Tiberius Arms Acquires Guerilla Air
Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:13 AM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:31 AM
Historically, I've heard from several sources that the 13/3K regs included with their Tank in Stock product came from Ninja (I can't confirm because I've never owned one nor, have I asked Ray about this, and if it were true, he probably would not be able to affirm).
Presently, all of their less-lethal offerings (the FN303P sold under FN Herstehl, The T4) are designed to be operated off of CO2. If they wanted to get those customers over to compressed air (like the competing FN303 Rifle), they need to do one of two things: Form a 'teaming agreement' with Ninja (or another tank manufacturer) to provide the regs and support, or get their own tank production and support capability. If they buy their own capability, obviously they get more of the profit in the long run.
I hate to say it but, Less-Lethal customers drive Tiberius Arms. TA provides great customer support (troubleshooting, spares, etc) but, the entire paintball side of the business is riding in the back seat. This is why we rarely see new paintball products from them.
To further illustrate, when I found through several 20 shot, documented, chrono strings, that the original rifled barrel forces T9.1 users to adjust the reg outside of it's optimal adjustment range, and thereby decreasing FPS consistency, Tiberius Arms essentially said, 'the engineers have too many Less-Lethal products to work on for us to investigate this issue'.
Guerilla Air will keep their paintball business but, I bet you there will be no more Ninja regs included with Tiberius products. I also strongly suspect that this is in support of the development of a 'T4.1' which will probably see the light of day in the less-lethal industry first, and the paintball industry later. Regulator design knowledge may also help Tiberius improve the secondary regs built into their guns.
Finally, I've tried both Ninja and Guerilla air regs with my smoothbore T9.0, while shooting First Strike rounds. The Ninja system clearly improved the consistency of the T9.0 while using a LAPCO .690 smoothbore FS barrel. Punkworks testing has also showed the Ninja reg to be more consistent.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:10 PM
But, I would disagree with your last sentence in the second to last paragraph. Specifically this: Regulator design knowledge may also help Tiberius improve the secondary regs built into their guns. Since YSN Imports terminated Dan Colby, there has not been anything new from GA. Nothing at all. They have slightly modified something here or there, but Dan was the innovation behind GA. So the knowledge that GA is going to bring to the table with Tiberius isn't going to be anything that they didn't already know before.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:36 PM
I agree however, I cannot speak to the knowledge or ignorance of the current staff. However, it may be that even 'average' high pressure air system engineers would have better skills/knowledge than those who designed the Tiberius Reg? Both of these reasons are why I say "may also help".