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Mindless_Chaos 05-24-2014 04:53 PM

HPA history
I am just trying to remember it straight...

I remember when HPA was something I was seeing for the first time. I still remember the first HPA tank I saw, which we all called nitrogen tanks, not HPA. I heard about them, but hadn't seen one yet.

I was playing in a big game scenario game at the local field I played at. Back then I had disposable income and played nearly every weekend. This guy dressed up like an officer from star wars had this sweet automag RT I think it was.Crown tipped barrel. Chrome body with the hole bored in it. It was chrome and anodized black and purple and a Z grip. It was sweet. What stood out to me was the huge tank cradled under the gun with the clunky regulator fed directly into the mag via hose.

Early mid 90's i believe.

Here is what I am getting at. I know I have read about it before online. For some reason, I cannot find any history on the HPA tank and when it was first used, who pioneered it, which I believe at the time was AGD.

So some one on here has to know the history. Can i get a synopsis?

AND does anyone have a pic of a really early HPA tank, because they were much bigger then what we use now. Also, what was the original purpose of the first tanks used?


ta2maki 05-24-2014 04:59 PM

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Mindless_Chaos 05-24-2014 05:07 PM

That's beautiful.

Does anyone have any other old school pics? It had to be like 96 when I saw the tank. maybe earlier.

The guy the first time I saw one, was charging it from a scuba tank in his truck.

HyperU2 05-24-2014 05:48 PM

Sounds like an Air America Apocalypse, my first N2.

DocsMachine 05-24-2014 07:37 PM

First HPA tank was made by Air America- which was also it's name. later models were the Air America Raptor, or the Air America Apocalypse, but the first one was just the Air America HPA tank (or HPA system, or "nitrogen bottle", etc.)

It used a regulator very similar to the back half of an Automag- I don't know the exact relationship between AA and AGD, but clearly there was some kind of working arrangement.

The first ones came out around 1994. I still have a '94 dated AA 68 bottle around here somewhere, though I didn't buy it new.

I do know, however, that HPA was specifically not allowed in NPPL events for '94, including the World Cup- but when the '96 ESPN games aired, virtually every player was using HPA, a combination of AA systems and then-new early Max Flows. (Since one of the main teams was the All-Americans.)

And somewhere around '95, I bought a "The Regulator" system from Paintball Mania (or "Nitro Duck".)


The Inflicted 05-24-2014 08:53 PM

We just had a fairly lengthy thread on this here:

craptacular001 05-24-2014 11:52 PM

HPA history
All I know is I bought an air america apocalypse 4500 tank when it came out in 1997 for like $300ish. There were only a few guys who had one one the field at pevs, but they did have the ability to fill them. I still had it till last year...

Mindless_Chaos 05-25-2014 01:26 AM

Thank you. Wish I was able to find that. Would have simplified things lol. Good stuff.


Originally Posted by The Inflicted (Post 2963724)
We just had a fairly lengthy thread on this here:

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