What about the Ripper? They started cutting those in 1999
I think that's when things really started to change...
Honestly, I'm terrible with dates these days. The other day a guy asked me when I started playing, and I said 1999. Then, later, I thought about it more, and I realized it was more like 1994.
The evolution in milling is driven by the improvements in CNC milling, but it's also just the way things seem to go in paintball. It's like paintball businesses don't actually pay attention to the real world...
This weekend I was trying to get an air system set up for my backup gun. I had an old Nitroduck screw in reg that's about 5" long. It's just ridiculously large. I was realizing it wasn't going to fit on the gun, when the guys at the shop showed me a Myth reg, which is about an inch long. And $40. So I bought one.
That makes me ask, has regulator technology really improved in the last 10 years? Have we really learned so much about springs and o-rings? Or did paintball just have crappy, poorly designed regulators?
It just seems like paintball will be doing manual milling, making 8" long stainless steel regs, and then somebody who actually does this stuff for a living says "hey, you know, I can actually do that correctly, if you want..."