Welcome to the VintageRex.com Online Paintball Museum!
VintageRex.com is dedicated to the collection and preservation of Paintball's History. By archiving photos, ad scans, manuals, and more, we hope to keep the knowledge of Paintball's Past alive.
This site is fully searchable. The Marker Exhibit can be viewed by Manufacturer, Marker, and Type of Marker just in case you don't know the name.
As you can see, this is a work in progress, so not all the information is currently available. We hope to steadily add to the site and fill out the data.
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- The VintageRex.com Paintball Museum Team!
Paintball Museum Spotlight - National Paintball Supply NPS Icon-Z
Manufacturer: National Paintball Supply
The NPS Icon-Z was a cheap version of the Montneel Icon-Z cloned and copied in China. These gun did not work very well and was soon discontinued.
The History of the Boxer is a bit messy, but goes like this:
A company called T&L Paintball was the European distributor for Montneel products in Europe. They handled all the sales, and service. Montneel sold well in Europe, especially colder climates in Scandinavia. However, T&L Paintball complained that they were not getting enough money, so they SECRETLY sent blueprints for the Montneel Z-1 to China to have an identical copy made.
This identical copy was called the "Medusa", and was only sold in Europe. T&L Paintball would tell there customers it was a real Montneel, and pocketed all the profit. Montneel would never have discovered, except T&L also started to refuse to do service and upgrades on genuine Montneel guns. So, customers started to complain directly back to Montneel, and eventually it was discovered, and Montneel switched to a different distributor.
T&L Paintball then took the "Medusa" clone, and offered it to American companies. Paintball Games of Dallas, owned by J.P. Hunter, agreed to be the primary American importer. They were then sold to two companies: NPS and PMI.
NPS renamed the gun "NPS Icon" clearly to cause confusion. They owned the trademark for "Icon", and forced Montneel to stop using it, even though the NPS Icon was clearly stolen from the Montneel Icon.
PMI renamed the gun the "Boxer" and it sold very well. It also was sold by some proshops in place of the MONTNEEL Z-1 when MONTNEEL was unable to meet demand, and also had a higher profit margin.
PMI Boxers are long since forgotten, but there biggest claim to fame is that they were the first paintball gun produced entirely in China!
Happy New Year!
Added some parts in the Misc. Item section. If you have more information or see something that should be added or something wrong with something added. You can send info for the Misc. Items to: firstname.lastname@example.org Just to take some of the burden off of Painthappy.
Many updates coming in the next couple weeks. Please keep the updated information coming in to: email@example.com
War Machine and G and H customs updated
Links have changed, update your bookmarks. The old ones will still work (for now), but we are using easier to read URL links today and beyond.
Added Section 8 Paintball and the Darkstar (Nova Clone).