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Stanley Russell custom Nelson Rail Gun c.1987-88 with Jack Wada

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.

Direct feed hard chromed steel body with brass stick feed,
Direct feed hard chromed steel body with brass stick feed, and Tim Stone grips. Rail attached on top.

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.

Left side close up view of Jack's undercocking Stan Russell rail gun.
Left side close up view of Jack’s undercocking Stan Russell rail 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.

Derrick Obatake's Nelspot 007 rail gun
Derrick Obatake’s Nelspot Rail Gun, c. 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.

Jack Wada's Stan Russell Rail Gun. Underside undercocker view.
Jack Wada’s Stan Russell Rail Gun. Underside undercocker view. Undercocking linkage is tied into OMMS pump handle.

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.

Jack Wada's Stan Russell Rail Gun. Close up right side.
Jack Wada’s Stan Russell Rail Gun. Close up right side.

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.

A scan from the November 1987 issue of Action Pursuit Games on Stanley Russell's shop.
A scan from the November 1987 issue of Action Pursuit Games on Stanley Russell’s shop.

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.

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