I was just cruzin' around ANSgear this morning, and I saw that they've got a "super sale" going on; GI50s are going for $199! Anyway, that means that GI50 + kingman rapid loader + 4k case of Formula 13 = ~$300
I'll be putting up a couple of reviews shortly because I'm tired of all these factless .50 cal debates. I think it's a good concept but it's being aimed at the wrong market; more on that later.
Punisherspb.com & ANSGear.com both now have the GI50 for $199
Got my GI50 today and already modded it; (using an SP1 body to vertical-feed it. I made a feedneck insert out of plastic/lexan to keep the ball stack straight, as well as spacers to hold my kingman rapid loader in place) I was shooting Formula 13 (orange shell, pink fill)
First impressions; DAMN! This barrel is heavy as FK. Moving on, I fired a couple of test rounds to check the splatter size. It's definitely smaller than a .68 cal splat, but not too much smaller. When I was looking at the shell remains, they were flexable, almost paper-like, even though the paint was breaking on everything it touched! I've never seen shells this thin fire consistently without breaking in the barrel every other shot. That being said, I did have a few weird barrel bursts; I think the paint is bouncing around on the inside of the barrel and breaking as it hits the muzzle-break. The next shot cleared it out PERFECTLY so I don't think it's going to be an issue in the future. Regardless, DoubleA barrel time? speaking of double, I did have double and one or two triple-feeds. (but no breaks because of it!) I'm going to look into modding the detents to sit farther into the breech, because right now only the very tip (literally, 1mm) of the nub is touching the paintball. After I cleaned the barrel, the marker fired even more accurately; I don't think they cleaned the barrels very well before they left the factory. Regardless, I was putting paint out to 75 feet without any consistency issues.
Day 1 Impression: I'm actually pretty surprised. I really didn't think that the .50 cal was going to perform the way it did. I can't wait to see how it does on the field this sunday!
So I started tinkering around with the detents and realized they stuck into the breech farther than I originally thought (still not a lot, but then again, it's relative to the size of the paintball; it's scaled down from .68) Anyway, I was getting double and triple feeds on day1 so put a paintball in the breech and noticed it rolled forward and backward like crazy...(flat faced bolt would help....I'm gonna see if I can machine one =D) I came to the conclusion that while the kingman rapid loader is indeed an excellent loader, it puts a little too much force on the ball-stack which was causing double feeding. I grabbed my Pinokio, and made a feedneck insert out of lexan and put it just below the bend-sensor (Eclipse 1-piece barrels and CP barrels come in clear tubes....if you cut them up you can very easily make an insert) BOOM! Problem solved! So just to make sure everything was working, I put my GI50 on 15BPS semi and then 15BPS NXL. In both cases, I fired a full pod of chilled F13 without a single break or double/triple feed. I am now a happy camper
That's all I can say. I'm absolutely FLOORED at how well this paint and marker are shooting. Granted, I wasn't able to shoot as far, on our Hybrid field (speedball course with hard cover) I push to the 25, and then the 75, taking out 9/23 people playing on the other team. Every shot that landed on target broke (which its making me crazy; how the hell is this 50 cal breaking so consistently when my .68 is occasionally getting bounces?!?!?!). I filled my Pinokio up (regular nose, not the uber-long one) along with 1 pod. That was enough to WIPE THE FLOOR with the other team, playing both sides of the field. As for accuracy, I was using paint that has been sitting in my air conditioned room for a day or two (did not use the paint that I put in the fridge, or freezer, more on that later) I didn't have a single barrel break or chop the entire day; however I did have 2 balls roll past the detents and out my barrel at one point (pinokio was applying a little too much force I think?)
As for speedball today, I played 3 games with the .50 cal. First game, I got 3 confirmed (9v9), with only one problem of someone "not feeling" the hits (he took a few pack hits, the hit on the head woke him up xD). For the other two games, I got 1 and then 2 kills (3v3s). Hits were very easy to see from across the field, pink fill works well. Additionally, people had no trouble feeling the shots this time. Clothing shots resulted in all breaks (cross field shots from S2 to DCorner; S2 is about at the 30, with DC being at the 95) and hopper hits splattered nicely .... Brandon would know
Overall I've quite impressed with .50 cal. It definitely shoots a solid 20-30 feet short of .68, but I usually get closer to people before I start wailing on them anyway; Max range doesn't apply to me xD.
If you guys have any questions, PLEASE ASK ME!
Really slow day at the field because it rained in the early morning. Humidity/heat were a killer combo, and we only had about 40 people the entire day (we've had weekends of 180+ people o_0 ) Considering that the humidity was so high, I was a little surprised that I only had a couple of bounces throughout the day. I was shooting GI's 2star and GI's 3star. (2star was purple with white fill, 3star was green with orange fill) The 3star bounced a couple of times, probably because I was using it later in the day and it heated up a little bit. However I didn't have a single bounce with the 2star; again, probably because it was kept a little on the cold side and it was used immediately.
Keep in mind, this same effect happens to .68 cal also. If anything, I would say that .68 is just as bad as .50 cal when it comes to swelling and bouncing in the heat.
Craig, one of the refs at out field volunteered to be shot with both .50 and .68 cal to check splatter size, pain level, and mostly for sh!ts and giggles. (Videos will be posted soon)