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KBS Eliminator on the shelf at Mac 1 Airguns

KBS Eliminator pistol full left

I found this KBS Eliminator A.R. on the shelf at Mac-1’s shop when I visited Tim McMurray in January of 2013. I originally posted this on mcarterbrown shortly after finding the pistol:
http://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/vintagerex-com/225445-kbs-eliminator-r-found-mac-1s-shop-large-pictures.html

I think Tim could tell how bad I was drooling over it this pistol when he showed it to me.

KBS Eliminator pistol right side view

This pump wasn’t on that same shelf when I was there several months back so I think Tim found it somewhere else and pulled it out for me. Internals looks rusted or at least have some gunk on them.

Left side grip removed 12 gram piercer on kbs

Otherwise it looks brand new. The pierce stem looks to be soldered into the valve body but I haven’t pulled it apart yet so I’m not sure.
Tim says he did very little work on Nelson pumps and had no idea why it was there or how long it had been there.

top view of 12 piercer Feed view of KBS Eliminator
Left side view of KBS

He did mention that he used to know Gramps pretty well and when Mac 1 was having their trial against Sheridan in Racine, Wisconsin that Gramps flew out with him, possibly multiple times.

Top Feed View of KBS
Top view of feedtube on the KBS Eliminator
Nelspot feed plug on kbs
Rear view of the nelspot feed plug used in the back of the KBS
back view of front sight on kbs eliminator
Back view of front sight on kbs eliminator

The first time Tim McMurray and Lou “Gramps” Grubb flew out together and the trial was postponed (likely in an attempt to discourage them from coming back).
Tim didn’t think Gramps flew out again until he started thinking about the trial and remembered that Gramps did testify.

top view of the front sight
Top view of the screw attaching the front sight to the steel barrel.
Angled view of KBS Eliminator front sight
Angled top view of front sight

There aren’t any holes drilled in the grip frame for a stock the valve body is not side tapped. Grips are dated september 17th, 1986. 

KBS Sight profile
KBS sight profile when looking down the top sights

The September 1986 date is later than I thought the KBS Eliminator would have been produced but looking at the Command Post’s ads picturing the KBS the date makes sense.
Gramps and Grizzly likely produced a batch and then direct feed took over right around that time or a couple months later so no more were made.

The first Annihilators and Stan Russell Marauders were built around August to September 1986 so the stock class feed KBS Eliminator would be up against some severe competition at that point.

This was an amazing find and I am very excited to add this pistol to my collection.

And a couple more posts on the KBS Eliminator:

KBS With Mike “Grizzly” Grubb’s Idema vest:
https://paintballhistory.com/gramps-grizzly-kbs-eliminator-mac-1

A scan of the KBS ad in the 3rd issue of the Command Post courtesy of Tim Ellwood (of the Command Post) at:
https://paintballhistory.com/kbs-eliminator-featured-command-post-1987

Tim Ellwood’s No Airsoft for Old Men: 1987 Airsoft Catalog, real blast from the past:
http://noairsoftforoldmen.blogspot.com/2011/04/1987-airsoft-catalog-real-blast-from.html

The pump handle really looks a lot like the 1st generation Commando pump handle and looking at the steel body and dual tapped pump arms there are some definite similarities.

This is I think the 6th KBS I have seen.

Find my original post on mcb at:
http://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/vintagerex-com/225445-kbs-eliminator-r-found-mac-1s-shop-large-pictures.html

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