HOUND1, on Mar 2 2010, 05:55 PM, said:
I was reading a paintball magazine the other day and noticed how thick some of the fills were. I've used some of this paint myself; its great to prevent cheating because its practically candle wax
But with a heavier, more dense fill, the paintball would gain mass, right? And all of the local physics gurus will certainly tell you that a heavier paintball packs much more kinetic energy than a lighter one at the same velocity.
So is there an ATF ( or some other agency) regulation about how heavy paintballs can be? Seems like if there isn't one now, there will be (thanks, Lawyers!)
Interesting question. Certainly a fill would create more favourable ballistic characteristics, especially if the only limitation at paintball fields about muzzle energy is only the velocity.
Where the kinetic energy of an object (which is what safety organizations are worried about) is (mv^2)/2, which is the square of the velocity times the mass of the object, divided by two. So you can see that while paintball fields only restrict the velocity, theoretically you could have a heavier paintball that would hit with a lot more force. It might be ideal if you could score eliminations merely by hits (or forcing a player to tap out because it hurts so much
) there is the issues of breakage.