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Twenty-Five Years as Alaska's Coolest Airsmith!

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    Twenty-Five Years as Alaska's Coolest Airsmith!

    I would like to take a moment to recognize- and perhaps brag a a bit- that July 1st, 2023 officially marks my Twenty-Fifth Year in business!

    I had kind of hoped to have something special to mark the occasion- a secret project, a special comic, a video, a B-52 flyby... But unfortunately I've just been too busy. The story, as they say, of my life.

    I officially hung out this particular shingle on July 1st, 1998. My 'shop' was a small, dimly lit storage room, of which I occupied perhaps sixty square feet. My first machine was a worn-out Jet mill-drill, and it was a few months before I was able to pick up a Grizzly 9x19 lathe. I made do with those, and upgraded as funds and opportunities allowed. And with a great deal of hard work and perseverance... that room is no longer dimly lit.

    I started out doing mods to paintball guns and making paintball parts, and I am still doing so today. There have, of course, been uncountable ups and downs, innumerable side-tracks, and of course the endless issues of trying to run a one-man business in the back waters of Left Armpit, Alaska- especially when that one man has all the business acumen of an inebriated snail. But with luck, hard work, skill, and a great deal of outside help from friends and family, I'm still here.

    I can't be completely certain- I'm sure somebody will correct me- but I may very well be the longest-running paintball airsmith at this point. We might need to modify that with full time airsmith- this has been my day job since day one- and the entire time under the same 'shingle' (company, business name, etc.)

    ... Aaand that and two-fifty'll get'a a cup of coffee.

    Twenty five years, five Presidents, more than twenty different machine tools, over three hundred different products, I'd wager between four and six thousand different markers through the doors, likely better than 30,000 individual sales, and and I can very probably legitimately claim over 150,000 items made and sold.

    When I started this biz, I gave myself a year. If at the end of that year, things weren't working out, I'd go and get a 'real' job.

    That was twenty-five years ago.

    Doc.
    Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
    The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
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    #2
    You have been the longest lasting element of my paintball life other than my freak kit. I am glad to have you around.
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    • DocsMachine

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      It is admittedly a bit odd to think I have customers who weren't even born yet when I started.

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      Last edited by DocsMachine; 07-03-2023, 10:15 PM.

    #3
    As the former owner of at least one of those markers and current owner of a bunch of parts, as well as the comic books, congrats and keep doing what you're doing!

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      #4
      Congratulations Doc!
      Need Inception Designs or Shocktech Products? Let me know!

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        #5
        That really is pretty damn cool!

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          #6
          Congrats!!
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          I buy Automags and Mag Parts also.

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            #7
            I would bet you could also claim to be one of the longest running Paintball companies, almost everyone else has sold or consolidated into a bigger corporation or of course just ceased to exist.
            congratulation’s are due either way

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              #8
              Congrats!!

              So in 25 years.... What was your favorite and least favorite build?

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                #9
                Congrats Doc, and I'm sure the collective MCB has enough work to keep ya going for another 25 years lol.
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                  #10
                  You are legend! Happy to have watched it all happen. A great thanks for letting me be a part of it all as a paintball slinging wolf!
                  Velcor will save us...

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                    #11
                    B1's sent your way..
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                      #12
                      I just put in my first order with you.

                      Congrats on 25 years!

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                        #13
                        Originally posted by Ecapnation View Post
                        What was your favorite and least favorite build?
                        -Oh, good question.

                        There have been all too many 'least' favorites, unfortunately. Jobs I put far too much work into, that took far too long, or that cost me more than I made on the job.

                        My favorite? I got a big kick out of how well the first Vee-Twin came out, which I built on the fly from a cocktail napkin drawing, but for a favorite overall, the "double Angel" I made for Enoch Paintball I think would have to take that particular ribbon.



                        I heard recently on the Guild that the purple stock-class Sniper...



                        ... which was one of the first full guns I built after launching, supposedly still gets regularly used.

                        (And in case anyone's wondering, this one was the very first out of the shop- I'd actually started it just before moving in to this building.)



                        Doc.
                        Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
                        The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
                        Paintball in the Movies!

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                        • Super Nova

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                          Love the double angel but damn I bet that weighed a decent amount. Love me some right feed electros lol

                        #14
                        Congratulations! Heres to all the rest of em!

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                          #15
                          Congratulations! That is a great achievement!

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