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Old 04-24-2009, 12:05 AM #1
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No More "which Tank Is Better?" Threads, Please

Until otherwise declared by persons higher up the food chain, these have got to stop.

I see an ever increasing regularity to these threads, and it takes 2-3 pages or more for people to finally get the hint that it comes down to personal preference.

Volume is a mathematical formula.If Tank A has the same volume as tank B, but it has a smaller diameter, then it's going to be longer. If it's shorter, then the diameter is going to be larger. If the volume goes up or down, then the dimensions are going to follow suit as well. When volume changes by 2 or 3 cubic inches, you have to realize that in terms of dimensions, you are adding maybe 1/4" in any given dimension.

The large majority of current production air systems use the same cylinder manufacturers. The only "performance" difference is the regulators.

A good number of regulators are either made by the same company, or the design originated from the same company. Every reg has it's own caveats. Some are shorter, some make noise, some are user serviceable, some are not. In addition, there are no published empirical testing results that say Tank Reg A performs better than Tank Reg B. If there are, I would love them to be posted here on PbN as a sticky, under the condition that the results originate from an independent tester with no affiliation to a manufacturer whether by business or personal means.

Then there are the arguments about "Well this company has been making regs for x number of years and came from here" BIG DEAL. Design and technology change. The major players in paintball air systems have been in the business for years, if not decades. Some have specialized in it and manufacture their own products. Some have the money behind them to buy or license the design and manufacturing for them, but still have to service what they are selling.

Well, what about "This tank comes in this color, or comes with all this extra stuff"? If that is what matters to you, open up a catalog, or online shopping site, look for something that meets your fancy, and buy it.

If you are unsure of what you are looking for, go to a field, or a store, and ask to put one in your hands. If it doesn't fit quite right for you, cross it off the list of what to look at and try again.
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