Originally Posted by cjlovi
50Cal isn't a bad thing! It keeps the market competitive which ultimately keeps our costs (the player) expenses down!
It's in it's infancy stages! Give it some time and it will be the norm! Look at the evolution of Paintball Markers.
Who would have ever thought a marker could achieve 30+ BPS and not break a ball! Then when it's achieved the bps rates for tourneys drop to 12.5.
50Cal is inevitable. Work to better it now or don't complain later when your equipment is worthless!
Manufactures are looking for answers to ultimately reduce the overall cost of conversion to the player.
Your either part of the problem or part of the solution!
The biggest flaw to date regarding .50 cal is calling it a replacement. Majority of paint throwers do not care to replace the thousands they have invested in .68 caliber. So when introducing something like .50 cal, and calling it Paintball 2.0, or the replacement for .68 caliber, you have now backed yourself into a corner with irate people. That stated, the majority will not be interested because they feel as they are being pressured. In a tough economy already here in the States, you definitely do not want the people making you public enemy number 1, which is exactly what happened with .50 cal.
The smart ploy on .50 cal would have been the paintball alternative at a cheaper price. Therefore people hear they can save money, its an alternative and not being shoved down their throats, and no hostility.
Putting it in the player hands and letting them maybe hype it as a possible replacement is one thing, manufacturers cant do that.
I like .50 cal, and wish they would push .43 cal as well. I think options in paintball will ultimately help grow the sport more. But to start calling it a replacement and its something the manufacturers decided and not the people, then congratulations, you have just been promoted from Company Employee to unemployment.