In the past I’ve looked for information on Dan Debone, a Service Manager at Palmer’s Pursuit Shop from 1990 till 1997.
I was never able to find much aside from some posts on Dan Debone on rec.sport.paintball. But yesterday I found a working email and Dan emailed me back, providing another source of dates and information on early Palmer’s products.
I’ve seen a few people write that Debone developed the idea for the Glenn Palmer’s first Double Barrel pistol but Glenn told me something along the lines of Debone actually suggesting the double barrel semi.
Debone confirms what Glenn told me in the following quote:
“I went to Glenn and said, “I know you make double barrels, and I know you are making semis, what will it take to marry the two?” I [then] commissioned what was at that time the most expensive paintball gun sold. Hugo the double barrel semi I used at the monster game in Corona in March or April of 1990.”
Dan Debone also gave me some information regarding the Minicocker in this video.
“I may have done some of the machine work on that cocker but I believe it was brought to me already machined by or for the customer and I merely tuned the valve, had it re-annodized in that blue for the customer and assembled it.
We did not have the facilities to do the cnc milling of the logo on the gun [at Palmers]. That was the customer’s team and I believe he had that done at a machine shop.
I used to open up the valve chamber making it larger inside as well as rework the valve guide and hammer. The hole in the top to adjust the screw in the hammer for the sear to catch on was mine. I am not sure about the bolt. We had so many different ways of doing those and it all evolved over time.”
Debone also worked on some of the VM-68s that were created for the team Evil Horde:
” “Evil Horde” was actually a team and I did some work for them but that was not a marking I put on the guns. There were also a number of those done by an air smith in the area who specialized in PM-3/VM68s.
He made a lot of trick parts for the PMI-3/VM68. I used a number of his internals while working on them. He had a machine shop in Rancho Cordova and played at the local fields.
I cannot remember his name at present, I want to say Chris but I am not sure if that was him or his wife. They both played. He used to have an ad in the back of APG for PMI3/VM68 mods. Glenn was never big on the VM68. He was already doing Hurricanes when the PMI-3 first came out.”