The growth of paintball is sub-par at best because it's prohibitively expensive. Paintball is expensive because the grow is too slow. It takes both the manufacturers AND the players to break the cycle. Manufacturers have to cut prices drastically, players must demand lower price goods and refuse to pay unreasonable prices. Currently, most paintball gear is unreasonably priced. Manufacturers have to take a hit now, in order to grow the sport and reap far greater benefits in the future.