Here is the first in a series of quick videos with Steve “Mongo” Brett, of Ralph’s Kill Boys, California Bushmasters, Team of Honor, and maker of the Redux, on some of the background and history behind the Line SI Advantage.
The Advantage was double action and released in 1990, which was pretty late in the game for a double action. The NSG Rapide came out in the summer of 1988 and Brass Eagle released double actions in 1989. By late 1989, Palmer’s was beginning to build Hurricanes and other pneumatics semis (post Elite Rifles) and the Tippmann 68 Special and the PMI 3 were premiered and sold at the Bay City Open in July of 1990.
Steve and I recorded this videos (and a few others) in June at Field of Fire in Southern California, during one of our So Cal Stock Games. And Steve took a moment to show me his personal Advantage, anodized a bright blue with a special feed adapter made by Ken Kidd.
Steve also went over some of the history he remembered on the Advantage. Around 1990, Steve watched Ross Alexander, of Line SI, fix a few Advantages at Skirmish and used his own in the 1990 Masters in Nashville. When Alexander left California, Alexander and Henry Gilbert, of Skirmish, gave Steve the remaining parts for Advantages so he could handle warranty work.
According to Steve, Ross explained that 400 were made and over time, Steve says in the video that, “hundreds” came back for repairs.
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