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Old 08-20-2010, 06:06 PM #1
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drop forwards

i dont really understand the appeal to them.
they seem like they would be uncomfortable.

anyone here use one? and if so why?
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:15 PM #2
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Depends on tank length. A short drop lets you use a longer tank than you'd be able to use with out one. Flip it around and you can use a shorter tank than you'd normally be comfortable with.

Posture comes into it as well. If all you play is that stereotypical speedball "power stance" where you're leaning way forward with a hunch back and your head way in front of your chest and shoulders, then no, a drop DEFINITELY is not for you. But if you play upright, or leaning slightly back...say to get behind tall thin cover, like a tree or single hyperball tube... you might need a much shorter setup than a simple bottom line can provide.

And if you do that super old school "Z formation" where you're kneeling and leaning so far back that your head is now behind your feet, well you might just need the uberdrop.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:23 PM #3
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ok now i get it. thanks it makes sense now. ive been wondering that for years. i play mostly speedball, some woodsball and ive always been happy with the conventional setup lol
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:07 AM #4
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They were originally invented because Hpa tanks were so huge, you couldn't really shoulder your gun with a normal bottomline. But nowadays tanks/regs are a lot shorter so a drop makes it feel really tight - too tight for me.

I rocked medium and small drops for quite some time, but after awhile I got a Myth reg which made my setup way too short. Overall I prefer a slightly stretched out stance more anyway; I can be a lot more accurate while running and gunning that way.
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:36 PM #5
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Dropforwards became popular because the bunker design of the time was completely different. Most speedball fields had bunkers that were lower, smaller, and completely inflexible, usually made of wood or plastic. Playing these properly meant making yourself as small a target as possible, almost always on your knees, with little room behind and on the sides to shoulder a tank.

When fields changed, so did tank setups.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:28 PM #6
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To me, Drop fowards were meant for better balance of the whole gun setup and tighter profile.
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