TIPPMANN PURCHASES TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION RIGHTS TO WICKED AIR SPORTZ'S EQUALIZER CIRCUIT BOARDS

03/17/2006

Wicked Air Sportz's (W.A.S.) Equalizer circuit boards

BUFFALO GROVE, IL - MARCH 17, 2006 - Tippmann Sports, the world-leading manufacturer of paintball markers and related accessories, has purchased the production rights to Wicked Air Sportz's (W.A.S.) Equalizer circuit boards. The deal allows Tippmann to exclusively offer enhanced electronics in its 98 Custom line of markers with E-Trigger and its A-5 with E-Grip. The new boards are currently being installed into Tippmann markers featuring built-in electronics as well as all E-Trigger and E-Grip upgrades at the company's headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In fact, markers with the W.A.S. Equalizer have recently been shipped and are arriving at paintball dealers across the country.

"This is an exciting development for Tippmann and, more importantly, for paintball players," said Patrick Ehren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tippmann Sports. "Now, we're able to offer the fastest, most reliable electronics available, which were previously sold only as upgrades in the paintball aftermarket. By bringing together Tippmann's well-known durability, the unmatched performance of Wicked Air Sportz's Equalizer boards and our recently launched 98 Custom with A.C.T. (Anti-Chop Technology) - we've created a winning combination that allows Tippmann to further differentiate itself from industry competitors."

Tippmann's W.A.S. Equalizer electronic boards can shoot up to 30 balls-per-second and offer five firing modes, including semi-automatic, turbo, three-shot burst, auto response and full-safety auto. The new boards also feature an automatic shut-off, which is activated after 30 minutes of non-play to maximize battery life.

"We're very pleased that Tippmann will be incorporating our boards into their markers," said Jim Drew, President and CEO of Wicked Air Sportz. "I've always been impressed with the company's dedication to bringing well built, techologically-advanced products to market. And, I think this partnership represents a continuation of Tippmann's focus on manufacturing the most durable markers that perform extremely well in the field."

Consumers seeking additional details or service information regarding Tippmann's W.A.S. Equalizer electronics should call the company directly at 1-800-533-4831. More general information about Tippmann Sports can be obtained online at the company's newly designed website, 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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