It's a new year but not a new Mr. C. He's feeling a bit left out what with all the Interesting Times posts stealing his usual thunder. So, lo and behold, he's got some odds n' ends for y'all.
Mr. Curious hears that GI Milsim is working with a Spurlock brother to have GI stuff produced in a Taiwan factory. UPDATE: Since a commenter with a relationship with Geo. Spurlock insisted it must be another George and Mr. C. was unavailable I took a look around on my own. I don't know the ownership relationship if any to the Taiwan factory but Mr. Spurlock's The Alamaar Group had and continues to have a working relationship with Honjet Technology Co. Ltd. of Port Kaohsiunk of Taiwan and the apparent source of the Torque loader and other paintball equipment over the years. He also heard that prior to the (supposed) departure of the Gardner Brothers from GI Milsim they--the brothers--had a run in with Spurlock at the Taiwan factory. Apparently Mr. S runs his factory the way he wants. And even further down the rumor hole it's whispered GI owes Spurlock a big chunk of cheese.
UPDATE 2:The Ford Report has now posted a cute little piece about the Spurlock brothers insisting George is out of paintball and that Mike is in Taiwan running the show. In the past George was number one brother but hey, Mr. Curious is willing to be corrected and I'm willing to remove George's name from the post. Could be Mr. C's source couldn't tell one brother from the other. Of course it would be easier to take Dale's word for industry info if his nose wasn't so far up the industry's backside most of the time. When you follow the Spurlock link take a look at the Craig Miller piece by way of example.
Mr. C also hears rumor of a new NPPL pro team out of Canuckistan but wonders how many old pro teams there will be.
And in related rumorology it seems T4 has been out of contact with the NPPL the whole off season though Mr. C. seems to think that Tom and Lane have had a conversation or two with some folks whispering there could be as many as 3 Arsenal teams playing PSP this coming season.