TIPPMANN LAUNCHES ELECTRO PNEUMATIC MARKER, THE X7 PHENOM

10/21/2009

New FlexValve Technology provides greater air efficiency, more accuracy and ability to go from electronic to manual operation with the simple flick of a switch

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. (October 21, 2009) – Tippmann is very proud to introduce the X7 Phenom, a next-generation .68 caliber paintball marker that’s truly in a class of its own. The unmatched benefits of this new electro pneumatic marker include improved air efficiency, superior accuracy, manual or electronic firing and the flexibility to use either CO2 or compressed air. The heart of the Phenom is Tippmann’s patented FlexValve™ Technology, a brand new technology that is not available on any other paintball marker. The FlexValve operates below 300 PSI for improved air efficiency, giving players more than 1,400 shots from a single 68 cubic-inch, 4500 PSI tank. Also, with its Spool Valve Design, recoil is virtually eliminated for significantly-enhanced accuracy. The searless design of the Phenom also incorporates fewer wear parts, making maintenance easier than ever. And, even though the Phenom is three inches shorter than the standard X7, it will still accept more than 20 current X7 mods and upgrades, including the popular Flatline barrel.

“We’re extremely excited about the groundbreaking technology behind the new Phenom,” said Denny Tippmann, Jr., senior VP of research and product development for Tippmann Sports. “FlexValve Technology truly represents a significant leap forward in marker design that delivers an all-new level of performance for those players who demand nothing but the best.”

Other features of the X7 Phenom include:

• New compact and lightweight aluminum body 
• Streamlined design with internal gasline and no cocking handle
• Pushpin construction for easy field stripping
• All-metal trigger for enhanced stability 
• Magnetically activated hall effect electronics 
• Redesigned Cyclone Feed System paddles that feed up to 20 balls-per-second without batteries 
• Picatinny top rail to easily add new sights and handles 
• Air-thru stock compatibility 
• Internal regulator with new external velocity adjustment 
• 9.5” high performance stone-honed barrel 
• Removable rear and front sights

“In developing this new marker, we initially considered designing a totally new platform, but the opportunity to make the ‘ultimate woodsball marker’ even better was too great to pass up,” said Patrick Ehren, vice president of sales and marketing for Tippmann Sports. “Combining the FlexValve Technology with the existing X7 platform makes it easier for our loyal players to make the transition. Plus, we don’t have to ask our dealers to stock another complete set of mods. Of course, the existing X7 will continue to be available. But, the Phenom now becomes the pinnacle of woodsball markers.”

The new X7 Phenom, which is expected to arrive in stores in late November/early December, was designed in part based on the feedback and suggestions provided by players. In fact, several respected teams such as Team Tippmann Scotland, the Hellions, the Great Lakes Rangers, the Tippinators, Madball Legionaires and T.S.S.O.C. (Tri-State Special Ops Command) all provided helpful input and will now be playing the X7 Phenom.

For more details about the X7 Phenom, players are encouraged to visit tippmann.com. While online, those interested can watch an informational video, find a nearby dealer, review marker specifications or sign up for the Tippmann Forum, where valuable, unbiased feedback on the new marker will be provided. Of course, anyone looking to connect with other paintball players should also consider becoming a fan of Tippmann on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

For more than 20 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

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