Over the summer Christian Van Horn brought this incredible Black Marble splash Adrenaline Angel to Bacci Mountain and was able to detail some of the history on the marker and details on early Adrenaline WDP Angels.
This marker was built and used by Adrenaline owner and Team Adrenaline player, James Graley.
Graley buily the first batch of 5/6 marble splash Adrenaline LED Angels for Team Adrenaline and used this marker, serial AA2, himself.
Christian explains that the first batch of Adrenaline Angels, likely including this marker, were purchased as stock Angels and machined by Adrenaline (which was James Graley and his teammate). After machining they were anodized, likely by PK Selective in this Black Marble pattern. Once completed these team Adrenaline markers were shown to WDP and Adrenaline began getting markers from the factory to modify.
Christian writes, “One fact I forgot to add [in the video] was James told me they bought these bodies retail. Made these first 7? & showed them to WDP & after seeing their work WDP liked them & cut them a deal. I think it was just pricing & blank bodies.”
Some of the details Christian and I go over include the body cuts, the trigger, the air assist and feedneck, the reg, the dual volumizers and the barrels.
Christian details how the front “rope spiral milling” body cut was a signature detail for Adrenaline. The breech is cut with a lightning bolt, I point out the ring cut in front of the breech, and Christian also talks about how very little material could be removed from the top back of the LED but material everywhere else was machined away.
The snake trigger featured on Adrenaline LCD Angels and all Adrenaline markers after has always been one of signature cuts of Adrenaline and features the snake tongue indentations in the sides and the lightning bolt mask anodizing.
The air assist was likely an original modification but the cut is raw on the feedneck so it’s unclear if this was a later feedneck or just not cut for the assist when it was anodized. Christian points out he says “High REZ” in the video but meant to say “High Rise.”
The inline regulator is an early stock WDP reg that has been cut down. Christian notes how the regs originally had multiple rings around them and then some of the rings are just machined off.
Christian writes, “Angel regs were called min-reg. The earliest were metric with the push button. Then metric with the rings. Then standard thread with the rings.” AA2 features the metric outlet threads with the ring cut design.
In the video Christian talks about the Volumizers and how the left Volly is actually a fakey, since it conceals the battery chamber. The extra “fakey” volly balances the aesthetics nicely though.
The barrels included with this Adrenaline LCD Angel are a Jacko Infinity, which would have been one of the stock barrels from WDP with the original Angel LEDs, along with two matched boomsticks. One is cut with .684 and the other is likely the stock .689. Christian thinks the stock Jacko is .684 or .686.
Later in the video Christian humors us with some lore on early Adrenaline serial numbers and how the number 5 was skipped in the first run and built in a subsequent run and how one body may have been destroyed and another breech showed up with a non matching serial number.
Giant thanks to Christian as always for letting me ask such annoying questions and having the patience to not only answer them but also elaborate on nearly every single detail.