TIPPMANN ENTERS AIRSOFT CATEGORY WITH HEAVYWEIGHT PRODUCTS

02/09/2006

Tippmann's initial, well-rounded Airsoft offering includes a complete line of Tippmann branded

BUFFALO GROVE, IL - FEBRUARY 9, 2006 - Tippmann Sports, the leading manufacturer of high-performance paintball products, has entered a new and increasingly popular category with the company's first-ever line of Airsoft guns and accessories through a strategic alliance with Palco Sports. Tippmann's initial, well-rounded Airsoft offering includes a complete line of Tippmann branded, spring-operated pistols and rifles, CO2 and "green gas" powered pistols and automatic electric rifles (AEG Technology). The company is also introducing a number of high-quality accessories, including a target, replacement magazine and a new line of BBs, which will be marketed under the Straight Shot™ name.

"Entering the Airsoft category was a natural extension for us," said Patrick Ehren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tippmann Sports. "Palco's 10 years of experience in the Airsoft category and their desire to partner with Tippmann to accelerate new product development in the category made the relationship a logical alliance. The Tippmann name has been synonymous with quality craftsmanship and performance since we started in paintball 20 years ago. Now, we're excited to leverage our industry-leading paintball experience by introducing a line of products to the growing number of Airsoft players around the country."

Tippmann's new Airsoft guns are expected to appeal to players of all skill levels, but especially existing players seeking a durable upgrade with enhanced features. All of the company's premium, heavyweight pistols and rifles are easy to operate, true to scale, feature a high rate of fire and utilize the Flatline Hop-Up System for longer, straighter shots.

"We think Airsoft players will be impressed by the combination of durability, feel and value they find in Tippmann products," Ehren added. "Plus, we're hopeful that we'll be able to help elevate the category by building awareness and generating excitement for Airsoft at the grassroots level. Long term, we'd like to bring experienced players together more often while providing newer players additional opportunities to discover this great game."

Airsoft products from Tippmann Sports will be available at paintball specialty and sporting goods outlets beginning in April 2006. The company's new line of guns will carry a variety of price points ranging from $24.95 for a spring-powered pistol to $149.95 for a full-size AEG rifle. For additional details, please call Tippmann Sports at 1-800-533-4831. The company's Airsoft line will also be included on the Tippmann Website, www.tippmann.com, when the products begin shipping in early April.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2006, Tippmann Sports prides itself on 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, IN. Tippmann Sports' complete line of paintball markers and 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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