BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – The first product released by U.S. Army paintball, the most exciting new brand in the game, has arrived. Alpha Black is a durable new marker that incorporates several popular upgrades, including a high-performance 11” barrel, an integrated carry handle, an all-metal receiver and a removable magazine that doubles as a tool kit. As an added benefit, Alpha Black can easily be modified to take on an M16 style stock and shroud – allowing players to take the field with a new marker resembling one of the most popular rifles in U.S military history. Manufactured by Tippmann Sports, Alpha Black offers reliable performance and durability with its easy-to-maintain in-line bolt system, all aluminum die cast receiver, stainless steel gas line and quick release elbow for easy maintenance. “We believe there’s a big market for this product,” said Patrick Ehren, vice president of sales and marketing for Tippmann Sports. “There’s no question that players today are seeking high-quality equipment at an affordable price – and that’s exactly what Alpha Black delivers. Plus, initial consumer response to the U.S. Army brand has been incredibly strong. Paintball players just seem to connect with the physical prowess, mental toughness and self-respect that’s associated with the U.S. Army name.” Alpha Black, as well as all future products from U.S. Army Paintball, will be part of a broad-reaching program that will utilize the core values of the Army to promote paintball safety, teamwork and strategy. *** Excerpt from Tippmann's Press Release.