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Old 04-11-2008, 03:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I was recently checking out some pix from some old APG articles, and I realized that they used the same bright yellow paint I used to see at the army surplus stores I used to go to. The article was from 88... but I was 3 then, however I saw the same bright yellow shell when I used to go to army surplus stores in around 95-96. I realized this means it was probably the "paint to use" back in the day. Wondering if anyone remembers what that brand was. No, this isn't an important question, I'm just curious.
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, I was recently checking out some pix from some old APG articles, and I realized that they used the same bright yellow paint I used to see at the army surplus stores I used to go to. The article was from 88... but I was 3 then, however I saw the same bright yellow shell when I used to go to army surplus stores in around 95-96. I realized this means it was probably the "paint to use" back in the day. Wondering if anyone remembers what that brand was. No, this isn't an important question, I'm just curious.
I know in '92 that the most prevalent brands in N.E. PA were Zap, ProBall, Nelson, and R.P. Scherer. I'd guess earlier than that would have had a good chance of being Nelson.
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks... I woulda guessed proball or nelson
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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maybe bulls eye (I remember it as being pretty crappy)
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I liked Bullseye, but RP Scherer was best as far as I was concerned.
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The RP "Super Shell" Stingers from that era were usually yellow.

Cal-Mag had a yellow paint, but I think they were dead by that point
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Bullseye was fron NY as I remember. Came in little 1500 rd. cases. It always shot well for me.
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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workign at a PBall field in 1987 we used Nelson Yellow. It was the only paintball we could get at the time. 2500 round cases at $120 (retail)
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Bullseye was fron NY as I remember. Came in little 1500 rd. cases. It always shot well for me.
Yeah Bullseye was from Long Island. Wasn't bad paint but then again I was getting it factory direct back then.

RP was the king by 1992 although Proball was a close second, I was a big fan of the Platinum shell, orange fill.

Anyone remember the RP Tracer Orange? I still have **** around my house stained with that crap but man did it shoot good! Looked like it had iodine in it or something.
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Hi,

I shot this stuff called Ultra 68 once. It came in a 1500 round box I think. Brown box with Ultra 68 stamped on it. It shot descent for tree practice and people. That stuff could have been easily looked like it was an Army Navy type store.

Funny thing about Military Surplus stores and paintball. We had two stores in the area at the time in the mid 90s. One was a multi store with surplus, hiking, scouts, and paintball. Best gun on the wall was a stingray. The guy that was help insisted his team use stingrays because they were the best gun at the time. The other place was a military surplus store. Both places had it fair share of wierdos working and hanging out. However this store diverted all paintball business to a paintball shop. I remember the one time some kid sold his Spyder on the wall for 800 bucks at this surplus store.

Anyway, the surplus store closed up shop after a drug bust. The army navy store ran an ad in the local paper stating it was not the store going out of business and they were not involved with drugs. They went out of business a few years later due retirement IIRC. The owner was older and so was the help. Rumor was they had a decline in business. Personally, there was limited selection of items. Any real surplus was stuck in a corner in the back of the store. There was an over reliance in boy scouts and girl scouts material. The price was generally on the high side. Plus there was an overall lack of cool looking stuff in the store. The guy down the street at the surplus store, had cool stuff every time you walked in there. Much of his stock rotated and sold pretty quickly until the end. Everything was coming from catalogs like Rothenburg and SEI.

Wow trip down memory lane.
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