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Discussion: GSC Bat approved for Senior Softball

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April 29, 2013
cal50
Men's 50
284 posts
GSC Bat approved for Senior Softball
Congratulations to Steve McKinlay for having a vision and making it happen! Anybody who has ever had an idea and then tried to bring it to market will realize this huge accomplishment of Steve's.

A senior bat with a year warranty, a huge sweet spot and hot is now in production soon be ready for sale.

Made in the U.S.A.
April 29, 2013
Omar Khayyam
999 posts
If this is as advertised, I would expect every guy on my team will buy one...unless we just buy team bats of a varied weight!:=)
April 30, 2013
Fabe
Men's 50
220 posts
Good competion for the various fun senior bats out there! Good luck...Aloha, Fabe
April 30, 2013
surf88
Men's 60
874 posts
The P413 was approved yesterday. Manufacturing will begin. I have been taking reservations and will help you with your reservation if you need assistance.
E Andrews
(970) 728-3144 729-3145
batman@andrewsdev.com
April 30, 2013
the wood
1085 posts
Cal50:
You're 100% correct. It was a bold under taking and Steve's company has taken a lot of heat over the past couple of years. To hang in there and see it through is more than commendable. A lot of guys would have stopped short.
He believed that 'the Earth was not flat' and went about proving it as it relates to softball bats. My hat is off to him and his fellow workers, Chip and Jason.
Whether it becomes my gamer or not is only a small part of the equation, as I see it. I will now have a quality bat that I can use under almost any condition without the fear of breaking it. No, it won't last infinitely but I will get 1,000+ swings out of it.
I'm looking forward to the opportunity to swing the approved version. I've been a Combat guy since 2007 and will likely continue to use them in some capacity. I've never broken one of them within 500 swings and frequently get/got over 1,000 swings from them. But I will keep an open mind when comparing the P413 to my current bats.
The really large fellows will benefit from the P413 since they'll get a lot more from it than they're currently getting (in terms of duration).
I'm not the visionary that Steve is but I believe that the GSC bats will force other companies to produce senior bats with more durability (w/o sacrificing pop). Combat has already been experimenting with an internal liner that will create more long usage.
I believe that the P413 approval is a very positive step for ALL senior players.
BW
April 30, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
756 posts
IMO - there are a number of positives to this bat already mentioned, the most impressive is the fact, you can't alter this bat to make it hotter.

If you try to roll it, you will crack the barrell end, no place for the expansion, one piece bat. If you drill it and lathe it, you cannot cover up the hole, you can't glue composite to composite. You might be able to put weight in the handle, but why.

I think the most fun will be watching all of the other companies trying to match the concept. They will eventually catch up, but until then, it is going to be like the swap meet on Sunday morning. Just crazy.

April 30, 2013
birdie
Men's 60
683 posts
does this mean that I finally have a chance at getting my Spirit bat or are my hopes way out of line. I am glad for all that stuck through this bat or no bat. Thanks Harry
May 1, 2013
?
86 posts

What is the proposed price of the bat?

May 1, 2013
cal50
Men's 50
284 posts
$239 which includes a 1 year warranty.
May 1, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
756 posts
$239.99
May 1, 2013
0
56 posts

Is this bat End Loaded or Balanced?

Will there be EL and Balanced version?

Does it swing "heavy" or "lite" like the Black Centenarian?



May 1, 2013
Coachg
Men's 55
4 posts

We will be holding Demo nights in Phoenix AZ. As soon as I receive bats I will be posting the dates. Anyone interested can email me at gary@gscbats.com. For additional information you can call or text me at 623-523-9609. From all of us at God's Sports Company we appreciate your patience.
May 1, 2013
rightrj1
Men's 55
208 posts
Congratulations Steve,
I know the Senior Softball world put you though hell for all the things Mr.Gatey promised and never came though on……Looks like you have accomplished what you said you were going to do with this bat & it’s company…..I hope the nay Sayers will apologize for all the bashing, (I’m sure they will bye purchasing 1 of your Bats)…lol
From the sound of things, the Bat is a keeper…I’ll let you know my opinion, when I receive mine!
May 1, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1003 posts
Ron when you get it come up north and hit with me.. I will try to help you break it in..;-)
May 2, 2013
rightrj1
Men's 55
208 posts
Swing,
I think we're coming to the Cal Cup...hopefully their out bye then & if I have mine, you're more then happy to swing it!!! Remember the bat rule? You HIT WITH BAT & CRACK BAT, YOU BUY BAT" lol
May 2, 2013
LeeLee
86 posts
I was told the bat would be avalable for sale in Reno. Please remember this is what I was told by one of the reps on his 50+ team a couple weeks ago. I will be seeing him this weekend and will ask him again.
May 2, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1003 posts
Dang Ronnie, did you already forget??? This bat has a year warrantee... you get a new one if it cracks...
May 3, 2013
Avis
8 posts
Am I the only person have a problem with caps on combat bats? Ambush cap just came of again. Blue combat same thing!!!WTF!!!

May 3, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
442 posts
Avis, it is a known problem with Combats that has been discussed here. You can search this site for
specific advice. If bought through an authorized seller and it occurs very prematurely, you can sometimes get an authorization to send to Combat for a fix. Additionally there are thread her which tell exactly how to fix it- it involves using a boat adhesive which adheres well and has a little give so it doesn't crack and fail.
May 3, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
442 posts
Avis, I just checked your profile and see you bought from a reputable guy. Don't do anything to the bat. Call Alan.
May 4, 2013
Tri18
625 posts
Avis,
It is quite apparent that you are way too strong for the game. Send me the bat and I will see to it that you are taken care of. I have had less than 10 Ambush bats with end cap problems so by and large it's not been bad at all compared to the 1000's out there. Sorry it happened.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
May 4, 2013
CAPT D5
124 posts
Yes, congratulations for finally getting the bat approved. I do remember a representative for GSC saying last year on this board that the bat was approved then. I believe that was Chip. I also remember the repeated assurances of how the bat was to be out soon. Just back up the warranty and prove the companies worth It will be interesting if the fake labeles appear so the bat gets used in regular leagues. I will wait and see the real bat and the warranty backup before ordering. Hopefully this is a new beginning for this tarnished company.
May 29, 2013
1billyd
29 posts
Kind of strange, in spite of all the discussion about the bat being approved, the GSC website is not providing any updates other than adding a couple of videos. Seems prudent that they should be providing some up to date info.
May 29, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1003 posts
I talked to one of my friends on GSC team and he told me the bat would be coming out sometime in July...most likely!
May 29, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
756 posts
From what I understand, GSC is holding off until the warehouse has 2,000 bats in stock. I was told there are 1,500 on the wait list for orders.
May 29, 2013
?
86 posts

2 guys on this board have reported being at "The Factory" months and even more than a year ago. What were the employees doing when they made their visits to the "Factory"?

And they still haven't made 2000 bats?

How long does it take to make these bats?

Sure, R&D takes some time but these guys claim they were at the factory where the bats were being made.


May 29, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
756 posts
I am not affiliated with GSC nor do I sell bats, I just hit them.

The individual repsonsible for the development and patent regarding this piece of sports equipment has his primary business in another sports area and is quite well known in that arena. Only prototypes were being made and does not constitute production. Now that the bat has been tested by Dr. Brandt, production can begin in mass, which is completely different than having one(?) machined tooled to produce a specific product.

To the best of my knowledge GSC is not accepting orders with money until there is stock in hand to satisfy requests for product. Performance aside. The true test will be once GSC begins accepting payment and the delivery time after purchase.

Until such time, I am very happy swinging The Dirty with my Reebok as back up.

May 29, 2013
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
mike you like the dirty over the reebok.....the only combat i haven't swung yet.....
May 29, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
756 posts
For me it is a little stiffer than the Reebok and I like that. Both of my Reeboks are really good, more importantly whatever bat you swing should be RIGHT for the person swinging it.

I don't usually break bats, but the Dirty seems to have a more durability.

If you are having success with your Reebok don't switch.
May 31, 2013
Omar Khayyam
999 posts
These prototypes were available at Reno. Quite a few guys on my team swung one. One guy hit a shot to the fence and said it had as much pop as his Miken. The main excitement from my teammates was the one-year warranty, not better performance. Only problem is that currently GSC is only producing end-loaded bats. I found them heavy to swing (I'm a balanced guy). Even the 26 ounce end load felt heavy to me compared to a couple of other end loads that teammates use. But I never actually hit a ball with it, so it's just a quickie observation. The reps said they were planning on producing balanced bats in the future. Until then, I'm not interested.
May 31, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
I sent ED (surf88) a email some time ago but no reply back on getting one, so I bought a Dirty from Kelly's. Haven't swung many Reeboks in my weight class, so I'm going by feedback on this and only time will tell on this P thing and a balanced version. Wonder if the ASA version is also end loaded...
Was nice to read one was out there finally to try out at least.
May 31, 2013
Coachg
Men's 55
4 posts
taits,
For information pertaining to GSC Bats please call me at 623-523-9609 or email me (gary@gscbats.com)
Thanks
June 4, 2013
surf88
Men's 60
874 posts
taits,
I did not get your email. I have been taking orders but NOT charging CC until Chip and Jason tell me it is time and the bats are ready to ship. Guys/Gals have been patient and that is appreciated. Give me a call. 970-729-3145 (ed@ewandrews.com).
June 4, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
ED,
You sent me a note saying you found it and I replied back on that.
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