A great example of what a top of the line paintgun looked like in c.1988, a modified direct feed Nelspot. The former owner explained that the “…Older guys with some money were just getting into constant air,” and that it wasn’t really mainstream yet.
The owner sent scans of this article from the local paper. “This is one of those games that you play with your tongue firmly planted in your cheek.” – Ed Davis, Survival Game Owner
This completely upgraded Nelspot came off ebay several months back. The seller played on the team, the Highly Irregulars, based out of State College, Pennsylvania, with many players attending the local college. Their local field was the Huntingdon County National Survival Games Franchise owned and operated by Ed Davis. Davis may have been a captain on the Highly Irregulars as well.
This Nelspot is pretty much what the top of the line (12 gram powered) markers looked like during 1987, but without the upgrade of a seamless unibody kit.
The top tube has been removed and a feedneck, likely from AGS (Bud Orr made brass feednecks for AGS and used the similar style on the WGP Commando slightly later) has been soldered or braided on.
The stock barrel sleeve is removed and a barrel extension is added.
The typical black ribbed plastic pump handle has been added, with some scratching in the ribbing to help with the grip!
The modification that caught my eye most of all was the Short Change lever changer added to the base of the grip. Designed by Jim Anderson of the Wild Geese of NH and later the Master Blasters, the Short Changers helped the Wild Geese win the NSG championships in 1987.
In the inside of the frame you can see “Toby” cut into it? Maybe the original owner?
And of course you have to have a camouflage cloth cover on your Ammo Box 1 with a PMI Butler Creek Scope cover on top.
And of course you have to cover your Ammo Box with a camouflage cloth and add a PMI Butler Creek Scope cover feed gate for the quick reload. What a great setup. This is something Andre would use with his Woodstock mask over his JT Spectras.