TIPPMANN AND HAMMERHEAD FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

10/21/2008

Tippmann and HammerHead Form Strategic Alliance Partnership to Broaden Distribution of High-Performance Barrels

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – Tippmann Sports and HammerHead recently agreed to terms on an exclusive worldwide distribution program. The partnership brings an exciting new line of high-performance barrels into Tippmann’s arsenal while HammerHead gains exposure to thousands of retail doors through Tippmann’s distribution network. All HammerHead barrels distributed by Tippmann are designed to fit and complement the look of Tippmann’s existing 98 Custom, X7 and A-5 markers. The line of barrels is expected to be available at select paintball dealers beginning in November 2008.

By formalizing our relationship with HammerHead, we’re now clearly in position to offer the best crafted and most accurate paintball barrels to loyal Tippmann players around the world,said Patrick Ehren, vice president of sales and marketing for Tippmann Sports. We confirmed through our own internal tests that the accuracy and efficiency of the HammerHead barrels are unmatched in the industry. We’re certainly excited about the obvious distribution synergies that exist between our two companies, but we’re even more excited about the opportunities this relationship will create through the development of new barrel innovations down the road.

The HammerHead line consists of four barrels ranging in length from 8.5” to 16” and carry MSRPs starting at $69. Each barrel is gun-drilled and incorporates true rifling to enhance ball rotation for improved ball flight and unmatched accuracy. The barrels also include 2” sizers for optimal air efficiency and a reverse ported muzzle breaks to reduce air turbulence.

Simply put, these barrels incorporate proven technology that delivers in the field, said Paul Judson, vice president of HammerHead. Tippmann and HammerHead are an unbeatable combination. HammerHead’s scientifically proven technologies provide incredible accuracy, improved air flow and a distinctive look unlike anything else in the industry. And, of course, everyone is familiar with Tippmann’s legendary durability and unmatched performance. Without question, this is an ideal marriage that offers woodsball players the ultimate combination of accuracy and dependability.

The Tippmann/HammerHead alliance comes on the heels of the overwhelmingly successful launch of the Straightline Barrel, which the two companies developed and introduced collaboratively this past June. The Straightline – a 16" barrel featuring three seamless connection sizers and a removable, military style muzzle break – will continue to be available along with three other barrel offerings. The initial HammerHead line will include:

8.5" Shark Tooth
8.5" gun drilled barrel
Light defusing finish to eliminate reflective glare
Removable .688 sizer for 98 Custom or A-5/X7

14" Battle Stikxx
14" gun drilled barrel
Reverse ported, removable muzzle break
Light defusing finish to eliminate reflective glare
Removable .688 sizer for 98 Custom or A-5/X7

16" Straightline
16" gun drilled barrel
Reverse ported, removable muzzle break
Light defusing finish to eliminate reflective glare
3 sizers – .683, .686, .688 for 98 Custom or A-5/X7
Soft-sided case with lithium grease

16" Bang Stikxx
16" gun drilled barrel
Reverse ported, removable muzzle break
Light defusing finish to eliminate reflective glare
5 sizers – .679, .683, .686, .688, .690 for 98 Custom or A-5/X7
Deluxe hard case with lithium grease and aluminum ball gauge

For additional details about the Tippmann/HammerHead alliance or to learn more about the initial product offering, please call Tippmann Sports at 1-800-533-4831. More specific product information will also be available online soon at www.tippmann.com.

For more than 20 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility 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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