Jack Wada, of the Kamikaze Shooters, talks about one of the neatest pistols I’ve seen. This his custom undercocking and hard chromed Nelson based Rail gun was built by Stanley Russell in the late 1980s.
Jack Wada played with the Kamikaze Shooters in the late 1980s and 90s. Today he can typically be found on the field shooting a Nelspot, Carter Machine Buzzard or modified Box Gun.
Kamikaze Shooters and their pistols
Jack and the Kamikaze Shooters honed their pistol skills playing paintball all over So Cal. One of their local favorites in the South Bay, was an indoor paintball field in Gardena California. This location was known for a time as Indoor Warfare but it went through multiple owners and several name changes from the mid to late 1980s.
Jack’s Nelson Rail Gun
During this time, Jack, partially inspired by Derrick Obatake’s Nelspot rail gun and partially by firearms in magazines, asked Airsmith / Machinist Stanley Russell to build him a custom nelson based pump.
Stanley Russell’s custom work
Stan did an amazing job, as an expert craftsman, and built an undercocking pistol with a custom aluminum rail. The body is steel and the feed is silver soldered on and then the entire paintgun is hard chromed.
Originally this pistol would have had a Nelspot frame and Jack probably switched 12 gram changers through the years but otherwise it is as Stan built it.
Earon and Stan during 1987-1988
During the period that Stan built this pistol for Jack, he was operating on his own. Around 1987-1988 he and Earon Carter broke up their partnership, South Bay Arms, and continued projects on their own, with occasional help from each other (they were still located next door to each other). Stanley focused more on his Sheridan based Marauders and stocks with Colin Thompson and other projects and Earon developed the Carter Comp gun and Buzzard.
During Earon and Stan’s period of working together as South Bay Arms, from about 1984 to 1987, they created the long barrel Sheridan known as the Annihilator and Marauder.
Annihilators were built and sold to Tim McMurray of Mac 1. South Bay Arms also prototyped the Master Blasters (Elevator Guns), delrin sheridan pump handles and various other parts for Tim McMurray at Mac 1 Airguns.