Simulated combat without the mess
Teknor Apex Company has just made it easier to pick out a gift for the would-be warrior on your shopping list -- and to keep them cleaner in the process.
Teknor Apex Company has just made it easier to pick out a gift for the would-be warrior on your shopping list — and to keep them cleaner in the process.
Paintball gear marketer Rufus Dawg Inc. used Teknor Apex’s Monprene thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds to develop paintless, reusable balls that shoot as straight as regular paintballs and hit opponents with low-intensity impact.
The balls come in two series: the harder T-2 balls for target practice and the TAC tactical gaming balls for simulated games. A foam structure incorporated in TAC balls helps to soften their impact against the body.
“The challenge was to design a reusable ball that performs just like the real thing, minus the paint mark,” said Ben Staub, president of Dayton, Ohio-based Rufus Dawg. “The rubber-like elasticity of Monoprene TPEs duplicates the low-impact performance of gel-like regular paintballs while providing the toughness necessary to withstand multiple firings.”
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