Also, above all, keep in mind these are my OPINIONS.
Everything is in quotes to keep it organized.
.50 caliber transition said:
The reason .50 cal gear hasn't been released is because the paintballs aren't ready. You will see people argue until they are blue in the face that .50 cal isn't as good as .68 cal. Well, look at how long it took .68 cal to reach this point. .68 used to be something that would stain clothes, it used to be injected and if you squeezed a paintball paint would squirt out. But you look at current paintballs and you see quite a bit of improvement over the last 10-15 years. When .50 cal paint is released we can expect to see them perform as well or better than current .68 paint. Not only that but it will be cheaper. Nothing beats getting 3k paintballs for what you were paying for 2k.
Also, like I said it won't be overnight, expect to see for the next year or two for .68 to be just as easy to get as .50, .50 may even be more rare than .68 for awhile. Since so few companies will be making the jump.
Then you have people complaining about having to buy all new equipment, first there will be all levels and prices of .50, from high end to entry level, and if players had a problem buying new guns why are there so many luxes and ego10's floating around pbnation's b/s/t?
What is .50 cal? It's fear of change, though when you look at it, by the time .50 takes over 90% of players who used .68 won't even be playing anymore. People with 08 join dates on pbnation talking in gearbag sale about how they are quitting paintball and selling all their stuff. .50 is going to happen, and personally I am excited to see some change. Good paint is getting expensive and cheap paint seems to be getting worse and worse.
The ion, it forced every company out there to start making cheaper guns, it used to be if you didnt want a tippmann, spyder or brass eagle expect to shell out over $1,000 for a new gun. Now, you have the mini, G3, PMR, 09 electra, or SLG. All great guns for very cheap prices.
I am by no means condoning what they did to AKA, but it's not like the company went out of business, and the viking wasn't even evolving. AKA is also free to make as many mech guns as it wants, why hasn't it? AKA has no drive to make anything new and everything they sell is overpriced.
Back to smartparts, people complained about the NXT coming with poor stock parts. The NXT is also only $500, and then look at other 1,000 guns. People buy a timmy which at one time, new was 1100+ then replace everything. Despite many of those upgrades being worse than what came with bob's gun. People just like to spend money, SP knew people were going to replace the bolt, reg, board, trigger etc, so why drive up the cost by trying to put something overly nice in it?
-Firstly the chamber is too large for a paintball, hence the need for the cure bolt, you'll notice they still haven't bothered to fix this because the ego10 still comes with a cure bolt. The cure bolt has 2 Orings on the front, what for? What is it sealing? All it does is prevent the cure bolt from doing it's job which is allowing the top paintball to slide up the bolt.
-Then they put QEVs on the ego, guess what? They don't work; which is why the ego10 doesn't have QEVs. I don't know the finer details, but evidently they helped cycle rate at the cost of consistency.
This from a 1200 gun, for what? An 06 ego with milling?
the ion said:
They did however encourage other companies to come out with cheaper guns. A timmy used to cost $1200, now a vice is $800; just one example that springs to mind. You also have the mini, G3, PMR, 09 electra, SLG, etc.
smartparts closing it's doors said:
Anyway, that's all I wanted to say. I am sure I will get plenty of flak from the people who don't agree with me.