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Ken Kidd’s Straight Nelson ASA for Line SI and Carters

This Buzzard features welded arms, a Cal Ordnance front sight and a Ken Kidd straight back bottle asa.
This Buzzard features welded arms, a Cal Ordnance front sight and a Ken Kidd straight back bottle asa.

Back in June of 2015, Steve “Mongo” Brett, maker of the Redux, joined the Southern California Stock Group for a day at Field of Fire, and I got to talk to him a about a few of the items he was displaying along with his Redux markers.  Find the rest of these videos in the following playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIEbMSy2n9o&list=PLJC7papTosfXzcKxrArCwzzAaZzCEVP0u&index=1

A unique Nelson based paintgun part I saw in Steve’s tool box of parts as we were rebuilding an old 1st generation Annihilator, was a straight (non 15 degree angled) ASA (Air source Adapter).
Steve pulled a couple of these out and gave them to Paul Schreck and I.

I then made Steve recorded the video above explaining the significance of these Straight Nelson ASA adapters, where he received them and what they could be used for/on.

As Steve Brett explains, these adapters were made by Ken “Kidd” Hovanian, who worked for Line SI and Carter Machine.  These were likely made in Southern California around 1990 to 1992.

During this time I would guess that Line SI was transitioning from Southern California to Colorado and Ken Kidd moved from a position working for Line SI to Earon Carter’s Shop, where he eventually went on to rebuild Dave Loo’s leftover Ducks.

As Steve points out in the video, these adapters will easily fit a Line SI Advantage or Post 1990 Snub Bushmaster.  I also explain a few of the other pumps they would fit including Carter Machine paintguns.

A Buzzard that Paul Schreck found at Earon Carter's shop and restored. Sean Chip ended up buying it and later traded it to me.
A Buzzard that Paul Schreck found at Earon Carter’s shop and restored. Sean Chip ended up buying it and later traded it to me.

I realized a few weeks later, that I already owned one of these straight nelson asa adapters on an early welded pump arm Buzzard that Paul Schreck found at Earon Carter shop, in Chula Vista, and restored.
Find a write up on this Buzzard at:
https://paintballhistory.com/restored-early-carter-machine-buzzard-history

The ASA on this Buzzard is likely helicoiled, since the rear grip frame screw is going up into the valve body and not down into the grip frame.

Find more articles on BacciPaintball with Steve at:
https://paintballhistory.com/tag/steve-brett

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