Posted 24 February 2010 - 07:57 PM
Around 2000, Bob Long came out with the Intimidator line. Also known as the Classic. There was one private label made, the Ripper. This was, I believe, shortly before the next generation Intimidator came out.
At Cup of 2001, Bob introduced the second generation Intimidator. Starting with the 2k2, Bob made a few changes, like the grip frame taking on the more traditional look (The Classic had a built in drop forward on the bottom of the grip frame), and the front was changed from two LPR's (One for the solenoid like other markers, and a second one, I believe, for the firing chamber) to only one LPR. Many of the parts of the second generation Intimidators were backwards engineered to work with the Classic. The biggest differences between the private label Intimidators is simply milling, with the Dragon and the Species being the exceptions. Instead of simply taking a hunk of aluminum and milling it down to the body, they are extruded, which I believe means that the aluminum is heated up and placed into a mold. The Species is a completely enclosed bolt design, so you could not use alot of the other bolts out there with it. Some of the private label names, other than the Dragon and Species, are the Lasoya, Shocktech, ECX, and Texas Strom.
At Cup of 2003, Bob Long introduced his third generation Intimidator. The Alias and the Empire were the two that were first to come out. They were about the same size body and frame wise, but the grip frame was moved closer to the middle of the body. The Alias used the newer LPR front block, while I think that the Empire did not. The new front block had a built in volumizer, to help with sustained rates of fire. The body was slightly different, as you could not use second generation parts, including the bolt and rammer, in the third generation body. Some of the additional body styles, which, again, was the only difference between them for the most part, were the Naughty Dogs, the Ripper 2, the Dark (Which actually used Warped Sports Function bolt, barrel, feedneck, grips, and on/off), and the non private label 2k5, basically a 2k2 made with the third generation grip frame, front block, and LPR. Bob's guys made a backwards compatible grip frame for the first and second generation.
At Cup of 2005, you had the fourth generation. This model, in my eyes, didn't take off as well as the others did. There were three models, the Empire II, the Infamous (And then Infamous went to PE before the end of the year), and the Ripper 3. Unlike the other generations, the only things that were backwards compatible, were the barrel, the HPR, and the grips. The fourth generation was smaller than the other generations.
At Cup of 2007, Bob brought forth the fifth generation. There are only two models, the Protege and the Vice. Like the fourth generation, they are not backwards compatible except the HPR, the barrel, and the grips. But unlike the fourth generation, they were immensely popular. They are a bit smaller than the fourth generation, brought about Bob's use of the 4C eyes, and he brought down the price. Everything else typically cost around $1100 or so, with the private labels going for around $1200+. The Protege came into the market at $550, and the Vice entered the market at $750.
There is hope for a sixth generation, with it technically being overdue with Bob's release schedule. There have been rumors of it being like the Victory, meaning a hoseless design. But we will see what we will see.
Tucan9999 can correct me, and fill in the blanks that I don't have. He is much more knowledgeable about the Bob Long lines than I am.