TIPPMANN SPORTS NOT AFFILIATED WITH BT DESIGNS

08/17/2005

TIPPMANN SPORTS NOT AFFILIATED WITH BT DESIGNS

BUFFALO GROVE, IL - AUGUST, 2005 - Tippmann Sports, the world-leading manufacturer of high performance paintball markers and related accessories, is in no way affiliated with BT Paintball Designs. Tippmann has been questioned about a possible link between the two companies by industry insiders and players who have expressed confusion over design similarities as well as BT's use of proprietary Tippmann model names. In addition, the confusion is compounded by the fact that Ben Tippmann, President of BT Designs, is a nephew to Denny Tippmann, Sr. and is a former Tippmann employee.

"Confusion over product similarities is certainly warranted," said Howard Kosick, President and CEO for Tippmann Sports. "In fact, we are in the process of legally protecting the intellectual properties that we feel are being violated by BT Designs. However, the main issue is that we continue to receive calls from consumers who have purchased product from BT Designs assuming they were manufactured and distributed by Tippmann Sports. We're hoping to clear any confusion so players don't purchase product assuming it's supported by Tippmann Sports' warranty. We encourage anyone looking for genuine Tippmann products to visit our website before purchasing."

Founded in 1986 by Dennis Tippmann, Sr., Tippmann Sports prides itself on "American Made" manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting edge technology and design. The company serves the growing paintball industry from its corporate headquarters in Fort Wayne, Ind. 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.

Additional information about Tippmann Sports can be obtained by calling 1-800-533-4831 or by visiting the company's newly redesigned website, www.tippmann.com.

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