Tim Firpo, aka Paintball Tek dot com, recently put me in contact with David Kermode of Kermode Concepts, formally maker of K-C Trouble Free Oil, K-C No Hot Shots Regulators and many other paintball projects. Dave and I have been emailing and talking on the phone over the last couple weeks and I ended up purchasing a bunch of Dave’s old parts to offer on BacciPaintball.
Find some of these K-C parts listed at:
These parts were mostly gas throughs, asa adapters and end caps for Dave’s K-C No Hot Shots Regulators. These pieces included one item I had heard of but never seen, a K-C Type II Bottomline Regulator.
The difference between the Type I and the Type II reg was a different Nose Cap which adapted the female to male K-C No Hot Shots Inline Reg into a female asa input to 1/8th npt female output reg. And with an outer cage, that Dave had Colin Thompson of Lapco build, it can be setup as a bottomline regulator.
The photos shows the K-C Clear ano ASA reducer to the K-C Type II regulator setup mounted on Rick Rector’s Navarone Autococker. Although Dave warned that his K-C Reducer Plug adapters (male ASA to female 1/8th npt) were a little larger than most asas, they actually are a perfect diameter match to an Autococker vertical ASA.
When Tim called me and told me I should give Dave a call I was particularly interested in hearing about his connection to Eric Scott of Southern Pneumatics and the regulator project they were both involved in (initially/briefly) together.
I’ve had an interest in the Phoenix saga (Phoenix, Equalizer, No Hot Shots Reg, the LS-2000, the Sheridan Inline Reg, the Falcon, the Guardian…) ever since I purchased my first Phoenix, which actually was from Dave, off ebay about ten years ago.
Over a few weeks of email and phone calls, Dave has been extremely helpful answering every questions I sent him. We discussed Northern California / Bay Area Paintball, his relations with others in the paintball industry, his K-C Trouble Free Oil, and he’s recalled a lot of interesting stories on his days traveling and making contacts while selling his products from the late 80s to later 90s.
I’ll be writing up a bunch of Dave’s stories on Kermode Concepts as I find / prepare appropriate media.