In the mid to late 1990s Dirk Gadberry was playing on the Ironmen and machining parts for various companies as Innovative Manufacturing. Based out of Sacramento, Dirk made custom parts for Bob Long / Delta Archery, Oh Pawlak / Predator Paintball, Chris Haggin / Pacific Paintball / Kapp and various others. Many of Dirk's custom cockers featured gloss splash anodizing, P Block bodies, enlarged valve chambers, custom bolts and various other custom touches. Dirk machined custom Automags for Predator Paintball and these featured custom barrels, enlarged valve reg / 8 hole mods, rail and vert asa cuts and wild splash patterns. During this period Dirk used Ano Tech out of Modesto for anodizing.