Home History Bob ''Flex-Hone'' Fowlie's Spiral Rifled Termite Body

Bob ”Flex-Hone” Fowlie’s Spiral Rifled Termite Body

spiral-rifled-termite

A gift from Bob ”Flex Hone” Fowlie, this body was likely made for a Termite since it lacks both a front grip frame screw hole and a feed mounting hole. This indicates it would use a Termite/Carter/Frank Gun collar.

Who it was made by remains a mystery. Likely created around 1987-1988, the barrel features spiral rifling which sets it apart from other Termites guns. I would say it’s meant for either a generation 1 or generation 2 Termite body.

The parts on the body are just a mock up, and not attached. The final version will be CA with a 1st generation commando aluminum pump handle and a black grip frame rail (not the polished rail). I will be using Kevin Donalson’s (of the Master Blasters) Termite for inspiration on this built and might actually go back to a nelson frame because of it.

Besides Armson barrels which would be a little later and much different than this body the only other machinist I have heard of making a spiral rifled nelson body would be Jack Kirby of the Paladin and Music City Hooters. The bore on his short run of nelson based pumps, the Helix were spiraled.

Chuck Link, who played with Kirby on both Paladin and Music City Hooters, isn’t sure if this barrel would be one of Kirby’s though. In the quote below Chuck describes the rifling pattern that Jack used in the barrels of his spiral ported nelson, the Helix:
”That barrel does resemble Jack’s…however I distinctly remember Jack’s Helix having a visible ”U” shaped groove as the spiraled rifling….porting looks similar though.”

Regardless this is a very rad barrel and I am excited about building this nelson and taking it onto the field so see how it does.

Watch Bob Fowlie’s interview on classic 80s paintball, the Flex-Hone and “Who are Those Guys?” Mercenary Service here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHT7dfzsmHg

Find Brush Research Manufacturing online at:
http://www.brushresearch.com/

And BRM can be located on facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/BrushResearch

Checkout the Flex-Hones used for Paintball barrels here:
http://www.brushresearch.com/brushes.php?c2=7

Take a second to support Paintball History on Patreon!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Sovereign to Autococker barrel thread adapter

A neat custom adapter that allows a Sovereign semi auto to take the barrel from an Autococker. Shown on a customized Bad Boyz Toyz Sovereign.

Sergey Levkov / Technical Trouble Shooting modified VM-68s of the early 1990s

Sergey Levkov on his paintball history with Lapco, Technical Trouble Shooting, his modifications on VM-68s, Tippmann SMG 60s, 68 Specials and more.

Skip Swift of SwiftLine, an early Autococker Innovator

Skip Swift, of Swift Line Industries was one of the original East Coast Sniper 2 and Autococker innovators in the early 1990s. In the years after the introduction of the Autococker he worked on Bob Long and the Ironmen's paintball guns. He also produced parts and accessories in the early 1990s out of Connecticut.

A first generation Spyder

A closer look at the unique feature that separates a first generation Kingman Spyder from other models, the choker screw.

Gramps and Grizzly ad – December 1990 in Paintcheck

A Gramps and Grizzly ad that was printed in the December 1990 issue of Paintcheck magazine shows the Enforcer 1, the NW Comp, BE King Cobra and the SMG60.
Take a second to support Paintball History on Patreon!