Pros and Cons of .50
As not only a player but also as someone who works in the industry I took it upon myself to write up a pros and cons list to hopefully start good educated discussion. I would like this thread to not create flaming but smart educated discussion.
First off lets knock out some quick math witch I will reference quite a few times threw my discussion.
To understand the size difference we must first know the difference in volume of each size paintball.
Volume of a sphere= 4/3*Pie*radius^3
V of .68=0.16463621020893518
V of .50= 0.06544984694979167
With those 2 numbers we can figure out that a .50 takes up 60.246% less space than a .68 paintball. (** I know you never thought you would use algebra and geometry again but I guess my math teacher was right
1. More shots per fill.
With a 60% smaller paintball it will take over half the amount of energy it took to speed a .68 ball to the same speed (300fps) meaning that each shot takes less air from your tank.
2. Smaller gun
With the smaller ball taking less energy to propel the ball down the barrel and eventually reaching 300fps means a few things. Gun its self can get smaller. with the projectile becoming smaller the valve chamber on a gun can become smaller while also the breach and bolt of the gun can be drastically reduced creating a smaller lighter gun.
3. Smaller Tanks
With shots per fill increasing you can pick two different options. you can carry the same size tank and shoot that much more paint per game. or the actual size and weight of the tanks will decrease allowing you to shoot the same amount of paint you do now only your profile and weight are reduced that much more.
4. Smaller Loaders
With a smaller ball the amount of space needed to carry 180-200 rounds will be much smaller. again further reducing your over all profile/ weight of your gun. On top of that with a smaller hopper and feed neck your field of vision will be increased.
5. Smaller Packs/Pods
With the .50 ball taking up less space caring 2000 rounds on your back would be something that is quite easy to do. If the ball takes up less than half the space of a .68 ball that means instead of you fitting 140 rounds in each pod you can fit close to 350 rounds in the same space. So a case on your back will technically speaking only take up the same space as 5.17 pods! Again adding to the reduced overall weight of your gear.
6. Reduced Price
With the balls being 60% smaller you can imagine 2000 rounds costing less than half of what it does now! the price will be reduced in 3 ways. 1. Smaller ball= less material used to make the ball. 2. With a smaller ball the box that holds 2000 rounds will take less cardboard and less ink (to print the pretty pictures on the boxes) 3. With smaller boxes more cases of paint can be fit onto 1 shipping skid reducing the price of shipping costs per ball.
7. Less pain
Using the equation Mass*Velocity= Force. If the .50 ball weights half that of a .68 ball then essentially it will have half the force. because in this equation velocity is the constant (assuming we keep the fps to 300 fps) and the mass of the actual ball is the variable that we are changing and force is what is effected in the end. (**If the .50 ball takes up over half the space of a .68 ball I am going to make the assumption that a .50 ball weights over half the weight of a .68 ball**) The question I have about this statement though is with a smaller surface area the force will be applied on a smaller portion of skin which would complete negate this Con but I do not have a math equation to prove or disprove this point. Nor a .50 ball to shoot at my own leg so we shall see what the outcome is. *if I did have one I would
8. Shorter Bolt Movement
With the ball being much smaller this will allow for bolts to travel a shorter distance to clear the breach to allow the next ball to fall into place. What this does is 3 things. 1. Much higher rates of fire could be achieved due to the bolt having to travel less distance. 2. The bolt and rammer (if we're talking about a poppet gun) both can be shorter reducing the weight of the reciprocating mass decreasing the amount of kick you will get form you gun. And lastly with the bolt and rammer both traveling shorter distances the guns them self will again become shorter and smaller adding to the advantage of having a smaller/lighter gun.
9. Hoppers Feed Rate will Increase
The feed rate of hoppers will increase without any significant changes. Dye is already (and supposedly done with) a drop in "upgrade" for .50 paint. If we look at a rotor you can fit (I'm taking a guess cause I don't have a rotor in front of me) 10 balls in the catch cup (where the red "Shark Tail" is) well if you decrease the size of the ball and allow 13 balls in that catch cup and the speed of the "shark tail" moving is constant than if have just increased the feed rate of the rotor from 20bps to 26 bps.
Also to go along with the hopper functioning faster if we look specifically at the breach of the gun its self, due to the ball and breach being smaller after a shot has occurred; as the bolt comes back to allow for another ball to fall into the breach since the ball its self is smaller it has a shorter distance to fall into place again increasing the feed rate for loaders
That is the end of my Pro's list. If you see somthing I have over looked or an idea i have not thought about please post them up and i will add them
Now lastly let me give a brief history of myself. I have played paintball for 11 years now, I started out when I was only 10 and have followed the sport ever since. during high school it was simply a hobby of mine. something that I would do 2 or 3 times a year with friends, i only played 2 or 3 times a year due to being a kid and not having allot of money. I lived for those 2 or 3 days each year. I would dream about them and think about them until the next one came. Shortly after graduation high school I started working for Pev's Paintball. Pev's has become my home away from home. I love every person who is a part of, works for, and shops at Pev's I do all I can to represent the company to the best of my abilities and try all I can to better this sport and educate the general (non paintball) public about the sport. While working at Pev's I have played for Justice Kidz. That's right were bringing the Justice name back to turny paintball! (if you don't know who or what justice is pick up a old 10 man magazine and you will soon find out).