I’m always in awe of the ruggedness of the Splatmaster. The glass and fiber reinforced shells are essentially indestructible (at least externally). But then I remember the other markers of 1981-1984. With the exception of the Darkside MK1 and the Aga 62, the markers of that short lived era are all built to a field grade standard.
It’s important to realize that at this time designers were not as much thinking about the features that would make their marker stand out or surpass the others, but instead trying to get a design to the paintball market that wasn’t junk and could be sold in massive quantities. The Nelspot and the PG pistol mostly all lasted the test of time internally and externally.
The Splatmaster can typically be found in the 20-50 dollar range. Trouble shooting is not as straight forward as the PG and Nelspot but on the other hand more Splatmaster valves likely remain functioning (at a low velocity) than Nelspots and PG’s today.
Splatmaster pictured is from our Paintball History display at SC Village last month. I covered up the date because I had written the wrong year!