Originally Posted by aclark364
not 100% sure but is the operating pressure of the gun how much force that is applied to shooting the ball
say the gun runs at 100psi is there 100 psi hitting the ball
if so this amazes me since a drop from shoulder high will break most paint
ive been playing for about 15 years on and off but never really thought about it.
I haven't gone through the full calculations but here's some food for thought:
When you drop a ball from shoulder height, the entire force of impact is distributed to a small area of the shell in a very small amount of time.
When you shoot a ball from the marker, the bolt initiates forward motion by applying force to a large area of the shell and the subsequent burst of compressed air is applied to nearly half the ball.
How easily a ball breaks will depend on the time of exposure and the size of the area force is applied to. As you can see, dropping a ball occurs over a small time and small area, whereas shooting a ball occurs over a longer time and larger area. Think of popping a ball with a fast needle vs a slow thumb.