d4rkmonkey, on Jan 18 2009, 11:50 PM, said:
But there are still things you can move in the woods like branches, or some people use carpet bunkers that I'm sure could be pushed a little with the barrel. Also, isn't one of the main reasons to have a long barrel in the woods to be able to put it through foliage? By the way... by performance I meant mine, or the player's, not the gun's performance.
The thing is, you don't need to have a "normal sized rifle barrel in the compactness of a carbine" because the length of the barrel affects almost nothing in paintball. The idea of a bullpup is 100% to have a longer barrel while maintaining the same size.
I'll have to assure you, from one guy whose primary is actually a bullpup design, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
Keep in mind that there are two things this does, it moves the hopper significantly back, and it reduces the length of the barrel. When you are trading shots one verses one, a bullpup design doesn't help you much... but I rarely engage just one person at a time. It severely limits the angles the opfor can get on me. Because it's shorter, its easier to flip up on my shoulder. Its easier to run and gun in the woods with a shorter marker. Its easier to slide with a shorter marker. Its easier to maneuver with tons of obstacles. Its easier to crawl with a shorter marker. Its easier to snap to an aiming position, when I don't have to worry about a tree being in the way. When I shoot, I don't have to stick out of my bunker, thereby giving the opfor a bigger target. I can get closer to cover when I'm really pinned.
Fine, I can't push a carpet out of the way when I'm shooting. Why don't you run with a 40" barrel? If barrel length really doesn't matter you could push away TONS of crap with a barrel that big. We all know why, it would be REALLY freakin unwieldy. If you haven't used a bullpup marker, its hard to really know how it would help you in the woods. I can't get behind a bigger rifle style marker anymore... it feels like I've got a big freakin tumor on my shoulder.