Last year I edited and uploaded footage from the Store Wars III event, which took place at Paintball Hill in May of 1992. This was raw KFTY news footage that Tony Meno, of Pacific Paintball, out of Santa Rosa, gave me on a VHS a couple years back.
Along with the video of the game there were several interviews on the tape, including Chris Haggin and Richard Mansfield (co-owners of Pacific Paintball), Gary Bennet (owner and operator of Paintball Hill) and Darryl Trent of the Ironmen (at the time and DLX today). I uploaded all these interviews last fall except for Darryl’s. In preparation for an interview I’m editing now from July 2013, with Tony Meno I took another look at the Store Wars footage and finished up Darryl’s interview.
In the interview Darryl talks about what it’s like to play on the Ironmen, the current tournaments they had participated in from 1991-1992 and the process new members must go through to join the team. The ad above lists some of the tournaments from the previous year and shows Darryl holding what might be the same Autococker he was shooting in the video.
Darryl’s equipment and dating the video:
•Darryl’s autococker look pretty much stock although at one point he is adjusting his regulator which could indicate it’s a Rock Regulator which the Ironmen would have first used in about summer 1992.
•Trent’s barrel has the cuts at the end of the barrel which means it’s likely 1992 (not 1991).
•Nasty Boys Harness
•Scott Mask – I think the Ironmen were sponsored by JT so I’m not sure why he would wear this mask other than maybe it was more open on the base for the lavalier microphone that KFTY had mounted on him.
•Sandana headband with Skulls. Darryl told me this was stolen on a trip to Europe in the 1990s.
•Tigerstripe Pull Over – The Ironmen were at this time sponsored by Tim Schloss of Tiger Stripe.
Other pictured Ironmen and Paintball Hill players’ equipment in the video:
•Other Ironmen are wearing Bullseye T-shirts (Marty Bush). The Ironmen at that time were sponsored by George Statler of Bullseye (2:19)
•Marty Bush is wearing a JT mask without the face plate (2:19)
•Another Ironmen player is pictured with the Red Patch (4:48)
•A player is wearing a JT Crossfire mask(4:50)
JT Crossfire Mask (Introduced end of 1991-early 1992):
The JT Crossfire mask was featured in new product ads in the same issue as Darryl’s WGP ad above, the February 1992 Issue of Paintball Sports International, which means it was likely submitted as a new product in December 1991 (3 month lead time).
Ironmen in early 1992 (event unknown, please post if you know):
Here is a group photo from around the same time, the 1992 season. This photo was given to me by Tim Schloss of Tiger Stripe Products. I would imagine this photo must be from the 1992 season since Darryl (pictured lower left) is holding a JT Crossfire mask. Tim couldn’t remember which event this photo was taken at, anyone have any ideas?
And a numbered copy with player’s names. I’m missing a few names so if readers know any please post:
1. Dirk Gadberry
2. George Statler – Bullseye Sponsor
3. Tim Schloss – Tiger Stripe Products Sponsor
7. Phyliss Long
8. Bob Long
9. Darryl Trent
10. Michael Baird?
11. Rick Cendejas
12. Alexander “Zander?” Rose?
13. Marty Bush
14. Clayton Kyle
Thanks to Tony Meno for the VHS, Tim Schloss for the Tiger Stripe Products Factory patch and photo.
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