Originally Posted by Lohman446
The other killer I see on this. If target weight is 1.5 and you have a 10% variance you are going to have from 1.35 to 1.65 - there is going to be a massive difference from ball to ball in trajectory. Look at how much difference a gram or two makes on that spreadsheet. You generally cannot manufacture cheaply and to great tolerances. Take a handful of standard paintballs today and weigh them - you will notice some variance.
That's a really good point.
A .2g difference in a 3g .68" paintball is a small difference which would probably result in a few inches of spread at any realistic playing distance. Enough to still hit your mask/gun which is the only target you should be presenting to me.
A .2g difference in a 1.5g .50" paintball is going to cause the trajectory to deviate enough to completely miss the target (unless you are shooting at an entire standing body and you aim for center mass instead of the mask like you do now).
Which brings up an interesting possibility: You are playing a tournament. If the change in mass from ball to ball allows for a change in trajectory of, lets just say, 12 inches at 70 feet you could literally end up shooting endlessly at someone without a single ball ending up hitting you target.
Granted that would be awfully bad luck, and could technically happen now, but I see the probably of this happening with a projectile of 1/3rd the mass being 3 times as likely.
As it is you'll see plenty of times when a player will snap out at someone and get a sizable spread just from the movement of his hands. Imagine adding to that a 3fold flightpath deviation due to changes in mass from ball to ball.
If I had a more accurate scale at home or I were at work I would do as he suggested and weigh some regular paint I have here. Given the deviation observed we can assume a similar deviation on produced mass in .50" paint, but naturally there would be a significantly greater feat effect of any deviation in mass on a projectile with nearly 1/3rd the total mass.
If the mass deviation in current production paint is only something like .01g, and .50" paint can be produced to the same tolerance then this isn't an issue. But if the deviation really is up there at .2g...