Although Adrenaline started playing in 1987 (over 30 years ago) it wasn't until our late teens that we started tinkering with our equipment. The first WDP Angel had a horrible trigger with only 1 set screw. So we made a new trigger with 3-way adjustment and 3 spring strengths in the bag. We then did the air assist, stainless hammer, and mod after mod until we decided to make our own Angel. It had the most advanced milling on a paintball gun at the time of its debut. A feat we repeated with the release of our LCD. We then made an Impulse that was radically different from the stock Impulse. From 1999 to 2004 Adrenaline was the premiere manufacturer of high-end paintball guns. To this date, no production gun has sold for more than Adrenaline guns did in the early 2000s and most still sell between $500 and $1000 on eBay nearly 20 years later. Also helping our brand was that our two pro teams we sponsored won about everything on Earth during the time they used our guns. In late 2004 we decided to step about from the sport after almost 20 years. We signed a non-compete but retained certain rights that we could start using again in 2015. However, all of us knew we would never make guns again.
After witnessing the ICC in the summer of 2017 we decided to start playing again. Our first event was the Southern Classic in December of 2017. There we used $175 mechanical guns that, while nice, wasn’t quite good enough for teams trying to compete at the top level. We decided to make our own gun from scratch on the drive home. Fortunately, a few weeks later we heard that Shocker Paintball was making a mechanical shocker with a pivot type trigger. We decided to wait.
In March of 2018 we began testing various modifications to the Shocker CVO and Shocker XLS platforms. With massive support from various Facebook groups and prior gun owners we decided to make the first Adrenaline gun since our Impulse debut over 16 years ago. With more modifications than even our Impulse and nearly a year from initial design to shipment we are extremely proud of the 2019 Adrenaline Shocker CVO and XLS.
We were lucky that the core of our team was comprised of a master gun tech, inventors, a machinist, a tech guy and almost all of those guys also had a near OCD attention to detail. Nearly 20 years later the same core group of guys that made the Angels and Impulses worked together to develop the Adrenaline Shocker. We spent almost a year on the project and sometimes we feel that the stupid amount of detail, some of which generates no additional profit, goes unnoticed. We truly hope you appreciate it for what it is--a gun made by players for players.