Earon Carter of Carter Machine talks classic paintball history regarding the Annihilators, Sat Cong Village (SC Village), the Sat Cong Headhunters, Bud Orr of WGP and more with Paul Schreck and I. We visited Earon on August 10, 2012 and recorded several interviews.
Late 80s early 90s SC Village Patch, harder to find in this OD Green color. From the collection of Gramps and Grizzly, used with permission from Mike ”Grizzly” Grubb.
In this short video Earon talks about the introduction of the Annihilator / Marauder into the Southern California Paintball scene. This would have been in mid to late 1986.
Sat Cong Headhunters Patch. One of Sat Con Village’s hottest teams in around 86/87. From the collection of Gramps and Grizzly, used with permission from Mike ”Grizzly” Grubb.
In their first game using the Annihilators, Earon’s team, likely the Widowmakers, “absolutely overpowered” the Sat Cong Headhunters, SC hottest team at the time.
After beating the previously undefeated SC Headhunters with their Annihilators, Headhunter member, gun tech and Operator of Gunner’s Place, Steve “Gunner” Tetz approached Earon Carter and Stan Russell about building a fleet of Annihilators for him to rent out.
Bud Orr of WGP also inquired about purchasing Annihilators / Marauders from Earon and Stan to rent out of his “Ice Cream Truck” gun stand at Sc Village. Earon and Stan had already agreed to provide “Gunner/Gunny” with pumps so as Earon says they couldn’t be building them for Bud at the same time.
”Gunner’s Place” brass(?) sticker off of Bob ”Flex Hone” Fowlie’s tool box lid.
According to Earon this is what led Bud to develop the Sniper as a way to provide a pump capable of the same firepower. Bud development of the Sniper likely began around late 1986 and I would guess his first Sniper 1s began production and being sold in 1987. Bud’s Sniper 1 prototype was featured in the december 1987 issue of APG and I would assume at this time he was already in full swing of his “Garage guns.”
After word spread about the advantage a player with Annihilator firepower had, the 1st generation Annihilator became the hottest gun in Southern California.
Earon and Stan at South Bay Arms were building Annihilators for Tim McMurray at Mac-1 and at the same time began building and selling their own version which was essentially the same with minor differences named the Marauder which they sold to friends, other Headhunter team members, and many other teams at SC Village on Friday nights.
Tim McMurray at Mac-1 wasn’t happy about Earon and Stan selling guns on the side and it became one of the many factors that split South Bay Arms from doing the machining on the Annihilators for Mac-1.
More interviews with Earon Carter, Tim McMurray, Bob “Flex Hone” Fowlie and classic gun reviews coming soon!