Poco locos paintball guns are made by AK47 paintballs.
They’re sold in a range of sizes and models and sold at a range in South Australia.
The paintball hobby is a lucrative business for the paintball companies, who earn up to $5 million a year in advertising and sales.
But now a group of paintball owners is suing the owners of paintballs, saying the paintballs are not the same as the AK47 guns.
Poco Locos paintballs can be made with an AR-15 or AK47 style weapon.
The paintball manufacturer is called Poco, but the paintguns have a different model number, which the owners claim makes them different from the AK 47 guns they have.
“The Poco paintballs come in a variety of models and models can be fired from any firearm, from pistols to rifles and shotguns,” Poco said in a statement.
Its owners are suing Poco for copyright infringement of their work.
In a statement to the ABC, Poco denied that its paintball paintguns were different from AK47s.
“There are no differences between the paint guns and the AK weapons and their performance, function and characteristics are identical,” the company said.
“The paint guns are intended for personal use, training and competition, and are not intended for public use.”
It is not known how many Poco guns were sold.
But the paint gun company told the ABC it was aware of a small number of paint guns in South Australian market.
‘No doubt the industry is booming’It is understood there are no rules on how paint guns can be marketed.
Poco’s lawyer, Andrew Dickson, said the paintgun company would seek legal action against Poco if the paint companies did not comply.
“I’m not sure they will have the same legal arguments as the other paintball manufacturers,” Mr Dickson said.
Mr Dickson also questioned the company’s claim that the paint ball guns were made in Australia.
“They are not manufactured in Australia, they are made in China,” he said.
“[But] the Australian Government has an interest in the success of the paint industry and they want the paint to continue.”
The South Australian Government told the Independent it had “not yet” received a formal complaint from PocoLocos paintgun owners, but it would investigate.