When the owner of the paintball company in Arizona had a client ask for a paintball handgun that was more than a few inches long and almost two feet wide, he needed to make it for her.
So he called his wife and asked her to create a prototype.
It was a simple process, but it helped the family.
“The biggest difference is the time,” said Kevin Riddle, who created the handgun, which he calls “Extreme Rage.”
“It’s not a matter of, ‘Oh, it’s like three years and we can’t do it,’ but, ‘I can make it in less than two weeks.'”
Riddle was able to create the pistol from scratch in less time than it would take a hobbyist to paint the pistol, making it much easier to sell to someone else.
“We were trying to create something that could be carried and enjoyed by a family,” he said.
“It was a great way to make sure that she got something that she could take to the park and have fun with.”
The handgun has a 5.56mm ammunition magazine and can be loaded with a .223 Remington or 7.62×39 ammo.
It can hold eight people and shoot a distance of approximately 8 feet, according to Riddle.
Riddle said the pistol is one of the most accurate paintball guns in the world, which is why the company’s goal is to have a few hundred guns by 2020.
Riddling, who has been making paintball pistols for more than 20 years, said he was not expecting such a huge response when he created the Extreme Rage Paintballs pistol.
“When I started the company, I was just going to do one, and I would do a few thousand,” he recalled.
“But now I’ve got so many people coming out of the woodwork, I thought, I’ve gotta make more and more.”
Paintball’s popularity continues to grow, and manufacturers are expanding their product line, like Riddle and his wife, Katie.
“I know that there are people who love the game and want to make their own,” Riddle added.
“There’s a lot of different ways to make a gun.
There’s a whole variety of paintballs out there.
And we’ve been able to provide them with everything they need to make these weapons.”
He said the company plans to make more pistols and paintballs in the future.
“You can’t get paintballs, but you can make paintballs and you can have paintballs,” Riddler said.