Describing his ''desperation'' to keep his machining shop (and not have to move back into his mother's basement), after loosing a large customer, Tom Kaye writes:
''...I went to a local supplier of paintball equipment and suggested making a plastic facemask for them. This set the company off in the direction it would follow for the next 16 years.''
The results was Kaye's first product for paintball, PMI's full facemask c.1987 (25% off for Cyber Monday!).
And be sure to checkout Kaye's personal site where I found this quote and with a picture a PMI mask still in the cast moulding: