TIPPMANN SPORTS INTRODUCES HIGHLY-CUSTOMIZABLE X7 MARKER

11/06/2006

COMPANY'S PARTNERSHIP WITH SPECIAL OPS

BUFFALO GROVE, IL - November 6, 2006 - Tippmann Sports has introduced a revolutionary new product, which is being called "the most customizable paintball marker ever manufactured." The new marker is the very first product Tippmann has developed in conjunction with Special Ops Paintball. The standard, out-of-the-box configuration of the X7 includes an AR-15 styled magazine with built-in storage compartment, adjustable rear site, modular shroud and a receiver with military-spec Picatinny rails. The X7 is also field strippable and was designed around the proven inline bolt design incorporated into other Tippmann models.

"The X7 features a magnesium receiver, which offers the durability of aluminum, but is 20 percent lighter," said Dennis Tippmann, Jr., Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Tippmann Sports. "It also incorporates an enhanced Cyclone Feed System that can feed more than 20 balls-per-second and a new low profile, offset hopper, which provides a clear sightline down the top of the marker. Plus, the X7 is the first marker to feature an air-through stock compatible system, which makes it easy to move the gas line to the back of the marker for better maneuverability and a more realistic appearance."

"We're excited about all of the first-time innovations the X7 incorporates, but for most players, it's really the marker's customization that will get their immediate attention," said Patrick Ehren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tippmann Sports. "Through our partnership with S.O., the X7 is being launched in conjunction with more than 30 different integrated mods - making it easy to give the marker thousands of different looks. With the X7, players will be able to enjoy the ulimate woodsball experience knowing that their markers have a totally unique appearance and, more importantly, are customized to fit their specific needs."

The mods to be introduced with the X7 include a full array of performance stocks, magazines, shrouds and sights, created exclusively for the new marker. Other performance upgrades to be available include an integrated Flatline Barrel System option and a new E-Grip with external Select Fire mode selection.

"In many respects, this was a dream assignment for our team," said Greg Bishop, General Manager for Special Ops Paintball. "It was fun to finally be involved in the design of a marker from the very beginning. And, everyone at Special Ops is excited to have worked with Tippmann to bring this groundbreaking new product to market. There's no question that the X7 offers exactly what today's serious woodsball players have been waiting for - a high performance, dependable and customizable marker that will clearly set them apart in the field."

To help players gain a better understanding of the many available looks of the X7, Tippmann will be adding a new X7 builder to its website. The builder will allow consumers to view all available performance upgrades and mods and select their favorite options. A completely customized X7 marker will then be created on-screen using the information provided. Finally, the MSRP of the marker built will be provided along with a list of Tippmann dealers so players can select from all nearby retailers.

"We felt it was important for players to see first-hand just how customizable the X7 really is," Ehren added. "Offering our consumers an opportunity to build their own marker online really gets them involved in the process and allows us to provide them exactly what they're looking for. There aren't a lot of products available - in any industry - that offers this level of personalization."

The X7 from Tippmann Sports and Special Ops Paintball is being manufactured at Tippmann's Fort Wayne, Indiana headquarters and will be available for retail shipment in late November 2006. The basic marker will carry an MSRP of $329. Prices for the customized markers will vary based on the upgrades and modifications selected.

For additional details regarding the X7 or the recently formed alliance between Tippmann Sports and Special Ops Paintball, please call 1-800-533-4831 or visit www.tippmann.com.

Proudly celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2006, Tippmann Sports is dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting edge technology and design. The company serves the growing paintball and airsoft industries from its corporate headquarters 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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