Originally Posted by 8WhiteBoy8
Hell, a hopper is a magazine. Go argue that semantic at a mag-fed game if they want to get super picky.
I wouldn't go that far.
I think the accepted mechanical/firearm definitions of "hopper" and "magazine" are useful in paintball as well.
When a magazine is engaged, all projectiles are under spring tension no matter where they sit in the stack.
In a hopper, meanwhile, only the lower portion of the projectiles are being agitated or impelled (if at all) while the upper portion is fed and indexed by gravity.
This works fine for paintball as well because the entire point of mag-fed play, at least in my mind, is to lead to a more limited paint play style because reloading is slower and/or complicated than simply dumping more paint into the top of the hopper.