Pyrate Jim, on Jul 21 2009, 02:11 PM, said:
I thought the issue was resolved back around 1984.
I do have 50 cal markers, and buy 50 cal paint made for blowguns.
(the 3357 is my daughters favorite)
I can say I've seen them bounce off the side of the house from twenty feet away and leave dents in the wood siding, with no appreciable difference in accuracy.
I'm sorry, but did you actually read the links or did you just see the title and decide to comment?
While I'm not saying his claims are true, you wouldn't make that statement outright if you actually read the press release. I'll quote:
But itís a bit more sophisticated than just charging less for paintballs; he has engineered a new paintball with an improved flight trajectory that means they fly farther and more accurately.
The historic problem with 50 caliber paintballs was getting them to break consistently; Richmond was obviously aware of this problem and set about engineering a ball that not only broke conventionbut also broke consistently. How did he do this?
He headed up a think tank thatís brief was, ĎEngineer a paintball thatís inexpensive, accurate, flies further and breaks on contactí. His team spent many months tackling their brief and after extensive testing and prototyping, they have produced a ball that finally satisfied the entire spectrum of Richmondís vision.
So your objection shows that you did not even read the claims. You just used your pass experience to reject the possibility of it working.
The press release stated the problem and claims to have solved it.
Saying that the mark will be too small is valid criticism, but saying that the balls won't break shows you didn't even read the links.
Basically, while we can't know anything for certain, we know the following:
1. G&I have well respected reputations in the sport.
2. They claim that the ball flies more accurate, farther and breaks as good if not better than present .68 balls.
3. They state they are going to give a public demonstration at the PB World Cup.
4. They state that they will be at least letting the teams at the WC use it to give their views of its performance.
While, I do not know enough to outright say this is the Holy Grail of paintball, I can say that it is too early to poo-poo it. It is also interesting that they are going to using a very public venue to bring it to market.
Now, I'm not opposed to objections. I just am disappointed that virtually all the objections have all been placed on the performance of the ball, when they claim that hurdle have been overcome.
-It is a very valid objection to the paint mark and how we will know if we are hit.
Another objection I just thought of is:
If they are looking to change paintball, why are they seemingly going toward the milsim and recball market? I'd think that the speedball would be the bigger market, maybe not in the long run, but definitely in the short term. This is because of the following reasons:
1. They are more willing than recballers and milsim guys to upgrade at the slightest performance increase. Let's face it, they go for every little performance increase.
2. They shoot a heck of a lot more paint than milsim guys, but overall the total recball numbers probably beat the speedballers.
3. More people getting into paintball, specifically recball and scenario play tend to buy used. I bought myself and my brother's equipment all used. The total bill was a bit over a grand for at least $2500 worth of equipment.
Now, it is possible that they are going to release speedball guns at the same time. I know GI is named after their names and Milsim is named such because that is their passion. I also know that Richard states that his son plays PB and seemingly plays speedball. So it is possible they are going for both markets and are just capitalizing on the name.
My point is that if they deliver on this, this can definitely improve the game in certain areas. The main improvement in scenario play is that engagement distances will increase (and hopefully accuracy will improve out to greater distances). This will mean that those at .68 will be at a marked disadvantage.
This issue will require either the sport to totally embrace .50 or totally reject it. Scenario games would have a huge issue on their hands if both groups were playing on the same field. .68 would really be upset if they were getting shot at distances that their guns couldn't reach.
It is like the War of Northern Aggression. Some Southern units refused to go to fight with smooth bore rifles. They demanded rifled bores. This is because with smooth bore, they were forced to get within 50 yards to place accurate fire, when a rifled bore would allow for accurate fire out to 200 yards.