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Old 01-15-2013, 09:24 AM #1
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.50 cal a myth?

whatever happen to .50 cal? is it just a myth or something that existed at one point in time and doesn't exist anymore?
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:52 AM #2
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It was a failed experiment.

50 cal was cheaper and didn't hurt as much. But players never bought into it because it didn't shoot as far and the paint didn't break as well.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:05 AM #3
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It was a failed experiment.
I don't know which rock you've been living under, but KEE has been pushing .50 cal HARD along with GI Sportz releasing .50 4 at the end of this last season.

It's obviously catching back on. I've also heard it's been pretty big over in eastern Asia because of restrictions on .68 that aren't there against .50.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:32 PM #4
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I don't know which rock you've been living under, but KEE has been pushing .50 cal HARD along with GI Sportz releasing .50 4 at the end of this last season.
Some of us have been around long enough to know that when companies push hard for caliber switches, that doesn't mean it is going to work. This has been tried several times before. This one will fail too.

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It's obviously catching back on. I've also heard it's been pretty big over in eastern Asia because of restrictions on .68 that aren't there against .50.
Catching back on? When was it caught on the first time? This is exactly what KEE wants you to believe, that it is caught on. That's not reality.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:45 PM #5
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Some of us have been around long enough to know that when companies push hard for caliber switches, that doesn't mean it is going to work. This has been tried several times before. This one will fail too.
How many times in how many different places do I have to say this...

.50 is NEVER going to succeed in switching with .68, although it can work as a powerful tool alongside .68. Nobody is also pushing for a caliber switch, period. There are companies pushing for the option for both, which is how it should be.

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Catching back on? When was it caught on the first time? This is exactly what KEE wants you to believe, that it is caught on. That's not reality.
The fact that there's a greater interest and sales on in simply means it's catching back on. Also, think of it this way, it never did catch on and it's not caught on. It's catching back on and fighting to finally catch on if it makes sense.

Although, I'm getting sick of people thinking that it's either .50 OR .68. What's so bad about having both?
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:51 PM #6
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There's a place by me that has .50 cal only but there cost soo much.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:34 PM #7
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I don't know which rock you've been living under, but KEE has been pushing .50 cal HARD along with GI Sportz releasing .50 4 at the end of this last season.

It's obviously catching back on. I've also heard it's been pretty big over in eastern Asia because of restrictions on .68 that aren't there against .50.
It never caught on to begin with, and it's not 'catching on' now.

It was a novelty and still is a novelty.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:24 PM #8
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50 cal should be for the younger kids getting into the sport. Then you can move on to the 68 with the big boys.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:00 PM #9
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:02 PM #10
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Ur not very smart... .50 cal was a failed attempt of a paintball that nobody ever really liked cuz it was inconsistent
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:18 PM #11
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Ur not very smart... .50 cal was a failed attempt of a paintball that nobody ever really liked cuz it was inconsistent
Where did you hear this? What was inconsistent about .50 caliber?
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:39 PM #12
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I think 50cal is a great idea for certain applications. I know my home field offers private groups the option of 50cal and it's quite popular. As already stated, it gets around legal restrictions in certain contries.

It's not a 68cal replacement, but it can increase the popularity of the sport. Not everyone enjoyed getting blasted by 68cal paintballs and not everyone is allowed to either...
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:48 PM #13
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50 cal should be for the younger kids getting into the sport. Then you can move on to the 68 with the big boys.
Not really. My brother is 7 (started playing when he was 6) and he is fine with getting shot by .68 cal.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:39 PM #14
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It has not failed. My field rents them. We have a strong .50 cal market. I stock Nanos, FM50, and GI50. We rent out every weekend. It's a great way to.expose people to paintball.

It used to be with kids, if 10 came in, 3 would quit quickly.
With .50 we see more kids playing more games. It's great. My team does drills with our Nano
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:24 PM #15
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id like to see 50 catch on. problem is my guns wont shoot it. IMHO 50cal is better suited for milsim applications while 68 is for more speedball applications
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:30 PM #16
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id like to see 50 catch on. problem is my guns wont shoot it. IMHO 50cal is better suited for milsim applications while 68 is for more speedball applications
I tend to see it the other way around.

.50 would be very helpful for killing the habit of sitting in the back bunkers and would also be very helpful for the larger rounds per volume, meaning I wouldn't need to drop a fresh pod in as often which could be crucial for front players.

In Milsim First Strike would be better because of the extra range, whereas .50 would be great for CQB but that's about it, although it would be amazing in woodsball or scenario.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:39 PM #17
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It looks like 50 is going to be a niche item to introduce people to paintball. Minimum age for paintball is between 10-12 depending on who you ask. Maybe 50 can can change that, and or bring on more younger kids.

Years and years and years and years from now some pro who is Ollie Lang famous will tell us about how he started playing paintball in a 50 cal youth league and ........ blah blah blah go dynsty.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:47 AM #18
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There's nothing wrong with a .50 cal marker/setup....IMO i think its revolutionary....i mean damn, we already got younger kids playing low impact splatmaster games. it brings in people from a different market....whether it be a big or little market....who knows....i think its pretty cool tho. especially G.I. Sportz....I think they really have invested uber amounts of time and money into the project and hopefully they can make something of it. sure it doesnt shoot as far as the .68 cal but its not like EVERY one of your kills are 130-150 feet god damn. i've never done much research on this transition but i'd imagine the .50 cal would be more accurate......no?
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:18 AM #19
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As another thread mentioned , 50 caliber will never replace 68 caliber, but field owners have found that by offer low impact 50 caliber paintball, that it has created a new market as well as expanding the potential player base. 50 caliber offers a field owner a few advantages over 68 caliber such as less clean up, especially at the indoor fields. Most insurance companies have reduced the minimum age requirement or removed it completely due to the lower impact force of the 50 caliber, again for the current player, these things are mute, but for a business owner trying to grow and expand the market, they are big steps forward.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:49 AM #20
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The impact velocity has more to do with the force the projectile is launched with(and the breaking strength of the projectile) than it's diameter.
You can do anything with a .68 that you can do with a .50
The only real difference is the amount of fill you can put on a target per shot.
.50 came into the game way late. The industry is already geared up for .68, and its just not economically feasible to change every piece of machinery/die/punch/extruder/CCM schematic, where it's not required to by law.

In America the .50cal paintball is like the electric car of the 50's
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:59 PM #21
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The new jt splatmaster setups run .50 cal, it seems that they are also pushing it to a younger crowd to sustain the sport by educating and helping build up a kids confidence to then move up to .68 ball. Yeah it was a failure at changing the course of paintball but now its helping bring more people into the community.
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