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I've been getting into TF2 trading a lot more now, and I heard of something called a paintable Cow Mangler 5000.

Apparently, applying paint to the Cow Mangler would give it a unique color of fire. Unfortuantely, I can't find any evidence online to support the existence of a painted Cow Mangler, let alone on the official TF2 Wiki.

Does such a thing exist? Is there evidence to support this?

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Yes, there are 14 in existence. From Official TF2 wiki:

A small number of Cow Manglers were painted due to a glitch. All painted Cow Manglers were painted in Team colors, and these painted Cow Manglers had the team colors of the model and projectiles changed to match the paint.


October 14, 2011 [Item schema update]
-The Cow Mangler 5000 can no longer be painted.

Lots of glitched items like this exist.

I didn't think the paint actually did anything on these but apparently it does. Check out this demonstation on YouTube:

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