Originally Posted by backblock
when did drop forwards fall from grace? When I was really into playing choosing the right drop forward was a fun part of building.
A few years ago I bought an invert mini for my occasional paintball outings. I dont mind playing without a drop forward at all, but my oldschool guns with them still seem to shoulder alright. Its funny 12 years ago I would never consider playing without a drop forward. Today it seems like people feel the opposite. I think either is fine for me now, but the last time I was "serious" about paintball our economy was in good shape and I had a full head of hair.
Drops were never comfortable. They hurt the wrists. That's why the Z-grip was invented. The wrist isn't meant to pull on something at those angles.
The whole philosophy was, make the gun as short as possible so you could get as close to the bunker so you would present less of a target.
Then the people realized two things: Drops made the gun hurt your wrist and it was unnecessary to make the gun short, because a long barrel lets you push down on the sup' air bunkers.
And thus, the era of 10 inch barrels and drop forwards went away.