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Posted 28 October 2008 - 11:53 AM

Does anybody else out there feel that using airsoft guns to practice for paintball is an ok exception to using paintball markers? I mean i know that this is a paintball forum and I love the game. It's just that I don't make alot of money and the only way that I can really stay sharp is to practice with airsoft guns.
There not the same but The pellots for ammo and the batterys to run the guns cost a lot less than going out and buying paintballs and co2 all the time. The only thing is that it feels like a betrayal to paintball.
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 12:02 PM

Ive played a few times in the last weeks and it helps tactics but you dont learn any marker skillz
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 12:05 PM

I don't know how much it would help your paintball skills, seeing as airsoft guns doesn't operate the same way a paintball marker does. maybe you should consider investing in these Reballs, that way all you would have to pay for when you want to practice is CO2.

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 01:26 PM

It will help, not as much as playing paintball, but it will help. Specifically, it will bolster your teamwork (if you play with a team), awareness, communication, and to a degree movement skills.

However, not everything will transfer directly over. Since the mechanics of airsoft markers and paintball markers vary, your shooting skills will not improve (and perhaps decrease), your movement relating to shooting (running through lanes and running while shooting) will suffer, and you can easily develop some poor shooting habits if you aren't careful.

as another note, reballs are great, but have limited application. They're really best used indoors (and not in your house!). That said, they're great for target shooting if you have a long clear basement.

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 01:30 PM

View PostLomarandil, on Oct 28 2008, 03:26 PM, said:

It will help, not as much as playing paintball, but it will help. Specifically, it will bolster your teamwork (if you play with a team), awareness, communication, and to a degree movement skills.

However, not everything will transfer directly over. Since the mechanics of airsoft markers and paintball markers vary, your shooting skills will not improve (and perhaps decrease), your movement relating to shooting (running through lanes and running while shooting) will suffer, and you can easily develop some poor shooting habits if you aren't careful.

as another note, reballs are great, but have limited application. They're really best used indoors (and not in your house!). That said, they're great for target shooting if you have a long clear basement.

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That isnt necessarily true unless you are playing with really cheap guns and dont use tactics. If you play speedball that could happen but you wont lose any running while shooting skills.
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Posted 29 October 2008 - 04:07 PM

gah reballs are expensive. maybe something off ebay.....
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Posted 31 October 2008 - 12:11 PM

View Postlethalpanther, on Oct 29 2008, 07:07 PM, said:

gah reballs are expensive. maybe something off ebay.....

That's because they're re-usable. You get your money's worth after you use them so many times.
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Posted 31 October 2008 - 12:35 PM

Sure, that's fine with me. I do it sometimes as well.

If you want to make the best of your practice though, I would recommend using pb like guns and shooting as if you had a pb gun.

Now to translate that, that means using a high powered, slow firing gun, with heavy airsoft BB's. The heavier airsoft BBs will follow a similar path to that of a paintball. A slow firing gun will mimic a paintball gun, because I know that paintball guns usually don't fire more than 20 BPM. High power because you need some force to get those heavy BBs to go far.

So basically, not a cheap AEG or cheap pistol. I say best imitation would be a CO2 gun.

Oh yea, I agree with the other guy that communication is number 1.
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