Originally Posted by p8ntballmonkey
I am looking into 50 cal as an alternative at my field but have heard some remarks about the guns having more issues is this true? Just trying to research.
Since the options are kind of limited really, With Spyder the only one having an actual .50 caliber marker a year ago (yes they had issues , but they are supposed to be better now and the reason PBI was formed 2 1/2 years ago), and now GOG & Tippmann recently released (june/july 2014 I believe) their own .50 caliber guns. Both are built off of a .68 Caliber based marker with .50 caliber specific internals. GOG's marker is the base for their new generation marker.
From reviews I have read and talking with field owners, for the most part, the NME & FT seem to be holding up ok with normal rental marker issues.
All 3 have good air efficiency, with the spyder probably being the best, NME a good second as long as the paint to bore match is good.
The NME is popular because of it's size and ability to shoot brittle paint better, and field owners I have talked with using the FT50 have not really had issues.
Also I should mention that Planet has conversion kits for the .68 caliber Ego markers.
We have had good results with field usage with our Tippmann & GOG kits as well.