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Thread: Tom Kaye Retires from Paintball, AGD Under New Management

  1. #271
    Indeed farewell and good luck. I hope you find lots of dinosaur bones, invent something else that's great, or just spend a lot of quality time with a PS2. In fact, my vote goes to that quality time with the PS2 as you've already done more than your fair share to the community and are owed some downtime.

    Whatever your choice, the NY StudSquad will be thrilled to see you at any paintball event, and for each event that we don't see you, at least your legacy will be present.

    Best wishes Tom!

  2. #272
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    Dec 2002
    Hello Mr. Kaye,

    I've used Airgun Designs products for years and plan to use them for many more. It was not until a couple years ago when you sent me an "Official Forum Membership Card" that I learned that you were not just a business man to your customers but a friend as well. Thank you for going that extra step to show us you really cared. My family wishes yours the very best.

    Take care and keep in touch, Tracy Whitcomb

    P.S. When I called you about the Proto valves you asked me to keep a look out for fossils. My father in law is a bush pilot up here in Alaska. He flies the USGS around sometimes to do their surveys. He only knows of a deposit of plants and small fish. He said they wash down a stream so some are scattered around the banks but up higher in the mountains there is a vein of them. He said he would drop me off in a lake in front of the glacier near it sometime this summer to check it out so stay tuned maybe one of these days I'll have some pictures.

    Once again Sir, Thank you for your time

  3. #273
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Free America, TN
    simply... followed by...

    The gun is 1/8" of a game that is a FOOT long!
    (...but a 'mag helps)
    I know I was born and I know that I'll die...the in between is mine. -Eddie Vedder
    Sinister Sainthood

  4. #274
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    Aug 2003
    Folsom, Calif.
    heroe's may die, but legends will always live.
    Tom you are deffinitely a legen ina ll of the paintball worlds hearts and you will never be forgotten.

    let littlepaintballboy rise from his life time ban.
    come on ao, join the banned wagon.
    i am calling 17 more days til i am gone also.
    ummm... becuase loyalty produces baller's!

  5. #275
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    Apr 2004

    Our Founding Father

    Indeed a Legend! Only if I had the talent to make a video game!!! Best Wishes and GOD speed on your new adventures.

  6. #276
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    Dec 2001
    New Hampshire
    umm.. I'll join others in being speechless.
    Much thanks for everything.
    I wish you happiness in all that you do.

  7. #277
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    Jun 2002
    South Jersey

    Wow. I missed a lot while in Dallas.

    Good luck in your new endeavors Tom!

    Congratulations Dave on your new business!

  8. #278
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    Oct 2000
    Mr. Kaye, you are a true Icon in this industry. I have respected you and the Automag since 1992 and will continue doing so. After many gun purchases over the years my Automag is the one gun I will never get rid of. I love that gun. I really don't post much in here, but I had to when I saw this. So I just wanted to wish you and yours the best and good luck. You will be missed.
    Got my eye on a C&C Extreme Emag

  9. #279
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    Nov 2002
    Grayslake, IL
    When I first heard this, I thought, no way.... Sorry to see you go Tom and I wish you'd reconsider, but we all have our reasons....and for some strange reason, I believe AGD will never be the same....
    I'm the old guy with the old school gun
    that gets the guys with the Angels first.

    68 Classic TKO - Lvl10
    14" All American 2002
    System X drop
    Air America Reg 68/4500
    Soon to be ULE with X-Valve

  10. #280
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    Dec 2003
    Morgantown, WV
    Thanks for everything you have done for paintball and for AO. I also wish you luck in what ever you decide to do.

    Will you still be posting on AO?
    Does this have anything to do with Pro-Team and their patent on the hAir trigger?

    My AO Feedback
    Serving Southwest Virginia and Surrounding Areas

  11. #281
    Someone in the PBN AKA forum posted this and I thought it was decent post...

    Ok, hadn't been around anything in a while, but I had to stop by P's site to see what was new. I get to FP and see this.

    Who the heck canceled Christmas? Cause that's kinda what this feels like.

    For those who haven't been around so long (ie a few years ). If you don't remember when AO wasn't owned by AGD, when PBN really was just a new site with a bunch of pathetic newbs, when PBC, WARPIG chat, and IPR raged with the fire... you might not have the same impression of who or what this guy really is/was. That was the internet back a few years ago, and paintball was an entirely different beast, with teeth, blood, and bones, not the molded plastic and machined metal and stupid pink ano like it is now.

    I may not be old-school proper, but I've been around a little. I started playing about 6 years ago, actually, I played my first game in 97, but really started "playing" in 98. I dunno, a lot of folks may have forgotten what it was like, but RT's were the freakin raging inferno back then. Imagine a gun so fast that you literally couldn't use it. That's what they made. A gun that was literally not useable because it was too fast. Electros were still plodding around like toddlers back then. Cockers were heavy slugs of crap. Mags weighed 7lbs. Loaders didn't break. Back men might carry 7 pods if they were really slingers. People played in camo, not cause it was cool... that was just what you wore. Probably because where you played, it actually worked. Then all the sudden, out comes this freak of nature that practically anyone could sweet on. I had one a few years back, when the evo 1 wasn't out yet. We hooked it up, pulled the trigger and the whole field stopped.

    Tom was one of the few people that actually thought up new things. Powerfeed, constant air/NO2, decent machining, and actual engineering.

    I dunno. There are few people who I have this kind of respect for in this game. And it's not like I really like the guy, cause he's always came off kind of odd to me in his posts, but it's just for what he did.

    I don't usually say stuff like this, but this sucks.

    Ian Cherry

    From a poster at PB Nation:

    ""Jim, back to your cave. Bob Long is on the batphone..."


  12. #282
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    Feb 2003
    new lenox, il
    Quote Originally Posted by AGD
    I certainly didn’t think it would end like this but I am the last of a long gone group of paintball founders that are not around any more.
    I sure didnt see this coming, and am really sad to see you leaving the industry. You are a true inovator, and whether the new-school players of today realize it or not, the old school will always know this. It is a shame to see what the game and industry has come to, and you sure are right about being the last of a group that has been gone for years, unfortunately. The direction this game has gone, i really cant blame you for leaving. The last of the orriginals is gone.

    I wish you luck on your future endeavors, and hope AGD doesnt change to much. Good luck, and Thank you for all you have done. You will always be a King among men in my eyes with all you have done. Im sorry to see you go.
    Black/Red Tribal 2.0 BBT, Morlock board, 90* Angel Space frame, to many goodies to list. SOLD

    Warp fed custom cocker, all aftermarket.

  13. #283
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    Feb 2003
    The Cold North
    Peace out my brotha from anotha motha

  14. #284
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    Jun 2001
    Beer Country
    The sport owes you so much Tom, but it has become to greedy to ever admit it.
    Your character personifies what paintball meant to me, getting together, telling stories, shooting each other, helping each other out and having an all together good time.
    Now paintball has turned into a cut throat business with selfish intentions. The only way you would be able to continue were if you would follow the trend and become a monster yourself.
    My admiration goes out to you for throwing in the towel, since you cannot allow yourself to be flushed down toilet as the spirit of the sport has been in recent years. I wish you all the best and thank you for everything you've inspired me to do,

  15. #285
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    Sep 2001
    Daytona Beach, FL
    It truly is sad to see you go Mr.Kaye, our prayers and best wishes go out to you on this tough decision. I cant seem to grasp that AGD and Tom Kaye wont be synonymous anymore, but good luck in your future endeavors.

    I started playing back in the 80's with my Nelspot 007, then moved on to a Bushmaster copy known as a BloodSucker. When the Cocker/Mag wars came about, most of my team went Cocker, as myself and a few others went Mag. Seeing all the know it alls on the team sitting around trying to figure out the timing on their new purchases, while we, the mag few was out playing, will always be a priceless memory, and is still talked about to this day, lol. Of all the markers I have ever owned, I always find myself with some sort of Mag in my hands at the end, Thank You for your ingenious design, and pioneering a great sport with great products. You sincerely will be missed.

  16. #286
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    Nov 2003
    what are you moving off to?

    The skiing industry might be intresting, i would buy lv18 skies!
    I wanna X-mag, but im too poor.

  17. #287
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    Jul 2002
    lbi, NJ
    Wow. Best of luck to you TK. Ever since I got my first mag a few years back Ive loved it. Hopefully the new managment at AGD produces the same high quality products and has a better ability to get them out there in a package that people want to buy.
    New Mag in the works.

    Black ULE Body, Chrome I-Frame, Chrome Omega rail, X-valved mag.

    Ice ULE Body, Black I-Frame, Black Omega rail, lvl 10 valve mag.

    Red 2k3 vert feed cocker

  18. #288
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    I learned all the basics of paintball physics from these pages, and I still have my first automag in working condition. I have not been able to part with any of my old mags, even when offered much more than they were worth, and I don't think I ever shall. They are still my favorite markers and they will most likely remain so. Good luck in whatever you choose to do.
    Emag Black ULE(Xvalve)
    RT Pro Black Powerfeed(LvL10)
    RT Pro Black Powerfeed(Xvalve w/ ULT)
    68classic powerfeed
    "Shoebox" Shocker
    Crossfire 45/4500
    Evo II
    DYE 18" Boomstick
    Smart Parts Total Freak set
    V-force Morph

  19. #289
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    Oct 2002
    Queens, NY
    The golden age of paintball is truly over. Farewell Tom. Best of luck!

    New York Stud Squad
    I just woke up one day to discover I was . . .“old school”.

  20. #290
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    Jan 2002
    Halifax, N.S., Canada
    Wow. I go away for a week and this happens. That's it. I'm never leaving the internet again.

    This is truely a sad day for me. I have been a mag user since 1993. I still am. I have 3 of them. Owning a mag is as much about product "honesty" as it is about anything. There is no bull**** with AGD. I always liked that. Hopefully the new era of AGD can continue that legacy.

    Tom, I/we are truely sad to see you go, but we will survive. You were one of the true pioneers of the sport. I know you will do great things in any new endeavors you participate in. Go forth and have fun. You earned it.
    Except for the Automag in front, its usually the man behind the equipment that counts.

  21. #291
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    May 2002
    Lee's Summit, MO
    Good luck to you Tom, you will be missed. Man...paintball just isn't what she used to be. I can easily remember starting out playing this game in '93 and where it was, all the way to now and being amazed at how it's changed. I really can't say if I think it's changed for the better or for the worse, but it's changed. Tom, thank you for all you've done for this sport from one dedicated player to another. I appreciate it, and I know others do too. I hope AGD goes forward in the industry, but I guess that will remain to be seen. Good luck with everything you do in the future.

    Take care friend.

  22. #292
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    Oct 2000
    Las Vegas, NV
    Kind of interesting... do a google search for "tom kaye" and see what you get.

  23. #293
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    Apr 2004
    Cooksville, MD
    Dear Tom,

    When my Mag was delivered to my house back in 1993 (powerfeed left & wood grips), I couldn't wait to get it out on the field & play. Needless to say, the marker performed above my expectations & really wow'ed the crowd at the field. Since then, its undergone many changes and upgrades, but that 11-12 year old Mag is still the only marker I've ever needed.

    I still look forward to purchasing a Tac-One, but my real hope is that someday I'll be able to hand my original marker to my kids & let them take it for a spin. There are no words to express the gratitude that you deserve -

    Last edited by paullus99; 12-14-2004 at 03:07 PM.

  24. Tom,

    Good luck on your new endeavors. I met you briefly at an event in Chicago (Center flag tournament) a few years ago and you seemed like a really nice guy. Your presence in the industry will be missed. In my opinion you are among the small percentage of "inventors" or manufacturers that actually uses "engineering" when designing new products or proving a theory.

    Hopefully in a few years when the industry calms down you'll be back!!


    BTW: My very first marker was a mini mag (1996) Not quite old school yet .

    Go to the Dog pound and talk to the dogs!!

  25. #295
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    Nov 2002
    Zephyrhills, Floreeduh (emphasis on the "duh")
    Quote Originally Posted by Miscue
    Kind of interesting... do a google search for "tom kaye" and see what you get.


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  26. #296
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    Aug 2003
    Central VA.

    Tom Kaye...


    Ok but seriously, i love AGD and everything they have done to revolutionize paintball as we know it. AGD is one of the few companies in the industry that doesnt release a product every month, and thats because they take the TIME to design and test each product that they make before releasing it to the public unlike some other companies. Id like to thank you for creating such great guns, no matter how ridiculed i am for liking mags i will always support AGD. Although i do not own a mag as of now, i have had several, and all have served me well. Tom, id also like to wish you good luck in your future. Dont forget, Carpe Diem!; Seize the Day. If you get a chance to do what you want, do it! Good luck with everything and a final adeu. Farewell Tom Kaye!

    - David
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  27. #297
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    Jul 2003
    Indianapolis, IN

    For many years I have known of the great TOM from AGD. I saw you in magazines and on video but over the past 4 years I have really got to know you and have come to truly respect and admire you and your contributions to paintball over the years and to me and my team.
    You will surly be missed but never forgotten , I know every AO’er here agrees with me on that note.
    So good luck in all you do and I look forward to seeing you at future Shatnerball games were you know I like the rest of the AO family, will have your back.

    Mayberry Marauders
    Victor Miller
    Proud Member of
    The Mayberry Marauders
    Team StrangeBreed
    and remember :::::
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, scotch in the other , body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

  28. #298
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    May 2001
    Burbank, CA USA

    Thanks for bringing us so many great products over the years: from the 'Mag to the Level 10, Y-Grip, ULE, and Flatline... We will miss you.

    What's AGD's vision for the future? I hope it will continue to innovate as it has in the past.

  29. #299
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Hundred Acre Wood
    Wow. Time to go hunt some more dinosaur bones, huh?

    I got into paintball in a roundabout way, mainly because I thought it would be a fun engineering challenge to design a better marker... then I found out about the mag and realized that the marker I had in mind had already been built

    Thanks for all your work Tom. Good luck!


  30. #300
    I posted something along these lines over at the Shatner board

    Future Job ideas for Tom



    Radio DJ

    Roping Cowboy


    Movie Reviewer

    Pro-Frisbee Player

    Football Player

    This is what happens when strange guys with a camera follow you around.

    On a more serious note Tom you will be greatly missed.

    You have an open invitation to take a ride with me and Dawn in our tank if you're ever at event that we have it at. I hope you enjoyed Dawn's write up 'Kaye's Day' in this months issue of Paintball Sports. Sorry I couldn't talk them into printing up the K A Y E or Y M C A pictures.


    How about
    Runway Model

    Last edited by TJ Allcot; 12-15-2004 at 10:08 PM.
    'You and your friends have a TANK?!'
    'Nope, we've got two tanks '

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