what happened to spec ops?
Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:20 PM
Posted 12 March 2014 - 09:19 PM
Also, I heard that one guy tried to save the company by continuing to make the soft goods, but I don't know what ever happened to him.
This post has been edited by mechredd: 12 March 2014 - 09:21 PM
Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:12 PM
Posted 13 March 2014 - 09:25 PM
But yeah, this is it.
Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:54 AM
Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:12 PM
Reaper, I stopped by here feeling a bit nostalgic with some time on my hands to see what was going on as well. As a person who helped start this company I can honestly say "I miss it too!" Our situations with stepping away and coming back are not that different. I helped get this company going my senior year of college and then had the hard decision to continue with it or continue on with my lifelong goal to become an Army Aviator. I went with the latter and I am writing this reply to you from a computer in Kosovo on my 2nd deployment as an Army Aviation Officer.
No doubt about it, the impact SOP had on the paintball industry is felt still to this day. I pick up magazines from time to time and see our ideas and inspiration staring back and smile. We came out with products that many had wished for (many of you helped us design and refine our best) but none had stepped up the plate to make... and we did it with a lot of heart, thought, substance and style! We were paid the highest compliments by being adopted quickly by fellow paintballers and then not too shortly after, replicated by other paintball companies. Outdoor paintball "Woodsball" was nothing new... however the way we put it together with the Brigade organization, play style positions based around small unit tactics and cool gear to suit captured imaginations of many.
The slow decline of SOP is not a simple story... perhaps it something somebody will one day set strait for the history books. My knowledge of things pretty much stopped when I chose to go to flight school in the Spring of 2007 (that is also when I played my last game). The rest with SOP is the stuff of history, rumors and legends. At least I hope one day people universally recognize the impact it had on the sport and I am so pleased to see people like you coming back expecing to see SOP shining bright (as it seemed we where unstoppable!) but saddened by it's decline. To me, it means we mattered and contributed to this sport/hobby/industry for many and that is an honor I will carry with me for years to come.
And perhaps one day I will pick up my trusty prototype A5A2, don my Fusion Gear (in a digital style multicam that we developed toward the latter years), air up my tank (needs to be hydroed!) and gas up my air-thru stock and take the field again with my Spec.Ops1 Broadsword Vest (still our best design) and see some of you on the field. Heck if any of you see me please say hello, I would love to catch up and play some paintball together with my long lost Brigade Brothers and Sisters.
I get to make a couple shout outs to the following because YOU were part of the Revolution and influential and very important to me during the Special Ops days and therefore a special part of my life. This list is far from all inclusive and I know there dozens of people that I am missing out on but I thank all of you:
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