adapter, offset foregrip from Ruger 10/22 barrel shroud, and combat grips.
PMI PGP (16389 bytes)

The Pursuit Marketing’s 68 Magnum.  This marker pretty much had it all right out of the box, but as no one is to be satisfied with factory equipment, it has the following added: machined barrel extension w/shroud, offset KG-9 foregrip, molded wood grips, L-stock w/bottle holder, Cooper-T quick strip bolt, and auto-trigger attachment.
PMI 68 Magnum (10768 bytes)

The National Survival Game’s Splatmaster.  It was made for the people just getting into the game and on a limited budget.  Its construction is mainly plastic and polymers.  Note the camouflage paint job modification as the factory model is all green .
Splatmaster (13082 bytes)

The Mk IV, manufacturer unknown.  Constructed mainly from polymers and ABS plastic, it featured a nylon barrel and 25rd reservoir and was powered by a single 12gram CO2 cartridge.
Unknown (12420 bytes)

The Crosman 3357 Spotmaker.  It uses 50 caliber paintballs instead of the standard 68 caliber.  The 3357 is based on the Crosman 357 .177 pellet pistol.
Crosman 3357 (10035 bytes)

The semi-auto Tippmann SMG 68.  It was unique in the fact that it used a 15rd horizontal magazine, which could be loaded with three 5rd stripper clips.  This design later went on to become the Tippmann 68 Special.
Tippmann SMG-68 (10905 bytes)

The Tippmann Pro/AM.  Slightly altered from the factory original.  Modications and accessories include: 13″ BOA concealer barrel, powerfeed attachment, Indian Springs 200 loader (not shown), stainless steel cocking knob, lightened stainless steel rear bolt, rear velocity adjuster, trigger shoe, and vertical or two-bottle setup.
Tippmann Pro/AM (9718 bytes)


The Tippmann 68 Carbine.  Not much in the way of major modifications or accessories.  However, it does include: 12″ TASO Pro-Series barrel, APP D-Feed, ANS Phase II expansion chamber, TASO velocity adjuster, Venturi bolt, stainless steel cocking knob, lightened stainless steel rear bolt, Hogue 45 wood combat grips, and a machined-down trigger to accept a wider trigger shoe.
Tippmann 68 Carbine (11277 bytes)


Another Tippmann 68 Carbine.  Modifications and accessories include: 14″ DYE barrel, PMI 45 wood combat grips, APP two-finger trigger, APP D-Feed, ANS Phase II expansion chamber, diverter w/pressure gauge, TASO velocity adjuster, TASO raised sight rail, Venturi bolt, stainless steel cocking knob, lightened stainless steel rear bolt, drop-forward block, T-stock, and pressure regulator w/gauge.


Tippmann 68 Carbine (10901 bytes)


The Minimag from Airgun Designs. This image of the marker isn’t your typical factory marker.  Some of the aftermarket accessories and parts include: 18″ DYE “Boomstick” barrel, VL- Revolution loader, Benchmark 45 grip frame, PMI 45 wood combat grips, Autococker two-finger trigger shoe, PMI Perfect Charger regulator body, ACI velocity adjuster w/lock, Tippmann bottomline, Gas-thru stock, PMI Perfect expansion chamber, Airgun Design sight rail, B-Square airgun-to-weaver scope base, Weaver Quik-Point 45mm dot-sight, ANS Venturi bolt, and ANS True-Flow valve.
Minimag (11412 bytes)

Read more Paintball History at the Paintball Sports Trade Association.

Press Release from GI MILSIM on P8ntballer-forums.com Every now and then, rarely in fact, a wind of change blows across the face of paintball and we are witness to a new horizon, now is just such a time. Richmond Italia has once again cranked the wheels of evolution around one more time, and focussed his attention on one of our sport’s prevailing problems. He knew a lot of players were being deterred from continuing in our sport because of the cost, and more importantly, the life-blood of our sport, new tournament players migrating from the rec-ball and scenario scenes, were not even beginning to play for the same reason. The enduring expense for all players is paint; it’s a consumable, and its prolific use means we have a prolific requirement as players, and this expense was becoming a real problem for our sport.

Richmond soon realised his next evolution was going to have to tick not only the expected boxes of innovation but he also needed to tick the box of cheaper paintball …. and that is exactly what he has achieved …… engineered a cheaper paintball.

But it’s a bit more sophisticated than just charging less for paintballs; he has engineered a new paintball with an improved flight trajectory that means they fly farther and more accurately.
The historic problem with 50 calibre paintballs was getting them to break consistently; Richmond was obviously aware of this problem and set about engineering a ball that not only broke convention but also broke consistently.

How did he do this?

He headed up a think tank that’s brief was, ‘Engineer a paintball that’s inexpensive, accurate, flies further and breaks on contact’.

His team spent many months tackling their brief and after extensive testing and prototyping, they have produced a ball that finally satisfied the entire spectrum of Richmond’s vision.
The results are an evolutionary step forward; A new 50 caliber paintball has been born, and that paintball is now being shot right into the heart of our sport. Richmond has long since believed you need the right people around you to succeed in anything and if there’s one thing he excels at, it’s recognising intelligent and motivated people.
Joanne Wheeler has long since been a believer, her loyalty and hard working ethos has already served Richmond well over the years and she was the first to be recruited. In the past he has worked closely with Billy and Adam Gardner at Smart Parts and within a few short hours of explaining his new vision to them, they were signed up and had agreed to adapt a selected range of their own markers to be engineered so they can fire this new caliber ball. After all, this is the first time the paintball was dictating how the markers should be designed instead of the other way around. It was imperative Richmond aligned himself with marker manufacturers who could do the job and who better than the people who bought us the Shocker and Ion and so many more of our sport’s great markers, Billy and Adam Gardner of Smart Parts stepped up to the 50 caliber plate with no hesitation whatsoever.

With those guys on board, Richmond then turned his attention to headhunting a few people who he could trust and would help his cause, Robbo and Chris Lasoya were approached, and as soon as they understood what Richmond was trying to do, they jumped on board faster than a jack-rabbit with its ass on fire. Chris Lasoya has already worked extensively for Richmond and has always been an Italia man; Robbo however hasn’t really been anybody’s man other than his own but when asked to comment on Richmond’s request to join the team, he said, ‘Richmond made me an offer I just couldn’t refuse, my acceptance had nothing to do with money and everything to do with what he was trying to do; Richmond is one of our sport’s true visionaries, I’d have been a mug to turn this opportunity down of working with him and I ain’t no mug’.

The new era of 50 caliber paintball means cheaper paint for the paintballer, it means hundreds more paintballs in the loader, it means thousands more balls in your pots, it means a more accurate flight path, it means it shoots further and all this with the same marking characteristics as the original 68 caliber balls. Never before in the history of our sport have so many of its problems been so positively affected; after all, you ask any baller what he wants and they would answer, ‘I want a cheaper and a more accurate paintball’, it seems in one fell swoop Richmond has revolutionized our sport once again.

He did it with XBall, and he’s done it again with his new 50 caliber ball. The wind of change is upon us all and will sweep right across the face of paintball, ignore it at your peril !

More news will become available as time goes by but rest assured people, this revolution is here to stay, and it’s here to play.

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Introducing The Redesigned Smart Parts Impulse 2009

New Smart Parts Impulse

New Smart Parts Impulse Blue

SMart Parts Impulse

Smart Parts Impulse

The Beat On The New Smart Parts Impulse

Impulse – The Beat Goes On

Smart Parts unveils the all new Impulse professional tournament marker at Bitburg Millennium Series event.

Loyalhanna, PA – May 28, 2009 – The Classic Impulse was one of the most popular electropneumatic paintball markers ever produced. It found its way into the winner’s circle in the hands of teams like the All Americans and Strange. Pros loved it for its performance and amateurs loved it for its price. Even though it has been out of production for several years, it remains a popular used marker due to its fast rate of fire, simple cleaning requirements and rock-solid reliability.

Now, the beat goes on. Paintball players at the 2009 MAXS European Masters paintball tournament in Bitburg, Germany were treated to the unveiling of the all new Smart Parts Impulse. Smaller, faster and smoother than its legendary predecessor, the Impulse is built to exceed the needs of today’s professional tournament paintball player.

“The Classic Impulse was a phenomenally successful marker and players have been asking us to bring it back for some time,” said Smart Parts Vice President, Adam Gardner, “but we weren’t going to do it until we could do it right. That all came down to perfecting a new valve and dual-regulation system that gives us the speed and gas efficiency players expect from a poppet valve marker, combined with the smooth kick-free shooting that we deliver in our best spool valve paintguns.”

True to its heritage, the Impulse is a stacked tube marker, but this isn’t just a modification of the Classic, it is an all new marker with a more compact design, and numerous new features including:

* Pressure balanced poppet valve allowing 1700 to 1800 shots from a 4500 psi 68ci system
* Dual regulation allowing extremely low bolt force and eliminating kick
* Air buffered firing piston shoots smoother with less vibration
* Ultra-compact in-grip regulators reduce forward weight for improved balance
* Hose-free design eliminating common leak points
* Rechargeable lithium polymer battery powering the Impulse through approximately 100,000 shots per charge
* Hinged Vision eye covers open without tools for cleaning and aren’t easily lost because they stay attached to the marker
* Volume chamber fore-grip eliminates shoot-down
* Modular body design allowing for fast repairs and mix-and-match color styling
* Freak compatible barrel system accepts bore inserts for changing paint sizes
* Trigger based programming with modes for all major leagues and scenario use
* Q-Lock feedneck quickly clamps and adjusts to all high performance hoppers

“The keys to the new Impulse design are its valve and regulators.” says Hans Semelsberger, Smart Parts’ Director of Technical Sales. “Most poppet valves are pushed closed by the air inside, so when the pressure is right for good efficiency, you have to hit them pretty hard to knock them open, and that shakes the gun, throwing off your aim. Our pressure balanced valve lets the air pressure push forward and backwards on the valve core at the same time. Those forces cancel each other out and the valve opens easily regardless of the pressure inside. It’s so soft, I can push it open with my little finger. Because the valve opens so easily, we are able to use two-stage regulation to drive the firing piston with very low pressure gas. That makes the Impulse gentle on paint, and lets it shoot without kick.”

With a suggested retail price of $999.00 US, the all new Impulse will be shown at the PSP Chicago Open in Bolingbrook Illinois, June 24th-28th, 2009, and will be available soon at Authorized Smart Parts dealers everywhere.

Smart Parts, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of equipment and accessories for the sport of paintball. For more information, visit www.SmartParts.com. Smart Parts, Vision, Freak Jr., The Freak and Impulse are registered trademarks of Smart Parts, Inc.

Smart Parts Impulse (2000)

The original Impulse was released in the year 2000 and was the sister design to SP’s other marker available at the time, the Shocker Sport. Over the course of its lifetime the Impulse became one of the most popular markers available, and was notable for following many trends for parts, style, and features in the paintball industry on the turn of the century.

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Smart Parts Release Image Of New Impulse

The fame of the New Smart Parts Impulse will also house both regulators.

Smart Parts Impulse Grip Frame

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Richmond Italia Joins Adam & Billy Gardner To Form G.I. Milsim

Cross Posted From ProPaintball.com

Following on the heels of yesterdays announcement that Richmond Italia was getting back into paintball, we received several comments and emails suggesting that he would not be acting alone in revolutionizing the sport. 

We have just learned that Richmond’s new paintball enterprise will be known as “G.I. Milsim”. Based off that juicy nugget of information we went ahead and did a bit of research. The companies official website appears to be located @ www.GIMilsim.com and contains a major piece to the puzzle. Go ahead and check it out for yourselves..

Richmond’s re-entry into paintball is one thing. Rumors that he is going to revolutionize paintball are another. Learning that Richmond has teamed up with the Gardner brothers? Wow.

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Smart Parts 2009 Impulse Teaser

Smart Parts Impulse Teaser

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Smart Parts & The Return Of The Impulse

We are awaiting additional information aside from this image which has been posted on PBNation.com to see if Smart Parts will be creating a new up to date version of the Impulse. If your not sure what an Impulse is then I suggest you check out this or ask some of the older players kicking around at your home field.

Return Of The Impulse

Coming out of retirment has never been so awaited.

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