Just like how our tactics has evolved in both woodsball and the military the same goes for equipment. In the military, each role and type of soldier recieves their fare share of the technology the military has. Paintball on the other hand is a whole different story, most of the advancements in paintball goes to speedball. Anything that can be applied to woodsball is modified and refined. The main problem this has is that it completely leaves us snipers dangling in the wind with whatever we can modify with homemade remedies and learn from our military counterparts, up until now I can say we have done well for ourselves. In the past decade the most revolutionary thing that has been made for us is Action Ghillie and the Longbow, both of which are thanks to SpecOps.
Picture this situation that could or has happened to you. You're at a scenario game and your general has sent you on a recon mission to gather intel on a enemy base that is going to be attacked. you make it to your objective and you realize that the area whithin a 300 yds radius is a open field which leaves us in a bind. The situation that I just mention is becoming more likely with the use of various and military based missions that is now make its way to the setup of most scenario games everywhere and is something that our military bretheren deal with all the time but can overcome by using observation equipment that they have to complete their mission. A simple pair of binoculars could have done the job in that situation but still lies a problem. binoculars and minoculars require your eye to be within 1" of the eyepiece, making it impossible to use with your googles on.
A issue us Tippmann users know and live with is:that our guns are loud as heck!!!! It doesnt help us any when there are no effective ways to make it quieter. Besides that, I bet if you look in your gear bag there is at least one pieces of sniper gear that you had to mod with a homemade remedy whether its your pods, vest or loader. The few things that could be used by us are either insufficient, short lived or gimmicks made for those who own a certain product or forces you to buy it for you to use it properly like the First Strike rounds and the conversion kits that our only for Tiberius guns.Whereas most of the market is moving more towards shooting faster, louder and ofcourse wasting more paint.
It seems when it comes to painball products and technology we are the redheaded stepchildren that takes what we can get and do the best we can with what we got. Thats what I think anyway. What do you guys think?
When I made this post, I forgot about 1 key fact and that is this: We are shooting a paintball which makes itself the achillies heel to the paintball market. Also, since each sniper makes their gear kit unique that makes "custom" jobs the best choice since some things we use does everyone else no good for them to have and it justs hinders the market even more. I also play airsoft so I was unintentionally making a not very thought out comparison between the two. Due to the nature of airsoft and what is used the can make sniper gear in mass quantities and make money because there is a difference between the gun a rifleman and the sniper. In paintball there really isnt much you can do to make a difference, If you have your gun tuned to snipe in pb then decide to do play a round with a friends' gun that is tuned for high rate of fire you wouldnt see a very being difference. Try the same thing in airsoft and I can bet money that the differnce is substantial.
I apologize for not thinking this through entirely, but it still stinks that there arent more stuff made specificly for us but what can you do. Paintball would have to be redesigned to cater to us like airsoft does to there snipers buts the game we play not the manufactures fault,you can advance something so much until it is no longer what it originally was.
This post has been edited by gubment_man: 03 September 2009 - 03:15 PM