TIPPMANN SPORTS EXPANDS POPULAR AIRSOFT LINE

01/11/2007

As a follow up to last year's successful launch of the company's first-ever line of Airsoft guns and accessories

BUFFALO GROVE, IL - January 11, 2007 - As a follow up to last year's successful launch of the company's first-ever line of Airsoft guns and accessories, Tippmann Sports is introducing a variety of new products for 2007, including an entry level spring-operated pistol, two new CO2-powered pistols, two new "green gas" pistols, four new electric machine guns and two automatic electric rifles (AEG's). These new guns offer the same heavyweight construction and reliable performance that helped Tippmann's initial Airsoft products connect with consumers across the country and quickly established the company as a serious player in the increasingly popular category.

"Without question, Airsoft players have responded favorably to the combination of durability, feel and value that can be found in all Tippmann-branded products," said Patrick Ehren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tippmann Sports. "As anticipated when entering the category last year through a strategic alliance with Palco Sports, Airsoft has provided a wonderful opportunity to extend the unmatched reputation Tippmann has gained as a leader in paintball for more than 20 years."

Tippmann's Airsoft products are geared to players at various levels of experience. All of the company's spring pistols feature a high capacity fast-fill magazine with a lock-down mechanism for trouble free filling, an open breach for easy cleaning, a replaceable Fiber Optic site for improved aiming in an array of light conditions and an easy-to-use safety. New to the line of 2007, the X-200 is an entry-level pistol, which features a realistic look and feel, incorporates a flat line "hop-up" system for longer, straighter shots and comes standard with a bonus speedloader for fast and accurate refilling.

The company's remaining spring-loaded line includes the heavier K-200 and T-200 pistols as well as the popular SG-200 machine gun and SP-200 pump-action shotgun, which were part of Tippmann's initial Airsoft offering and can shoot BBs up to 350 feet-per-second.

The four new electric machine guns being launched by the company this year incorporate a variety of standard features. The M4-700 offers a retractable stock and numerous add-on accessories, including a red-dot site, flashlight, silencer and shoulder sling. It also incorporates an easy load, vertical feed system that can hold as many as 600 BBs for uninterrupted firing. Tippmann's new M5-700 offers a magazine-feed system, a variety of realistic add-on accessories and a fixed stock for a solid feel.

For players seeking additional firepower, Tippmann is introducing two new electric machine guns, which can fire up to 300 feet-per-second. The G6-700 incorporates a folding stock and numerous add-on accessories, while the new F9-700 features a magazine-feed system that can fire up to 350 feet-per-second. The new XT-800 is an all black full-size XM style machine gun with a high capacity 250-round magazine. The company's new M4-400 also features a 250 round, high-capacity magazine and can compete against other machine guns that retail for twice the price.

To round out its expanded Airsoft line, Tippmann is also introducing two new CO2 pistols and two green gas pistols. The company's CO2 additions include the R-400 and the I-400. Both models mimic the look of popular pistols and allow players to shoot as many as 150 BBs with a single CO2 cannister. Tippmann's new green gas pistols represent an incredible value - both the K-600 and T-600 will retail for almost half the cost of the company's existing green gas line and feature interchangeable magazines that can accept either green gas or CO2.

"Before expanding our Airsoft line for 2007, we took a close look at the market and listened carefully to our customers," Ehren added. "By doing so, we were able to introduce new guns that position us to serve a larger percentage of the Airsoft market - from those just seeking a little backyard fun, to more serious players who regularly participate in organized games at fields around the world."

Tippmann's newest Airsoft products will be available at paintball specialty and sporting goods outlets at a variety of price points. For additional details, please call the company at 1-800-533-4831 or simply visit www.tippmann.com.

Tippmann Sports, a leading manufacturer of high-performance paintball markers, 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 accessories can be found at mass retail and sporting goods outlets as well as paintball stores and fields throughout the world.

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