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ACI Sports Sonic Griffin FASOR Conversion

ACI Sports Sonic Griffin, left side.
ACI Sports Sonic Griffin, left side.

A hard to find piece of paintball history that popped up on eBay last month, an ACI Sonic Griffin which premiered around summer to fall of 2001.

Full shot of ACI Sports Sonic Griffin.
Full shot of ACI Sports Sonic Griffin.

The Sonic conversion kit turns the entry level Griffin into a Poppet valve electro pneumatic paintgun!

Right side of ACI Sports Sonic Griffin.
Right side of ACI Sports Sonic Griffin.

I believe this kit was a collaboration between ACI and PGI since it uses the PGI reg which premiered on Novas and later went to PGI’s markers and ACI’s Mayhem.

Left side of Sonic Griffin showing power cord from battery to solenoid.
Left side of Sonic Griffin showing power cord from battery to solenoid.

The seller claimed this example leaks and Chris at MountainView Paintball remembers servicing leaking front chambers (lpr?) to be a pain to nearly impossible based on tips from Designer Brian Sullivan (ACI).

ACI Sports Sonic Griffin back solenoid. Right side.
ACI Sports Sonic Griffin back solenoid. Right side.

Serial is marked 05010114. Could this mean this was the 114th produced as of May of 2001?

ACI Sports Sonic Griffin back solenoid. Left side.
ACI Sports Sonic Griffin back solenoid. Left side.

ACI Sports Sonic Griffin History on Warpig

The Sonic conversion kits are mentioned on Warpig as premiering at the International Amateur Open in August of 2001.

Bill Mills, of Warpig writes, “ACI’s Jerry Sullivan introduced the Griffin XP – the low priced Griffon with the additional flash of ACI’s exclusive patterened anodizing. The Sonic electropneumatic conversion transforms Griffins, Spyders, or Piranhas, coverting them into electropneumatic paintguns.”

ACI Sports Sonic Griffin / PGI regulator.
ACI Sports Sonic Griffin / PGI regulator.
Front LPR on Sonic Griffin.
Front LPR on Sonic Griffin.

Here is another link on a slightly longer article on another Sonic Griffin.

And find standard mechanical Griffin parts here.

And ACI history here.

And find a scan of the manual on mcb here.

And ACI history here.

And some more technical details on the Sonic conversion kit on pbnation here.

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